Mammal Mondays: Does Your Kitten Have Large Talons?

Pet ownership comes with many responsibilities: sadly, many of them involve poop. I decided on short-haired mammals to keep the grooming duties to a minimum (frankly, we have enough to do with all the walking and the pooping) but the boys still need their nails trimmed on a fairly regular basis. Sherman’s claws are easy,…

Mammal Mondays: The Pedometer Made Us Do It

I bought a new iPod nano yesterday. This one is a major improvement over my existing model, a seven or eight year-old 80 GB classic that is overkill for walking with Sherman and to work. My new iPod is also a lovely colour blue, which makes my heart happy. Because my MacBook is so very…

Mammal Mondays: Sleepover with the In-Laws

In case I haven’t mentioned it often enough, my husband is fantastic. Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of hyperbole, but not so much that I’ll claim to have the best husband on the planet. I’m not about to state The Electrician takes home the gold medal for husbandness, being that there are so many men…

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: Charlie Has Gone Home!

Friends, it brings me great joy to share that Charlie went to a wonderful new home tonight! Finally, after eight weeks of diligent work to help her break her bad habits and become accustomed to not running the show, our little red head met the ideal family to love her for the rest of her…

Camera Shy?

Miss Charlie, our SCARS foster dog for the past six weeks, had an opportunity to present her beautiful self on Global Edmonton Morning News this weekend. Note I say “had an opportunity,” rather than “Charlie showed our city and most of the province her beautiful face.” Here’s how it all went down. Knowing Charlie Bear…

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….

Mammal Mondays: The Red Menace

Life with Charlie is improving daily, a fact for which I’m deeply grateful. Caring for a tenacious puppy in an adult dog’s body is a challenge, not unlike teaching teenagers, really, and she certainly keeps us on our toes. The Electrician is inspired by her to watch The Dog Whisperer on Netflix every chance he…

Mammal Mondays: Meet Charlie

We have a number of firsts in the dollhouse this week. One of these is the fact that we had only a five day stretch between foster dogs, saying goodbye to Kizzy on Saturday and welcoming Charlie on Thursday. Also, and perhaps most notably, is the fact that we have a pitty princess for a…