Following up with Daisy

Thank you to HSHV volunteer Sandra Pruden for adopting Daisy and then for giving me permission to share her beautiful photos.  See the gorgeous adolescent, and then adult, Daisy below! Sandra reports that Daisy is a joy (but we already knew that!).  She is a beloved member of the family.  Sandra told me that herContinue reading “Following up with Daisy”

Following up with Morgan, Part 2

While at the shelter this morning, I asked about Morgan.  We had fostered her two years ago, and while our time together had ended with her biting Livie (to the tune of a $300 vet visit!), we still thought of her fondly.  We had wondered where she was and what she was up to onContinue reading “Following up with Morgan, Part 2”

Feline Fosters

“Time spent with a cat is never wasted” Learn more about our feline fosters by clicking on the post titles beneath the names of the kitties! Shadow and Midnight The first fosters! The early days The kittens warm up to us…a little! Feline lice Goodbye Shadow and Midnight are adopted! Beans and Daisy The breakContinue reading “Feline Fosters”

A very dog-like cat!

While my time, thoughts, and heart (and now lots of food!) were being gobbled up by Beans, the rest of the family was falling in love with Daisy.  Daisy was a unique cat.  To describe it succinctly, she was very much like a dog!  And while we totally love our feline fosters, we are, atContinue reading “A very dog-like cat!”

The break between fosters

After Shadow and Midnight were lice-free and back at the shelter, we had an empty house (okay, well, not exactly.  We still had six people, a dog, and a bearded dragon!  But no foster animals!).  After about 24 hours, the kids started asking about when we could foster next.  I was eager to jump backContinue reading “The break between fosters”

The most difficult part about fostering animals

For me, the most difficult part about fostering is the uncertainty.  I am such a Type A, planner personality, so all the unknown variables involved in fostering can be preoccupying.  Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s theContinue reading “The most difficult part about fostering animals”

Shadow and Midnight are adopted!

The kids and I went back to the shelter to visit with our first feline fosters, Shadow and Midnight, several times during their stay there.  They were stationed in the kitten room in a cage together.  They looked a little bewildered, but would stick out a paw to play.  There were many kittens in theContinue reading “Shadow and Midnight are adopted!”


“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road After two lice treatment dips, oneContinue reading “Goodbye”

Following up with Morgan

I continued to feel super guilty about having taken Morgan back to the shelter.  I had wanted to offer her a safe haven, a place of peace in which to heal.  She was my very first canine foster and having it turn out so poorly made me question if I could ever successfully foster aContinue reading “Following up with Morgan”

Things go wrong…

The next morning, I walked Livie and Morgan and then set about preparing the children’s snacks and lunches for the day.  I could tell the dynamic with Morgan had changed.  Instead of wandering around the house on her own exploring everything like the day before, she was now right at my flank, matching my everyContinue reading “Things go wrong…”