Hey…do you have a minute?

It’s important and just a moment of your time will do – one of our Sanctuary guests would like a word with you about a very serious subject.

 

Hi Everyone –

If you don’t already know me, let me introduce myself:

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My name is Sophie.

I’m a cute little Tortie currently living at the Sanctuary.

I love to chill outside, stare out the window, and help our volunteer manager with all of her paperwork.  (Though, to be honest, I like the paper much better when it is crinkled up and on the ground for me to smack.)

 

Anyway, that’s what I wanted to talk about – fun!  And playing.  And how to do it the kitty approved way.

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Now, you might be thinking “Sophie, come on, don’t be silly ….I already know how to play with cats.”

Seriously just hear me out!

There’s some cool facts about kitty brains that I want to share with you to make our play sessions more fun.

The big thing to know is that we like to play because it reminds us of hunting.  When we dive bomb a feather toy, we pretend it’s a real live bird!  So it’s important to move the toys like they are real prey.

 

Ever wonder why cats seem so bored when you just dangle the toy in our face?  We’re thinking that’s gotta be a pretty dumb bird to fly right into our face-and it can be kinda scary too.  If anything, I’ll just swat or bite it just to get it out of the way!  That’s not very fun or challenging for me.

I want to stalk, chase pounce and attack!  If you move the toy like prey that will definitely catch my interest.

Try moving it side to side, have it sneak around corners, have it  move slow like a bird walking on the ground and then zoom – into flight!

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Have it stop from time to time so we can strategize how we are going to catch it and move it AWAY from us so we can chase it.  Of course let us win every one in a while too!  If the toy is flinging so fast without us even being able to touch it our heads will definitely spin.

It’s all about finding that balance and letting us pretend play.  The best part of a play session is getting to capture my feathered foe for a little while.

 

 

 

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I mean sure, it’s fun to have food given to us on silver platters – or in my case, blue treat balls. But when it’s time to play,  give us a challenge!

Incorporate this new knowledge of kitty hunter instincts in your next play session and watch the fun begin.

 

 

Best,

Sophie

Supreme Tortie of Sebastian House

 

 

Never Too Late

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It’s never too late for a happy ending.  At 11 years young, Bonnie is turning back the clock with every day she spends with us.  She came to the sanctuary a few months ago at a whopping 47 pounds.  She had a tough time getting around and, to make matters worse, had a very large fatty tumor obstructing her movement.  But under the gentle care of our staff and volunteers, she’s dropped several pounds and had a successful surgery to remove her tumor.  She now jogs down our hiking paths and leaps into chairs and couches with ease.  Every day, she gets a little smaller and her joy for life just grows.

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Black Beauty

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Jessie is the picture of canine grace.  And she has an inner beauty to match.  Attentive and affectionate, she never saw a face that she didn’t want to kiss, and her belly is always available for some rubs.

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Jessie came to us from a local animal control office.  She was sighted running loose in the town in winter and, though it took some time and several attempts, they were able to catch her and bring her in.  Once they had her safe and indoors, they saw what a joyful teddy bear she was.

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Unfortunately, she had a few health care concerns that needed addressing.  She needed to be spayed, her skin and coat were in poor condition, and, worst of all, she had a heartworm infection.  We took her in to the Our Companions Sanctuary and, with a little TLC, she quickly blossomed.

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Now, Jessie is a volunteer and visitor favorite.  With her health concerns behind her, she tears around the play yard fetching tennis balls, and has a great time with her doggie friends, Hera and Brody.  She’s well on the way to her fairy tale ending.

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Splish Splash!

Lucy is currently our only sanctuary guest interested in taking full advantage of the pool accommodations that we provide all of the pups at the sanctuary. She just can’t get enough of it! We hope that her playful antics help to keep you cool on this sun-soaked day!

Take time to splash around and then be sure to wrap up in a big towel and relax in the air conditioning!

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If I WERE KING

 

IF I WERE KING OF THE FOREST……….

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I’D COMMAND EACH THING BE IT FISH OR FOWL!

 

HA….HA….HA…HA… HA…Dillon stop!  you are cracking me up!

Reallllly Dillon – you and I weren’t you screaming like a girl the last time ……..both know you couldn’t hurt a fly-    In fact, wait a minute- 

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All right all right Tabby that’s enough      (sigh)  – lets not bring up the distant past, OKAY?

But Dillon, you and I both know that just happened last….

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TABBY!!  Shheesh!

Here, if I show you my sharp teeth and hard stare you’ll see how brave I really am.

No no no not like that Dillon – it’s all in the eyes  -see how I do it.

 

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Tab!  you actually look kind of creepy.  Let’s face it Tab,  you and I are just not cut out for this “courage” thing.

Sometimes I just get so discouraged. You know I look at cats who were adopted  like Mason (who had no hind legs) and Monty (who was blind)

And they were fearless.  People love that sort of thing in a cat and I just don’t get why.

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Courage Dill courage- when you don’t have courage like us you do silly things to try to cover that up.  you know how you sometimes hiss when you are nervous to try to scare other cats or people and when you get irritable you might swat at people to tell them to leave you alone.

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I know you never really mean anything with things like that and

well, I do the same thing- except when I get scared I just kind of  flip out .

 

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We really do like and enjoy companionship. Why can’t people just see the good things about us- like how loyal  and affectionate we can be- we just need to trust people first and then we feel comfortable showing our true selves.

 

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Sometimes I feel like I can make it so hard for people to love me.  Tab I know someday,  someone is going to love the real me and take me home.

Yeah yeah dill, I know, someone who understands us will come along , but for now let’s just relax enjoy our day-   And listen to some music.

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(click on music to play and check out more images of tabby and dillon below)

 

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Sometimes we can be insensitive -sometimes we pay more attention to the things we need.

sometimes we test your trust.  sometimes we don’t make it easy.

 

But we DO deserve it………. and we love that you love us good.

We have to ask:   Do these faces look hard to love?
A few of our other residents wanted to take this opportunity to confess to some embarrassing behaviors of their own.

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Buttercups, Dandelions and Clovers

are growing big this spring!   Yes, maybe all over your lawn but, of course we are talking about kittens.

Early in May we took in mom, Blossom, and her three kittens (2 weeks old at the time)

Just a kitten herself (about 9 months old), she was found running the streets as a stray in Hartford- Apparently this girl is a little on the wild side, as she soon wound up  pregnant.  Her rescuer found herself in over her head and reached out for some help.

It was during Blossoms vet visit that they discovered she had a painful abscess on her mammary gland that was ruptured and draining.  However, despite the pain she continued to nurse and care for her kittens.

Now, at almost five weeks old – the kittens are thriving:

And mom is so ready

to return to being a kitten again!  Though she’ll have to stick it out a few more weeks.

A couple of weeks before Blossom arrived, we took in another litter of four boy kittens that were trapped as part of a feral TNR project in Hartford.

They came to us at just about 7-8 weeks and our volunteers have been working hard to turn these “airplane ears”Jupiter,colt,tetris,chickpea 042216a

into friendly kitten ears.   Jupiter, Colt, Tetris and Chickpea have come a long way.

And it’s been quite the ride with these boys but our volunteers have done a great job with them.   Still a little nervous and skittish, but ready for homes of their own.

Memorial Day Weekend!

At last, it seems that summer might be here! The pups (especially our pool fanatic, Lucy) have been enjoying some lounge time in the 80 degree weather and  the cool sensation of a frozen Kong in order to keep cool. We hope that you have some relaxing plans ahead of you over this long weekend but if you choose to get out and enjoy the fine weather then we encourage you to come take a tour of the Our Companions Animal Rescue Sanctuary! The Sanctuary is open to the public every Saturday from 1pm-3pm and we would love to meet you!

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A frozen kong hits the spot on these really hot days!
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Relaxing in the shade is the way to go!

Piper Update

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We’ve gotten our first report back from Piper’s new home!  She’s doing great and settling in to a much deserved life of love and care after her rough beginning.  Read her whole story here:  https://ourcompanionsblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/piper-the-indestructible/

“Our family is so happy to welcome this little girl into our family. We have re-named her Abby and already she responds to her new name! She joins our cat, Sophie, who really wants nothing to do with her, and two goats, Firefly and Paprika, who are both very curious about her.

She has adapted well to our routine. She has learned to “give paw” and we are working on “stay” with some success. She will soon be going to school to learn even more. In keeping with her recovery from surgery, we take short walks, which are always an adventure since she would love to chase every bird, chipmunk and squirrel she sees.”

HAPPY TAILS TO YOU!

Some teary but happy goodbyes are going out to four of our residents this week and next.

The first to say goodbye- our two lovable roommates:  Mason and Monty.

We are so happy for our boy Mason who joined us in March of 2015 -born without his hind legs, he stubbornly managed to survive outside for years.  Spotted by his rescuer stealing bird seed from her feeder to eat, she gained his trust, and was able to  coax him inside and care for him until he joined us at the Sanctuary.  Over the past year he has amazed us all with his resilience and strong will.

Monty joined us in February of this year.  Rescued from a hoarding situation -it was suspected initially that he only had some type of vision impairment. But,  after consulting with a feline ophthalmologist, we discovered that he is completely blind.  -Surprising to us because he carries on so fearlessly: climbing, running and playing – not letting anything stop him.

They met and  became roommates and playmates at the Sanctuary, learning to deal with each others “different” abilities.  Both cats have unbelievable and unstoppable spirits.  And both are going to their new homes within a day of each other.

It was an emotional goodbye for the both of them:

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maybe a quick kiss goodbye…….

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whoaahhh just a minute there Monty …………oooooh   yuck this is a bit awkward!

Hey how about we just do a quick good luck to ya slap on the shoulder……

Yeah that sounds good masey – lets give it a try.

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021   phew!  yeah, that went much better.

Good luck boys!  We’ll miss you both.

 

Next week our two girls  Chrissy and Heidi get to head to their new home together.  Both born into a hoarding situation where they were not properly socialized or cared for, they joined the Sanctuary in early September at about 12 weeks of age.

Our volunteers have spent countless hours working with them trying to gain their trust and confidence and they have made tremendous progress.  Although still skittish, the girls have grown into beautiful sweet and loving kitties.

Now a wonderful adopter has come along – willing to give them the space, love and most importantly the time they need to form that special bond – called unconditional  love.

Good luck to you too girls -we’ll miss you.

Finally – a cute little side note:

To send off our kitties with all of our best wishes one of our volunteers had a fantastic  idea of sending along cards with their adopters – another volunteer went with that idea and created custom cards for each cat:

Such a happy and fun way to express our feelings for the cats we care for and have come to love so much.  We’re looking forward to signing many more!

Adventure Time!

 

Here at thadventure Aggiee Our Companions Sanctuary, we’re always seeking ways to give our dogs the most normal and home-like life that we can.  One thing that goes a long way toward that goal is the “field trips” we take them on.  Being located in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner, we’re very lucky to have a number of trails and parks in the area that our staff and volunteers can bring our dogs to for some exploration and adventure.  And as the weather warms, it opens up so many possibilities to give our pups a fun day away from home.

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