Sure, they have great toys, but are they new? Do you rotate them out? Cats crave novelty just like us, and they will even initiate their own playtime when they have new toys! DaBird and GoCat are a great tool because they encourage jumping and running AND have interchangeable attachments. Jackson Galaxy has great resources on the type and importance of playtime for cats’ mental and physical health (and keeping peace at home!)
Get the new toys out now!
Tired kitty = happy kitty
These girls don’t always get along, but joint play time can soothe nerves.
Yesterday we celebrated Houston “Huey” finding his forever home, which marks the TWELFTH Forever Day for our household! Fostering a dozen was a goal of mine, and since we were working slowly but surely, one at a time, I can’t believe how fast it happened! Ironically, this also marks the 100th post for Project Noses!
Even though Huey wasn’t able to stay with us for his whole foster experience (because of some resource guarding around the cats) we were still rooting for him and so excited when he finally found his forever home! Daniel gave a perfect caption before even seeing this picture: “Great! I have a toy! And there’s these people here too!”
Huey and Magoo are a perfect example that it definitely takes a village to rescue these animals. Sometimes the first foster doesn’t work out, placements aren’t always perfect. But the important thing to remember it’s not about the dog. Huey needed the kind of environment where he could feel safe for awhile, and for him that’s no competing over toys, food, or attention while he relaxes into the idea that he isn’t going to be shuffled around again.
Go Huey and Second Chance Cocker Rescue for making this a successful rescue!
For three jam-packed days this September I took an opportunity to be behind the camera and helped produce a short film, working title Shelter. You could definitely put this in the labor-of-love category, considering not only the subject matter, but that it was written and directed by my boyfriend and man-about-town R.J. Daniel Hanna! So. Team. Building.
Daniel Hanna on the set of Shelter
Through the talents of casting director Elizabeth Barnes from Barnes/Bronson Casting (also a gal from Arkansas!), we were thrilled to have Clea DuVall and April Grace join our cast as the two leads. Both were game for rough shooting conditions: a stuffy, un-airconditioned shelter in the middle of a Southern California heat wave, plus the grime and filth that covers a two-year abandoned building (I will only say it once. Mouse droppings). We will always be so grateful that they responded to the script AND didn’t run away from the set!
This adoption was truly a one-two punch for Second Chance Cocker Rescue! These kindly adopters first took home an adult dog from SCCR – and then decided he needed a brother!
Because of his blind and deafness Magoo was looking for a foster where he could move around safely without the interference of nosy cats (something he wasn’t able to get with us). We had to say he wasn’t the right fit, which happens, but he was able to foster with another home for the remainder of his rescue. Second Chance granted him Sanctuary status, which means his medical care will be covered for the rest of his life! Mr. Magoo is one lucky dog today, and we are so excited for him.