Mammal Mondays: The Fugitives

Happy Victoria Day to my fellow Canadians! Here we are, ten days after Miss Wendy the Enormous joined us as our latest foster dog. She has been an absolute dream: this dog is so eager to please that she goes to her kennel on command, and she walks right beside me on a halti. After…

Mammal Mondays: The Cat Came Back

Fred Penner fans, hang on to your hats. When I spoke to my momma on Thursday last week, she was feeling blue because her cat was missing and presumed dead. The whole thing made me sad too. Dusty, my folks’ cat, is Leroy’s momma and a sweet old thing. I’m not sure exactly how old…

Mammal Mondays: A Plea for Vaccinations

A long time friend is having a terrible time right now, and she’s given me permission to blog about her experiences in the hopes sharing her nightmare prevents similar situations for other people. My friend has two young cats, both adopted from the local humane society as babies. Both cats were being treated at the…

Mammal Mondays: Nail Clipping Karma

A note to all my regular readers: I have been struggling with my hands the last few weeks far more than usual. I am experiencing a serious flare of carpal tunnel and tendonitis symptoms, which is both painful and frustrating, not to mention scary because I worry this is a sign of things to come….

Scruffy C. Scrufferton

Animal lovers tend to gravitate toward one another, and one of the biggest animal lovers I know has been up to good work again lately. My friend of many years has been feeding a feral cat in her neighbourhood for the better part of a year. During the Alberta winter, where temperatures often plummet below…

Mammal Mondays: Not So Lucky

Here in the dollhouse, the well is a little dry for Mammal Monday stories. By a miracle of the season that is supposed to be spring if it ever stops snowing, my critters have been behaving themselves, so tonight I’ll be sharing a story from a friend at work who had a rather eventful weekend….

Mammal Mondays: Da Free, Da Proud

Today, we depart from the standard Mammal Monday stories for a little something from the islands and a critter that is more feathered than furred. I’m aware chickens are not actually mammals, and I’ve been aware since Miss Geary taught us about classes of animals in first grade. Since my own mammals have been behaving…

Blow-Up Doll

As you know, our foster dog Quest was spayed on Tuesday. While we’re thrilled she is “fixed” and can no longer contribute to the pet overpopulation problem, dealing with a dog recovering from surgery is not exactly a picnic. The long list of rules we have to make our silky girl adhere to includes no…

Mammal Mondays: Quest is a Peach

Last week, The Electrician and I took in our first foster dog through Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS.) Her name is Quest, and we’re madly in love with her. When she first arrived, the poor dog was skinny, and terrified of everything, because living in a house with actual food and people who wanted…

Meet Miss Quest

Let’s be honest: Sherman and Leroy have sort of won the mammal lottery. Both of them are healthy indoor pets who sleep on warm beds. They are fed high-quality food on a regular schedule, and neither wants for cuddles or affection. Truly, The Electrician and I have also won the spouse lottery. I sing his…

Mammal Mondays: Mr. (Too) Lovable

Sherman is typically a social butterfly. He loves people, particularly ladies, and he is ecstatic any time he gets to play with other dogs who are willing to play with him. After all, how could you not love this face, whether you’re canine or hominid? Maybe because he’s so used to being loved by everyone…

Mammal Mondays: A Sleepover with Bowser

Sometimes I am a super hero on a very small scale. My long-time friend texted me last Thursday to see if I could look after her puppy on Saturday because she was called out of town on an urgent trip. It’s no secret that I lurrrrve puppies. The Electrician finds me cruising the local humane…