Category: “general”

i was sleeping

Posted: October 14, 2019 at 12:08 am

but nova was pressed up against my back playing bitey face with hannah and woke me up by shoving me around.. gawd that dog is a 110 pound play-a-holic….when will she grow up?!
this morning i awoke to an entire roll of paper towels torn apart in the yard..nova’s midnight handiwork i suppose. thank god for owen cuz he got stuck cleaning the mess up.

probably getting a giant breed puppy was somewhat of a bad idea…i love her but will love her way more when she grows into a quieter and more dignified old age.

speaking of….that old and wrecked crippled kitchen crew are absolute heart throbs! i was feeding the dogs at bedtime and boris was doing happy circles to keep me motivated. ginger was following me to and forth to ensure i didn’t forget anything. marcus was sending telepathic messages…”please make sure i get a lot!”
everyone else sat in the beds patient as saints for their turn…not like those moronic hyperactive, knock ya over goof balls who live in my room.

i thought the elephant in the room was supposed to be uncomfortably quiet but the elephant in my room is happy, happy, happy. so freaking happy…
all 110 pounds of her.

Great Board Members Wanted

Posted: October 10, 2019 at 12:54 pm

As part of our goal to get Carol Hine, our beloved saintly executive director and founder of Senior Animals In Need Today Society (SAINTS) into legitimate retirement we are recruiting for board members to join the existing team.

1. We are taking applications until October 30th 2019.
2. We thank all those that have applied but will only be contacting those that meet our needs at this time.
3. We are looking for, hopefully, two applicants with a human resources background, one with a legal background and one with a health/ medical background.

Here are the commitments we are asking for up front
1. Commit to three months of volunteer participation at the board level
2. Commit to attending board meeting at the shelter set out at 6 week intervals
3. Commit to furthering the organization through achieving designated goals set by the board which means taking control of an area that the operational side of the organization has not developed or defined.
4. Commit to a term of no less than 2 years on the board

Please click on the individual postings for more information


so ali sent me a message…

Posted: October 9, 2019 at 9:59 pm

please blog.

so i have been thinking..why is blogging so difficult for me now?
there are literally thousands of blogs here…going back way to the almost beginning. some days i could quickly whip off 2 or 3 in a day without even thinking. its not like that anymore so i was wondering why?

i think it is a bunch of reasons.. one being i am tired. i know i supposedly retired from nursing in May, but even if that officially happened, in reality it didn’t. i am working just as much as ever and frankly work has been insane for the past several months.
i also don’t have that much to say anymore.

when i first started saints 2 things consumed me..1. was bringing these animals to life. i wanted people to see how utterly interesting each of our crippled crew were..some were amazing, some were down right pain in the asses, but all of them incredibly cool and real personalities and i wanted to share that about them with you. and 2. there was a real purpose in what i was trying to accomplish here. i was not just your average warm and fuzzy crazy cat lady/puppy hugger accumulating animals with gigantic sob stories. the purpose was to acknowledge not only their existence but also their intrinsic value that deserved respectful and intelligent care. i also used this blog as a bit of a sounding/venting was like a mental health release valve…esp on my more crazy days!

i am happy to say…mission accomplished on all three fronts..our staff and volunteers, our supporters, donors, and fans all get it…every single one of these animals are incredibly important. and i have weathered the various storms and am not certifiably insane.

so much of the past blogs were about my own struggles along with the animals struggles too. it is full of sad stories, angry stories, triumphant stories, funny stories and a few oh my fucking god, heart and mind breaking stories too.

the things i am struggling with now in comparison are mind blowing boring. i am focussed on preparing for saints future which means getting all of our miniscule and yet frustratingly many, ducks in a row. and while this part of my responsibility to saints is critical (and fucking mind boggling)…it actually bores me to tears.
i am also 61 now..i have mellowed emotionally somewhat..altho not everyone would actually agree! but i actually expect shit to go sideways, not too much surprises me anymore..its taken a very, very long time but i finally get it…NOTHING is ever freaking easy.

now i spend a lot of time thinking, planning, plotting,,anticipating problems before they occur. now i can pretty much toss any rock in the pond and predict the ripples fanning out from there to here.

so i know there are still a few folks who like to read this blog, even if few of them ever comment…(hint, hint, ahem.) but i am not sure what i have left to passionately share about…i have probably sprouted off about everything possible over the years. i will try to blog a little bit more often for the few die hards left out there…

maybe when i get back from this trip of a lifetime in a few weeks, i will rediscover the joy in blogging?

photo added for interest (just in case this blog is boring!)
this is mad max..he is an asshole. but he is also adorable and he makes me laugh…i have no idea why why someone has not fallen in love with this tiny tazmanian devil..he had me the very first day.

Saint Swizzle-Stick has passed away

Posted: September 15, 2019 at 4:09 pm

here is her foster mom’s memorial video.
best ever.
RIP swizzle stick..hugs anne!

keeping it all in perspective.

Posted: September 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm

there has been a lot of talk over the years in the rescue community about having a mentorship program, or a professional oversight or regulating body to ensure certain standards in rescue/animal welfare are maintained. the problem of course is the diversity in the populations of people involved in rescue. and with that diversity comes a whole lot of differing beliefs, differing experiences, differing goals in what folks hope to achieve.

its not really just about knowledge or experience…anyone can read a bunch of books or internet sites and develop a bunch of opinions…really it mostly comes down to personal values, personal character, to common sense and effective problem solving and even more so…to actual commitment.
i am really not interested in someones cup that is overflowing with knowing it all at any given moment. i am more interested in someone whose cup still had room to continue to learn and grow, that allows for self learning and insight into what motivates us to move forward by accepting our limitations, our mistakes, owning them, taking responsibility for them in order to do better.

there is no doubt that i am far better at rescue now than i was 20 years ago. 20 years ago. everything was much more simple, more black and white. it was easier to accept some things without looking too closely behind some stuff. 20 years ago we used to lose more cats to infections, to fatty liver, basically to high stress because we didn’t know better how to effectively deal with feline emotional meltdowns. now we know, we have processes in place to help them safely get thru the transitions during a terrifying time in their lives. cats are far more delicate than other animals..but back then we didn’t know this. it was a hard and painful learning road but we learned those lessons well.
there is nothing like an unnecessary death to make us learn how much we really don’t know. and we carry those unnecessary deaths forever in our souls.

it takes character to accept our personal flaws and to live with our mistakes. it takes strength to stay with our toes to the line and not let our personal feelings and agendas knock us off course and over into the sloppy sidelines.
rescuers have one job only to provide the animals within our care a safe, respectful, comfortable and appropriate day to day life. our job doesn’t end on the day they are rescued, or even the day they are adopted, our job continues should they need us until their life ends.
this is why i have no patience for rescues who do not take their animals back when in future need, or the ones who place animals inappropriately and refuse responsibility, a job half done is not a job well done at all.

and rescue is not just about rescuing animals and finding them a good home. that’s the easiest part of what we do. it is the constant battle to bring in enough funds to pay the bills. it is about not wasting time or energy swimming in circles. its about seeing the problems, the issues, the roadblocks and finding effective solutions to move on. and above all..rescue is not personal. it is not a popularity contest. it is a real job with sometimes uncomfortable situations and difficult days that still need the job to get done well.

i don’t know how we can regulate that, or even mentor that. when the going gets tough either the tough get going or we toss in the ball and go home. i suppose we could have standards of care for all rescues but even that is a slippery slope that needs to be taken with a grain of salt. the newest thing in animal welfare is capacity to care…this basically assigns certain amounts of space, staffing levels, and other resources minimally acceptable to each animals care. however when dogs 0r cats are kept in singular kennels vs in a communal environment…we need more space to house them alone, more staff to exercise or enrich them individually than we do when they are running and playing freely as a group. so capacity for care differs depending on how the animals actually live.
maybe there is a middle line here but sometimes it is hard to find that happy medium when minds are closed to discussions.
which brings me back to that cup of knowledge….we don’t want it empty and we don’t want it too full. it is hard to keep our minds open and be willing to think about things in different ways to keep learning new knowledge and skills.

i may not be the best rescuer out there but i will say that not for one single moment have i ever stagnated and stayed still.
rescue is a journey. the road is before us on both rainy and sunny days, the road is still there even if our knees hurt or our heads are screaming in pain, that road stretches out past the horizon without maps or signs to guide the way.

20 years ago i never in my wildest dreams caught even a glimpse of today’s saints. and yet by keeping our eyes on the ball and putting one foot in front of the other, look how far we came.

so can we teach this? can it be regulated?…maybe. these are just my airy fairy thoughts tonight but maybe the real answers lie with the folks who took this journey with us and others…25, 20, 15, 10 yrs, 5 yrs or newby…what brought them into the world of rescue? what makes them stay?

3 more SAINTS lost…it has been a terrible weekend.

Posted: August 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm

lilo out matriarch bunny passed away yesterday. she suddenly became ill and had spent the night in the ER and came home with meds but she passed away early in the morning. huge thx to roane for spending hours in emerg with her so she wasn’t afraid.

wicket died yesterday, his new family rushed him into ER in cardiac failure. So very sad they did not have more time together but they wanted wicket to have a great home for whatever time he had left. and they gave him that, hugs to his family and thank you so much for being brave enough to give him a home at his end.

and tonight we lost diesel. he has been sliding downhill for the past several weeks, multiple med changes could not stop the downhill slide. this weekend he was having really difficulty breathing so he was taken into the ER and with an ultrasound a pleural effusion was discovered. this most likely was the result of an unknown and hidden cancer and the vet said there was no real hope for him. luckily andrea (the love of his life) was with him so instead of a highly stressful, fighting/biting enraged diesel end…diesel was a sweet marshmellow and passed peacefully with andrea’s gentle and loving hands upon him.
rest in peace were a kick ass dog and all of us loved you, even when you tried to bite us!

HUGE thanks to The Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley for taking such kind and expertise care of our most vulnerable and precious lost souls.

Cinnamon passed away yesterday

Posted: August 23, 2019 at 12:57 pm

Initially she made the adjustment to SAINTS really well but one day suddenly she was laying in a litter box hissing and growling. This was so uncharacteristic of her that we rushed her into the vet thinking she had a UTI or a stone. Nothing showed on the blood work, the urinalysis, or the xrays so treated her with antibiotics and pain meds just in case. She did settle down and went back to her sweet normal self but continued to be problematic to feed, eating less and less, hiding and sleeping a lot. Another set of antibiotics and a switch to other pain meds but she continued to fail. Yesterday the vets agreed that there was really nothing left to try for her and it was time to let her go. Cinnamon was a very sweet 15 year old cat and we were so sorry to lose her.

Nine more days for a chance to win $8500

Posted: August 22, 2019 at 10:22 pm

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saints welcomes…

Posted: August 15, 2019 at 9:12 am

maeli…FeLv positive (currently) we will re-test in a few months. super friendly and fun little cat, tons of curiosity and character. she is living up in the suite.

romeo…stunning tabby boy whose owner has passed away. romeo has made his home in the Mp building.

rodney the rooster was an unclaimed stray. he has been hanging out at chilliwack CARE for a couple of months..roosters are really hard to place.

rosa…picked up as a stray, senior horribly matted dirty old dog with severe arthritic pain issues and a tumor on her hip. she is LOVELY, sweet dog, looks like a smaller version of our past and much loved benny.

i can’t stand it any longer, i need to come clean.

Posted: August 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

i was asleep but i just woke up and the first thing that popped into my mind was the brownie sitting in my fridge.
soooo i got up to eat it.
and while i was sitting in the computer chair enjoying my late night treat i was casually watching the horses thru the cameras.
and that’s when i remembered that i previously posted something totally untrue.
i had posted previously that skye was no longer cribbing. but there is skye, tonight in the camera cribbing away in full view.
i did not intend to lie or spread misinformation, esp. in making us sound pretty darn wonderful in curing him when we didn’t.
but here is the worst part..i said what i said not to mislead but because i really believed it and did not know i was actually stupid.

here is what happened and how this occurred…
unbeknownst to me the staff switched the horses…skye went into dixies stall and dixie went into rudy’s which i thought was now skyes.
both horses are brown and in the dark barn with very dim light the horse who i thought was skye and not cribbing was really dixie not cribbing because dixie never has cribbed in her entire life.
and do you know how i eventually discovered my mistake?
i said to mo one day…you will think i am crazy but dixie is growing, she is way taller.
mo laughed and said that is because dixie had like a foot of shavings in her stall and that is why she looked so much bigger.
and i thought this was funny so i told ali the story and she looked at me like i was insane and said you do know dixie and skye switched stalls right?
no i did not. so all along i was looking at the wrong horse.
i am stupid. and i told a lie but because of that brownie i have now confessed.
sooo..dixie is not growing and skye is still cribbing and i probably need to get my eyesight checked.
everyone does tell me that skye is cribbing less but we didn’t cure him like i originally said.
sorry for being so utterly dumb.