• Life,  Pets

    Caturday: This Is Morris

    by This is Morris: And this is the third in a widely-scattered series of posts about my current feline overlords. Morris is a rescue cat who spent a few months in the shelter system winding up with the unlikely name of Pumpkin but, obviously, had to become Morris. Something about old television commercials and orange tabbies.We’re fairly certain he was a barn cat or semi-feral, used to people being around, but not super affectionate. He didn’t mind a little attention, but couldn’t really stand being held for more than a few seconds and had no real interest in sitting next to you in the chair or on the sofa.When we…

  • Life,  Pets

    A Year of Cat

    by Cyrus came to live with us a year ago today. A year ago today, at the local shelter, he stepped into a little plastic carrier, endured the short ride to our home, and started following us around. Almost exactly a year before that, Leo left us. 17 years old, plus a little, we’d had Leo since just before our first anniversary, since long before we had the kids. And he outlived his sister Xena by less than three months. We brought them home as a pair, inheriting them from a co-worker of my wife’s, when they were just a year old. So they were about the same age as…

  • Life,  Pets

    Support Your Local SPCA/Humane Society

    by This is Cyrus:  He’s been living with us for just a touch over six months now. These are Peach (centre, hiding) and Pepper (right): joining their sister by adoption Peanut (right) not long before Christmas. (Yes, three P’s in a pod. It’s cute.) Cyrus, Peach, and Pepper have several things in common. They’re all mammals. They all have fur. They all came from the Lennox & Addington OSPCA I have nothing against pet stores. Very useful places for supplies, advice, and information. But for livestock, check the SPCA first. We live in a small town and aside from cats and dogs, they’ve had guinea pigs, chinchilla, and rabbits in the…

  • Life,  Pets

    The Family Grows

    by You might remember that last year, we lost both of our ancient cats and less than three months apart. If you don’t, I blogged about it here and here. The OSPCA had an adoptathon in July where they farm out rescue animals to pet stores and reduce adoption fees in hopes of greater exposure. I think it works. On a trip into the local pet store for crickets (my son has a Leopard Gecko), a scrawny long-haired grey tabby got my youngest daughter’s attention. He’d spent at least one winter as a stray and his weight showed it. His coat also showed it. A rough time in the wilds,…