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A Little of This, A Little of That

Viktor and Vicki

Viktor was the last kitten from Sophie’s litter to go to his forever home.  Vicki returned the day before from her European vacation but she didn’t want to wait another day to take Viktor in her arms so she and two or her friends drove from Iowa to Crystal Lake.  This is a note we just received from Vicki: “Viktor has been a good kitty and is fun to play with.  He has learned to fetch the red foil toy or the green coil you gave him, but still loves the remote mouse the best.  He continues to be real “lovey dovey” at times.  And… I have had no problems with my allergies!”

Viktor and Vicki

Dryer Maid Ball

This is a product I have been wanting to tell you about for a long time and I keep forgetting.  But a trip to the laundry room today brought it to mind – front and center.  So I just had to go to the computer and type this. We keep the cats out of the laundry room but somehow Maggie got in without us knowing and spent the night curled up on Jim’s black shorts — out of the dryer, on the counter, but hadn’t made it upstairs yet.  They were covered in cat hair.  (Yes, Siberians do shed! Not all the time, thank goodness, but our ladies do when they are in a hormonal way–mostly after giving birth and nursing kittens.) Now I have been looking at these shorts for longer than I care to mention but didn’t want to bother with them. But today, I said I need to tackle this. Was just going to reach for my lint roller (which never gets it all done without using half a roll) and then they were going back in the washer. But a light bulb went off. Why not put them in the dryer on fluff for few minutes with the Dryer Maid Ball.  I did and this is the result:





I have had this ball for several months and use it with every dryer load.  I do not think it is that great for removing wrinkles but for removing pet hair I give it five stars! I hesitated buying one because of mixed reviews on Amazon but now having used one, I believe some of the complaints were because they didn’t read the directions! The ball is not to be fully inflated.

Young Marines

As if we aren’t busy enough raising kittens, Jim decided to accept the challenge and become the volunteer director of a new unit of Young Marines located in the Fox Valley area.  And, of course, being a dutiful wife I said I would help.  The first boot camp was held August 1-4. If you remember that week, it was extremely hot.  But those wonderful children hung in there, completed the training, and this Saturday we celebrated their graduation.


If you have never heard of this organization, you may want to read about their mission, motto and creed. I think you will be impressed.

The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America’s future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.

Strengthening the lives of America’s youth

Young Marine Obligation
From this day forward, I sincerely promise, I will set an example for all other youth to follow and I shall never do anything that would bring disgrace or dishonor upon my God, my Country and its flag, my parents, myself or the Young Marines. These I will honor and respect in a manner that will reflect credit upon them and myself. Semper Fidelis.

Young Marine Creed
1. Obey my parents and all others in charge of me whether young or old.
2. Keep myself neat at all times without other people telling me to.
3. Keep myself clean in mind by attending the church of my faith.
4. Keep my mind alert to learn in school, at home, or at play.
5. Remember having self-discipline will enable me to control my body and mind in case of an emergency.


Birthdays – Happy Birthday to all my special girls!

August is definitely birthday month in our family, with December following closely behind.  August 2 was daughter-in-law, Julie’s birthday (am I allowed to say 41st???). Today is granddaughter, Mary’s 15th birthday, Saturday was granddaughter, Neah’s 17th birthday and Friday was our daughter, SueEllen’s 50th birthday. SueEllen’s husband Mike and daughter Lindsay put together a grand party at Smith Street Station in Palatine.  There were 91 of her closest friends in attendance!  SueEllen is a gift from God – she loves everyone and everyone loves her!

SueEllen is second from left

SueEllen is second from left



Life’s Abundance

Corporate Caring &
Community Outreach

Life’s Abundance is a company with a big heart. We put a lot of effort into conveying this through the level of service that we give to our family of Field Reps and their customers, the care and attention we put into providing premium products and through our charitable efforts in support of our non-profit foundation. It is this commitment to caring that led us to reach out to our local community. As a result, Life’s Abundance is very proud to announce that we are Official Sponsors of Palm Beach County’s third annual Countdown 2 Zero adoption event.

On Saturday, September 10th, the Palm Beach County Convention Center will be overtaken by hundreds of adoptable cats and dogs (rabbits and guinea pigs, too) along with their rescue group caretakers. The goal is to find forever homes for 500 of these hopeful pets. Countdown 2 Zero is a broad campaign harnessing the expertise and resources of both the local county government and private animal rescue agencies with a mission to bring the euthanasia of adoptable pets down to zero by 2024. Great inroads are being made in Palm Beach County, Florida, toward this goal with a comprehensive approach that includes high volume, affordable spay/neuter, proactive T.N.V.R. (trap, neuter, vaccinate & return), medical and behavior programs, cooperative rescue networks, expanded foster programs and more.

We are excited to meet some of our animal-loving neighbors on September 10th, and are proud to support this important push to help companion animals and the people who love them. We applaud the efforts of the Countdown 2 Zero organizers, and every one of you who works to affect positive change in your community. Together, we truly can make the world a better place.


Thank you Kristie for sending this beautiful photo of Rosie!

Rosie (Scott and Kristie Holland)

Life With Sly

Prospective pet parents wishing to get a kitten from Semper Fi Siberians usually have many questions. And we have questions for them. This querying back and forth allows them to be confident in us as breeders and us to be confident they can provide the perfect home for one of our precious bundles of fur.

In the weeks leading up to adoption day we cover many subjects: what to purchase, what and how to feed, safety for your new “baby,” transition to your home, bonding.  Then on adoption day the education continues: clipping claws, prevention of scratching, getting your kitten to the vet, more safety training, etc.


Teamwork, the best way to clip claws.

So with all that, most think they are fully prepared for the delights in store for them when their new kitten arrives. Not always the case!  One of our pet parents told me, I know you told me several times about the personality of the Siberian but I guess it is a little like child birth, you don’t really know until it happens to you! But unlike child birth, there is no pain involved! But like childbirth, there is much joy ahead!

The majority of our new pet parents are very good about sending us a photo now and then and keeping us updated on the progress of their kitten, for which we are very grateful. But one family has thrilled us with many, many photos of their precious bundle of joy and his busy life.

Enjoy as we peek in on life with Sly! (Click on individual photos to read captions.)


Sleeping in his carrier as they are almost home.



What a life!

May I introduce you to……

Selection Week is over for our two newest litters:  Ana’s three babies were born on June 15 and Lily’s three babies were born on June 22. Some kittens were given names immediately and others had to wait a few days — lots of family discussions  — right Sara?  Remember the “fun” names I picked out?  Surprisingly, no one decided to keep those names!

May I introduce you to:


Cholula, female born to Lily.


Lulu, female born to Lily


Raja, male born to Lily


Percy Jackson, male born to Ana. He is licking his lips after finishing a delicious meal!


Rizzo, male born to Ana


Pavel, male born to Ana.

These litters of three each are great for us and for the mamas; not so great for our waiting list!  We greatly appreciate everyone’s patience. I will be emailing those on our list soon to let you know where you are on the list and information on our breeding plans for the remainder of 2016.

New Pet Parents Join the Semper Fi Family

It appears we are up and running again with our email provider.  I say “appears” because we never know when it might happen again.  I recommend you keep my telephone number on file so in the event you do not receive an answer to an email, you can give me a call.

Four more happy pet parents have joined our Semper Fi family.  All but one of Sophie’s babies went home this past week-end.  We still have Viktor with us because his mommy-to-be is vacationing — we will post their photo in a later blog post.

Kristin is the happy mommy of two of our Siberians.  (The two dogs looking longingly in the window are our rescues, Zeke and Carly.)

DSC_0055Walter and Winslow






Kristin sent me a wonderful note saying Walter and Winslow “love to hangout under the coffee tables and chase each other through the  house. The adjustment has gone very well over all and Niko and I are completely in love.”


Kathy and Edward presented Sylvester (affectionately called Sly) to their daughter Stacey as a present.  Pick-up day happily coincided with Stacey’s birthday!



They have sent so many photos since they took Sly home, it was very difficult to pick just one for this post; but I think you will agree, there can’t be a better one than this: imagejpeg_1

Even though Arlene was eligible to pick a kitten from an earlier litter, she wanted to wait until July because she was going to spend time visiting her mother in another state.  We never mind when someone asks to wait; we want it to be the perfect time for our pet parents and the perfect time for our kittens.  Arlene selected an absolutely beautiful kitten and named her Bonnie.  The first day in her new home Bonnie was shy but by the next day Arlene reported Bonnie was playing, eating and doing everything kittens are supposed to do!



On Sunday, we were happy to welcome Gordana, Dave, Maksim and Ilija to our home.  Gordana also waited to get the perfect kitten – she wanted one from Sophie and Mr. Silver.


I talked to Gordana after Sly had been with them a couple of days and she said “we are in love!”

Email Service Down

Once again our email server is down. If you have sent us an email yesterday or this morning, chances are  we have not received it. Please contact me either by emailing me on my personal email which is nanb41@comcast.net or by calling me on my cell phone 217-823-5482. Will post again on my blog when everything is up and running.

Kitten Vs. Toilet Paper

I think Viktor may be the guilty party but it would be my educated guess he had help!


More Cool Cats!

In keeping with the theme from last month of temporarily naming our kittens using “cool” cat names, here for your viewing pleasure are Lily’s two week old kittens:


Katy Purry (female)


Catrick Swayze (male)


Cindy Clawford (female)

Happy Fourth of July

Strawberry/Rhubarb and Blueberry Pie

Strawberry/Rhubarb and Blueberry Pie

Just took these out of the oven.  On our way to celebrate Independence Day with family in Wisconsin.  Jim and I send our very best wishes to you and your families for a fun and safe holiday.

Independence Day marks the birth of the United States of America on July 4, 1776.  John Adams wrote: “Americans should henceforth celebrate a great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.”

We join all Americans in celebration of this great nation – “one nation under God!”

Simple Tips to Detoxify Your Home

Stanislav and Evelyn

Stanislav and Evelyn









A great article from Life’s Abundance  plus some recently received pet photos from our pet parents:

Most consumers know that the majority of cleaning products on the market can be toxic for companion animals. Compared to previous generations, we worry a lot more about “sensitivity”, “allergies” and “toxicity”. Shockingly, Americans use at least 62,000 chemicals that haven’t been adequately studied for safety, much less even tested by the EPA![1]

Much of that dizzying array can be found in any grocery store’s cleaning aisle. It’s hard for even conscientious consumers to know the level of toxicity they’ve unwittingly invited into their homes.

The good news is that there are some simple ways to improve the environmental quality of your home and increase the safety of those who spend the most time there … your pet kids. Plus, you will enjoy peace of mind knowing that you have reduced the toxic burden for everyone in your household. To help you achieve that goal, here are four simple tips to make your home both clean and safe …

1. Actually Follow the Directions

Many common cleaners can be used safely around companion animals when directions are followed[2]. For instance, if a label specifies “keep pets and children away from area until dry,” follow those instructions carefully. Toxins can enter the body in multiple ways including through contact, ingestion and inhalation. So, in this example, consider that it may not only be the slipperiness of the surface that is being warned against, but possibly the release of gasses during drying as well.

2. Proper Storage

Ensure that all cleaners, including laundry detergents and other soaps, remain in their original packaging. It’s also vital to store them securely, out of reach, and in a place distant from wherever your pet kid eats and sleeps. Don’t spray cleaning products near food or water bowls. And never store cleaning products near pet food. Be sure to follow the disposal instructions on the label, discard any empty containers or products you no longer use.

3. Find Products That Are …

–Fragrance-Free: Because fragrances are considered “trade secrets”, manufacturers do not have to disclose any of the ingredients in the scent formulation. Simply by seeking out products without added fragrance, you can eliminate a host of potentially toxic chemicals from your cleaning cabinet.

–Biologically-Based: Bio-enzymatic cleaners emerged on the ‘green’ cleaning scene as a category praised for working effectively without harming the environment or anyone within it. These products work when organic matter (such as soil and odor-causing bacteria) is completely broken down by live micro-organisms. These cleaners are more effective than enzyme-only formulas (commonly sold as pet odor removers) because the micro-organisms leave behind only water and carbon dioxide. Not only that, they continue working for up to 80 hours after application.

–Organic Cleaners: There are numerous options now available that do not contain harsh, manufactured chemicals. But, due to slack regulations on the use of buzzwords like “organic”, “natural” and “non-toxic”, this group of cleaners still requires a watchful eye.

–DIY Options: Introduce one or two of the numerous effective DIY recipes available online to your regimen. Many pantries are already stocked with the necessary ingredients, such as vinegar, lemon, salt, baking soda and castile soap. The simplest, most widely praised of all these is a mix of equal parts water and white vinegar, which can be used as an all-purpose cleaner.

4. Be Prepared

In case of accidental exposure to chemical cleaners or other household hazards, keep the phone numbers handy for both your veterinarian and the animal poison control center. The ASPCA Poison Control Center hotline is 888-426-4435 (there is a fee per call). Symptoms of ingestion or unwanted contact with cleaning products include …

• Sneezing
• Coughing
• Nasal and eye discharge
• Salivation
• Vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Decreased appetite
• Lethargy
• Seizures
• Death

Eliminating toxic chemicals from your home can feel like a big undertaking, so consider making changes gradually. When investigating safer alternatives, start with the surfaces where your companion animals hang out. For dogs, the priorities may be a floor cleaner and laundry detergent for bedding. For cats, perhaps an upholstery cleaner or litter box deodorizer should come first.

To take some guesswork out of this important process, Life’s Abundance offers two popular, family-safe bio-enzymatic cleaners. Both products utilize friendly bacteria to do the do the work for you. Bio-Base Biodeodorizer is an outstanding odor-eliminator that is safe to apply directly to pet bedding, sofa fabric and litter boxes. Bio-Base Floorwash works in the same manner to handle grease, grime and anything your pet kid can dish out.

John, one of our pet parents, recently asked me how to control odors in the room where the litter boxes are. I told him about the bio-deodorizer from Life’s Abundance. He immediately ordered it and then sent me a note: “This product is awesome – love the fragrance and that they provide a large bottle at a fair price.” And another thing that is remarkable is he sent me his original question on June 22, I responded, he ordered, and the note was received on the 24th – that’s fast delivery! I use both of these products and love them! If you would like to order, please do so by going through our site: www.mrsilversfood.com


[1] http://www.epa.gov/oppt/existingchemicals/pubs/tscainventory/

[2] http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/animal-poison-control-faq



Frankie and Leo

Frankie and Leo

Sasha and Elizaveta

Sasha and Elizaveta

Cleo and Russell

Cleo and Russell









Princess Kona

Princess Kona








Niko and Samara

Niko and Samara

Good-bye Pat. We love you!


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