meet the new addition to my furmily

My About page contained just a snippet about myself but a lot about my furfamily. I guess that’s how crazy pet parents are. I have two new doggies. When my beloved Johnny (a german shepherd) passed last May 2014 i was not in a hurry to find another dog. It took nine months before i began searching for another dog who will not only be a loyal friend but also a loyal guardian of the house. So, in February 2015 i got Marwind. He is now a big and handsome dog at only a little over a year old.

When we visited our relatives in the province, we got Marwind a playmate, a typical Aspin or local dog and i named him Raf-raf. He is such a goofy and playful dog. Today, he is about a year old now. Marwind and Raf-raf are the best buds and are partners in crime as they both love to wreck my potted plants and chew on almost anything they could find. Today, almost all my plants are eradicated by these two mischievous dogs hence no more plants to chew on. But still i love these guys.

 

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And here’s a photo of Marwind on the day he went home with us from the breeder. A cute and tiny pup who is now more than 30 kilos and still growing.

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There are also two new kitties that i rescued. Meet Ashton. I found him at the memorial park when i visited my brother’s place of rest. He is so tiny and thin that he fits on my palm. He is so wet as it has been raining during that day. I just couldn’t stand leaving him there all alone because i knew he would not survive on that place. Even if i already have a lot of cats in my home i just need to rescue him. So i scooped him up and put him in a paper bag. After a lot of TLC’s and medications for diarrhea, colds and swollen eye he is finally healthy. He has grown and gained a lot of weight and is now happily neutered.

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Here’s one of his earliest photos.

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And then came Kuting-kuting (kuting is kitten in English), a Puspin or a local domestic short haired cat. This kitty is also a rescue. Early last year, i’ve been noticing him outside at the vacant lot in from of my house for about a day and the next day he just came inside and joined the group of cats that i regularly feed. He must be really hungry. I noticed that he is a sweet kitty, actually the sweetest among the strays that i took in. He is very calm and doesn’t hiss. The group of cats that i feed (8 cats) all started as wild and they hiss. Today, i could touch and pet them and they know their names. But Kuting-kuting is different. He is sweet since the first day i took him in.

One day, i noticed a wound on his tail. I am so sure that he was bullied by another cat. I treated the wound and several days passed i noticed it has healed or so i thought. Although it is healed, the end part of his tail has died. So off to the vet we went. The vet prescribed antibiotics and after three days he was scheduled for tail docking to remove the dead part of his tail. Yes, he was also neutered. Here’s Kuting-kuting now, about a year old, a happy and healthy cat and now an indoor cat. Sigh! i now have 5 indoor cats. Oh well, for the love of cats.

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Finally my About page is already updated.

i’m bacccckkkk!!!!

Wow! It has been almost two years since my last post. A lot of things have happened. I have way too much fur babies now… new rescued kitties and doggies too. I will be updating my About page soon.

Hello friends 🙂 I hope everyone is doing well and i will try to read your posts in the days to come.

Well, a lot has happened in my personal life. I have learned that i was being cheated on. Yes, that’s right. I just couldn’t believe that the person whom i know who will respect, protect and care for me is the same person who would give me miseries and pain. My life changed overnight. I just can’t forgive and forget because of the emotional trauma that it caused me. It was a struggle dealing with it… a long and agonizing journey. Being cheated on is the most painful and ultimate betrayal in a relationship. I became bitter and angry at the same time.

Fast forward to TODAY. I have moved on and it is the best decision i have ever made. It was a long process but I have dealt with the pain. I just woke up one day and realized that i am happier being single again. Being alone is better than being with someone who don’t value me. I left my past in the past. I don’t want to carry the emotional burden which will only pull me down and prevent me from being happy and affect my future. I deserved to be happy and i want to be happy.

Okay, enough of the drama. For good vibes, here’s a photo of STAR, my lovely princess and is looking gorgeous as ever.

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Star makes me smile as always. 🙂

happy birthday johnny

A letter to my beloved Johnny

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To my dearest Johnny,

Happy Birthday! You could have been 11 years old today. It’s been almost 6 months since you crossed over the rainbow bridge and i still miss you a lot and i am sure that i would forever miss you. I still cry whenever i think of you… sorry, mom is such a cry baby.

How are you doing? I am sure you are very happy at the RB. Did you chase a lot of birds today? Do you have a lot of furry playmates? I think you do. Can you see well now? Can you hear well now? I could almost imagine how handsome you are now … a very handsome German Shepherd free from all these ailments.

You know, last November 1 i did not only remember the dearly departed but i also lighted a candle for you and offered a little prayer because you were also a part of my family.

Are you still watching mommy over at the rainbow bridge? Sorry if mom still cries whenever she thinks of you.

Always remember that mommy loves you and misses you so much. Happy Birthday!

Hugs and kisses,
mommy

a wildflower for you Ajay

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This post is dedicated to a good blogger friend Ajay (Ajaytao2010). He will always be remembered as somebody who enjoyed nature and who loved flowers. Don’t worry Ajay, in heaven there are lots and lots of beautiful flowers. You will surely be missed. Rest in peace Dear. He calls every blogger friends Dear and i know we will all miss that too especially his favorite lines “Thank you Dear”. And from all of us your blogger friends, thank you dear for sharing us your wonderful nature photos and inspirational quotes.

In memory of my beloved Johnny von Kelly 06Nov2003-28May2014

This morning while i drive my daughter to school, i saw a man walking his German Shepherd dog and right at that instant i remembered my Johnny. I became teary eyed again but i had to contain myself since i was driving. All the happy memories he left behind flashed on my mind. I still haven’t totally moved on and i still feel the pain and the emptiness even if it’s been more than a month since he passed. I am sharing with you my tribute to my sweet boy Johnny which i wrote just a day after he crossed the rainbow bridge.

In Memory of my Beloved Johnny
JOHNNY VON KELLY
(06 November 2003 – 28 May 2014)

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I remembered the day when we got you from the breeder. I’ve always wanted to have a German Shepherd not only for it’s good looks but for it’s loyalty and intelligence. We did not choose you but among the five wonderful litters of pups you were the one who approached us with that cute face and wagging tail and then we knew that you were the one. At 3 months of age, you were so full of life, so naughty that you chewed on almost anything… the sofa, the table legs, the newspapers, etc. I also remembered the day when i arrived home from the office and i was so surprised finding slices of bread scattered all over the house. You grew up so fast and when you stand you could reach the table and that anything that i place there became your toys to chew on and play with. I also remembered waking up one morning and finding jelly beans candies scattered all around. I wondered how many jelly beans did you really ate. You were looking at me with that cute guilty looks and i just laughed.

We were all expecting you’ll cry over the first few days/nights with us because we thought you’ll be missing your mommy and your siblings but how wrong i was. You settled in immediately and you even slept in between the kids on their bed. You were so funny when i saw you cause you seemed so contented and so happy being with us.

We moved to our own home in 2004 and you were just 7 months then. You’re so big and you stayed indoors with us for quite sometime. The most visible reminders of your naughtiness inside the house were the 2 stair balusters which you chewed on and destroyed so badly that we had to take them off. After all those years i wondered why i did not even bother to have them replaced and when i am looking at them right now they all reminds me of you. When the fence and the gates were done, we decided that it’s time for you to go outside and play. You did not only like it but you loved being outside where there’s more freedom. The lawn is big and spacious and it became your playing grounds and most importantly there were lots of birds to chase. Yes, you love chasing birds and it became your hobby. I was so happy seeing you so joyful and playful and free.

All those years you became my loyal companion. As i do my gardening you were there and would sit beside me. As i water the plants, you were there following me around. You have been the guardian of the house and so intelligent enough to differentiate strangers from friends of the family. A lot of people passing by the house are frightened by just the sound of your bark… so deep, so full and so loud that i could even feel it echoing. Yet, no matter how big you were or no matter how frightening your barks were, you were so gentle with us.

As i write this here in the garden where you spent most of your life, i see a lot of reminders of you… lots of fur, your drinking bowl, your food bowl that i already scrubbed clean. I’m sure that if you were here you’re already sitting beside me now. There was so much emptiness and I still feel the pain of losing you.

On the early morning of May 28, my daily routine was preparing all the food for the cats and the other dogs in the house. As i walked outside the house holding your food i saw you in the garage laying down and i thought you were still asleep. There were really those times that i still need to wake you up. As i got nearer to you, i realized that you look different, your chest was not moving, you were not breathing anymore and as i see your lips they were pale and when i touched you i realized you were a little bit stiff. I cried hysterically loud that i’ve awakened the entire household. They all went down and went outside to be at your side and i was crying my heart out and still holding your food. The pain of finally realizing that you were really gone was so unbearable that i could not stop crying.

I knew you were getting old but in spite of your failing sense of hearing and eyesight you were still strong. You eat well, you’re not even sick, you even chased away the neighbourhood cat that sometimes visits the garden the previous night and you could still run and bark. Your passing was so totally unexpected, i never realized that it was this soon. It was just a relief that you did not die in pain and you just went peacefully in your sleep. We all made our final respect and i offered 3 beautiful yellow flowers that i picked in the garden where you used to run and play.

To my beloved Johnny, i will really miss you terribly. Mommy will be thinking of you always. Inspite of the pain and the emptiness i’m sure that as you cross over the rainbow bridge you were also sad that you have to go and that you were also thinking of mommy.

Run free my sweet and handsome boy. I love you so much and i will never ever forget you. I could almost imagine that at this very moment you were smiling back at me with your wagging tail and telling me not to worry and not to cry as much. I could almost hear you saying … “Don’t be so sad mommy, doggie heaven is not so bad after all. Look mum, i could hear well now, i could see well now. The garden here is way bigger than ours and yes there are so many dogs to play with. And mum, there are lots and lots of birds to chase. Thank you mum for all your love and care. Don’t cry so much because you’re already getting ugly with those big eyebags from constant crying. I love you too mum and I will also never ever forget you.”

Lots of hugs and kisses my beloved Johnny.
Love always,
Mommy

 

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Johnny was cremated after all of us paid our last respect. Up to this time, i still cry whenever i see some of his fur in our garage. I am just letting nature takes it course as the wind blow away his fur. All of them might be one day gone but he will forever live in my heart and his memories i will cherish forever.

i’m back!!!

There are really those times during the blogging period where there’s a need to make a hiatus… a time to reflect and to recharge. A lot has happened during the 10-month break, some ups and downs, the passing of my german shepherd whom i love so dearly and i still miss, graduation day of one of my sons, travelling, family reunions last Christmas, addition of a new cat for fostering which i think he’s mine now, etc. I tried to go back on blogging (a different blog) but it’s more of a personal blog with cat posts every now and then of course.

I would like to thank everyone who still visits this blog even when i’m away. Thank you for your likes and comments and i noticed that some of my previous posts still get “likes” and i appreciate it very much.

The biggest blow that happened to me during the time of my hiatus was the passing of my beloved dog last May 28, 2014. I will post my tribute to my Johnny after this. I still cry whenever i think of him because i really miss my sweet boy.

I hope to update this more often and speaking of update, i better update my About page too.

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Kitty Star says hi to everyone.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart my dear blogger friends. Today, this blog reached 200 followers (203 as of this writing). I had my first post in September 2, 2011 and it earned 1 like. Thank you Mary of MyTropicalHome for being the first “liker” of my very first post and since then this blog had over 28K visits and almost 3K comments. I would consider this as a big milestone.

My posts had evolved over time. It’s so fulfilling that i could happily interact with my fellow bloggers. Little did i know that i would reach this number of followers.

At the end of the day, the number of followers would always be just numbers. What is more important is that i gained a lot of blogger friends who will always be one of my sources of inspiration. And for as long as there are wonderful readers like you, i would continue to share my thoughts and photos.

My kitty Star says thank you too. And here’s her first ever instavid that i posted the other day on Instagram. Please click Star’s photo to play the instagram video.

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Star’s first instavid

 

words of gratitude

To all my blogger friends who voted/liked my entry to Rodposses’s 4th RPC, thank you so much. You’ve all given me inspiration,  helped me to improve my confidence, and made me more determined to take photos much better than the first. How i wish i could thank you all individually but i will try my best since sometimes the gravatar doesn’t link to the owner’s blog.

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If you want to take a glimpse of my entry again, here’s the link.

roses and cheesecake

Yesterday, hubby gave me 3 long-stemmed roses and my favorite cheesecake. Actually, it was an advanced gift for our monthsary which is every 27th of the month. Knowing that he won’t be around on the 27th, we made an early celebration.

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A red rose signifies love and respect, white is for loyalty and sincerity, and peach is for appreciation and thanks. Hubby sure made the right choice of colors.

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Okay now Star, stop poking your nose on my cheesecake.

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… and stop chewing on the leaves! Star is always so curious about everything.

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I finally was able to take a good photo without my playful kitty in the picture.

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the koi and us

We had the most amazing experience last Sunday during our out of town trip to Nuvali Paseo de Santa Rosa. It is actually a commercial as well as leisure and entertainment center located south of Manila. Some of the leisure park activities are biking, hiking, boat rides, and feeding the koi. For me, feeding the koi at the man-made lagoon is absolutely the highlight of the trip. The lagoon is teeming with koi and during the feeding frenzy they are piling themselves on top of each other. It was awesome. The kids loved it and even my mother and father enjoyed it too.

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Then, off we go for a boat ride. Just seeing both my parents enjoying every moment of the trip made me very happy. Times like these are truly precious since this doesn’t come very often.

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Lunch was at Conti’s Pastry Shop and Restaurant. Here, food is superb and the cakes and pastries are delightfully good.

Next activity … shopping! I fell in love with the terracotta floor vases and the moroccan lamps. So, i decided that i should buy them and they are now prominently displayed in my home.

floor vases are P500 (about $11.50)/set of 3 and the moroccan lamps are P300 (about $7.00)/each

The day seemed short but everybody had a good time and that made it all memorable.  Tomorrow, hubby would be leaving to work overseas again and i could only cherish the fun times.

Bon voyage to my dear hubby and have a safe trip.