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It seems that we’re apologizing a lot for our lack of updates, so this time we won’t. Life has been full of changes in recent months. Losses, gains and adventures abound. With everything going on it has been difficult to keep up with things in real life, let alone catching up on internet things. But we’ll try to as we’re able. Thank you to those who have stuck around. Even in our absence we are still showing that plenty of readers are stopping by.

Not long after our previous post we lost Jack, Dani’s beloved old gentleman cat. His loss affected everyone in the house but none more so than his best friends Bailey, Dani and Dani’s husband as Jack was his first cat. He was an old, wise soul that will not be forgotten.

After that, there was the surprise loss of a family member. But best to not dwell on that at the moment or this entry won’t get finished.

Shortly, very shortly after their passing we had a new surprise family member added to the household. A new puppy.

There had been no plans of another addition of a dog to the household at least for another year, there is much to be done this year as it was. However, due to irresponsible owners and my own husbands big heart we ended up with a tiny brown and white bundle of sass.

Meet the tiny demon.

Meet the tiny demon.

She came home with us at a very early age, 6 weeks, because on top of already not spaying or neutering their current dogs, they deemed puppies too much hassle and were threatening to throw them out in the cold. Or send them to the shelter, whichever caught their fancy first. We had already agreed to take her at 8 weeks but at this point we just wanted her out of dangerous hands so I demanded that she be brought to me the very night that I was told of such threats. So she was and the rest was as they say, history.

Except that it wasn’t. I couldn’t get her other siblings out of my head. I very briefly considering bringing the last 2 unclaimed puppies home with me until I could find them good homes myself. However, after a few nights with one 6 week old puppy, I realized that I would lose my damn mind with three. This did not help stem my worry. I kept in constant contact with a girl that was also trying to help find them homes. Through networking with my friends who are also into rescue we were able to get the one remaining sibling to a rescue group.

When I picked up the sister to drive to another town to meet with the rescue people, she was much in the same condition as our puppy was when we first brought her home. Tear stains down her face and reeking of urine and feces. They were being kept in a bathroom that apparently, wasn’t being cleaned. I was also informed that when I picked her up, it was the first time she’d ever felt grass on her feet. Despite such rough beginnings, the puppies were healthy and their tear stains ceased in a few days of clean environment.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

Dropping her sister off to the rescue group.

We named our new family member, Samus. I thought house breaking would be a breeze because it was with Ozzy however she ended up having a urinary tract infection due to her previous living conditions so it took quite a bit longer than expected. It took Ozzy about a week to warm up to her and now they’re practically inseparable. She is 3/4 Australian Shepherd and 1/4 Rottweiler and 100% energy. She can’t control her licker either. But she is damn cute and expect to see a lot more of her.

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February is Wild Bird Feeding Month, and with how rough of a winter we’re all having this year, we’re sure our feathered friends will appreciate any extra help they can get!

"Braaains . . . "

“Braaains . . . “

On top of the satisfaction that comes with doing a good deed, you’ll also be able to enjoy taking a moment to just sit back and watch the birds. Plus, you might be surprised by the other visitors that come along for the free eats. (I know a lot of people get mad with the squirrels when they eat out of bird feeders, but they gotta eat too, so I say the more the merrier!) My parents’ neighbor has been feeding the local birds, squirrels, and ducks every single day for decades now and I’m sure it’s helped see them through some pretty tough winters.

If you’ve got kids, why not get them in on the fun too by teaching them how to make bird feeders of their own? They’re really easy, and I know I loved making them when I was a kid. There are lots of different ways to make DIY bird feeders, but the easiest one I remember doing just required a pine cone, peanut butter, bird seeds, and string. All you have to do is spread the peanut butter over the pine cone and then roll it in the seeds. Then just string it up somewhere for the birds. Trust me, the birds and your kids will both be happy! 🙂

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

June 1st officially marks the beginning of National Pet Adoption Month!

If you’ve been thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, what better way than to adopt one from a shelter or rescue? Finding a pet is made even more convenient these days with sites like petfinder.com or adoptapet.com where you can find tons of pets in your area right from home. You’ll find even more than just dogs and cats too, including animals like ferrets, chinchillas, rats, birds, and plenty of other little critters.

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We’ve made it to our 100th post!

Thanks so much to all of the people who have taken their time to read our previous posts and follow our blog. We hope you’ve enjoyed things so far and we’re looking forward to posting plenty more. 🙂

We celebrated this occasion by changing our blog layout just to mix it up a little bit.

We’d love to hear any suggestions any of you might have about things you’d like to see in the future.

Bailey tips her hat to all of you in thanks for your support!

Bailey tips her hat to all of you in thanks for your support!

 

 

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Posted: September 14, 2012 in Fun Photos
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The holiday seasons are right around the corner!

Does your pet help you decorate like Birdo here?

When the time has finally come, and you are ready to adopt a new animal into your family, the excitement can make you forget some very important questions. Some of these questions can be critical in your decision making process. So we have created an easy way to keep track of your information! (This format can be used for any type of animal.)

Please FEEL FREE to use this template of questions on your journey to the rescue/shelter you have selected. Just copy and paste into whatever Office program you have and print away! Print multiples if you will be looking at multiple animals. And most importantly….don’t forget to take along a writing utensil as well!

Animal Adoption Questionnaire

Shelter/Rescue Org:___________________________________________________
Animal Name:_______________________________
Species/Breed:______________________________
Age/Sex:___________________________________
Spayed/Neutered:____________

Are they up-to-date on vaccinations? Any other medical background information?

What is their background? (Stray, owner surrender, abuse case, etc.)

Do they like dogs?
Cats?
Small Animals?
Kids?

Are they house broken?

What, if any, behavioral problems do they have?

What kind of energy level do they have?

Selecting Where to Adopt From

Previously we explained the main differences between adopting from a rescue or adopting from a shelter. If you missed it, you can find it here: https://micritterchitter.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/rescues-vs-shelters/

Let’s say that you have decided to adopt through a rescue. The first thing to do is find rescues in your area or within the distance you are willing to drive. Second, find their web page and find out what their adoption process is and how much the adoption costs. Third, check out the animals they have available for adoption. If you find an animal that may fit your lifestyle, you may have to fill out an adoption form and email it to the rescue before you can meet them. This may seem inconvenient but actually serves a good purpose for both you and the rescue. First, the rescue will see that they have a serious potential adopter. If they made appointments to meet up every time someone thought an animal was cute but then weren’t serious about adopting them, it would be a waste of time and resources for the rescue. Second, if you fill the adoption out at home, you’ll be filling it out at your leisure and not make mistakes because you were trying to listen to someone talk or playing with the dog while filling out the paperwork. This will also help the rescue find other animals at their facility that may be fit for your life style, in case your first choice doesn’t work out.

A very important factor is feeling comfortable with the rescue you are working with. They should be willing to answer all questions you have. Whether by telephone, email or in person. A good rescue is one that is intent on finding the perfect home for their animals and helping people find the perfect animals for their home. The more time spent making sure everybody will be happy, the less likely it is that that animal will be returned to the rescue.

Another important resource if available to you is talking with people that have adopted through the rescue you are interested in working with. Do you know someone who has rescued an animal themselves? Talk to them! They are a valuable resource to have! They could point you in the direction of a great rescue. Keep your options open and ask questions when they arise.

Tomorrow we will post a questionnaire to take with you to the rescue or shelter. Many times while talking with someone you may accidently forget to ask a very important question. Having this sheet and a pen with you will help you to remember all the most important questions. Plus, if you are looking at multiple animals it can help you keep track of their different information and help you to select the best option for adoption.