Old Dog, Old Cat, Old Companion… it’s the Same

October 18, 2022

Trudy Mae passed away yesterday. She had a mouth full of cancerous tumors. I didn’t know that and I certainly didn’t see losing her. At least not yesterday.

Sami, aka Grammy Sam

Sami Moves Inside

February 6, 2022

I just came across this photo of Sami yesterday. Also known as Sami Sosa and Grammy Sam (because she is a grandmother), she showed up outside the fence in the back yard sometime in the first half of 2016. Pregnant. She found a crook in a tree that had fallen across the fence during Hurricane […]

Letting Go is Really, Really Hard to Do

October 31, 2019

It’s been more than a decade and a half since that late Friday afternoon when a skinny, white kitten walked out of the woods across the street from my house just talking, talking. What exactly he was saying, I am not sure, but he was talking and walking towards me. When he was just a […]

I shall only write with indelible ink

January 14, 2011

I am quick to grab the nearest piece of paper when a thought strikes me that I just must write down. I will scribble my note or make a sketch on anything that has space for it — backs of envelopes, cardboard boxes. Even the back of the only notarized copy of my birth certificate has now unimportant notes jotted on it. Likely just an accident at the time, but nonetheless, there it is.

Schwarzenegger Tax Cut: Kill Shelter Animals Faster to Save Money

June 9, 2009

One of the many tax cuts Gov Schwarzenegger is proposing is one that has been previously defeated but I guess he hopes that Californians who are feeling the pinch will let it get through this time, is to kill animals at shelters faster. He wants to cut the hold time on strays and lost pets from 6 days to 3 days, saying it will save the state $24.6 million.

Top 10 plant poisoning insurance claims for pets

March 24, 2009

Pets eat some odd stuff and plants are among the most commonly injested items. According to a recent study, claims were higher for pets that ate marijuana than walnuts.

Tellington TTouch

March 16, 2009

The intent of TTouch is to relax and awaken the mind, to create focus, and enhance an animal’s willingness and ability to learn. It’s a massage of sorts.

Send a FREE email postcard

February 27, 2009

I have added a function for sending free email postcards from the Will Work for Dog Food.org website. There are several photos to choose from for your postcard and I will be adding more.

Underground railroad… did you know?

February 24, 2009

Did you know there is a large “underground railroad” going on all the time moving cats and dogs from shelters and rescue facilities to other rescue facilities or even forever homes? The only commitment is driving a dog/cat or dogs/cats from point A to point B, generally about an hour or maybe 90 minutes one way.

Leftover cat food

February 21, 2009

It’s as though the moon or stars have entered a special phase sometimes… the cats rather unanimously decide to not eat all their food, so I end up with twelve bowls each with a small amount of wet food in it. I feed them dry food with a dollop of wet food on top twice […]

Greeting cards

February 20, 2009

I’ve been working on several greeting card ideas for the WillWorkForDogFood.org website.

Homeless woman has too many cats

February 12, 2009

A homeless woman who has kept up to 19 cats in cages and shopping carts while she camps along streets is a target of a bill in the state Legislature

Too much help… or art?

January 24, 2009

I thought I would paint part of the floor. I primed it weeks ago. The phone rang shortly into the process. After returning to the paint job, this is what I found: Looks to me like they ran through the paint as soon as I left the room.

Oops, bet you won’t do that again!

December 14, 2008

I was washing the dishes this morning and heard a small bang. It felt like it was somewhere nearby, so I thought maybe the shampoo had blown off the window sill in the bathroom. There was a pretty strong wind gusting in the open windows from the north. It didn’t sound like anything broke, so […]

Should be mentioned

December 9, 2008

Within a few days, a couple stories crossed the pages of the news around the country. Each registered a “Geez” in my mind. Both are pet-related stories: In Tulsa, a four-month old lab puppy is confiscated from a home for mauling a baby to death. The baby was in one of those baby swings and […]


October 13, 2008

Kuumba passed this morning. I think he had been ill for a while, but in the past couple days, he had started looking really bad according to Lucy. Though he could hardly walk very far, he was still guarding the front of his territory this morning to the best of his ability. Kuumba will always […]

Dumpster Diving

June 3, 2008

I met the gang for dinner Friday night uptown at the Mexican restaurant. Bekka was there with a new friend. She introduced me as the dog woman for all the dogs I have and herself as the cat woman for all the cats she has. After dinner, she, her friend and I were talking in […]

Cattery cats move in

February 21, 2008

The cattery for Otis and Layla is done (you can click the photos to see a larger images). Of course there are some little touches I want to add, but the cats are in. Layla appeared in the street last Wednesday after some rain showers just as they usually do at dinner time. I went […]

The little things…

February 12, 2008

A neighbor down the street moved out of their home towards the end of December — a foreclosure situation. They took their horses and dogs, but left behind two cats. So I started feeding them. Same time each day, twice a day. They became accustomed to the schedule and even started looking for me at […]

Brazos Valley no-kill shelters give animals a reprieve

February 20, 2007

By WHITNEY LITTLE Eagle Staff Writer Technically Gail Allen has no sons or daughters, but she has more than 100 children. The woman behind The Cat’s Cradle, a no-kill animal rescue shelter outside Navasota, has been housing cats and kittens for nearly 10 years. Allen shares her 125-acre home site outside Navasota with more than […]

What the hell is burning???

February 15, 2007

If you want to heat something on the stove, don’t forget to lift the burner covers and remove the toy cat balls Diego has hidden underneath. They really stink when they burn.

Questioning our superiority

February 15, 2007

It has been said and written many times over the years that man is superior to animals because of his/her ability to reason. But I am here to say that that ability in and of itself is NOT enough. Just as a weaker opponent can overcome his stronger foe by concentrating on the opponents weaknesses, […]

The Water Bill

February 6, 2007

Have you seen this video of the cat flushing the toilet? Another good reason to close the lid…

The benefits of sunshine

February 6, 2007

Ever notice how hypnotic a sunny day is in the winter after weeks of rain to a bunch of critters? Pretty sweet. The dogs pile up in a couple places around the yard and soak up as much of it as possible. Several can be seen sleeping on their backs letting their stomach soak up […]

Starting over!

January 27, 2007