Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Walter Says Happy Holidays

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Sure, there are some dogs (hi, Ellie) who hold their dignity too high to willingly participate in these ridiculous human rituals. Walter says there’s worse ways to spend one’s days than with a full belly, a soft warm bed, and a household of welcoming companions.

(And if you send me a jpg of your holiday-celebrating household companions, yes I will front-page them, too also.)

Apart from happy rescue updates, what’s on the agenda for the day?

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Gosh, I wonder if there’s any significance to that “January 20” deadline, she said piously.



Hello! Let’s make a calendar.

in case i haven’t completely broken the site with this post, it’s pets of balloon juice calendar time. sales of the calendar (through cafe press) benefit a small rescue organization chosen by john cole.

since i’m getting a later start than usual but still want to hit a late november publication date, can you all send me your pet photos ASAP, please?

all the details: you should send me the highest resolution image you have. if you’d like your pet’s name immortalized in the calendar, include the name in the file name or in the email you are sending me with the image file. if you have more than one pet, be sure to list their names in a way that’s mostly obvious. if you send me a photo by the deadline or before i finish laying out the page, i will get it in the calendar. pinkie swear.

deadline: friday, 18 november

email to send the photos to bjcalendar2017 at yahoo dot com. you can send me questions there or ask them here.








Who Rescued Whom? – NYC Edition

About a week ago, commenter LAO was very, very excited, waiting to find out if she was going to get her rescue pup. So last night I was so glad to hear about her new pup and asked her to send me some photos. Introducing the newest Balloon-Juice member, Maggie:

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All together now…aaaawww! I’ll let LAO tell you the rest:

The pups name is Maggie, she’s a rescue from North Carolina. She’s ridiculously friendly and fearless. It took her about one hour to get over her initial shock at NYC and in 3 days has befriended every dog in the neighborhood and almost as many humans.

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I feel very lucky that she adopted me as her human..

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I like the picture of her under my couch because I imagine that’s how she felt when I first brought her home.  Also, she’s very partial to my couch. It’s the only time she stops moving.

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Congratulations to LAO and Maggie for a terrific match and many years of love ahead. Bixby and I are still searching for our rescue match…

Open thread.



Friday Night Walter Update

Debit writes:

He went in for blood work last weekend and the results came back: no lingering anemia and no damage to his organs from the Rimadyl. According to my vet, “All is well on Planet Walter.” He’s going in again this Saturday for his first dose of Adequan, and so I can be shown how to do the injections myself. I also want his tumors biopsied and to discuss their possible removal. The one along his rib cage seems like it might be causing him discomfort since he scratches at it sometimes.

His weight is holding steady right at 88 pounds, and he seems to be feeling pretty good. I have caught him sleeping on the sofa in the living room, so for sure he’s feeling good enough to scramble up there.

It’s now been just about a month since he came to me. Here’s a video I took tonight of him in the back yard looking for the elusive squirrel. It’s hard to believe he’s the same dog you found at the start of August.

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That’s not the same dog that left my house a month ago. I think Debit is selling herself short here. Here’s a sweet pic of Walter and Ellie sitting in front of the fire place:

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And finally, a bonus video of the old married couple holding hands while warming their old bones:

All together now, “Awwwwwwww.”








Emergency Kitten Bleg – Pasadena Area

From “long time BJ lurker” Chaz:

My kids just discovered that a stray cat that hangs out around my house had 3 kittens. We caught them and will clean them up but we’re looking for owners. Not sure about the sexes – I’m not getting too close until they’ve been deloused and such. We live in Altadena, CA which borders Pasadena to the north. Any advice on tiny kitten care and also catching the mom (to spay her) is also welcome.

I’m sending Chaz links to the Alley Cats Allies site — and also, of course, to Werebear at her Way of Cats blog — but any advice would be gratefully accepted.

If you want to contact Chaz directly, send me a message at annelaurie (dot) verizon (dot) net, and I’ll forward it to him.








REPOST: Cat Rescue Bleg – L.A. Area

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From lurker cthulhu

About a month ago while on my nightly walk, I noticed a cat nursing her four kittens near the curb of a busy street. In fact, I believe the mom might be from an earlier litter at the same location that I noted about a year ago. In any case, the owners of the house where the cat and kittens were residing were not specifically taking care of them. It seemed that their likely future was a combination of a premature death by automobile or continued population explosion of cats at area. Thus at the urging of my wife and daughter, we collected them all with the plan of turning them in to the local shelter.

Well, after conferring with our neighbor who is part of a cat rescue we agreed to foster them while she works to get them adopted. The good news is that two of the four kittens have already found a new home. But we still have the mom and two other kittens. While I feel our neighbor is making good progress during the weekend adoption events, perhaps casting a wider net is a good idea. The thing is that, despite her big heart, my wife has become very allergic to cats (and we have one of our own who is our last, very wonderful cat).

So maybe a Balloon Juicer might have a place for one or more of these kitties. Mom is due to get spayed next week but they have otherwise had their shots etc. and are all very healthy. The cat rescue we are working with will want to interview/home visit anyone interested and will expect pretty much an indoor/safe living arrangement.

Of the kittens, one is male (currently given the name “Chill” by my daughter) and the other is female (“Tuna”). Mom is referred to as “Sue Sylvester” (not my show but the wife and daughter’s).

Frankly, if it weren’t for the allergy issue, we would keep Chill for sure as he already has a pretty good relationship with our dogs. Sue, despite being raised mostly feral, is a pretty friendly and sweet cat with humans but wary of dogs. Tuna remains the skittish one – her next human companion might need to take some time.

Chill is white and gray [top pic], Tuna is gray.

If you have a lead (or need a new cat in your home), leave a comment. Or email me at annelaurie (dot) verizon (dot) com, and I’ll forward your message directly to cthulu.

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Cat Bleg: Foster Home Needed, Reading PA Area

From commentor Mike S:

I have a friend at work who has just told me a sad story. Her car was burned by an arsonist a few days ago and the flames/smoke also damaged her apartment. She and her daughter were lucky to get out safely. The fire escape was where the fire was!

They are officially displaced. She has gotten a new car and can get to work, and a temporary apartment. But her biggest problem is finding a temporary home for her two cats. They are older cats (10 year old and 14 years old, who has typical old cat problems) and she probably won’t be able to keep both of them in her temporary apartment. Until she moves back to her old apartment or finds a new one, she need a home for them. We are trying local options but suggestions are welcome.

She lives in Reading,PA. If anyone knows someone in eastern PA or nearby who might be able to help with a two month fostering, please let me know.

p.s. I can’t help out because my 14.5 year old dog would freak out if I brought home a cat.

Leave a comment, or email me at annelaurie (at) verizon (dot) net, and I’ll forward you message to Mike.