Saturday, March 09, 2013

Special Pet Appreciation Post!



Today is the adoptaversary of our cat Yummers Potatoes. We got him 12 years ago today! Actually, I was afraid to go to the animal shelter and see all the cats who needed homes, so I just sent Mr. Vegan Eats & Treats while I was at work. He called me up and said "I got us a cat!" It was so exciting to drive home from work that night, eagerly anticipating the chance to meet our new friend. Mr. VE&T and I had just moved in together, and getting a cat together was a big deal.

When Yummers showed up, he was sick and skinny and really fearful. Once, our friend came over with her little chihuahua mutt, and we put the dog in the backyard. Yummers caught sight of him through the windows and hid in the closet for about 3 days. Poor little guy! Who would have guessed that one day he would be in charge of 3 big dogs of his own?


One of my favorite things about Yummers is that he is always learning new things. He is inherently a pretty meek little guy, but he's willing to face his fears. At first, he would only do the "long distance snuggle," where he sat a few feet away from us on the sofa. Then, he gradually got closer and closer. These days, he wants snuggles all the time - and just in the last month or so, he's starting sleeping on top my tummy in the mornings. I LOVE IT (even if if does make getting out of bed more difficult!)

He is a super great cat and I love him to bits!

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Also, just a few days ago was our dog Stevie Wonder's adoptaversary too! We have had her for 8 years. We have 3 dogs now, but Stevie was our first dog that we got together - and for that reason she has a special place in our hearts. Honestly, we didn't realize this until it was far too late, but she really would have preferred to be an only dog.


Stevie is really a little weirdo. She's very sweet and loving with us, but also quite protective. When I do yoga out in my yoga studio, she sleeps on the door mat outside the studio door to make sure I am safe. She loves attention, but the second you stop doting on her, she goes off into self-appointed exile. Her favorite spot for the last couple of years has been in the corner behind the sofa. It's crazy!


Her hobbies include: growling at other dogs, rushing in when we are snuggling Snoopy or Dottie to steal our attention all for herself, lying in the woodchips in the backyard contemplating life, licking the floor (???), and going for walks. Going to the woods is her favorite thing of all. At home she often seems very world-weary and contemplative, but once we get to the woods she puffs up and comes alive!! It is really beautiful.



Also, this year, Stevie learned to play fetch! Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks??? She loves squeaky toys, and somehow - after years of disinterest - Mr. VE&T managed to teach her fetch. Now she just loves playing fetch in the back yard, and she really has quite a sweet love affair with her little red ball.

I love you, Stevie!

27 comments:

  1. this is so sweet! our one year is coming up with our furbaby cat.=)

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    1. yay! the first adoptaversary is extra special! meow!

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  2. Aww, they're both adorable. So nice that a loving home can really turn an animal around. I definitely want to adopt "when I grow up" !

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    1. yeah! being able to have your own pets is ont of the very best things about being a grown up! :)

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  3. Ha! My dog, Gus, licks the floor as well...and the walls!

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    1. Isn't it weird??? She just started in with this in the last year or so. For some reason it bothers me - it seems like something that someone insane would do. So, I always make her stop. :)

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  4. Happy Stevie day! Happy Yummers day!

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    1. woof! meow! (translation: thank you! thank you!)

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  5. Such a sweet post, I wish you many more happy years with your fur babies. :)

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    1. thank you, Susan! xo

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  6. Your adoption stories and heart-warming doodles are so inspiring! Oh, I love your little fur babies like they were my own... Happy Adoptaversary! :)

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    1. Fur babies forever!! Thanks, Hannah. :)

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  7. What a wonderful tribute to your sweet babies. Your realization about Stevie's preference to be the only dog made me think of our cat Desirée. She would have preferred to be an only cat, but we got her a companion, Mocha. She hated him so much we had to get another cat for Mocha so he wouldn't feel so bad, and fortunately, that worked out well. Des, though, never could stand either one of them. :)

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    1. Andrea!! That is EXACTLY why we ended up with 3 dogs! Because after we got Dottie, and we realized just how much she and Stevie didn't get along... we also realized that Dottie really NEEDED a playmate - and that's when we got Snoopy. It's worked out well, Snoopy is on good relations with everyone. In fact, when he was in the hospital for a few days for his surgery, Stevie and Dottie were all pissy with each other. It was so much better as soon as Snoopy came home again, and gave Dottie an outlet for her energy. :)

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  8. i love this post! pet love is the best love there ever is! i want to do a post for my kitty now!

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    1. yes!! do a kitty post! the world needs more kitty posts!

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  9. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Thank you Amey for sharing your beautiful friends with us! This is my favorite post. I really miss my little cat friend and love to hear about your family! Cheers c

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    1. Thanks, C! Furry friends are so special. Sorry you are missing your little cat. hugs

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  10. They are both so so adorable! I miss having an animal companion.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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    1. Hopefully you can have a pet again someday, Melissa! IN the meantime, the internet is fully of sweet furries to enjoy!

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  11. You guys are such great fur-parents to your brood. They are very lucky to have you. Their personalities are so much fun to read about...we all have our little idiosyncracies, don't we? xx

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    1. yes! I have learned so much about celebrating people's idiosyncracies from my pets! THey're all so screwy, and I love them all the more for it - so it's gotta work the same way for people too!

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  12. I love your drawings, they are cute but also convey a lot! Great post, and gorgeous pets!

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  13. Aww, sooo sweet! I don't have any companion animals sadly, but I spend time with my Mum's cat and dog each week :)Here is a pic of beautiful Misty the cat, she's 20! http://i1051.photobucket.com/albums/s431/static_yo-yo/Misty_zps79a43562.jpg

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    1. wow! Misty is so beautiful! I love her gorgeous blue eyes!!! :)

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  14. Awww, your animal friends are just way too adorable. I want to snuggle them all!

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