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Look Who’s Come To Dinner!

Adopt Me - Foothills Animal ShelterI have missed my boxers so much – Lily, my white, and HiJinx, my brindle. I couldn’t resist going to see this little girl at the shelter today… and of course, walking away was impossible. Especially since she is thin as a rail. She was found wandering, starving, and no one claimed her. She is so thin that she apparently doesn’t understanding eating yet. I have chicken and rice I am tempting her with, but she had her hysterectomy and all of her shots, so I would probably feel pretty bad as well. If she isn’t eating by Monday morning I will take her to Dr. Valori and see if they can’t intubate her and get her started on food enough that she can eat by herself.  She is a total sweetie! She just wants to cuddle. Of course, being starved and out in the wild and the snow for however long she was, it isn’t surprising she wants to feel safe again.skinny baby

How can you just throw ANY dog away like that?!?!?! It is freezing, with SNOW on the ground. One can only hope that Karma is a Bitch. The starvation is a week past, the shelter has been feeding her for that time period, but as you can see, it hasn’t exactly fattened her up. You can’t see it, but her backbone is sticking up in a ridge.tmp_25351-20151206_0250503110588

But, she has the Queen of Spoil-em-Rotten now, so I would imagine she will be filling out fairly soon – one hopes. Right now she is sleeping, and she has been drinking water, so at least that is good. I will keep you up to date! (This new photo shows just how thin she is.)

So, any ideas on a really good name for her?


Thank You, M.K. Clinton!

M. K. ClintonSunday, September 21, 2014

International Peace Day

War is not healthy for dogs or other living things.

“In the history of the world,

no dog has ever started a war.”
M. K. Clinton ~The Returns Series

International Peace Day

*Thanks to Sugar the Golden Retriever and Dachshund Nola

for hosting Black & White Sunday.

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Cat Cafés Offer Coffee With a Side of Kitties by Samantha Drake

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If cat lovers could design their own heaven it would mostly likely have a least one cat café—a quiet retreat where warm beverages and sweet treats are in plentiful supply and a variety of affectionate cats roam about, graciously accepting your attention.The cat café concept is a reality in many parts of the world. At these kitty havens, patrons can relax with a beverage and a snack while watching and interacting with the cat café’s feline residents. The concept is very popular in Asia and is catching on in Europe as well. CNN reports that Japan has approximately 150 cat cafes, more than anywhere else in the world.

Paris, London, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, and Dubai also have their own cat cafes. Melbourne, Australia, is set to welcome its first cat café soon. And while the United States is lagging behind a bit, it could catch up to the cat café craze very soon.

Pop-Up Café

The first cat café in the United States was a limited venture that opened in New York in April. Sponsored by Purina One, the pop-up cat café was open for four days. It was intended to raise awareness about pet health and show people what healthy, happy cats look like, explains Niky Roberts, a spokesperson for Purina One.

The cat food company partnered with the North Shore Animal League America, a rescue group that provided 35 adoptable cats for visitors to meet and interact with at the café. The good news is that all 35 kitties have been adopted, either during or after the event, says Roberts. In addition to cappuccino and baked goods, the event featured speakers throughout the four days including a veterinarian, cat behaviorist and a pet shelter director.  “We had a great experience,” says Roberts.

Because the cat café was an event and not a long-term business, the biggest challenge for Purina One, notes Roberts, was working out the logistics of being the first in the U.S. to bring kitties and a café atmosphere together.

Long-term establishments for felines and those who love them may follow. In North America, the promise of cat cafes in cities including Boston and Toronto has generated a lot of press, but so far few are close to opening.

Vive Montreal

However, a Quebec cat lover is preparing to open Café Chat L’Heureux in Montreal as early as this summer. Clement Marty, the owner of Café Chat L’Heureux, says he became intrigued by the cat cafés he saw on his travels around the world. He decided to launch his own cat café in Montreal to educate the public on how to properly care for cats while providing a resource for cat lovers who can’t have a pet of their own. An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is providing the start-up capital, says Marty.

The café will have eight to 12 cats in residence, an optimal number for the space that takes into account cats’ territorial needs, he explains. “The cats will come from different shelters in Montreal, with each one a sort of ambassador for the shelter,” says Marty.

Location, Location

In San Francisco, all software developer David Braginsky and entrepreneur Courtney Hatt need to do is find the right space for their cat café, to be called KitTea.

KitTea will be be a “cageless adoption center” where visitors can spend quality time with the resident cats and also have a cup of tea and something to eat, explains Braginsky. Local regulations require that the two functions be strictly separate, so the food prep area will be in a completely different space than the cats’ area, says Braginsky. Local cat shelters will provide adoptable cats with the right personalities for the environment.

“A cat café seems like a valuable thing to have in the city,” notes Braginsky. He expects a lot of interest in KitTea because San Francisco is home to lot of people who live in apartments that don’t allow pets or live with roommates who don’t want cats.

The real estate search has been difficult, Braginsky says, because he and Hatt want KitTea to be located in a neighborhood that caters to residents, not tourists. Rent and renovation costs are also important considerations. A crowdfunding campaign is powering the launch of KitTea, but private investors are also needed, he adds.

Britannia Rules

Braginsky says he was inspired by London’s very successful cat café Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where kitties with names like Artemis and Carbonelle lounge around soaking up the attention. Lady Dinah’s is so popular that the establishment is booked solid through October 2014.

The British cat café set ground rules that eliminate many concerns surrounding a venture that combines cats and the public. First, Lady Dinah’s has a booking system that permits only a limited number of people in the space at one time. It also has a small cover charge. The establishment has banned children under the age of 8 to eliminate concerns about what very young children might do to the cats.

As for allergies, Lady Dinah’s states on its website that staff are able to provide only basic first-aid attention in the event of an allergic reaction.

The cat café phenomenon doesn’t appear to be slowing down, and it will be exciting to see where these fun feline locations open next.

Photo credit: Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium via Facebook

The Returns Are HAPPY!!!!



The Returns!
The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers
The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers

A Thought Provoking Video To Remind Us Of The Sacrifice Our Military Makes For Us

This video is from The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF). I will warn you that it is heartrending, both horrifying and hopeful at the same time. At Easter time, we should give a thought to the sacrifice of our military men and women, and how much they suffer for us. And exactly why they are suffering. Is it truly for the safety and security of our people? Or are they simply cogs in the machine that cranks out money for corporations and governments? Are our attacks to protect us, or to assure our oil supplies? Whatever it may be, THANK YOU to The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation (KNGF) for this amazing commercial.


And more videos about the healing of dogs for returning warriors with PTSD




And finally – the dogs give you drugs and prescriptions – but Service Dogs could do SO MUCH! Tell the VA that you support Service Dogs for Returning Veterans!!!!


Look What M. K. Clinton Won!!!!!!

Congratulations M. K. Clinton!!!!!!


The Returns. 4.7 stars on 146 reviews. $2.99. Action. Adventure. Humor.


If you haven’t read it yet, you should! If you love happy, humourous, wonderful books, this one is great! It is being read to everyone from retirement home residents, children, even prison residents – making everyone smile!!!!!



maggie2 ribmtn Yesterday it was time. Maggie had stopped eating and though she was not in pain, she was not comfortable and there was no hope for her getting well. Time. It goes so fast. As you can see from the photo, she was a little bitty thing when I first grabbed her from a really bad situation at a breeders. They kept her and her mates on concrete outdoors. When I first got her, she knew nothing about human touch, and it actually took a couple of years before she would lay in my lap and let me hold and pet her.mag&i rib mtn

She was never really healthy, bad diet and living outdoors on concrete meant that her hips bothered her at an early age. As she got older her poor hips required Rymadil and her little hocks knocked together when she walked. But she was my little girl, so we did what she could, and she was happy and content and spoiled out of her mind, like all my other cream 2

But yesterday, Dr. Valori did the kind thing for us both. Maggie will come back to me in a few days, to live on the mantle with my other babies who have passed beyond.gotcha

She will be missed.

The Returns Take A Tour of Dumaine Street!

M. K. Clinton’s Stars Cruising Dumaine Street on Thanksgiving!

M. K. Clinton’s wonderful hubby, Skipper, took this shot of the stars of The Returns and Showstoppers cruising Dumaine Street today! The breeze, of course, has Bentleys ears blowing in the wind. 

How Cute are they???

CUTE!!!!! Bentley and Pierre read their books

Boys with booksCUTE!!!!!! Bentley (left with “The Returns”) and Pierre (right, with “The Returns 2 ~ Showstoppers”) are enjoying their own, personalized copies of their books! How cute is THAT?!?!

M. K.’s husband, Skipper, is the artist. I couldn’t resist sharing this with all of you – don’t we all need a dose of “cute and adorable” every day?!?! You ROCK, boys!

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