August 24, 2018

My phone blows up almost every day with heartfelt pleas for help finding a beloved pet, often a dog. My heart goes out to those people whose canine companion has gone walkabout, so I went looking for some way to add to the thoughtful comments provided by readers on the...

June 28, 2018

You hear mewing, go looking for the source—and find kittens! Left all alone! It is kitten season here in Northern Lower Michigan and this scenario is almost commonplace.  You rush to be of aid to the tiny family…But Wait. Before swooping in for the rescue, don’t assume...

December 28, 2017

Those of you who read this blog may have noticed that there has been a bit of a dry spell, word wise. It’s unusual for me, but true nonetheless. To quote one of my favorite films, Shakespeare in Love “My muse has deserted me”. So today I offer up an uninspired, but fai...

October 20, 2017

Or, sadly, where have you gone. We are living with an elderly cat that appears to be in the early stages of dementia, or Feline Cognitive Dysfunction. My husband and I took Rocky in as a young cat of about 18 months or so. His original family split up, moved, and left...

May 17, 2017

Psst!! Look!! Out here on the Catio…I am Sassy! Aren’t I just beautiful? No one would ever guess that I am almost 10 years old (June is my birthday, just in case you might be thinking of a gift…) Really, the best gift of all would be a wonderful, patient home with peop...

April 4, 2017

I hear this question frequently. People I meet in the neighborhood grocery, the local shops and coffee emporia, at the doctor’s office, the park--all recognize a need and are poised to fill it, if only they (and I) can sort out Just What It Is I Really Want!  Well, dea...

March 29, 2017

Having painted a lovely creamy taupe all of the hidden areas of my house (closets, laundry room, etc.) heretofore virgin “builder’s white”, I turned at last to ploughing through the stack of bedside books that regularly come in the mail from family and friends whose id...

January 15, 2017

Blog 29: Whisker Fatigue or, The Older I Grow, the Less I Know!

And so, dear reader, as we embark on the newest New Year, I am faced with the daunting task of confronting my profound ignorance of even the most commonly known facts. Some background info here: just before...

January 6, 2017

One For the Money, Two For the Show, Three to Get Ready…. or, Some Thoughts on Adding a Pair of Kittens to Our Sedate Household!

According to no specific plan, I have been Mom to a series of adult-only cats. Since the deaths of my beloved Simon and Buddy in 1987 (both o...

December 1, 2016

To begin…two sweet endings to illustrate my thoughts about adopting a fur baby from a shelter or rescue organization. Coincidentally, both concern dogs; both pits or pit mixes.

As most of you who follow the doings at the Center know, Vinny was recently adopted by a kind...

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