Where did the time go? Doesn't it seem like just yesterday when we all
woried about the change to 2000? This a big year for me! It's 10 years
in business!! I look back on the first few months when I didn't know what
was going to happen. I often laugh thinking about the first time
I had to visit 3 houses in a row & I thought that was sooo busy! Now
if I have 3 houses I think I'm on vacation! So many changes, so many new
buddies! Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have as many customers
as I do & nice people too! So many new friends! So many pets! Wow!!!
I'm still remembering all their names too! hehe And so many that have
gone ahead to Rainbow Bridge. So many
tears. I hope my next 10 years brings me as much happiness as these past
have. I don't have a doubt with all of you that it will!
Well-you sure caught me off guard this past
Christmas/New Year! Maybe I jinxed myself saying that it is not usually
my busiest holiday-because you guys sure buried me!! I had tons of fun
tho- no problems! Thankfully the weather
co-operated also so I didn't have any trouble getting from one place to
the next. Lots of new buddies got added to our family! I had my head grow
visiting with Darlene's kitty! I say it that way because she changed his
name about 3 times on me, but I think she is all set now with Jasper!
He was a shy-under the bed boy for the first 3 days but then we became
best friends & he came running to greet me! hehe Ahhh- no greater
feeling in the world than when you gain the trust of an animal!! I did
not have that problem with Nick
I knew I was in for the laughs with those 2! Nick has got to be the most
easy going dog-when he had a toy & Sam would take it away there was
no squabble, Nick just simply walked over to the recycles & helped
himself to a can! Or if handy the food or water bowls were good too! Nick
has some trouble getting around so his excited jumps were lifting about
an inch off the floor!
Sam on the other hand was running &
jumping & he'd come running in with a toy, then out with the toy &
in with a different toy! on & on & on! I am so thrilled Laura
asked me to care for them-they are great! Snowball
around the whole visit with him & his sister Bitsie.
Snowball is part Siamese & doesn't look it but boy can he talk!! He
sure had a lot to tell me! Oh--sigh--& then there was Coco.
This picture is not the best because I was stumbling backwards while Coco
was in attack my leg motion! A couple days before she had attached herself
to my leg & I really wasn't looking foward to a repeat performance!
So it's always nice to find a nice quiet bird-Sweetie
& the rest of the family! Couple cuties-Fred
are new fluffy buddies too! Last but not least we have another new puppy-Chipper
joins Houston & mom Betty!
I finally was able to get some pictures
of Sandy & Niles's cats that were once feral & hanging around
in their yard. Here are Pop,
There are more but I've never seen them!!
Sadly we lost a few buddies to Rainbow
Bridge. One of my best buddies David-
he always demanded I sit & pet him-heck with the chores! His sister
Victoria just passed as
well-My heart goes out to their parents. Victoria was a kitty I had to
see under the bed but the last few times she let me pet her a little.
Both were with them for a long time & are painfully missed. Another
best buddy-Rondo passed
away last week. Rondo was the sweetest-just nice-kitty you would ever
meet. The visits there won't be the same without my precious Rondo greeting
me & making me smile.
Way back when I was new at pet-sitting
I met Maggie & Lily
& since then have spent many many hours with them, but sadly we lost
Maggie. Some of my favorite memories & laughs are about those 2 &
their escape antics, & Maggie's constantly wanting belly rubs &
giving me face licks! There will always be a special place in my heart
for Maggie & she will be greatly missed by John & Mimi & by
me. When I first met Holly & her gang of cats I never saw much of
Abbey. As the years went
by & some of the cats passed on the rest made their top-cat position
changes & Abbey came out of her shell & became quite the little
sweetie-pie. Now she joins some of those who've passed before her. I'm
glad I was able to spend some time with her. Finally my Bobby.
My big wonderful black kitty whose main purpose in life was to be spoiled
& loved & he knew how to make that clear to you! It won't be the
same there without king-Bobby. To all of the owners, my prayers are with
you. It was some long time buddies we lost this time.
Well, now that we've caught up on the family
I should be off! I'm still way behind in my other pet-sitting duties--office
stuff, yuck! Hopefully I'll be back to normal (whatever normal for me
is!) by the end of the month! Until then- lets all have a wonderful 2005!!
One thing that will never change is