National Crafts For Your Shelters Day is celebrated on July 21 ~ but here, in our amazing pet blogging community it's been decided to celebrate this wonderful and important event for a full week! Thanks to Bionic Basil for the terrific idea!
For the people who crochet, here's an easy and very useful item for shelters everywhere -- KITTY AFGHANS!
These are simply single Granny Squares, but made with 16-18 rows, not just 4 or 5. I used Lion Brand Yarn's "Tweed Stripes" which creates the variegated look, but you can use any worsted-weight, non-wool yarn in any color, make your own stripes, or make them in solid colors.
And finally, you can make these any size you want so they can be used for kittens, adult cats, puppies, adult dogs ...
We can talk about this now -- a bit over a month after Hurricane Harvey stalled over the Houston area. We are very grateful that our house didn't flood, but our food lady didn't want to take chances, as the water in the street kept rising up our front yard and the driveway.
Our food lady decided to move us all to her daughter's family's house. Their street was flooding, too, but since they have a two-story house, we could all move upstairs if we needed to. The three of us were ensconced in their guest bedroom upstairs, and while it was NOT fun for all three of us to be stuck in one room together (and with our food lady overnight), we were safe. Very unhappy, but safe!
Below are two photos that show how we were moved to the two-story house. In the first photo, you can see our food lady's grandson (at the right) who is tall enough and strong enough to carry Audace in his carrier above the water, which was about two feet deeper at the previous intersection! Our food lady was in the pink jacket.
Then (second photo) the nice, tall grandson and his dad went back to get Grace and Ruse. You can also see our food lady's grandgirl who had guarded us until her dad and brother could go back to get us.
We have now set ourselves a record! Three kittehz -- mama and sons -- who have all lived in the same house with the same food lady for 11 years. Well, this may not seem like a record to others who have lived longer, but it's a first for all of us! Our food lady has had only two other kittehz who had longer lives: Angel Pluto and Angel Indy. But they all moved from one house to another with her, and other almost-siblings were in and out of their lives.
We lost Kitty today. He was suffering from kidney failure for about the past two months, but yesterday it was very clear that he was failing fast. This morning, he was worse, so my daughter and granddaughter took him to the vet's office to be helped to the Bridge.
He had a wonderful life with my daughter and family, and we're all grateful for that. He's now joining Angels Cabernet, Indy, and Pluto.
It's hard for me to believe that these guys are 10 years old; they certainly don't act like it! They are healthy, full of the zoomies after each meal, curious about almost everything and everyone, sometimes lovey and sometimes quarrelsome with each other. The list goes on!!
Overall, they are a great joy in my home! I can't imagine life without them!!
I got a new small (read: one-cat) pet bed on sale the other day, and Ruse is having a tough time learning how to use it. Grace figured it out right away!
Here's Ruse yesterday morning, waiting for his mama to join him in a snooze! (She never came!!)
Here he is after he finally figured out she wasn't going to join him!!
And here they all are in their respective snoozin' spots last night ... just as I had hoped. L-R: Grace in the new bed, Ruse as the buffer between her and Audace, and Audace taking up his 2/3rds of the blanket!!