It is up to US to be Responsible Pet Owners

Earlier this week the OSPCA ordered the euthanization of 350 animals at their Newmarket shelter due to Ringworm, a treatable skin fungus.  I was absolutely disgusted and saddened to hear of this horrible decision and cannot believe that anyone would think this is the answer to a treatable problem.  What I want to know is who was responsible for making this decision?  How can a vet let a case of ringworm turn into an epidemic of such proportions that an entire shelter is affected?  The public outcry was so overwhelming that the shelter did not follow through with it’s entire euthanization, but sadly almost 100 animals needlessly lost their lives.  It broke my heart and brought me to tears reading about this terrible situation.

The OSPCA aren’t the only ones at fault here.  We are all responsible for animals in shelters.  Anyone who has ever bought a pet from a pet store or failed to get their pet spayed or neutered and ended up with a pregnant animal.  Anyone who has brought an animal home only to take it to the shelter when they couldn’t be bothered to take care of it anymore.  I see so many ads on Craig’s List, Kijiji, whatever, of people selling or giving away animals, because they don’t have time for them or are moving and can’t take their pets.  FYI: the Landlord Tenant Act states:

“No pet” provisions void: 14. A provision in a tenancy agreement prohibiting the presence of animals in or about the residential complex is void. 2006, c. 17, s. 14.

A pet is not something you get for a short time.  When you buy, rescue or otherwise commit to having an animal in your life you better be ready to keep it until the day it dies.  It is not something that you keep for a few months or years and then throw away when you lose interest.  It is not the animals fault that we are irresponsible, but it is them who have to suffer the consequences.  It is absolutely heart-breaking to go to a shelter and see the animals in cages.  They don’t understand why they are there and what they did to deserve to be “in jail”.

I rescued the love of my life, Harley, from the THS on Feb 04, 2004 and we have been best friends ever since.  He’s actually sitting in my lap as I write this staring at me.  I still remember seeing him for the first time, scared and cowering in the back of a cage.  He looked me right in the eyes and I knew that we were meant to be.  I told him that I was going to get him out of there and ran to hand in my application.  For the first two weeks, he stayed in the back of my closet, under a dresser during the day and only came out at night to eat.  I would leave treats near him and talk to him all day to try and get him used to me.  Then one night I was lying in bed in the dark when I heard Harley eating.  When he was done he walked to the foot of my bed and jumped up on it.  He sniffed and walked up to my head, onto my pillow, curled up around my head and stayed there til morning.  I wouldn’t trade him for the world and we really are best friends.

I urge you all to spread the word to spay and neuter your pets.  To stop supporting puppy mills and not buy animals from pet stores.  To open your heart and homes to an animal in a shelter and give them a second chance.  It is up to us to make the change and to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again.

Harley gets a present

On Friday a big box came to our house from Matchstick and inside was the Purina Maxx Scoop Kit for Harley!

He got a new Cozy Corner litter box, a Purr-fect Paws litter mat, a Rubbermaid Litter Caddy & Scoop, 3 Purina cat treats and coupons for Purina Maxx Scoop litter.


If you own a cat, you most likely have a litter box indoors and if you don’t clean it daily it STINKS – especially if you are in a condo or apartment – and Purina has put out Maxx Scoop Small Spaces which my sister says is amazing.

We are lucky enough to have 2 bathrooms in our place and Harley has his own bathroom area (an old shower stall in our upstairs bathroom.  Lately he’s decided that he would rather pee on the shower floor instead of in his old litter box, which is disgusting and I’ve had to bleach the shower 3 times in the last two weeks.  As you can imagine I am more than happy to try out the new Purina Maxx Scoop kit.

Chad and I went grocery shopping yesterday and I was a little disappointed that my grocery store was out of the new Small Spaces kind, so we went with the regular Maxx Scoop.  My sister and I set up Harley’s new stuff and I bribed him with his new cat treats to sit still and take some photos.  I was a little worried that he wouldn’t like a covered litter box, but so far he’s been using it with no problems.  It’s been 24 hours since we’ve set it up and it’s easy to clean and the litter clumps well, much better than the other clay based litters I’ve tried.

Thanks to Matchstick and Purina for giving us this great stuff. And thanks to you guys for reading a post about cat litter.  If you have a cat, you can probably understand why I would be happy about a new litter box and cat litter for free.  If you would like to try out Purina Maxx Scoop cat litter, you can go to www.trymaxxscoop.ca to qualify for one full valued Maxx Scoop Small Spaces coupon.

It’s Christmas Eve

And it’s snowing! Maybe we’ll get a white Christmas after all. I am very excited to see my family and give them the presents I’ve bought and made. I’m almost ready and just have to get one last minute present, in case my knitting project doesn’t get finished in time today. Oh and I need to get Harley a little something because he has been a very good boy this year. I’m going to forego the Show and Tell this week, for now, because I just don’t have the time to put it together before we leave for our parent’s house. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday with family and friends.

Merry Christmas!

Haha… Here’s another photo of Harley in his sweater. He got it from my sister and doesn’t really like to wear it itl, but it’s so funny to put it on him and watch him walk around.

It’s beginning to look alot like Christmas

“Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart.”

I am so excited! Chad and I are off to do the last of our shopping and then all I need to do is bake and finish wrapping. This might be the first year that I’m not scrambling on Christmas Eve day to finish up. Fingers crossed.

What do you have left to do before Christmas?

Meowers in his Christmas Sweater

Monte the Houseguest

***This post was one of the lost kaponetwo entries, but thanks to Wayback Machine web archive I was able to restore it!***

This past week was really busy for me.  I had meetings, rudeness, house guests and best of all on Friday I got to see Rancid and Rise Against at the Molson Ampitheatre!  So much fun this week, despite my Wed anxiety.

Our house guest for the next little bit is Monte, my friend Kathryn’s cat.  He and Harley we not impressed with each other at first and were hissing and swatting at each other all day Tuesday but they quickly realized that they both like to play 90% of the time so they became BBF’s.

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Monte’s not allowed outside at our house, just in case he runs away.  They have been playing through the screen, chasing each other around the house – until all hours of the night, keeping me awake – and Harley has been sharing his toys.  It’s funny that they get along so well, but I’m glad they do.

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He’s been a good boy, a little nippy and he loves to sit on the kitchen table (super pet peeve of mine is animals on tables), but it’s nice for Harley to have a friend.  Kathryn and I have been having lots of work dates as well.  It’s nice to have the company when I’m slaving away all day.