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Sleep Peacefully, Steve

December 15th, 2017 · 8 Comments · Uncategorized

I can’t believe I’m writing this post, but we said goodbye to Steve today. It was very unexpected. She wasn’t acting right this morning, so I brought her to the vet this afternoon. Long story short, her liver and what’s left of her colon are failing. They could do a couple of surgeries, but we would be putting her through a lot of pain and trouble for what amounts to a band-aid. We’d be right back in the same spot in a few weeks or months. I couldn’t do that to my Steve. She’s been my nurse, my rock, my best friend through so much. It would be selfish of me to make her suffer so I could get a few more days with her.

Nothing will fill the hole she has left. I love her so much.


So What’s Going On With Steve’s Crew?

September 15th, 2017 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Someone asked in my tattoo post for an update on Steve’s crew! A lot has been going on.


Meet Channon! Yes, I promised Jay no more third cat. We were fostering Channon and her sister Yelena (both named for the female characters from the comic book Spyder was named after) after they were rescued from a hoarder and needed help with socialization. Yelena came right out of her shell and got adopted quickly. Channon was very slow to blossom and when we tried to bring her to the shelter to go up for adoption, she got a little nasty with the vet and refused to come out of hiding in her cage.  We took her back home and tried to adopt her out from foster, but no one wanted her. She had a lot of characteristics that reminded us of Spyder, so we decided she could stay furever!!

Channon fits in for the most part. She and Steve get along real well. Saxon bullies her a little. Everything I’ve read is that the order of things got all screwed up and dominance is being reestablished. Poor Channon is the low man on the totem pole. I will say that it’s nice to have another female in the house!!

We fostered a couple of special needs cats after Channon and currently have a formerly feral kitten who is now just a typical calico (read insane) looking for her furever home. Our shelter took in 68 animals from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, so we’re doing adopt from foster for her so she’s not taking up space at the shelter (which is bigger now!! The humane society moved into its brand new building over the summer!!).

ALSO!! We are fostering one of the Hurricane Harvey dogs! All of the animals that the humane society took in due to the hurricanes were previously in shelters and did not belong to anyone. The shelters in TX and FL sent those animals to other shelters (mostly up north) to make room for animals displaced by the weather, left behind by their evacuating families, or similar situations. That way, as people get back on their feet as they recover from the storms, they can go to their local shelters and be reunited with their pets!

This is Jello! He is named after Jello Biafra, the lead singer of the Dead Kennedys. He came from Houston, TX. He’s a year old and is a serial pee-er!! He’s learning his manners. He’s also heartworm positive, so we’ll have him for 2 months keeping him calm while he goes through treatment. Much like the last Chihuahua we fostered, Steve isn’t sure what to do with him. He’s smaller than her, but he smells like a dog. What is this nonsense?

And Steve…Steve is Steve! She’s healthy and happy. We’ll be moving soon, so she’ll be going through that for the first time. The apartment I’m hoping we move to has big front windows. I think Steve will like those!


Gotcha Day Present for Steve!

August 24th, 2017 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

We just celebrated Steve’s 4th Ampuversary, and her 4th Gotcha Day is coming up in a few days (as is her 2nd Surgiversary for her colectomy)! I’ve wanted to do this for a while, and the time was right!


I got a tattoo for Steve!! Those are as accurate to her paw prints as possible! I wasn’t able get any kind of impressions of her paw prints, so I took super close up pictures of each of her paws and sent those to my tattoo artist who recreated the fluff on generic kitty paw print clip art! It will look a little different when it heals, but I was so excited I had to share!!


Sad News and New Special Needs

March 7th, 2017 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

If you follow Steve’s Facebook page (, this isn’t news to you, but I’m very sad to share the news that Spyder crossed the Rainbow Bridge in January. The very thing that brought him to us almost 8 years ago is the thing that took him from us. He had painful polyps inside his ear when we took him in to foster and the vet removed them free of charge when we decided to adopt him. The pain they caused was probably one of the reasons he wasn’t very social to begin with. At the end of last year, I noticed he was having bad ear trouble again and I brought him to the vet. It turned out that the polyps had returned and it just wasn’t in our budget to remove them. The vet also thought Spyder was older than his adoption paperwork showed. Jay and I decided to just spoil him and keep him comfy as long as possible, but just a few short weeks later his health had declined, he had stopped eating, and Steve and Saxon were treating him like a total stranger. It was an incredibly tough decision, and while I’m sad that he’s gone and I miss him, I don’t regret it.

Spyder in his old bed on top of his new bed I got him for Christmas. He was super comfy!

The last picture I ever took of the 3 of them, the night before Spyder crossed the Rainbow Bridge.

Spyder’s ashes, his paw print, a tuft of his fur, his food bowl, and his favorite toy.

When we adopted Steve, I promised Jay that we wouldn’t get another cat when one of them passed away. When Spyder died, there was a hole in my heart and an empty space in the apartment. Jay said that we could foster a dog until kitten season, so I reached out to my rescue friends and a short time later, we had a Chihuahua in the apartment. A Chihuahua!! He had a bite history and I had to train some resource guarding out of him. He lived here for a month and just got adopted by an older couple who has two Boston Terriers, one of whom is deaf!

Pym the Chihuahua

Right after I brought the Chihuahua to his new home, I had to pick up a senior dog who got dumped out of her foster home for unknown reasons! I got her home and immediately realized she was deaf! You may remember that we had a blind cat last summer (she’s in a great home now and the feral cat, Scrambles, lives on the same farm as Maysoon!), but I’ve never had a deaf animal! I mean, Spyder was going deaf in his old age, but this is a pet who I need to communicate with!! I need her to understand what I need from her, and I need to understand what she needs from me! So now I’m training a deaf dog with sign language! She’s also borderline incontinent, so our kitchen is lined with pee pads and I bought little boys underwear and Poise pads. She doesn’t really like other animals, but seems to be tolerating our zoo pretty well. She and Steve have a weird understanding of each other. They more than tolerate each other. I’d go so far as to say they get along. Her name is Xena, and there’s a chance she’s here to retire. Jay and I are still sorting that out.


So how is Steve doing? Steve couldn’t be better! She’s a bottomless pit who will literally eat anything. She’s eating the dog food, the dog treats, her food, these treats I found from Wellness that are like crack to her!! My brother is renovating the apartment downstairs and the noise is causing incredible anxiety in Yorrick and Saxon. Xena can’t hear it, so she doesn’t care. Steve is bomb proof. She. does. not. care!!

Steve being Steve

More Steve being Steve. I could hear crinkling from the other room and I KNEW that it was HER in this box without seeing it and without knowing where she or Saxon was!!

Whaddya know? More Steve being Steve! That’s a kitty litter bin that we now use as a laundry bin.

Steve and Xena hangin’ out


Hoppy Three Year Ampuversary Steve!!!

August 15th, 2016 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized


Almost to her one year Colectomy Surgiversary, too!!

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She just had her annual check up with her new vet (because Dr Sarah moved to Florida) and she is healthy!! She’s 14 pounds and her new vet, Dr Little, absolutely ADORES her!!!


Oops Another Special Needs Foster!

May 5th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

First off, if you haven’t gone over to read Esteban’s blog (my former tripawd foster), get over there and read it!! I’m so happy to see pictures of him in his furever home!!!

Anyways, a few days after Theia came to live with us to learn that it’s not scary to be blind or to live with people, I got a text from the Animal Welfare Manager at the humane society asking if I could work my magic on another semi-feral kitten. So now we have two fosters! Scrambles the Death Dealer (Jay named him after a reference from a cartoon on Adult Swim) is getting snuggle therapy for about an hour or so a day with me and spends the rest of his day causing trouble with Theia! Oh yes…they play! THUD THUD THUD day and night! They’re doing good for each other!

Theia gets to come to gen pop tomorrow. I’m really interested in how it will go! We have to be very careful not to move things so she can get used to where things are. Wish us luck!

Snuggle Therapy for Scrambles!

Theia and Scrambles


A New Differently Abled Foster!

April 24th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Those of us in the foster program at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society weren’t entirely sure what to expect from “kitten season” this year because of the extremely mild winter we had here in Upstate NY. Last year’s kitten season was pretty slow. We optimistically chalked it up to all of the humane education we’ve been doing – maybe people have finally gotten the message and are spaying and neutering their cats! Will that trend continue this year? Will the warm weather bring out all of the unaltered cats early and we’ll get hit hard and early with kittens?

So far no. I’ve had an empty kitten closet for a pretty long time!

But it’s occupied now! Not with kittens, but with a four year old long haired black female cat previously named Splenda. We changed her name to Theia – the Greek Titan goddess of eyesight. Theia is blind, but that’s not entirely why we’re fostering her. She is very shy and has some trust issues, which I imagine somewhat stem from her inability to see what or who is coming at her. We have never fostered a blind animal before, so we’re learning as we go. Theia is very sweet (I’m guessing that’s why they called her Splenda at the shelter) and is making the learning process very easy!

A lot of my Humane Society friends told me that they weren’t surprised to find out that Jay and I took Theia in for foster. We’re becoming pretty well known for taking on the “difficult” cases! I don’t think they’re difficult; just different…a learning experience!

As for Steve, my niece and nephew are getting old enough to understand that Steve is different from most cats because she has 3 legs. They were over here for Easter and were asking questions about her. I explained to them that even though she’s missing a leg, she can still run and jump and play with her brothers. I told them that her missing leg doesn’t slow her down any. I showed them that the only problem that she has is that she can’t scratch her right cheek, so they gave her lots of scratches there! Maybe it’s a little silly, but I’m hoping that the more they’re exposed to her and the more they see that she’s not really different, the more they’ll be able to accept other people’s differences as they grow older and experience the world. 🙂

Theia 1

Theia’s first day

Theia 2

Theia shows everyone her pretty face!


Steve gets scratches from her cousin (my niece) Josie


Steve gets scratches from her cousin (my niece) Josie

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Theia has white tips on her back toes!


Long Time, No Blog

March 7th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Goodness, where have I been?! Working, fostering, planning a wedding…

Business is so good, I had to stop taking on new clients until after the wedding so I can focus on planning!

After Ull (the last foster I blogged about) got adopted, we were asked to foster a cat that was described to me as shy but sweet. It turned out she was completely feral and I couldn’t get anywhere near her!! Thankfully, a family had gone to the humane society looking for a barn cat during the time I was fostering her and feral cats make great barn cats!! After her (Maysoon), we fostered a kitten who needed to learn some manners. He was only with us a couple of weeks before going to live with our friend who absolutely loves him!

Steve has continued to show improvement since her colon surgery. It’s still weird to me to get excited about poop, but every day that she has a solid poop is a day that I get excited! We still have streaky days. We still have butt print days. We haven’t had a bath day in a while.

One of my clients adopted a 10 year old Beagle, Buster, about a month ago. They’re absolutely in love with him and spoiled him rotten. He had a terrible cough, so they took him to the vet (his vet is Steve’s vet!!) who referred him to a cardiologist for a heart abnormality. It turns out that he has heartworm disease. They’re heartbroken and very scared to go through the treatment, but they want what’s best for Buster. I know a little about heartworm because of my 7 years volunteering at the humane society, but I’ve never taken a dog through treatment. However, the advice I imparted on them I stole from the Tripawds community. I told them that Buster has no idea what’s ahead of him. He only knows what’s in front of him and takes life one moment at a time. He knows that he is loved and he knows that they are doing their absolute best to care for him. They have a long road ahead of them, but they can’t look at the length of time and they shouldn’t fear anything any more than Buster does.

If anyone knows of a community of support for heartworm disease similar to what we have here for Tripawd families, I would appreciate being made aware of it so I can pass the info on to my clients. They would love to have the kind of support that the Tripawds community offers!!


Snuggle buddies


More snuggle buddies

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Brock Samson, our most recent foster


Maysoon, our feral foster


Steve has recently discovered that she likes her dad’s stank. She hangs out in his dirty socks and his dirty underwear ALL OF THE TIME!


Steve just bein’ Steve



Excited for the Calendar!!

November 20th, 2015 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Steve and I got the Tripawds Newsletter this morning and were excited to check out the calendars!! Steve made the cover of calendar #15 and is Miss July!!!

We’re so excited to be sharing a calendar with alumni Shelby and Happy Hannah (hey Sally, she’s representing my birthday!)!!!! What great company to be in!

I’ll be placing my order when I get paid tomorrow!



I feel like a a post isn’t complete without a picture!


Everything is Back in Order

November 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

As Steve lays around the house in all of her weird cat positions, I’ve noticed that her fur has almost completely grown back in everywhere that it was cut or shaved down! You can’t even tell that her belly was completely shaved for abdominal surgery, and the places I cut giant mats out of are nearly grown back to match the rest of her coat.

Her litter box habits have certainly changed as the specialist said they would. I see her going into the bathroom to use the litter box a lot more often then she used to. Her number twos aren’t quite solid yet, so she often needs her bum wiped if I can catch her. Usually, I don’t and she scoots on the carpet and leaves a streak  >:(  Only once so far has she made such a mess of her back end that she needed a bath, but even that wasn’t nearly as bad as it used to be when she’d get poo stuck all over the place. She was in and out of the tub in less than 5 minutes!

Jay and I often talk about how much money we spent on Steve for this most recent surgery. It’s a big deal because we’re trying to find a better apartment and we’re getting ready to get married. It’s hard to think about putting money towards making a life for yourself when you just dropped $3000 on your cat. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t regret spending the money. Jay knows how much Steve means to me and he would never make a decision to take her away from me when there is a reasonable option to save her life. During one of these discussions, Jay and I decided to do the math. Steve’s surgery cost roughly $3000. Before surgery and before things complicated further, Steve was eating wet food that was costing me approximately $25 per month (more like $25 every 24 days, but for sake of ease…). Additionally, every 6 – 8 months, I needed to buy a new bottle of Miralax at about $6 per. We gave Steve a lifespan of 15 years and figured out that because she now needs no medication and no special diet, we saved $1500. However, because Steve will probably live longer than 15 years and because I was actually spending more than $25 every 30 days, we saved more than that!! Ever the optimist am I.

Our latest foster, Ull, has come a long way since he first arrived as the terrified feral kitten. I booted him from the closet a couple of weeks ago and he took up residence in the bathroom. He quickly made friends with Saxon, Steve, and Spyder and is very clearly up all night every night playing. The cat toys are scattered in different places every morning and a few have gone missing!! He’s starting to get braver and is hanging out in the kitchen more and more. He’s really sweet and can be super snuggly if I put him on my lap, but he’s still not thrilled with being picked up. Whoever adopts him is going to get an awesome cat!

Steve and Yorrick seem to have bonded recently. They always got along, but they’re really close now! They’re always begging for food together, they occasionally nap together, I’ve caught them giving each other a lick or two! They’re like the….Bottomless Belly Twins or something! I love them as partners in crime!!

It’s so nice for everything to be normal again (knock on wood)!!!

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Whatchoo doin?


Steve’s classic pose (with a classic poop stain in the background)


Steve and Yorrick have been palling around a lot lately


I’ve been wanting a picture like this since I’ve been able to feed Steve with her brothers again!


Spyder got spooked by the heater and went to Ull for comfort!