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Life with a Cat

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So I am a total dog and critter person. Cats have never really been what I am in love with. Sure, they can be crazy adorable and I would want to bring one home, but I've always been able to stop myself easily. 

Until little Odette came into the picture.


I  came to work one Saturday morning and went about work as usual. Headed to the back to get one of the animal care staff to ask them a question about a dog and heard this tiny little high pitched meow coming out of the vet's office. Sitting in a kennel with a stray cat tag is this tiny, little 3 week old,  white and black, three week old kitten. Crazy hungry. I had someone show me how to try to feed her and I was done from there. She was coming home with me to foster, even though I had told Simeon we would take a small break from fostering.

Then it was a few weeks of every two or three hour feedings, even through the night. Having her little kennel "room" come back and forth with me from work so I could spend my breaks feeding her as well. Oh, she was so tiny back then. And so needy for such a little one. Did you know that not only do you have to feed a little one like that, but you also have to help them go to the bathroom? Like make them pee and poop by stimulating their butt. It's kinda gross. 

Then I was able to start letting her eat by herself. Which was so amazing. I could finally sleep at night and let her feed herself! The little stinker didn't even want the little in between gruel that we usually would have worked up to wet food from.  She went straight for the wet food and still loves it like crazy. She then upgraded from a tiny little carrier crate to a storage tub with a tiny litter box. Which she used right away which was truly amazing! She still needed some formula and help going potty here and there but we slowly were able to start acting like a normal kitten and do everything by herself soon.

Then she grew too big even for her little storage tub loft, but luckily was finally large enough to not slip through our doggy playpen slits. So she got a larger play area with a regular litter box in the living room. Odette and Fox still couldn't play together much because Fox plays so rough and she was still so little, even though she was getting so big. And by this time, not only was I in love with her, but Simeon was as well! 

By the time she hit two pounds, the weight that meant it was time to take her in to get her spay, we both knew there was no way we weren't going to be the ones to adopt her. We had fallen in love with the little turd. (I have a theory that Simeon only loves the things that will annoy him the most.)

So over Thanksgiving, she went back to the shelter to get spayed and micro-chipped. And then that following Monday, she came back home with me as her new mama. Unfortunately, she then had to spend two weeks in a bathroom, mostly by herself to heal from her spay. She didn't like that. But I didn't want Fox pouncing her and splitting open her stitches. Or trying to jump onto the table and ripping them open. 

And then the real fun began. Seriously, the playing between Odette and Fox never seems to end. And she likes to think that she is the queen of the house. And wins a good portion of the time. 

We begin every morning with her running up to me and begging for food and attention. She gets free fed and has a full bowl at all times. But only gets a spoonful of wetfood a day. I try to switch up if it will be morning or evening or randomly through the day to try to get her to stop begging for wet food all the time. But alas, it hasn't worked so far. 

She also likes getting her morning snuggles. If she doesn't get morning snuggles, she honestly gets really cranky with me and starts meowing or pawing your leg until you pick her up.

Now that we've added Ashe to the household, she's a little upset with us. While Ashe was really respectful of Odette's queenly state in the beginning, Ashe has decided she wants to play with Odette constantly now, even if Odette is like oh hell no. So we're working on bringing the peace back into our home again. But that happens when you own a zoo. :)

Fox Bentley's 1st Birthday

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Fox is my first baby. And as such, he has been spoiled out of his mind. I spent a week picking the right cake recipe to make him and he wouldn't eat more than a bite, the spoiled pup. I think I confused him by putting his cake on a plate. He's such a good boy who knows better than to eat anything that we put on our plates. I tried to convince him that it was ok but he would only eat the piece that I put on the ground for him. But he adored the peanut butter and bacon on the top! I was able to convince hi to lick those off. :)

In my job, I watch people loose their animals everyday. Either to sickness, old age, or landlords forcing them to give them up. I never want to take my babies for granted. I love photographing all the big and small moments to remember years from now when my little pups are graying adults. Can you imagine Fox grey? Like old man grey, not his gorgeous Merle he is now. Or the horrible day that I loose my first pup. I'll be glad for all the photos that I've taken of him over the years. Though I imagine that I'll be completely devastated for a very long while. But hopefully that doesn't happen for a very very long time. 

Anyway, back to happiness, look at this gorgeous boy!

Family Photos with the Pup

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This past August I got a hold of my favorite photographer, Miranda from Miranda Renee Photography, and asked her how she felt about photographing dogs! She admitted that it wasn't something that she usually did but was extremely excited to give our family portraits a try! 

In all honesty, I was super nervous about these photos. I hadn't been feeling exactly . . . pretty. I ended up gaining a lot of weight these last few years and was feeling pretty uncomfortable but I knew that I really wanted updated photos. So I scheduled them anyway, and honestly, I am so incredibly happy that I did! These photos are amazing and I don't think I would have wanted to have missed this time in our lives in the future.

These photos were to celebrate our new beginnings. Our little family. Our new state! New career paths and a refocus on each other.  

10 Signs You are a Crazy Puppy Lady

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So I haven't been as crazy puppy lady as I expected to be on this blog. Honestly, this blog hasn't reflected even half of how crazy puppy lady I am in person! So today I'm here to admit how honestly crazy puppy lady I am! And to tell you that you should start expecting more puppy related posts in the future!

So here we go, 10 signs that I'm a crazy puppy lady!

1|| Fox gets new things more than I do

I am constantly shopping for Fox. He gets new toys or treats at least once a week. Simeon and I picked our own bed in one hour long visit to a store. To write this blog post, I had to close a tab about fountain style dog waterers. 

2|| I talk too much about my dog

I don't think I talk about him too much but I see many other people's eyes glaze over when I start talking about him. :) But I'm with him all day. every day. And he is my baby and my world right now. 

3|| I call him my furbaby

I know there are plenty of people who don't believe in the whole furbaby thing. And I could voice my opinion about them, but I'll refrain. Especially since we have had Fox since he was just a little over 5 weeks, I feel like I have the right to call him my furbaby and have literally raised him through the puppy baby phase. I had to be the one to teach him biting manners and I correct him on how he interacts with other dogs. I was up with him throughout the nights when he was younger and make sure he potties in the right spot. I am his mom and he is my baby! :)

4|| I did weekly updates on my puppy.

5|| I just got busted with two different bones in my back pocket.

My sister thinks I am for sure a crazy puppy mommy. But I will say my excuse for having the bones was because Snickers finds all of Fox's bones that he hides and that he needs right now because he is teething. And he gets really upset when she has them so its best to just pick them up.

6|| I'm disappointed that Fox has swallowed or lost his teeth in the yard.

Not that I wanted to keep his baby teeth or anything, but I would have liked to at least have found one of his teeny tiny baby teeth. But nope. He still has his baby canines and molars so maybe I'll find one of those, but his baby front teeth have been gone and grown back already. 

7|| Fox has his own Instagram.

Seriously. I love it! If you don't follow him on Instagram, you probably should. Find him Here!


I can promise you that if you follow my Snapchat, you will see his face way more than mine. Like a 100 to 1 kind of ratio. So if you need a daily dose of Fox, you know where to find him!

9|| I get offended when someone doesn't like Fox

Like seriously. There was this guy at the dog park who thought Fox was gorgeous until I said he was part corgi. Then he stated that he absolutely hates corgis and shunned Fox the rest of his time at the dog park. Man, I hate that guy.

10|| I still carry him like a baby

I'm pretty sure that Fox is at the forty pound mark. Like 99.9% sure. But I still insist on carrying him around every once in a while and I think that he enjoys being picked up as he snuggles into my neck and stays in my lap after I sit down. It's adorable and I'll probably do it as long as he lets me get away with it!