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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

My heart over-flows.

Our Lily & Sierra
Our Audrey & Annie

How I wish I could have you all for tea and a huge slice of cake. We are so thankful for all your support and concern over the theft of our cat, Sierra.
So many of you commented that you did not believe this woman's story about losing her cat 4 months ago and taking our Sierra off our property because she looked like her lost cat. I am still unsure of her story, but I do know that if she had not seen the poster that had gone viral stating that the police were looking for her car, we would not have Sierra today. We most likely would never have seen her again.   She had our cat for 25 hours and most likely knew within minutes of grabbing her from our porch that she was not her cat. She still kept her though. Then she saw the plea on line that included details of her car and it scared her enough that she called us. That's what we think really happened but cannot prove it. She just kept saying, "I'm sorry, I really thought she was my cat."

I need to put this behind us now and get on with things but we have learned a lot from this nightmare. It is a shame that we cannot allow a cat, that we trusted for ten years, to have her time on her favorite bench on our porch but that is the cost of this terrible experience. We were lucky but it has changed everything. Our postman says he will miss her.

I do  know for sure that prayers are answered.

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A nightmare but she's now home

We now know what nightmares are made of.
Early Sunday evening, around 7:30, our Sierra was taken from our front porch.
For ten years, she has sat out there, after dinner, on the warm nights enjoying her time on her red bench.
I was out and the retired guy was home. 
I returned at 7:45 and she was not on the porch.
Our nightmare began.
Our neighbour told us that she saw a white car stop in front of our home, a woman got out and picked up Sierra. She spoke to a younger woman in the car and then handed the cat to her. They then quickly drove off.
Our neighbour tried to memorize the licence plate and got all of it but one letter.
We notified the police and with their wonderful assistance we began the heart-wrenching search.
As you can well imagine, I was hysterical.
Who were they and where was my Sierra?
I can't even describe what was going through my mind.

We were told by locals of a mother/daughter team that were known in the past for trapping and selling cats. The police were very much aware of them and put most of their time and energy on the area where these people lived.

With the help of so many people, our plea went viral and was on every search site. 
My daughter-in-law posted it on a site that drew in thousands.
Last night, as we walked around trying to think of what to do next, our cell-phone rang.

"I have your cat, the woman said."
Gary asked her a few questions and she said she was on a site on her computer and saw the posting where the police were looking for her car.
She said, "I do have your cat but I think this was just a mistake on my part. I drove by your house and saw your cat and thought it was one that I had lost 4 months ago. It looked identical. So, I picked the cat up and my daughter and I took it home.
So, now that I know it's not my cat I will return it.
I will be there in a few minutes."
We did not phone the police because we did not want a cop car sitting near our home when she arrived for fear she would just keep driving.
She arrived, stepped out of the car and I grabbed Sierra from her arms.
I wanted to slug her.
She had pictures of her lost cat and apologized for the mistake.
I put Sierra in the house and then returned to tell her what I thought of her.
She seemed oblivious to the nightmare she had caused.
She kept saying "It was just a stupid mistake on my part."

We got all the information on her we could and then notified the police.
The police feel it was a mistake of identity and that she handled it very badly.
They know her now and she will not ever set foot on our property again.

It was a coincidence that she drove a white car and was with her daughter when she stole our cat. Her car was new where the team of cat-nappers car is older.
She also lives in a different part of our town.
But, saying all that, I don't trust her.
Changes will have to be made now for Sierra.
She will never be allowed on our porch alone again.


When I brought her in she was confused, growling and grooming excessively.
It took time to calm her down.
Some food and being with the retired-guy again has settled her down and she is now back to herself.  


I took this photo last night around midnight.
I am so thankful for all our family, friends and their friends who shared our plea for the safe return of our cat, Sierra. She is our family and we have loved her for 10 years. I am still so angry from this 25 hour, horrid experience but so very happy to have her home with us again.

We have changes to make and I am asking anyone reading this to please supervise your cats and dogs when outside your home, even in your own front yard. They are a target for thoughtless, stupid people and we need to protect them.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ten favorite kitty photos

I added this little bit of beauty to my kitchen cupboard today. A single little pottery mug but oh, so gorgeous. It also feels wonderful in your hand.
Ceramic Artist - Ileana Teirney
I love the work of this potter who lives in the Ottawa area and will keep my eyes open for more of her pieces.

Here are ten of my favorite kitty-client photos that I have taken and want to share today. You may have seen them before but for my new followers (thank-you, by the way and welcome) I thought I would post them once more.

                                     Flash

Quincy

Otis

Tigger

Caesar

Lola

Max

Buddy

Optimus
and the elusive 
Olivia

All are cats I presently care for or have cared for in the past.
Sadly, Buddy and Max passed away recently and, having cared for them for many years, I think of them often and miss them terribly.
They both had much love in their life and were very happy cats.

There's lots more where these came from so I'll show you ten more next time.
 =^..^=

hugs, Deb

Saturday, July 19, 2014

IF YOU CAN'T BE WITH THE CAT YOU LOVE..(HONEY), LOVE THE CAT YOU'RE WITH...


The weekend will fly by as I am busy running this way and that.
Lots of gorgeous cats to care for and pamper to my heart's content.

Jo from http://memorablemeanders.blogspot.ca/ asked if I go to the homes of the cats that I care for and the answer is "Yes, I do."
I run a cat-sitting service for 'stay-at-home' kitties so there is no need for them to go to a kennel while their owners travel.
It is a well-appreciated service in our area.

Here are a few reasons why I think this is the best option for your cat.
1. They are able to stay with all their familiar 'stuff'.
2. With two visits a day their day goes by quickly since they sleep much of it away on their familiar beds and chairs.
3. No cage...that's a big one.
4. They are safe from any illness that might break out at a kennel.
5. I (as the sitter) can spend as much time with them as I feel needed.
6. Most times a radio is left on with soft music, always lights are on timers and the home is kept at a comfortable temperature.
7. They have their favorite windows to sit in while waiting for their sitter to arrive.
8. Their 'favorite cat-sitter' will keep their owners up-to-date by email on how they are doing.
9. And, because they are at home, if there ever is an emergency, their familiar veterinarian is usually the one closest to their home.
And lastly,
10. I don't think they can spend time with anyone who LOVES CATS more than someone who has chosen this type of work. (If you can call it that ;-)

So, there it is. I started this service because I wanted it for my own cats twenty years ago and realized that there was a need for this in our area.

IF YOU CAN'T BE WITH THE CAT YOU LOVE
LOVE THE CAT YOU'RE WITH.

And I do love to photograph cats so I now have a beautiful collection of some of the most gorgeous cats in the world.

I'll show you some of my favorite photos next time.

hugs, Deb
 (Cat-nanny extraordinaire)



Friday, July 18, 2014

Kitchen time before the rush

It's been a quiet week for cat-sitting, as I only had one little stay-at-home kitty to care for, but the weekend is approaching so that means more kitties to pamper. I have 5 tuxedos, 1 calico and 2 ginger-boys to care for for the next few days. I'm looking forward to that.
Because it was a little quieter,  I had time to cook a little more and added a few things to the freezer. One large vegetarian lasagna and a few scrumptious tea-cakes & cookies.
Enjoyed lots of tea-time, too.
I look at these cups as little pieces of art.
I keep my loose tea in this little pot. 

A slow week also gave me time to dust and change up a few things in the dining-room.
and shop for some local produce from a near-by farm.
Tonight's dinner...just add protein.

I'm a bathroom diva showing off my hair-cut. This is for my friend, Shelia. (Hey Shelia,  *wink*)
 Have you ever tried taking a picture of yourself in a mirror? It's no easy feat...especially when a certain kitty wants up at the same time.
and I always oblige. After-all, I am a slave to this soft as velvet feline.
(Audrey)

I captured a  kitty in a window for you this week and this little one was very leery of old Kane.

Hope you are having a great day. It's getting hot here again and that's just fine with me. It will be in the +30's by Sunday. July is going fast, isn't it?

Hugs, Deb

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Play-time (or not)

Annie is our biggest player. She loves her ESS and spends time on it every evening at the same time. She eats dinner and then promptly heads over to her toys to let loose and go nuts for awhile.


Audrey watches her from atop the couch and eventually will join in. This can sometimes lead to a squabble because Annie gets fed up with her getting in her way and will eventually bite her in the butt.  That's not nice, thinks Audrey. She thinks Annie is a bit of a 'mommy dearest'. I tend to agree. But then the tables will turn and Audrey will chase her mom around the house until she tires her out. Audrey never tires but will soon head back to her favorite bed made of purr-fect-sized boxes.
Settled for a light nap.
hugs, Deb

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Cat-in-a-window

Well, that's a first. Looks like both cat and photographer was caught in this photo.

I was poking around in a thrift shop again this week and came home with four little treasures.
                                                   2 coffee mugs & 2 tea cups
                                                          Beautiful pieces of art.

I'm going to have quite a collection of pottery mugs soon and that is what I'm working on. I want to fill my kitchen cupboard with beautiful pieces of art. I took two bags of 'stuff' to the thrift shop this week so I'm happy to bring home these treasures.

Two rabbits, one deer, five crows and one cat met me at the feeding spot tonight. Good that I brought along some grain-filled bread for the not-so-feline. Everything is hungry and could use a bit of help no matter what time of year it is. I was mad at myself for not having my camera. Won't make that mistake again.

Are you having beautiful weather in your part of the world? We are in the dog-days of summer and the living is easy. *smile*

                                      "Hello Moon"


hugs, Deb