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  1. Emily
    April 20, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

    I wish I could take those boys off your hands! Our resident old man cat would be VERY upset with me, and at 18 shows no signs of going anywhere just yet (he’s even decided, after a year of staying in the basement by his choice, that this new house is OK and that he’s gonna come back upstairs – to the 2nd floor- to join his family).


  2. Marianne in Mo.
    April 21, 2017 @ 10:05 am

    Those kitties are so cute, I wish I lived close and that my husband would agree to getting cats. ( He’s a d.o.g. person :-/ )
    We have been searching rescue groups near (and far) for a dog/puppy, but we require smallish – under 30lbs. because we need to be able to lift them if they should need it. Visited three shelters yesterday, and I was so sad to see so many large dogs, pitties and older dogs. Then I visited the kitty rooms ( to get my fix of love ) and again was sad over the thought of so many waiting for love. We were unsuccessful in finding a pet, and will continue to search, but on the drive home we talked about all the unwanted animals. Sad to think there are STILL people who can’t/won’t spay or neuter, then “dump” their babies and sometimes Mom onto society. If I were richer, I would offer free spay/neuter to anyone, no questions or judgements. I would also offer a pickup service for those who have no way to get their pet to the services. Because I believe that sometimes THAT is the big factor in stopping unwanted litters. As a kid, we were a welfare family with little funds and we had no means of transportation other than public transit, and you can’t bring an animal on a bus, cab or metro unless it’s a support animal! Soapbox over -*mic drop*.


  3. Debrashoppeno5
    April 22, 2017 @ 8:39 am

    I make “kale cubes” and put them in my morning smoothie. So good. Little Mouse and Bart are so precious. I’m not in the Philadelphia area but will pin your post.


  4. Rachel
    April 22, 2017 @ 9:24 pm

    Please spay\neuter your pets- and any pets that you can (legally) get your hands on!!! It’s always kitten season in the rescue world.


  5. tammigirl
    April 23, 2017 @ 10:17 am

    I love your dad! I think I may have mentioned this before.

    I also respect your poetic license. You have to play to your crowd, right?

    Kale? Eh, no thank you. But I admire you for doing all of that work. If you’d like to can and freeze a chest full of donuts for me I could hop on board.

    I haven’t read any of those books. I can not abide people who think their purposeful death spiral is cute. Enough of the world have real problems. The rest of us sabotage in a boring slow-burn, which I feel is way more worthy of respect. If I am at the library and I see that book and remember what you said about it I might give it a try.

    Good luck with your kitties. It’s hard for me to give anything back once it finds a spot in my heart so I don’t think I could foster without turning into That Woman. . . (Which I already likely am, but not different reasons.)


  6. Katherine
    April 24, 2017 @ 2:52 am

    I’m so happy to see someone use me instead of I incorrectly! It seems as though people are afraid to ever say me so they incorrectly say I! It drives me nuts! I think I’d like your dad. He sounds like my mother. Good luck with the kitties!


  7. Katie Bell
    April 24, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    Hi. Have you ever read Confessions of a Prarie Bitch? It’s the autobiography of Nellie from Little House on the Prarie. It was fascinating.


  8. Katie Bell
    April 24, 2017 @ 12:59 pm

    Hi. Have you ever read Confessions of a Prarie Bitch? It’s the autobiography of Nellie from Little House on the Prarie. It was fascinating. Always to see a post by you!


  9. cathie
    April 25, 2017 @ 12:16 am

    holy geez can you send these two furballs to canada? toronto to be exact—I seriously would take them, have vet references and whatever else needed–except a ride to philly to pick them up!!


  10. Catherine
    April 25, 2017 @ 5:55 pm

    Hi, I’m a cat mama (currently without cats!) and would love to adopt these kitty boys. I live in Rhode Island — would you consider an out-of-state adoption? Seriously, I will drive the 5 hours to meet and adopt these cuties! ~~Catherine~~


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 26, 2017 @ 6:56 am

      I would, yes! Although, that’s assuming you didn’t just get carried away looking at their photos and now after sleeping on it realize that was more driving than you are up for! (Incase which, no hard feelings! I am the queen of knee-jerk reactions!)

      I’m not the one who approves adoptions, but if you go to and fill out the form (it’s long, I know! They are more thorough than the county shelters! And they will definitely call your references.)

      If it ends up being a trip you’re definilty making, I will accommodate ANY schedule that works for you… day, night, weekend, whatever. xoxo, Victoria

      p.s.- let me know if you are going to apply and I will email the adoption coordinator to explain how/why you found them and why you are far.


  11. kmkat
    April 28, 2017 @ 7:02 pm

    Great advice to foster if one wants animal babies. We fostered a number of litters of kittens when our boys were growing up. It was great fun for everyone involved, plus we ended up adopting three of the kittens (at different times).


  12. ChatKat
    January 17, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

    Love the kitty conversations and all your madcap craigslist GFT purchases- count me in on the crazy!


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