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Pansy (now Chloe)

Pansy (now Chloe) Image

An adoption tale, but who adopted whom?

By Gina Hoffer

It was a quiet Saturday morning. I was sitting on my couch reading the newspaper while drinking my coffee, and her picture jumped right out at me. She was a NASAP (Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection) featured kitty named Pansy, and after reading her biography, I knew she had to be mine. I love cats but haven’t loved one for a long time. Life has been busy, work has been crazy – you know how it goes sometimes. But I saw those eyes and it was love at first sight. My partner isn’t really a cat person, but she knew I had wanted a kitty for awhile and even she had to agree that “Pansy” was a pretty cool-looking cat. I called the number in the paper and left a message for them to call me back. On Monday when I went into work, I checked their website only to see that on Pansy’s page it said “Adoption Pending,” and my heart fell. I thought I might have missed my chance. Thankfully, I received a call from Pansy’s foster mom Jen asking if I’d like to come and meet her. My heart jumped. “Yes of course I want to meet her!” I said. The “Adoption Pending” status was because I had called about her. I made plans with Jen to meet Pansy at her place and we would go from there. In Pansy’s biography, it said she had only half a tail, it was cut off or had been caught in something, and I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if it would bother me or not. When we walked into Jen’s place, Pansy came running right up to meet us and her personality took over. Her tail didn’t bother me at all because it didn’t bother her at all. She was found in a ditch with one dead kitten and one live kitten, poor thing. Thankfully, someone brought her to the vet clinic and she was taken in by NASAP, an amazing organization, and they nursed her back to health. Her kitten was adopted out too! Pansy’s resilience and character won me over and she “adopted” me by coming up and sitting on my lap as if to say, “just take me home already!” So of course I agreed and started filling out the paperwork. Jen called my references, checked everything out and I was approved the next day. Pansy was mine and all I had to do was pick her up and pay for her. The $180 adoption fee was SO worth it! They did a lot for her and I am very thankful because she has added much love, fun and “cattitude” to our home. I did change her name, Pansy just didn’t seem to fit her, so she is now Chloe and she has made herself right at home, with her favourite spot being on my lap, all stretched out and sleeping like a baby. It feels like I’ve had her forever and that’s the best feeling ever. I was adopted too, and sometimes a second chance is all any of us really needs.

-Gina Hoffer lives just outside of Sherwood Park on four small acres with a cat, two horses and a lot of snow.

Country Asides (January 21, 2011) 

Bagua (now Friday) and Hector (now Crusoe)

Bagua (now Friday) and Hector (now Crusoe) Image

Hi, Jayne, happy new year, meant to write you during Christmas time but ran out of time.

Just want to send a picture of Hector (now Crusoe) to you.  He is a big boy now.  We just got him neutered two days ago and this picture was taken this morning by my daughter with her cell phone. 

He is doing really well.  Milo, my daughter’s dog, loves him very much as you can see from the picture.  And Crusoe like to suck on him, his ear, his tail or where ever he can reach, I guess.  He still has this sucking problem.  Tried the bottle and milk but didn’t help much.  However, he is getting a lot better.  If we remind him, he will stop.  It used to wake me up a lot when he was trying to suck on my hair but now, he hardly sucks on anything when he is sleeping with us.  

I think he has some vision problem too so he is always a bit slow on reacting.  But we all love him even more because he is slower. 

His best friend, Friday (Bagua) is going in for his operation today.  – Crusoe – white, Friday – black and these two are the coolest cats ever. 

They both sleep with Milo and play with Milo.  They drink from the same dish.  Milo is like a father to these two cats.  He licks them like a mother dog and they enjoy his “massage” esp. Friday.  Friday will go to Milo and ask for one and leave when he gets enough.



Angus Image

Hey Les,

Angus is doing good. Growing fast. Here are a few pictures of the little monster.


Skittles (now Amigo)

Skittles (now Amigo) Image

Hi Jayne,
Glad to hear from you, Skittles is doing wonderfully. 
We picked Amigo as his new name, he likes to be my friend especially when I have a glass of water so he can drink out of it.  He will park himself on my lap when I am working and then saunters off to either find some food, toys or a quiet place to nap. 
Our dogs, Grace, Roxy and Bowzer, have come around to this interesting fellow.  They can be in the same room until Amigo finds one of their tails and then the pack scatters :)
Amigo will be going for his shot and chip early next week, hopefully the weather will warm up a bit.
I have attached some pics, Amigo is one of kind. Thanks for looking after him, he is simply one cool cat!!
Feel free to email or phone anytime.
Take care,

Buzz (now Tikka)

Buzz (now Tikka) Image

hi its clayton we had got buzz from you.i just wanted to let you know he is doing great we renamed him Tikka and he is getting very big lol. he plays great with our other dog and is very happy it did not take him long to settle in. my daughter loves him and they play outside all the time he is a great dog and we are lucky to have him thanks


Leila Image

Good morning Diane,

Here are some pictures of beautiful Leila.  She is doing awesome and is thriving.  She has had her check up at the vet and was given a clean bill of health.  The vet removed her stitches and all is good now.  

I just fell in love with this dog.  She is gorgeous, sweet, intelligent and wild!!  My son said that her brown eye is reflective of her gentle side, and her blue eye of her wild side. I agree.  She seems to be looking more and more like a wolf! She learns extremelly quickly.  She now sits, waits, and hardly jumps up!  She even gives her toys for me to throw them.  Leila and Saffy are learning to be and play together.  They both figured out very quickly that Leila, although 2 years younger than Saffy, is the dominant one! 

We go to the off leash at least 4 or 5 times a week, and there's never been any incident of any kind with other dogs.

I love my dog!  I am grateful to have her in my life! 

Thanks for rescuing her and taking good care of her.  Do come for a visit soon! 



Abby Image

Hey Janette!
I just wanted to send you an update on Abby-
She is doing great!  Max and her play and play all day, and there are no issues.
Abby has her medical appointment on Saturday, and we are taking the pups to daycare for a day of play on Monday so that they learn to play together with other dogs.
We noticed that Abby is a very excited girl, and she pants a lot.  We think that this is partly nerves and will diminish as she settles.  We know part of the panting is from all the play though.  Ha ha
Max and Abby are quite the team, they greet each other first in the mornings now, and not us. Ha ha ha!
This is just the beginning of an awesome life for our puppy team (and us)!

Braveheart (now Gibson)

Braveheart (now Gibson) Image

 We are so happy to report that Gibson is all healed up now from his injuries and has made himself most comfortable in his new home! He is a very rambunctious little kitten and makes us laugh every day! Our dog Robbie & Gibson get along great! They play a lot throughout the day, but Robbie isn't too thrilled having to share our bed with Gibson at night! LOL! But we're trying to work that out! Having a kitten in the house with a Christmas tree has been great fun!!!! But so far, the tree hasn't come down! This little fella has brought us so many laughs over the last month & a half and we love him to pieces! You would never know by watching him rip around the house that he had any previous injuries! Our Biggest thanks go out to the Crestwood Veterinary clinic for saving his life & to the people at NASAP for rescuing him from the ditch & giving him a second chance! We feel truly blessed to have Gibson in our family! It has been a wonderful experience! Wishing everyone at NASAP a wonderful 2011, and thank-you for making our adoption of Gibson possible!
Brenda & Lloyd