(Main picture is Bergen, a 6 year old love bug looking for a new adoptive family.  If you are interested in learning more CLICK HERE).


I can almost certainly say that growing up, most of the pictures taken of me had an animal in it. Many probably included my cat, Clancy.

My mother had Clancy before I had been born. When she was pregnant, she would often find herself sandwiched between Clancy and her brother’s cat. Warm spot, most likely. Protective, possibly.

(Below, look at beautiful Piper!  If you are interested in adopting this 5 year old Lab/Pointer Mix please CLICK HERE).


One thing that my parents always told me was that I hated my crib, I never wanted to sleep in it. When I did, I usually had a visitor sleeping right next to be. Clancy seemed to like the crib much more than I did, so while I slept on the flip out cushions of the couch in my nursery, he slept in the crib and kept watch over me.

The older he got, the grumpier he was. The older I got, the more attached we were. If he wasn’t already in my room at bedtime he would cry and cry until someone went and brought him upstairs. He was a cuddler and enjoyed the warm spots by your chest or on top of your head. White pillow case? No, black fur pillow case. (Below, Arizona is a 1.5 year old Lab/Boxer Mix who needs a new family.  For more information CLICK HERE).


Reading a book? Make room because the second you turned the page, he would be crawling onto your legs. Raspberries? Put some in the cats’ dish because otherwise he might stare you down, filled with betrayal. Sour Cream and Onion chips? You can keep the chip but he liked to lick of the flavouring.

I can’t picture a life without a family pet. I can honestly say that I’ve never lived in a house without an animal. Our friends called us the zoo for a reason. We had an interesting variety of animals. Cats, dogs, a rescued bird, a rescued bunny, and a one-eyed gerbil. The most animals we’ve had in our care at one time has been five. Two dogs, two cats, and the gerbil. A healthy balance as some would say. (Below, 3 year old Deirdra has a special adoption fee of $60 . For more information on this lovely girl CLICK HERE).


They lived well with us, pampered and spoiled rotten.

“Dogs aren’t allowed on the furniture.” – My mother when we got our first dog, second dog, third dog, etc.

Care to guess how many dogs made it up on to the couch? If you guessed all of them, you would be correct.

“Cats aren’t allowed on the table.” – Also my mother. (Below, Bambi is a beautiful bunny that was abandoned and now after rescue is looking for a new place to call  home.  For more information CLICK HERE).


Picture a laptop on the dining room table, my mother sitting in front of it, and the cat curled up on the placemats n the centre of the table. Follow through is something we need to work on.

Are you looking to spoil some animals? The shelter is looking for donations of non-coloured cat and kitten food. For a full list of common donation items, check out our website, www.nfhs.ca, under the “Get Involved” tab on the side.

This week’s column written by Katarina Rind

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