Monday, August 31, 2009

What Strays See in My Yard!

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

This is the latest to make it to the shore of Hickory Heights - the land of the free, and the home of the cats! I can't determine if this friendly kitty is a boy or a girl, so we're going to the vet's office this afternoon to figure it out. The last thing we need around here are kittens!

And then this sweet kitty will need a home, because we are at the limit with six! This kitty doesn't deserve to spend another winter outside and wants to find a loving home where he/she can bring you joy and laughter!

If you are interested, please contact me!

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Would You?

As we waited for traffic to clear so we could pull out from a shopping center today, I watched this guy dance and point to his sign.

How much would it take for you to do this job? I'm thinking the chicken or gorilla costume would be better because no one would know your identity.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Many a Mini!

Sharon commented that it looked like our State Fair was all inside! Our Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center is a huge facility, and yes, most of the exhibits, including animals, are in the various wings. There is food, some activities, and the Midway rides outside. We have a Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom on the property too, so for one price, you can ride all the rides at the fair and at Kentucky Kingdom.

There was a big display of quite a few mini-Galapalooza horses. Some of these are being sold and/or auctioned. My favorite one was the pink one below. It was in a case and was covered in sparkles! There are some talented artists who painted these horses - enjoy the show!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Third Time Is A Charm!

I haven't had much time to blog this week because I've been shuffling cats to and from the vet's office for yearly visits. First up was Sugar - just for bloodwork. She is on thyroid and high blood pressure medicine, and every six months we make sure her levels are okay, and that the medicine is not affecting her kidneys.

Then it was Gleek's turn! Try getting this heafty mancat into a carrier! They never want to go in the carrier, and then you can't get them out of it when you get to the vet's office!

We love our vets - there are three women veterinarians, and the vet techs are awesome!

Yesterday was Violet's turn. He talked the entire way there, during the exam, and all the way home! I've seen very few cats that enjoy the car ride. The talking in the car is unlike anything you'll ever hear them do. I'm so thankful our vet's office is only 5 minutes away from our home!

And then there is Newman. He'll jump in a carrier anytime! He didn't need to go to the vet - he loves the carriers - well, he will love them until it's his time to go, and then I'll have to search the house for him!

Thankfully, they are all healthy! Enjoy your weekend - we're hitting the Kentucky State Fair tomorrow.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Wooooo Hooooooo!

September can't get here soon enough!

Oh yeah, I'm a fan!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Weekend Remembrances

Tomorrow is National Homeless Animals Day. It's fitting that a day that calls attention to homeless animals falls on the weekend with the 2nd anniversary of Mom's passing (Sunday).

I've lived my entire life with dogs and cats - most of whom were strays. It is a passion that I can't ignore, and believe me, at times I've tried! Here I am with Peaches, one of Mom's most favorite dogs. She was a very clingy cocker spaniel, and later in life had an eye removed, so she always looked like she was winking at you!

This is little black kitty - who will remain nameless because I know the rule like the back of my hand:

If you give the stray a name, he is yours to keep!

I think he might live in the next court over to ours, but like those before him, he knows a home that will give him food! He hangs out in our front flower bed in the shade of the ornamental grasses. I leave him food and water on the porch because he is skinny, and I can't say no to skinny cats.

But, guess who took this picture of little black kitty? It wasn't me! He is a softie for homeless animals too! If you have room in your life and heart for a shelter animal, this weekend would be a good time to check out your local humane society - or feed a stray in your neighborhood! If you are in the Louisville area, Animal Care Society is a non-kill shelter I support!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Red Hot Pool Party!

How can you have summer without a pool party? Well, we had one tonight! Eight of the ten Red Hots - one of whom has spent more time than the others in the sun. So, take that into consideration - my legs would not look nearly as white had I not stood next to her!

Time to ditch the shoes and head for the water!

It was a salad potluck dinner, so this ice cream sundae dessert was justified!

Thanks, Sharon, for planning a fun evening, and thanks to Phyllis for the use of your lovely yard and pool!