Archives for June 2013

Annie and Eddie Explore Their New Forever Home

Annie and Eddie Explore Their New Forever Home

Annie and Eddie in sunroom

There’s been a lot to do and see for Annie and Eddie since they came to live with us.  They’ve been keeping super busy investigating every corner of the house.  Annie has no fear. She is the first to explore new territory.  Eddie watches carefully but stays a safe distance behind her. Once he is convinced it is safe to proceed, he runs to catch up.  Today they met two very important friends.

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ASPCA Adopt a Cat Month Gift Pack Giveaway

ASPCA to Host Top Ten CATdown in Honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month


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Super Hurrah and Congratulations to Ann! Our winner of the Adopt a Cat Month Giveaway!

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A Swim Marathon Fund Raiser for Cats Inspired by Gracey

Swimming for Cats!

When our  facebook page first began, we gave away The Tiniest Tiger books to new friends when they liked the page and it matched a lucky number.  Often times the lucky number ended cat in bathing capin nine, for nine lives.  Our lucky number 49 is Cathy and she works hard advocating for all animals.  This month Cathy is swimming a marathon (26.2 miles) to raise money for two organizations – Cat Welfare Association, a no kill cat shelter in Columbus, Ohio, and Lions, Tigers & Bears, a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Alpine, Calif.

Cathy’s  goal is to raise $2600 – $100 for each mile – with half going to each group.  On her blog Big Cats, Little Cats,  she is keeping track of the miles she swims, talking about issues facing big and small cats, and featuring adoptable cats from Cat Welfare and the big cat residents of Lions, Tigers and Bears.

Cathy told me that Gracey was an inspiration for her swim.

Gracey is part of the inspiration for a project I am doing in June that I wanted to let you know about.  It is a fundraiser called Big Cats Little Cats.  For my 50th birthday, I am swimming a marathon throughout the month to raise money for Cat Welfare Association, a cat shelter in Columbus, and Lions Tigers and Bears sanctuary in California, which helped place so many big cats from Ohio that needed homes when their facilities closed.


I too had been to the Ohio facility that closed and met the big cats and the bear that were located to Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary in California.  Every effort is meaningful and we are touched that our Gracey inspired Cathy, aka Lucky #49 , to swim for the cats!

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Annie and Eddie’s Adoption Day

Annie and Eddie’s Adoption Day!

Saturday morning Paul and I loaded up the vehicle with a carrier, water and snacks and headed off to Grayson County Humane Society.  Since June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we decided  we would do just that x 2.  We have a home, and many cats need a home so we thought, we might as well adopt a couple of cuties and bring them into our family.  Annie’s photo grabbed our attention one day while Gracey and I were reading through some facebook posts. I told Gracey that Annie looked like she had spunk.  I like to think that Gracey had a paw in choosing these little cats to come and share her habitat with us.

Grayson County Humane Society

Grayson County Humane Society

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Meet Annie From Grayson County Humane Society


Annie's Grayson County Humane photo

Before Gracey’s illness progressed, we were looking over our facebook feed and saw this photo of Annie, a sweet little girl living at the Grayson County Humane Society.   I said, “Look Gracey, Annie has spunk, don’t you think?”  I showed Paul Annie’s photo when he came home from work.  We were wondering if Gracey might like to have another cat sharing her habitat. But a few days later, Gracey became ill and our world was tumbled around.

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Our Message to Princess Gracey after 5 Weeks

This entry is part 7 of 16 in the series Messages to Gracey








Our Message to Princess Gracey after 5 Weeks

Gracey Pets in TiarasIt is hard to believe it has been five weeks yet at the same time it seems longer. I looked outside from the sun room and every bird feeder was empty.  Not a morsel.  So I went out into the sunlight loaded down with seed, suet and peanuts and started making the rounds.  By the time I made it to the feeder hanging from a branch on one of the big pine trees, I already began to feel better.  The pine branches have really grown. I had to separate the branches to reach the feeder.  The smell is glorious and the needles on the new growth are soft as they brush past my cheek.  I smile thinking that your dad would be worried I was wearing my sandals and no hat.  I took a deep breath of pine air and  worked my way over to the big maple tree that holds the squirrel feeder and where Bossy Backyard Blue Jay prefers to pick up his peanuts.  I see the chipmunks burrows and carefully walk around the entrance.  Filling the feeder and looking up through the leaves of the maple I realize how important being outside is to me and even if it is only for just a few moments today, it helps.

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Share Your Treasure to Win $100 Home Deopt Gift Card From GAF Roofing

Share What You Treasure Most

A few years ago when we were living in a loft apartment waiting for the house renovations to be completed, a tornado brushed by us and took the roof over our kitchen with it.  I remember telling Paul, “It’s raining so hard  it sounds like it’s raining inside.” And he said,  “That’s because it is!” With Gracey already tucked safely in the bedroom, I bolted out into the kitchen with rain pouring down on me and lightning flashing everywhere. I grabbed Gracey’s food and my laptop and dashed back into the living room. Later, Paul teased  me by asking what if he wanted a snack. I told him he was on his own and could fend for himself.   We both knew the pecking order; Gracey first.

GAF Roofing Wants to Know What Do You Treasure Most Under Your Roof?

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An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night Book Giveaway


How An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night Came to Be

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Super Hurrah and Congratulations to Bearwitch Our Winner of An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Night.

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Cheetah Love Our Message to Gracey after Four Weeks

This entry is part 6 of 16 in the series Messages to Gracey








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Cheetah Agility and Maneuverability More Important than Speed

Sophisticated Tracking Collars Show Surprising Results

Cheetah in Namibia

Cheetah photographed in Namibia by Joanne McGonagle

Cheetahs might be the fastest land animal but a new study reveals it isn’t speed but extreme agility and maneuverability that’s key to bringing down their prey.  A team from the Royal Veterinary College, UK, working with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust,  used custom-built tracking collars containing GPS and inertial measurement units to capture the locomotor dynamics of cheetahs hunting in the wild.

In the 1960’s cheetahs were clocked reaching speeds of 64 miles per hour, but research using modern technology shows the cheetah’s speed at 40 mph. These studies were carried out with captive cheetahs and could give little insight into how a cheetah uses their speed in the wild. So researchers collared five wild cheetahs and tracked their movement. These sophisticated collars are capable of of monitoring speed, acceleration, deceleration and location. Data was collected for 367 runs over 17 months.

Cheetahs Rely on Agility and Maneuverability

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