Help the Potcakes

While Curt and I were in Turks & Caicos we noticed some feral but friendly dogs and cats hanging around the resort.

The dogs are called Potcakes.

According to the Potcake Place website, Potcake is the name given to the dogs of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands. It came about because the locals fed the caked remains of the cooking pot to the dogs.

Potcakes ended up evolving into a breed. According to the site, they are extremely smart, loyal and loving.

There is no animal shelter on Turks & Caicos. The Potcake Place volunteers rescue the dogs and keep them in their homes until a permanent home is found.

According to a pamphlet I picked up there are many ways we can help: adopt; courier a puppy from the island to their new home; volunteer, donate food or pet supplies; foster; educate; spay and neuter; and sponsor a puppy in care.

These are all awesome ways to help Potcakes. Some are simple and some involve more dedication.

My favorite way to help a Potcake (besides adopting) is to volunteer to be a courier. Potcake Place takes care of all the arrangements. All the courier volunteer … Continue reading

Joey, my furry angel

Tomorrow will be one year since I lost my beautiful furry boy, Joey.

I can’t believe it has been a year.

He was in my life for 17 1/2 years. That’s a long time. And I still can’t believe he is gone.

Joey brought so much joy to my life and his unconditional love and cuddling were just two wonderful things about him.

I am still heart broken over his death. I am not sure if I will ever get over it.

People have asked if we will get another cat or if we want one. For now the answer is no. I wanted to be furbaby free for a year. And a year has come.

Here’s the thing, Joey had an amazing personality. He was a cuddle bug and a sweetheart. He was definitely cat and would get pissy at times. But his personality for the most part was almost like a dog.

I don’t think I could find another cat that would compare. And I don’t think I want to. Another cat will never be my Joey and I don’t know if I could bear that.

Watching TV or movies while cuddled under a blanket is just not … Continue reading

Coping with the loss of my Joey

Today Curt and I lost our furbaby, Joey. Joey was born around April 15, 1994. He came into my life on June 2, 1994 and he went to kitty heaven today, Dec. 4, 2011.

For most of Joey’s life he was a healthy cat. I feel lucky for that. A little more than a year ago Joey became diabetic–his first major illness. About a year later the diabetes reversed and Joey was in renal failure. That was hard on Joey and the illness kicked in quickly.

I got Joey when I was 19. I have had him for almost half my life. I feel lucky to have had him for so long. And I am so sad that he is gone. Curt and I knew yesterday that it was time–he wasn’t eating; he was losing control; he was having trouble walking; he just wasn’t himself; we couldn’t leave him alone.

I know that I need to mourn my little hairy family member. And I will take as long as I need. I know it will take time. Joey was the longest male relationship I ever had–17 1/2 years is a long time. 🙂 I will be sad. But also happy … Continue reading

Embarking on a hectic December

Today was a hectic day, between work and taking the furbaby to the vet, talking to the vet, running to the store for Joey supplies, etc.

And I didn’t want to go to yoga. But I knew I would feel better after I did.

And I have to say I am glad I went. Though I did have a hard time focusing tonight in class. Balancing poses are always a challenge for me. But tonight even more so. But I didn’t get frustrated and just went with it.

For as long as I can remember I haven’t slept well. I usually have no problem falling asleep. But I wake up a lot. The past few weeks have been rough in the sleep department. Joey has been keeping me up with cuddling, jumping on me to try to sleep close to me and jumping in and out of bed.

For me, December is a hectic month. Lots of projects and things to get done at work before the end of the year, especially since the offices close down for about 10 days for winter break.

There are lots of things going on personally: parties, things to get done around the house, Christmas … Continue reading