Funny Farmer Felines Interview

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Tucker here. The Tribe of Five is honored to be interviewed by the Funny Farmer Felines.  We had a great time. Hop on over and learn a little more about each of us.

Thank you Funny Farmer Felines:
Your Friend,
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Walk Through The Web Wednesday 3/8

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Hey Friends,

Alberto here. Did you miss me last week? I wasn’t on strike, my purrrsonal assistant (the one with the opposable thumbs who types the blog posts for #TheTribeOfFive spent four days in bed with something she calls “the flu”. All I can say is I’m glad cats don’t get “the flu” because our human wasn’t looking too well at all .  But she’s better now and back at work so I’m walking through the web this week!

Here goes..enjoy!
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Gladstone the Chief Mouser at HM Treasuery- Express

black cheif mouser at the british treasuaryI’ve written about the cats in the British Foreign Office and the Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street and this week, I learned that there is a Chief Mouser at the HM Treasury too!  Now I’m a red, white and blue blooded American feline but I must say, I have been thinking of attempting to convince the humans that we must relocate to the British Isles posthaste! Those folks know the value of felines (or moggies, as they call them). This photo pictures the “Honorable Chief Feline” emerging from the budget briefcase and Gladstone even tweeted about #Budget2017.  I like the attitude of Gladstone’s fellow workers, one said,  “You can still get on with work – and if you’re in a bad mood you can play with him in your lunch hour and he will cheer you up!”

Felix the Huddersfield Station Cat – BBC

tuxedo cat wearing high vis vest at yorkshire train stationMy next working cat story is from….you guessed it, England! Felix came to the station in Yorkshire when she was a kitten in 2011 and she has recently received a purrrmotion  Senior Pest Controller and has received a high-vis vest as well. She works hard keeping mice away and chasing pigeons off of the platform. There’s nothing like a girl in a uniform to make me purr!

 

Weston The  Sledding Cat – amp1037

tabby cat peeking out of a knapsack in the snowEvery working cat needs some R&R and Weston the cat from Washington state enjoys sledding with his human. Weston and his female feline friend, Elinore, the Adventure Cats,  enjoy spending outdoor time with their humans. I watched the video but it freaked meow-out. Not so sure I’m ready for a sled ride but I do enjoy jamming down the stairs in our house and sliding into the wall.

While Weston rides the shoulder of his male human, Eleanor waits patiently for her turn while she relaxes in the backpack of the female human,.

 

 

New  Cat Film Festival Brings Feline Film to the Northwest – Portland Mercury

rapper with his hairless catsAs you may know the Tribe of Five and their humans reside in the Inland Northwest which is why I was purrrticularily thrilled to read that the first Oregon Film festival on March 11th.  Now we do things a bit differently than they do in Howly-wood so this festival isn’t going to compete with the Internet Cat video Festival at the Hollywood Theatre. This festival will not feature already famous (and in my humble opinion overly exposed) feline stars like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub or Maru. This festival will be featuring the future feline film stars.

The brilliant human who put this together, Nathan Marsh, is making this a celebration befitting the great Northwest with a human guest appearance by Moshow, the Cat Rapper, a local Portland phenome. There will be a DJ console with cat noises  for the kids to play DJ Kitty Boom Boom and lots of “furries”

If I didn’t have such an aversion to the metal “take me to the place of the white coats machine” I would insist the humans pack up my kitty tent and take me there to cover the event!

Lost Cat Breaks Into Pet Store and Goes on Catnip Bender – Daily Mail

tabby cat in store on a catnip benderThis story is a public service announcement. I know that many of my feline friends out there have (ahem) a bit of a “nip” problem. Properly managed this does not need to cause said felines down the path of crime and over indulgence. This feline, unfortunately, did not have a friend, furry or otherwise, who talked to him about catnip and this, sadly is the result. After all, if you humans and other felines don’t talk to your cat about catnip, who will?

 

Linky Party 11/19/16

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Hello  Everyone,
Lily here. As you can see, I’m dressed in my best to host our Linky Party. Sure hope you enjoy my picks for favorite blog posts from the last party and please join us. I would love to hear from more felines out there in InternetLand.
Happy Purrrusing,
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Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase! This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs!

black and white shelter cat waiting for a forever homeAnimal Shelter Volunteer Life – Tramper’s Sunday Selfie

I picked this one because I love anything that sheds light on animal shelters and, Tramper is quite a handsome guy. I was adopted from our local shelter (all of The Tribe of Five are rescue kitties)  and the female human loves to do whatever she can to help our shelter and shelter animals. You may not live close enough to adopt Tramper but you can give a forever home to a feline at your local shelter. (Look how great I turned out)

black and white foster dog gets forever homeTravels With Barley – Happy Trails To You

I loved this story and wanted to learn more about humans who foster pets. My humans fostered a year ago but they were “foster failures” and Alberto and Oliver are still with us. Fostering is so important and for the humans who are called to do this I give them a two paws up and say a heartfelt “THANK YOU”!!

collie puppy socializationA Well Socialized Puppy Is A Happy Puppy

I know, this is about puppies but there is wisdom for humans with felines to learn as well. This takes me back to the fostering topic as the female human is quite convinced that the early socialization Alberto and Oliver received helped shape their personalities to be calm, human friendly felines.

 

 

 

petbloggershowcase_logoMeet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

Pet Faves– Living the pet lover lifestyle

Heart Like A Dog– The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs

Felines Opines– The world from a feline point of view

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat– The humorous and touching tales of a formerly homeless, yet always extraordinary, feline and his Momma, who’s just along for the ride.

About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.

Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

  1. Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below (be sure to link to your post page and not your home page). Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
  2. Spread the Love! Leave a quality comment(more than just a few words) on at least 3 other posts from the linky party. Tell them why you love their post, encourage them, share on social media.
  3. Check back for the next linky party to see if you are featured on one of the hosts’ blogs.

*Note: By adding your post to the linky party you are giving the hosts permission to use an image from your post if your post will be a featured post on their blog to help encourage people to click through to your post. The image may be used individually or as a collage.

That’s it! No need to RSVP. No need to bring a covered dish. No need to add the linky to your post. No need to include a button. Just come join the party and PAWTY ON!

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Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

It’s Linky Party Time

Hello Folks,
Tucker here . As you can see, not all my friends are able to attend the Linky Party but I Tucker the cross eyed Siamese and his friend the raccoonsure hope you will. As the host this time, I got to select my favorite posts from the last Party , ‘hope you enjoy these and join us for this new pawty with me, Tucker as your host!

My Three Favorites from the Last Party:

Heart Like a Dog

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I love this post from Heart Like a Dog because it touched my heart and because I just turned twelve myself!  Happy belated birthday Sampson!

 

Pet Faves, Steps to Get Your Lost Bird Home

You may think it’s strange that a cat chose a lost bird post as his pick but I do like birds. Always watch them on our upstairs deck and always ready to extend the paw of friendship. how to find lost birds

I picked this post because the female human and her sister created a local lost pet organization called Bonner County Critter Finders . These folks use social medial to hep people locate their lost pets. They even had a bird listing once, so, in honor of our female human I chose this post that offers some great information.

 

7 Fun Places to Visit with Your Dog this Summer by Pawbellish

LinkydogatbeachNow, we felines are not too keen on travel however there are many felines who are and, although this is a piece for canines, I would suggest that all you humans with felines in your home consider a little trip somewhere, even, as in our case, it’s just on the front porch in our Happy Habitat tent. And, by the way. We live in a tourist area and there’s a location that was not included on that list and that is Dog Beach at our own Lake Pend Oreille. Pretty cool, a beach for dogs, you should check it out! 

dog beach  on Lake Pend Oreille
 

 

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Welcome to the Pet Blogger Showcase!

This is the place for you to show off your favorite family friendly pet related posts, find other great posts to read, show some love to other bloggers and maybe be featured on one of the host blogs.

Meet the Hosts Behind the Showcase

Pet Faves– Living the pet lover lifestyle

Heart Like A Dog– The good, the bad, and the Oh My God of living with dogs

Felines Opines – The world from a feline point of view

Miss Molly Says– Pet product reviews, pet training, pet health, pet nutrition and all things pets!

Ruff Talk– Where dogs go to chat

About the Pet Blogger Showcase

Twice a month, On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, you have the chance to link up one of your blog posts to the linky party link-up. Then visit 3 other blogs that joined the party and leave a meaningful comment. Feel free to share with your followers on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc. Then each week the hosts will feature their favorite 3 posts from the previous Linky Party on the new party post.

Pet Blogger Showcase Rules

  1. Share a pet specific post, past or present, from your blog in the linky below. Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics and niches, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted this includes any posts that don’t mention pets even if they are on a pet blog or if the post could pertain to pets.)
  2. Spread the Love! Leave a quality comment(more than just a few words) on at least 3 other posts from the linky party. Tell them why you love their post, encourage them, share on social media.
  3. Check back for the next linky party to see if you are featured on one of the hosts’ blogs.

*Note: By adding your post to the linky party you are giving the hosts permission to use an image from your post if your post will be a featured post on their blog to help encourage people to click through to your post. The image may be used individually or as a collage.
That’s it! No need to RSVP. No need to bring a covered dish. No need to add the linky to your post. No need to include a button. Just come join the party and PAWTY ON!

Family friendly posts only. (We love reading about other topics, but posts that are not pet related will be deleted.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list

Amelia’s Story-Part 3

Judgments Made
It was about a week after Amelia was at the shelter that I saw a Facebook post that sent me into a tailspin. There was that beautiful Tabby face that I loved and a story of a “heartless

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Amelia being silly

person who adopted her and callously brought her back to the shelter”. The write up said, “I thought I had a forever home…”

My throat closed up, tears flowed and I felt as though someone had punched me in the gut. I had enough guilt as it was. I had done everything I could to help Amelia find her perfect home and yet, I trusted that with the letter I wrote, the shelter would write that she was a wonderful, loving feline who would do best in a one cat family.

Misunderstandings Resolved
Fortunately I know the folks at the shelter and I often volunteer there. I sent an email to the shelter director and received an immediate call back. To make a long story short, the individual who posted the information about Amelia had not read the letter I sent, nor did they have any of the backstory. They had fallen in love with Amelia and went into “protector mode” making an erroneous judgment about her return.

I fully understand the passion and compassion of the wonderful folks at our shelter and I didn’t want to know who wrote the post, I just wanted to ensure that Amelia’s story was known so that the chances of finding her a suitable forever home were increased.

Our shelter director (one of the best in the country) is passionate in her stance that people should not judge these situations without all the facts.  She was wonderful and the situation was sorted in the best manner for Amelia.

Happy Endings
It was several weeks later that I learned that Amelia had been adopted. I felt as though a ten ton weight had been taken away from my chest. I cried (again) but this time they were tears of thankfulness and joy.

The Emotional After Effects
I cannot tell you the emotional baggage that comes with returning an animal to the

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Oliver

shelter. Last summer we fostered two kittens and when we decided we wanted to bring

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Alberto

them into our home, it was hard filling out the forms and checking
the box that asks, “Have you ever returned an animal to the shelter?” Even though I know and work with the folks at our shelter
even though we received nothing but love and encouragement from the shelter,  I still felt like a pariah, a horrible person who didn’t deserve to adopt cats-ever.

Lesson Learned: The Shelter is Your Friend
I pray that no one ever finds themselves in the same situation we had with Amelia. If you do, and have employed every resource available, think of your shelter as your ally, not your enemy. I mentioned that we have a top class shelter and I do not exaggerate.  I would never have taken Amelia back to the shelter if they were not a “no-kill” facility and if they weren’t dedicated to see animals in their care find appropriate forever homes.  At the end of the day, it’s about the animal and any fear or pride or anguish we felt in the decision to return her was for her best interest and the best interest of our fur kids at home.

I am pleased to tell you that our shelter has recently implemented a program called “Home to Home” and it’s specific purpose is to give people who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to drop pets off at the shelter. Pets go from one home into another.  Had this been in place when we had Amelia, I could have been a part of helping her find a new home.

Lesson Learned: Closure is Important
That brings me to another point.  Although I am thrilled that Amelia has a new home, I have no idea where she went. I don’t know if her new family received the letter and health records I sent with her. I will never rid myself completely of the sadness of losing Amelia but I believe, had I known where she went and that she’s happy I could completely put those feelings to rest.

Final Thoughts
As you can see, the happy ending I promised did happen. We still miss Amelia but I choose to believe she is happy and enjoying her new home. We still deal with the repercussions of

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that experience. Jasmine has not fully integrated back into the household but having the kittens come and “visit” her has helped resocialize her. We are also working regularly to bring Lily together with Jasmine.

I will be doing the happy dance the day we open the bedroom door and Jasmine struts down the hallway and enjoys the company of the other felines and all the places she used to love to sit and sleep and play.

Amelia’s story changed us.  Before we fostered, we felt we didn’t have the right to adopt anymore and the fear of finding ourselves in another “Amelia” situation terrified us. I still continue to assess what happened with Amelia, watching episodes of “My Cat From Hell” and wondering, “Would that have worked with Amelia?, Should we have done that with Amelia?” I doubt I’ll ever stop trying to figure out what happened and how we might have been able to fix it and keep Amelia in our home.

I wanted to tell you Amelia’s story because I know we are not the only people who have found ourselves in this painful situation. I wanted to tell you Amelia’s story to offer hope to those who have been or will be in our situation. Returning an animal to the shelter does not make you a horrible person, nor does it make the animal horrible. Returning an animal to the shelter is a “dirty little secret” that many are afraid to share. In fact, some shelters and rescue organizations will not allow you adopt if you have ever returned an animal. All too often, people are too quick to judge and censure those in these situations. Granted, there are far too many people who treat animals like possessions, tossing them away when they “don’t fit, people who are not willing to invest the time, money and heart it takes to help an animal fit into their household. But for those of us who have moved heaven and earth to keep an animal in our homes, we beat ourselves up enough, we don’t need any help.

imageWe bring animals into our homes with the intent of offering them love and a forever home.  Love isn’t always enough and forever isn’t always forever. Despite the heartache of Amelia’s story, we believe that the journey of love and adoption of an animal is a risk we will always be willing to take.

 

Follow Up To Amelia’s Story

What Big Eyes You Have

Hello World,

Lily here. The humans saw a photo on some cat site that featured a kitten with big, round eyes. There was a lot of discussion on the post with some humans declaring, “That is a cat under sedation.” 

Lily the Siamese Tortie cat with the big round eyesIt took the humans a while to realize, “Wait, Lily has big, round eyes!” (Sometimes the humans are a little slow). 

Yes, I do have big round eyes, that’s what makes me unique (along with my sorta’ tortie, sorta Siamese, sorta Calico markings). And I guarantee that I’m not under sedation!

So , if any of you felines out there have big, round eyes like mine, show me your pic’s and let’s celebrate our uniqueness!

Your friend,

Lily the Tortie Siamese mix cat with the big round eyes