It’s Furry Friends Friday, sponsored by Pets Add Life (PAL), whose mission is to spread the joy of multi-pet ownership. We love this mission and we’re here to help!
Each week, we feature a new multi-pet household and today we’re featuring Amy and her brood! Here’s what Amy tells us about her ONE doggie and houseful of cats.
Phyllis–Rat Terrier/Dog 7
Greta–Orange Tabby 16
Elsa–Brown Tabby 11
Annie–White Domestic Shorthair 12
Bluebell–Siamese Mix 11
Schwartzie–Black Domestic Shorthair 8
Isabelle–Dilute Orange Tabby 10
Ocho–Medium-Haired Tabby 11
Little Girl–Siamese 12
Tinker–Black and White Domestic Shorthair 4
Sandy–Black and White Domestic Shorthair 3
Herky–Gray and White Domestic Shorthair 1
Teddy–Long-Haired Tortie & White 1
We found Greta, her mother and siblings nesting in backyard. We rehomed all but Greta. She was not friendly as a kitten–she wanted to be alone, hence the name Greta. She now enjoys affection.
Elsa, Bluebell, and Ocho were adopted from the animal shelter in about a 12-month period. I selected Elsa because she had only one visible eye. I asked to be called if no one adopted her before she would be euthanized. She’s a snuggler. She’s also known as the Velcro Kitty. My husband helped deliver pet food donations to the shelter, his first visit, and became attracted to Bluebell. We had to wait a week to adopt her. Ocho (our eighth cat at the time) came us because the shelter had run out of room. This sweet girl had hair falling out because she had nursed her own litter and two other litters. Ocho loves popcorn.
Annie and Sissy (who died this year) were kittens born in our neighborhood. We had all the kittens spay/neutered or released. Annie and Sissy decided to come in from the cold.
Schwartzie was given to us by a friend when he was a kitten.
Isabelle and Little Girl were my nephew’s girlfriend’s cats. My nephew is severely allergic to cats. I brought them back from Nebraska. Isabelle (formerly known as Hoser) and Little Girl are best buds and Izzy protects LG.
My neighbor found Tinker shortly after Daisy died on the operating table while being spayed. Tinker was found under a parked school bus.
Sandy was a pregnant cat rescued from the shelter last year. Herky is her son. Sandy fostered Teddy. I thought teddy looked like a little bear and couldn’t part with her. The rest of Sandy’s kittens were rehomed.
Phyllis was adopted after seeing her at the Bark in the Park event. She had much gray and white on her face and everyone thought she was an older dog. After checking Phyllis with our other dogs (who also died this year, one was 8 one was 15), she came home. Turns out, she wasn’t quite as old as first thought.
Most of the animals get along. Sandy and Teddy have taken longer to adjust. Little Girl needs to stand up for herself. When Teddy is out and about, Little Girl is kept in a separate room to prevent squabbles unless I am there to supervise and redirect.
I encourage people to adopt older pets. They are so grateful and give so much back in return. If all your pets are spayed or neutered, donate to a low-cost spay/neuter program.
Thanks, Amy! Great stories and great advice. xoxo, R, P & Staff