Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Wordy Wednesday

Do any of you friends of ours have fursibs who infringe on your photo shoots?

Evan does.

Now, completely switching gears, our doodle for today is another one I scribbled up for the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show I'll be volunteering at this weekend. This event will benefit the local non-profit, volunteer-based rescue group known as Hospice Hearts.

I've mentioned this rescue group on here before, but in case you don't know, the mission of Hospice Hearts is to foster and re-home cats and dogs whose owners are no longer able to care for them due to their health, relocation to a nursing home, or other extenuating circumstances. Hospice Hearts has also been known to pull animals from instances of hoarding, abuse, and neglect, and has also pulled animals from the kill lists of other nearby shelters.

Last summer, Hospice Hearts orchestrated a last-minute rescue of over 80 cats scheduled to be euthanized at a nearby shelter, after the shelter's space and resources were strained following an influx of cats brought in from a hoarding case. On the very day all of those kitties were meant to die, Hospice Hearts stepped in to orchestrate the rescue and redistribution of every single one of them. What's more, every single one of the 80+ cats rescued from that situation has since been adopted out. In case you can't tell, I am a huge proponent of all the good work that Hospice Hearts does in my local area. I already know that some of my future furbabies will be adopted from this group.

That all being said, though I typically quite dislike all things relating to fashion, most definitely including high heels, I am looking forward to the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show for Hospice Hearts. After all, this rescue group is something else. At the catty fashion show there will be many locally crafted outfits being modeled, the majority of them being clothing items that are indeed cat-themed. That's the way to fashion, if you ask this cat lady. All of these pieces will then be auctioned off at the end of the event, with all proceeds benefiting the adoptable cats of Hospice Hearts. There will also be some local vendors of other goods there, to bring in more proceeds for the kitties. This is why, despite my lack of prestige in the realm of fashion, I've been working on doodles like the one above to have available at the Crazy Cat Lady Fashion Show. It's all for the kitties, as it should be!

In case you missed any of the previous links we've shared and wish to learn more about Hospice Hearts, just click here!

So, what types of fun and fantastic events do your local shelters and rescue groups host for their adoptees? I'm always happy and curious to hear what all wonderful ideas come about for the benefit of animals.

Happy Wednesday, friends!

Our Tip of the Day:
One of our previous National Pet Poison Awareness Month tips was on the dangers of medications indeed formulated for our furbabies. We meant to (yet failed to) expand on a particular topic in this regard. That topic is as that of topical preventatives. First and foremost, always ensure that you are giving preventatives specifically formulated for the species at hand. Just one reason for this is that some flea and tick preventatives formulated for dogs are toxic to cats. Many such canine preventatives contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, to which cats are highly sensitive. Pyrethrin/pyrethroid poisoning can result in excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty walking, or seizures, just to name a few. So, never apply dog preventatives on your kitty.

Also, be careful if your cat lives in a household with a dog who receives preventatives. In such a case, try to look for canine preventatives that do not contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid, or keep the dog and cat separated for a safe amount of time after application. Ask your veterinarian for information on how to keep both your kitty and pup healthy and safe, yet also protected from pests. It's also worth noting that some other forms of flea, tick, or other pest preventatives, such as sprays, may contain pyrethrin/pyrethroid. Always check the label, and only use products that you are certain will not harm your kitties or pups. Again, ask your veterinarian if you have any questions or concerns regarding a product's safety.

In addition, know your cat or dog's weight and select preventatives accordingly. Administering a medication intended for a cat or dog larger than yours could have negative effects for the furbaby. Also be aware of their age, as some kittens or puppies, for example, may not yet be of an age deemed safe for the application of some preventatives. What's more, also always take into consideration your furbaby's overall health status. If your cat or dog suffers from any ailments, always discuss with your veterinarian the safety of giving a preventative. While we of course want to keep our furry family members safe from fleas, ticks, heartworms, and all sorts of infestations, it is important that we do so safely.


Marg said...

Sure sounds like a wonderful organization that does great things. Thanks to them. You all have a really nice day.

Sandee said...

Love the Wordless Wednesday shot. Both are adorable.

What a great cause indeed.

Have a purrfect and woof woof Wordless Wednesday. ♥

pilch92 said...

We have a lot of photobombers here too :) Hospice Hearts sounds like an amazing group. I am so happy they were able to find homes for all 80 of those cats. Your drawing is adorable. Great tips about topicals too.

carol l mckenna said...

Sweet photo of both pets ~

Happy Day to you,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

that's why I usually photograph Cody in another room, Dakota often butts in! MOL catchatwithcarenandcody

Eastside Cats said...

See, how you are stretching outside of your comfort zone with 'fashion', just to help out a worthy cause?!? Good for you!!!! P.S. I haven't worn heels in decades, and no dresses either! Flats and pants...with a scarf...that's all the fashion you are getting out of me! LOL!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

You look like best pals! I love your art today (and everyday...) Hospice Hearts sounds like an amazing organization.

Cathy Keisha said...

Sounds like a wonderful organization and cause. I've only heard of tricky trays around here.
My vet tech friend is always posting about cats exposed to dog flea meds with videos of the damage it causes. I can't stress enough not to use them.

The Island Cats said...

Hospice Hearts sounds like such a great organization. We hope the fashion show is a huge success.

meowmeowmans said...

MOL! That's some serious photobombing right there. :)

Hospice Hearts sounds awesome! We hope their event is hugely successful!