Hey folks … it’s the weekend! The last weekend in September, as it were, and fall is in the air, right? Right? Wait a minute … if fall is in the air, why is the air 92° F (33° C) outside? Forecast to be above 90° through at least Tuesday. Sheesh. Well, anyway, fortunately my a/c finally … after 5 tries … did get fixed, for which I am thankful. I am in critter-mode today … yeah, yeah, I know … what amn’t I in critter mode? (And yes, I do know that ‘amn’t’ is not legit, but I liked it) Anyway, you’ll get a kick out of what I’ve found to start your weekend with a smile …
You all may have seen this story already, for it has been making the rounds on the Internet … I had seen he headline numerous times, but hadn’t actually read the story until last night when I was trolling the ‘Net looking for ideas for this post. It’s about a couple and their dog, Katie, and I don’t know about you, but it brought tears to my eyes.Katie, a seven-year-old border collie, escaped from a hotel room in July during a trip to Montana with owners Carole and Verne King. Though she’s a social and friendly dog, she’s also skittish and the couple believes the pup was scared by thunder and fled the My Place Hotel while they were out for dinner.They searched the hotel grounds, calling for Katie until early morning. Nothing. The next day, King continued her search, putting up fliers, knocking on doors and posting on social media. In total, King thinks she put up about 500 flyers in the town and surrounding area. She and her husband also brought game cameras and night-vision goggles to their search.
“It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach. I never gave up. I never lost hope.”
To continue her search, King even gave up her job as a postal worker. Complete strangers were keeping her spirit high, sending encouraging texts and crafting sincere Facebook posts.
“I think what I got out of this was the kindness of strangers.”
Early on Sunday morning, Sept. 15, King got a call from a man in the Country Estates neighborhood. He said there was a dog matching Katie’s description in his yard. Just the day before, King and her friend Jan Leland posted fliers in the same neighborhood. Once again, she called Leland for help and rushed out the door. By the time they arrived, however, the dog was already gone.The pair decided to take a walk in the neighborhood, scanning the area with binoculars. They encountered a couple walking and asked if they’d seen a runaway border collie. They hadn’t. But the man said he saw a black dog heading north. King gave the couple a flier and was about to continue on her way.
“As the lady was walking back, she points over to the tree where it’s real dark and says, ‘Is that your dog?’ And I turn and it’s Katie. I just bear-hugged her, I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.”
After taking Katie to a local emergency vet clinic to assess her condition, King learned that her pup had lost 12 pounds and was severely dehydrated and in starvation mode.
“The doctor walked up to her and she said, “Is this the famous Katie? And her eyes welled up with tears. That touched me.”
The 7-year-old pup received fluids and orders for a special diet of two tablespoons of food every two hours to help retrain her stomach. Even though she’s skin and bones, everyone’s in good spirits as she is expected to make a full recovery.
Now that’s what I call love!
Leave it to big box store Target to start trouble. They have come out with a new Hallowe’en product, and I made the mistake of letting the Feral Five see it. According to the ad …
“One of the most perfect ways to put your cat in the Halloween mood without putting them into uncomfortable outfits (that they most likely aren’t very big fans of) is to get them something spooky to party in! And Target has something just like that to offer. These haunted cat houses are a perfect treat for a cat (or other small critter) and are here just in time for Halloween.”
And then … as I was scrolling through looking at the pictures, I saw Tiger Lily looking over my shoulder with some strange look in her eye. She must have called to the rest in that way of silently communicating that they have, for within 30 seconds, I had Oliver in my lap, Boo atop my desk, Pandora on the arm of my chair, and Tiger on the back of my chair. I was scared, let me tell you. No, Izzy didn’t come out of hiding … actually, I think at that time she was in the kitchen taking advantage of a fresh bowl of kibble. I’ve got to admit that it is pretty cute. The ‘Haunted Mansion Cat Scratcher’ combines a cat’s favorite thing in the world – a cardboard box – with black and orange Halloween elements of a scary house riddled with cobwebs and ghosts. It comes with a two-floor design that includes a perch pad on top and features a scratcher floor on both levels for “endless entertainment”.
“No, guys … just no. The thing probably costs $50 and I can’t afford it!”
But, I sometimes forget that Boo is quite capable of reading for himself, and he opened his mouth, let out a hiss, and said …
“Gwammie … you lyin’ to us … lookie dere … it only costed $16.99 … dat’s not a wot of money, Gwammie. Can we … pwease, pwease, pwease???” 😺😺😺😺😺
Sigh. I will be making a trip to Target tomorrow.
Take a look at this lemon …But it’s really …A cake!!!
And here are a few others …Pretty cool, yes?
Well, folks, that’s a wrap for today … oh … can’t forget the cute animal video now, can I? This is an alpaca named Capudo. Capudo was born on a farm into a herd of about 8 alpacas, but sadly his mum died when he was only a few days old, so the farmer took him home to let his daughter tend to him for six months until he could be weaned from the bottle and returned to the herd. But, turns out Capudo loved the family and especially the family’s dogs so much that, while he visits the herd several times a week, he always seems to want to return to the farmhouse at the end of the day. Watch … you’ll fall in love with him!
Have a great weekend, my friends!