Getting Ready for Grey’s Anatomy

Sorry to be so quiet here lately. We are slammed on the pet sitting, which is a good thing, but leaves very little free time.

We did have time to watch the season opener of one of our favorite shows, Grey’s Anatomy, last night. Thought you’d like to see photos of some of the critters getting ready to watch.

 

Thomas

 

Paris

Paris wants to know if Richard Webber is going to live…he’s waited all summer to know!

 

Minh

 

Butterscotch seemed a little less interested than the others…

 

Butterscotch

 

It was a great season opener, Butterscotch. Too bad you slept through it!

Have a good weekend everyone.

Therapy Animals

No good vacation goes unpunished, and mine was no exception. Things have been a mile a minute since I returned, even on days that looked as if they were going to be quiet. Not. I have been getting just a wee bit…or maybe a lot…cranky.

But bless the animals I pet sit for who can make me laugh, and brighten up the days.

One of them, today, is a cat who is new for me. C is one of those scaredy cats…so scared that he shrieks when I come in the room, poor guy. If you’ve followed my blog for a bit, you know I love these cats. Winning them over is one of my all-time favorite things to do, and C and I will be friends…I think…before we’re done. You have to go slow with these guys and give them space, and really tasty cat food and a little catnip doesn’t hurt either. Today C decided that if he crawled under a blanket on the couch and stayed nice and still that I wouldn’t know he was there, or maybe that he wouldn’t know I was there. Can’t see you, so you’re not here. I sat right next to him, so he could smell me, and gave him a pat here and there. He didn’t run screaming, and that’s a good sign. But it was hard not to laugh at the cat logic that thinks I don’t know what  a lump under the blanket on the couch means. Pretty funny.

The other was a dog for a client of mine who has two cats, but they’re caring for a friend’s dog while the friend is recuperating. (That’s really nice of them, I think!) Anyway, my normal dog walker for L is on vacation and I didn’t have time to go meet L in advance, but she’s reputed to be very friendly and easy going, so I just went at her normal walking time. She was a little nervous when I walked in…not a lot, just a touch, and that’s expected. But one of the cats – and these two love me – came running over to see me, which was all the introduction the dog needed. I was now the resource she wanted, and she was more than ready to go walking with me. I’m not sure the cat was pleased. But L was very happy. Our walk was more like a squirrel hunt than a walk…we both got a lot of exercise, and that lightens the mood too.

So thankful for animals who can make me laugh and brighten the day. Maybe I’ll wait another half hour before returning to the paperwork.

Remember Me Thursday

Some years ago, I volunteered each week for a local rescue, PAWS of Central PA, and every Wednesday I went to a local pet store, where they had lots of adoptable cats on display. For an hour or two, I took the cats from their cages and played with them, and provided room service for them. It was gratifying to see many of the cats find their forever home. It was heartbreaking to see some really extraordinary cats go from being kittens to teenagers and on without finding homes of their own, I ended up adopting two of them (Mittens and Hiro, below). I just couldn’t imagine why no one had taken them home yet…such sweet cats.

Mittens

Hiro

Well, I heard from Texas, a cat in…Austin that this Thursday is a day to honor and remember all of those animals who have not found their forever homes yet. Rescue groups all over are honoring them with “Remember me Thursday.”  We are invited to light a candle – as individuals or groups or whatever you can manage – to bring awareness to the plight of all those animals who are waiting to be loved by someone special. Want more info? Check out the website.

Take a few moments to check out this wonderful video as well, and then be a light for orphan pets, and their voice, with millions of others this Thursday.

Niagara

Vacation – Niagara Falls

This is the last of the vacation stuff…I promise. Then we will be back to our normal conversation,

In the meantime, here are some photos of Niagara Falls. Watkins Glen was about gentle waterfalls, soothing sounds. Niagara is about POWER. Loud, pulsing, nonstop power. It is amazing to witness. But Marley and I had to wonder how it ever became Honeymoon Central. What about this place makes it a honeymoon spot? Did some marketing genius just come up with the idea and made it so? No idea. But we enjoyed our time there.

Hope these photos convey just a little bit of the awesomeness of the place…

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Niagara rainbow

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Niagara flower

Vacation – Watkins Glen

Our recent vacation, in the Finger Lakes area of NY, seemed to be about two things: wine and water. We had a lovely day of being chauffeured around to tour wineries, and that’s hard to show, but I thought I’d share a few (off-topic) pictures of our water times. We walked through Watkins Glen and visited Niagara Falls (both sides.) Very different experiences!! Watkins Glen is quieter, with sweet waterfalls, the sound of which could easily lull me to sleep.

Here are just a few photos from our exploration there. I’m no expert with the camera, but tried to capture a little of the Glen’s beauty.

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen

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Watkins Glen

Vacation Critters

Just home from our vacation (and yes, I am less cranky), and am wading through things that need attention. Luckily, there isn’t too much of it since I work with a fabulous group of folks who took great care of everything while I was gone – so thankful!

I will have some photos (non-critter ones) for you in a day or so, but in the meantime, here are the critters I got to hang with during our time away. Our B&B, Bragdon House in Geneva, NY had three resident critters, 1 dog and 2 cats. The black cat, Dexter, was around a lot and is a total sweetie and host extraordinare, so I was able to get my cat fix in. You might notice that he has a Cat Dancer in photos below – my gift to him and he loved it! And if you ever have a need of a good B&B in wine country, central NY, I highly recommend Bragdon House, not only for its lovely pets, but its terrific hospitality, good food, and the most comfortable beds in the world!

Here are Cookie, Dexter, and Millie:

Dexter

 

Dexter

 

Dexter

 

Dexter

 

Millie