Baby It’s Cold Outside

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This time of year, everyone can use a reminder to look out for cats around their vehicles. I tap on the hood in hopes of scaring a cat away from our vehicle. So far, I haven’t found any of our cats (including barn cats) this way but that doesn’t mean I’ll stop checking.

Cooper Snowflake

Time to curl up next to the fireplace and enjoy some catnip

Deck The Halls

If you’ve decorated for the holiday season, I hope everything is still intact! I try to keep our decorations to a minimum. It’s really just an excuse to put out more animal “stuff.” I hope you enjoy the Christmas items I’ve collected over the years.

Part of me is glad the cats don’t play with this because of the noisy bells 😉

Here’s our pet stockings and photo ornaments.

 

Here’s the top of the bookcase with ornaments and a photo of Zinger with Santa. The wood carvings are from the Dog Bark Park Inn.

 

Our cute “cookie” jar made by Scentsy

 

My attempt at a photo Christmas Wreath

 

Petsmart Christmas Cat

 

Two days after putting up decorations, I found a stocking on the ground…

 

…Looks like a house cat is sending a message to the Barn Cats!

Selective Memory

Barn? What barn?

It has been close to 15 months since Tully went from being a semi-feral barn cat to a house cat. We have put in a lot of time and energy (remember those home-made cat shelves?) into making Tully a confident house cat.

As you can see, Tully is living it up indoors! This fall, our little love bug has discovered how awesome our pellet stove is. So, if he’s not in his favorite bed or couch he is likely in front of the pellet stove keeping warm.

 

Giving Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family (2 and 4 legged). This year I have a lot to be thankful for:

Benny on the front porch

  • Our barn cat Benny returned after disappearing for a week. Lucky for us, he only needed to spend 3 nights inside. I wanted to be confident he didn’t have any health issues that needed monitoring. During his indoor stay, he made himself at home laying on my neck and face. This inspired the nickname “Neck Scarf.”
  • All of our animals are happy, healthy, and have only minor behavioral issues. For example: Benny chews on blankets, Marley whines when she wants to go for a run while I drive the ATV, and Tully makes coyote noises during the night).
  • Everyone has warm beds. The barn cats have insulated beds and heat lamp in the barn cat condo. The house cats have the pellet stove to sleep in front.
  • Tully has made a drastic transformation this past year, going from barn cat to house cat. He purrs when I pick him up, lets me smother him with love, and hangs out on the couch with my husband.
  • The best part is that I have an awesome husband to share this with! He loves animals as much as I do, sometimes spoiling them more than me 😉

Benny and Danny wanting inside

Sweet Satisfaction

After all the time and energy I put into creating the cat shelves (along with my awesome husband’s help), I still get excited when I see a cat using them.

Borgia enjoying the hammock

I’d nap up there if I was a cat

Watson Has Arrived!

This morning we made arrangements to pick Watson up and bring him home. After spending some time with Watson, the vet and I discussed Watson’s medical issues and medications.

Waiting for me to take him home.

I was very eager to get Watson home so I could introduce him to his foster family. I told him all about the six kittehs, the doggie, and his foster daddy.

You can’t help falling in love with this guy.

Watson is our fifth foster dog and this has been the easiest introduction yet! I am SO PROUD of our dog Marley; she handled the introduction like a pro. So far, Watson has only met 2 of the 6 cats (2 of the 3 house cats). The cats had no problem with the casual sniffing and Watson hasn’t been interested in them since. I suspect a couple of the barn cats will introduce themselves this evening when they attempt to sneak into the house (nightly ritual).

Someone needed a nap.

After introductions outdoors, exploring indoors (the main part of the house), and crate training (tossing treats into the open crate), it was time for Watson to take a nap. It feels really great to have him sleep by me as I sit in the recliner. I look forward to his time here with us and sharing the experience with you.

Moving Day

I am happy to announce that Edna was adopted today. We met Edna’s new mom at a park in McMinnville, OR this afternoon. After introductions were made, we shared a lot of Edna’s important information and answered any questions. We followed Golden Bond’s rule of separating potential adopter from the foster dog for one hour (when the 2 parties live far apart, otherwise it’s 24 hours) before going through with the adoption. This time apart gives both parties a better chance to make more sound decisions, not one based solely on emotions because the cute dog is giving you “the look.”

When the hour was up, we made the adoption official. Papers signed, payment collected, harnesses and tags swapped, and I helped fit Edna’s new harness and Gentle Leader. At the end, Edna got into her new vehicle where we said our goodbyes. As sad as it is to let Edna go, we know she is going to a great home with someone who will treat her as a family member and give her the love and attention she desires.

Thank you Edna for being a sweet, quiet girl. Thank you Edna’s mom for giving Edna a home to call her own. I’m sure you will give Edna the best years of her life. Enjoy your time together.