Blog All About It September 2019

Posted September 14, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Blog All About It Challenge / 22 Comments

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Welcome to my first post of the year of the Blog All About It Challenge.  This is the beginning of my second year participating.

What’s it all about?

Very simple!  Each month I take the word prompt for that month and create a blog post of anything I want using that word.  My personal goal for participating in this challenge is for you to learn a bit about me each month. 

This month’s prompt is: Crunch

I racked my brain for a while trying to figure out what to do for this prompt then I had one of those lucky moments.  The house and neighborhood was perfectly quiet so I didn’t miss the sound of crunching (aka serious noshing) going on in the next room.  

Aha!!!!

Cat’s crunch their dry food and there is something every day and comfy about that sound.  

I’m taking this opportunity to introduce you all to our two newest family members.  They came home with us at the end of the local ‘clear out the shelter’ event that took place a few weeks ago.  

Let me tell you how that came about…

I have an acquaintance (met at the vet years ago) who runs our little town’s animal shelter and rescue.  She just recently got slammed with the multiple cats from a hoarder’s house rescue. She already had a couple of ferals that she was working with and worried that one wasn’t taking to being civilized very well.  The adoption event at our area’s big chain pet store helped a little with some of her easier adoptees, but not enough. 

 I came to leave my usual donation of food and got hustled.  

LOL  I’m kidding.  She did beg and plead knowing I had no critters left at home after losing my old fellow not long ago, but it was my idea to walk away with two.  

See, that feral I mentioned earlier?  He’d made buddies with one of the new hoarder group.  He was very attached and he was showing promise because of her.  So, we agreed not to break them up when I agreed to take him home and work with him because he needed more human handling than she and her one volunteer could swing at the moment with all the others she had.

Introducing Annie and Bailey!!!!

Annie is the 14 month female tabby-calico mix who found herself with a troubled human and a really disgusting hoarder environment with several other cats.  She is unrecognizable from the pitiful creature the animal control officer brought out of that home a few weeks ago. Annie is full of energy, adores her new humans, and can ‘talk’ the hind leg off a mule.  She has tremendous patience with her new cat buddy and is a great teacher for him though she will whack him if he confuses nap time with play time.

Bailey is a 6 month male black and white who was born wild and was captured in a trailer park.  He’s not really sure about humans yet and especially after he got in a few vet visits, but he lets us get close during meal time and even allowed a pet or two just this week during a play session.  Annie is his favorite soul in all the world and he follows her around like a devoted worshipper. He loves to play with all the different toys and some things that aren’t toys.

They are not snuggle or reading buddies yet, but I suspect we will get there by the time its blanket weather.

Have you ever adopted a stray or taken in a shelter animal?  Any fun pet stories? Do Tell!

Blog All About It Challenge is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup.  You can check out more about it here:  http://www.herdingcats-burningsoup.com/2018/11/2019-blog-all-about-it-challenge.html

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Di @ Book Reviews by Di
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Hi there! It’s been forever (my fault, sorry!). What a clever way to go with ‘Crunch’ and I loved meeting your two fur babies! My kitty Pixel is also a stray rescue – she was so load we heard her meowing from so far away and went to investigate a little kitten that was somehow all by herself in an Alley. That was 12 years ago now!

Sophia Rose
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No worries, Di! Glad you could stop by. Thank you! I was not coming up with any great ideas for the topic. 🙂
Neat how Pixel found you with her loud voice. 🙂

Melliane
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Oh they’re so cute!

Sophia Rose
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They have such quirky personalities. 🙂

Lorna
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Lorna

Well I was eating a Nestle Crunch mini candy bar when I read this so that’s where my mind went! We’ve already talked about your new babies, but still I enjoyed all the details. Cats are so much fun aren’t they? Each has such an individual personality. Enjoy your kittens!

Sophia Rose
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You are so right, Lorna. Their personalities have been quite fun to learn as they get past their initial shyness. 🙂

Lola
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Your two new cats look adorable! I hope they both are happy with their new home. That’s so sweet Bailey grew attached to Annie like that. That’s great you got to give these two a new home and got them from the shelter. We haven’t gotten any new pets since we lost our rats a few years ago and I am not sure if I ever want pets again, maybe one day. I just don’t have the time for any pets at the moment. My sister and I once got a cat from a shelter, she was a very young… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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I understand about having to consider if you have the time or not for a new pet. They do need the attention. 🙂
Cute story about the kitty you and your sister adopted. Glad she has come along and will now show more affection, Lola.

Carole Rae
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I have zero idea what to do with his prompt this month. One of the most challenging and I think you did good! 😀

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, some of these are easy, but there have been a few prompts that I was blanking on. Good challenge.

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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What a wonderful post, Sophia Rose! I have only adopted from rescues and shelters for quite a few years. I kind of think that you are amazing for taking in two new babies at the same time especially with one of being feral. 🙂 Congratulations on your new additions!

Sophia Rose
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Yeah, I might have had a mild panic attack when I realized what I had done about a day later, but it has been working out well. She has sat in my lap and he will initiate rubbing up against you if you hold perfectly still. Good progress!

Lover of Romance
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I just LOVE felines and yours are simply adorable and thank you for sharing your story!! Great way to develop a post on “Crunch”

Sophia Rose
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I’ve had both cats and dogs, but for many years just a cat. They are so loving. This pair are starting to relax and show affection, too.
Hah, I had no idea what to do with the word prompt and was thinking food that crunched for a while.

Rachel @Wave of Fiction
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I’m so moved by your story! I love animals and we’ve taken in quite a few stray/abandoned cats over the years. My last two are total buddies. We got one over Thanksgiving when my husband went into the office just to take care of a “couple” of things & it was a rainy day. Someone there had found a stray kitten and couldn’t take the kitten in & asked if my husband would take the kitten just over the long rainy weekend so the little guy wasn’t left out in the storm, just until they could ask around the office… Read more »

Sophia Rose
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It was so spur of the moment. I was listening to her tell me about the hoarder house situation and needing more volunteers to work with the incoming ones. I was petting Annie and watching Bailey as she talked about his slowed progress and I was a goner. 🙂 I watched the way he depended on Annie and knew they had to stay together. She’s really helped him come right along with his socialization and behavior. Loved seeing your story. What big hearts you and your husband have. So glad you were able to take in the little one and… Read more »

Mary Kirkland
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Aww that is awesome! They are adorable. My daughter took in a stray cat that kept coming in her apartment. The vet said he’s an older cat, not the kitten that she thought he was and he’s almost blind and he loves my daughter and grandson. He curls up with both of them all the time. He even gets along with my Falcor.

Sophia Rose
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I love that your daughter was able to take the older fellow in and give him a loving home in his late years. So sweet that he loves his people and even Falcor. 🙂

herding cats
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Oh Sophia they’re both absolutely lovely. Yay for your new additions. I’m sorry you lost your old buddy, though. Always hard. I hope they settle in nicely and yall are good snuggle buddies, too 🙂

Sophia Rose
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It was really tough when Simon passed away. I honestly thought I was done with critters, but my heart healed and was just in time for this pair to wrap their paws around me. 🙂 Yes!!! We are out from under the beds and furniture and exploring now. I get stropped around feeding time and Annie even climbed up in my lap when I was doing some reading. They are making me into a morning person, ugh, but worth it to see them playing and following house rules. LOL We’ve had our moments… but we’re going to get there. 🙂

Nadene
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Great post. Your cars look adorable.

Sophia Rose
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Thanks, Nadene! They are sweeties much of the time with a little deviltry in them. 🙂