Author: Jennifer Vanderau

You know the strangest thing about living with a three-legged cat? The guilt you feel for doing it. A few weeks ago I wrote about my baby Loki having cancer. He’s a 7-year-old black cat who came to me as a little kitten. The cancer was in his back left leg and it was amputated up to the hip. I’m pretty sure they got it all because his chest x-ray was good and his heart and lungs sounded good, too. He’s hopping around the house and eating and drinking and using the bathroom and I’m still…a nervous wreck. I know…

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I absolutely adore the warm weather we’ve been having, but I do not enjoy what it brings – fleas and ticks. We have been seeing animals come into the shelter just covered in these bloodsuckers and we have been handing out the flea and tick medication like it’s going out of style. Fleas and ticks can be a problem for all of us, not just our pets, because they’re not terribly selective about where they get their meals. Humans are just as yummy a treat as our dogs and cats are to a flea or a tick. And an infestation…

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Let’s talk leashes for a moment. In Pennsylvania, the law says that a dog must be under the control and supervised by the owner at all times. While a leash is the easiest way to make sure you abide this, it’s not specifically stated by law. Voice command is an option, but your dog must return to you every single time you call. No hesitation. Townships and boroughs also have ordinances specifically dealing with leashes and dogs, so make sure you know the law where you live. The importance of a leash should be relatively obvious, but there are a…

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It’s been about three years, but we are bringing back our golf tournament. It’s in memory of Mike Krugh, a CVAS board member who passed away far too soon and worked hard every year to put together a golf tournament for our animals. Mike adored his dogs and I loved the stories he would tell me about them. This year’s golf tournament will be on June 14 at the Caledonia Golf Club in Fayetteville. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 for a scramble tournament. The fees are $85 per player or $300 if you…

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My baby Loki has cancer. You have no idea how difficult it was for me to type those five words. Loki is my 7-year-old black cat who came to me when he was a kitten and he was so scared he hid in the basement for the longest time. I worked to get him to trust me and eventually he did. Well, a few weeks ago I noticed he was limping. I figured he must have done something stupid because of the way he runs around the house like a doofus. However, when I took a look at the leg…

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I had a conversation with one of our adopters the other day and was reminded, once again just how many people we have who help us. This gentleman had adopted a cat from us recently and I was thrilled to discover how well the cat is doing. Sometimes the only thing that gets us through some of the tough days we have out here is to hear the stories of the happy endings we were able to make. This was no exception. He certainly helped us with the forever home he gave to one of our babies, but he helped…

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Perception is a funny thing. One person’s experiences are not another’s and it’s an important part of the human condition to remember that. When you work in a job for a number of years, it’s easy to fall into the belief that certain aspects must be commonplace and understood by everyone. We run into this a lot at the animal shelter. Certainly everyone must know the importance of spaying and neutering, right? It only makes sense that you shouldn’t feed your dog an entire turkey carcass, bones and all, right? A while ago, I was speaking with a woman who…

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I am your four-legged friend and I am here for you. I’m the head you pat when you get home from work. I’m the one who takes you through the neighborhood on walks every day. I’m the fur that dries your tears when something bad happens. I’m the wet nose against your cheek to make sure you’re awake in the morning. I’m the eyes to help you navigate when you get me from the Seeing Eye Club and I open up the whole world for you and I’m so happy to give that to you. I’m the one who senses…

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I have begun to realize that one of the most precious commodities we have is time. Think about it. Our time on the planet is finite. Time in a day is only 24 hours. As I get older each year seems to pass more and more quickly. I spoke just recently to someone I haven’t heard from in a number of years and when I asked him how old his beloved pup is now, he told me 14. I said how on earth did that happen? I think she’s only 8. He said, no. She’s 14 now and time has…

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The first thing that made me realize something was amiss was the white ball of cotton in front of the door when I opened it. I knew immediately it was batting from a pillow – the stuff they put inside to make them fluffy. I also knew immediately that it shouldn’t be on the rug by my front door. It should be inside a pillow. I looked about a foot and a half further down the foyer and, lo and behold, I found another piece of fluff. Indeed, there was a whole trail of them in what appeared like some…

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