January 18th 2010 3:10 pm
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Our most beloved Jesse was tragically hit by a car on the road outside our house when she was crossing the road to visit with her kitty pals. My husband and I were absolutely devastated because we both loved Jesse very dearly. We talked about getting another cat but, just couldn't face even the thought of it really. As we breed German Shepherd Dogs we sort of decided that maybe we wouldn't get another cat after all.
I was driving home from work one day about a month later and called in at our vet's to buy some worm pills for the litter of puppies we had at the time.
I walked in the door and stood at the counter waiting to be served when I noticed this crate in the waiting room. It had a bright pink sign on it with "PLEASE GIVE ME A HOME" written on it. Inside was the ugliest, scrawniest, pathetic looking kitten that was meowing at me at the top of her voice in the most distressed manner. She clung to the bars at the top of the crate making the most terrible racket. As I was waiting to be served I went over and took her out of the crate to try and calm her down. The moment I picked her up she nestled into me and was perfectly calm.
Rowan one of the vet's nurses came from behind the counter and begged me to take her.
"Please take her," she begged. "She was thrown over the fence into the cattery next door last night. She needs to be in a home like yours. Please take her."
AND SO, that is how Ali came to live with us.
She was so painfully thin (you could feel every nobble of her sternum bone under her chest) she could only eat a small amount of soft food off a teaspoon for the first few days, and she cried. Ali cried if you didn't hold her for the first two days we had her and she was terrified of everything - especially the dogs.
Ali loves her doggy family.
The dogs were an important part of her settling into our household. They'd walk up to her and she'd hiss and growl at them, but they'd just stand there quietly as if ignoring her. When she stopped growling at them, they'd calmly walk away. This exercise was repeated many times for the first couple of days Ali was with us. Whenever they walked calmly away from her she'd get this anxious look of concern on her face as if she couldn't understand their behaviour.
On the third night she was with us we were in the living room relaxing. The dogs were lying asleep on the floor and Ali climbed off my knee and walked out amongst them. She walked all around them with a frown on her face because they weren't reacting to her. Very cautiously she walked over to Bella and batted her nose gently with her paw. Bella sighed and stretched out, then went back to sleep totally ignoring Ali. Ali sat looking at bella lying stretched out on the floor as if she couldn't understand any of this. Here was this huge dog totally ignoring her. Ali walked around Bella and then gently patted her nosse with her paw once more. This time bella didn't even respond. The expression on Ali's face changed and she walked away over to one of the living room chairs. She climbed up onto the chair and craned her neck so she could see Bella. In a flash of a second Ali leaped from the chair onto the coffee table. She sprang from the coffee table right onto Bella's nose and proceeded to attack her. Bella promptly sat up, looked down at Ali and then lay down facing the other way. Ali walked over to Bella's head once more and this time Bella lifted her paw across Ali's back and started licking her. Ali lay down beside Bella and nestled into her just like a kitten does with it's mother. After that Ali spent a lot of time with her new doggymum, sleeping with her, eating out of her food bowl with her and playing with her.
December 22nd 2008 2:06 pm
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A very merry Christmas to all my kitty pawal's on Catster.
I hope Santa Paws brings you lots of treats and you enjoy your roast turkey dinner, just like I will:)
May 23rd 2008 9:05 am
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It's getting serious. Blackbird has now become even bolder and is bringing his mate into our yard. Not only that they're out in the stable yard paddock annoying our doggy furrsis Crystal with their bold ways. They're spreading their net, so to speak!
Chloe and I have been monitoring the situation, but at this stage it's heading towards being a terrorist attack of the Blackbird kind. Blackbird and his mate are flying into the yard and hoping right up to the french doors to look into the house - I kid you not!
Bella our furrsis with the puppies is vigilantly guarding the yard for us when Chloe and I are away looking for the mousies, but it's hard going.
The Blackbirds have thrown all caution to the wind and now they are just flaunting it in all our faces -
"HHAA HAAAA ............... WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO STOP US!!!!!!!!!"
The mistress is even starting to understand the gravity of the situation now - She's having to let Bella out of the house every ten minutes to stave off the Blackbird swoopings down into the yard and she's having to growl at Crystal for barking at them when they land on the top railing of her run and goad her.
"We are Blackbird hear us cheep."
At this stage Chloe and I are formulating a plan to rid our property of these blatantly brazen birds, but the plan is still in the early stages of development.
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