the whole world is celebrating my birthday

Hello dear friends. I am STAR and today is my 5th birthday. Mommy says i’m so lucky being born December 31 as there is always lots of food for the family to share during New Year’s Eve. Just imagine, the whole world is also celebrating with me complete with fireworks. How awesome is that. Tomorrow is a brand new day of a brand new year. My wish is an unlimited supply of hugs and kisses from mommy. I could never wish for anything more because i have been so lucky to have a home with lots and lots of food, treats and toys. I hope that more kitties would also find their forever home.

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We also celebrated yesterday because it was the 2nd birthday of mommy’s big boy MARWIND. Yep, he is huge but still very much a puppy at heart. Mommy gave him big hugs and kisses too. 

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Wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Love… STAR. 

As i write this, 2016 will soon come to a close. There are many happy memories to cherish but there are lonely ones too like the loss of a loved one, a missing cat and other personal problems. But… i couldn’t miss out in celebrating the end of the year and the welcoming of a new year. A new year means new hopes. We are all HOPEFUL that the new year will shower us with more blessings and fulfillment of our dreams.

From my family to yours, HAPPY NEW YEAR. Peace, Love and Happiness to all.

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Happy Birthday Kristina! You just turned 10 years today but still very much a puppy at heart. I am so thankful that despite your age, you are still looking so good and pretty. I wish to celebrate more and more of your birthdays. Stay healthy and beautiful. Love much… mommy

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Happy 1st Birthday Ashton! I remembered the first time i’ve seen you, you look so tiny like a shrimp… so wet, thin and hungry. Look at you now. A lot of TLC’s later you’ve grown so big, heavy and handsome. Stay sweet and healthy. Love much… mommy.

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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.

a word a week photo challenge: rust

This morning as i visit my garden, i saw Johnny’s old cage sitting idly at the back of the house and rusting away. He passed three months ago and i still struggle with the pain of losing him.

I put a yellow flower on the old cage which is the same kind of flower that i offered him on the morning of May 28 when he passed. (Note: Johnny was NOT a caged dog. The cage is just used for Johnny’s safety everytime we  park the car or drive the car out of the garage.) 

This old cage has served well.

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rusted cage

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This following is a photo of his new cage, bigger, wider and it even has roof insulation. The door has been left shut since the day he passed and i wonder who will ever use this cage again.

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If you want to read my tribute to my beloved Johnny, you may visit this page.

And if you want to join in A Word A Week Photo Challenge with Rust as this week’s theme visit Sue’s blog.

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.

cat purrday friday post: TGIF

Hello furry friends,

It’s TGIF and it’s time for my cat purrday friday post. Before anything else, i want to share this photo which mum took very recently. As always, mum had a hard time looking for me because my color almost always blends well where i hide. I did a lot of grooming after that cause it’s kinda dusty in that old shoe cabinet. 

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Star’s new found hideaway

Do you remember Noisy the new (fur)kid on the block which mum posted here? Well, mum is so happy that for the first time in weeks that she has been feeding him, Noisy brushed himself on mum’s legs while begging for his food this morning. Taking advantage of the little trust, mum slowly began to stroke her fingers on him and slowly inched her hand to his head. Noisy did not hiss but tolerated mum’s stroking. 

Next week, i will have a new playmate because mum would be fostering a handsome fellow and his name is Boots. His human (mum’s niece) will be working overseas so mum will be taking care of him when she leaves. She already fostered Boots before when mum’s niece went for a vacation for two weeks and she blogged about him here. Well, i wasn’t even born yet at that time so Boots is older than me. This time, i think Boots will be staying with us for a very long time. Here’s Boots together with my bestfriend and sibling Kristina. 

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That’s all friends.. i’ll be looking forward on your next visit. Have a happy weekend.

Hugs and purrs,
kitty Star

tagged T: tobi

Introducing… Tobi, a new member of the family. He is a playful bundle of joy. His past time is bullying the kitties and my other doggie Kristina. He loves to play a lot and run like crazy and chase the cats.

This photo was taken when Tobi was just 2 months old. Now that he’s a bit bigger and fatter, he can’t make himself fit under the wooden cabinet anymore.

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Another photo of Tobi at 2 months old.

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Here’s how Tobi looks now at 5 months old.

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For more tagged T, visit Frizz’s blog.