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can refer to ANY sort of separation like adopting out 2 cats & 3 dogs in a week?

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In order to experience the symptoms of withdrawal, one must have first developed a PHYSICAL DEPENDENCE warmth required for a good night’s sleep, snuggling needed to enjoy a movie, excitement demanded so I feel welcomed home.

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This happens after consuming one  ….. Pebbles

OR MORE ….. Abbi, Griff, Rhino, Piper, Mattie, Willow, SueAnne, Zoe, Corkie, Beck

of these substances for a certain period of time.

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Generally, a person will start to feel worse ….. Corkie, Willow & Beck adopted

AND WORSE ….. Zoe & SueAnne adopted

hit a plateau ….. I’m holding tight to Mattie and Piper

and then the symptoms begin to dissipate ….. ONLY because I’ve got a new pup coming tonight and a second Sat! AND potentially a new kitty in there somewhere!

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You may not be from around here but it was ab-so-lute-ly gorgeous!! I spent it outdoors, err WE spent it outdoors every moment we got.

Friday night I met Beck’s new family.  Boy is she a smart kitty lover! Beck is going to be one spoiled cat – brushed, petted, loved and adored as the only man of the house.  He’s one lucky kitty and I’m happy for him – his daily boxing matches with Rhino might have had the best of him soon .

We left Willow up at Petsmart in hopes that a week there would find her a good home and the Pebbles and I headed to Home Depot for some last minute training before her Therapy Dog test Saturday afternoon.

Soon we were home and happily greeted by the jealous herd there.  It was bittersweet without Beck and Willow to greet me at the door.

Saturday was a long FULL day – woken at 6am by Piper’s whining (a new thing she’s learned with confidence), immediately outside, I get breakfast ready because I’m here to serve them, all inside, eat, outside, give kitties nose drops (kitty cold from Willow), get scratched, chase kitty to give more drops, clean scratches, dress in grundgies, sweep, clean up breakfast, inside, crate a few, gather the rest, load up the car, everyone hop in, to the dog park, out, run, run, run, play, run, almost 3 hours later load up for home, they sleep, I clean (isn’t that how it always is?!), give kitties nose drops, bandage scratches, Pebbles and I go to our test, squeak out some nerves, test, test, test, PASS, celebrate, home, one-on-one times with those left behind, wonder if Willow got adopted, crate, I get “Kat time,” home, give kitties drops, outside, bed.

Sunday was pretty much the same with a few additions – church, home, lose Mattie, dog park, WILLOW GOT ADOPTED!, nursing home visit, home, another visit to family, do dishes, turn on disposal, find Mattie after she shot out from under cabinet, comfort scared kitty, laundry, bath 5 dogs and 3 cats, brush 5 dogs teeth, 2 dogs cry, 3 dogs hate me, 3 cats growl, clean 8 sets of ears, give kitties drops, lay down on couch, watch movie while dogs go wacko bc they’re clean, wake up with three kitties on top of me, two dogs on each side, crick in neck.

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Firsts

The past two weeks, we’ve had a lot of new friends coming over to play.  With that, we’ve celebrated often as they each accomplish things they may have never done ever before and definitely not in our home.  We’re building trust in each other, gaining confidence, and learning that love prevails.

9th – I brought home my first foster kittiesWillow and Beck

10th – I scooped cat poop for the first time in a year – gotta love those automated litter boxes

11th – Piper wagged her tail!! SHE LOVES ME!  (Still working on a second time – darn)

12th – Willow came downstairs into Doggieville

13th – Beck let out the softest, most precious, long meow – well, it was sort of pathetic but adorable at the same time

14thZoe “stayed” for 2 mins – 2 WHOLE minutes.

15thBeck and Willow learned their names! or at least responded to them

.       – Piper took a treat!!!!!!!! From my hand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Prob the first in her life

16th – Mattie gave me my first deep kitty wound as she bathed – and her front paws are declawed! Anything’s possible, I guess.

.       – Willow jumped on the couch – a feat as heavy as she is. (We do the stair climber!)

17th – Beck stopped swiping at Zoe (understandable though)

.       – Piper came to my brother and sister

.       – SueAnne waited at the door before coming in. If you only knew how long we’ve been working on this – over 6 weeks!

18th – Willow slept on the bed.

.       – Piper pottied outside! Thank you inventor of the zip line (Abbi’s really glad as she can now have her bed back in the room as that was P’s favorite spot – gross)

.       – Mattie came out from hiding … when called!

19th – I helped give my first kitty shots

20th – Zoe learned “down” … FINALLY!

.       – Piper went around me to the right! on the ground, dragging, but still.

.       – Mattie stopped hissing at Pebbles.

.       – Beck jumped up on the bed and curled up for the night. (Snuggled NEXT to Zoe!)

.       – SueAnne raided the litterbox – yuck

21st Mattie greeted me on the table – way out of her comfort zone.

.       – Piper cuddled with me … without me pulling her on the couch, she asked to come up and I said yes, and she came!!

22nd – Mattie learned that scary places can be conquered while eating.

.       – Piper went on a walk WITHOUT freaking out once at weird noises.

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And soon … that list will be even longer!! We’re just about all party’d out!

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For those of you actually interested in the progress of those fosters hanging out and about … well, I apologize for not being very consistent in that area.  Yes, I’ve had some fun posts, but nothing that lets you know what’s going on individually!  So, as we are quite a crew, let’s go one-by-one!

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SueAnne has the BEST news possible!! She has been ADOPTED!!!!! This precious elderly man came into Petsmart with her daughter buying trinkets for her two when he spotted our dear Sue and rushed over.  He scooped her up, tilted his head and inquisitively asked her name. “Oh, SueAnne,” he whispered, “aawwweee!” He just cooed over her and I knew it was love at first sight. He just couldn’t get enough of her. One of those most precious men that is joyful and endearing to everyone.  He went home, applied, returned to PM the next day and bought several “necessities” including a car seat so she could go everywhere with him! For those of you fosters or shelter workers out there – you can understand how wonderful it is when the perfect person finds your pup or kitty!  She will be doted upon day-in and day-out. Exactly what she wants and nothing more! She’ll be hanging out for another week until he gets back in town and can start the 2 week trial officially! I’m gonna soak it up!

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Zoe always gets interests at our adoption events and this last weekend was no change.  She got several applications and I’m hoping that one will follow through because I just know they would be a wonderful family for her.  She’s learning stay for a period of time and calm but she can’t get down just yet (neither can Pebbles).  She is such a cutie and I know will give tons of joy and laughter to her adoptive family!

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Piper is making strides and then falling backwards.  We set up a zip line for her in the backyard to see if that would help her relax a little back there and actually go to the bathroom anywhere but Abbi’s bed and Pebbles’ crate. This will hopefully give her confidence!  She’s coming when called though it’s hard to trust that I want to just love on her. I think she’s got a little bit of separation anxiety but right now she’s just curled up on her bed with Sue. Well, okay – she’s as close to the wall as possible, but it’s a step forward from desperately trying to be invisible under a chair.

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Willow is merely hanging out for another week and doing her time until she moves onto her forever home. Yep, pretty much the day she was available she was ADOPTED and has merely been counting down the days. I will miss her as she follows me around, loves to cuddle and sit in my lap, and completely ignores the Bubbas’ hisses (I think they’re jealous).

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Beck was finally introduced to the rest of the gang last night and has done wonderfully.  He’s just walking around with the big dogs like he owns them and it cracks me up.  His favorite spot is in my Asian wooden bucket which holds my throws.  He just settles in and watches the world wisp by until he gets thirsty, when he carefully maneuvers down and around to get a drink – he’s a very thirsty boy!

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INTRODUCING Mattie!  She’s a gorgeous short-haired black kitty who was given up because she never came out from under the bed.  Right now she’s hanging out in our luxury cat room with fresh water, premium canned food, specialized fitness equipment, and bird’s eye view (guest bathroom) where she doesn’t have too many places to disappear.  But … she’s come and greeted me every time I’ve entered and loves lovin’.

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And of course – my four.

Well, the Ladies are enjoying the thought that a few will be departing soon though they do like having them around.  Pebbles absolutely adores kitties and if by some mere accident she gets stuck on the side of the pet gate where they aren’t, she wines! Not because she wants to be with me, but with them.  Abbi just likes to take advantage of having more “little ones” to care for.

And the Bubbas, well, their initial curiosity has quickly departed.  They hiss at Willow, I’m sure from jealousy as it’s merely when she’s near me.  There is no issue with Beck so it must be her, it’s gotta be her.  But I mean, I obviously didn’t train them very well – because it’s a HER! They are fine though, adapting nicely.

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One might be quick to assume that a home where the pet to person ratio is 9:1 would be practically out of control.  But if you did assume such a thing, you would be a little off base.  Yes there are times when toys cover the floor, tails wag with glee and dogs literally fly over you (well, only Pebbles).  But mostly, the only noise I ever hear is Abbi’s soft snoring (okay, not the entire time, but predominately soft).  Yes, even now …

ZZZZZZZZ …

Abbi is our resident cuddler … self-proclaimed, of course

Probably because she looks so retarded when she snoozes solo


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With so much going on around here and too much to do … I’ve fallen quite behind but it’s about time to do a little updating on those hanging out.

Yesterday SueAnne, Zoe and I went to our second AAP.  They did great!  We were set up in the middle of the store, which got a lot more traffic than at the back.  They both were in and out all day with potential adopters, so we’re hoping for the best!  They really turned on the charm, pulled out all the tricks …

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SueAnne spent most of her time focused on the unreachable treats in the crate next door …

I just know I can get it!

and then she pouted. Those sad eyes didn’t work on me!!

but they worked on another volunteer who gave her all three treats!

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And Zoe

well, she looked adorable saving up all the energy just to go crazy at home a little later.

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Here are some fun pics of the other adoptable pups of the day.  We sure hope some of the families that came to visit will find room in their home and in their hearts for a new little pet! (CLICK their pics for more info)

Zelda

Courtney and Cleo

Martini

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In other news … Piper! Still timid and lacking confidence, we are so proud of her.  She’s currently stretched out on the couch beside me with a few of our dearest climbing in around her for a good Sunday afternoon nap.  Yes, she’s adapting.

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Transitioning into a new foster program hasn’t been easy for Kat.  She’s had to do lots of reading, asked lots of questions, and learned lots of new things.  We four are super excited about the change because we know what it all means – MORE FRIENDS!!

Today she took SueAnne and Zoe to an AAP at Petsmart. We were super jealous – Petsmart is like our second favorite place ever! We always get treats and toys there.  But she didn’t forget us and brought home treats!

Frisco Humane Society does their Adopt-A-Pet (AAP) events a little differently than Kat was used to.  She came home very happy though – met new friends (two-legged and four-legged) and learned new things.  SueAnne and Zoe met new friends too.  We hope they’ll find their own home soon – not because we don’t love them, we just want them to have a Kat of their own!

They said there were lots of other dogs there looking for homes.  She says you can find them on the Frisco Humane Society website.  Don’t you know someone in the DFW area looking for a furry friend?

She also got to see Danny! We miss him!!! He never tackled us, chewed on our ears, stole our toys, ate our food … but he did pee on Kat’s table … once.  She seems so thrilled about his new family. They love him! We’re happy!

Petsmart is like our second favorite place ever! We always get treats and toys there. Frisco Humane Society

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