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Wow, did we get more than we expected!
My daughter Delaney loves, no ... adores, cats. When the Nebraska Humane Society offered free adoption for cats, we rushed to bring one home. She fell in love with a larger, fluffy, orange cat and we brought him home. It was a few days of adjustment and then off to the vet who informed us that Sebastian was actually a Norwegian Forest Cat and that he was much younger than we thought. Sebastian was actually only about 8 months old!
After about a week, he showed off his true kitten flare and illustrated to us what being a Norwegian Forest Cat is all about!! He knocks on the door to a room he wants to enter ... with his head. He follows Delaney around the house like a dog and will even play fetch with a pepsi bottle lid if he is in the mood. When Delaney is in the bathroom, he waits patiently outside the door for her to emerge. He is quite the cat and we love him!
Play With Me!
Bear loves children and they love her back!
We adopted Bear from the NE Humane Society a week ago and she fits right in with our family. Our granddaughters love her and Bear loves people and attention! We take her on daily walks, play tug-of-war with her, and love her. Bear loves children and the neighborhood children love to include her in their play. She whines till they come over and pet her and play in her vicinity! She is very well mannered and does not get up on any furniture till she gets permission. She lays her head on the couch or bed and whines a little till she has the "OK" to get on. She was trained very well and is such a joy.
CPR on a turtle??
Looking in the pond, I saw her on the bottom. Her foot caught under a rock that must have fallen from the waterfall. My heart sank as I jumped, fully clothed into the pond. Moving the rock that held her underwater, I pulled her limp body out of the water, scrambling toward the steps to get out of the pond.
Turtles are wanders; they look for new territory, bury their eggs, and in general, roam the yard. I added those steps to make it easier for them to get in and out of the pond. Flower, who I had rescued two summers earlier from the Nebraska Humane Society, was handicapped, but it never stopped her from exploring the yard. Missing her front foot, she navigated those steps easily.
I knew, as I carried her into the house, that she had drowned, you see turtles are air breathers, Even though they stay underwater for long lengths of time, they breath air just like us. Well, maybe not exactly, you see, turtles breath through their butts. Short on time and space.. look it up.
My mind racing, I held her head down as I grabbed the phone. As the vet's office began to ring, Flower, whose head and feet were limp, opened one eye. Instinct took over as I cupped one hand fist like and placed one end over her head, and began to blow softly into the other end of my fist. Laying her on the floor, I began pulling her front feet out of her shell and then pushing them back in, as I continued to blow air. Suddenly, she raised her head. I placed her on a pillow, with her head down, and turned on my O2 machine that I use at night for my COPD. Laying the hose next to her, I got on the phone with the vet. He said to bring her right in. Continuing the O2 with my portable machine, I rushed her to our vet. She spent the night and when I went to pick her up the next day, she was swimming around in the holding tank. My vet said the steps I took saved her life. Who ever would have thought one could give a turtle CPR?
That was two years ago and Flower is still in the pond. She sees me the minute I come out of our patio door and no matter whether she is sunning on her favorite branch or simply hanging out with the other turtles, she swims as fast as she can over to me.
A yummy worm from the worm farm, a pat on her shell and off she goes.
I am truly thankful that the Nebraska Humane Society gave a little red eared slider, who was missing her front leg ,a chance at life. She is our favorite turtle, loved by all of our grandchildren, and she loves us back.
Couldn't ask for a better dog!
My son and I adopted Chief in December. The picture you see was taken about 10 minutes after he got home. As you can see, he wasted no time making himself at home. He's a playful guy with a lot of really positive energy. He's amazingly smart as well! I've had him sit while I take his leash off when he comes in the house from a walk or a bathroom run and within 3 days would walk in and sit down on his own without being told. He loves attention and loves to make sure he's never too far away from people. He's always greeting me with a warm bark and tail wag when I get home from work and gets along great with my 12 year old son. I'm glad he feels at home with us and couldn't imagine not having Chief with us!!
The Cat Who Adopted Us
The center of our apartment
As recent college grads, we had been without cats for a number of years and were set to finally correct that. Each and every day, as we made ready to move to Lincoln and into our pet-allowed apartment, we checked adoption sites to see what kinds of cats we could get. Multiple times we fell in love with a cat, only to have them be adopted away before we even made the move. Finally, we moved and with our eyes on a cat. After a few days to settle in, we were primed to go get a cat, but that morning the cutie our choice was gone, yet again. We went anyway, to see if a new cat would grab our attention. We looked at cats, then agreed to meet with some.
After meeting a few choice felines we were sure we liked one enough to take them home, but before we formally decided our adoption agent offered to show us another cat, one she thought we'd like. She brought in "Day," a flame point siamese mix of four years, who proceeded to steal us away from any other prospective adoptees. She climbed straight into our laps and rubbed all over us, she was immediately friendly and trusting. We couldn't believe how friendly she was, neither of us had ever met such a bold, outgoing cat. We took her home to Lincoln soon after and let her loose in her new home, where she took all of about ten minutes to acclimate to being comfortable and explore the whole apartment. Meeting our family, she was no less friendly than she had been with us, and confidently went to these unfamiliar people for pets and scratches. She's enjoying herself well, and follows us around like a dog, always eager to be where the people are. We also discovered as she became more comfortable that she's very vocal, and will meow her raspy little siamese meows in hello, while being petted, and often in response to being spoken to. She's rather become the center of our apartment.