Feb. 13th, 2012 11:57 am
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Yesterday, [ profile] djkc and I manned the trenches for the Life Long Tails adoption event. We hauled Alicia, Sigyn, and Selena along with us as adoption events are one of the few times we get to do a lot of ferret education. It is always grand to let people meet and handle the kids- I love that moment where people realize ferrets are not stinky, foul tempered creatures. Ferret harness in hand, we unleashed the weasels! Sigyn learned that linoleum floors are hard to scurry on, but that pet stores are fulled with fascinating things to sniff and explore. Alicia hauled [ profile] djkc all over the store, excited to be out and exploring. Such a wonderful, energetic change from the ferret surrendered to us at the November adoption event that could hardly walk.

Last night, Alicia went home with [ profile] libwitch and [ profile] gravmyr. I will miss my little grizzly bear in a ferret body, but it is so good to know she has a permanent home! And, honestly, she will visit whenever [ profile] libwitch needs a ferret-sitter.

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And just because I assume you were all dying to see the story that ran on the rescue, here is the link to read/view the clip.
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I have a beta fish. His name is Tony and he lives in one of those magnificent little self contained tanks on my desk. Mildmay thinks I have brought him the best toy ever- he sits in my computer chair and stares endlessly at Tony as he swims around. Fish are soothing to me, and I really enjoy watching them. My parents have a 55 gallon tank that I adore and rather miss, but for now this is as good as it gets.

A fellow Life Long Tails member helped me pick him out last night. We were over at the Petsmart where we keep some of our adoptable cats as we were waiting for the local news to show up (!) to interview us about some of our cats. We have three young ferals we have been working on that are survivors of the flooding. They got treed by the water, and lived in the tree until we trapped and took them in. They are now doing amazing, and looked like they had a blast purring and preening for the camera last night. I am so proud of the rescue sometimes. The first day we had the three feral cats in public view I ended up bleeding as I was the one who put some calming pheromone collars on them to help with their transition into Petsmart. They were just so scared of everything. Now, two months later, I can cuddle and play with them with only occasional moments of feline uncertainty. I am excited that they are almost ready to be considered adoptable!

This is my favorite of the crew, Donovan. 


Aug. 12th, 2011 11:36 am
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 Life goes on, right?

Finishing my last paper for grad school (the most dry, unappealing thing I have ever written. Ever.) and working at acclimating the new Life Long Tails Rescue member to her foster home. Meet Susan (her name was Sphinx, but I vetoed that. For some reason all my ferrets need to have rather generic use names that are only amusing to people who have read the same books as I. Susan is named Susan as she is generally disapproving of everything and I do love reading Pratchett).


She is five years old, terrified of even Oliver, smells vaguely of cigarette smoke, and has been living on Meow Mix. I think I have another project. As if Sid wasn't enough of an adventure in teaching a ferret how to be a ferret...

She is a sweetie though.

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 Sometimes I wake up in the morning miserable and wanting nothing more than a few more hours of sleep, but I drag myself across town to clean cat kennels for Life Long Tails anyway...

and suddenly life is better because it is full of purring and head butting and general happiness on the part of the cats.

Entire weekends get eaten up by adoption events, which are exhausting and perfectly exhilarating, and I get to see all the dogs who come in from their foster homes for the events. And there is that splendid feeling when a dog, or a cat, or any of the little ones, meet the person who is perfect for them. I have never loved doing something as much as a I love working with Life Long Tails.

I rarely make bids for donations, but if you guys have a dollar or two laying around, consider clicking this link and making a donation to Life Long Tails. We have one little rat terrier in particular, Annie, who needs surgery that is going to cost around $3000. Her original owners neglected her badly enough that her ear canals are completely swollen shut (routine maintenance and, yanno, paying some attention to the honking huge ears on the top of a rat terrier's head could have prevented this) and needs them completely removed. She will be deaf for life, but at least she won't be on constant pain like she is now. Every little bit counts. Trust me. I am doing the whole can redemption thing for Annie-money thing right now on my end :) 


This group means the world to me. We are a fantastic bunch of volunteers and the rescue is 100% foster based. This means that our adoptable kids are all socialized and trained, and we put a lot of work into that. Petsmart is kind enough to let us have some of our feline kids visible and up for adoption, and that is where I generally work. I also foster the small animals (ferrets, rabbits, etc) that have been turned over to the group.

Please link this post around. I would love to see Annie get her surgery and get a home. She is a brilliant, funny little dog.

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