BY: CRYSTAL STEWART
Love animals? I sure do. So much so I have dedicated both of my blogs them. My blogs are: CRYSTAL AND DAISY MAE’S PHOTO-BLOGGING SITE and WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING).
I’ve had a pet for as long as I can remember. Tara was my first pet I can really remember. Tara was a Collie Dog. She liked to play tennis ball but was a sore loser. She didn’t really like the neighborhood boy that much probably because she was teased by them. Tara was also a very protective dog. For example, if she thought anyone was going to hurt her family she would try to stop them. Tara was a great dog. Sadly, we lost Tara when we were away on vacation. The kennel she was staying at called us to ask permission to put her down. We consented but asked to keep her collar.
Kandy was a German Shepard/Husky and it showed. Huskies are said to be “runners”. When Kandy succeeded in getting loose which wasn’t often which was good. However, when she was loose, she ran as fast as her little legs would take her. I remember one night we had all gone to bed when Kandy alerted us to the fire across the street from our house. Kandy liked to chew things. One day, Kandy chewed through the panelling that was on our wall. We later learned that pine logs will help put the dog’s chewing habits and pine logs are good for them.
Shandar was an Alaskan Malamute who we for 14 years.We got Shandar from a breeder who showed dogs. We had to wait until Shandar was older because the breeder wanted to see if she would make a good show dog or not. We were given permission to have Shandar as a pet since she was the “runt” of the litter. Shandar’s Dad, Bear and was the Kal-Kan Dog and was also a champion. She had a great temperament and was really good with people. She loved the snow. I also remember my sister’s boyfriend taking her for a walk or should I say it was really Shandar taking him for a walk. Sadly after 14 years she got cancer and we had to have her put down.
We rescued Snowball while we still had Shandar. Before we got Snowball she knew who she had to convince. Had did Snowball convince Dad? Her strategy was actually quite simple. One sunny day when Dad was napping on the glider on the front porch and Snowball decided to jump on the glider with Dad and take a nap right beside him. From then on she was part of the family. Since we had Shandar and Snowball about the same time that meant a lot of patience on Snowball’s part. She had patience with Shandar up to a certain point. I still remember Snowball was under the desk stretching on her hind legs when Shandar decided to make a circle to test Snowball’s patience. Shandar would make the circle and go past Snowball 3 times but on the 4th time around, Snowball pawed Shandar’s nose. It was a funny scene to watch.
Cutie Pie was a dear sweet kitten in which her life ended tragically. When we rescued her, the people said they would flea dip her for us. Cutie Pie was way to young to be flea dipped and we tried to tell them that. They wouldn’t listen to us. After they flea dipped her the one person if we have any problems with our new cat or she dies within a week to let them know then he gave their phone number. After we rescued Cutie Pie, we took her to the vet to have her ears checked for mites. She had mites in both ears so the vet gave us antibiotics to clear her ears up. We only had Cutie Pie a week then she died. Mom called the person and told them the kitten had died after a week. He said he was sorry and even offered to give us another kitten but we said no. It’s hard to say what the cause was for Cutie Pie’s death without knowing all the facts.
Tigger is an interesting story. I really don’t know what kind of cat Tigger is then after she passed I learned that If a cat has an M on its forehead that’s the sign of a true Tabby Cat. Tigger had an M on her forehead so I guess she was a true Tabby Cat. I rescued and got Tigger from her previous owner, a friend from work. I heard so many stories from this friend that I knew I had to do something. When my friend heard that I was looking for a kitten she said she had one she could give me. As it turned out, The kitten she gave to me turned out to be an adult cat. Due to the situation, my family and I rescued Tigger and we had her for a long time. A few years before passed away on 9-11-2015, Daisy Mae our current cat came into our lives. When we brought Daisy Mae into our house we didn’t introduce both cats right away. In fact, we separated the cats for a while with a screen door and locked the Dining Room door. After a while, we finally introduced the cats. Tigger hissed a little but Daisy Mae was a good kitten and didn’t hiss at all. Daisy Mae was actually good for Tigger because Tigger who normally layed around a lot started playing again and mellowing some. As Tigger got older, she drank more water and ate less cat food. Then one night, she made up with Dad and showed him she loved him. After that, Tigger would just lay around and we let her because she was hurting and suffering from something and the best we could do is make her comfortable. Then on the Morning of 9-11-2015, she passed away. Tears flowed like crazy from my eyes. I loved Tigger so much. This was bittersweet because Tigger passed away, It’s the anniversary of the attack on the twin towers, My Grandmother’s Birthday and the fact that Tigger is not suffering anymore since she passed over the Rainbow Bridge. I wrote a true story about Tigger on my blog WELCOME TO CRYSTAL’S SITE(ORIGINALLY COUNTRY LIVING) I have some links about Tigger. You can find them here & here.
Daisy Mae is our current cat. Like Tigger, she came to us in an interesting way. When we found Daisy Mae or should I say she found us when she was around 4 weeks old. Actually, Daisy Mae’s mother brought her to us. I will leave links so you can read Daisy Mae’s story. She has us trained and rules the house most of the time. Then what cat doesn’t? Daisy Mae is strictly an indoor cat. I have no idea what kind of cat she is just that she’s a very dark gray and white cat.When Daisy Mae was a kitten she fit in the palm of your hand. When we brought Daisy Mae in we got a large cage for her to sleep in at night. When she escaped her cage at night it was then we realized she was small enough to get through the cage holes. We kept her cage by a warm air register to keep her warm along with a blanket we put over her cage.That was 11 years and will be 12 this September. I can’t believe the differences between a kitten and an adult cat. If you’ve ever had a cat starting from the kitten stage into adult stage then you know what differences I’m talking about. Here are some links to get to know Daisy Mae and I better. Before giving you the Links, you’ll see one is on Tigger And Daisy Mae. This is where Daisy Mae is introduced. Now the links… TIGGER AND DAISY MAE: PART 1, DAISY MAE’S KITTYHOOD: PART 2, DAISY MAE’S KITTY MIRACLE: HER HEART MURMUR AND HOW SHE GOT RID OF IT – PART 3 and MEET CRYSTAL FROM DAISY MAE 2017