Thursday, May 22, 2008

A broken heart...searching for his buddy

As you might imagine, yesterday was a very difficult day.
I contacted animal control to file a report. They needed the report to be as detailed as possible. The images of the vicious attack flash through my mind over and over as it is. Recounting the event in frame by frame detail (I witnessed the entire thing) proved to be a challenge in composure-I didn't win that challenge.
Then I noticed there was another heart breaking. Poor Macquiri spent the entire day waiting for Holly to come home. He seemed bewildered when they weren't doing their usual acrobatic rountine in the yard first thing in the morning. The flips and running bolts across the yard with eachother. Then, for the remainder of the day he simply waited on the deck for her to come home...watching every inch of the back yard, just waiting. Ugh! If only there were a way to explain to a kitty what is going on. They've been together since they were weeks old...they've never been apart.
Ken and I talked to every neighbor that borders these dogs house. Every one of them is aware that there is a problem and has been aware for years! Every one presumes the fence will keep them safe. The neighbors most closely bordering have had issues, we urged them to send in additional information to animal control. I got the impression they don't want to make any waves. I am soooo wishing that they do the right thing...not just for us and our kitty, but for the continued danger these dogs present. I understand not wanting make waves becasue you still have to live next to your neighbor, but sometimes the risk is too much to ignore.
If you have any extra wishes to spare today, please send one to our neighbors that they will send in additional information against these dogs!!

A horrific loss of a very sweet tiny kitty

Tuesday night we lost our kitty, Hallebanos!
She was viciously attacked by our neighbors dogs.
Holly was so sweet and had never learned to be afraid of dogs. This kitty, with personality to spare, would actually flirt with dogs by rubbing against them and rolling on her back in front of them. We assume that she attempted to do just this last night, but she chose two very vicious dogs and at her tiny size, she didn't stand a chance.
It was a horrible sight and today I will be spending the day determined to file complaints against the dogs, who also neighbor a daycare, and take it as far as I can. Looking back, I wish I had filed a complaint earlier because we knew they were vicious dogs from the day we moved in...but we simply thought the fence between us and them would keep us out of harms way. We were very wrong in that assumption.
What's worse is this is the third year in a row that we had lost one of our much loved pets at this time of year. After last year we feared it might be a pattern, but thought we were in the clear this year since all our animals are young and healthy. Again we were very wrong on that assumption.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Our Property

About two months ago, Mr Ken-being the bargain hunter he is, stumbled acrossed an ad for a little piece of land just right for a couple happy campers. Mrs Angi-being the ever budget conscious person I am, was certain we couldn't afford. Both of us-certain this was a deal we couldn't afford to miss, came up with a plan:
If we cut back on our groceries, turn off any and all lights we don't need, turn the thermostat down about 5 degrees and only do the laundry and dishes after 7pm (low power rates at that time)-we could, in theory, save enough money to pay for this property each month.So now
We keep all the lights off and are very conscious of our power and food usage, the house is always a little chilly inside and we have a little slice of heaven to show for it!!!!

We have 40 acres of private beach rights to
a beach that is completely loaded with clams and oysters!

The landscape is 100% natural, over grown and amazing!!! We have about 2/3 acre of swamp with frogs that sing all evening long. And the other 1/3 acre is 100% perfect!

We have some mega trees....a few of which are very ready to be fire wood and Ken has already started a bit of the tree cutting process. I will tell you this much...the clean up of a tree is an EXHAUSTING job!!!

And of course we have the camping!!!! Our own guaranteed campsite...complete with clamming and oyster picking. Seriously can't get any better than this!!!

We are getting some clearing and cleaning down so we can invite friends and family to join us for lots of summer fun...for many many many summers to come!!!

We say Goodbye

In March we said goodbye to a much loved Kreutzer.

He will be missed by everyone who loved him.