Saturday, April 25, 2015

Violets make the Best Pillows

Of all the plants I have on my windowsills, my big cat Santino prefers violets the best for napping on. I have to regularly de-hair the poor plants with a cat brush -- that is just from the leaves that are left after a long winter of window napping!

wake up, sleepyhead!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Senior Love

Guest Post by Susan Glimcher <>

Love is Special! Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County (AWLMC) 
celebrates senior/special cat adoptions on May 2

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, MD, (AWLMC) is celebrating special cats – cats that are over 8 years old or in need of a little extra love. The AWLMC is reaching out to pet lovers in the Maryland and DC area who are ready to save a life by adopting a shelter pet.

“Think of a pet that is a little calmer, doesn’t climb the curtains or race around like an adorable, typical kitten.... but  who will love you unconditionally,” said Posey Fox, AWLMC president. “An older cat can be easier to deal with, that’s one of the benefits of adopting a senior cat.” Some people worry that a senior pet comes with problems, but according to many adopters, there tend to be mostly advantages.

The Love is Special May 2 adoption event will also feature “special” cats, like Snowball, an 8-year-old cat, returned to the shelter after being adopted as a kitten. Recently diagnosed with Retinal Degeneration, a congenital condition, Snowball is blind, but that doesn’t hold her back from enjoying life. “Snowball is filled with love and can’t get enough of being held, petted and brushed, says Jeanne App, AWLMC Board member and former president. “She gets around well – she just needs a quiet home where there is consistency in where her things are – like her food bowl. She has no hesitation jumping up and down from her cat tree, she just has to know where it is,” App adds.  

The AWLMC hopes to increase awareness about the importance of adopting shelter pets who are excellent candidates for adoption, but are older, or require special care. At animal shelters everywhere, there are wonderful older animals like Snowball, looking for special people who will cherish them for the rest of their life.  

Take the opportunity to get acquainted with all the cats available during “Love is Special,” May 2, at the AWLMC.  Visit the shelter online at
Visit the Facebook page at

The Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, MD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer animal welfare organization founded in 2005. The AWLMC has operated a no-kill cat adoption shelter, funded by private donations and small grants, in Gaithersburg, MD, since 2007. The AWLMC serves Montgomery County residents’ pets by offering low-cost spay/neuter services for cats and dogs, and operating the Chompers Pet Food Bank. We are at 12 Park Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. 

Pictured here are:

Snowball (Gray) is a 9 year old female.  She  recently was diagnosed with Retinal Degeneration, a congenital condition and is now blind. She was adopted from AWLMC as a kitten but returned after nearly 8 years. She may spend a few days learning her away around, but she  will thrive in a consistent, loving home. Snowball needs a special, patient person, who will help her adjust to her new world. She is extremely sweet and loving, and adores being petted and brushed.  She uses her sense  of smell, her hearing and touch (whiskers and vibrissae hairs on her feet and my face) to compensate for her vision loss. She has a lot of love to give. Snowball enjoys the fragrance of a pink rose.  

Rudy Toodles (orange) is just plain adorable. He is a lovable, soft, cuddly and expressive orange fellow. He is 10 years old, and we all hope both of these cats have many happy, healthy years ahead of them. Rudy was left behind when a family moved to Fla and things didn't work out well for him in his new home. Now that he is with the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County, we will find him the kind of place he deserves…wonderful. He is a true lap cat, and will sit and let you rub his chin and worship his beauty as long as you can manage. Rudy Toodles believes that the sunny and cheerful nature of the sunflower shows him off to his best advantage. 

Photos by Marsha Liebl of

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Shady Character

I spotted this kitty on a Facebook page of  Abdellah Farmer - Boudhira Abdellah.

He wrote: "When I'm working at the farm he follows me around all the day. I worked today weeding the squash while he is sought out the shade so he can stay close and watch me. He found no better place other than the shade of squash leaves."

He is also a good garden hunter, reported Abdellah. "He catches mice, he killed a snake last year, and I saw him climb the olive tree to get to the nest of the crow."

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Pink Dreams

Pink Dreams by Alina Shevelina on 500px 

I saw this image entitled, "Pink Dreams" on Google+ a while ago and then tracked it down to a Pinterest post by another person and finally, finally, finally found the link to the original photographer, ( This gray cat in purple phlox groundcover is indeed sweetly dreaming away...