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Six Bull Mastiff puppies

Here’s the best photo of the litter of six Bull Mastiff puppies I photographed yesterday, all sitting nicely in their little containers with chrysanthemums* and pumpkins ready for autumn. They each have a different colored ribbon so they can be distinguished later. They are: Blaze, Mason, Whiskey, Maggie Mae, Minkee and Webster.

Below is what it took for three humans to get them into position—a lot of holding them in position and saying, “Just like that! Now stay like that!”

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Getting puppies ready.

And here is what happened immediately after the good photo—note mom dog looking a little worried at what these humans are doing to her babies. What was it I’ve heard about “herding cats”? I’m just thrilled we got one good photo of them all!

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Puppies all over.

*NOTE ABOUT CHRYSANTHEMUMS: Chrysanthemums are highly toxic to dogs and cats. They were only used as props for color in these photos. For information concerning the toxicity of chrysanthemums, and other plants toxic to dogs and cats, visit the ASPCA list of toxic plants: http://www.aspca.org/Pet-care/poison-control/Plants/chrysanthemum.aspx

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A Special Needs Stray Needs a Special Home

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Parker, a sweet stray kitty who needs a home!

Our friends at FosterCat tell us that Parker still needs a home! Not only is he a special needs kitty, with just a slight tremor to his head, he’s also being fed and cared for outdoors in a colony of stray cats. Let’s get Parker inside for the winter!

From the time he was a kitten, Parker has had some neurological problems, really just amounting to a tremor in his head.

Problem is, Parker lives in a managed stray and feral colony, and according to the manager the area is not entirely safe since neighbors have been trapping cats and taking them to be euthanized. While they protect the colony from this, Parker is at special risk.

He is neutered and given basic veterinary care. The veterinarian said he may outgrow the condition, and in fact it seems to be getting better as he gets older. Being a stray they did not pursue the exact cause, but the colony manager doesn’t want to see him outside over winter because of his condition.

Parker is about a year old, is a sweet, friendly little guy who’s had all his vaccinations and will be FeLV tested if someone agrees to adopt him.

If you know of anyone who would be willing to give this little guy a home, please call Denise Charmillo on 412-421-7534.

Photo courtesy FosterCat.

We’re “Less Adoptable”?!

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The Big Four at Four

You mean everyone doesn’t want a house full of five fine black kitties? We Fantastic Four certainly think we are the envy of all other households! And our Mimi mom is the best! What would our human mom do without us? We don’t understand why every home doesn’t have a black cat, or two, or more!

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The Big Four With Peaches

We also found out that kitties like our beloved little big sister Peaches, who we miss very much, would not have found a home because she was a senior kitty at age 15 if our mom hadn’t taken her in. We grew up with Peaches and we can’t begin to tell you what we learned from Peaches! Giuseppe loved her very much and took good care of her.

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Mlle Daisy Marguerite

And Giuseppe will remind you that his lovely Canadian girlfriend, Mlle Daisy Marguerite, is diabetic as well as being black, but that doesn’t stop Giuseppe from mooning all over the house about her—or her mom from loving her and learning to give Mlle her injections twice daily.

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Mimi tells her story

Mimi here! It’s “Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week” sponsored by PetFinder.com, encouraging you to consider a pet who may have special needs or characteristics that usually makes them left behind in shelters and animal adoption agencies.

I, too, remember Peaches fondly and was glad for her tutelage as my children grew, and for the adult instruction from Cookie, Kelly and Namir as well. This house was all senior kitties when I arrived as a young single mom.

While I admit my children are the most beautiful and wonderful foursome of black kitties who ever walked the earth, I also know there are plenty of other black kitties out there—I have no idea what happened to most of my 24 kittens, for instance, and if adoption statistics for black animals bear out, I don’t really want to know.

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Share the Love

But hearing about deaf cats, blind cats and cats missing limbs, what’s a little black fur?! I feel lucky in the face of some of the stories my human mom tells me.

Just to prove that kitties who may not seem adoptable on the surface are all the same underneath, and there is nothing to be frightened about in a kitty who is older or blind or black or who has a treatable disease, our human mom will share stories of “less adoptable kitties who lived with her or who were adopted by friends—and they lived happily ever after, as I am and my children are doing right now.

And we’ll also introduce you to some kitties who are very  adoptable, but who may have some trait or characteristic you’re not sure about. Remember—we’re all the same beneath our fur, all capable of love and devotion.

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