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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pounce in Peace--Dr. Lorie Huston


It is with a heavy heart and devastating disbelief that I learned of the sudden passing of an esteemed colleague in the pet world, Dr. Lorie Huston.  This amazing and accomplished woman was more than a veterinarian, pet owner of six cats and an award-winning pet blogger.  Lorie was a passionate pet lover,  educator and a gifted leader.


I met Lorie "online" as is the case for 99% of the pet welfare friends and colleagues that I have met across the U.S. and over the years since I "accidentally" became a cat blogger when I moved to the north side of downtown Miami and stumbled upon dozens of homeless cats and kittens.When I exposed Loews Hotel of Orlando for abandoning their successful TNRM program and made the decision to trap the harmless hotel cats (custom cat houses were built for them) and send all the cats to the shelters for euthanization, I could not believe the number of nationally recognized cat experts and writers who reached out  in support, interviewed me, and wrote about this important story to educate the masses. Lorie was one of them. 

Soft spoken in person, Lorie was a born leader in every sense in the pet welfare world and commanded 100% respect.  Once Lorie was named the new President of the Cat Writer's Association, I and other colleagues rejoiced.  We knew she would move mountains with her forward thinking and mighty pen that served as both educational tool and sword to protect all cats--pets and strays. Lorie made it a point to approach anyone regardless of their background or talent or desire to help pets, asked individuals for ideas, listened intently and incorporated their input into a master plan for the benefit of the Cat Writer's Association and ultimately cats.  And yes, she even reached out to dog people! A fine example of bipartisanship.

Lorie extolled the virtues of humility, grace, and kindness all while brimming with profound but quiet intelligence.  I always wondered how she juggled a veterinarian practice, six cats and a blogging career with ease and grace.  She made it look so easy. 

I recall just this past May sitting in the front row of the kick off night of the BlogPaws conference in Lake Vegas as Lorie received the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award. So deserving.

Dr. Lorie Huston accepts award

We regularly met twice a year at major pet blogging conferences, and I was always honored when she asked me for marketing and other ideas where I had experience.  She had vision, a plan. Dr. Lorie Huston was making a difference.

So as I'm drafting this blog post, I received an email from another esteemed colleague, Deb Barnes (of Zee and Zoey) that Lorie had recently written a blog post on August 19, 2014, where she named Deb and I as women she admired!  Imagine my shock. I had no idea!  A woman I had looked up to and admired on so many levels was acknowledging me.  Such a bittersweet moment.

I took this photo last October of Lorie Huston and Deb Barnes at CWA annual conference 2013

Last week we were communicating via email and yesterday I received an email that she had liver failure and was on life support.  Then within a few hours, another email that she had passed. A harsh reminder, we never know what the day will bring, whether we will be on this earth next week, next year...A reminder to make the most of every day, to live life to the fullest, to be kind and to give back. That's exactly how Lorie lived her life and touched and elevated millions of lives -- both humans and pets.

Lorie I grieve in your absence.  The only white light is knowing you are with our beloved pets that have crossed the rainbow bridge and that together you are watching over us as we continue in your footsteps.

 I know you're not resting but ready to pounce on any opportunity in heaven to continue educating and saving millions of voiceless creatures, cats.

Pounce in Peace





Friday, September 19, 2014

How to Give a Cat or Dog a Pill (Funny version)


1.  Pick up cat and cradle it in the crook of your left arm as if holding a baby. 

Position right forefinger and thumb on either side of cat's mouth and gently apply pressure to cheeks while holding pill in right hand.  As cat opens mouth, pop pill into mouth. Allow cat to close mouth and swallow.




2.  Retrieve pill from floor and cat from behind sofa.


 Cradle cat in left arm and repeat process, closing its mouth and stroking throat.

3. Give cat a bath, pretend to pamper and...


4.  Take new pill from foil wrap, cradle cat in left arm, holding rear paws tightly with left hand.

Force jaws open and push pill to back of mouth with right forefinger.  Hold mouth shut for a count of ten.


5.  Retrieve pill from goldfish bowl and cat from top of wardrobe.    Call spouse in from the garden.



6.  Kneel on floor with cat wedged firmly between knees, holding front and rear paws.


 Ignore low growls emitted by cat.  Get spouse to hold head firmly with one hand while forcing wooden
ruler into mouth.  Drop pill down ruler and rub cat's throat vigorously.

7.  Retrieve cat from curtain rail. Get another pill from foil wrap.  Make note to buy new ruler and repair curtains.  Carefully sweep shattered figurines and vases from hearth and set aside for gluing later.



8.  Wrap cat in large towel and get spouse to lie on cat with head just visible from below armpit.


Put pill in end of drinking straw, force cat's mouth open with pencil, and blow down drinking straw.

9.  Check label to make sure pill is  not harmful to humans and drink one beer to take taste away.
Apply band-aid to spouse's forearm and remove blood from carpet with cold water and soap.



10.  Retrieve cat from roof of neighbor's roof.


Get another pill.  Open another beer.  Place cat in cupboard and close door onto neck, leaving head showing. Force mouth open with dessert spoon.  Flick pill down throat with elastic band.

11.  Offer cat bottle of vodka if it would do the favor of opening it. As it opens mouth, jam pill inside.    Fetch bottle of scotch.  Pour shot, drink. 


Apply cold compress to cheek and check records for date of last tetanus shot.  Apply whiskey compress
to cheek to disinfect.  Toss back another shot.  Throw tee-shirt away and fetch new one from bedroom.

12.  Call fire department to retrieve the damn cat from the aerial antenna across the road.
Apologize to neighbor who crashed into fence while swerving to avoid cat.


Take last pill from foil wrap.


13.  Using heavy-duty pruning gloves from shed, tie the little *&#%^'s front paws to rear paws with
garden twine and bind tightly to leg of dining table.  Push pill into mouth followed by large piece of filet steak.
Hold head vertically and pour two pints of water down throat to wash pill down.




14.  Consume remainder of scotch.  Get spouse to drive you to the emergency room.  Sit quietly while
doctor stitches fingers and forearm and removes pill remnants from right eye. Call furniture shop on way home to order new table.




15.  Arrange for ASPCA to collect mutant cat from hell and call local pet shop to see if they have any hamsters.




  
How to Give a Dog a Pill

1.  Wrap it in bacon.

2.  Toss it in the air.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sobe, the South Beach kitten

"Don't let my mean supermodel look scare you. I'm really friendly"

Sobe is named after her home city--South Beach. She was literally plucked from a street curb underneath a car on a busy tourist street in the heart of the Art Deco district.

 Sobe is about 12 weeks old and very tiny.  She socializes, mingles, and fits into any crowd. The way she looks up at people with that tiny head and innocent look will melt your heart. Sobe gets along with other cats, dogs, and is not shy of strangers.   She's quickly becoming a celeb!

Sobe sleeps on edge of pet bed to gain Jean Pierre's trust


"I like to snuggle with other kitties"

She loves to play with her foster sister, Daffney, who is 4 weeks older.  It's always better to adopt two cats or kittens than one so they have a playmate for exercise, companionship, comfort, etc. Indoor cats need stimulation and exercise just like any other pet and human for quality of life and better health.
 


Sobe is vaccinated and tested negative for FIV and FeLV.  All vet records are available and yours to keep upon adoption.  The fee is $75. Or adopt both Daffney and Sobe for one adoption fee! Plus you'll also receive a Modkat WHITE litter box.  It's a sleek and stylish litter box for the modern home and prevents litter tracking!



To meet Sobe, please contact riverfrontcats@yahoo.com or call us at 305-771-3163.
To learn more about Daffney, click here. 

Please leave a message as we're often in the field.








Tuesday, August 12, 2014

‎Daffney is the latest Miami Riverfront rescue Calico kitten!



She's a calico as seen by her soft tri colors of white, caramel and gray.

At 10 weeks young, Daffney is a dynamo and loves to play chase, hide-and-go-seek but she's also a lover and will meow to pick her up, pet her, feed her, pay attention to her... best of all she rubs her chin and whiskers against your chin and face. This is called "marking". That means she's claiming you as hers!  ‎She also gives lick kisses! Daffney runs,jumps, and snuggles with you in bed. She may lay across your chest like a fur collar or nestle in between your shoulder and chest. Oh yes. She'll look at you and raise her chin to signal she wants you to scratch her.   Communication and Love. The recipe for purrfect relationship.

Daffney would love to have another kitten playmate. She's good with cat friendly dogs too!

She is healthy, had both rounds of vaccinations and rested negative for FIV and FeLV.‎ We will provide certificate to get her spayed. All vet records will be provided.  

To meet Daffney please contact us at 305 771-3163 or email us at riverfrontcats@yahoo.com.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Macy's Shop for a Cause to help Homeless Cats




Macy’s and Riverfront Cats invite customers to participate in Macy’s ninth annual national “Shop For A Cause charity shopping event on August 23, 2014. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising efforts, and has helped raise more than $44 million for charities across the country since 2006. Customers can participate in this year’s event by purchasing shopping passes from Riverfront Cats now


HOW DOES IT WORK?

On Saturday, August 23th, customers making a purchase with a “Shop For A Cause” SAVINGS PASS will receive 25% off regular, sale and clearance merchandise, as well as 10% off watches, furniture, mattresses and area rugs, plus are eligible to win a $500 gift card.

Shopping passes are sold for only $5.45 each ($5.00 for pass and $0.45 for postage), and will benefit Riverfront Cats. Our organization will receive 100% of every ticket sold. By purchasing a shopping pass customers can support Riverfront Cats while enjoying a day of spectacular discounts, entertainment, special events. (See shopping pass for discount exclusions and restrictions. No purchase is necessary to participate in sweepstakes. Official sweepstakes rules including alternate means of entry are available at any Macy’s location.)

Macy’s has provided Riverfront Cats with shopping passes to sell for $5.45 each. As mentioned above we will benefit 100% from the sales of the passes. The more shopping passes sold, the more money Riverfront Cats will raise!.

Miami homeless cats need us, we have been saving homeless cats for four years. By providing food, medical care and attention to our community cats we encourage and educate others in the area to to do the same every time they find a homeless cat or  kitten. We fully depend on donations to be able to do this amazing job. By purchasing a shopping pass from Riverfront Cats, you will not be helping us, you will be helping to save Miami homeless cats.

For more information about Macy’s “Shop For A Cause,” visit macys.com/shopforacause. To purchase a shopping pass from Riverfront Cats click on the "Shop For a Cause" button on the top right hand column.

Don't need a Macy's shopping pass? Feel free to donate any amount to help homeless cats!

Thank you for caring.
Thank you for making a difference!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Results are In for Supermodel Cat on #HillsPet Weight Loss!

Johnny Walker BEFORE the #HillsPet weight loss for cats

Johnny Walker is loving life! Yes this black spokescat has shed some portly weight on the #HillsPet Weight Loss program. While not a svelte model, we are ecstatic that this supermodel cat is more energetic, playful, and gregarious. Time to renew his contract! Oh gosh, we anticipate (excuse the pun)  "heavy" negotiations.

Johnny Walker began this journey three months ago on the Hill's® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution and has lost an entire pound. That's equivalent to 10 pounds for a human--tremendous results!  Ideally we were aiming for two pounds per the vet's recommendation, but we discovered in the middle of the night that JW was gaining access to other dry cat food in the pantry thanks to his partner-in-crime, tabby sibling Curious Jorge, who knows how to open doors and all five siblings were nosediving into the other bags of cat food.

Johnny Walker on #HillsPet Weight Loss
Johnny Walker loves the food!  We make feeding time part of his exercise. How you ask?  Johnny Walker is fed in a "special cardonned area" (supermodel cats must be treated like VIPs at all times even though it's only the bathroom counters) elevated and away from the common cats. Calling his name signals meal time that he automatically awakens from a slumber nap and races off to one designated feeding area.  I purposefully turn away in the direction of the second bathroom (I mean feeding place), and he jumps down, and races like the dickens to the other counter top. I look at him straight in the eye and say "Good warmup! Now let's see if you can run a third round?".  We are up to six laps! That in itself is proof of his increased stamina.

Here's a video of lap seven. He's hesitating and not running in beeline to countertop but once he hears the cup of food, JW jumps for joy!


As evidenced in the video below, Johnny Walker's three-tiered Swarovksi diamond and velvet collar is noticeably loose!  Oh boy--time to reorder another custom-sized collar!  (Supermodels are high maintenance--including cats).  But pet health is most important above all and cat weight loss reduces risks for a host of health problems associated with cat obesity.




For this reason, we encourage all pet owners to check regularly their pet's weight. An overweight pet does not mean your purring feline is healthy. It means the complete opposite. Check with your vet what is the appropriate weight according to its breed, age and size. And start a healthy diet for your pet as well! We recommend trying  Hill's® Prescription Diet® Feline Metabolic Advanced Weight Solution for a good start on your pet healthy eating.

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Riverfront Cats only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this post.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our Latest Riverfront Rescue Kitten! Please Help Name Her!



This six week old female calico kitten was recently dumped in our neighborhood. Christine just rescued her and we are trying to brainstorm a name just as beautiful as she is. We would love to read your suggestions in the comment section below. We will let everyone now which one we picked. Isn't she a darling?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Millie & Tillie--Love to Reach Out and Touch Your Hands and Heart!





Think of a precious heirloom passed from owner to owner; each move risks the fragile nature of its keepsake. This is the story of Millie and Tillie.
These beautiful, gentle, and well-behaved feline sisters have survived so much together. First, they were brought to a kill-shelter when they were just five weeks old and barely survived – thankfully, a local rescue found them a foster home just in time. They were adopted together as kittens, but sadly “returned" a year later. Millie and Tillie are back in foster care waiting for a loving home that will not give them up again.


Millie, a born leader

Millie is the larger and braver one and the leader. Tillie is a little shy, but once she builds trust, she will gently reach out with her paws to "grab" your attention. They both need and have so much love to give! They crave affection, so much so they will jump up to meet your hands when you pet them. You can expect head rubs, non-stop purring and gentle nibbles. If they are physically separated too long, they meow in search of the other.


Tillie the touchy feely kitty


These sisters have a very strong bond and need to be adopted together. Millie and Tillie are up-to-date on their shots, spayed, micro-chipped, and tested (negative) for FIV/FeLk. They just turned three years old this month. If you would like to meet this loving pair, please contact Christina at cdm1580@bellsouth.net or call 786-573-1580 or call/text 305-338-4534.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Johnny Walker's Photo Journey on #HillsPet Cat Weight Loss


Who would have thought that a cat weight loss program would pose challenges as shared in our previous post.  To single out one cat in a multiple cat household for a specific program is NO walk in the cat park!  But how has it affected his other habits like eating, drinking, sleeping, playing? So we take you on Johnny Walker's photo cat weight loss photo journey to follow his progress and how it affects his activity level.  Enjoy!


Johnny Walker LOVES the new #HillsPet Metabolic Advanced Solution for Cats. He is protective of his food and is always on the lookout for cat food thieves (his siblings).

NOTE: We feed Johnny Walker on bathroom counter as a designated "special feeding area" for this special cat weight loss project. He did not have to be trained on this part of the program and picked up on it fast. Johnny Walker loves to eat more than any other cat.

Johnny Walker protects his food.

Keeping close eye out for food thieves

Never letting his guard down while eating


Let's check his drinking habits...

Johnny Walker approaches water bowl (yes a dog theme--we're bipetual family)


Johnny Walker hears something...
 
Johnny Walker drinks plenty of water--a healthy sign


And now let's check on his sleeping habit.

Awakened from a deep slumber...
Johnny Walker yawns--no hissing, no foul mood--all is good.
"What is the housekeeper bringing out?"
"That looks like fun..."
Our housekeeper moves into the living room where Johnny Walker is napping. To reach the chandeliers she brings out the ladder.  Johnny Walker is fascinated and drawn to it.

Johnny Walker climbs on Geisha's chair (right) and then onto the ladder.


Johnny Walker has a new favorite toy and activity--climbing!  Guess we'll have to purchase a cat tower...
Johnny Walker is the only cat in household to attempt this!

Housekeeper asks Johnny Walker if he wants to clean or supervise.



Johnny Walker is fearless on the ladder.
And the adventure ends as Johnny Walker goes to take a restful nap.


We observed greater agility and prowess in Johnny Walker's activity. Unsure if he has lost weight, we will soon find out. Regardless, he remains a happy, healthy cat and even more adventurous cat.

Always the supermodel
Stay tuned for the conclusion of Johnny Walker's cat weight loss program!

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s Prescription Diet Metabolic Food, but Riverfront Cats only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this post.