Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cats. Show all posts

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Directions Not Included

Sorry that I messed up the schedule of the pet post from Friday to Saturday but I was required to have the giveaway yesterday.
And I'm super excited about today's blogger and her scruffy adorable crew.
I met Anna from Directions Not Included at Haven and I just instantly loved her. She is super awesome! There are some people you just click with and when I found out how many pets she had and then the added bonus of what they looked like!!!! I have said many times how much I adore scruffy dogs and her puppies can't get any more scruffier. They are total perfection in my eyes and I want them, the cats of course too ;)



Hi there Cuckoo 4 Design readers! I'm Anna from Directions Not Included. I am so excited to be here today to share with you my love for my crazy, furry crew. After following her blog for some time, I was so happy to meet Julia in person this summer at Haven. She is the sweetest person with the most amazing style. It is so funny when you get animal lovers together, even though we were at a blogging conference, it didn't take long for us to start exchanging animal stories. When Julia asked me to be part of the series, I was terrified I was the only crazy person with 5 animals, but then I remembered Gretchen from Boxy Colonial has me tied (and she has 4 kids!). We never intended to be a family of 5 pets, but these little buggers are too hard to resist. I honestly think once you jump to 2, it becomes way too easy to adopt more.



While I always grew up with pets, Dylan was the first dog I could call my own. My mom brought him home my senior year of college. Some neighbor of my grandmother's was going to take him to the shelter and told my mom he was a purebred Shih Tzu. He was a 3 lb, opossum-looking thing that was way too young to be away from him mom. I wasn't even sure he was a dog. He was intended to be my sister's, but the third day in the house, he was whimpering and crying while I was trying to sleep. I brought him in my room, put him on my bed to shut him up, and the rest is history.



This old man just turned 14 this June and is still the love of my life.



He really isn't a dog. He's a little old man in a furry body. Even though he is 14, he is thankfully, in amazing health except he can't hear us anymore and just a bit of arthritis in his back legs. He doesn't leave my side, ever.



When Ray and I moved in together, we kept our house a one dog home with Dylan for many years. Dylan was so attached to me, I didn't think he would ever want a sibling. One random Friday after I returned from a business trip, I somehow managed to convince Ray to head to the shelter to look at dogs. Now, at that point in my life I truly thought I could go and "just look". We left with a puppy. Maggie was this little, scruffy mess that we just not resist.



Maggie is our problem child. The one that has stopped us from adopting more, and sadly ended us being able to foster. She doesn't do well with kids or other pets (except the ones she lives with now).



 Now just like Dylan is MY dog, Maggie is without a doubt, my husband's. Every animal in our house comes straight for me when I get home except Maggie. I swear she gives me the stink eye. She would be in heaven if I left her alone with HER man. She really isn't vicious at all, I just caught her with that funny face.



In the months after bringing Maggie home, I kept looking at the shelter list to see if any other scruffy pups showed up that caught my interest. I was just looking, nothing was going to happen. Ha! Meet Lily. This 9 lb scuff ball is the queen of our home. She was about a year old when she joined us and was found as a stray. The little girl has spunk - she is the alpha and runs the pack. She doesn't seem to realize that the two cats outweigh her, it is the classic little dog syndrome.



 Lily looks all sweet and innocent, but she is equal parts mischievous as she is loveable. She is the most social and easy-going of the bunch so she frequents my job and other locations when possible.



 Best cuddler ever.



Once we had the three dogs, we were sure we were done. At the same time Dylan was a puppy, a neighborhood cat gave birth to two kittens. I have a thing for feral cats and worked on the kittens. Annie was the one who survived and ended up being an indoor-outdoor cat for us. I'm against indoor-outdoor cats, I just had no choice at that point since it wasn't my house. Annie and Dylan grew up together beating each other up and loving on each other all the time. When I moved on my own, Annie stayed with my parents since both my husband and I are actually very allergic to cats.. But Annie was still at my parent's house and I couldn't bear to leave her outside, so I brought her home.



To the tiny 800 sq ft house we had at the time. With two super allergic people and dogs that were not quite sure why there was a cat in our house. Ray and I started allergy shots that year and the dogs settled down soon enough. Dylan and Annie were thrilled to be living together again.



Annie is now a pirate cat after a tumor took her eye but she gets along just fine. Actually, the older she gets, the braver she gets. She has always been a timid cat but has really opened up as she ages.


Now if you've noticed a trend, every single one of this animals ended up in our home because of me. I brought Dylan to our relationship, initiated adopting Maggie and Lily, and then brought Annie into our home. Ray caught me totally by surprise when he told me he wanted to bring home Lemur. Lemur was a feral my best friend was fostering after domesticating. One day she took Lemur to an adoption event, Ray freaked out and demanded we bring her home.



 She made herself comfortable right away.



Lemur had her name and we kept it. Lemur is a cat-dog and the life of our house. She is always into something and messing with everything and everyone in this house. She brings so much life to the other animals through her shenanigans. And the way she judges us all with her Lemur-stare.



How do I possibly live with so many creatures and keep my home blog worthy? Cleaning. It helps that I'm OCD. Seriously. They definitely keep us on our toes. As you can see, we don't have any rules about the animals on the furniture. They have full access to the house and our furniture. I know it isn't for everyone but it works for us. What it has made me do is be conscious of the materials I use in our decor. The cats did destroy a sofa.



I haven't sacrificed style for them. It might just mean I have to work a bit harder to keep it that way. Those gorgeous dark hardwoods I insisted on getting installed even though all my pets have white hair? Yeah, well they just require to be vacuumed daily. Having cats also makes me more conscious of what fabrics I use. I learned the hard way that anything with a rough texture is game for cat nails! It is all worth it to have these love bugs making me smile every day. Even when the dogs look like zombies when we take pictures.


Thanks for featuring us Julia! I hope you all enjoyed my scruffy, motley crew! Anna


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They all make me giddy and I could gush about their appearance for a while. Believe me my hubby can't hear it anymore. I'm also a little jealous that her hubby is on board with all the furry craziness and love. 
Poor little pirate Annie! :(

So I would totally love it if you would visit Anna over on her blog by clicking HERE. Check out her before and after home pictures HERE.


Tschüß and enjoy the rest of your weekend.



(Youleeya)



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Friday, August 15, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Charming Zebra

Today I want to introduce you to a blog that I have been reading for a pretty long time now. I'm talking about the funny and talented Gina from the Charming Zebra. I can't remember how I found her blog but I think it was because I loved (and still love) her gorgeous blue and white thrifted chairs that she has by the fireplace. And of course the occasional cute cat photo made me completely fall in love with her blog. I'm saying cat photo because I didn't really see her pup ever. I'm delighted to see her cute fuzzy face in this post though.




Hello Everyone, this is Gina from Charming Zebra! I'm a big fan of Julia's blog and absolutely love her stylish design. I am just thrilled to be able to introduce my pets to you today. I refer to them as pets, but who am I kidding? They're more like furry children who never fuss or complain and are always overjoyed to see me! About seven years ago, our family brought home a sweet little puppy from the animal shelter. We named her Bella. Getting a dog had been years in the making and when my husband and I finally agreed to having a new canine join our family, the kids were ecstatic. I originally planned on bringing home an older dog, but once we saw that precious pup, we knew she was meant for us.




Bella is a mixed breed, who obviously has a lot of schnauzer in her. When she was a puppy, every time we went out with her, people would stop us and remark how incredibly cute she was. She prances when she walks and is generally quite friendly so strangers were quite drawn to her. The funny thing about Bella, though is that she detests having her photo taken. If the camera is in the vicinity of my hand, she will either turn her face away or get up and leave. Consequently, I don't have many pictures of her. I'm glad we decided to bring home Bella when the kids were young. They were so anxious to play and run around the house with her as a puppy. Now that she (and they) are a little older, Bella prefers long walks instead. She used to bark at everything, too. She would look out the window, see the garbage can moved to the curb and continue barking until we distracted her or took her out to "meet" the can and realize it wasn't a threat. She would bark at anything that was out-of-place. She still enjoys barking though, but it's usually reserved for strange people, other dogs or unexpected noises.



About four years ago, a stray cat wandered onto my sister's farm. My sister, Sharla took the cat in and two weeks later, four tiny kittens were born under my sister's bed. And soon after, the fluffiest one came home to live with us. Our cat's official name is Lacey, but generally only the vet calls her that. Around here she is usually referred to as the cat or kitty. She favors me, but exhibits typical cat behavior by showing a general disinterest in the rest of the family. It drives my husband, Shawn nuts since he's the one who feeds her each morning. Throughout the day, I pet Lacey and tell her that she is the "cutest kitty", "the sweetest cat ever"--things to boost her self-esteem, of course. My husband will invariably yell from the next room, "No, she isn't!" Now, is it any surprise who our cat prefers?



My daughter, Madeline and the cat tolerate each other at best. When Lacey was younger, she would sneak into my daughter's room and bring items downstairs into the living room. Clothes, toys, stuffed animals or hats. She never took anything from any of the bedrooms of my three boys. Just my daughter. So even now, if I'm in Madeline's room, the cat (who follows me around the house) will try to creep into the room too, undetected. It's funny to watch. She'll sit just outside the room staring in, and when she thinks Madeline isn't paying attention, she'll try to sneak past the doorway into the room. All Madeline will have to say is "get out," and the cat will immediately flee the scene.



Lacey is extremely curious and rather quite nosy. Anytime I'm working on a project or trying to photograph something, she has to be the inspector and come snooping around.




The cat is not very big, but is covered in long, fine, fuzzy fur. When she lies down, she resembles nothing more than a big pile of fluff. She has had many kitty adventures, despite being a strictly indoor cat. Like the time she was missing for hours and was finally discovered fast asleep in the desk drawer. (She had crawled in through the back.) Or the time she fell through the stair spindles from the second story (on her second day here) and landed on her feet. She continued scampering about as if nothing had happened.



All in all, both Bella and Lacey bring so much joy to our lives. I can't imagine our home without them. I hope you enjoyed this little snippet into our life with pets. (If you are interested in the events that led us to getting a pet in the first place, click here.) Thanks so much for featuring us, Julia!~Gina


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Bella is just the most adorable Schnauzer mix, isn't she? She makes me think of my childhood dog. And of course I think Gina's husband is wrong ;) Lacey is the cutest kitty.

So head on over to Gina's by clicking HERE and pay her a visit. I adore her sense of humor.

Tschüß and have a great weekend.



(Youleeya)



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Friday, August 8, 2014

Living Pretty With Your Pets: Simple Details

Pet Friday again today and I'm excited to have the amazing Pam of Simple Details with me today. I have been reading her stylish blog for quite some time now and I love following along to see what amazing Craigslist finds she'll discover or room makeovers she'll tackle next. She has a great eye for design and today I'm thrilled to share this animal loving side of hers with all of you. She's a woman of my own heart.  




Hey Cuckoo 4 Design friends, I'm Pam from Simple Details and am thrilled to be here giving you a peek at our life with fur babies. Julia is such an inspiration to me, not only do her fresh, unique DIY projects amaze every single time, but her heart for animals is truly unmatched, and lucky are the ones who accidentally find their way under her stoop.
I've loved Julia's series and all the touching stories, and am so happy to share ours today.

We share our home with Mikko, our sweet eight year old tabby, the introvert, and our Golden girl Rio, the spunky extrovert, is six. If you've read my blog for any time at all, you've caught a glimpse of them sharing the spotlight.


We used to get a little neighborhood paper tossed on our driveway, nothing newsworthy, but I always checked the photo of the pet up for adoption. Late one evening, spur of the moment we headed to the shelter and in no time were drawn to the smallest, most pathetic 'Pacito.' We had planned a ski trip early the next morning and I suggested we wait to bring home a kitten when we would be home and had food and a litter box, minor details that my boys weren't going for. We headed home with a new member of our family, making a stop at the closest pet store for necessities, and immediately changed his name in honor of a hockey player at Mr. Simple's suggestion.

As you'll see from the photos Mikko has a favorite, and can't wait till his pal gets home from school, he has joined him every single day for homework, lounging and bedtime since day one.





Unfortunately, Detail Boy had a couple bad experiences with dogs when he was young, and was not a fan, to the point of not wanting to play at homes that had a dog. Having grown up with a LOT of pets I experienced the immeasurable love and amusement they bring to a family. I knew that he would be missing out, and that an adorable puppy was the ticket that would win him over. So I started planting the seed, and challenging as it was, had convinced him a puppy would be the perfect 10th birthday present! :) The process was half the fun and after endless hours online and at shelters we searched for a reputable breeder. We narrowed it down to two that were on opposite ends of the state and set out for a trip, with Grandma & Granddad along for the fun, to find our his girl.

First day home...




Of course, you can guess this story ends successfully!


She is quite the princess, but still a retriever at heart and is proud to bring us everything
 possible. I'll only share the pretty!




Rain or shine she brings the paper in every morning.




A typical day at our house finds them napping together while waiting for their pal.



Or helping me with DIY projects.






These sweet fur babies are the perfect fit for our family and to say we're crazy about them is an understatement.  



I'd love you to stop by and check out Simple Details and my endless list of projects that are always in the works.  
Thanks so much for having us Julia and to all of your awesome readers for indulging me!   


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Mikko and Rio are awesome and live the life that any pet should live. Don't you agree?

And now head on over to her blog to check out her awesome projects. I'm in love with her hallway (there you can see that we are kindred spirits) and her recent amazing kitchen makeover. Please check it out, it's really really good. And there is  so much more to see!!!

Tschüß and have a great weekend.



(Youleeya)



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