Friday, August 26, 2016

MISSION SNICKERS - Finding a Forever Home

KATIE:  Are you ready for Mission Snickers, Waffles? 

WAFFLES:  You mean like stealing candy bars and stuff from the kitchen cupboards? Do I get to wear the cable thing and hang from the ceiling like Tom Cruise?

KATIE:  Waffles, you've been watching way too much TV.

WAFFLES:  So the mission isn't about snacks?

KATIE:  This is about finding our friend Snickers a forever home. Not snacks.

WAFFLES:  Are you sure? Maybe Snickers wants snacks too.

KATIE:  *sigh*

Dear friends and readers, we need your help. Glogirly's close friend Lori is searching for a loving forever home for her sweet cat, Snickers. She's heartbroken to have to do this, but in order to give Snickers a chance at a happy life filled with peace, love and wand toys, she knows this will be the best thing for him.

Lori adopted Snickers from the county shelter in Big Lake, Minnesota where she was working last year. She worked for the sheriff's office who managed the small shelter. She got to spend a lot of time with the animals in their care and quickly fell in love with Snickers.

He was so friendly and outgoing, not only to people but to the other cats and dogs in the shelter. For some reason, he was overlooked time and again by people wanting adopt a cat.

A little background...
Lori loves all animals, but the bulk of her experience is with German Shepherds. She's an experienced trainer and even did search and rescue with her dog Turbo, before an unexpected and aggressive cancer took him from her a couple of years ago. Shortly after, she took in another shepherd named Dodge. We don't know much about Dodge's background other than he was found as a young stray on the streets of Kansas City. A Minnesota German Shepherd rescue connected him with Lori and she began fostering him and soon adopted him. She's been working very hard with Dodge, training him and creating a home where he feels safe.

Her previous dog Turbo loved cats and since Snickers did well with dogs at the shelter, Lori decided to open her heart and home to this sweet tabby boy. Sadly, things are not good between Dodge and Snickers. It's hard to know how much of Dodge's unknown background might be a factor, but he's a very reactive dog and has shown aggression towards Snickers. Lori has tried every training technique she can think of. She's asked other experts for advice, she's given it time and patience. But nothing has worked. Dodge is still exhibiting aggression, Snickers is terrified of him and Lori is scared that Dodge might harm Snickers.

Snickers hanging out on his favorite scratcher.

Fortunately Lori has her home set up so that Snickers has the full run of the upstairs where Dodge is not allowed. She has secure gates set up and also has Dodge crate trained. His crate is located on the main floor out of sight from the upstairs. Dodge has responded well to training in all ways except for Snickers. He's approaching 125 pounds which is even more than Lori weighs.

It breaks Lori's heart, but she she knows that the best thing for Snickers is to find a loving home for him away from the stress and potential danger of Dodge. She even considered finding a new home for Dodge, but knows that he really needs someone like her who can continue to work with him and make more progress on training and behavior.

Window watching!
About Snickers - The Sweetheart Cat  
Glogirly visited Lori and Snickers earlier this week so she could get to know him and take photos.

It took less than 30 seconds for Snickers to start loving on Glogirly. He purrs like a steam engine and loves to head butt. He doesn't have a shy bone in his body and absolutely adores people. Even new people. Lori had a couple of college interns boarding with her for a short period of time and Snickers took to them right away.

  • Snickers is four and a half years old, neutered and microchipped.
  • He is not declawed and loves his cardboard scratchers. He's never scratched a single piece of furniture. (Kudos to Lori for providing him what he needs to get his scratching fix!)
  • Snickers is an indoor-only cat, but also enjoys supervised outings out on the deck and the fenced-in backyard.
  • He's current on all of his vet needs, though he does need to lose some weight which Lori has been working on with her vet.
  • Snickers likes sleeping with Lori, but she's allergic to cats and can't have him up near her head. He has no problem listening to her when she tells him to go to the foot of the bed. (smart kitty!)
  • Snickers and Lori are currently located in Big Lake, Minnesota which is about 45 minutes west of Minneapolis. 

Snickers enjoying the outdoor deck and breeze with his favorite spring toy.
If Glogirly knew that Katie could handle another cat, we'd be telling you about how Snickers was now living with us. Unfortunately, Katie's health problems are exacerbated by stress and she's had some recent complications that have required Glogirly to find ways to reduce her stress. At least for now, a new furry family member sadly doesn't fit into that scenario.

This is where we need your help
Social media is powerful. And so are you. You never know who might be reading or looking. A friend may know a friend who knows a friend. We're asking our friends and readers to help get the word out about Snickers so we can find him the perfect forever home. Please share this blog post or posts from our Facebook Page and Twitter profile with your friends and social media groups.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about Snickers or set up a meet and greet, please contact Lori or Glogirly via email.

♥︎ thank you ♥︎ 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Waffles Tries Out His Pick Up Lines

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, you come here often? 

KATIE:  Seriously? You're going to use that line on me?

WAFFLES:  Ok. How about this - can I get your digits so we can FaceTime? 

KATIE:  Waffles, you're already in my face ALL the time. The last thing I need to do is FaceTime you. And mitts off my digits.

WAFFLES:  Snapchat?

KATIE:  Waffles...

WAFFLES:  Man, picking up chicks is hard.

KATIE:  Waffles, you've got a lot to learn about girl cats.

WAFFLES: So what am I supposed to say? 

KATIE: Well, you should say nice things. Compliment her. Tell her you like her fur... 

WAFFLES:  Ok. I like your fur.

KATIE:  Waffles, you need to romance it. "I love your furs... how do you keep them so silky-soft?" 

WAFFLES:  Thanks, Boss. I lick them everyday. 

KATIE:  No Waffles, you're supposed to ask ME how I keep MY fur so soft. 

WAFFLES:  But I already know. You lick yours like elebenty billion times a day. That's why you cough up all those nasty hairballs that Glogirly steps in and–

KATIE: Waffles... if you want to impress the ladies, do NOT bring up hairballs. Ok, let's try this again. Just say, "Hello, my name is Waffles. What's your name?"


KATIE:  Take it down a notch, Waffles. A little lower.

WAFFLES:  *low voice* Hello, my name is Waffles.''

About Today's Photos
Glogirly has taken pictures of Waffles at the kitchen counter before. She's taken pictures of Katie at the kitchen counter too. But getting BOTH Katie and Waffles at the kitchen counter together is a rarity.

It was about 4:45pm. Katie and Waffles were getting ready to get ready for dinner. Glogirly was emptying the dishwasher when she looked up and saw what you see in that first photo. She's learned to always keep her camera close so she grabbed it and started shooting. There was plenty of grumbling about the light too. Something about bright daylight from the windows behind and harsh light above from the kitchen pendants.

Katie and Waffles didn't care. They didn't even care that they were sitting just inches apart. All they cared about was that it was now 4:59pm and dinner was about to be late. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Loving our Veterinarians #Cat2VetDay

WAFFLES:  Hey Boss, it's Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. We should go!

KATIE:  Yeah.... NO.

WAFFLES:  Why not? It'll be fun!

KATIE:  Waffles, we were just there. Let's not wear out our welcome.

WAFFLES:  But it's Take Your Cat to the Vet Day, Boss. We have to go! 

KATIE:  Waffles, what matters is that we remind everyone how important it is to see their vet regularly. 

WAFFLES:  Why? Is it so the vets don't get lonely and stuff and miss us?

KATIE:  Waffles, you do know that Dr. Karlin's world doesn't revolve around you, right? 

WAFFLES:  Yeah, but every time I see her she makes me feel like it does. 

Don't let your vet miss you.
Schedule a wellness check today.
It's true. We love our vets. In fact at one point, Waffles wanted to marry Dr. Karlin. His hopes were dashed though when he realized that not only was she taken, she was seeing untold numbers of other cats. But that hasn't stopped him from flirting. Or amassing more vet tech girlfriends than he can count.

In all seriousness though, we're very passionate about the importance of regular veterinary visits. Living healthy, happy and long lives with our forever families is what it's all about. Waffles is four years old, generally very healthy and he sees the vet once a year. Katie is approaching 12 years old and is now considered a senior cat so she see's the vet twice each year for her wellness visits.

4 Reasons Routine Vet Vists Are SO Important 
1.  Cats age more rapidly than humans
2.  Cats are masters at hiding illness
3.  Over half of cats are overweight or obese
4.  Preventative care is far more effective & less costly than reactive care

A New Vet in the Family
We recently visited a new holistic vet who we absolutely adore. (Ok, it's probably Glogirly who's doing most of the adoring.) Katie was recently diagnosed with early stage kidney disease. It's this that prompted Glogirly to seek help from a vet trained in both traditional western medicine as well as eastern "holistic" medicine.

Dr. Sue from the Cat Care Clinic in Mahtomedi, MN has been extremely helpful in guiding us on nutrition and in particular has already made a big difference in Katie's health and treatment plan.

Katie is doing great... please don't worry a whisker about her. As we understand it, nearly 30% of all cats will develop kidney disease at some point in their lives. There is no cure, but with appropriate treatment and nutrition, many cats are able to live long, healthy, happy and even symptom-free lives.

We're very excited to share much more with you about our holistic consultation and visit in a future blog post.

Do you love your vet?
If you're not happy with your vet, maybe it's time to shop around. We have a feeling there are lots of Dr. Karlin's and Dr. Sue's out there. It just might take a little looking. 

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