A year ago today, one of our most memorable pet-sitting pups passed away. We first met Oscar when he was a homeless resident of Austin Animal Center in 2009. His serene presence was impressive considering how stressed and energetic the shelter tends to turn dogs. Oscar was extremely fortunate to be adopted by Sarah Herman, who helped him become a rockstar therapy dog with Divine Canines. Oscar’s peaceful presence and fluffy face blessed the lives of the elderly, abandoned kids and others in need of the healing power of a gentle dog. He had a unique way of making people feel special because of his big, enthusiastic smile and the way he bonded with his human companions. Oscar’s hips weren’t as hardy as his heart, and complications with a surgery resulted in Oscar exiting the world too soon. He left behind a huge hole in the hearts of his human friends, but also left a legacy of kindness and a reminder that animal shelters are full of jewels just waiting for a committed adopter to let them shine.
We are big fans of felines at Skyline Pet Care, and consider every day to be National Cat Day! Chantelle’s cat, Lome, has helped many shelter dogs learn how to be mannerly around kitties with his confident, no-nonsense sass. Here he is basking in a basket:
Robin’s black beauty, Mina, is her nocturnal hair dresser and gives Robin a new ‘do each night with her head kneading.
In honor of National Cat Day, we hope you’ll be encouraged to foster felines for your local shelter. As motivation, here are two munchkins we fostered for Austin Animal Center last year:
Austinites looking for a fun activity this weekend: The skilled, compassionate people of Dogs Out Loud are hosting their annual Tails Under the Stars event on Saturday evening. We are honored to be among the many silent auction donors, offering $100 in pet sitting. Please support this terrific group of heroes who help at-risk shelter pups reach their potential and their adoptive people!
If you haven’t adopted a pet because they are too expensive, or because you are a college student whose living situation is unstable, please consider fostering for your local shelter. I’ve fostered kittens and dogs for Austin Animal Center, and have found it to be an immensely rewarding way of helping to keep the city no kill. The shelter pays for the pet’s food and vet care (i.e. the expensive stuff) – you just provide the cuddling and squee sounds (I made lots of those sounds thanks to the orange kitten below) until the cutie finds a forever family. The Austin Animal Center is currently WAY over capacity and desperately in need of fosters (and adopters, of course). You can sign up to foster here and look at all the cuties awaiting adoption here. Fostering is a great way for one person to make a massive difference.
Sophie is a sweet, small, calm, gentle gal who gets along great with other dogs. She’s awaiting adoption at Austin Animal Center’s TLAC location (1156 Cesar Chavez). Sophie has spent most of her young life at the shelter, which is baffling to us because she has a rotund, roly poly cuteness that is over-the-top, squee-level adorable. She’s also a member of the esteemed Hard Luck Hounds program, which means she comes with lots of perks. Please do yourself a favor and head over to TLAC to cuddle with this cutie – we promise you’ll enjoy the experience!
We recently used Wisdom Panel to determine Felix’s breed mix. I was sure he was part black lab because he ADORES water and is … black. I was wrong. His results were 50 percent Staffordshire Terrier, 25 percent cattle dog and 25 percent Old English Bulldog. None of these breeds are stereotyped to be water babies, yet Felix is a swimming fiend. Of the MANY dogs I’ve worked with, Felix is the biggest water aficionado. This is yet another reminder that dogs are individuals, not just replica exhibitors of a “breed standard”.
Here is Felix enjoying the alpine lakes of the North Cascades.