Pictured above is our beautiful, sweet and slightly skittish Calico, Callie. She showed up at our house one day several years ago, a half-feral kitten, hungry but not very trusting of humans. Over time we gained that trust. Today, she is one very contented and affectionate (if slightly nervous) house cat–currently snuggled up next to her mom, purring softly.
All our pets over the years have been rescue animals, either adopted from an animal shelter or taken in as strays. May I encourage anyone considering adding a pet to their home in 2013 to consider finding a “fur-ever friend” through a shelter or rescue group. There are rescue groups devoted to certain breeds, so if a Bassett Hound or a French Poodle is your preference, there’s likely a pure-bred friend out there waiting for you if you are willing to go to a bit of time and trouble to adopt.
And trust me–blended friends like Elvis, the hounddog mix seen below, make great pets, too. And please spay and neuter your cats and dogs to help fight against pet overpopulation problems in our country!
(PS Our German Sheperd (Alsatian) mix Rascal was too busy trying to greet his mom with kisses to pose for a photo . . .)
Yes, we occasionally do get snow in LA. This was shot in February 2010. Our three dogs at the time had never before seen the white stuff.
Thumper Cat, the three-legged, roly-poly tuxedo cat with a Hitler mustache is grateful for photo editing. No being forced by Mom to wear a miniature Santa hat! Thumper nearly lost her life as a tiny kitten after being mauled by a dog. She lost that leg, but not her spirit. We’ve had her now for close to 12 years. From our furry family members to yours, a very Merry Christmas and a 2013 full of hope, joy and love.