A Letter to My Rescued Kitty, Who Left Me Too Soon.

:: Cherish every moment you have with your loved ones, because you never know when you might lose them. ::

Dear Gracie,

I remember the first time I saw you. It was love at first site. I think you felt the same, as you didn’t struggle to get out of my arms when I picked you up. You were the sweetest little girl I had ever seen; four milk-dipped paws, the silkiest fur I had ever felt, the face of a little angel. Right from the start, I knew we were meant to be together. Day at the Park 002

Yes, the beginning of our relationship was a little rocky. Your previous adopter, who not only thought you were a boy, but also named you ‘Saden,’ didn’t love you the way you needed to be loved. So I don’t blame you for acting out and leaving presents on her bed… As a matter of fact, I would have done the same exact thing.

Though I had to wash my sheets several times, I refused to give up, because I knew you would begin to trust me. All you needed was patience, protection and love; something every little furry creature deserves. Within a few weeks, you decided I wasn’t so bad, and in no time, you were sleeping across my belly every single night. Presents on the sheets were a thing of the past.

Our bond grew stronger and stronger. You became my constant, my best friend and offered me unconditional love. I loved coming home each day to give you a squeeze and see your little face – you were my joy. My boyfriend at the time (now my husband), was convinced that I loved you more than him, because I would make him move over so that you had plenty of space to sprawl out on the bed… or couch… or floor… or wherever we all may be sitting. I was always concerned about your comfort and happiness. Next to me was where you wanted to be, and I felt the same way.

Each day got a little easier between you and me, and before we knew it, our life together became second-nature.

Our evening ritual consisted of 60 minutes of brushing, loving and suppertime, where you would be prepared with several meow’s to let me know you were ready for your dinner. I would call out your meal each night, and I know it was your way of saying; “that sounds perfect!” The best part of the evening though was getting to snuggle with you.

photo (7)Even though you woke me up each morning with a loud ROAR in my face, I adored it because it was your way of reminding me that you were there. You would follow me all over the house, joining me for yoga, work time, making beds or folding clothes … my true companion and greatest comfort. When I was sad, you somehow always knew how to cheer me up. You were amazing at that.

My favorite time with you though was nap time! Gosh, we both loved it, didn’t we?! I would hop up on our huge white couch, pull the fuzzy blanket over me, and you would snuggle in my arm underneath the blanket, kneading me and purring, until we both fell fast asleep. Life was perfect with you.

My evenings are now quiet, the house is very lonely, and I have a hard time taking naps. I am working on my happiness, because I know you wouldn’t want me to be sad. I hear time heals all wounds, and so I’m really counting on that.

I lost you too soon, but I hope you know that I love you so much. You will always be a part of me, and I will never, never forget you, or the memories that we had together.

I love you so much Gracie Girl.

Your mom,

~ Danielle

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Unique Holiday Gifts for the Animal Lover’s in Your Life!

Welcome to December!

If you’re looking for something different to give your animal-loving family or friends, check out these great ideas…

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  • Sponsor a pet at a homeless shelter. Petfinder is just one organization that offers this program. You can either give a monetary donation, or you can make your donation recurring each month.
  • The World Wildlife Fund has a program for you to adopt a wild species. They offer everything from Gift Adoption Cards, to Adoption of the Month Club.
  • If you’re wondering what to get the little ones, I’m sure they would love a trip to the zoo! December is often the best time to go, as many zoo’s offer holiday events, such as Zoolights! It’s a great way to educate and support zoo research.
  • Short on cash this year? Offer to volunteer at your local animal shelter with your family member or friend. Animal shelters always need help, and the holidays are one of the busiest times for them.
  • Animal shelters are constantly overloaded with animals, and are always in need of foster families. You can surprise your children with a “temporary” home for an animal in need. You would be the shelter for your foster pet, as you try to find them their forever home. I have fostered, and it’s an amazing and rewarding experience!
  • Santa Photos are fun! If you ever care for your friends pups, you can take them to have photos with Santa. Many of the photographers give part of their proceeds to shelters, which is always a nice bonus!

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Above All, Have fun, and Make it a Great New Year!

What to Do And Who to Contact If You See A Dog in a Hot Car.

So I was just at the Redmond Town Center & found a dog inside a parked car. There was one window cracked open less than an inch. The rest were completely shut.

The poor Golden was panting really badly. I felt terrible! I know how miserably hot it was in my car. Owners were gone for atleast 10 minutes, as I stood around waiting for them to return.  I explained to them how hot it gets inside the car & leaving him like that could result in heatstroke & possibly death. In return, the wife put her hand up & said “we don’t need a lecture.”

You bet your bottom dollar I called King County Animal Services. If you are ever in a similar situation, call them ASAP! Do not leave the situation until the owners return or the dispatcher arrives.

~ Get as much information as you can: license plate #, color/make of car.
~ Take pictures.
~ Owner & dog information.

If you live in King County, make sure you plug this phone number into your phone: 206-296-7387. They’ll get a dispatcher out right away &/or write a letter to them educating them about the situation.

For those that live outside of King County, do a search to find a number you can call ahead of time, so that you’re prepared if you’re ever in that situation.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR & EDUCATE THOSE THAT NEED TO BE EDUCATED.

Looking for Volunteers for Teen Cancer America – Seattle Marathon

I don’t usually post non-animal related stuff on my blog, however my wonderful team member, Joan, is doing something great for the community & is looking for some volunteers to help her out…

I am reaching out to all of my Facebook friends to volunteer with me for Teen Cancer America (TCA). TCA is considering in taking part in the Seattle Marathon. In order to do that we must commit to having 30 volunteers to work there that morning. The date is December 1st, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you know now that you would be available to help, or know people that could, please let me know.

TCA is a charity devoted to improving the lives of teenagers & young adults with cancer. They partner with hospitals to create youth-oriented centers for those receiving treatment. These units provide peer support and interaction while receiving treatment at in-patient & out-patient clinics.

If interested, you can reach Joan via email: jhornby@outlook.com.

For more details, check out the Teen Cancer America website!

Pawblem Solved is Hiring for Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers!

Pawblem Solved is hiring for a new Pet Nanny and Dog Walker. You’ll be paid to give love to the cutest cats and dogs on the Eastside. Even if you’ve never considered pet sitting in your future before, take a look at all the benefits of this amazing and rewarding job.

  • Starting rate of $10 per 30 minute walk/visit. (1 hour walks net you $20)
  • Reimbursement for gas.
  • You set your schedule and decide which jobs to take on.
  • Bonuses based on team member’s commitment, enthusiasm and hard-work.
  • Working for a small company which values providing the very best care for pets and their humans above all else.
  • Mentoring and training on the finer points of pet nanny services and dog walking.
  • Lots of fun coffee dates and team events.

What We Are Looking For:

  • Someone living in the Bellevue, Redmond or Kirkland area.
  • Clean criminal record.
  • A person who doesn’t mind a little rain with their day.
  • A trusty vehicle for getting around.
  • Lastly, you should label yourself as a true animal lover.

About Us:

We are a small company that looks to provide amazing service to the pets of the Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland area. We focus on healthy and happy pets that are absolutely impossible to resist. To see our team, visit our webpage at http://www.pawblemsolved.com/petsitters.php

 

To Apply, Please Email your Cover Letter and Resume to info@pawblemsolved.com, and Include:

  • Your experience(s) with animals and any other distinguished information that sets you apart from other candidates.

New Year Resolutions That Can Benefit You AND Your Pets!

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!
Did you set some goals for yourself this New Year? Don’t forget to set some for your pets! They can benefit from some new goals as well.
As a matter of fact, you can do it together…
  • Exercise more – go for walks or runs with your pup.
  • Lose weight – no snacking & lighter portions in your food dish, and theirs.
  • Spend more time with family & friends – furry & non-furry.
  • Learn something new – like throwing a Frisbee. 😉
  • Enjoy life more: meditate, breath, relax. Your pets can always use some extra attention or cuddle-time. Road trips are always fun!
  • Check-ups: If you brush your pet daily, you get a good feel of what’s normal and not normal for them. You can also check for any lumps, ear infections, ticks, etc. The more hands-on you are, the better, to keep them in tip-top condition!
* If you plan to change your pets routines; exercise, food portions, etc., be sure to check with your veterinarian first.
Make it an awesome 2013!

Interested in Adopting a Pet for Someone Else During the Holidays? Bad Idea! Here’s Why…

Thinking of adopting a pet for SOMEONE ELSE during the holidays? Here is some advice for you as the holidays grow near.

An animal should never be a surprise because they change the household completely – not temporarily, but forever.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you know if this person or family is willing to put forth the time and effort it takes to care for, and train a new furry friend? Adopted pets need time to adjust to their new environment. Things are never a ‘walk in the park’ in the beginning!
  • Will they have the time to set-up, and work on a consistent routine?
  • With all of the gift-giving, can they afford the necessities? (i.e. medical care, food, litter/litter boxes, leashes, etc.)
  • Do they have the energy to take them for regular, daily walks or clean up any messes they may have left in the house?
  • Will they be in the right “frame-of-mind” to keep their cool if the new arrival does something they disapprove of?

If the recipient is not prepared for this, the animal will end up in a shelter. It’s a fact. Pets are not just a “fun experience;” they are a complete lifestyle change.

After asking yourself these questions, and realizing how much work goes into having a new pet around the house, do you really want to put this pressure on someone else?

Don’t do it, it’s a bad idea!

If a family wants a dog, let them make the decision – let them do the research, so they can meet the dog prior to taking them home, just to make sure it’s a good fit.

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On another note, if YOU are interested in adopting a pet for YOURSELF and you feel it’s the perfect time, wonderful! Many pets are looking for their forever homes!

Here’s some advice for you:

Don’t purchase puppies from pet stores or off Craigslist…Even if they give you the “look,” or have a cute picture!

  • The majority of pet stores get their pets from something called “Puppy Mills.” A puppy mill, sometimes known as a puppy farm, is a commercial dog breeding facility that finds profits much more important than the humane treatment of the animals.
  • They will breed the dogs as much possible so that they can make a profit. After the puppies are born, they are sold to pet stores and the pet stores then sell them to you at a ridiculous price.
  • Not only does this lead to a lot of inbreeding and suffering, but it also causes a lot of innate issues within the puppies. More often than not, the puppies that are sold at stores will have complications like allergies, bad hips, or behavioral problems such as compulsive barking or chewing, that I guarantee you will not want to deal with!

As for Craigslist: would you buy a child off of Craigslist? It’s the same thing. They are living-beings that you will have for a long time.

  • You will always want to meet them first, to make sure it’s a good fit. Once the purchase on Craigslist is done, it’s done. No meeting, no interaction. Who knows what their history was like, if they’ve been spayed or neutered, how their previous owner treated them, or what kinds of behavioral / medical issues the may have?
  • They should be healthy, fully vaccinated, and have very few issues – Many ad’s claim this, but are not able to prove it, or simply fake it.
  • Many times, what you see on the internet, is not at all what you get.
  • Craigslist puppies are also often puppy mill supporters. Please don’t support them, just don’t do it – it’s really a bad idea.

Support your local animal shelters. If you live in the Washington State area, you can find many local animal rescue organizations on my blog. Otherwise, it’s super easy to find them in your area!

Reasons for adopting from an animal shelter:

  • They will match you with a dog they feel is a good fit for you.
  • The dogs have been well-adjusted, and cared-for, in a foster home or shelter.
  • They will be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and vet-checked, so you will know right away if they have any medical issues. If they do have medical issues, they will guide you on how to handle them appropriately.

Here are a few Google search ideas for you:

  • “Animal shelters in _________ state”
  • “Purebred animal shelters __________ state”
  • “Golden Retriever/German Shepard/Pug… rescue organizations “City”

Websites, such as Pet Finder, Humane Society or APSCA  are also a great resources to find shelters near you:

Final Thoughts:

  • Don’t purchase a pet for someone else! Let them make that decision.
  • Don’t support puppy mills or Craigslist sells.
  • If you are looking for a new addition, do your research and educate yourself so you end up with a happy, healthy pup, that’s a great fit for you.
  • There are thousands of animal rescue organizations that take in homeless pets. Support them.