Not long before moving back to the US from the UK, I started the process or getting organised. It was a gradual process of selling stuff and packing. I already knew I had to get necessary paperwork for my three cats for the journey. But my Ms Doolittle radar attracted yet another waif to my door. It had been raining that day. When my SO came home that evening, he mentioned there was a cat in the front yard. Of course, I had to check it out. She was thin and her coat wasn’t in great condition.…

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It started as a business trip that would cover several states over a period of a few weeks. My business partner and I knew we were in for at least nine hours of driving, but we expected to be in New York before it got very late. We were maybe thirty minutes from the Big Apple when I woke up around 1am and noticed lights ahead of us. There wasn’t much traffic except for a semi ahead of us that we passed. I glanced briefly at the driver and remember that he had dark hair, but other than that I…

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Living in the desert has an appeal unlike any other environment. The scorched beauty of stark landscapes and surreal sunsets, the serenade of coyotes, and most of all, the adorable Antelope ground squirrels. For the longest time I thought they were chipmunks, but these cute critters are actually small squirrels with faces that say, “Feed me!” And feed them I did, until their little cheeks bulged with as much seed, peanuts, and other goodies they could cram into their faces. But there was one…

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Though I grew up in Southern California, I’d never experienced a wildfire until 2016. There had been many fires in the high desert area that year, including a few that were close enough to see clearly, but an afternoon in August 2016 proved to be one that I’ll never forget. As it happens, I had to drive to Los Angeles that day, so I left early. It was my intention to head back before the notorious LA rush hour started, but as I got onto the freeway, I noticed a cloud that resembled a nuclear…

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Hissy another stray cat that found her way into my heart and into my home. She may not have been that large, but what she lacked in size, she compensated for in ferocity. Thus was borne, the “Hissinator”. Hissy showed up back when I had my outdoor hutches. I noticed her on the wall one day checking out my fur critters. Of course, being the animal magnet that I was, I figured she showed up on my turf for a reason. But she was skittish whenever I approached, so she was either a feral or had been…

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Who knew the horrors that lurk in your own bathroom? I had no clue that the shower head, one of those nice massagers with different strengths, was leaking from the joint and squirting straight up to the ceiling in an arc. Of course, ​it was the day I decided to do girl shaving, so the water was running longer than usual. When I finished and opened the shower door, I was shocked to find it literally raining from the ceiling. Everything was soaked, from the light fixture, the mirror, the counter,…

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Over the many years I had my menagerie, my male Zebra Finch, Cheepie, was among my favourites. Abandoned by his parents as a 3-day hatchling, my mom wasn’t able to cope with raising him, so I adopted him and became mother bird for three weeks until he was weaned. With feedings every three hours, it was just like taking care of a baby. I kept him in a makeshift nest in the bathroom on a heating pad. The moment I turned on the light, he’d wiggle his tiny body and open his beak. I used a tiny…

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I’ve always been an animal lover, and have been considered by many as a fur parent. At first, it used to be only cats, but after moving back to the US, I evolved from being a cat fur mother to the female version of Dr. Doolittle. It never started off that way, but I soon discovered that I was a walking animal magnet. Strays and waifs magically found their way to me, whether it was the lost rabbit chowing down on the neighbor’s lawn, the sad-looking stray cat hanging around the yard, or a…

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When my then SO and I decided to emigrate to the US from the UK, it was a major decision that also included taking our three cats. Our fourth cat had a chronic respiratory condition, so she couldn’t get a vet’s certificate, and we had to leave her with some relatives. The transition was supposed to be a breeze. After all, we planned everything, down to the tranquilisers from the vet to give the cats to sedate for the flight. So on the day, I gave them their tablets, thinking they’d be relaxed…

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As a cat lover (yes, you can call me a crazy cat-girl), I’ve had felines all my life. My mother was the same way, and like her, I had more than one cat. At one time I had seven, and it was both fun and chaotic. Each one had their own personalities, but one of my favourites was a green-eyed tortoiseshell tabby. Koo-Koo had the feisty attitude of a prima donna, and proudly earned her nickname, “Bitchy-Koo”. In human terms, she’d be the leader of an all-girl gang. She may have been the smallest of…

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