Who Got Adopted???

This guy!

Baby won the lottery. Great family. Kids. Another dog. Work at home folks. Did all the right things while meeting him. Then I let them meet Scout – because he’s going to look a lot like Scout when he’s back in shape.

THEN I had them meet Bixby, just so I could say, no he won’t be that big. LOL  Bixby is a total kid magnet.

Baby jumped in the car, didn’t even look back to say goodbye. I’m okay with that.

Thanks to all of you who offered financial support! And emotional support.  Meant the world as we went through this difficult and chaotic week. And it turns out Baby’s anonymous vet bill donor is his new mom. So I know it’s going to work out great.

105 replies
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    rikyrah says:

    Awe 😍
    Baby got a new forever home😪😪👏👏

    You are good people, TaMara👏👏

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    MagdaInBlack says:

    That makes my day!

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    satby says:


    Makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it?

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    laura says:

    I hope he flourishes with his forever family.
    Like Walter, only longer.
    Baby found his Satby.

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    That’s awesome. Today I picked up Grace, my rescue cat who was posted here. She’s a darling. I’m slowly introducing her to Jose, my other cat. No idea how to post photos or I would.

    Happy animals today!

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    West of the Cascades says:

    This is so happy-making!

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    WaterGirl says:

    Baby jumped in the car, didn’t even look back to say goodbye. I’m okay with that.

    And I’m crying. So happy for Baby and his new family.

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    WaterGirl says:

    “And it turns out Baby’s anonymous vet bill donor is his new mom. ” :: sniff sniff ::

    I love this photo of Baby, smiling with his mouth open. Every time I see it, I smile back without even thinking about it.

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    @Black Onion: YAY! We will need photos updates!

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    trollhattan says:

    Awwww, well done everybody! Have a good life, Baby.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Black Onion: You can post your photos on a free site like imgur and then post the link. Or I bet a front pager would gladly front-page your photos.

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    tobie says:

    Congratulations! You done good. Please ask Baby’s family to send pictures now and again.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Whoo-hoo! I know you’re all going to miss Baby, but he’s going to be SO HAPPY with his new forever family. Good job!

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    Lyrebird says:

    @Black Onion: That is awesome!

    And probably fifteen other people have said this, but anyhow, you can email a front pager (e.g. TaMara) using Quick Links (near top right corner) … Email a Front Pager. They can post photos when you have an update ready.

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    I’m so glad.

    Mr DAW blew up my desktop while I was at Capricon today so I’m on my laptop. Let’s see if I can manage to enter the right nym.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Black Onion:

    You can send photos to one of the front-pagers — I think there are still links to do that?

    Your best day is going to be a few months or a year from now when you catch them snuggling together and they jump up like, “No! We hate each other! You saw nothing!”

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    debit says:

    I am so happy for Baby and his new family. Congrats to them, and thank you, TaMara for fostering and healing him.

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    @Mnemosyne: I’m sure I will, but right now all I can think is, man do I need a nap! LOL

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    jeffreyw says:


    Your best day is going to be a few months or a year from now when you catch them snuggling together and they jump up like, “No! We hate each other! You saw nothing!”

    Hah! These two aren’t even trying to hide it anymore.

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    zhena gogolia says:

    God, do I need you people! This kind of news helps me survive the Drumpf era. Thank you, Tamara! Baby looks fabulous!

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    JPL says:

    @Sister Golden Bear: I’ll double that.. Woot! Woot!

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    Laura Too says:

    What a very happy ending!! Thank you for taking him in and caring for him and sharing him with us. We can all use some good news these days.

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    Pogonip says:


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    zhena gogolia says:

    @Black Onion:

    Oh, that’s great too! I fell in love with Grace at first sight.

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    zhena gogolia says:


    Satby is terrific, but it was debit who saved Walter.

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    CatFacts says:

    How wonderful! So happy for Baby. And Grace.

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    pinacacci says:

    Well done!

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    SWMBO says:

    @Mnemosyne: Um, with the possible exception of Bixby. He didn’t quite warm up to the “Interloper”. But even he may look around for him for a couple of days. The ducks may be relieved a bit too.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    This is one of my all-time favorite videos from Tiny Kittens: former feral Grandpa Mason sllooooowly edging his butt towards the resident cat that he’s trying to coax into being his new BFF 😹😻


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    @CatFacts: Just another happy day at this full service blog. ❤😸🐶

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    LuciaMia says:

    Oh man, that is such great news! And isnt that what every dog deserves? Thank you Tamara.

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    Yarrow says:

    Awww…that’s wonderful. Thanks for rescuing him, TaMara. I love that photo of him. He looks so happy. Did you ask Baby’s new family if they would send you photos from time to time?

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    WereBear says:

    And it turns out Baby’s anonymous vet bill donor is his new mom.

    That is just awesome.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    and more pics, as and when.
    *a little dusty in here, rubs eyes*

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    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Black Onion: send them to me

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    MomSense says:

    Hooray! And I met blackonion today. He is wonderful and a cat whisperer. Shy Grace was so calm and focused on him. Such a great day for the jackaltariat!

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    MomSense says:

    @Black Onion:

    Hey you! You are my hero!

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    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @MomSense: All the best news for Baby and Grace (and blackonion!). Off to shop at jacy’s Etsy store.

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    geg6 says:

    Such wonderful news! Yay Baby and yay Baby’s new family! Mom must have fallen in love at first sight.

    @Black Onion:

    More great news! Yay Grace and her new family!

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    J R in WV says:

    @zhena gogolia:

    Satby is terrific, but it was debit who saved Walter.

    Debit adopted Walter, and cared for him wonderfully well when he became ill, but it was John G Cole who saved him, took him to the vet, the whole sheebang, and then helped Walter get all the way up to debit.

    Just remembering who did what. And not to put the wonderful debit down at all. And Satby, who does rescue also too!

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    MomSense says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    Thank you! I was a puddle of tears – so relieved that she will be loved.

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    Jay says:

    Lovely happy ending/new beginnings,

    Thank you TaMara, not only fostering Baby and fattening Baby, but also for posting about it, in this time of Needy Amin.

    Jackals, were there any updates on Luna overnight, the missing Huskey?

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    jl says:

    Congrats to Baby.

    Ummm…. can a person get featured on one of these adoption blegs? Asking for a friend.
    He has a few special requirements, own house (a small humble guest house on some corner of an estate will do), nothing special….maybe find the guy a beautiful rich wife, maybe a car.
    I mean, just the normal adjustments you’d make for person instead of a kitty cat for a dog.

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    ThresherK says:

    Wonderful to hear. I needed a shot of good news about now.

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    satby says:

    @laura: debit was the Walter saviour, not me. Credit where it’s due, debit gave Walter a lot of best days of his life!

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    satby says:

    @Black Onion: oh, I am so delighted that Grace found a home with a jackal! Thank you for taking her!

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    Baud says:

    Well ain’t that something.

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    Suzanne says:

    That is GREAT news. Congrats, Baby! And WTG, TAMARA!!!

    This has been a shit-ass week, and I appreciate the great news.

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    MomSense says:


    I still tear up when I think of those photos of Walter with Debit’s lab holding paws in front of the fire.

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    satby says:

    @J R in WV: very true, JGC was Walter’s first saviour!

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    debbie says:

    This weekend really needed a story with a happy ending! Congratulations! 😍

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    satby says:

    @MomSense: or Walter getting massages! He had doggie heaven on earth for the end of his life, all because of debit and Cole.

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    Pogonip says:

    @satby: What happened to Debit?

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    satby says:

    @Pogonip: nothing! We were talking about what a wonderful life she gave Walter, short time though they had (edit, before Walter died).

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    sgrAstar says:

    Such great news for Baby, TaMara! Did he get to take his platypus?

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    Pogonip says:

    Meet Pia, who gave Hercules a happy home:


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    MazeDancer says:

    Wow, wow, wow!

    Such great news! Way to go, TaMara!

    New mom was just waiting to see if Baby lived. Didn’t want to upset the kids if he didn’t. But underwriting the cause to give Baby every chance. Couldn’t be better.

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    Pogonip says:

    I wonder if we could introduce Cole to Pia? They have a lot in common. 🐶😍

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    Gustopher says:

    Yey! Good for Baby. This is very happy news.

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    KSinMA says:

    Wonderful news about Baby. Thank you, Tamara–and have a nice nap!

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    KSinMA says:

    @MomSense: Black Onion also makes beautiful photographs (followed his linked nym)!

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    Sab says:

    Are they going to keep his name?

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    @Adam L Silverman: I will once she comes out of hiding. I’m doing the slow phase in as to make things as smooth as possible. She’s helping by being invisible.

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    @MomSense: let’s wait and see on that. I have high hopes that the super slow motion introduction will smooth things over, so I’m keeping the cats apart for now. I’ll give Grace credit, she is a master of disguise. I literally cannot find her, but I know she’s here. She’s got food, water & a fresh litter box, so she’ll be fine and I’m happy to let her come to me when. She’s comfortable. She did meow a little in the car, but I sang to her and she quieted down. She liked it, or I scared her. Not sure which. Nice to meet you and your mom today. You’ve got my contact info if you need it. I’ll send you some photos when she re-emerges.

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    JPL says:

    @J R in WV: We all loved him even though for afar.

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    I’m not crying you’re crying. So happy for Baby.

    Question for a front pager:. Speaking of pics, I have photos and 1 short video of a recent trip to Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix (plus bonus cute cat pics) that I would like to send to BJ but need to know what the preference is. Do you prefer them zipped, posted elsewhere with links only or what? I’ve emailed photos in the past but they were ignored and I assumed I had committed a faux pas by not zipping them.

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    JPL says:

    @Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ: I have no idea but hopefully someone will answer your question.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Wonderful to hear about Baby’s adoption to a loving home. Love how this site mixes politics seamlessly with pet updates and photos. NICE.

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    CaseyL says:


    Congrats to Baby, kudos to TaMara, and mazel tov to Baby’s new forever family!

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    Mary G says:

    @Laura Too: I am so glad you are still posting here. I miss Schemazel so much, and I hope your family is doing as well as can be expected.

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    Gelfling 545 says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: I’m starting to save up for one of her custom pet portraits! Her work is beautiful.

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    khead says:

    This is a wonderful thread. Thank you to all the rescue and foster folks here. I really don’t know how you do it. We kinda tried but discovered we would be lousy at it. Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of the day we gave up one of the 6 kittehs we rescued. We hated it so much we ended up just keeping the rest and tried to get their Mom too.

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    stinger says:

    Congrats to Baby! And Grace! And looks like jacy is getting very close to her goal!

    One of my best friends adopted 2 shelter cats yesterday; if I weren’t iced in I’d have gone to visit them today. But my friend sent me a video, so I feel that I know them!

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    Mary G says:

    @Pogonip: OMG, they need to put a trigger warning on that video. That is the worst condition of a dog that lived that I have ever seen, and I am bawling (joyfully) at the end.

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    jacy says:

    Yayayayay! Happy day for all the critters!

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    Sab says:

    Small pet good news compared to Baby and Grace, but my hyperthyroid cat who got radiation treatment got a clean bill of health from the vet today. No longer radioactive. Thyroid function normal. Other cats aren’t bothering him because he is no longer sick, new and otherwise weird.

    Thanks esp. to Cheryl Rofer for info. on his treatment. I was clueless.

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    Mary G says:

    @Black Onion: Keep waiting, my shy cat Shiloh that the shelter told me might be a bit stand-offish for three or four days hid out under my spare room bed for like three weeks. Then I realized that he was sneaking out at night to scarf up the bonito flakes the other cat didn’t really like and gradually showed him that in order to get them he had to eat them where I could see him, but far down the hall, then closer and closer and today he is as loving as any cat I have ever had. Poor Grace lived with a sick owner for a long time; she has to be horribly traumatized by all the changes, and will come out once she realizes you and Juan are family.

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    Sab says:

    @Sab: Also thanks to Werebear who steered me to a medical solution to what I thought was a behavioral problem.

    Without her advice he certainly would have died.

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    TriassicSands says:

    Bringing home Baby.

    Great news.

    And thanks again to TaMara for making this possible.

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    Skepticat says:

    This is the kind of news–of both Baby and Grace–is what we need; cheers to all. We put the last two puppies from our latest foster litter of Royal Bahmanian potcakes on a plane to the States Thursday, and they’ve gone to wonderful homes too. There is an inexhaustible supply on the big island, though, so we’ll have more soon.

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    TriassicSands says:

    @Black Onion:

    Congratulations! More good news.

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    eclare says:

    What wonderful news, for Baby and Grace! And what wonderful people here too, that make these happy stories possible.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Excellent news about Baby and Grace. Pet news is one of this blog’s points of awesomeness.

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    laura says:

    @zhena gogolia: Oh you are so right!
    Satby scrubs foreign elephants with her wonderful soaps and Debit has many loved cats and dogs. Thanks for the correction!

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    rikyrah says:

    @Black Onion:
    Was Grace the second cat bleg or the blind one?

    Either way, congratulations to you both 🤗

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    Mary G says:

    @rikyrah: Grace wasn’t the blind one, she was the tiny one that belonged to MomSense’s friend that passed away, and the family was going to take her to the shelter where she wouldn’t have done well because she is small and shy.

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    debit says:

    @laura: Whoever gave Cole the credit for saving Walter is 100% correct. John took him in, gave him medical care, good food, shelter and most importantly, saved his life. He did all the heavy lifting; in return, I got a dog that just needed some love and attention until his time came. Satby does fostering and rescues and helps care for a feral cat colony and will volunteer to drive half way across the country with a pet to make sure it gets a home. They are both real heroes, like TaMara.

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    Pogonip says:

    @Mary G: Isn’t that wonderful? How many of us would have thought there was no hope and asked the vet to put Hercules down? When I saw him wobble across the floor the first time I was overjoyed.

    And yep, he’s the worst-looking dog I’ve ever seen. And I used to watch Animal Precinct.

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    MomSense says:

    @Black Onion:

    Today when I told you I was running late I was trying to get her from a corner kitchen cupboard that I had looked in 3 times and hadn’t see her. Her world has been so unsettled for the last three weeks. There was the last week with Maya home but not functioning and then two weeks of no mom and lots of different people and all her familiar things being moved out of her home. The way she looked for you after you moved out of sight – I think she will be very affectionate once she feels safe.

    And your photos are wonderful!

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    J R in WV says:

    @Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ:

    For the “On the Road and In Your Backyard” photo submissions, use the link:

    On the Road

    aka: https://tools.balloon-juice.com/submissions/create-token/on-the-road

    I don’t think this page will accept a video, which you can email to Alain the fixer via the email a frontpager link on the front page under the list of links at:


    Alain the Fixer is on the list of front pagers. He does the daily Mon-Fri on the road picture articles.

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    J R in WV says:

    And debit and Satby are also too heros for their work with ferals and abandoned pets who need people to help them out.

    Thanks to all who contribute to making Balloon-Juice a place where furry babies are rescued, esp. John G Cole, founder and benevolent master of the blog!

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Black Onion:

    As someone else who adopted a very shy (semi-feral) kitty, invest in one of those cat toys that has a feather on a string attached to a long pole. That will let her have some positive interactions with you early on without having to get too close.

    I do think that having the other cat will help her warm up more quickly. They get less worried that you’re planning to eat them if there’s already another resident cat.

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Oh, wow…sweet dog stories just what I need right now. Dogs who made it. People who made it for them. Yes.

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    Kristine says:

    @Dorothy A. Winsor:

    Mr DAW blew up my desktop while I was at Capricon today so I’m on my laptop. Let’s see if I can manage to enter the right nym.

    I was at Capricon today, too!

    Someday I will remember to ask whether any other Juicers will be at Chicago-area cons.

    And YEA for Baby and his new family. May they have many happy years together.

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    Something fabulous says:

    @Mnemosyne: omg. I’ve seen a few w him and babies, but this is just amazing!! Sniff.

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    Aleta says:

    @MomSense: You’re wonderful. No words to describe your care for your friend continuing on to find the right place for Grace and help her get there. Even though you must be grieving and tired and busy and the roads were sketchy today. It’s moving to know this.

    @Black Onion: So good to know she found a sensitive soul like herself and a wonderful home.

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    Aleta says:

    Yay for Baby. I’m glad he’s in a home where people are around during the day. That seemed to matter a lot for our dog, a grownup before he finally got himself a house. (W/ eternal puppy heart.)

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    Pogonip says:

    @Aleta: I always suspected a dog alone all day in a house gets pretty bored. Cats don’t seem to mind as much, maybe because they sleep so much anyway. And then if they’re still bored of course they can always entertain themselves by throwing up on your bed.

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    Ruckus says:

    Damn! That is amazing! Hercules, good name for him, given how strong he is. To come through that and be happy and back to decent health.

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    Ruckus says:

    I don’t think those cats are throwing up on your bed because they are bored, they are not getting the attention they demand and so…..

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