Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful for being able to take care of two new cats (and a dog!)

So this is a part introduction/thankful thursday.

Meet Harley. He’s a 12 year old service dog – he specializes in seizure alerts. He’s a lab and takes his job very seriously but when he is at home he is mostly cat as he loves to lay in sunspots.

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Meet Miss Aura. She’s 6 and just got up to date on her shots as of last week. She’s believed to be a Siamese/tabby mix. She’s very talkative and when she first came to the house she hissed at everything. Now she’s coming up on the bed wanting pets. She is front declawed (which I am highly against).

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Meet Buttercup (aka Butters). She’s also 6 and just got up to day on her shots and received a “spa” treatment due to some mats in her beautiful long fur. She is very timid cat and I’ve just recently had the wonderful experience of her coming to me for pets. She is also front declawed.

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Now to my thankfulness, I am very thankful to have them under my watchful eyes as many of you know I simply adore my cats and they are more family than just pet. So I’ve spend plenty of time reassuring them that they are safe with me (there’s been some abuse in their past simply for being cat/dog) and will never go without care/love/food/shelter.

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I will be keeping a close eye on the girls since they are front declawed, I’ve never had a declawed cat under my care before but I will be watching for limping or favoring their paws. Apparently the surgery was done when they were young and have had no complications since, but believe me it made me cringe to not only say it to the vets twice (they went to different vets as one could do the grooming and the other couldn’t) but to even think about what these poor girls went through during it.

 

I was of course worried about them holding their own against my cats, who have all their claws, but they seem to be doing well.

 

I am also thankful that having these additional pets under my care brought to light another issues I’m passionate about and that’s the anti-declawing campaign.

Declawing is a cruel and inhumane way to spare the cat owner’s furniture and to leave them defenseless if they ever get out of the house.

If you are interested in learning more about the cruelty of declawing please visit The Paw Project also please visit City the Kitty he’s a wonderful spokescat for anti-declawing.

 

Meet Piglet the Kiwi Pittie

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Piglet for letting interview him. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit Piglet’s Facebook page to follow his story. 

Piglet
How old are you?
  On april 28th I will be three years old.  I share my birfday wif me Hoosis, Ashleigh, an I’ve been a Smith since I was four months old!
Where did your name come from?
  I’m a rescue pup.  PAWS Rescue and Rehabilitation was me first home.  My tail reminded Ginny of a Piglet’s tail… (personally… I fink it should be because I LUB food so much! BOL!)  Dey had a competition an let people who liked their page name some of us pups.  I was named Jack… but Hoomum said Jack just didn’t fit… Piglet did!  So here I is!
This is my good side
  How did you come to live with your hoomum?
  Me doggy sissy, Mishka, who is a Staffy X, was ten at da time, an had just had a cancer removed.  She went all depressed, so Hoomum, (who neber wants a home wifout a doggy) talked to Hoodad an me siblins, an dey decided to adopt a doggy.  Either an older dog, or a pup, an Hoomum has always LUBBED Pitbulls..  They saw PAWS Rescue and Rehabilitation facebutt page, an my photo was there right beside another pup dey liked the look of… but Hoomum said I was too adorabull!  So she read up about us pibbles, spoke to vets an trainers… an decided da myths an bad press about our breed was just dat. RUBBISH!!!  Because ob bully’s being classed ‘dangerous breeds’ here in New Zealand, she had to get a reference from her vet, police checked an approval fwom her landlord/boss.  And she passed!  Dats how I gots here… (She had to twavel three hours to pick me up too!)  An now we work at twying to change peoples perceptions ob pitbulls an bully breeds.
Were you scared on the ride to your new home?
  Nope!  I had me sissy Mishka wif me the whole time, and me Hoobro, Josh.  Hooman’s make comfy pillows I tell ya!
Did your new sisfur tell you all about where you were going to live and do?
   She sure did!  Hoomum boughted her to come pick me up.  And it was lub at first sight for da us both!  There were other doggies an Pups at me foster home, but she just knew I was her baby bruffer!  She told me abouts sharin our bed wif do Hoomans and how dey appreciated it on cold nights.  About awl da space an paddocks I can run in… she told me abouts cows too… but dey didn’t sound like much fun… but I liked da descripshun of how dere poop smelled!  Mmmmm mmm!  As for our Hooman’s?  Tweats, toys, baffs an LOTS ob lub!  I coudn’t wait to get to me new home!
How long did it take to adjust to your new home?
  I adjusted to me new home really quickly.  I had food aggression issues at me foster home… but not here.  Me an sissy ate side by side fwom da verwy beginnin.  But da farm was different.  I was scared ob awl da noises, da bikes, machinery… an da COWS!  Dey were HUGE!  Dey lefted me delishous patties though… but it took a while for me to get used to those beasties!!  Hoomum walks us ebery day an it took me a couple ob months before I decided I was safe around da machinery… nearly six months before I’d sniff a cow!  An does calves?!  Widdle, cute… but fast!
How many furry siblings do you have now?
  I hab me sissy, Mishka, an eight cat siblins.  All rescues an desexed, an most ob dem were dumped on our farms.  Lisa, Nae Nae, Nu Nu, Scrawny, Precious, Lennox, Oscar and Tilly.  Den we hab Blue!  Hims me calf bruffer dat walks wif us around da farm.  Him is Hoomums baby too.  Hims is going to lib his life wif us and not be eaten!
Daisy & Blue (Chocolate is in the background)
Are you still scared of the cows?
  Nope.  I help me sissy push dem to da shed sometimes, an I’m da official Calf Pibble!  I help Hoomum feed da calves an look after dem.
What is your favorite thing to do?
  Snuggle wif me Hoomans!  Especially Hoodad!  Hims is soooo comfy!  AND I lub runnin wif him on da farm!  I LUB racin him on da motorbike!  I AWLWAYS wins.  Poor Mishka is a widdle slow!  BOL.
Can you tell me what makes you – as a red nosed pit – different from other pits?
  My nose!  BOL!  Dat’s awl dat makes me different.  I may be a pitbull,  but I am a dog first.  I am just like awl other dogs, I just wear pitbull fur!  And like Hoomans, we awl have different personalities an strengths. That is what makes us… US.  We are individuals 🙂
What would you or your hoomum like to say about pitties?
  Hang on a sec… “HOOMUM!!!!  YOUR TURN!”
  Hey, it’s Piglets Hoomum here.  Belinda.  What I’d like to say about pitbulls is this.  They are awesome dogs and don’t deserve the bad press they get.  Like all dogs, EXERCISE them,  train them, love them and socialize them, and you will have a happy, human and animal friendly dog.  Piglet is my best friend.  He and Mishka are never alone, never left outside, and always with one of us.  He is a pleasure to have around and when he’s with my husband… it’s VERY quiet and lonely!  Adopting a Pitbull is the best decision I have ever made.
What would you like to say to people who are afraid to adopt pitties from a shelter?
  I’ze back!
  Hoomans!  Pwease educate yourselves!  Go an visit shelters, talk to and visit wif responsible owners of pibbles and Pibble rescues, see for yourself what amazing animals we are.  I don’t judge all Hooman’s based on da horrible fings dey have done to each other AN our kind.  So pwease… don’t judge us.  Dogs aren’t born bad… it’s Hoomans dat make us dat way.  AND IT’S HOOMANS DAT CAN SAVE US TOO!
What do you mean this is your bed??
Is there anything else you would like to add?
  Yes… just this … I am a dog. Yes, I am a Pitbull.  And I am a loved member of a family.  I am not a lawn ornament.  I am not a security system.  I am not a fighter.  I was and continue to be, loved, trained and socialized, and most ob awl EXERCISED daily,  just like my hooman siblings.  I am the result of my situation and my upbringing.  Just like a hooman child is.  I am a Pitbull.  I am Piglet! An I lub EBERYBODY!
May I borrow pictures of you – Miss Piglet ma’am- for the article? I will state that they were used with permission.
 BOL!  Well… I is a Mr… a desexed Mr… (But dats awlright, Hoomum said it’s acause I’m so pwetty AN handsome dat people gets confuseded)  and yes.  You are more than welcome to use any of my pictures from me facebutt page … Hoomum said you can too!
  Fank you for givin me da opportunity to speak on behalf ob Pibbles everywhere!
  Pibble Nibbles and whippin tail wags
  Piglet an Hoomum xx

Meet Samson the Blind Cat & Company

Author’s Note: This has been revised as the pictures and editing did not show up when it was published. My apologizes.
Many thanks to Samson’s mom for letting me interview her about the furry family. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit the facebook page – Samson the Blind GA cat to follow their story.

How many pets do you have that need extra care?
We have four are blind or partially sighted, one is deaf, one has FIP.  Gracie, a little long-haired tabby, is about ten months now, and was thrown from a car as a kitten.  I found her in the street, injured, with a concussion, and unable to walk.  As a result, one leg is paralyzed.  But she gets around very well.  She can outrun me!
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How many of them are blind?
Sammy, Cricket, and Bones are totally blind.  Stevie has a little sight in his one remaining eye.  He sees as we would if we were looking through a small circle.  He has to move his head to align his field of vision.
May I ask if they were born blind or lost their eyesight due to infections/disease?
All are rescues as adults so we really don’t know the causes.  All the blind ones came from high kill shelters.  Two are black and blind, pretty much a guarantee of euthanasia in a shelter.  Black cats are the last to be adopted.  Black and blind cats stand almost no chance at all.
We had a lovely Siamese named Li who was adopted as an elderly fellow.  He had gone blind from untreated glaucoma, as did another blind senior girl named Abigail.  Li passed away last year, and Abigail about three years ago.  With the others, we really don’t know the causes, except for Stevie.  He was born with Microphthalmia, meaning his eyes were underdeveloped.  One eye was completely blind.  His lashes turned inward and irritated it so badly that we had that eye removed.  It wasn’t even attached to the optic nerve.  He’s much more comfy now.
Samson (Sammy) was born without eyes.  He was caught as a kitten in a feral cat trap in the mountains.  His rear leg had been broken at some point and healed a bit crooked.  At first he was terrified of being off the ground, so we figure he broke it in a fall.  Now he’s probably the bravest of the blind cats and loves to climb and explore.
Do they have full reign of the house or do they stay in one section/room?
They’re allowed all over the house, except in the formal living and dining rooms.  We have a screened porch in the basement with a cat door, and they all love being out there in pretty weather.  The blind ones navigate the stairs with no issues.  Only Cricket, who is the shyest, doesn’t go downstairs.  She can, but she chooses not to.
How long does it take for them to adjust to their new environment, or does it vary with each cat?
When bringing in a blind cat, we start them out in just one room.  For how long depends upon the cat’s personality.  When they seem comfortable and curious about what lies beyond the door, we will let them have access to another room.  It just increases from there as they seem ready.
We have found that cats born blind are pretty much normal cats.  When they go blind, as from glaucoma, it is more of an adjustment.  Those born blind know no other way to be and think nothing of it.  Those that go blind are usually more cautious and take longer to adapt.  Our Earl Grey was born blind and LOVED exploring.  We nicknamed him Houdini.  If there was a way to get outside, he would find it.  Earl knew no fear.  Sadly we lost him from a probable aneurism a couple of years ago.
Can you tell me a bit about the other cats?
Shamrock is a lovely white Maine Coon with stunning green eyes who is totally deaf.  He startles easily, so we’re always careful to let him know we are there by flicking the lights or waving at him.  If he’s asleep, I’ll hold my hand by his nose.  He’ll eventually pick up my scent and wake up without being startled.  I didn’t know he was deaf when we brought him home.  I figured out when he didn’t run from the vacuum that something was up.  Like the blind ones, he can never go outside, but Shammy loves the porch and lying in the sunshine.  He does understand hand gestures.  If I want him to come, since I can’t call him, I gesture for him to come to me.  He usually does.  He is difficult to treat medically – give pills or meds – as you can’t talk to him to soothe him or calm him down.  Blind cats are pretty easy to treat since they can’t see what’s coming!  🙂  Shamrock loves traveling and often accompanies us on vacation.
Shamrock – white with green eyes – Maine Coon – Deaf
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Cricket – Orange and white – Blind
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Grace – Young tabby – paralyzed leg  after being thrown from car
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Sammy – black with no eyes
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Stevie – grey tabby with one “bluish” eye
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Bones – Black standing on couch – blind
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The blind cats really need nothing special.  We provide toys that make noise – bell balls or crinkle balls, and they love furry mice.  The laser pointer does nothing for them.  If I move something in the house, they figure it out.  People often ask if they can find their food or litter box.  Not a problem!  They climb, play, and run just like all cats.  Cricket is the shyest of the blind ones.  She is more cautious about climbing steps or jumping down from a bed.
Can you explain a bit about FeLV, FIP & FIV?
We’ve had many FeLV cats over the years.  That is Feline Leukemia.  There’s a good article here with details: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/feline-leukemia-virus
We’ve had FeLV cats live from 8-10 years but others not even make it a full year.  We’ve lost a few immediately after neutering.  Surgery can cause the FeLV to ‘kick in’ and they crash quickly.  FeLV cats CAN live good, happy lives.  Too many vets recommend euthanizing them immediately.  There are precautions you can take to help them.  Our Bo lived 8 good years, and Nala made if over 10 years.  It’s not necessarily a death sentence.  Avoiding stress, a healthy diet, and giving L-Lysine to boost the immune system are all good things for an FeLV kitty.  A positive result could mean the cat is a carrier only and won’t show symptoms.  One of our vets had an FeLv+ kitty who lived 17 years.
Our Biscuit is positive for FIV.  That is Feline Aids (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus)  https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care/feline-immunodeficiency-virus-fiv
Again, not a death sentence.  Positive can also mean he is a carrier and may never show symptoms.  This disease weakens the immune system, so like with FeLV, avoiding stress, a good diet, and supplements help keep them strong.  If another cat is sneezing or sick, I isolate Biscuit from that cat.  He was a Tom living on the streets, but he’s loving life as a pampered indoor boy.  So far, he shows no signs of the disease at all.
FIP is the one I most dread and hate.  There are two forms – dry and wet.  We’ve dealt with both over the years.  While there are some experimental treatments, they are extremely expensive.  There isn’t a diagnostic test for FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) so by the time the cat shows symptoms, the disease is usually in the latter stages.  Sadly it often claims kittens.  Our Luna lived with dry FIP for about five months longer than expected, maybe because we tried the expensive treatment with her.  She hated taking the oral liquid meds, though, and fought so hard against them that we opted to discontinue, plus the cost – hundreds of dollars a month – was too high for us to continue longer.  I hope one day they find a way to diagnose and treat this horrid disease.

What has been the hardest thing about having cats that need extra love & attention?
Nothing hard about it at all!  We love each one so much and are blessed to have them in our family.  The vet bills can mount up with one of the diseases, but there aren’t any drawbacks to having blind and deaf kitties.
What has been the most rewarding thing about the experience?
Just knowing that these cats who would have been euthanized as ‘unacceptable’ now have a happy and loving home.  Rescue kitties know you saved them.  All the rescued blind cats are very attached to us and like nothing more than being close by.
What would you like to say to people who are hesitant to adopt a cat that may need extra love & attention?
To quote Alana Miller, director of Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary  www.blindcatrescue.com, blind cats are just…cats.  The rewards are so great.  With the ones who have FeLV, FIP, and FIV, you have to go in with your eyes open and know the possible outcome.  But if you believe that these animals deserve a chance for a happy life, regardless of length, it’s easy to open your heart to them.  You may be surprised how hard they fight and how long they will be with you.  I can’t imagine living without a blind cat now.  They amaze us daily with all they can do.  For anyone interested, visit Blind Cat Rescue’s website and read a book called Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline’s Tale or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wondercat.  You’ll never think about blind cats the same again.

Extra Love Needed: Meet Tsuki & Maverick

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May I ask how old you are?

I turned 1 year on Christmas Morning.

Where did your name come from?

It is Japanese for motion and that is me – always in motion.  Go Go Go –

How do your pronounce it?

two su kee

Do you have any nicknames?

Sassy Pants, Suki Butt

What is your favorite thing to do?

Laying on mama’s lap or pulling her clothes out of the closet and drawers to help rearrange.

Are you part Siamese?

I am, but I like to look at myself as a pure.

Are you currently on any medications?

there is no medications to make FeLV go away or to make us feel better when it overtakes our bodies.  Our humans do what they can to make us comfortable until it is time to visit a place called the Rainbow Bridge.

What would you like people to know about Felv?

It isn’t a death sentence – we can live 3-5 years and provide you with lots of love.  If I’m lucky I will fall into the 17% where I’m just a carrier and I live to be 20!!!  But give us a chance and don’t turn your back on us.

Infinity,Welcome to the family.

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🙂 Thank you!
What do you think of Tsuki?

She is a very funny cat, she chases red dots, and plays with feathers.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Play with my mama and my brothers!  I love classes that I attend.

What type of training have you had already?

I’ve earned my AKC STAR Puppy, I started Beginners classes, a nose work class and mama is teaching me Agility.

What advice would you give to other woofies looking for furever homes?

When they walk past your cage or if your lucky like I was – I was in foster care.  But either way – alway great the human with a smile and wagging tail – show them you want to make them happy.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your family?

We have 2 brothers Mofasa and Maverick too!!  I love my brothers!!!

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Dedication:

This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Mazyz, Mitz and the others who have come before us.

Of course – do you know that Tsuki was being brought to her forever home because mama was caring for 2 special need dogs.  Mazyz had heart issues and Mitz had lung cancer.  Mama thought how cool is that to make room for a special needs kittie.  Mitz passed on November 5th and May passed on November 21 – 3 days before I arrived.

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At the Bridge until we meet again –

Champ, I’m a Natural – 7/99 – 11/07 – Official Couch Potato, CGC – My little Boo

Rex-a-Million – 2/99 – 9/07 – There will never be another! – CGC/TDI, TDIA, TDIA-RVA, UAGI, NA, NCC, NGC, TN-N, TN-O, OAC, ARC TOP 10 2004, HIT, TN-E, NJC, NA-V, O-TN-N, O-NCC

M’LadyBug – 10/12/05 – 12/25/06 – My Angel that blew in from Katrina, and blew out too quickly.

Marley, HD wasn’t an option – CGC, TN-N, HIC, NAC, TGN, TN-O, NJC, WV-N, OAC, TN-E, NCC, RL-1, CL1-H, CL1-R, CL1-F, OJC, UCD, 2007 AMBOR Versatility Champion, WV-O, EAC, 2007 Ranked 4th mix breed Novice OB with UKC

RR’s very fashionably Putting on the Mitz – Toy Lover – 3/07 – 11/13

All Saints Limited Addition Mazyz – CGC, ORT – 6/07 – 11/13 – Once owned by a Saint always owned by a Saint


Many Many thanks to Tsuki & Maverick and their mom for sharing their lives with me. You can find them all on their facebook page – The Antics of Tsuki and Maverick.
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Extra Love Needed: Meet Bella, Daisy & Lucky

Miss Bella, how did you get your name?

I’m not sure you know…I came from a place called Bella, and there was a cat there a long time ago who passed on called Bella-and they remembered her.  I have heard the name since I was born, I heard it in my head and when Mom told my first Mom she wanted to name me Bella, first Mom cried and Mom cried.  And now I am Bella Bluebella and I carry the name proudly.

 

Why to you suckle your mom’s neck?

Oh it’s wonderful!  I was with her a week when I noticed her neck and something on their that reminded me of my true Mom (Airie: I have a mole on my neck that could be perceived as a nipple by a kitten…it has now been dubbed “The Neck Nipple”).

She did not want me too at first and tried to pull me away but I cried and was gentle so she let me.  It feels good and we are so close when I do it.  I purr and pat her face and I am gentle.  There is no milk, but there is love.

 

What is your favorite outfit?

Anything with wings!  Mom makes me outfits with wings on them and I can FLY!

The rarely spotted Bella dragon
The rarely spotted Bella dragon

 

How do you help your mom?

Oh, I make her laugh!  I do something she calls “Twerking” and dance my butt when I walk.  I talk to her in my little high squeaky voice. I am teaching her to fetch, too!  I love to run straight up the wall to make her laugh!  And I love, love, love her and am sweetness and light.

 

What is your favorite thing to do?

Besides sucking on my Mom’s neck, I love to play with toys that look like springs!  I also love to play with Lucky and Daisy.  I like to do funny things to make people laugh.  Killing peoples legs, preferably the left thigh, is awesome.  I LOVE to eat!  Mom calls me the “Rotating Grab” after some machine with big jaws that grabs and moves things.  I love to do everything.

May I help you?
May I help you?

 

Are you and Lucky a couple?

A couple of what?  I think we were for awhile.  Everyone here is spayed and neutered, but when I was supposed to get spayed I had a cold.  Then I started feeling good funny and wanted to show everyone my butt like Lucky did.  Lucky loved my butt then and we did butt dances all over the house together.  Mom said I had the best of all worlds.  She made me a collar to wear because he was biting my neck a lot and sometimes it hurt and made bleeding places.  When I was calmer, and Lucky was calmer, Mom took me to the vet and I came home and that does not happen.  Mom was surprised Lucky and I “went all the way” but now we are all friends and he is back to just putting his butt on my face.  I love him though.  I love Daisy, and I love Mom.  I love you too!

Miss Daisy, I heard you started modeling early, do you have any beauty tips to share with inspiring models?

Queen Daisy to you
Queen Daisy to you

That’s Queen Daisy please.  I’m tiny, but I AM in charge!  I do love you, though!

Tips:

1.Steal all the jewelry you can.

2.Get plenty of sleep, especially on things your Mom is trying to work on, inside her clothes, on the chair she wants to sit on, or in your royal SLINX.

3.Vocal Exercises!  I can’t stress this enough-from a purr to a meow to a rumbling growl, a hiss or a full blown scream, do them often and do them well!

 

What is your favorite outfit?

Right now I am Queen of the Geishas!  I love anything with a belt and a bow,and like the bow to be almost as big as I am.  The new Cherry Blossom Kimono my Mom is making is so soft and the color brings out my eyes and my color.  I love it!

 

Do you help your mom design/test new products?

I am the supervisor.  I HATE getting dressed and yell at her but once I am dressed I love it and do my “Daisy Dance” where I twirl and roll and purr and kiss her face.  I know I am the inspiration for the SLINX and use it often.  I had to ride in so many of them before she got it right!

If I do NOT like the outfit she puts on me, I go under the bed and yell at her, if I DO like it, I run to the mirror and look at myself from all angles.

I love to model, but always pretend I don’t and make terrible faces when we start, then I get fabulous and give them my angles.

This is my "oh really?" face
This is my “oh really?” face

 

What is a typical day like for you?

In the morning, when Mom gets up, she makes me take medicine-my feet hurt all the time because it turns out I am allergic to ALL clumping litters and we did not know this for a long time.  My eyes also are sensitive and she puts some horrid stuff in them and I can SEE!  And keep them open so everyone can enjoy their beautiful aqua color.

Then when I am fully awake I run as fast as I can (exercise is important I never walk, I always run at full speed!) and jump on her and crawl in her clothes or the SLINX.  The rest of the day is spent ambushing her, singing while sitting on a closed toilet seat, screaming at my brother Lucky because he is a pest, or playing and napping with my sister Bella Blue.

I do eat in small dainty portions, play with toys and mostly sleep in the sun or where there is a warm patch or blankets to burrow in.

 

When your not busy modeling, what else do you like to do?

I think I covered that above, but I also like to try to distract my Mom from sewing, and occasionally pee on the floor on a pad.  Got to keep Mom on her toes!

 

Mr. Lucky, where did your name come from?

WHEEEEEEEE!  I’m not SURE!!!!!  But she is Lucky to have me!  I think she was going to call me something fancy like “Fortunate” but she ended up naming me Lucky then other stuff!  Like “Lucky Stoppit!”  or “Lucky Don’t Eat That!” or “Lucky get off your sister!”  She says my name a LOT!

I love her SO MUCH!!!!!  I love to sit on her lap and suck on her hand and make biscuits with my feet while putting my butt in her face!  Sometimes I fart for her!  She’s the Lucky one, that’s my best parts!

 

What is your favorite outfit?

I like to be naked, but I like the fleece pajamas the most, they keep me warm.

 

How long is your tail? (if it’s ever been measured)

Long enough to lash it and whip peoples faces when I am sitting on their shoulder!  That’s fun!  Mom says it’s somewhere between 15-17 inches, but it’s almost impossible to measure!

 

I heard you had an accident when you were young that bend your tail, can I hear your side of the events?

Oh it was AWFUL!!!!!  There was a big square thing leaning against the wall (a folded up room divider screen) and it looked big enough to get me to the ceiling-finally!  So while Mom was sitting in bed I decided to climb it!

It MOVED!!!!! And I slid down and it slid down and it BIT MY TAIL!!!!!!!!!!

(the screen slid down with him, and one of the panels swung open.  Somehow his tail got in the hinged part, and as the movement continued it swung back closed on his tail).

I started screaming and mom ran out and saw me.  She grabbed me and got it out but I BIT her because I was so scared and it hurt.

She wrapped me in a blanket and I heard her say she saw it and it was “last 3 inches hanging by a strip of skin! Whatever that was.

We drove to the place that was open at midnight and close.  I was very quiet and did not feel well.

Some nice people took me in the back and it did not hurt soon and I had a pretty green bandage on my tail.  Mom took me home and the medicine they gave me made me want to PLAY ALL NIGHT!!!!

I got to keep all of my tail, though Mom says we never would have missed the last few inches cause it is so long!

 

I’ve seen a few videos of you and I have to ask, is the butt planting a good or bad thing?

Oh it’s WONDERFUL!!!!!  It’s the best part of me!  I have cute little pointy butt cheeks, and everything back there is so wonderful I want to share it!  There’s even something back there that makes a wonderful smell that makes Mom run away!

What I don’t understand is why my sisters don’t like when I want to cuddle them with it.  Mom says if I want to cuddle I should not start by walking over them the wrong way and putting it on their head!

I love anything to do with it!  When they take my temperature at the vet I purr!  When I get my bath and Mom washes it I sit down into her hand and purr!  She says I am a Purr-Vert and she is right!

 

How many straws have you killed in your lifetime?

Ooooooh the straws are a new thing-I have killed many raffia mice, wool Amaze Balls but the straws are amazing to kill.  I think only about 10 at this point but THEY ALL MUST DIE!!!!!!!!

 

 

How do you get along with your sisters?

GREAT!!!!!!  I love them!  I love to chase them and sit on their heads and hump them and lick their ears!  Bella and I play chase and wrestle.  Daisy likes to play chase but she screams too much and it makes me feel funny so I try to bite her sometimes.  But my favorite game is to jump up and down on top of Daisy while she is sleeping under the covers!

 

Do you supervise your mom or do you perform quality control?

I do both!  But I have a more important job.  You see, sometimes Mom works too long and forgets to take breaks.  So I jump in her lap and purr, and ask for her left hand.  I nuzzle it and sometimes even nurse on it, and purr, and love her and snuggle and burble.  She always stops for my “drive bys” and loves me.  Sometimes if I jump down and roll at her feet she laughs and gets on the floor with me and rubs my tummy.

See, Mom works to hard and when I feel her stress energy go up, I help.  That’s my job.

 

 

Here’s my info:

Website to use:

www.slinxconcepts.com

Products:

The SLINX pet sling

The cat’s pajamas

Tattcat

The INK DOG

Heaven is having all three curled up on the bed with me
Heaven is having all three curled up on the bed with me

 

First, how did SimplySphynx start?

 

Simply Sphynx Cats and the SLINX started out of necessity.  I’m not Mr. Snickett, but there was a series of unfortunate events.  They involved roomates, one who became violent (though not towards me or the cats) and had to be removed, and the next who relapsed and started doing heroin in the house.  Not a pretty way to start the story, but it’s true.

After all that drama, I became extremely tired and distracted, and when running a bath for one of my sphynx cats, forgot the water was running and flooded most of my house.  The result?  I ended up living with two Savannah Cats and two Sphynx cats in my living room for almost 6 months!

The three boys started picking on my little girl sphynx cat Daisy.  To the point where she always had scratches on her face and she was getting very anxious.  I carried her around with me in my robe or my shirt as much as I could, but after many chest scratches, stretched out clothing and sleepless nights, I knew I had to find a solution.

The solution was some kind of bag to carry her in, on my chest/stomach, that left my hands free when needed, kept her warm and protected me from her claws.

I went and bought a sewing machine because there was NOTHING out there that suited my needs and I was stuck at home anyway because of all the contractors coming and going.  I taught myself to sew, and after months and months of trying, I had a sling-I called it the SLINX-a sling for my sphynx.  I put pictures on facebook and people wanted to buy it.

 

 

What was the first piece you made?

 

The first real piece I did make was the SLINX.  I had no intentions of selling it when I made it-I barely knew how to sew.  But the Sphynx Cat community on facebook was blowing up-they wanted it!  So I worked really hard on the pattern and my skills, and got the first one ready to sell last year.  When they started it took me a whole day (with a lot of mistakes and starting over) to make one.  Now I can do it start to finish in a few hours.

 

What has been your favorite piece so far?

I’d have to as my favorite is the Tattcat™ -the shirt that makes cats and dogs look like they have a tattoo.

 

What was the hardest piece to make?

It’s a tossup between the SLINX and the Tattcat™ The Tattcat™  is the most difficult fabric, like tights or leggings fabric.  The SLINX has the most parts and had to be completely adjustable and safe.

 

I think the pet sling is the coolest idea, what inspired you to make it?

Besides above, the crisis came when one of the other cats tried to actually kill Daisy.  It was horrible, and I needed to keep her near me at all times until I could find a new home for him.

The pet sling
The pet sling

 

 

Where did the idea for tattoo shirts come from?

I have WAY too many ideas.  I had seen a horrid picture from Russia where someone actually put a Sphynx under anesthesia, and tattood it.  Horrible!  But like all owners of hairless pets, I had thought how cool they would look with a tattoo.  I ordered a cheap fake tattoo sleeve, cut some holes in it and stuck it on my boy, Lucky.  Put the picture up for laughs and had over 50 people wanting to buy one.  After a LOT of research, I found a company that would print the fabric for me with safe dye, and softer fabric.  The cheap stuff out there has cheap and dangerous dyes in it, and not always the best fabric.

 

How did you teach yourself to sew?

With a lot of crying, cursing, and I broke three singer sewing machines by trying to sew multiple layers of fleece.  Finally my Mom, who is a quilter, offered me some good sewing machines that she just had sitting around!

 

Pretty in polka dots
Pretty in polka dots

 

How did you fall in love with sphynx cats?

I don’t know quite how!  I had done rescue, hospice, fostering and many other things with cats (and sometimes dogs).  When I realized that it was time to stop (at times I had up to 15 cats and kittens in my home) I wanted to explore some breed cats.  I got some Savannah Cats (WONDERFUL cats, mine just got too stressed and were no longer happy) I decided to see what a Sphynx was all about.  I found a local breeder, http://www.dare2b-baresphynx.com and she had me come visit.

A bunch of kittens came running out and started taking things out of my purse!  They climbed all over me, purring and loving on me.  I had never experienced anything like it.  They felt like velvet, looked adorable (they don’t really photograph as beautiful as they are) and I was hooked.  I got Daisy that day, and a few years later my boy, Lucky.

When I was ready for a third, I asked if there were any colored ones available.  Daisy was cream with red points like a siamese, and Lucky was pure white.  Yes, you have to bathe them.  Yes, white and cream show dirt more.  Dare2b-bare did not have any, but suggested Bella Remembered Sphynx Cattery, and there I got my Bella Blue, my baby girl who is the color of a Russian Blue cat-just without the fur.

This IS Daisy's happy face
This IS Daisy’s happy face

 

I’d like to add that EVERYTHING I do is tested on my poor cats!  All the pieces, including the toys are meant to enhance the bond between people and their pets.  Dogs, furry and hairless, and furry cats all use and wear my products.  The SLINX has helped traumatized, abused pets become trusting and loving.  The fleece pajamas have helped Sphynx and other pets who hate clothes but need to be warm and covered learn to love clothes instead of fear or hate them.  The Tattoo clothes bring joy to both pets and their owners, and the toys as well!

 

My mission is and always has been to help pets and their owners bond.  The stronger the bond, the better the care, the less likely people are to “throwaway” pets.

I give! I give!
I give! I give!

 


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Bella, Daisy & Lucky for letting me interview them and their awesome mom. Pictures were used with permission. You can find Bella, Daisy & Lucky on their mom’s facebook page and sporting new fashions on the official website Slinx Concepts or the Etsy page – Simply Sphynx (As an added bonus for all my readers, Miss Airie has a special code for a 10% off discount up 4/30!  Use the code WHISKERS on the Etsy link page).
They’re famous! Please check out News 4 Jax‘s  animal fashion segment, Beth Sullivan is used Simply Sphynx’s clothes to dress her sphynx Jovie!
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Extra Love Needed : Meet Tom

Hello,everybody.

Hello everyone
Hello everyone

First of all,I would like to introduce myself. I am Tom,a white cat. I am also deaf but that isn’t an obstacle for me to live my life.

How old are you?

I am not sure about my age, but I am around 4 years old. I’m a young cat still.

Where did your name come from?

Long ago,we had a birmanese cat,also named Tom.That’s where I got my name from. Unfortunatelly, Tom the birmanese is at the rainbow bridge now…

How did you come to find your forever home?

 

As a kitten,I lived with my mother and my siblings at my owner’s sister.Then,when I grew up,my owner and her daughter,Diana,took me at their home and I live with them since then.They are sweet persons and I feel good here with them.

Do you have any fur siblings you live with?

We have another cat named Giani. He’s a half brother of mine. Giani is a black cat. He’s so beautiful but a little shy,too. Sometimes he would tolerate me to cuddle with him,sometimes he wouldn’t. I guess the feeling is mutual.But I love Giani. He can be so sweet.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Just looking for trouble
Just looking for trouble

 

One of my favourite thing to do is to sleep.The other favourite thing to do is to get in trouble. Plenty of it!

Where do you like to sleep?

The TV is my favourite place to sleep. I like to put my paw or my tail on the screen,so my momma can’t see.

Sleeping on the tv
Sleeping on the tv

 

Is there anything else you would like to add about yourself?

Diana says I’m a special cat.Sometimes crazy,sometimes sweet,sometimes indifferent,but that’s who I am.

P.S.:I love my owners!I’m just that kind of cat who will not admit how much I love and need them. Mew!

Yes, I admit to loving my owners
Yes, I admit to loving my owners

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Happy Tails: Meet Mimi

 

Hallo!
Hallo!

How old are you?

Actually nobody knows exactly. Probably 2,5 years old.

Where did your name come from?

Originally my name was Mia. I ever since liked to talk to others – when I moved to my new home I talked even more. On the second day at my new home daddy asked me – just for fun – what is your name and I answered mi – mi (in English it would sound like me – me). But you might know I have a second name and that’s Boromia – Mum and dad are mad about Lord of the Rings and so every one of us has got his LOTR name

How did you find your family?

My family found me on Facebook. Mum was looking for a companion for Gandi and one day a friend of her reposted my pic. A private organisation in Lower Austria was looking for a home for me – and my babies. Mom showed my pic to dad (as every other cat she found) and suddenly he said “okay, contact them and ask for her”. Mum did and they had to provide a lot of informations about where I would live, about themselves etc. Then mum and dad came to visit me and we liked each other from the spot. So it came that I was allowed to move to my new home.

How do you and Samy get along?

Grrrr – Samy is a little VERY annoying little baby. No just kidding – she is a baby but much fun. I like to play with her. There is just one problem: she doesn’t know when to stop.

Do you go outside often?

Definitely yes! As often as possible. We have a wonderful garden in a great area with nearly no traffic.

Kalt? Mir? Nie, nicht bei diesem tollen Fell (Cold? Me? No, not with this great coat)
Kalt? Mir? Nie, nicht bei diesem tollen Fell (Cold? Me? No, not with this great coat)

Do you stay inside when it snows?

Have a look at my fur I don’t care about snow. I love being outside even when it’s really cold.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Sleeping, chasing Samy, Gandi and Poldi and cuddling with mom and dad

Mimi und Gani (Mimi and Gani)
Mimi und Gani (Mimi and Gani)

Where do you sleep?

It depends. At the moment I prefer to sleep in a little colder place – everywhere else it becomes too hot for me. But although I try to sleep in my mom’s bed for a couple of hours every night.

Can you tell us a bit about where you live?

I live with my step siblings in a beautiful part of Vienna/Austria. It’s the suburb with small hills and vineyards. It’s Green everywhere, nearly no traffic. So we can go where ever we want and don’t have to look for cars. I have a very good friend named Eddy – he lives in the next garden but one. We visit each other very often. The problem is Gandi and Eddy don’t like each other at all – they always start fighting when their paths cross. I’m said to be partly a dog. Every time mom and dad go for a walk I accompany them for a while. When they go to visit neighbours I go with them and stay there as long as they do. A problem in winter because then I have to wait outside. Either they have cats on their own or – and that’s just one neighbour – they don’t like cats. There also live foxes, (last spring a baby fox and all of us where totally exited), weasels, hedgehogs, squirrels– but the nice ones. Live is really worth living with my family.

Pawsome kisses Mimi


Author’s Note: Many thanks (vielen dank!) To Mimi’s mom for answering the questions and for letting me borrow pictures of Mimi. You find Mim on her facebook page named: Mimi.

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Happy Tails: Meet Thomas & Brunson

Brunson (top) Thomas (bottom)
T: Good evening, Mz Christina.
B: Hi, Mz Christina.
How old are you both?
T: I am somewhere between 15 and 16, and Brunson is maybe 7.
Thomas, you have a wonderful story about your adoption, care to share it?
T: Sure. I was at the Humane League for five weeks waiting for my forever family. (My first family dumped me for something to do with “landlord.”) Five weeks was a long time to be at that shelter back then as it was a high-kill shelter. I was getting really worried. So anyway, this lady and man come in. She had seen my photo on the Internet and was looking for me. She came up to the colony I was in and spotted me high up on a shelf. I showed her my teeth. I had big fangs back then and didn’t know what else to do. She laughed!
Thomas tries to recreate the face he made when he met his forever mom
The worker at the shelter took me into the meeting room so they could see me. Dad thought I was pretty scraggly and scrawny. He told mom that there were other “prettier” cats available. She said she thought I was beautiful and if I were a lap cat, she was going to take me home. She patted her lap and I jumped right up!  The adoption papers were signed and we were on our way. (Just for the record, in the last 10+ years since I was adopted, I have only sat on mom’s lap a couple of times. MOL)
The whole way home I squawked and made some truly loud and strange sounds. Mom was talking to me but I kept squawking.
Is there a reason you made all those funny noises on the way to your new home?
T: It turns out that I don’t sound like other cats. I am special. *giggles* I make throaty kind of sounds, sort of like a big lion, and when I purr it sounds like someone is tumbling stones for jewelry!
B: He sounds like a snarling Chihuahua, not a lion!
T: You are just jealous. I sound exactly like a lion.
Also, where do you relax if you’re not a lap cat?
T: I like to sit near my mom, by her feet or on the arm of the chair, but if she pets me I leave. When I am not with mom, I am in one of the cave type beds scattered around the house. Mom made me a “heat cave” which is a blanket over a chair. Part of the blanket surrounds the heat vent and all the hot air gets trapped next to the chair. I snuggle in between the chair and the wall. It is delightful! I am also a big fireplace fan!
 
Brunson, can you share your story of how got your name?
 
B: I had been outside and wandering around for what seemed like forever. It was very cold and raining really hard. I saw a dry porch with the lights on and a sleigh with presents. Using my last bit of strength, I meowed my head off at the front door. A lady (soon to be my new mom) heard me and opened the door.  I shoved my head and shoulders in the door.  She picked me up and took me back outside. Then people started showing up at the door. Every time someone would open the door, I would try to go in so the lady was holding me in her arms on the porch.
She couldn’t help but notice how bony I was so she made up a nice box with blankets, fed me, gave me water, and kept me safe until her and dad could take me to the vet the next morning.
That was a long way of saying that I was named after a famous poker player, Doyle Brunson, because I was the first guest to arrive on poker night!
Brunson's poker face
 
How long did it take for you to adjust from being outside to inside?
 
About 30 seconds. Mom and dad kept me in the finished basement until I was strong enough to meet my new brothers.  I had fleas, ticks, worms…I only weighed 6 pounds and I am a very large kitty. I had been starving for a long time. I was super happy to be warm, fed, and loved!
Do you two get along?
B: Umm…
T: Sometimes, I guess most times. Brunson is a daddy’s boy and I hang with mom. So there is no competition there.  Brunson gets carried away and body slams me sometimes. He bites me but ends up with a huge mouthful of my fur!  Mom says when we cough up hairballs, they are all my fur.
B: You have to admit, you start it, Thomas!
T: I just casually walk by and bop you on the head or step on your tail. That doesn’t necessarily mean I want to wrestle.
B: Yeah, right!
Brunson stands by his statement, Thomas starts the fights
Are there any other furry siblings in the house?
T: Sigh. Not anymore. Our brother Licorice went to the rainbow bridge in January of 2013. He was my best friend. I lived with him for 9 years. I still miss him. He was 16 when he passed. My mom had a kitty named Baby Bear who was with her for 19 years. After he died, mom wanted a cat to keep her company and for Licorice to hang around with. That is why she adopted me.
B: Licorice had some razor sharp claws! Mom used to have to pick the claw shards out of my head! I learned pretty quickly not to mess with him. I still miss the old guy though.
Do either of you have new year’s resolutions you would like to share? 
T&B: To stop procrastinating!!! So far we are not doing well with that.
Stop procrastinating.. okay, I'll take a nap right here.
May I do a dedication to Licorice at the end of the article?
T: Yes. That would be nice.
Thank you both again and your mom. 🙂 
 
T: Thank you, Mz Christina!
B: Thanks, Mz Christina. That was fun!
Dedication: 
This article is dedicated to the loving memory of Licorice. Fly free little one. You will always be loved & missed.

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Thomas & Brunson for letting me interview them (and their mom!). Pictures were used with permission. You can find them on their facebook page – Thomas & Brunson.

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Happy Tails: Meet Sam the Man

Thank you for wanting to be interviewed.
It is my pleasure!

Sam the Man
Sam the Man

How old are you?
I am about 5 years old.

Where did your name come from?
Dad named me. He was looking for a tough sounding name and decided to call me Sam. My full name is Sam the Man.

How did you find your forever home?
A teacher who worked at the same school dad taught at found me eating out of a dumpster behind a restaurant. She told dad about me and she took me to school where dad picked me up. He and mom adopted me when I was just a little kitten.

Helllooo ladies
Helllooo ladies

My ladycat readers would like to know if you are single?
Yes, I am available! I kind of like a little black cat Laila here but she does not care too much for me.

Do you get to venture outside or do you stay in?
All the cats and bunny here are full time indoor cats. I have a lot of toys to play with so I’m happy.

How many fursiblings do you live with?
I have 12 cat siblings and a bunny sibling.

What is your favorite thing to do?
I love to play with bouncing balls.

Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself or your family?
If I may be immodest for a moment, I am famous on Youtube. I have several videos there, but my favorite is “The Shocking Minds of Cats 1“, starring me and a white cat named Luvey. I get to talk in this one! If you want to see it, please click the link.

Thank you.
You are very welcome. I enjoyed it. I want to say Hi to all my fans out there! Love you!

 


 

Author’s Note: Many thanks to Sam the Man for letting me interview him. Pictures were used with permission. Please visit him on his facebook page – Sam the Man

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Happy Tails: Meet Eleanor & Her Hairies

Miss Eleanor, let’s start with you, may I ask how you came to your forever home?

(Tap Tap)


Is this thingy on.. testing 1,47,15..
Well, I lived with some dude that took in my pregnant mommy, he didn’t know we were in there, when we were born, he was trying to find houses for us. Daddy found the dude, drove a big much time and TADA!!! Mommy was surprised after Tabby’s cheer practice with ME!

 

How many clothes do you have in your wardrobe?

I have a lot of clothes, I can’t count that big much yet, but a lot are too big much on me. I do donate my little much ones to a Sphynx rescue.

 Sugar Skull shirt
Do you have a favorite outfit?

I have 2 favorites, they were custom made for me, one has daisies on it, the other has sugar skulls. I love them so much, I am a model for the etsy page thingy that makes them.

 

Do you have a daily beauty routine?

I start off by making sure that I getted big much wrinkle sleeps. I get my cardio in by running and climbing anything and everyone. I don’t even want to think of all the stuff that the Crazy Mommy Lady does to me… my ears hurt just thinking of those evil Qtips!!!

I gots a boxie!
I gots a boxie!

FRANCOIS:

Sir Francois Xavier LeFlufferbutte King of Tacos, how did you get such a glorious name?

Whaa, whaaaat is she saying? I can have tacos? Oh, she likes my name?

Francois
Francois

 

Are you really the King of Tacos?

(Now paying attention) YES! I am the King of EVERYTHING! The God Father, really.

Does any one treat you different because you are deaf?

The Mother figure does signs at me with her hands, other than that, no, not really, they all pretty much worship me.

Francois looking chic

CARLISLE:

Carlisle, can you explain what a flame point meeze is?

It depends on who you ask, Flame point Meeze, is a flame point, red point, some say we have an Albino trait Siamese.

Carlisle, the handsome
Carlisle, the handsome

 

Where did your name come from?

Well, the tiny human was obsessed with Twilight, before I came to live here, they had another flamer Meeze, named Jasper that passed away from Wet FIP, she wanted me to have a vampire name too.

 

Where is your favorite place to sleep?

I LOVE to sleep on top of the big plasma TV.

SEREFINA:

Miss Serefina
Miss Serefina
Miss Serefina, I love your name it’s so lovely.

You will really LOVE my full name then, Serefina Fiona LeFluffer the Queen of all Evil (I cut the Butte off my last name after Francois’ and my divorce.. LOOONNNG story)

 

What is your favorite thing to do?

I love to just be a total, um, Queen of Evil.

LILY:

I'm fabulous!
I’m fabulous!

Only the ones that are too large on her, she’s usually picky about our hair, Mommy seriously uses a lint remover to get out hair off of Nor’s clothes… SPOILED MUCH?.. I mean, oh how I love my beautiful naked sister!

 

Who is your favorite playmate in the house?

I know it may sound like I am sucking up to her, but Eleanor. I felt like a loner before she came into our home. The other cats think that my markings are mean, Eleanor doesn’t care what anyone looks like, she was so sweet to me and we bonded instantly!

EDWARD:

Sir Edward, what is it like living in a house with mostly ladycats?

The real question would be, what’s it like for all the ladies, living with big sexy me?!

Meow there ladies
Meow there ladies

 

May I ask if you are the biggest mancat in the house?

(Flexes his biceps & winks) ..

 

Is it true you are single?

For you, doll face, I’m whatever you wish for me to be.

What are you looking for in a nice ladycat?

She has to be attractive, well groomed, bury her own in the litterbox.

TUCKER:

Tucker, what breed are you?

The vet THINKS that I am Pitbull/Great Dane.. I personally KNOW that I am just a really tall CAT!

Tucker, the really tall cat
Tucker, the really tall cat

 

How do you handle all the cats in the house?

Very carefully.

Bella Shanaynay:

Me! After a fur cut
Bella Shanaynay, I adore that name! Where did it come from?

I swing my arms and slap like the old TV character from the 90’s. My full name is Bella Shanaynay LaBousche Johnson III

 

What breed are you ma’am?

I am a “Toy” Schnauzer.. even though a Toy breed doesn’t really exist. 

What is your favorite to do?

I LOVE to dig in the trash and hoard the lovely half eaten things that I find, especially banana peels and Styrofoam containers!… 

 


Author’s Note: Many thanks to Miss Eleanor and Her Hairies for answering the interview questions. It’s always a pleasure to do a group interview. You can find Miss Eleanor on her facebook page- Eleanor the Sphynx and her Hairies on their faceboook page- Eleanor’s Hairies. Pictures were used with permission.

 

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