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 đŸ˜‰

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 đŸ˜‰

Benny and Danny wanting inside

Doesn’t Look Good

I’m sad to report that our barn cat Benny was last seen on Wednesday (Nov 11th) and we miss him so much.

Benny won’t be remembered as a dedicated hunter (kind of hard to hunt critters when you are trying to sneak into our house). When I think of Benny, I remember his desire to eat, looking after his sick buddy Tully, and giving me hugs.

I will never forget you Benny.

Dog Ramp 3.0

We redesigned the ramp support to be sturdier and to be lower than the door threshold, replaced the OSB with 3/4″ plywood, and added caps to the posts. I then painted the guard rails and plywood to match the house trim.

Finished!

We used a paint additive made from finely ground walnut shells to create traction for dogs and humans.

Change Of Plans

I am disappointed to announce that I will no longer be a part of Golden Bond Rescue of Oregon. I have been greatly mistreated by a board member regarding a document not being submitted while I was being treated for a serious medical issue. This person was made aware of my situation yet she doubled down and spread lies to support her actions. After making others aware of this disturbing event, I was then painted as the problem person even though the injustice was done to me.

I have learned that people within the rescue, whether they have a title or not, have lost perspective. They believe they can treat people poorly in the name of helping the dogs. They believe that shining light on a problem, only makes the organization look bad and this is abhorrent; they would rather pretend a problem doesn’t exist.

I tried to find a way to continue to help the rescue dogs while standing up for myself, but that wasn’t possible. I respect myself too much to surround myself with people who won’t support me when I’ve been wronged. I don’t want to be around people who want to silence and control me for trying to bring about positive change and accountability.

I am greatly concerned that this sort of behavior will be found within other rescues because people focus so much on the animals and stop caring about the people involved. I could be wrong, but I am choosing not to find out. I am not trying to discourage anyone from becoming a foster home or from participating in animal rescues. I want to make you aware of possible problems. Perhaps by reading this, you might put more thought in how you treat others or how you will respond if you are faced with a similar problem.

Hopefully volunteers within animal rescues will learn something from my negative experience. Show some understanding to the humans who are sacrificing their time, energy and money for your shared cause. Show some respect for what they are able and willing to do, even if they don’t do as much as you do or as fast as you. Consider the consequences of not having them such as losing a foster home, financial donations, and event volunteers.

It’s possible to help animals without harming human relationships.

 

Ginger Cat Appreciation Day

September 1st is Ginger Cat Appreciation Day so give the ginger kitteh in your life a great big hug (then go clean up those fresh scratches). I was previously unaware that ginger cats had their own special day since our cats have declared EVERYDAY is a day to appreciate them.

Hope you enjoy these photos of our gingers!