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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sunday's Child July 31, 2011

I had never heard of "Egyptian Mau" before. They are so cute and playful!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sweet Kitty Love

I was standing on my balcony earlier this week and noticed that the ferral cats that live in the far corner of our parking lot were spread out along the fence, closer to the building. One was near my balcony. This is very unusual. Next thing I heard a sweet voice below and when I looked I saw the lady who feeds them every day. As she walked back toward their home, the cat walked right along beside her, after getting some pets.

Ferrals always run away from people.  These ones run to her. They are excited to see her. They rub themselves along her legs and give her those little head buts (kitty hugs). They even let her pick them up. She doesn't just deliver the food and go.  She spends time with them, talking to them and giving them affection. So while their bodies are being nourished, their hearts are as well. They still keep their distance from other people so I don't worry about them getting hurt.

I also wonder if she has had them spayed/neutered because there are no new kittens this year. There were two last year but I haven't seen any this year.

In sharp contrast, there was a young cat at the back of the building yesterday that was crying a little bit. It could have been searching for a family member or it could have been in heat. A man threw something at it and it ran away.

Thank God for the lady who cares for them. There are far too many people who hate cats and are mean to them. For the life of me, I don't understand why but I do love the saying "If you hate cats in this life, you will come back as a mouse in the next one."

Have you hugged your pet today?
Nanny



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Spencer and Son

Add your caption.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Monday Meowsings

The problem with cats is that they get the exact same look on their face whether they see a moth or an axe-murderer.  ~Paula Poundstone

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Saving Valentina

I watched this for the first time a couple of days ago. When they first spotted the whale, they thought it was dead. On closer examination, they discovered that it was badly tangled in a fisherman's net. They radioed for help but nothing was immediately available. Watch as they painstakingly cut the net with a small knife and pull the net on board, slowly freeing the whale one bit at a time. What is extraordinary is the whale's actions after being freed.  What a wonderful story!






Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday Meowsings

It is true that a cat will make him or herself at home on anything that you set down anywhere.
Sunny on top of garbage bags, sleeping
across the lid of the container



Sqeezed in between my purse and the container


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Irresponsible Dog Owners

Don't you wish scientists would do a study among the group of folks who just have to have a dog - almost always a big dog - and then abuse, neglect, starve it, etc.? What is it about a dog? Is it a creature they can take their issues out on?

I used to live in a really cute little house in Chatham, Ontario. It was, however, on a busy street. I even stopped feeding the squirrels because I was afraid they would be killed running across the street. New neighbours moved into the house beside me who had a large breed dog. Their home had a large, fenced-in backyard and yet, for reasons only yahoos know, they let the dog run loose in the front yard. The dog was not a sit on the porch and watch the world go by kind of animal. It would playfully run around - the zoomies. I knew it was only a matter of time before the dog ran out onto the road - thanks to the aforementioned squirrels I'm sure.

One day, I was petting my cat who was sitting in a window and I witnessed the dog run into the street and get hit by a car. He got it hard on the right hip and kept running to the other side of the street. The driver used my phone to call police and insurance. I told him who owned the dog and that I was willing to be a witness that this was not his fault. The dog owners took the dog inside the house. It appeared not to be hurt very badly - but those of us who have a brain know that is deceiving. The accident caused damage to the car that the dog owners were held responsible for.

After the dust settled, I kept watching out the window for the neighbours to bring the dog to the car to go to a vet. That didn't happen. Finally I couldn't stand it any longer and went over and knocked on their door. I apologized for "butting in" but explained that I had witnessed the dog being struck by the car and suggested they get it checked out by a vet. The man told me that they checked it over and it doesn't "seem" to be hurt. It was resting quietly. Pressing my luck just a bit further, I told him that animals often don't exhibit outward symptoms at first and can be badly injured even though they don't "seem" to be. He thanked me for my concern and that was that. I don't know if they took any action after that other than deciding to use the nice large fenced in backyard.

This reminds me of a saying derived from the Wizard of Oz "A house doesn't have to fall on me". In that situation, apparently it did.



Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Meowsings

"One is never sure, watching two cats washing each other, whether it's affection, the taste or a trial run for the jugular."- Helen Thomson

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award


I am very honoured to have received this award from All Things Dog Blog. Thanks to Carrie with Tanner and Oliver for nominating me. Before I pass this award along, I'm supposed to tell you 7 things about myself and my family.

  1. I am a professional pet sitter and dog walker
  2. I live in Brantford, Ontario, Canada
  3. I live with two awesome cats
  4. My kids are all grown up now
  5. My son lives in Toronto and will be married at the end of this month
  6. My oldest daughter lives in Brantford too
  7. My youngest dauther attends university and lives in London, Ontario
Now I need to pass this along to other versatile bloggers! Congratulations to...
One Pibble's Wish
From Sophie's View
24 Paws of Love
Paw Print City Times
Have Dog Blog Will Travel
Chihuahua Wisdom
Tales and Tails
Two French Bulldogs
Talking Dogs Blog
Winnie's Dog Blog

Please check out their blogs!

Love Nanny

Sunday's Child July 10, 2011

I saw this on Life with Dogs yesterday. Too funny!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Meowsings

Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. - Stephen Baker

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Conquering a Fear of Dogs

Having been chased and almost bitten as a child, comedian Steve Hofstetter had always been afraid of dogs - until he married a shelter volunteer. The change in him has been remarkable - a few weeks ago, the couple adopted an adorable 6-year-old rescue beagle/dachshund mix who they named Bea Arthur and now he is encouraging others to do the same.

Hofstetter has been on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and E! True Hollywood Story, Comics Unleashed, Comedy All-Stars, Quite Frankly, White Boyz in the Hood, Countdown, and more. His new album reached number 1 on iTunes' comedy charts, and he is currently developing two television shows.

Steve and Bea
Hofstetter has been blogging about his transition from dogaphobia to dog lover at  Adopting Bea Arthur. He's a great example of how someone can transition from avoiding dogs out of fear to becoming their advocate.
Lots of love,
Nanny




Friday, July 1, 2011

New site offers discounts on pet items

Bamzilla.com is launching soon and to celebrate their upcoming launch they are giving away a $500 Petsmart gift card to one lucky winner! Yes, you heard it right… $500!  That is enough money for a years worth
of food and toys for your furry friend.

So what is Bamzilla?  Bamzilla.com is a members only website for pet lovers, offering pet products from leading online pet retailers & manufactures at discounts of 50-90% off retail prices!
So how do you enter to win?  It’s easy!

1) Head over to Bamzilla.com
2) Enter your email address to join their invite list so they can let you know when they launch
3) Let your friends know about them via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
To be eligible, at least 5 of your friends need to enter the contest from your unique link and the more friends you invite, the better chance you have!  You can track how many people are signing up from your unique
link by putting your email address back into BamZilla.com and press “go”. More information on the contest can be found here: http://bamzilla.posterous.com/58043389