So She is an Angel But a Touch Clingy

Yuki is an absolute princess and I love everything about her, but she is a touch needy. She has been surgically attached to me all day, and she must have some part of her body touching me at all points:

Here she is helping your fat host surf the internet:

Whoever gets this dog is hitting the jackpot. She does snore like a jetplane with asthma, though, and it appears that chicken nuggets give her the farts. But other than that, she is perfect.

Anyone in the Market for Christmas Miracle?

My sister Devon and her husband are on the way to the beach to meet my parents, brother, and other sister, so that means I get to sit her foster pup for a few days. You all saw a picture of her the other day, but here it is again:

She dropped her off this morning, and let me tell you, this may be the sweetest dog this side of Lily. She was rescued from Mississippi, and suffered horrible malnutrition, so much so that her brother died. She had rickets, so her legs didn’t form correctly, so she’s as bowlegged as a cartoon cowboy, and she is only 19lbs and the vet thinks she is almost 85-90% grown. At any rate, I can not tell you what a lover she is. She is also my new shadow- everywhere I go she follows me so close that if I stop short she runs into me.

We took a ride to Kroger:

I got her a 4 piece chicken nuggets because I like to spoil Devon’s dogs, and she loved them. At any rate, she is just an angel. She has the softest coat I have ever felt, and loves to snuggle. She slept with the other dogs with no problem, and she and Lily are sitting on my lap right now as I write this.

She is also so delicate when you give her treats and she love to rub noses and I have been administering long belly rubs and she drools on my arm when I do it.

If someone needs a Christmas miracle, holler, because if I did not have three i would totally adopt this dog. She’s a Lily, which as dar as I am concerned is the highest compliment you can give.

Pet Rescue Bleg: Columbus, OH Area

Pogonip put up a comment yesterday about a cat hoarding tragedy in the Columbus, OH area. Apparently someone in Gahanna, OH had collected, for lack of a better term, 166 cats.

GAHANNA, OH (WCMH) –Wednesday, more than 160 cats were taken out of a Gahanna home.

“We did remove 111 alive cats, 55 deceased unfortunately,” said Kerry Shaw with Columbus Humane, formerly called the Capital Area Humane Society.

Columbus Humane said it’s one of the worst cases of animal hoarding it has ever seen.

“The cats were in deplorable conditions and some have serious health risks right now, serious health conditions,” said Shaw.

Unfortunately, this has overwhelmed the Columbus Humane Society’s capabilities right now.

Columbus Humane, which operates a shelter at 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court on the Far West Side, was so overwhelmed with the cats from Gahanna that they had to shut down operations to the public Wednesday, Shaw said.

Veterinarians were examining the 111 live cats to evaluate their health, gather evidence and determine their future, Shaw said.

Pogonip was hoping that any of you all in the area might be able to help out. Specifically:

Hello, I remember from reading this site before that readers would organize to help pets all across the country.

I lived in Columbus, Ohio for years and still keep up with their news. Earlier this week, in suburban Gahanna, one hundred eleven cats were rescued from a collector. The local shelter is so overwhelmed they’ve had to stop accepting turn-ins. They can use all the help they can get. Details and updates can be found at and

So if you live in the area and were considering adopting,  from the Columbus Humane Society, now might be a good time to consider doing so from the Columbus Human Society to ease their sudden overcrowding problem.

Open thread!

(New) Cat Rescue Bleg – Denver Area

From commentor Hedgehog:

A friend of one of my co-workers has been keeping a couple of cats in her shop. The shop owner has told her the cats have to go. I’ve posted to all of my social media contacts but no luck. The cats are in Denver metro.

The black one, Bubby, aka Mr. Bubbles, is about 6 and has been living inside with us for 2.5 yrs. Before that, he was living in our shed as a stray. He has a very shiny, medium length, black fur with mahogany tones. He keeps himself very clean and is a pretty easy going guy. His favorite things are to sit in your lap, and to eat!

He loves attention, but is used to spending a lot of time on his own. His eyes are often a brilliant green.

The tortie is Mama, as she had 3 kittens in 1 of our sheds at a very young age. Consequently, she is on the small side. She has bunny soft fur, and only has ½ of a tail.

She was feral when I trapped her and the kittens, but she has learned to like people. She loves to be petted, and is a bit of a talker. She is about 3, and moved inside 2 winters ago. She can be a bit sassy, after all, she is a tortie, but is a very sweet girl and likes to flirt.

Both cats have been neutered. If you know anyone who would like to meet them, I’d be happy to have them come by and visit. They are both really nice cats.

They could go together, as they get along, but they are not bonded so could easily go separately.

If you know anyone who might be interested in one or both of these sweethearts, leave a comment, or email me (‘contact a front pager’ or and I’ll forward your message.

Quick Miss Callie (Minnesota to Maryland) Update

Kitten-courier Reilyn has booked her roundtrip flight from DC to Minneapolis, and purchased an airline-approved carrier for little Miss Callie. The hand-off is scheduled for the weekend of December 8th.

Because you guys are awesome, we’ve already collected more money than we need for this particular mission. Unless anyone has an objection, I’ve told Reilyn to hold on to the extra at this point in time. (You can contact me directly, if you need more information.)

We already have another pair of cats looking for new homes in Denver (check back for that post around lunchtime EST) so she may be sending part or all of the money directly to the next “angel”. Any money left over will go to pet rescue, if you want to nominate a recipient…

Dog Blogging: Rest in Peace, Heidi

From commentor Davey C:

I’m a frequent lurker and an occasional Balloon Juice commenter. In the comments of the post about the loss of Tamara’s dog I mentioned that I also lost my dog, Heidi, this week. Somebody suggested that I reach out to you with a bit of information about Heidi and, possibly, a pic. Given that I’m not a prolific commenter and am thus not known to many, I’m not sure if this is an appropriate thing to do or not, but I figured I would give it a shot.

I adopted Heidi a little over 5 years ago from a rescue agency in Southern California. She was found living in the streets of suburban California. She had a litter of pups before I ever met her, and judging by the scars all over her body–especially her face–it seems clear that she lived a rough life before being rescued.

She was a strong-willed, brave, and wonderfully intelligent dog. She once managed to open a sliding glass door and jump/climb to the ground from a second-story balcony with no injuries whatsoever! I never discovered how she actually did that.

Another time, I had to board her for a couple days, and she managed to escape from her crate, open the door to the lobby, after which she proceeded to eat every dog treat in sight! I like to think that she did boarding agency a favor by discovering flaws in their security. They seemed to think so too, since they didn’t charge me for the mess she made!

Heidi was reticent around new dogs, but eventually made many good canine friends. She was wonderful around people–friendly, affectionate, and cuddly. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a wonderful companion for me, and a better friend than I could possibly have hoped for when I adopted her. I feel incredibly privileged to know that although her early life must have been very difficult, I was able to provide her with a safe and loving home. I miss her more than I can put in words.

Kitten Adoption Bleg — Minneapolis / St. Paul Area

From commentor Newdealfarmgrrrll:

Last week my nephew found a kitten outside their detached garage, and by the end of my brother’s frantic phone call, four more appeared. And the next day, the mom, which my brother lured into the garage with the kittens.

I think the poor sweeties were dumped, as the mom doesn’t seem feral, and is desperately affectionate. All the no-kill animal shelters in the Minneapolis/StPaul metro are full and not accepting animals.

My brother and I are both maxed with pets and can’t take them on. My brother lives in the boonies, and they will be lunch for coyotes if they stay outside :(

The little gray cutie (top pic) is the bravest of the bunch, and was instantly out of the box to meet us. And, IIRC, was the first one to be discovered, hungrily mewing near the garage.

Mom is TINY. As you can see, she is a tabby, and has a lovely large orange splash on top of her head which doesn’t show all that well in the pic. She was desperately affectionate, and has been using the litter box, except for occasionally piddling in the middle of the floor. This adds to my suspicion that she is a frightened and distressed cat who was dumped by her dipshit humans.

The other kittens were very shy and huddled inside the enclosed box my nephew and brother cobbled together. Isn’t “Patchie” adorable? *muffles a SQEEE* There are two more gray kittens as well as the ginger. I didn’t want to stress them further by dragging them out of their box for pics.

Little ginger decided to come out and explore! Well, hearing the rattle of the kibble jar was what lured him out at first.

I’m in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St.Paul MN) outer metro area. I have several extra cat carriers so I could ferry cats to my place for pick up as I’m right on the freeway system on the western side of Minneapolis. My brother is in the boonies on the east side of the Cities.

Three years ago Easter, we acquire a Balloon Juice rescue kitten who looked a lot like that little gray muffin, after he walked up to Hillary R’s little dog and introduced himself. Piper is now a magnificent 15lb gentleman of great dignity, with the softest plush fur…

If you are interested in adding one of these sweeties to your household, know someone who might be interested, or have other suggestions, please leave a comment. Or contact me at, and I’ll forward your message to NDFG.