Meeca Update: Squeee!! Welcome to the Balloon Juice Family

So I have a confession to make. When I saw Meeca was up for adoption, I immediately thought of Scamp Dog. Glad to know my matchmaking skills are still pretty right on:

Here she is coming home yesterday.

And here she is resting after a big day of meeting new friends.

Congratulations everyone!

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Colorado Pet Bleg: Meeca Needs a New Home

Scout has cousins and one of them needs an assist. From Carrie, who is the person to Scout’s cousin Luna:

My brother is in need of some help. He’s in the middle of a nasty divorce and their poor dog is stuck in the middle of it. She’s a 10 year old Husky with a sweet temperament. I don’t believe she’s been around cats, but she has been around dogs with no problems. If anyone happens to know of someone looking for a new furry family member, can you PM me? Her name is Meeca.

Meeca lives near me, so if you are in Colorado or nearby, we can probably easily arrange a meet and/or transport. Please email me at whats4dinnersolutions (at) live (dot) com and I’ll put you in touch with Carrie. Let’s see if we can’t get Meeca the home she deserves.








Chillin’ With My Homies

We’re OG.



Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Respite Kittens

Beloved commentor and intrepid kitten-pusher Satby:

It’s been long enough that our momma cat Turtle’s babies are all vetted and ready for adoption. They made their public debut yesterday (Sunday) at the South Bend PetSmart on Ireland Road and were ready for their close ups along with a few other kittens in our rescue, and a glimpse of kitten whisperer Becky.

So, for a mood lifter, I present our rescue cuties…



Wednesday Morning Open Thread: There Are Still Heroes


As the owner of a 16-year-old rescue dog who still bolts for freedom every chance he gets, I cannot tell you how happy this story made me. But maybe you can guess!

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Olivia Nuzzi is a hero — or at least a media ninja — in her own right:

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You too can be a hero…



Cat Bleg- Two Good Cats Need a Home

I have horrible news from my good friend Nikki, but it could be very good news for someone who wants to adopt two wonderful kitties:

For the past couple of months, my five month old has been dealing with a lot of skin issues. Rash, itching, scratching, and occasional hives. She’s been to her pediatrician, a dermatologist, and most recently, an allergist. Two weeks ago she had allergy testing and we found out that she is allergic to our cats. We have discussed our options and have decided to follow the allergist’s advice for what’s best for baby. We need to rehome our cats.

The cats don’t deserve this and if we could keep them and the keep the baby healthy, we would. We have reached out to our family and our friends, but people are reluctant to take in a “used” cat. But let me tell you – these are GOOD used cats. Chelsea (the gray shorthair cat, female) is about 10 years old and is very affectionate. She loves to be held and and rubbed and enjoys napping all day. She likes the occasional can of wet food and loves to look out the window. Jozy (the fuzzier cat, male) is about 7 years old. He loves winding around our legs and is very friendly. He prefers to lay near the humans and not ON the humans. He purrs like a jackhammer and is a big, happy boy.

Both cats are fixed and have been indoor cats their entire lives except for the rare visit outdoors when we forget to shut the front door. Chelsea will explore outside for 5-10 minutes and then come back to the door. Jozy will demand to come back inside once he realizes that he has escaped, which is usually less than 30 seconds. They are good with kids. We have a 2 year old that loves on them every day. We have never had a dog, but my mom’s small dogs used to visit and they tolerated them just fine.

We would prefer that they find a new indoor home together, as we assume they are good friends. But more importantly, we want them to find a new home that isn’t a shelter, because we know what their fate would be if they were to go there.

To be clear, we are devastated to have to get rid of these two. We love them so much but our baby is clearly suffering. We are hopeful that someone else will see their potential, take a chance, and love them like we do.

I recommended putting the five month old up for adoption because she’s so young she probably wouldn’t remember anyway and the cats were there first and will be less expensive and less trouble in the long run, but apparently Nikki has become quite attached to her, so I guess we need to find a home for the cats. I’ve met both of them and spent quite a bit of time with Chelsea who is an absolute dear, and I feel just horrible for Nikki.

As you can tell, they are happy, healthy, well-adjusted kitties, and if you are interested, please email me.








Puppy Rescue Bleg – DC Area

From commentor Kay (not the front pager):

My DIL’s best friend is very ill. She is hoping to go home to Korea in 2 weeks so her mom can take care of her if she is well enough (she’s in the hospital now, just out of ICU). She has a 12 week old part-chihuahua puppy she was planning to take with her, but she just found out it would have to be in a long quarantine.

Does anyone know anyone who would be interested in this (really adorable) puppy? I can’t take him. I already have two very large and cantankerous cats and a very small and cantankerous dog. None of them will take kindly to a happy little puppy soaking up all the attention.

The little guy came to visit yesterday, and he really is a sweetie. He is trained to a pad indoors (100% pee, ~80% poop), but had not been outdoors until yesterday. My son spent quite a bit of time outside with him, trying to train him to go outside to “do his business.” He did finally get the idea, so it looks like he can be trained for walks.

He’s been trained to the “sit” command, but probably will need additional obedience training. He loved our dog, and followed him around outside (we had to keep him in his crate in the basement inside to keep him safe from the dog and cats). He’s a little shy, but a little kibble in the hand quickly makes you his best friend.

Seeing him in person, I have my doubts about his parentage. He is a lot longer than our chihuahua, and his legs are a LOT shorter. I’m guessing there is dachshund in there somewhere… Anyway, he (probably) won’t get too big, but he won’t be so tiny that his bones are fragile like chihuahuas and mini pincers.

He looks a little dour in these pictures, but he has the cutest grin when he’s outside!

His current name is Snowee (I assume because of his snowy white tux shirt), but he’s young enough to learn another name.

I’m in the DC/Metro area. If you know anyone in the surrounding area (within like half a day’s drive or so), I would be glad to bring the little guy around. He’s 12 weeks old, has his shots current up to 12 weeks, and is pad trained.

Chihuahuas and dachshunds, even more than most small dogs, are notorious for bonding to their person, with all their considerable hearts (cf: Lily Cole). This little guy is at a prime age to become someone’s soul-friend for the next fifteen to twenty years…

If you know someone who might be interested, leave a comment below, or contact me (annelaurie [dot] bj [at] gmail [dot] com) and I’ll forward your message to Kay.