You may have heard that we’ve got a new Grand Dane. That’s right, our kiddos made us proud grand-pup-parents again with this handsome guy, and we couldn’t be happier.
They brought him over for dinner last week so we had to dash up to the studio for a few quick baby portraits. He is a Great Dane, so we know he won’t stay this small for long. Get a load of those PAWS!
We don’t play in the studio often together when the kids come over, but decided this would be a great occasion for our daughter in love to step into the gorgeous lilac dress that we recently added to our studio collection. Isn’t she a dream?
Laughter and puppy breath. Sooooo sweet! We had a wonderful time playing together and it is going to be so much fun watching this pup grow up. His name is Dos, and he’s the second official mascot of Grateful Dane Distilling Co. right here in Houston, Texas.
The next time you are enjoying a cold locally craft distilled beverage and wonder if there really is a Dane behind the label, now you know!
The original Grateful Dane, Jaeger, will never be replaced. He left a pretty big pawprint on our hearts to fill, but I believe Dos has begun filling that space quite nicely.
Calling all Cat People — We need your help Soooooo bad.
Heck, I’m even going to call on NON-Cat people because I know that you still have good hearts and you’ll help us as best you can. It’s just that you just prefer dogs — or you have allergies.
By the way, there are a couple of dogs in here too, so don’t check out just yet……
Here’s the executive summary:
Lovable, hand-raised cats and kittens (and two dogs)
Already Spayed and Neutered
FREE (or as Mattress Mack would say — FREE FREE FREE) They just need safe loving homes.
If the cat doesn’t work out in your home, there’s a no-questions-asked return policy.
Meet them during business hours at Green Trails Animal Clinic 19825 Greenwind Chase, Houston, TX 77094 — Phone 281.492.6100
Now, for the details: You might remember back in August when I wrote about a group of cats that needed homes. If you missed it, you can check it out HERE . Unfortunately most of those sweeties are still waiting for furever homes. Now, to top it off there’s a whole new crop of young cats waiting for homes of their own, in addition to the first ones, and it won’t be long before springtime litters start rolling in. I took one home a week ago after I photographed them, so I can personally vouch for the fact that they are amazing! More on that later.
Here’s the back story. Our veterinarian, Dr. McGowan and the staff at Green Trails Animal Clinic have been helping to stem the population of cats and kittens for a nearby ranch owner, and they are absolutely bursting at the seams. Because these kittens are hand-raised by a loving veterinary staff, they are totally lovable. Earlier this month I went back to the clinic and photographed 26 more cats and two dogs that need homes desperately. If you can’t take one in yourself, that’s understandable, but you can still help us spread the word.
Meet these sweeties right here.
This is Cat #122. She’s a Seven Month Old spayed female brown tabby. This gal is very playful, but just a little skittish. She’ll get over that as soon as she feels safe and loved.
Number 123 is an orangy cream neutered male tabby. He’s a lover boy, very playful and always purring, and he just wants to be a lap cat.
This green-eyed smoky grey beauty is #124. She’s a sweet 7 month old loaded with personality. She’s very playful, but also quite calm for a 7 month old kitten.
If you’re looking for a super-inquisitive curious cat, # 125 might be your buddy. He’s extremely outgoing and playful, and he’s going to be an engineer when he grows up.
#126 will talk to you when you need company. She’s also curious about what’s going on, and she’s pretty darn playful, herself.
127 is a male cream tabby, He’s a 7 month old laid back lap cat who loves to snuggle.
#129, a talkative female black tortie, is 7 months old. She’s active, playful and just a little bit glamorous.
130 — This female grey tortie is six months old. She’s affectionate and very loving.
#131 is a loving and affectionate female grey tortie-tabby who just wants to become your lap cat.
# 134, a sweet brown tabby female is six months old. She’s a sweetie who loves to play, and purrs almost all the time. OH MY GOODNESS — Check out those Green Green EYES!
# 135 is a six month old female light grey tabby who’s a tiny bit skittish, but very playful She loves to climb and play.
#136. This female powder-grey tabby loves to jump. She would have preferred to get down off the table to explore the clinic rather than pose for her pictures. Lots of fun with this princess gal.
# 137, a brown tabby male just wants to sit in your lap and purr when he’s not riding around on your shoulder. He’s a lover.
# 138 — well, he sorta stole my heart and came home with me, so he no longer goes by a number. He is now Crown Prince Friedrich Leopold von Katzenburg, but he lets us call him Fred. Pure love … He kind of thinks he’s a dog. He already comes when we call him, and he is very very appreciative of his new surroundings. He just wants his buddies to know that there is hope beyond the clinic crate.
#139 is a brown medium hair tabby who is just five months old. She’s a sweetie who should become a great lap cat. All she needs is the lap.
#140 , a male brown tabby is also only five months old. What a playful sweetie.
#141, a female grey-tortie just loves to play — and play — and play.
#143 — this male brown/grey tabby is five months old. He’s very sweet and loves company.
#145 — a male cream with grey tabby, medium hair is very sweet and playful.
#146 is a gorgeous male silver/black tabby who would absolutely love to ride around on your shoulder
#147 is a gorgeous male brown tabby with lovely markings. He’s a little bit shy, but still a playful talker.
#148, affectionately known as Popeye, got off to a rough start but seems to be doing alright now. Back before he knew better, he got caught up in a bar fight where he lost his right eye and got a little notch taken out of his ear. He knows better now, and he’s just an extremely playful and affectionate white lynx. I think perhaps he’s a brother to the Crown Prince…… same age and markings,anyway.
#150 and #151 would be the happiest ever if they could stay together. You see, they helped each other through some pretty tough life and death situations. The sassy female seal-point siamese is just a little stand-offish, but once she feels comfortable and safe she becomes pretty playful. She purrs and talks when stroked. The black male is super playful and LOVES to play with toys. He’s a busy guy, always purring. They could be separated if necessary, but they really help keep each other centered.
And finally, there’s Chica and Nino.
No, they’re not cats and they don’t think they’re cats … but as long as we’re finding homes for needy pets, we just couldn’t leave them out. Chica is a one year old sweet and senssssitive gal. She’s definitely not a lap dog, and you’ll have to earn her trust — but once she figures out your loyalty, she won’t leave your side.
Nino is a black male. He’s a sweet lover, but will need a calming firm hand to break him of his habit of jumping …. He’s just enthusiastic, and needs to learn the rules.
Okay — as a disclaimer, I hope I got all the numbers and pictures straight. If not, just straighten it out when you visit the clinic. You’ll get to let them choose you in person anyway — and the numbers don’t really matter. The Purrsonalities do.
Please do whatever you can to make sure these animals get to pick out some people to love FURRR-EVER very soon.
I did something just a little bit different this week, and as a result, I fell a little bit in love.
I went to meet and photograph some cats that really would like to go home with a human and STAY.
Oh my catnip, was it fun!
For starters, let’s meet BOOTS —
Boots is a big gorgeous two-year-old hunk who would do well in a home without human kids – — or at least someone who is a real neatnick.
You see, he has a tendency to play with things and eat them. Things like toys and yarn.
As much as he loves hanging out with the staff at Green Trails Animal Clinic in Katy where he’s staying, he says he’d much rather not have to do that surgery thing . . . AGAIN.
So, how did I chance upon Boots and his buddies?
There’s been a sign about adoptable cats on the door at our veterinarian’s office for so long that I almost quit noticing it. Then the last time I stopped in to pick up some meds for our geriatric Aussie, I learned that the clinic currently has 10 cats and 16 kittens that will need to find fur-ever homes.
The kittens aren’t quite ready to go yet, but all the rest of these guys can go home with you TODAY. They are all HEALTHY.
They’ve been spayed or neutered and micro-chipped . . . and they get handled and loved on every minute that the staff can spare.
Oh, and did I say . . . they’re HEALTHY!
So let’s meet some more of this gang.
Seventy is a lovely two-year old Saraparilla Sweetheart. She loves her catnip mouse, and she tells me that she’s really ready to trade in her clinic crate for a cushy pillow in front of someone’s television. She especially likes to watch old sappy chick-flics but says she could learn to like football and WWF.
Now, if you’d like a cat that’s going to keep you laughing, then you should meet 116
He’s just 19 weeks old. He’s a big lover, and probably the most playful in the bunch. Oh so active. This guy will keep you hopping.
He’s also the brother of 115 below:
115 has a purr motor that you can hear across the room. He’s extremely curious about things, but very cautious at the same time.
I personally think that 115 and 116 would love it if they could stay together.
So, have you noticed that not all of these cats have real names? Their numbers started remindnig me of Jean ValJean, the hero of Les Miserables —
Valjean, known only as 24601 before he re-entered the free world once told Marius “You have love. That’s the only future God gives us.”
This is 107. She’s a playful 10 month old female tabby who needs love. She needs a future. Do you see some Cosette in her eyes?
meow meow meow
And now there’s ALICE.
Alice might be a Maine Coon Cat. She’s a big ol’gal at 13 months.
She’s got that deep growly kind of meow — the kind that says she knows what she wants and you ARE going to get it for her.
She’s very vocal, a big lover, and playful too.
If I could take one of these kitties home, I think Alice would be my choice but our geriatric Aussie would probably think we were breaking in a replacement for her, and it’s just not worth the trauma.
Our next guy is #76.
He’s a two-year old tabby with piercing green eyes. In addition to lots of love, he needs a special diet because he’s prone to urinary problems, but the clinic staff says that as long as he stays on that diet he is as good as gold. I only told you that in the interest of full disclosure, but SERIOUSLY, it shouldn’t be a huge issue in finding his new home.
Awww ——— Next we have 113. He’s just 18 weeks old, and he’s a sweet mellow bundle of love. I think the 13 moniker makes him a lucky charm for somebody.
Our next guy, who looks like a Russian Blue, probably needs a Russian name.
But he’s shy and he doesn’t speak Russian — OR English for that matter.
He probably wouldn’t care if you named him Sobaka, which means DOG in Russian. He will just be happy for you to notice how ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL he is.
In the meantime, we’ll just call him 120.
And finally, I’m thrilled to introduce you to Snow White. She’s a two-yearol Blue Point Lynx who finds great comfort in her very own cardboard box.
Yep — a cardboard box. She’s NOT a high maintenance gal.
She’s a bit cross-eyed, but she’s a sweetie who deserves a Happily Ever After.