Thursday, December 30, 2010


We've had an absolutely lovely Christmas as a family - we hope the same for everyone else as well. There's been more a sense of calm here at home as we've enjoyed almost a week's vacation now with the boys.

As we prepare to ring in another new year, we pray for the well being of kitties everywhere and an abundance of love and protection to be showered down upon each and everyone of them. We also pray for rescues and rescue workers who give so much of themselves to help those animals that have sadly been neglected, abandoned and abused - may each of you be blessed with the strength, courage and abilities to assist those who so desperately need your loving arms of protection.

Here are some additional photo's that we hope will make you smile as they did us - Happy New Year!:

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


If you've been secretly hoping that my next entry would have been proclaiming that Buster and The Boys (especially Rocky), have found common ground and all is well at the Safe Haven Hotel - guess again.

Strangely enough, everyone seems to cohabitate just fine all day long. They sleep in their respective beds, all appearing like little angels, content and innocent they seem. Why, they even appear to all take to their feeding bowls (everyone within close proximity of one another) without even so much as a hiccup at the direct line of sight they have of each other - but then nightfall comes and its like the little darlings suddenly become like little demons (and you know who is worse than the others!!).

Last night I had to literally lock Buster out of our bedroom after being awoken 4 times during the night to his bullying shenanigans focused on Silly. No sooner would I fall back to sleep than up he'd come once again, and I'd crack open one eye to find our Silly yet again pinned up against a corner or within the door jam where Buster seems to most enjoy cornering him in. Finally, it was closing our boys in with us, and closing Buster outside, with all being silent just long enough for...........yup you guessed it, for me to just start to fall back to sleep, and then voila! - Buster began crying, scratching, and actually trying to reach the doorknob of our door to get back in!

I cannot begin to figure this boy out. He doesn't seem to enjoy the kids' company at all, and yet he's begging to be let back in around them when I've arranged it so that he can have the whole house to roam! If that wasn't confusing enough, the other morning I came out of our home office to the arch enemies (believe me when I tell you that there is absolutely no love loss between these two very alpha males who both think they are King Daddio), doing goodness knows what!!! You tell me, am I losing the plot or am I being driven there??

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I meant to complete an entry alot sooner than this but with hectic work schedules, the other aspects of the rescue that I'm involved in on a volunteer basis, and of course all the stuff that is apart of the Christmas season (eg: baking, sending cards & parcels, etc, etc), time has gotten away from me and I just realized it was way past time to write!!

Now that Buster has been with us for afew weeks, we have firmly determined that his behaviour has been dominant in nature and that really and truly, this little boy would much prefer to be an only kitty. It's quite literally been a battle of wills between him and Rocky, as two very alpha male personalties duked it out to see who would get to be top cat. Those sparring matches have been many and as we probably could have predicted, Rocky has won virtually all of them. Knowing my little crank meister Rockstar the way I do, if this much time has elapsed and he's not accepted a new foster - well, he's not going to. Believe me when I also tell you that I think I speak for Rocky when I say that he truly hates Buster...........Rocky will not be challenged on any terms and especially on his own turf! As he hisses and spits and postures for the millioneth time, there are moments when his glaring looks in my direction are almost of the "Mommy, would you get this guy out of here already"!!!!! variety.

And what about Silly you might be wondering, well he spends the majority of his time trying to steer clear of Buster when he's on the "hunt" - since it would appear that my easygoing Ambassador hasn't got the guts for confrontation and would much rather just let Buster have his way.

Where is Buster in all this? Well the poor darling is not truly happy here either I'm afraid. He sleeps a great deal of the time and when he's not bugging someone, he almost has this frustrated look on his face - he too really wishes for a place where he can be Numero Uno and feel secure and happy enough to seek out more attention from his human friends.

The good news is that steps are underway to find Buster that one kitty only foster home! We're disappointed that its not working out the way we had hoped, but fostering also requires that your able to accept those instances when the house "mix" just doesn't work and decisions have to be made that are in the best interest of everyone.

Soooo more than likely Buster will be moved in the near future, but I couldn't resist sharing another photo of this handsome boy in the meantime - enjoy. :))

Saturday, December 4, 2010


Buster's stay with us is now into its second week. He's a great cat overall, quiet, low maintenance, easy to handle (he actually loves to be picked up and kissed), and has excellent litterbox and eating habits - always mucho importante when it's your foster's first few days or weeks, and you still hold your breath a little as you evaluate him or her, hoping that physically there will be no major signs of distress or suffering from previous mistreatment.

We are however experiencing some interesting "habits" with Buster that we weren't totally prepared for. It would appear that he's taken a real liking to hubby and I, so much so that it would seem he really wants to um.....uh.....hmmmm....display affection toward us in the not so common manner of - okay I'll say it, humping. Yes our latest houseguest loves to climb up on the bed after we've gotten settled or in some cases, are sound asleep, and proceed to hump our legs (or get "jazzy" as my better half strangely refers to it). We're hoping that we can either A) break him of the habit or B) that he'll grow tired of exhibiting such affection and be content with the old snuggle routine instead. There is a slim chance that it could be medically related to something else, but for now we'll monitor it and see how things go.

Great news in the strides department is that he slept on our bed this afternoon for hours, for the very first time.........the above picture captures pretty well I think, just what an adorable picture that made for. The better news is that so far, he and Rocky are still "working things out" and noone has been injured or maimed - yet! *L*

Never a dull moment at The Safe Haven Hotel.......:))