WCSPCA Shelter is Full – Please Consider Adoption Today!

WCSPCA The Shelter is Full 2015

“We need forever homes to live in and humans to love and entertain as well. Please drop by and be mine!” ‪#‎cats‬ ‪#‎dogs‬ ‪#‎4life‬ ‪#‎WCSPCA‬

The Shelter is Full!  We are overflowing with dogs and cats, so until further notice, our prices are dogs $50; cats $10.  Adopt one feline, get another free!

Washington County SPCA
16620 State Hwy 123  Bartlesville, OK
918.336.1577

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A Gift that Time Travels and Cat Cartoons Too!

eye candyChristmas season means lots of different things to lots of different cultures, but one thing seems to be fairly consistent.  It is a time to give gifts.

When we think about that from a Christian perspective, the greatest gift ever given was the baby Jesus — God coming to earth to rescue man from the bondage of sin with the ultimate consequence of death.  It is a priceless gift beyond anything we can comprehend and explain to others.  To fully enjoy a gift one must unwrap it and embrace it and share it with others!  One would most naturally be thankful to the giver for the precious gift and say so in many ways.  We tell others about the rescue and that they can be rescued to, but some don’t even know they need to be rescued yet.  To those friends we stand ready to share in more appropriate times as the door opens for us to share.  This is an example of a gift that gives beyond life on this planet and steps into eternity.

I am going to tell you about a gift in my life that has given beyond the lifetime of the giver.  You have them too, but maybe this will help you put them in perspective and treasure them all the more.  Maybe this will help you package your gifts to others in such a way that they give beyond a lifetime.  Give them the story that goes with the gift.  Give them good memories.  Give them a treasure of wisdom, a sparkle of imagination, a blessing that multiplies.  Gifts of time and treasure accompanied with love and prayers are the best!

Back in the early 2000’s a good friend of mine who knew of my love for cats (he was a dog person), began sending me cat cartoons and cards rather routinely.  They were often accompanied with the political wisdom of the day also, but that is another story.  I always enjoyed the cards and cartoons and shared some further by email with personal notes back then.  I saved them and realized at some point that I had quite a collection.  It wasn’t until I started clipping and organizing them (with the help of another friend) that I realized how much time and treasure was in the gift of finding them and sending them to me originally.  They turned into a cat cartoon album that sits on my living room coffee table and has brought many a smile to many a guest and of course to me.

In 2006 I had a foreign exchange student named Hanna, who did the cover artwork for me as a gift.  She wonderfully captured the personality of my three cats Ivory, Ebony, and Peaches (L-R).  Ivory was primping, Ebony had on a top hat, and Peaches while she has a halo on her head was sharpening her claws.

Cats Do Talk by Hanna 2006

This year I scanned the pages and put the cartoon album online for my family for Christmas. Hanna’s artwork will be the cover online competing with the New Yorker cat cover on the album on my coffee table.   I hope the smiles will multiply from generation to generation.  There is nothing like the sparkle of light and laughter originally captured and put on paper by someone you love.  The light bulb moment shared.  The blessing multiplied.

Here is the album on scribd (and it is a work in progress).  It is dedicated to our family pets through the years.  There was Count, the pedigreed boxer and then Shadow, the miniature blue poodle and delight of my early years.  Then there was Pierre, the gray tom cat; then Tina the long haired white and gray talker (with a special bird trill alert alarm).  At the Caswell household, we have Calvin and Hobbes, the bengals  — smart, playful, and cuddly too.  Then there were the Garland ferrell cats —  Auria, Melody, Jazz and more!  And last but certainly not least the three pictured above, Ivory (blue eyed female with Siamese markings and playfulness too),  Ebony (golden eyed black male love bug),  and Peaches (green eyed Calico female with a  love of running water).

Some of the cartoonists collected over the years and included are listed below:

Crankshaft

Family Circus

Far Side

Larson Fav - cat fud ->

one of my all time favorites…

Frank and Ernest

Garfield

Get Fuzzy

Hazel

Heathcliff

Mother Goose & Grimm

Mutt

Pickles

Rhymes with Orange

Rose is Rose

Speed Bump

That’s Life

The Bucket

Ziggy

Communing with Cats — selected pages from Cat Fancy 2002

Super Bowl Commercial about Cat Herding – article from 2001

Cat and Fish Bowl ad from Washington Post

Share the laughter and enjoy!

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed — Special Thanks to Donna Gustafson

Over the years, I have pondered the little saying:

A friend in need is a friend indeed.

I have come to understand that some ‘friends’ disappear in the crisis. That may be because they were truly unaware, but it may mean that the real friends  both know and respond when called for sure, but often even before the call goes out.

Donna Gustafson is the best friend anyone could ever have.  We met in the Houston area years ago and became family friends through the years.  We have celebrated family blessings and losses from birthdays to special holidays to ministry opportunities.  She is gifted in so many ways and blesses so many people that it is a joy and a delight to watch and be a part of and now report to the world here on my little blog. But than many of you know this as well as I do and from your perspective. You know that she loves her family above all and serves them daily and sacrificially too.  She is always there for friends and family and ‘critters’ of same! She is always juggling more things for more people than most are aware of.  I am blessed to call Donna friend and so are my ‘kids’!

In our Bartlesville Community, Donna is involved with the SPCA.  She rescues animals herself and has helped guide our Bartlesville SPCA to it’s role model status.  If you want to help with the SPCA let her know and I’ll bet she can plug you into efforts ongoing. Ask Donna how you can help our furry friends today!

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Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross Posted with OKGrassroots

My dog teaches me about politics

Sandra Crosnoe - Finding Gems & Sharing Them

I got this from a friend of a friend with no real attribution (via email).   I didn’t write it and merely share it here as tremendously insightful. You know what they say about cats having staff and dogs having masters; well this explains one step further about dogs and their politics.  Enjoy!/sc

My DOG!

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.
He has his food prepared for him.
He can eat whenever he wants, 24/7/365.
His meals are provided at no cost to him.
He visits the Dr. once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any
medical needs arise.

For this he pays nothing, and nothing is required of him.

He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs,
but he is not required to do any upkeep.
If He makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.
He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.
He receives these accommodations absolutely free.
He is living like a king, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.
All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day.
I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head,

oh my gosh,

my dog is a democrat!

Stay tuned for the cat comeback . . .

and a few recommendations for those paying the dog’s way!


Special thanks to Hatchlings on Facebook for the cute graphics and if you haven’t played the game – the graphics on the eggs and hatchlings are top notch!

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