Princess Hera

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Adorable Hera wears so many different hats here at the Sanctuary – literally and figuratively!  Not only is she our resident supermodel who rocks the cutest outfits you’ll ever see, she is also our resident couch potato/chicken lover/ sandbox digger/face kisser.  This sweet little lady has been with us for just about three years and has truly captured all of our hearts, even if it takes us each a while to capture hers!  Read on to see how very much she is loved by everyone here at OC.

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“Hera is soooo cute and is so adorable in all her different outfits – she is like a real life Barbie doll anyone can dress up!”

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“Hera has the sweetest, saddest, most soulful eyes that make you melt.”

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“When Hera looks at me with that sweet face and wags her tail, my heart melts.  She is the best snuggle-up-on-the-couch-and-watch-TV-with buddy EVER!”

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“Hera is the sweetest, most affectionate girl.  I feel so lucky to know her.  She would be the perfect addition to any family!”

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“Hera acts like a silly lab, rolling on her back and getting belly rubs.  I love when she wags her tail when she sees me!”

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“Watching Hera play with her puppy friends is such a joy.  She is so happy running around in the yard!”

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“Hera is the sweetest, gentlest girl.  She gives the best kisses!”

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“Earning Hera’s love is one of the most rewarding experiences.  Once she knows that you are her friend, you will see a spunky, playful, and ever loyal personality emerge.  I promise that it is worth the effort!”

Remembering Dusty

To the sanctuary regulars who read this blog, you’ll be quite familiar with the story of Dusty. He was a long term cat resident at Sebastian House, arriving at a whopping 22 pounds and with a handful of additional medical problems to boot. He was a sanctuary favorite – a constant presence in the living room, always happy to snuggle up next to someone on the couch, or loudly meow at their feet. Occasionally he could be tempted to play with his favorite wire mouse toy. After living here for three years, he passed away peacefully after a sharp health decline. The volunteers who love him shared some of their many Dusty memories and photos. You can see the many lives he has touched during his stay. We will miss you, Dusty.

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Dusty snoozing – from Michele G.

 

“Father Dust (my nick name for him) will be terribly missed. He took care of the kittens & new comers to the living room crew. Showed them ‘the ropes’ and all of the affection they would allow. God bless Dusty & OC.”
Alex
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Dusty checking up on Cheetah after she comes back from the vet.

“Our dear, sweet Dusty. He was beyond sweet and loving. I’m was privileged to know him. He would greet me as well as others when we walked through the front door. He was a great uncle or grandpa to all the little kittens that spent time in his presence. He was also just a terrific cat to sit with while he slept. He was so loved…but we got so much more back. I have tears for him now, but there are so many memories that he will not be forgotten.”
Sheila

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Dusty looking dashing in pink – taken by Paula.

“I’m so sorry to hear about Dusty. I got to visit with him on Saturday and it was clear his quality of life was going downhill. We will miss Uncle Dusty but as I told him on Saturday, he still has a special job to do – now he’ll get to keep an eye on Maisie’s kittens. 🙂
Thank you for keeping us updated, and thanks to you and all the staff for being there for our beloved sanctuary pals.”
Susannah

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Showing off all the meanings of “husky.” Taken by Mandy.

“Thank you for sharing Dusty’s last moments with us. I wish I could have gone out to spend time with him before his passing. He will be missed. I know he was a part of Riley’s early days sharing his living room with those mischievous little ones. So sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing how much you impacted his life in such a positive way. Even if he didn’t find his forever family he had a wonderful extended caring family of staff and volunteers.”
Lynne

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Dusty spooning with Riley’s brother Chickpea.

“I know you must be in a lot of pain right now. I’m so sorry! Although I didn’t have much time with him, he was a sweet, sweet boy that I will miss so much! The living won’t be the same without him! Having said that, thank God for all of you and what everyone at OC does. You are all a marvel to me and I admire all of you so much! Thanks to all, Dusty had a happy, content life filled with love and compassion! None of us can ask for more than that.
I WILL MISS HIM GREATLY!!!”
Darcie

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Dusty joins a Brownie troupe.

“How very sad I am right now to hear of Dusty’s passing. I know Dusty had a number of physical ailments over the past several years, but he always showed his grit against these challenges and I was not aware his health was currently in a downward spiral. Given the multiple issues he has had to fight off, and his senior age, it was probably inevitable his life was coming to a natural end.
Last month I brought two plush hearts in to the Sanctuary, and though I try not to have favorites among my feline charges :), the pink one was for Tabby and the red one for Dusty. I wanted to let our most senior residents know how still special they are to all of us.
I will definitely miss him.”
Barbara

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A Visit from Troop 10816

Hi there,
If you are a regular volunteer at Sebastian House, you already know who I am. But to everyone else – my name’s Dusty.

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I’m a regular here at Our Companions, the Sanctuary has been my home for a couple years now. I tend to make friends with the younger kittens, so much so that my nickname has become Uncle Dusty. That’s why I was SO happy when I got a visit from Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 10816! These young ladies came to the Sanctuary to earn their Pets badge.

Personally, I can’t think of a better place to do so. They started off at my place, Sebastian House. I gave them a quick tour of the living room, where they got to learn all about how to take care of pets. An Our Companions volunteer, Marielle, led the lesson. The girls took turns pulling objects out of a bag and explaining why each object was needed to take care of pets. Things like hamster balls, leashes, litter scoops…though I’d have to say, my favorite was the treats! It was cool getting to learn about all the different things you need to take care of your pets. Those girls were really smart! Marielle also taught them how to interact with dogs. You know, people like to say cats and dogs are super different. But I learned that we both like our space, and it’s only okay to approach us after getting an okay from their family.

Afterward, they headed over to Chelsea House to meet Aspen. The girls got to take turns to practice what they learned in the lesson. Aspen has actually been adopted since then – maybe these young ladies have the magic touch!

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As the day wound down, they came back to Sebastian House for a tour of the whole building. They got to meet some more of my friends, and see how we take care of the animals every day.

Let me tell you – these girls were great. They even collected a bunch of donations to help take care of us. So I wanted to say, thank you Troop 10816! You all certainly earned your Pets badge. I just have one question.

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Can cats join the Girl Scouts?

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10 reasons to fall in love with Dillon

One month into his campaign, Dillon (aka Dilly, aka Silly Dilly, aka Handsome Dill, aka Dill Pickle) is loving the fame and fortune!  If you haven’t seen it yet, check out our Instagram page for weekly #dillondays updates!  https://www.instagram.com/ourcompanions/

Though we are thrilled with the campaign and the attention it has brought this deserving kitty, we want to help you all understand just what makes this special cat so very lovable. Though he may be different from other cats, Silly Dilly is one cat that we can all relate to.  Read on to find out why our volunteers and staff love him so very much!

1.) We can all relate to Dillon’s love for food

             “Dillon cracks me up when he gets so excited at dinner time and starts purring his heart out!” -Christy

          “When it comes time for food, it’s always adorable to hear him get talkative and see him excitedly pace around the door anxiously awaiting his meal.”- Stephanie

2.) Sometimes, he just needs a little space

    “Dillon needs his space sometimes (like we all do), but he makes up for that with his loyalty and intelligence.” – Mary

            “Sometimes Dillon loves to stay close and other times he prefers his space.  You know…like a lot of cat lovers.” – Susannah

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How about I stay here and you stay there.

3.) Dillon has the sweetest lil purr

            “You are such a big, handsome boy, you should be roaring like a tiger, but instead you have the sweetest purr!” – Christy

“Dillon’s purr can be heard as far away as the dog cottages at the Sanctuary!” – Mary

4.) He absolutely loves playtime

              “The minute I walk into Dillon’s room he thinks, “that’s the lady who plays Ripple Rug!”.  We have a nice wack-a-mole session on his rug and then move the party outdoors.” – Susan

“My happy time is when you play Pounce on the Feather Stick as I move it under your blanket or underneath the tunnel tube.  You make me smile with your persistence!” – Sheila

5.) His nickname “Silly Dilly” is so very fitting

            “Dillon quickly gained the nickname ‘Silly Dilly’ as he became hilariously funny to watch! He would clumsily bound across the room in hot pursuit of a mouse or a small rubber ball, dramatically, yet elegantly throw himself to the ground to roll back and forth when he found a nice sunny spot, or just jump up and race around the room like crazy out of the blue!” – Christine

“Dillon will entertain you with his ridiculous antics!” – Susannah

6.) Dillon is secretly a cuddle bug!

         “Dillon comes bolting through his cat door from outside and will hop up on my lap and lay his head on my chest.  He lets me pet him for several minutes.  He has fallen asleep on me and that just melts my heart.” – Marielle

         “Sometimes this big handsome boy will hop up into my lap, with his head resting against my chest, and will take a nice, long nap. Some days, he’d prefer to cuddle up on the couch beside me and just likes to have some quiet company while he does his thing.” – Stephanie

7.) He is the most handsome cat in all the land

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I mean, seriously.  The most handsome. Ever.

8.) He is the definition of “drama king” 

                “His quirky side will emerge when he gets over stimulated or nervous at times.  He may give a loud meow, a small swat of the paw (though his claws rarely emerge) or simply run out of the room or to a hiding place when he has had enough.  Just as quickly as this happens, he is back! Lingering nearby, giving head butts and huge purrs and looking for love!” – Christine

     “A big sanctuary can be overwhelming every now and again and we all get a little attitudey – especially Dillon.  Once he has his own digs, I know he’s going to act like the king that he is!” -Christy

9.) He takes some time to warm up to new people, but being on Dillon’s good side is the best feeling in the world! 

“You’ve softened so much over the years so that now, after dinner, instead of regally jumping away from me and curling up high for a nap, you stay down low, near me and curl up for a nap!” – Jamile

“Though it took some time, patience, and even a bit of frustrating at times to get to know Dillon, it was worth every second.  Even though he will most likely always carry his occasional nervousness with him through life, he is a true joy to have around and will bond with anyone who gives him the patience and love that he needs.” – Christine

10.) Dillon is an all around special guy 

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“He’s one of the smartest cats I’ve ever met.  He’s beautiful, smart, sensitive, and has what I consider to be excellent taste in people!” – Susan

“No matter what he’s doing, Dillon is always a lovable goofball and he deserves an amazing home with someone who will love him as much as us volunteers do!” – Stephanie

“Anyone who is lucky enough to share their life with Dillon will gain a wonderful family member and feline friend.” – Christine

We are so very lucky to have you, Dillon and we cannot wait until you find your forever home!