Posted by: petsweekly | September 4, 2007

Catching Up….

In case you were wondering, this is me…September 3, 2007 The long weekend is over. It’s been a rather productive weekend though. My husband and I were forced to build a new cat run for our “indoor-only” cats because they CHEWED THROUGH our old one! Geez… While we’re trying to make all of our ferals indoor-only as well, they aren’t fond of the idea. Since you have to start somewhere, we chose to keep all of the rest of our kitties indoor. Anyway, the enclosure turned out well! I’ll send pics along later.

I also worked with my wonderfully talented webmaster to create the new and improved PetsWeekly! Just in time for SuperZoo and the holidays! We’re so very proud of this new look and we know it will be a hit with our readers. We’re still in the process of transferring massive amounts of data (about 800 pgs or so) and so you may run across a few links into our “old look” then and again. Just bear with us. We have a LOT left to do, and a lot of new material coming up. But, as you can see – it will be well worth the wait. We are adding reviews about pet products of all kinds, we’re bringing on some fresh new writers and we’re adding some fantastic graphics. If you haven’t already subscribed, please do.

September 8 is World Rabies Day and I hope that you will take time to think about how you can contribute. This is a very important day for animal lovers. If you’re interested in learning more (and I just know you are!), check out PetsWeekly World Rabies Page for all of the hard facts. There are lots of ways that you can get involved and help us rid the world of this very deadly disease. Remember Old Yeller? Yep – we could have avoided that tragedy if only we had World Rabies Day back then.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately and I ask forgiveness from all who are seeking me out via email, phone or “stopping by” (which I despise, by the way, so – call first). Things have just become slightly overwhelming and when I’m not working, writing or micro-managing, I’m hanging out with my understanding hubby, energetic kids and hyperactive animals – all of whom have been incredibly supportive and loving during this crazy time.

The rest of my life, about an hour before bed, is devoted to “winding down” and this includes reading up on lots of fiction, most of which include vampire and werewolf books. I figure, if nothing else, it will give me some extra insight into the minds of our fellow wolves and bats. Keep in mind that this is coming from a person who (from birth) has had an absolutely crippling fear of vampires. Werewolves never worried me, I figured we could hang out, but vampires, well (shiver)… They terrified me. That in mind, I’m really quite proud of myself for staying with these novels. The first I would recommend is a novel by Stephenie Meyers, start with Twilight (Twilight, Book 1), move through New Moon (Twilight, Book 2) and end with Eclipse (Twilight, Book 3). You won’t regret it and the majority of vampires are “vegetarians.” Meaning they only eat wild animals, not people. Now, I’m not really fond of them eating animals and would really prefer they would just eat evil humans, you know the animal abusers and child molesters of the world. But, I’ll take this, then write the next book about that type of vampire. In fact, I already have. If you’re super nice to me, subscribe to my site, order things from our advertisers – well, I may just give you all a sneak peak at the first chapter….

And now that it’s late, I’m closing things down… Expect the next update shortly with lots of new reviews and entertaining stories and please remember to take time to explore the site. Bear with us as we transition – we promise to make it well worth your while!

Purrs and headbutts,

Stacy

June 15, 2007 I’m not sure how many of you live in Arizona, but we apparently have an idiot sitting in the AZ Game and Fish Department named Darren Julian. Ok- I realize that it’s not nice to call people idiots, but at this point, I’m so incensed that I want nothing more than to see him never step foot on public television or make any type of public statement, ever…

As many of you know, we have a number of “Urban Coyotes” moving into the cities of Arizona. This is not a new problem. The more that we continue building on the land of our coyotes (and snakes and reptiles and so on), then the more these animals will be forced to join civilization.

I know that many of you will disagree, but I’m past caring. Yesterday, on ABC15 news, Mr. Julian states that in order to discourage coyotes from moving into neighborhoods, we should “…be very cruel to them; throw rocks, kick them, throw things at them…”

ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?!?!?

Now – as many of you know, we live in a land of animal abuse. Mr. Julian essentially just gave the permission of the AZ Game and Fish Dept to be cruel to our native animals.

I hope that he didn’t really mean what he said and that he is just not good at public speaking. I can only pray that he’s not involved in the AZ Game and Fish Dept’s education department. And I can only hope that people will not take this guy seriously. But there are many who will. Keep in mind how many animal abusers are now happily plotting the best means of cruelty, and with the AZ Game and Fish Dept’s apparent “approval” on doing so. Think I’m a pessimist? Get just two of the emails that I get dozens of weekly. Spend a day at the local animal shelter. Then tell me that I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Now, I’m not asking for this guy’s resignation, but I do believe he, AND the AZ Fish and Game Dept., should make a clarifying statement on the incredibly stupid statement that Mr. Julian issued. Think about it – do you really want to walk out of your home and see an animal (of any kind) that has been tortured to death? This is what will end up happening. This guy needs to do some serious backtracking on this statement, clarify that what he meant was that we should not feed these wild animals, should not call them towards us, should instead treat them like the wild animals they are and leave them alone. Mr. Julian has just abused his right to speak to the public, as far as I’m concerned. Go back to your desk job, or whatever it is that you do, and I can only hope it doesn’t include “education”.

Folks, the more we build on land in the Southwest Deserts, the fewer places these animals have to live… If you don’t want to live with the wild, go back to where you came from. If you can’t have respect for the wild, live in an inner-city apartment. But, do not harm the wildlife. Do not treat them with any less respect than you would want to be treated with, and for God’s sake, don’t start throwing rocks at them, or be “Cruel” to them. Just ignore them or call someone in a position of authority who can help you out by trapping and relocating the animal. I’m not even sure if the AZ Game and Fish Dept is up for that little challenge given what I just witnessed on T.V., so I’m not sure I would even call them.

We need to be a little less selfish during our time on earth, and this will begin with admiring and accepting that we share the earth with things other than humans. All creatures ahve a purpose, all of them have a reason to be here, and to think otherwise is just arroance.

Please do not listen to the idiot remarks made by Mr. Julian. It is my most sincere hope that people will learn how to live with nature and begin sharing the resources that WE have stolen from THEM…

May 15, 2007 Hello once again, fellow bloggers! I apologize for the late updates! However, due to a series of computer problems (lack of RAM), a problem with software (which ultimately resulted in yet another crash course on programming!), and being physically ill, I have neglected my duties as host of this blog. I do hope that you will accept my apology and trust that I’ll soon return to updating both PetsWeekly and this blog each week. Meanwhile, bear with me as I struggle through the rest of May!

There’s been a lot going on in the pet world this month, so let’s get right to it. As you know, nearly every brand of pet food on the market has been recalled. Why? You ask.

The answer is not complicated. It is primarily due to the fact that we purchase or process 80% of our food supply from other countries, despite the fact that the U.S. is the largest grain-producing country in the world. Now, how much sense does that make? Interestingly enough, we have done with this many other important things as well, such as standardized testing for our children (you can thank India for their contributions there), grains (thanks to China, we have lost thousands of pets), and oil (many thanks to gas companies who import for our new price of $4 gallon). And these are only three examples. My question to you is how long are we going to continue this? Are you satisfied with the way that the economy is going? Are you proud to say that less than 5% of our imported food is inspected upon arrival? I’m going to try really hard not to turn this into a soap box, but really – could you blame me if I did?

Let’s talk about the recalls for a moment. This is an issue that i take very seriously. Unfortunately, we have been dealing with computer issues and I have been unable to remain your reliable source of information on this topic. I recommended earlier that you refer to several websites and I would like to recommend that action once again. Please view Itchmo for the most timely recall information. The FDA has set up a searchable site and downloadable information, but they are often slow to update.

Many of you have written in that there are stores still carrying recalled foods. You’re right. There are. Keep in mind that just because something is on the shelf, it may not be okay to buy. As consumers, we are in an age of Caveat Emptor (Buyer Beware). We can no longer rely on industries to keep us safe, we must be proactive. This means, research. If any of your pet foods are manufactured out of the U.S., or use imported ingredients, I would stop feeding. You can find out if your pet food is amongst these by calling the manufacturer and asking.

Keep in mind that many of these recalls are voluntary, meaning no one is REQUIRED to do anything at all. The stores are not required to take back products, the manufacturers are not required to recall their foods, pet owners are not required to stay up-to-date on the new information. I give more credit to those manufacturers are proactively recalling their foods than I do to those who are doing nothing even though they should. It’s true – not all of the food is tainted. But, why take a chance?

If you see food on the shelves at stores that should have been recalled, please talk with the manager. Some of the smaller stores have not even been notified of recalls, and are relying on their customers for awareness. Other stores, even larger ones, believe it is worth a chance to leave the food shelved in hopes of making a quick buck. We are personally recommending the following food, as we have used it for many months and have seen a huge improvement in our pets health. They have recently tested all of their food in the case of contamination, and it has all come back safe. In addition, they manufacture in the US and use U.S. ingredients. Click the logo to be taken there.

If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to write us at petsweekly@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. Many thanks for your patience!

March 15, 2007 OK – we have a warning out there on recalled foods for our beloved pets! PLEASE take a moment to read through this press release and see if your brand is on there. At this point, the recall is MOSTLY limited to canned foods, and the they are causing some major issues in the health of our pets, including in some cases, death. Iams and Nutro were among the first to be recalled, but they now include those listed below. You can call 1-866-895-2708 for recall information. Meanwhile, you may want to consider changing brands to my pets favorite food, Life’s Abundance.

The brands that have been recalled for cats are: (click for details)

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Best Choice
Companion
Compliments
Demoulas Market Basket
Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog
Food Lion
Foodtown
Giant Companion
Good n Meaty
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Key Food
Laura Lynn
Li’l Red
Loving Meals
Main Choice
Nutriplan
Nutro Max Gourmet Classics
Nutro Natural Choice
Paws
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Sophistacat
Special Kitty
Springfield Pride
Sprout
Total Pet, My True Friend
Wegmans
Western Family
White Rose
Winn Dixie

The Foods that have been recalled for Dogs are: (click for details)

Americas Choice, Preferred Pets
Authority
Award
Best Choice
Big Bet
Big Red
Bloom
Bruiser
Cadillac
Companion
Demoulas Market Basket
Fine Feline Cat, Shep Dog
Food Lion
Giant Companion
Great Choice
Hannaford
Hill Country Fare
Hy-Vee
Key Food
Laura Lynn
Loving Meals
Main Choice
Mixables
Nutriplan
Nutro Max
Nutro Natural Choice
Nutro
Ol’Roy
Paws
Pet Essentials
Pet Pride
Presidents Choice
Price Chopper
Priority
Publix
Roche Bros
Save-A-Lot
Schnucks
Springsfield Pride
Sprout
Stater Bros
Total Pet, My True Friend
Western Family
White Rose
Winn Dixie
Your Pet

Let’s be safe out there – check your pet’s food now and don’t forget that Iams and Nutro are included on these lists.

September 28, 2006 How behind am I in this blog thing? Geez… What a nightmare.. As if I don’t have enough to do writing seven columns for PetsWeekly.com and now I have to try to keep up with a freaking blog. But, that’s life…

Just got back from Vegas and what a great time! Went out there for the SuperZoo show and it was marvelous! Nearly 1,000 vendors out there who do nothing but offer pet products and services. It was like being in pet heaven! So – I spent two days walking around the Mandalay Bay conference center (great hotel, by the way!) and talking to everyone I could inside of 48 hours. I also saw someone who actually fell asleep at the slot machine. How does one do that??? I had no time for gambling, so don’t ask… How I got out of there with any money at all is beyond me.

We have some fantastic product reviews coming up on PetsWeekly in the next few months though! Here are just a few that you have to look forward too: 1-800-LostDog, SmartCat toys, 3M safety and health, Bamboo Toys and pet products, Farnam Pet Supplies, Canz Real Meat Snacks, Ocean Treasures Aquariums, Doggone Smart Bed, Warm Whiskers, Tutto On Wheels, Friends Fir Life Saunas, Poly Brite Collars, the new Drinkwell’s Platinum fountain, Blue Buffalo treats, Fast Tags (make your own tag kits), the Scratch Lounge, and many more… So – check out our columns each week on Pets Weekly:

On the Prowl: A Feline Purr…spective

The Weekly Growl: A Canine Commentary

And don’t forget to check out our special “Christmas Gift List for Pets and their Parents” due out in late October! You will want to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

September 14, 2006 Well at least I understand why companies PAY people to keep their blogs up-to-date. Geez.. These things are really time-consuming. Anyway – just wanted to let everyone know about a new column that we have up and running called “Faux Paws“. This column has been up now for about 4 weeks, and we are getting a large response. It is actually written by my pets, yep – sure is. Takes some of the burden off of me, for which I am grateful. They are experts in animal behavior anyway, so I figured that they should begin carrying their weight. People write in with behavior problems to: info@petsweekly.com and one of the “specialists” write back. I just let them fight it out over who gets which problem. Usually the expert prevails. You can read the column here. But, I’ve posted a sample below because I’m really quite proud of all of them:

Mama-San

My 1 yr old tabby has developed a fear of its tail! The end twitches and she sometimes lightly attacks it, but most times just runs from it (especially at night) your site mentions anger in connection with tip- twitching. But she is the sweetest little cat in world and gets along famously with two other cats in the house who are the same age. We have had visits from a raccoon lately and we have more than a few neighborhood cats prowling around. But this has me mystified. I hate to have to give her drugs, but if it gets worse she might need prozac or ????? Any info would be greatly appreciated

Thanks,

Donna

Purrs and head butts, Donna!

I recently had a similar problem with my own tail, which also baffled my mom, only I was twitching and chewing it down to a nub. First of all, your cat’s problem with her tail sounds more neurological / nervous than physical. Of course, the first thing my mom did was take me to a veterinarian for a full workup. It’s best to be safe, I suppose. So my first recommendation is that you do the same. They will likely need to draw blood in order to eliminate any kidney and/or liver issues that could be contributing to this issue. The next thing my mom did was evaluate me for food allergies. You may want to think about changing her diet. I’m not sure what type of food you have her on, but a good one (that has no allergens and tastes VERY good is Life’sAbundance – you can find more information about it here: http://www.petsweekly.com/LifeAbund.html)

But, had my mom just listened to me, she would have known that I was chewing my tail off because I was very upset with a new arrival in the home, my arch-enemy, Isabo. Isabo was chasing me around for no reason at all and had no idea that I was the queen of the household, not her. But, she never did it when my mom was watching. Isabo is VERY sneaky and conniving and I could never explain the depths of her betrayals to my mother. Eventually they put me on a mood altering medication, which did NO good because I was just too stressed out. But, then my mom started really paying attention. She saw that Isabo was terrorizing me, and chasing me and finally realized what the real problem was. I was so happy! They took me off of the medication, and purchased something called “Feliway” which you can also read about here (my mom is very thorough on product testing). She also put me in a different room all by myself where I could be alone for awhile with just my mom and dad. That made me feel much better. This calmed everyone down and no one had to be on any drugs! Eventually I felt much better, and I was able to come back out and deal with all of the crazy cats in the house again. I just needed a little break away from everyone, and some one-on-one time with mom and dad.

So, you may want to consider the behavioral issue. I would say that the raccoon or the other cats may be contributing to her behavior issues. Often, this nervous energy manifests itself as tail-biting, teeth-grinding, and other negative things. I do hope this helps a little! I always say: First, eliminate the physical problem, then address the mental issue, then cure the emotional distress. This is my usual “Recipe for success” with cats and it seems to work in 99.9% of all cases!

Good luck and please keep us posted on your progress! 🙂

Purrs,

Mama-San

>^..^<

September 7, 2006 I am officially behind in my blog. These things are a lot harder to maintain than people think. But, what do you do.. Just keep trying. I picked Socks up from his surgery last week and he now has a 5 inch gash in his throat. They had to cut down to the juggular in order to remove the tumor (“It’s not a tu-muh!”) – LOL! I never get tired of that! Anyway – the vet is sending it in to be analyzed and I should have the results back soon. He spent a few days in isolation, which he hated, and I just released him back into the general population, which he loves. We’re inventing a new product from the Tapeless Wound Care for dogs (read about it here) to keep his stitches protected, and he’s still on lots of pain meds and antibiotics because he had 4 teeth pulled as well. So – let that be a lesson about brushing to all of you felines and canines and humans out there!

Another issue that has been arising is the recurring theme of taking my neighbor who is terminal with cancer to the doctors office for chemo each week, as well as any other appts he may have. Not a fun task. I’m not going to get into the details of that one, because I’m hoping he feels better soon, but as it looks now, the prognosis is poor…

Other than that, we’re just keeping busy with work and writing and selling! Lots of neat stuff coming up and we can’t wait for it! We’re hitting a big pet show in Vegas in September, so that will be exciting, and then my sister’s little mini-me will born at the end of October! Oh – and for those of you who asked what a 4-d ultrasound is, here is a little picture for you. Pretty neat, huh? Now that is some COOL technology!

September 1, 2006 Obviously this little blog is a far cry from a daily update. Sigh. Well, you can’t blame a girl for trying. Things are just far too hectic to stop and blog every freaking day! We’ve got businesses to run, backs that keep getting thrown out, animals to care for, kids who are getting their driver’s licenses (yep – our 16-yr old is now officially on the road, so everyone be careful), and babies coming into the family! Mini-me is due on October 31! YAY! She’s going to have a baby Arlo. She even got a special 4-d ultrasound, or some such thing, and sent over pictures where you can actually SEE the little guy. He looks like a baby, not some shadow of any alien! He’s going to be supercute when he gets here! And he’s going to love animals if I have anything to say about it (and I think I do!). 🙂

At any rate, things are going very well. My business partner, Jill and I, are keeping very busy and I expect some wonderful things to happen soon. I’ll do my best to keep you all up to date on that! I made my first commission from the ads on my website, PetsWeekly (thanks to whoever ordered – I owe you one!), and my hubby is getting busy with his hot dog stand. In fact, they are out scoping new areas for the best set – up place now. Just goes to prove – do what you love…

The bad thing is that we got rear-ended on the 101 last week. We were in stop and go traffic. Well, we were the “stop”, the lady who hit us was the “go”. She hit us at 50 mph and we were at a complete standstill. Her car actually picked up our brand new Explorer and then pushed it off. Her car was totalled, our car, well – I think we dented a fender and the spare tire fell off. I have a whole new respect for Ford. She had to be ambulanced out of there after an unfortunate incident with the airbags, and overall, was in pretty bad shape, but she’ll live. Here’s a couple of pics of the cars (hers vs. ours):

We were okay, other than some neck/back injuries. My back went out two days later, so now I walk like an old woman, which Sam keeps laughing at… I’m thinking it’s not that funny…

We also had to take Socks into the vet’s for 4 tooth extractions and a removal of a tumor (“It’s not a tu-muh…”). Poor guy.. Poor pocketbook.. Poor Sam.. He’s such a sweetie… So – we’re off to pick him up after a successful surgery. He came through just fine! The kittens are doing well – growing up quick! They are getting their next set of vaccinations tonight, which I know they are not very happy about! Here are some pics of them:

So it’s been a month of ups and downs. But, that is not too unusual in and of itself. If it weren’t for the bad, you wouldn’t know how to appreciate the good, right? And so – we’re hoping for a wonderful start to September, and no more car wrecks, thrown backs or vet bills… Just lots of cash pouring in! 🙂
July 24, 2006 I was hoping that I would not use this page as a complaint area, but an event has recently occured that I felt needed to be brought into the public eye. It deals with two of America’s greatest pasttimes, movies and vehicles.

This weekend, my husband and I went to an AMC movie theatre to see the movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean”. We intentionally waited to see this movie, because we knew that there would be huge crowds and we hate huge crowds, but this is a movie that you want to see on the big screen. We chose this particular theatre because we had some free passes that were given to us, which needed to be used before they expired, and that date was fast approaching. So – AMC it was. We drove into the underground parking lot (because there is no other parking at the Biltmore theatre), read the sign which said, “4 hours free parking for AMC Ticket holders”, and parked our car. Our first clue should have been the ease with which we found a parking space. Our second clue should have been the answer of the girl who worked the counter when we asked how crowded the movie was and she said, “It is 100% empty.”

But we proceeded inside anyway. We paid our $10.00 for nachos and another $5.00 for a coke to share, and went inside. We selected the best seats in the house, because we were the only ones there. Twenty minutes later we were joined by around fifty people, all of whom sat within one seat of us. The ones who sat directly next to us, in the empty theatre, decided to open their Chicken McNuggets and spread the blanket out across their legs in case they got cold. They ate their stinky food from McDonalds, as the smell waffed across me and I felt like a used fry by the second scene. The little kid next to my husband insisted on kicking the railing in front of us until I, frustrated, kicked it hard enough to get the point across to her that it was annoying. That stopped her for a few moments before she began climbing through it, on it, over it, and under it. Her parents didn’t seem to mind, I’m sure they were enjoying the movie while their daughter was annoying the hell out of everyone. But, hey – as long as the french fry people are happy, it’s all good…

We thought the horrid experience was behind us after the movie ended, but it was just beginning…

We left the parking structure, armed with our ticket stubs and receipt, and pulled up to the parking attendant. He told us it would be $7.00 for parking. We handed him the stubs, but he told us we could have found that anywhere. We’re driving a 2007 Ford Explorer and he’s accusing us of picking up ticket stubs off the ground? Now I’m insulted and angry. I tell him that the sign at the entrance clearly states that parking is free if we are at the movies. He retaliates saying that we have to have our parking ticket validated at the theatre, and if we leave our drivers license, then he will let us pull out, turn around, park again, walk up 6 flights of stairs to the theatre in 119 degree heat because the escalators are out and the one tiny elevator is full, ask for validation, and walk all the way back down, just to give him a stamp. Forget about it.

Cars are now honking at us, and my husband is honking back while this idiot is telling us that he won’t let us by without paying the money. My husband is ready to tell him to call the cops, and we both refuse to pay because it is not just. At some point, you have to stand up for yourself and despite the pressure of cars honking at you, you have to let them know that right is right and wrong is wrong. Ultimately I tell him to write the ticket (in words that are not that polite). I also tell him to sign it and make a personal note of his name.

Honestly, it was a saturday afternoon, the Biltmore is a business plaza, not a shopping plaza. People have one thing to do there, and that is to see a movie. And they want to charge $7 after raking you over the coals for the price of a movie and drinks? That is not right.

I am writing this because I hope that someone from AMC reads it and gets upset. I’m hoping that someone from the Biltmore reads it and gets upset. And I’m hoping that no one has paid that $7.00 after succumbing to the peer pressure from some bully parking attendant and a bunch of impatient idiots behind you. All in all – the experience guaranteed that we would never attend another movie at AMC, nor would we ever again obtain office space at the Biltmore (yes, I used to work there!), nor would we ever again shop at the Biltmore (yep – they also have a lot of my money!). They are done.

And I hope that anyone who has had the same experience will shoot me an email so we can talk to these guys as a group. It’s high time there was some justice in the world, no matter how small a victory it is…

June 11, 2006 Well, I was hoping this would be daily, but alas – it is turning into a “whenever I get around to it”. Life is just simply too busy nowadays. So – thanks, dear readers, for hanging in there with me. The kittens are very demanding and just as destructive! We have taken to letting them out in order to run around a bit, and that has made them love us. 🙂

Writing has taken on a fulltime status, but then, it always has. Lots of things coming up with reviews, and I’ve been working with some wonderful people in faraway lands that I hope I am able to visit one day soon. It’s wonderful to have people answer the phone in the French or German! And that is all the time I have for today – it’s time for another PetsWeekly.com update and off I run!

June 5, 2006 My astrological forecast warned me that today would be the worst day for communication, and now I see that it’s true. My dogs aren’t listening to me, my cats are ignoring me and most of my email is going unanswered. Those that are answered are not addressing the addressnig the information I wanted answered, or they are misinterupting the question which is irritating me. I’m seriously considering a return to bed in hope that tomorrow will be better, but how could it be? The date will be 6/6/06, which can’t be a good thing right? sigh…

June 4, 2006 For those of you missed it, we are the proud foster parents of three very feral, very ungrateful kittens. These little guys were brought into my life by my sister, Jenny who called me two weeks ago with a frantic cry for help, “I’ve found a kitten, Chance (her pitbull/ridgeback mix) got ahold of it and it was screaming, but he didn’t hurt it.” I immediately told her to start searching for others (where there’s one, there’s generally more) and despite impending deadlines, got dressed and headed to Mesa. By the time I got there, she’d found two more.

They were about 4 wks old, still not weaned, but old enough to hiss dramatically, bite, scratch and be generally mean. I took possession, got them home, put them in a 4-story ferret cage where they would be isolated from our other cats, and began the assimiliation process.

Three weeks have passed since I’ve brought them home and they are doing great. They are still wild children, and need a great deal of patience, but have come through their weaning and first round of vaccinations just fine. No injuries from the dog attack. I’ve christened them Alexander (for the conquerer), Hephaestian (because he always has to be near Alex), and Magellan (the great explorer). They each have wonderful personalities, if you can get them to stop hissing long enough, and I’m looking forward to see them develop into calm, friendly adults! They will be looking for new homes soon, so if anyone is interested, send them my way. Adoption fees are $75 each. They will need to be spayed/neutered prior to release.

June 2, 2006 Welcome to my first blog! This is just going to be an update once in a while of life with the dogs, cats, husband and family while running three businesses and writing fulltime. Some people, apparently find that of interest and since so much happens on a day to day basis, it’s easier for me to write it down than to call everyone and tell them. So – bear with me while I backtrack a bit!

June 1, 2006: Today Cheiss ran into my office, farted and ran out. What is THAT about? Honestly – this is my work area. How am I supposed to function when I have dogs acting like that? He followed that up by running in and burping, loud enough that I thought a fullgrown man was standing behind me. It literally scared me! I’m thinking he may have some digestive problems that need to be addressed, so once again – it’s back to the vet…

May 31, 2006: Cheiss has finally become a bully… And Tristan has finally fallen from the alpha position. Today – Cheiss jumped on Tristan’s back, grabbed ahold of the scruff of his neck and held on like a pitbull! Tristan couldn’t reach him, couldn’t shake him off, and we couldn’t pull him off. There was screaming, biting, barking, yelping, horrendous noises from both (and me), and it took a good 3 minutes to finally pry the dog loose… Not good…

May 30, 2006: Every night, we lock the Cog (that’s short for cat who thinks she’s a dog) up in the family room. Why? Because, unlike the other cats, she is not, nor has she ever been – feral. Therefore, she cannot be allowed outside like the others. She hates this fact and believes she should be allowed out with everyone else. The other problem is she has unusual markings, she’s a tabby and has what look like “bulls eyes” on either side of her belly. This would make her very irresistable to many “cat haters” who would love to use her as target practice. So – we keep her locked up at night. Every night, she finds a new hiding place. We thought we solved this problem when we purchased a collar with a bell on it. But, before long, she

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  1. Wow Stacy, the new blog is totally awesome! I really love it! You worked a lot on all those entries and you write so well. And the new cat run seems just wonderful!


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