Those of us in the US are celebrating Thanksgiving today. With all the news of shootings and terrorism lately and fearful/hateful responses to all of it, I am glad to have a day to focus on blessings instead.

I am always grateful for Marley, my husband, and our wonderful household of critters, many of which you hear about regularly.

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We have so much to be grateful for, including a renovation to our home recently that will keep the second floor from settling onto the first floor! It was quite the experience, and not cheap, but 100+ year-old houses come with some adventures and are worth preserving. Ours is one of the earlier houses built by Milton Hershey in the early 1900’s, and has great bones, along with the achy bones old things experience.

I am grateful for our pet sitting business, and especially that one of our clients this week is feeling better! Anyone who thinks pet sitting is a low stress job hasn’t done much of it. We’ve been caring for an elderly diabetic dog this week who misses his people…a lot…and has had horrible diarrhea. Not a good thing for a diabetic especially, since keeping that food and insulin in the system and in balance is key. A visit to the emergency vet at 9 pm Sunday night set him on the road to recovery, and we are thankful this Thanksgiving morning that he finally had his first normal poop in a week. It doesn’t take much to please us.

Thankful too, for the community support of our Derry Township Community Cat program. We had a Stuff-the-Truck event last Saturday, and our community more than packed the truck and contributed mucho cash as well. Now we will have food to help many colony caretakers over the winter. These good people, who didn’t invite cats to live on their property, take care of them anyway, and we are glad to help them as much as we can.


We also got lots of new donations for the building we hope to have by early Spring, which means we can help a lot more cats next year. (And that I won’t have 100+ feral cats go through our house next year!! I was glad to house them for a bit, but will be very glad to have the garage, basement, and spare bedroom back. Like I said, it doesn’t take much to please me.)

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In all of this, I am grateful for a great staff in the pet sitting biz, amazing volunteers for our cat program, and tons of good partners – vets, animal rescue groups, pet food stores and more – for both groups. And for wonderful clients, both pet sitting and colony caretakers, who trust us with their furry ones. I am grateful for all of you, too, who take the time to read and contemplate with me. I love reading about your lives and seeing your beautiful photographs.

Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating today. May you be overwhelmed with the blessings that surround us each day.



6 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Gratitude

  1. Another heartwarming kitty picture! (nice pic of Marley too) Poor dog. Being diabetic is bad enough. Missing your owners and having diarrhea is awful. Hopefully he will recover soon.

    1. Luckily our client’s dog is doing much better. Metronidazole…good stuff! The poor dog has to be crated and ended up sleeping in his poop a couple nights…horrible for all. So we are most thankful that he is feeling better! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving- it was great meeting you in person!

      1. I was wondering about the crating. Jake had Metronidazole a couple of times but it always affected is blood sugar. Glad he is doing better. No critter likes to lay in their excrement! Was great meeting you too.

  2. Thank you for your talent with words – you often say what I am feeling (as a pet sitter and animal lover) but I have never been as quite on point with words as you. Thank you!

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