"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower." — Albert Camus
Ah, autumn — there are so many reasons to absolutely love the season. Fall has arrived! Although we would like to see summer last for a lot longer than it did, you can’t deny the splendor that fall brings. All around us, the beauty of autumn reminds us that each season, as it turns, is majestic. So enjoy the colours and the temperatures, because before we know it the wind will blow the leaves away and bring in the snow.
Politics seem to be taking over this fall, so let’s change the conversation to “Our Fury Friends.”
I have been very fortunate over my lifetime to have had many great furry friends. In our household our pets live a long time. All have been with us somewhere around 20 years! I don’t know if we have just been lucky, or what, but every pet has been with us for a long time.
I firmly believe in adopting your furry pal from a local animal rescue. There are so many animals living in over-crowded facilities just looking for a good home. They desperately need a family, so if you are going to invite a new furry pal into your family why not check the animal shelters first?
Last year a mama cat give birth, unbeknownst to us, under our deck. Into September we started noticing kittens playing in the yard. The mama cat had made our neighbourhood home all summer. She was beautiful. I am sure she was a pet to someone at one point.
Once we discovered them, we quickly became aware of how hard it is to re-home stray animals. From September until December, the mama cat and her kittens stayed in our yard. We lured them onto our deck into a warm home (a big dog crate) covered in blankets and heated with a lamp because it was getting really cold outside. We started to feed them, and in turn they quickly began to trust us. I have to say, my 14 year old inside cat, Deagan, was far from impressed with this new living arrangement. We spent hours on the phone, on social media, and talking to friends trying to coax someone to invite these beauties into their home. Animal shelters were filled to the brim – they weren’t even an option. Even after offering to neuter and vaccinate all the kittens we still couldn’t find a place for them to go.
Finally, after two months of trying, we got lucky and found a farm that would take them all. I only had them three and a half months, and wow, I had the hardest time giving them up.
Fall seems to be the time of year when stray animals are noticed huddled or hiding, looking for a warm place to live. One furry pal can change coming home to an empty house to coming home. I know from my own experiences the greeting at the door or cuddling while reading a book is always better when it involves a furry pal.