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One Special Family

“How and why did you start breeding Siberian kittens?” is our most frequently asked question.   If you would like the answer, you can read all about it on our website: http://www.semperfisiberians.com.

What it doesn’t answer is “Why do we continue to keep breeding?”. My daughter, SueEllen, asks this question frequently. She sees beyond the joy of playing with another litter of kittens to the amount of work , worry and occasional heartbreak breeding entails. She worries about her mom!  There are days, Sweetheart, when I worry about me too!

But then there are days like this one when we receive an email that makes it all worthwhile.

Kelly sent lots of photos of Goose and Gunner and this note:

We seriously couldn’t be happier!!

I may have sent some of these… but i  can’t help it!!!

They both got fixed last Monday and did fabulous!  Everyone at the vet loved them!!  The vet even named his new dog, Goose 😉

Thank you (and yes, I’ll tell you that every time!!)

Just a few of the photos!

So you might be thinking, well that’s nice; the family is enjoying their new kittens.  But this is one special family…mom, dad and three children plus they open their home and their hearts to foster children. The phone rings, they answer and within a few hours they leave to bring a child or children into their home. They do not know how long the child will be with them but the same love and caring is given whether it is for a few days or a few years.

This was an email from Kelly received in early January:

G&G are doing awesome!!!!!!!   They are both extremely loving and talkative….  they love to snuggle!!!   They seriously talk all the time! The springs are their absolute favorite toys, and will play with anything and everything they can get their paws on… Goose loves to “wrestle” with small blankets of the kids 🙂

They are the perfect addition to our family.

One week to the day they came home, (so this past Thursday) we expanded our family again 😉  two and three year old siblings….  and we still have the baby  (3 months)….  what was really crazy, it’s the kittens immediately took to them… no fear no skittishness… they play with the three year old’s race cars and the two year old’s barbies and they love them! I was so worried about G&G being scared and overwhelmed , and i couldn’t have been more wrong 🙂

 

 

To be able to bring a smile to a child’s face is the mission of Goose and Gunner and if we were able to play a small part in this, we feel humbled and blessed.

 

Another One!

FDA Cautions Pet Owners and Caretakers Not to Feed Certain Evanger’s or Against the Grain Canned Pet Foods Due to Adulteration with Pentobarbital

February 17, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.

Pentobarbital is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food and its presence as detected by the FDA in these products renders them adulterated.

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products. Additionally, the agency concluded an inspection of the manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017, and noted numerous significant concerns with conditions found at both the Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL plants. These are initial observations and do not represent a final agency determination regarding the firm.

Following discussions with the FDA, Evanger’s initiated a voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of certain lots of its 12-ounce Hunk of Beef canned dog food: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, all with an expiration date of June 2020.

In the course of the investigation, the FDA tested two cans of Against the Grain brand canned Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy dog food manufactured in the same facilities as Evanger’s products and using beef from the same supplier: these samples also tested positive for pentobarbital. On February 9, 2017, after conversations with the FDA, Against the Grain voluntarily recalled lot 2415E01ATB12 BEST DEC 2019 of this product. The company issued a public notice about its recall on February 13, 2017. To date, the FDA is not aware of any pet illnesses associated with the Against the Grain product.

The FDA began investigating Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. when it learned about five dogs in a single household that suffered acute neurological symptoms shortly after eating the product. One dog was euthanized after secondary complications, and three others recovered after receiving veterinary care. One of the dogs treated remains on seizure medication, and the fifth dog that ate the least amount of food recovered with time.

The stomach contents of the deceased dog and an open can of the product were tested by an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network lab, and unopened cans of the product from the pet owner and retailer that sold the products (from the same production lot), were tested by FDA’s lab. All of the samples tested positive for pentobarbital.

In its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier. However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption” and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade. USDA-FSIS regulates slaughter of animals for human consumption only. Testing by USDA-FSIS of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef confirmed that the meat used in the product was bovine (beef).

The investigation by the FDA is ongoing and includes examination of the suppliers of beef to Evanger’s and Against the Grain to determine a possible cause for the presence of pentobarbital. The FDA is also coordinating with the USDA to address any possible areas of shared jurisdiction at the suppliers.

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian.

Consumers with cans of product subject to the facilities’ voluntary recalls should refer to the firms’ respective press releases for information about returning the product.

Why No Laser Pointers

All of our future pet parents receive a list of what to buy for their kittens. Many question why we do not include laser toys.  This came across my computer this morning and it explains far better than I ever have!
Online Cat Store
Monday, January 30, 2017
Are Laser Pointers Actually Good Cat Toys?
I discourage people from using laser pointers to play with cats. There are so many other exciting toys to use. Nevertheless, there are situations when laser pointers are the only way cats can be played with. It is either laser play or no play.

The importance of play

In addition to being a recreational activity for cats and their people, play is serious business. Kittens learn important hunting and problem-solving skills, and adult cats fine-tune their predatory prowess. Play teaches cats bite inhibition and helps them develop coordination. Cats and kittens learn boundaries and social skills while building relationships. Play also helps develop muscles and keeps cats fit and at the top of their game. It is also mentally stimulating.
Neurotransmitters, including dopamine, play a very important role as well. During different phases of play, dopamine, associated with award-driven behaviors, is released in the brain. Although the acts of stalking, ambushing and chasing are intrinsically rewarding, cats need to have the satisfaction of catching prey and feeling their hard-earned prizes beneath their paws.
The problems with laser play

It’s not news that lasers are hazardous. Shining laser beams into eyes — human as well as feline can cause permanent eye damage. Recent news reports highlight the dangers of laser pointers aimed at helicopters and airplanes. Yet the problems with laser pointers are not limited to eyes and aircraft.
People typically play with cats using laser pointers in a way that frustrates and teases cats. Laser players usually point and dance the beams randomly on the floors and walls for their cats to chase. Certain of a successful catch, they pounce only to find there is nothing under their paws. The bright red dot disappears, or it lingers on the wall or settles for an instant on a paw. Cats are left frustrated, without the opportunity to feel the tactile sensation of their hard-earned prey. Felines need to have the satisfaction of the hunt — to catch and feel their prey beneath their paws.
The best play techniques

Ideal play technique mimics hunting — but without casualties. These “best play practices” encourage cats to stalk, chase, pounce, and finally catch their prize. In nature, felines do not catch their dinner at every attempt, but they ultimately do succeed.
The best toys to use for this type of play are pole-type toys. Pulling the toy away from the cat using quick starts, stops, and stutters imitates the movements of prey. Mimicking prey, the toy does not move toward the cat. In real life, prey, unless it is impaired, does not run back toward the predator. Pole-type toys should be available to cats only when there is someone around to supervise the activity.
Good play techniques involve encouraging kitties to catch the toy so that they do not become discouraged and frustrated. Immediately after the last catch of the session, their favorite people should feed their little hunters sumptuous meals.

Laser Pointer
Not everyone can drag toys around for cats to chase or to play fetch with them. Like Mary Beth, many people are unable to run around their homes pulling a pole toy or retrieving thrown toys. Sometimes there are only two choices — using the laser pointer or not playing at all. In this case I prefer play, but play that uses the laser pointer in a way that minimizes frustration.
Laser play the right way

Before getting into action, set up the environment for the game. In addition to the laser pointer, soft cat toys and highly prized cat food are needed for the job. Before playing, place the toys strategically throughout the play zone. Have food and treats at the ready.
Begin the laser game by aiming the beam in front of the cat and zigzagging it away from her. Periodically, encourage the cat to “catch” the elusive beam by pausing the light on one of the stuffed toys that is now doubling as prey. Before moving the beam off the toy, the cat needs to feel the toy solidly under her paws.
The intensity and length of the sessions will vary and depend on the individual cat’s age, physical conditioning, and level of interest. The play session endings are as important as their beginnings. Instead of ending abruptly, gradually slow down the beam until it finally comes to rest on a soft toy. After the cat makes her final catch of the session, feed a good meal. She will eat, groom, and then take a well-earned nap.

 

Thank you Derek for sharing this video of Arya!

 

Another announcement that came across my computer this morning:

I share this announcement because many of you have both dogs and cats.
PetSmart has issued a voluntary recall of one production lot of its Grreat Choice® Adult Dog Food sold on PetSmart.com, Pet360.com, PetFoodDirect.com and in nationwide PetSmart retail stores. This product is being voluntarily recalled as a precautionary measure due to metal contamination that could potentially be a choking hazard to pets.
This recall was initiated after receiving notification from the manufacturer of consumer complaints. PetSmart has not received any consumer complaints at this time.

The recalled products include the following Grreat Choice dog food sold between Oct. 10, 2016 and Feb. 7, 2017:

Product Name UPC Best By Date or Lot Code
Grreat Choice Adult Dog Food with Chicken & Rice Classic Ground, 13.2 oz. cans
7-3725726116-7
Best By
8/5/19
Lot 1759338
The Best By date is found on the bottom of the can.
No other Grreat Choice products are impacted by this issue, and PetSmart is not aware of any reported cases of illness or injury related to this product to date.

Customers who purchased the recalled food should stop feeding it to their pets and bring any remaining cans to their local PetSmart store for a full refund or exchange. For more information about the voluntary recall or if customers have any questions, contact PetSmart Customer Service at 1-888-839-9638 between 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. CST.

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Just another reason to purchase Life’s Abundance for your cat AND dog!

http://www.mrsilversfood.com

Spaying Time/Wait List Information

When it is time to take your kitten to the vet for spaying/neutering, more than likely your vet will expect your kitten to wear a collar after the surgery for up to ten days.  This collar is supposed to keep the kitten from chewing at her stitches and possibly opening the incision or causing an infection.  Most of the time you are given a firm plastic collar that cats abhor – many people call it the Cone of Shame. So who designs these things – definitely not an animal lover!  And as lovers of kittens, we sometimes feel so sorry for our little one, that we take off the collar or some kittens find a way to take it off themselves. This is not good.  Three of our great pet parents have shared ideas of what to use in place of the dreaded hard plastic collar:

Michelle F. sent us two photos of Sally.

Sally's vet at least tried to give her a kinder collar. This one is softer. The problem was, it is way too big and she kept tripping on it.

Sally’s vet at least tried to give her a kinder collar. This one is softer. The problem was, it is way too big and she kept tripping on it.

Michelle found this donut collar. She did not like it at first but once she got used to it, she could get around with no problem.

Michelle found this donut collar. Sally did not like it at first but once she got used to it, she could get around with no problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa had previously recommended this collar she purchased when Chloe was spayed:

I believe Lisa purchased this on Amazon.. It is named  Kong  Cloud E-Collar. She purchased the x-small.

I believe Lisa purchased this on Amazon.. It is named Kong Cloud E-Collar. She purchased the x-small.

 

My favorite of all time is what Michelle M. created for Kona.

http://www.plaincitylife.com/2013/07/diy-substitute-for-e-collar-for-cat.html?m=1

You will notice that all the above kittens are girls. Very rarely do vets recommend a cone for boys after they are neutered so before you purchase one of the above, ask your vet if your male cat will need a cone.

 

WAITING LIST IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

In my last post, I stated when our waiting list reaches 25, we will close it.  That has happened so until further notice, we will not accept waiting list deposits.

Instead, if you would like us to, we will be happy to take your information — name, email address and phone number. Once the list reopens, I will send an email or call you to give you the opportunity to join the waiting list.

 

We Have Arrived

The Cat House on Wheels pulled into the driveway of our Florida home on Friday. Although the cats had not been here since March, it took no time at all for them to find their favorite resting places. They are so smart!

Jim and I want to thank you for the outpouring of sympathy and prayers received in the passing of our dear brother-in-law, John. We were able to spend a lot of time with sister Pattie and family which was a blessing.

We have made the decision to stop taking additions to the waiting list once it reaches 25. I need to find a way to take some of the stress from our lives and I feel this number is something that is manageable.  Currently, we have 22 people on our list, which leaves three spots open.

I have been in contact with all people on the list via email during the last week. There have been several instances in the past when a person thought they were on the list because they had submitted an adoption questionnaire. When we receive a questionnaire, I always speak with the person via phone. If at the end of that conversation, we both agree a kitten is right for them at this time, they submit a $100 waiting list deposit. If that deposit is not received, their name is not added to the waiting list. Please let me know right away if you think you are on the list but have not received an email from me within the last week.

When I started writing this post yesterday, I titled it “We Have Arrived” because we had just arrived in Florida. Before I had an opportunity to finish the post, the Lady Vol/Norte Dame game started so I thought I will just finish it tomorrow. I had an entire paragraph about how I had spent the day preparing the birthing area for Ana who was due on the 17th but explained our mamas very rarely have their babies on the expected date.

We went to bed around 11:00 p.m. and Ana would not let us go to sleep; she kept pacing between us and making biscuits on my chest. Around 11:30 contractions started and by 12:10 a.m., JANUARY17, her first baby was born. It took until 4:00 a.m. before we could call it a night and slide into slumber thanking God for our six new kittens!

So…another reason to say “We Have Arrived”

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When eyes are open, in about two weeks, I will post individual photos. At that time we will let you know if they are boys or girls.

Prayers Needed

After many delays, the Cat House on Wheels finally left the driveway on Thursday morning headed for Florida, or so we thought.

When we left, Jim said I am driving until the temperature goes above freezing. I didn’t think he meant literally. But he did! Finally at midnight last night we pulled into a campground in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Before heading out this morning Jim checked his voicemail. There were messages from his sister and his niece. Our brother in law, John, passed away at 1:30 this morning.

So now we have changed directions and are headed to Jacksonville, North Carolina to be with sister, Pattie, and family.

The problem is Winter Storm Helena which is moving that way also.  We are trying to beat the storm but I think everyone else is also. Traffic is absolutely horrendous.

I am reaching out to you asking for prayers, for Pattie and family, for safe travels for us and for safety for everyone in the path of winter storm Helena.

 

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Thank you Julie for this precious photo of your daughter with O’Malley.

Three Brands of Cat Food Recalled

When a company announces a recall, market withdrawal, or safety alert, the FDA posts the company’s announcement as a public service. FDA does not endorse either the product or the company.

The J.M. Smucker Company Announces a Limited Voluntary Recall on Certain Lots of Canned Cat Food Due to Low Levels of Thiamine (Vitamin B1)

For Immediate Release

January 3, 2017
Contact

Consumers

Consumer Relations
consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com
1-800-828-9980
Media

Maribeth Burns
Vice President, Corporate Communications
330-682-3000
Announcement

Orrville, OH – The J.M. Smucker Company today announced a limited voluntary recall on certain lots of 9LivesTM, EverPetTM, and Special KittyTM canned cat food due to possible low levels of thiamine (Vitamin B1).
The issue was discovered by the Quality Assurance team during review of production records at the manufacturing facility. No illnesses related to this issue have been reported to date and the product is being recalled out of an abundance of caution.

Cats fed diets low in thiamine for several weeks may be at risk for developing a thiamine deficiency. Thiamine is essential for cats. Symptoms of deficiency displayed by an affected cat can be gastrointestinal or neurological in nature. Early signs of thiamine deficiency may include decreased appetite, salivation, vomiting, and weight loss. In advanced cases, neurological signs can develop, which include ventroflexion (bending towards the floor) of the neck, wobbly walking, circling, falling, and seizures. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat is displaying any of these symptoms. If treated promptly, thiamine deficiency is typically reversible.

The affected product was distributed to a limited number of retail customers from December 20 through January 3, 2017.

The affected production includes the following:

Brand Product Description UPC Code Consumer Unit Lot Numbers Units per Case Selling Unit Size UPC Code on Case
9Lives Meaty Pate Chicken and Tuna 7910052238 6354803 12 13 oz 7910052228
9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 7910000402 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000402
9Lives Meaty Pate Seafood Platter 7910000367 6355803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003670
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910000327 6358803 24 5.5 oz 7910000327
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910000286 6358803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910002860
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910052239 6355803 12 13 oz 7910052229
9Lives Meaty Pate Super Supper 7910052239 6364803 12 13 oz 7910052229
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Seafood 7910000364 (793641) 6356803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003640
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken and Tuna 7910000324 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000324
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken Dinner 7910000410 6356803 24 5.5 oz 7910000410
9Lives Meaty Pate with Liver and Chicken 7910000312 (793121) 6355803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910000312
9Lives Meaty Pate with Ocean Whitefish 7910000420 6358803 24 5.5 oz 7910000420
9Lives Seafood Poultry Variety Pack 7910053377 6307803 24 5.5 oz 7910053377
9Lives Meaty Pate with Chicken & Tuna 7910000366 6357803 6 4pk
5.5 oz each 7910003660
EverPet Mixed Grill Dinner 7910053114 6356803 12 13 oz 7910053114
Special Kitty Beef and Liver Dinner 8113112120 6355803 12 13 oz 8113112120
Special Kitty Classic Tuna Dinner 8113112157 6358803 12 13 oz 8113112157
Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner with printed wrap 8113109609 6355803 1 12 pk
13 oz each 8113109609
Special Kitty Mixed Grill Dinner without printed wrap 8113112119 6356803 12 13 oz 8113112119
Special Kitty Super Supper 8113179041 6355803 12 13 oz 7910079041
No other products of The J.M. Smucker Company are affected by this recall.
Consumers who have cans of cat food from the impacted lots should stop feeding it to their cats and call us at 1-800-828-9980 Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST or contact us at consumer.relations@jmsmucker.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

More Happy Families!

Maggie’s and Sophie’s kittens have now all gone to their forever homes.  Meet the happy families:

Noel and daughter Alura with Blizzard. Son John was having a bout with pneumonia so he had to stay home with his mother and sister Elya. Happily, John is now feeling much better. Blizzard is the second Siberian in the family. He is joining Cinder who they adopted earlier this year from us.

Noel and daughter Alura with Blizzard. Son John was having a bout with pneumonia so he had to stay home with his mother and sister Elya. Happily, John is now feeling much better. Blizzard is the second Siberian in the family. He is joining Cinder who they adopted earlier this year from us.

 

Deanne picked up Boris on 12/28. She had a group of friends over for New Year's Eve and Boris made sure to love up on all of them!

Deanne picked up Boris on 12/28. She had a group of friends over for New Year’s Eve and Boris made sure to love up on all of them!

 

Mama Sophie was also checking out Erin but Jim help up a toy so she decided that grasping for that had to take priority for a minute. She did approve Erin as the mother of Maui!

Mama Sophie was also checking out Erin but Jim held up a Cat Dancer toy so she decided that grasping for that had to take priority for a minute. She did approve Erin as the mother of Maui! Erin wrote: “Thank you for giving me such a well balanced kitten!”

 

Isaac and Khania and children, Grant and Evelyn greeted their new family member Wrigley. Khaniia reported Wrigley was a little shy at first when he first got home but he slowly warmed up and has been having a blast!

Isaac and Khania and children, Grant and Evelyn greeted their new family member Wrigley. Khania reported Wrigley was a little shy when he first got home but he slowly warmed up and has been having a blast!

 

The beautiful family of Julie and Justin and daughters Mae and Grace were the first to select from these two litters. They selected O'Malley because he was a lover at 5 weeks old. And he still is - this is what Julie had to say "He is so sweet and gentle. We all just love him. He is going to be such a treasured addition to our family.

The beautiful family of Julie and Justin and daughters Mae and Grace were the first to select from these two litters. They selected O’Malley because he was a lover at 5 weeks old. And he still is – this is what Julie had to say “He is so sweet and gentle. We all just love him. He is going to be such a treasured addition to our family.”

 

Derek and Katie are a newly married couple who decided to add a precious bundle to their family - they selected Arya. Derek reported they had two friends over and she was playing all over and came up to sleep on everybody's lap.

Derek and Katie are a newly married couple who decided to add a precious bundle to their family – they selected Arya. Derek reported they had two friends over and she was playing all over and came up to sleep on everybody’s lap.

 

Megan and Josh had to go to Florida for a New Year's eve wedding but they flew home on New Year's Day and came to pick up Wrigley straight from the airport! (Yes this is another Wrigley!) Megan reports: "We opened his carrier as soon as we got home and he sat there for a minute because he was a little unsure of his new surrounds. We opened up the Cat Dancer and that was all it took - he was out of the carrier and playing within minutes. He even took a few bites of food inbetween playing. He jumped up on the bed all by himself and slept with us all night. He has a very heart appetite and loves to play. He follows us around and rarely likes to be alone."

Megan and Josh had to go to Florida for a New Year’s eve wedding but they flew home on New Year’s Day and came to pick up Wrigley straight from the airport! (Yes this is another Wrigley!) Megan reports: “We opened his carrier as soon as we got home and he sat there for a minute because he was a little unsure of his new surroundings. We opened up the Cat Dancer and that was all it took – he was out of the carrier and playing within minutes. He even took a few bites of food in between playing. He jumped up on the bed all by himself and slept with us all night. He has a very hearty appetite and loves to play. He follows us around and rarely likes to be alone.”

 

Sandi and Tony added this new love to their life - Sugar. And Sugar is the perfect name for her - she is so sweet. She woke me up yesterday morning with kisses. I just got off the phone with Sandi and she said Sugar gave her kisses this morning!

Sandi and Tony added this new love to their life – Sugar. And Sugar is the perfect name for her – she is so sweet. She woke me up yesterday morning with kisses. I just got off the phone with Sandi and she said Sugar gave her kisses this morning!

 

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Don’t Worry! Be Happy!

We spent a lovely Christmas at the home of our daughter, SueEllen, and son-in-law, Mike. Our son, Mark, also traveled here from Omaha. Sadly, there were several empty spaces at the table since our son, Gene, and his family moved to North Carolina this year and were not able to travel back to Illinois for Christmas. But thank goodness for technology! Gene used FaceTime to call us and I was able to spend some time with the whole family both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. How this works, I can’t begin to fathom; I will just enjoy the benefits of someone’s genius! Luckily, we were able to spend some time with daughter, Kelly, and her family in Maryland earlier this month while we were there for Tyler’s Eagle Scout ceremony. And we are anxiously awaiting seeing son, David, when we arrive in Florida next week.

Part of the excitement of the day was the drawing of names for Semper Fi Christmas presents. And the winners are: 1) Megan E   2) Maureen J   3) Amy S   4) Jamie P   5) Sandi R   6) Erin C

Thank you all for participating. It was a so nice to hear from you!

 

Received a few more photos of our Semper Fi Siberians during the last few days.

Lulu, age 6 months

Lulu, age 6 months

 

Abby, will be 3 in January)

Abby, will be 3 in January

 

Sasha, age 20 months

Sasha, age 20 months

And Nikki sent some fun photos of Niko (age 16 months) and Samara (age 11 months)

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We have been busy this week saying good-bye to our 12 kittens.  As soon as the last one leaves, we load all the mamas, Mr. Silver and the two dogs into our motor home and off to Florida we go!  Stay tuned for the adventures of the Cat House on Wheels!

How many of you remember a song that was popular in 1988 — Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin?  He was absolutely correct: “In every life we have some trouble, when you worry you make it double. Don’t worry, be happy!” Happy New Year from Jim and I!

I am confident 2017 will be a fabulous year for each of you, so Don’t Worry, Be Happy!

 

 

OOPS! Just One More

I said my previous post would be the last before Christmas. But today in the mail I received the gift that was on back-order and it so precious I had to share.  Last year I had ordered cat earrings and after receiving them I was disappointed because they were so small. I tried again this year with a different style and I think these are  cute. So you have one more day to make a comment below and win one of our gifts – deadline December 24, 12:00 midnight.

Fancy Cat Earrings

See the other gifts on previous posts. There will be a total of six gifts awarded (three more than last year).

 

Also can’t resist posting recent photos from our pet parents.

This is Rizzo No. 1

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Here are  Pashka and Katya helping Deb wrap gifts!

 

Hannibal wishes you a Merry Christmas!

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Fiona and Felix

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Sly wants a catnip squirrel for Christmas

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I love this photo but I had no indication of who it is from.  Let me know!

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Niko

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Saffron

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Sabina and Garsha

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