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: Spotted Sentinel

Summer in Alberta means long hours of golden sunlight, vibrant green spread enthusiastically to the edge of the horizon, and thunderstorms that startle a person from her bed sometime around three in the morning. Summer also means opening every window I can after dinner in the hopes some cooler air might sweep through the dollhouse…

Mammal Mondays: Just Us Chickens

As much as we enjoy having foster dogs in the dollhouse, for the last two weeks it’s only been me, The Electrician, and our own two mammals. Sherman and Leroy aren’t exactly “low maintenance,” but being home with two fully trained creatures is certainly less work than also keeping a foster dog in the house…

Mammal Mondays: Civil Unrest

I’m pleased to report the inhabitants of the dollhouse have survived a crisis that, depending upon the mammal you ask about it, was either pretty minor or the worst thing to happen around here since the great fecal explosion of 2012. This Sunday, at approximately five p.m. Mountain Time, we ran completely out of cat…

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…

Mammal Mondays: The Hammock

How does a person know her cat missed her while she was on honeymoon in Hawaii? What clues might she unearth during her first few minutes back home after ten days away from her favourite feline that her absence was noted and not appreciated? Despite regular visits from my bestie, Miss Sassy, during our honeymoon,…

Mammal Mondays: The High-Carb Diet

First, in excellent doggy news, we are thrilled to announce that Miss Bernadette has gone to an excellent, loving, and permanent home. It was love at first sight for Bernie, who pranced out into the porch to meet her new people, when every other visitor to the dollhouse has had to wait for her to…

Mammal Mondays: Feeling a Little Flat

Friends, it is the end of an era. Sherman’s cherished soccer ball–a relic from The Electrician’s childhood–has given up the ghost. Since his earliest days in the dollhouse, Sherm has played with the soccer ball: initially, this meant rolling it across the yard with his nose and toddling after it when we kicked it for…

Mammal Mondays: Be Careful What You Wish For

Mondays seem to arrive more frequently than other days of the week, certainly more than the excellent days, like Saturday. Before I know it, it seems another Monday is wheezing its stale breath in my face, and I’m both back to work and looking for something to write about for my weekly Mammal Monday post….