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ANNIE STRUTS HER STUFF

Annie's Makeover

Annie’s Makeover

Hello again to everyone. Have you been wondering just where I have been and what I have been up to? And perhaps, what is going on in our great shelter? I have been in my usual spot at the front desk greeting adopters and visitors and also testing dogs for cat friendliness. The problem is my scribe has been kind of missing in action but is now back; once again ready to assist me in cat-a-logging the goings on around here.

There is a lot of new volunteer action of late, with trips to the Placerville Library, Placerville Tractor Supply and plans for the Christmas Parade on December 6th in Placerville. Thank you to all our volunteers and a extra paws-up to the volunteers getting adoptables out to these events. More on these outings in the future.

Today I want to remind you of just one of my important jobs here at the shelter in Diamond Springs. That of course requires my cat’s-pertise as a dog-cat compatibility tester. I have a keen eye and extensive experience in this roll. It is important to be up front about dogs that just can’t be civil to cats so that appropriate homes are found for these dogs. Some of these dogs are quite incredible, obedient, loving – basically awesome – but they have that one flaw. – They appear to be “addicted” to chasing cats and other small four legged critters.

My point? – Do you have a household with no cats? Perhaps you do not even have a pets and need a bosom buddy to do stuff with? I present here for your consideration an awesome dog “ANNIE”. The

Annie goes outside under the Giant Cat Hammocks

Annie goes outside under the Giant Cat Hammocks

Paw-Parazzi spent some time with Annie last week. I watched from a safe perch and she was very very good about getting done up in a fantastic pink Tutu and faux pearls. Let me just say that you would not have gotten me into that get up. Annie was an angel about it and even seemed to enjoy it. After the back drop photo shoot Annie and the Paw-Parazzi went out to the special grass section with the giant cat hammocks for a few action shots. Anyway take a look at this great dog. But remember – Annie is “addicted” to chasing cats and needs a household WITHOUT CATS. So if your home is a candidate stop by and meet Annie and if you have dogs of your own arrange a meet and greet through the staff here at the Shelter in Diamond Springs.

Enjoy the photo gallery of Annie below. —  Annie is really a most incredible dog!

That’s it for today. Just come meet Annie.

— But while you are here I am sure you will feel compelled to stop by at the front desk to give me – BULLET – a few pats on the head first. Now it is time for some “handsome” sleep for me. Hopefully I can get some terminal time in around midnight to work on some gifting ideas I have. – MEOWZA Bullet!   PS – Thanks to Kelly for dressing Annie for her photo shoot. Thanks to Katherine for Annie’s Tutu and pearls and thanks to Carrie for the back drop shots of Annie.

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GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED

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Can you honestly tell me that these do not look like giant cat hammocks?

GIANT CAT HAMMOCKS INSTALLED The Shade Sails Are Up should be the title.

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Shade Sail installation is an interesting and mildly complex process.

Some of my deputies diligently supervised the PAWED  Finishing Touches Shade Sails installation. As you may remember in my last blog the Turf was down but the sails were still in transit from Australia. The speedy pineapple express weather pattern was held up somewhat at the ports? or who knows why but they arrived and on Friday, February 20th, 2015 the official installation occurred. For all the world these really look like sunny day Hammocks for cats if some one would just provide me with a ladder I could test out my theory. But alas it is an unsecured area for us clever cat types and hence reserved for the dogs and people who are denizens of only ground level.

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Sail installation involves, special fire rated nylon, huge turnbuckles and some mongo big cables.

That said, they are still really really cool and worth stopping for a look see when you come to visit me at the shelter. It has been said in a sort of semi-official email dispatch that the pictures do not do them justice. But my Deputies have tried to capture the installation and “the look” for my fans that are not able to rush right down to see them in person. Pictures of the Shade Sail installation process are in the gallery at the end of today’s blog.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

Serious turnbuckles and cables.

But please, DO come visit me often in the next couple of weeks as the Volunteer Coordinator Deanna Chedsey will be away for a bit from 3/2 to 3/9 and I rely heavily on her for head pats and the like.

A big MEOWZA for the recently adopted shelter residents.

Cats:  Darla, Zazu, Little John, Violet, Mattie, Coldin, Crispin & Lucy

Dogs: Bruce really found a great home as he was adopted by Deanna the Volunteer Coordinator who has allowed me to announce the news, Snookums, Buddy, Ono, Alicia, Peter and Fanny Mae.

Deanna's new bud. I am not the jealous type, but...

Deanna’s new bud. I am not the jealous type, but…

Horses (29 horses still available): PJ, Mandan, Bonny, Dehilah, Tangles, Nemo, Special, Buddy, Apple, OC, Tres, Dakota, Snow Angel, Cowboy, Ben, Grace, Jerry, Williams, Butterfly, Lilly, Yuri, Suzy, Specks & Tag A Long

BeBe

BeBe still available

And the rabbit Circle.

That’s all for today. Coming Soon – “ALTERNATE PERSPECTIVE” blog.

On a final note Crimson and Draco are looking for a quiet home where they can hang out. Please come check out these best buds here at the Diamond Springs Shelter.

Crimson & Draco

Crimson & Draco

And a couple of pups in foster care deserve a look – Sparkle and Spirit.

 

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

Currently in Foster Care

MEOWZA! – Bullet

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TURF’s UP (OR DOWN in this case)

IMG_6272hdtvIf you every thought “a horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” (ala Richard the Third – sort of) you can make your dreams become reality. Check out El Dorado County Animal Services Pet Harbor link to see 6 pages of these noble creatures which are available for adoption. Just one of these noble beasts can pretty handily eliminate the need to weedwack a 5-10 acre parcel come spring time. With my limited grasp of “whinney-speak” I don’t have a lot of detailed history on them but the website should provide a pretty good introductions for them. So have a look here under other animals  – – they are housed off site so you will have to make arrangements to visit them in person. The history of why EDCAS has so many of our equine friends right now is here.

Another new experience for me is the arrival of a couple of pet pigs. I do not know much about them as I do not speak “oink” at all. “Oink” is not a very intelligible when spoken by cats anyway. And while we cats might like a bit of a dust bath on occasion we just cannot comprehend the whole concept of a mud bath even though I understand it is a common spa treatment enjoyed by people. So if you speak “oink” or want to learn it stop by and practice with the two temporary residents. More about them on the last page of other animals for adoption on the EDCAS website.

And as promised last week, an update on the synthetic turf and shade sails. There is a nice gallery of pictures below on the turf installation and the setting of the shade sail tension poles. (Thanks Deputy Barb L. for the majority of the pictures and for coordinating ALL of these Finishing Touches that spiff up the place even more.) The sails are in transit from Australia. With the Pineapple express in effect may be they could just unfurl them and send the by “air mail”? We need rain and snow but this wind is pretty scary and it upsets my naps. (Rain and snow are quiet so no objections to them at all, as I am quite snug and dry inside on MY Lobby Counter or on Deanna’s and MY desk.) Anyway right now we are looking for the shade sail installation around the 16th or 17th of February.

Turf is in, poles are up and Sails are on the way.

Turf is in, poles are up and Sails are on the way.

 

Take note; Animal Outreach has a Free Feral Spay Day on 21 FEB 2015. So if you have feral cats that need fixing and live in El Dorado County, now’s the time to get them fixed BEFORE they get pregnant and have kittens.

Lastly a shout our to some of my buds who were adopted last week.

COOL CATS: Puddy, Fiona, Heidi, Aiko, Valentino, Bugzie, Tym, Sarabi, Tartar Sauce, Stitch, Katness, Tuckett, Mattie, Helen & George.

ADOPTED

ADOPTED

DESERVING DOGS: Reba, Lira, Murphy, Westin, Mufin, Polly

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

FEATHERED FRIENDS: All three remaining Parakeets

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

POCKET PETS?(rabbit): Raider

ADOPTED!

ADOPTED!

ELEGANT EQUINES & A Sheep(listed first): Wooly Wonka, Toffee, Yuri, Suzy, Specks, Tag Along, Drogon, Danni, Marbles, Ariel, Spice

Remember – it is kitten season with new arrivals weekly.

Come check them out!

Come check them out!

Check back next week for news on the Shade Sails and the latest “scoop”. Signing off, MEOWZA – Sheriff Bullet.

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Image IS Everything

Just the Right Look

Just the Right Look

OK, I know, I have been away for 3 weeks plus a bit. My personal protective equipment (PPE) for the construction site finally came in. But, first I had to go to the tailor to get it fitted and then there were some portrait sittings to get just the right look, with the helmet at the right angle, the right look on my face etc. As you will see I was in luck because the Shelter Staff and PAWED Photographers just went through some super duper training over at the Animal Shelter in Amador County and then some follow up work here at our shelter on Placerville Drive. The workshop put on by the Shelter Art Foundation was FREE and they donated over $600 worth of studio equipment to help get great photos of our adoptables. Naturally they all insisted that I be a model for them when they were here at our shelter. I obliged as I know my fans would be disappointed if they did not see how stunning a handsome dude like me looks under these conditions.
There is a little gallery attached here with some pics of yours truly and a few others for comparison. That said you will notice how great this set up makes even the most scruffy of our adoptables look. You can see the “New Look for the New Shelter” in the Friday Mountain Democrat, on the PetHarbor pages for our El Dorado Animal Services, on the PAWED Facebook page, on El Dorado County Animal Services Facebook page and here on my Blog which will feature some of the out take photos. Myself, the other animals, the PAWED photographers and the shelter staff all want to send out a major thank you to Debb Cobb of the Shelter Art Foundation (and her polite canine Abbey) for taking us to the next level.

 

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Lights, Camera, Nap Time

Lots of sun coming through the windows this week has made for some quality “Handsome” sleep. With the remaining “Lemur” kittens not due back from foster care for a week or so there are just some adult cats (all eligible for ½ off adoptions) hanging out in my domain, in the foyer of the shelter here in Placerville. Dobbins the cat

Dobbins is one handsome cat, but Bullet is in a class of his own. Check the Christmas post with Bullet in his bow tie.

Dobbins is one handsome cat, but Bullet is in a class of his own. Check the Christmas post with Bullet in his bow tie.

is a bit talky but not too winey, and he at least tries to share his kibble with me. While this is actually a bad idea as I have food allergies and special food, he means well and I appreciate the sentiment. Dobbins is not as handsome as old Bullet, but would make a fine addition to any home.

The shelter staff marked up the most recent version the new shelter plans and are awaiting a new set to peruse. It appears that this sort of thing is not super easy. As long as they have spots for Bullet snacks, Bullet petting by his adoring public and staff, Bullet napping (preferably with sun), a safe Bullet enclosure for nighttime security from the Bogey Man and room for the fish bowl it will be fine by me. I may have to request some library books or internet access to do some research if this takes too long. I may have to enlist some help with sticky notes to mark pages as I am a bit Post-it challenged unless they are crumpled into a ball for me.

8 wk old Pitty Puppy Redman

8 wk old Pitty Puppy Redman

BLAZE

Blaze the 8 week old Pitty Puppy

This week at the shelter, we got in 2 litters of Pitty Puppies, there sure have been a lot of them this year.

The older two at about 8 weeks are available this week for adoption and the other litter, with too many for me to count, will go into foster and be available in a week or two, so keep checking the Adopt A Pet Ads in the Mountain Democrat on Fridays or for earlier notice check out the PAWED Facebook page here.  http://www.facebook.com/pawedpets

How can you not love these adorable little guys. They will be available for adoption soon. Don't forget to stop by and pet Bullet in the front office when you come to the Shelter.

How can you not love these adorable little guys. They will be available for adoption soon. Don’t forget to stop by and pet Bullet in the front office when you come to the Shelter.

I keep telling the photographers that the cats don’t really like the flash (Lights) from the camera but as Droopy here

Droopy hates the camera flash.

Droopy hates the camera flash.

is demonstrating – they just don’t seem to listen. The cats much prefer a chin scratch or a scratch behind the ears as demonstrated here by Cypress. Please take note that Cypress is a lovely lady cat who has had her entire adoption fee paid.

As Cypress demonstrates cats much prefer a chin scratch to a camera flash.

As Cypress demonstrates cats much prefer a chin scratch to a camera flash.

Please come visit us and find a cat, dog or rabbit that is the perfect one for you and your family. If you cannot find the perfect one for you this week you can at least pet me, give me a treat and then come back in a week or so to check again.

I think I will work on the next chapter of The Delicate Snook Hook Caper. I probably should do an outline first but that would involve Post-it notes and could prove overly frustrating.

That’s it Fur Now. – Bullet.

 

PS – It’s Nap Time for me and the little ones.

These Pittys are too small for adoption they are going into foster care. Check back in a week or so.

These Pittys are too small for adoption they are going into foster care. Check back in a week or so.

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Into the New Year and hopefully a new shelter

The Christmas season was a bit hectic but things are starting to settle down a bit. I finally arranged for some one to go out and get some pictures of the place I will, in the future, call home. The eventual permanent home of the El Dorado County West Slope Animal Shelter will be a big place over in the business park off of Missouri Flat Rd. Some one left a computer on one night so I was able to get this cool Satellite photo of the place for you. The arrow points to the building and the big star is on the open area where we will house our farm animal friends eventually.

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Satellite map. Look how close the El Dorado Trail is.

Check out how close the El Dorado Trail – old railroad line is. – The possibilities stagger the imagination.

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I do hope they will allow me out to do the horse, donkey and goat temperament testing just like I test the dogs around here now. I have some fond memories from way back about a big bay mare. This may or may not be accurate as you all should know as I sustained a head injury from a bullet many years ago which is how I ended up at the shelter in the first place and how I got my name. Oh well they are lovely memories regardless.

There is nothing definite about the floor plan yet other than the fact that shelter staff are being asked to give input ,so we four legged types are pretty confident it will be an efficient and homey space in the final draft. Once I can get some legitimate details I will let my readers know. For now at least, we are patiently waiting.

So, let us talk 4 legged critters now. Can you believe it is the middle of winter and we have actually had a couple of litters of kittens to spay/neuter and adopt out?? The first litter, some unknown party basically dumped behind the gas station next door. Brittany’s keen sense of hearing picked up on their little mews and instantly we had new residents. The really cool thing was that the next day was surgery day so they all got fixed and then very quickly adopted – all right during the holidays.

And this week we got in a litter of lemurs. Well not really lemurs but they sure look like them. If you like ultra modern hair styles then you must see these little urchins. They have black fur and ears and foreheads with frosted tips. Soon all the girls will have little belly tattoos. No piercings though. Neera, Aladar, Yar and Plio are up for adoption as of today and the two tiniest Zini and Suri have gone into foster homes for a week or two as they were to small for surgery. Sara gave them names from the movie Dinosaur. If you do cute then they are it. I am not too into cute, but they are a quiet and polite lot.

LEMURS?

LEMURS?

So we are pretty devoid of youngsters around here, but I must point your attention to some adult dogs and cats deserving of a visit. Dasher, Bodie and Bear are canines; Preston, Kibby, Otis, Spud, Millie and Pasty are felines. You can see their portraits on the PAWED Facebook page here http://www.facebook.com/pawedpets or in the Mountain Democrat Adopt-A-Pet ad on Friday.

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Monday April 9, 2012 “Pit”y Litter(s)

Monday April 9, 2012

11 Pit bull puppies headed into foster care with PAWED Volunteer Janice

Today I have a “pit”y litter section for my dog-blog. 11 little pity puppies only 12 days old went into foster housing today along with their mom Lucy. A great PAWED volunteer, Janice will be seeing to their needs and providing them with a wonderful home environment. My ghost writer got a few pictures for you today as they were leaving. And that’s not the only “pit”y litter today. A bunch of 8 week old puppies just arrived from their foster home with Carolynn, another PAWED volunteer, so they can be neutered/spayed tomorrow and go up for adoption. Just take a look at some of them. SOOO CUTE. – Did I just say that? Not to cool but very true.

8 week old puppy shows its appreciation the best it knows how.

I can not begin to tell you how appreciative I am that the PAWED volunteers and staff see to it that these puppies get into private homes while they start the process of growing up. The number of pets I get is inversely proportional to the number of cute little puppies in the shelter. In other words the more of them there are the less attention I get.  (It’s kind of obvious I was reading someone’s algebra book that was left near my cage last night – it did help me fall asleep though.)

A young girl looks longingly at some of the puppies that will be spayed/neutered on Tuesday; and available for adoption on Wednesday this week.

I also want to thank PAWED volunteers Lois and Cindy who where helping out at the shelter today. They got to visit with a visiting schnauzer-terrier-dachshund (schnauterdach???) dog named Valentino who is happily living in his forever home in Mosquito and just stopped in for a visit along with his people. Its cool when the volunteers and staff get to see the success stories – it makes them smile and then they pet me more too.)

Emily was also in again teaching cats to cuddle. Great work guys.

I also tested the aquarium water and sharpened my claws before my nap so all in all it was another successful day at the El Dorado County West Slope Animal Shelter.

Gotta stay prepared in case the Bogey-man shows up at night.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Videos are up. Not great but what do you expect from a one eyed cat with no thumbs who is just learning how to do this?
 http://youtu.be/iFNziU-spM8 Jacob & Blair
http://youtu.be/Zb8k-AGwV8U Simba and Butterscotch

Outside the shelter  http://youtu.be/648BKMmhRPg

It has been pointed out recently that PURRRhaps I lack a little purrrspective on the canine point of view. They say write what you know – the humans do at least – so I am going to spend some time now watching PBS, The Dog Whisperer and reading Uncle Matty’s column. I already watched the PBS program on the evolution of dogs. Purrrsonal experience for me has been mixed but I will quit watching the HISSStory channel and focus on the canine contingency at the kennel. Pooch interviews will commence this week so check back soon for some updates on shelter doggie doings. Next thing you know you’ll want me to interviews on roosters, gerbils and other kitty playthings. This is going to take some readjustment. Lots of adoring fans stopping by with treats and at least a pet or two would be very HELPFUL to put me in the right frame of mind.

Signed – Bullet the cat with the unique PURRRRSPECTIVE.

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December 11, 2011

Usually it is pretty quiet around the Shelter on a Sunday and I can get some serious handsome sleep, but not today. PAWED – that is People for Animal Welfare in El DoradoCounty– was here to train 17 yes 17 new volunteers. Let’s just say there were people everywhere doing all kinds of stuff and clearly it was not a time to nap. I don’t know much about technology other than the computer and projector things produce quite a bit of hot air and make a great place for napping if things are actually quiet. Anyway they had a computer and this big fabric thing that they showed pictures on that came out of this other heat emitting devise that was white. It was not very interesting to me but the humans seemed to like it and hey that’s 17 more laps for me to sit in and 34 more sets of hands to pet me so life is lookin’ pretty good. Next week I go on the hunt for some deputies to roam the county for me and report in on fosters, Animal Outreach and adopted pets that are livin’ the good life in their new homes.

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Thursday – 03-31-11

The shelter opened up late again due to short staffing issues.  I like getting the extra sleep, but I’m beginning to think this is going to happen more than just on occasion. We work so hard here at the shelter…well, the humans work so hard here at the shelter. I will admit that yes, I probably take a few more naps than necessary, but a cat that looks like me does require a little extra “handsome” sleep. And as of noon today, I can tell you that we did get 1 dog adopted. A cute, but rather energetic little fox terrier. I suppose that having to hang out in a kennel could attribute to some pent-up energy in a dog, especially like a fox terrier, but I’m no dog expert. Thank goodness he found a forever home! ~ So today I decided to something a little different and spend my lunch crashed out on the bed under one of the staff’s legs. I like to change-up my sleeping places to keep life interesting. I love being near the humans. They make feel so purrrfectly content. They do a lot of talking to people on the phone and people coming in giving them information and answering questions. Sometimes people interrupt my sleep, but I don’t mind…especially when they pet me when they are there. Oh, I forgot to mention my friend Ricky! Ricky makes me laugh sometimes. I don’t know if he realized it, but today he spent much of the day today sleeping on the leftover dog bed we have behind the desk here in the office area. Ewwww…

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