Also, there’s a dog rescue in L.A. that’s an all volunteer animal charity serving underserved communities like South East Los Angeles, Watts and Compton. They say, “We offer free services such as spay/neuter, vaccines and basic medical care for dog owners who want to keep their dogs out of a shelter.” Their name is Downtown Dog Rescue and they seem like they do some really good work. I’m not so big on the puppies, but they deserve homes, too, even if I don’t want one.
There’s a lady my mom got to work with; her name’s Stefanie and Stefanie used to volunteer for Berkeley Humane Society (she might still volunteer there, I’m not sure). Stefanie recently got to go visit some really big kitties at Big Cat Rescue in Florida. Every now and then, mom goes to Stefanie’s etsy page (which you can visit here). She found the pictured choker that mom thinks is just fabulous. So I got to thinking that maybe, if you’re still Christmas shopping, I should post a few good ideas for gifts for those cat lovers in your home. So, of course, the first one is the choker by Stefanie. Click on the links under the pictures and you’ll go directly to the website mom found the item on. Just keep in mind that mom’s looking at small businesses that may only produce one of each item, so if it’s been sold already, keep looking and maybe you’ll find something else worthwhile.
I have a younger sister kitty named Penny (not siblings by blood). She was brought to Oakland Animal Services as a kitten (Oakland Animal Services does a lot of great work!!!). Penny had really bad infections in her eyes and probably couldn’t see anything more than shadows. She had to have her eyes removed when she was just a baby because they were so diseased and would never work again. The fabulous people at Berkeley Humane Society had rescued her, providing Oakland Animal Services with a bit of much needed space to save more animals. Berkeley Humane did the eye surgery for her before she came home to live with me. The picture of her on the left is actually her as a kitten at the Oakland Shelter before Berkeley Humane Took her on. Berkeley Humane even posted a blog all about her (which you can see here).
Penny has no idea that she’s any different than any other cat. I knew she was a bit different, though, when I’d raise my paw at her as a warning to knock off her kitten antics and she just plain ignored me. I had to learn to hiss, which I’d never done before (well, except maybe that time when I was forced to take a bath – it took an army to hold me down and a really savvy vet tech to wash me). And, when me and Penny were playing, I had to learn to stomp around the house so that she could here me and chase me; none of this stealth kitty stuff was working.
I also have a cousin whose name is Salem. He’s in the video, playing with Penny (Salem’s the black and white one – duh). Those two are kind of annoying when they play; they’re so loud and they can play for hours. And boy do I mean hours (mom had to kick Salem out of the bedroom one night because he and Penny were still playing hard after 3 hours – mom foolishly thought they’d knock it off on their own, but they didn’t).
In any case, I love my little sister and can sometimes be found giving her a bath … that is when she’s not giving herself a bath. Yes, that’s right – she loves getting in the bath, even when there’s water in it! Yuck!!!
Well, that’s all for today. Enjoy the video; it’s short and sweet.