Friday, June 23, 2017

From Greece with Love

We have five Greek cats on the farm including these two...

Daisy and Buttercup!

They were lolling around together today.

Daisy is a foodaholic and spends a lot of time stealing or attempting to steal everyone else's food.

Still, she's not quite as plump as she looks in this picture. The camera adds ten pounds, right?

And here's Millicent peeking in the kitchen window. She rarely shows any desire to go outside, but today she stepped out onto the window box, regarded the world for a bit, then came back inside. After living her life entirely outdoors before coming here, then being left to starve, I think she has decided that indoors is where it's at. She is an incredibly sweet cat who is always asking for cuddles. She gets along so well the others, too.

And I got another poem published in Mused...

Flamboyant Goat. Check it out! I am just finishing up a book of poems which I will soon start flogging to published. My poetry teacher helped edit it and I am really pleased with the result. All the poems are about animals. We'll see how many rejection letters it takes before I get a "yes" somewhere. :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I gave it over to the cats!

Dear bloggy friends, I have not forgotten you!! I was doing 10-hour days getting ready for the fundraiser we had at the farm last Saturday (great success!) And now I need to go eat dinner, but I wanted to share some cats with you...

I tried to make this porch nice for humans, but the cats kept going out there and wrecking stuff, so I have given up and given it over...

I would love to turn it into a sort of Catio like my friend Trish has, but for now they have six window shelves instead of just two like they used to have. Not quite a full house this evening, but 5 out of 6 shelvers were occupied!




Honey (and my finger)


They look quite pleased with themselves, don't they?

I haven't forgotten you!!! Thank you for reading my blog. xoxoxo

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Cat saga

No, this is not #18...

Say hello to Oliver. He has quite a story. And after he is neutered and vaccinated tomorrow, he is going to a super-loving home in Ottawa.

Oliver is safe in our barn right now, but he has had a traumatic time of things.

A few weeks back, he started hanging out at the facility my friend works at. It is a huge place, and clearly he was dumped. He is perhaps 10 months old (I will get a better guesstimate from my vet.)

He liked the kitchen area of this place, so the staff put out a blanket for him and started feeding him and cuddling him. He is SUPER DUPER CUDDLY and calm, friendly and sweet.

After about a week or two of this, my friend talked to me about him and we decided that he would come here and I would adopt him out. So a week ago this past Friday, he was due to arrive.

But the Thursday night before, a rather dubious member of the building's staff up took Oliver home, even though he knew we were going to rehome him, and even though he has two cats and two dogs in his apartment already, and even though he has a reputation as a sh*tty pet owner.

So of course everyone worried about Oliver, and begged the guy to bring him back if he changed his mind.

Instead he threw Oliver out on the streets of Cornwall a few days later, on the night of a raging thunderstorm.

We were all incensed and thought we would never see this cat again. He was tossed out last Wednesday. My friend and her co-worker and a sister started searching for him Thursday.

This past Friday morning, I got a call. Oliver had miraculously been found, and was on his way to the farm. My friend's sister found him sitting on a sidewalk in the worst part of Cornwall, an area full of feral and uncared-for cats. She scooped him up and brought him here. I think what saved him is the fact that he is so calm and outgoing. Other cats would have hidden away.

And so, Oliver is now safe. Tomorrow he is being neutered, vaccinated, microchipped and health-checked, and then he is going to what I think will be his dream home in Ottawa, where he will live as in indoor cat with a new sister. If there are any issues, he will come back here, but he is such an awesome, laid-back cat, I really think this will work out!

Right now he is catching up on some beauty sleep and getting lots of love and attention from us and anyone who visits the farm.

And a POX on people who dump and abuse animals! We are all so grateful this story will have a happy ending... so many don't.

Yay, Oliver! And yay me for not keeping him... I don't need 18 cats! And I promised Gordon I wouldn't keep him, and Gordon believed me. He is always so supportive of my animal rescue endeavours.

Send good thoughts for Oliver for a smooth neutering tomorrow, a swift recovery, and a long happy life as a cherished furry family member.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Happy birthday, Roo!

Yes, today is my horse Roo's 11th birthday, but first...

...these two CRACK ME UP! Emerson and Saul just love each other and they are both so snuggly! What a pair.

And yes, my Quarterhorse Roo has a birthday today!

(Photo by Deborah Wilson)

We've had so much fun together the past two years! 

Here we are on MY birthday in January, which was the last time I rode before my concussion. But as of last Sunday...

...I am back in the saddle again! Woo hoo! It felt so great to go on a trail ride. We didn't go any faster than a walk but it was fantastic. (And my shirt says "Motivated by Cats and Caffeine" ... I got it from one of my fav Etsy shops, RC Tees!)

Gordon and I went out with our friends Debbie and Luc. The woods are greening up nicely and it was a beautiful ride. We trailered Roo and Sandy over to Luc and Debbie's place, and left from there. They have beautiful trails right by their property.

Here's Roo with his girlfriend Ella, waiting for the stock tank to fill. I love my big goofy horses. He'll get a treat later today.

The cats are all hanging in there.

Last weekend some friends of Russian heritage visited from Ottawa and brought these delicious homemade Russian marshmallows, flavoured with apples and cranberries. Alex wanted some but I would not share!

Missy gave us a bit of scare the other week...

She disappeared in the barn somewhere for about 24 hours. We finally found here hiding behind the hay bales. She had somehow injured her foot and wasn't putting weight on it, so off to the vet she went. He couldn't find anything obviously wrong.  It might have been a tiny ligament tear. She came in the house for a few days to get medication and rest (and hated every minute of her time in Gordon's office!) but she healed quickly and is back to her normal, chatty self. Phew!

And here's the reason(s) my front porch is a muddy mess littered with chewed-up cardboard...

Dodger, Mootie and Gigi look very proud of themselves.

On another note, I wrote a piece for the Ontario Beekeepers' Association's journal, for their "Meet a Beekeeper" column. It was just published, with my photos!

So nice to see my writing in print!

And if you're in our area, we are having an Open House and fundraiser on June 17th:

I am off to give my horses some carrots! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

May already!

It's May, but it mostly hasn't felt like May because it has been cold, wet and damp. It was our anniversary the other day and it was actually snowing for the first time that I can remember!!

We made it to #24!  We went out for a nice supper at Sheep's Head Bistro the day before, because Gordon was out of town on business the actual day of our anniversary... which wasn't such a great day, because besides dealing with snow, and cat pee in my front hall, I went down to the goat house in the afternoon to find Ninja lying on side, dead.

Here is Ninja after we adopted him in March, with his sister Cindy. They are about three years old, which is young for goats.

This is the first time I have lost a goat, and I was so shocked and sad. We can't figure out what happened... they were a bit thin when they arrived here but the goats are dewormed and Ninja wasn't showing signs of a severe infestation. He has no visible injuries; it looked like he just keeled over very suddenly. The goats get along well so I have no reason to think Kevin rammed him to death, but who knows, maybe he took a hit that did internal damage? I just couldn't find any signs of anything having gone awry.

I talked to a goatkeeper friend of mine who said she has lost a couple of goats that way to a twisted bowel... I don't know. We didn't send him for an autopsy, so I will never know for sure, but it is very upsetting.

Last Thursday, he and Cindy were out and about playing with Buttercup... 

Monday morning, Ninja was lively and eating. Monday afternoon, he was gone. It really sucks... and not only will we miss him, but so will his sister Cindy. She seems to be coping okay. Vet is coming next week to do everyone's annual vaccines.

RIP dear Ninja. You were a lovely boy and I am so sorry I couldn't have given you a longer life here. :(

On a (literally) brighter note, the sun made an appearance yesterday and everyone got to go out on pasture for a bit...

Everybody here was happy to see the sun, including me. The grey weather has really been getting me down.

But Millicent is thrilled with life!

She has now come out of Gordon's office for good and is fearlessly roaming the house.

In fact, she has become a bit of a pain in the butt when I am trying to work, because she always wants attention and loves to roll on my keyboard and block my computer screen!

Or doze off in front of it.

That's her opinion of the graphic design work I was doing for Gordon!

All the other animals are doing well. Emerson loves to hang with the goats...

He is Cat King of Goat Mountain!

Butter cup is Queen. :)

Surveying his domain.

The friendship between the barn cats and goats is very sweet!

And Annabelle is a bit bossy:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Insert dog here

I know some of you miss the cats when I don't post about them, soooo...

Here is Keaton on his lofty perch in the barn! He is boss of the barn cats.


Yes, the shy gal has finally decided she wants to join "gen pop"!

Only one cat seems to be offended by her, and it's not Alex!

Alex quite likes Millicent!

Nope, it's sweet little Honey who hisses at Mill! And chased her out of the kitchen this morning.
Millicent is so cute... she goes up to all the cats and offers the top of her head for them to wash. Most of them oblige!


Dodger was having a blast out in the fields the other day.

Back to cats... here's Alex:

Our vet says his whiskers are in the top 1%. I have to agree.

And here Buttercup looks all innocent, but...

...she had just done this to my neatly-organized horse-grooming box!

And she wasn't sorry at all.

She tried to blame it on Missy, but no luck!

My friend Deb commented on how white Missy is. She does keep herself very clean! She too is a sweetheart of a cat.


...Daisy was pissed off she didn't get the mouse pizza she ordered.

And here's Millicent the Adventure Cat this morning..

That look!

So glad she is finally out and about. 

And this is not a cat...

I gave Roo a good grooming on Friday. I can't wait until I can ride him again. June 1st! My concussion symptoms are almost all gone... I still have tinnitus (I have always had it, but it worsened after I hit my head) and headaches but overall, I'd say I'm 99% better. Back to normal activities apart from, sob, riding my horse...

The weather is cold and icky here today. It was 27C the other day (too hot for April) and today it's supposed to be 6C with torrential rain. Ugh...  but we are off to the Stormont Dundas & Glengarry OSPCA for their volunteer luncheon! Gordon and I both volunteer there and we are looking forward to seeing everyone down at the animal centre (from where we adopt most of our animals.) Enjoy your Sunday, whatever the weather!