Sarah + Tim

a canadian, american and calico living in perfect harmony

Quick Ginger Update August 2, 2009

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So Friday morning was a little traumatic.  As I put Ginger in the car to take her to the vet to be fixed, I accidentally locked her and my keys and purse in the car!  ACK!  Talk about freak out!  Thankfully the firemen up the street came to the rescue and unlocked the car in a jiffy.  I always knew living next door to the fire department would come in handy!

As I left her at the vet, I have to admit that I was an emotional basket case and felt on the verge of tears.  My dear life coach, Lisa, says, “See?  You’re already a mother.”

Thankfully, everything went super smoothly.  When Tim picked up Ginger at five, the “nurses” told him some stories about the day.  They said that Ginger did NOT want to be there, did NOT want to be touched and did NOT want to go under.  The gals there are wonderful and love animals and said, “All we wanted to do was to hold and snuggle with her but she did not want that!”  That’s Ginger for ya.  Fiercely independent through and through.

Tim picked up the kitty carrier to say hello and said that she recognized him immediately — “it’s you!” — and was so happy to see him!

When I got home, Ginger was walking around, albeit gingerly (no pun intended).  She’s been laying low the last couple of days but is still doing the silly things Ginger always does, like sweeping around her kitty litter.

Tim and I both thought that she would be more out of it — hiding, walking funny from the drugs — but we saw none of that.  The incision was also very small, so they took excellent care of her at the Saratoga Springs Animal Hospital.  I highly recommend them.

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Ginger’s Going to be Fixed – Sob! July 30, 2009

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Ginger nuzzling with Tim

Ginger nuzzling with Tim

Tomorrow we’re taking kitten Ginger to be fixed — sad!  The one we call Ginger is actually 2 years old and we have gone through many a heat with the hope that Ginger would have her own kittens someday.  Yes, I know that Bob Barker tells everyone to have their animals spayed and neutered.  Yes, I know that there is animal overpopulation.  But Ginger.

Ginger has the most incredible personality in a cat.

  • While she isn’t a snuggler, everytime we come home, she headbutts us and nuzzles our faces and that’s how she lets us know how glad she is we’re home.
  • If our voices are raised, she’ll come running and come right up to your face to make sure everything is okay.
  • Wherever we are in the house, she’ll be within a close proximity of us for the company.
  • As a calico, she coons!  You’ve got to hear it, she’s very vocal.

And the whole idea with breeding Ginger was so that there would be more little Gingers in the world!  I’m not sure I’m ready to let go of this pleasant thought. 😦

I feel like she doesn’t know what’s coming and is going to hate us, that I am deserting her.  Ah!

Will she forgive me?  Am I doing the right thing?  This is pretty permanent… It’s not too late to back out…

Although to have not-in-heat-Ginger would be really nice…

Have you had similar experiences spaying or neutering your animals?  Do they change?  Do they stay the same?

 

The Difference Between Cats and Dogs May 20, 2009

Happened upon this hysterical difference between cats and dogs today.  If you have ever had a cat or a dog in the past, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!

DOG DIARY

Photo c/o internetphotos.net

Photo c/o internetphotos.net

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 PM – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 PM – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 PM – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 PM – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 PM – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 PM – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 PM – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

CAT DIARY

Day 983 of my captivity.
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.

In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a ‘good little hunter’ I am. Bastards!

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of ‘allergies.’ I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.

The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released – and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

And that’s the difference between cats and dogs.  🙂

 

Ginger’s Anniversary March 15, 2009

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Today is our second year anniversary with our feisty and fabulous calico Ginger!  When we announced the newest addition to our family, here’s how we did it:

Hello Loved Ones!
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> We are well and enjoying ourselves in Utah. Being here in Utah,
> we got to thinking and we have decided to grow our family in a
> less traditional way — we are adopting! Isn’t it great?!
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> Before you freak out, please know that we are adopting a kitten.
> We have been looking for sometime now and having exhausted other
> resources, google’d ‘Provo kitten’ on Saturday and came up with a
> craigslist link which led us to our lovely new kitten which we
> will pick up on Friday once she’s 6 weeks. The lady who is
> entrusting the kitten with us is also named Sarah, from Canada
> (Calgary) and her husband is working across the parking lot from
> Tim. Small world, isn’t it??
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> Check out the photos!

ginger-little2the first day we met Ginger.
she had blue eyes.

little-gingershe was the runt of the litter.
look at that little tail!

ginger-march-15Ginger rode on my shoulder the whole way home

climbing-gingersince she was too small to jump, Ginger found a creative way to climb.
she learned Spiderman skills

ginger-guitar-2mesmerized by the guitar

ginger-computercatnapping on the warm computer 🙂

ginger-timshe used to spend lots of time perched like a parrot on our shoulders…
once I even cooked a whole meal with her looking on

and we have to save the best for last…

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she used to play leap frog and get a running start from down the hall.

Do you have any fun pet stories you’d care to share?

 

A house optimized for kittens October 21, 2008

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This is a great house that’s been optimized in Japan especially for kittens.  Isn’t it darling?

Thanks to http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2008/10/post-1.html for these great pictures.

 

Ginger October 12, 2008

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Yep. That’s Ginger on top of our shower curtain. And no, we didn’t put her up there. On any given morning, Ginger may jump up while we’re in the shower, presumably to drink straight from the shower head (which never happens). While she won’t drink water from her bowl, she will do this…

Ginger also enjoys perching on the mantle above the fireplace where she’ll sit like a taxidermied animal.

And my new favorite of the coolest Calico – FIERCE:

 

Ginger Speaks August 10, 2008

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Kitten Ginger is in heat and has lots to say. Check out this video of Jef and Ginger – she’ll make noises you’ve never heard before!  (when I watched this video, she was listening intently!)