Whisker Wednesday: RIP Oliver

OliverThis post is difficult for me to write and has to do with a personal/emotional topic. I just ask that everyone reading this post takes the time to consider that all decisions that were made regarding our family pet were what we believed were best for him. Thank you in advance for this respect.

This past May my beautiful cat, named Oliver, was not feeling too well… We took him to a vet (not one that we had been to before because we recently moved) and they stated that he had probably gotten into something, like electrical wires, that he wasn’t suppose to have been eating. They didn’t take his blood and they said they would call back the next business day with results from other tests. We never heard back from them.

Frantically looking for another vet office, we found one that specializes in cats. We took him in, he was looking thinner and acting even stranger. They took blood and got back to us within 24hrs.

It wasn’t good.

Oliver was going through kidney failure and was in really bad shape. They told us our options and, in his case, the only logical (and in our opinion, ethical) thing to do was to euthanize poor sweet Oliver. This was the most devastating thing that had happened to one of my pets… He was only four years old. We had him for three of those four years, and I was away at my University for almost 80% of his time with us.

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There are three parts of his death that make me upset to even think about now.

The first being his age. He was still so young. My poor poor baby 😥

The second being that I had just moved into my first “official” apartment and was about to take him, and Velvet (my other cat that I spoke about here), back into my life. My mom was moving out of state and I chose this apartment almost entirely because of the screened patios that Oliver would have just LOVED… He only lived with me in this apartment for just under a month before this all happened.

The third being that the first Vet handled this situation HORRIBLY! I can’t even imagine the pain Oliver would have been through if we didn’t change vets… UGH!

Overall, Oliver was the first pet I felt a deep deep connection with and he was taken away just when we were going to be reunited.

Since his death I have gain a greater appreciation for my cat Velvet and for everyone I love in my life. It wasn’t until this happened that I honestly realized how short life can be and how much you need to spend time with those you love. Don’t waste your beautiful life on people and things that don’t fill you with as much love and happiness as you deserve.Oliver3

His passing also helped me get back on my CF journey. Oliver was a lucky cat who was greatly loved and respected. We respected him, his life and his pain.The thought that innocent animals are being tortured across the world every single day for the sake of beauty/lifestyle/etc. products and are denied the right to be placed in loving/nurturing and/or natural environments is disgusting. Every animal (including Humans) deserve respect and love.

I am happy for the time I had with Oliver. He really changed my life for the better and made me look at the world in a different way.

Rest easy my little smoosh ❤ We miss and love you everyday… even Velvet, who didn’t want you to know how much she needed you when you were still with us.

I’m sorry for such a heavy topic this Whisker Wednesday. Next week’s won’t be sad, I promise 🙂

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

Whisker Wednesday: My little pup

Hello again!

It’s Whisker Wednesday. Do you know what that is?? No? OH NO! You must go read last week’s first Whisker Wednesday post here to find out!!! Go ahead… I’ll wait a little bit..

I would like to now re-introduce you to my 5 month old puppy named Dobby.

I already had a post about him, but I wanted to elaborate a little… I also want an excuse to show more pictures. He really is adorable ❤

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AHHH look at that face… and those paws ❤ ❤ ❤

Yes, he is named after Dobby, the house-elf from the Harry Potter series. He loves to steal socks (which I promptly take away… but he is a free elf I promise!), bark, eat, go for long walks on the beach… I’m assuming, and to cuddle on our very beige couch.

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He is a Miami Heat basketball fan (or at least my boyfriend is and he bought him a MH collar), he hates squirrels, loves to lick water off my legs after a shower, is a fanatic for ice cubes, and is growing so quickly it is making me so sad. 😥

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My boyfriend and I rescued Dobby this summer in Tennessee. He’s part hound (SOOOO VAUGE) and Lab. He’s a mutt and we love him so much. Puppies are a lot of work, but right when I think I can’t handle him anymore he comes and cuddles. I’m in puppy heaven and I don’t want him to grow up yet!

Have a great rest of your week! I’ll have a new post for you all on Friday 😀

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

Whisker Wednesday: My beautiful cat!

Hello everyone 😀

I wanted to make a weekly post about my animals to bring a little bit of furry cuteness to the CFC page. Alliterations are my fave, so Whisker Wednesday it is ❤

This week I want to introduce you to my cat! Her name is Velvet.IMG_1681

She is a six-year-old, solid black, american short hair. Velvet is actually named after our Humane Society’s “Black Velvet Club” for black animals. As a lover of all animals I was confused as to why we were now part of a “club” because of our little black beauty.

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Once we were officially the pet parents of Velvet, the Humane Society provided us with a booklet on “club” information. They put together this “Black Velvet Club” because of the lack of black animal adoptions within our city. I cannot speak for the entire U.S. but in our town black cats were the most likely to be euthanized due to lack of adoption than any other color cats.

Also, black cats are the center of superstition (especially on Friday the 13th and Halloween). There have been cases of horrific brutalization of black cats on these holidays. Once again, I cannot speak for the rest of America (or the world for this matter) but it is something was happening near me and it was sincerely upsetting. I named her after the club because they were honorably trying to make sure that black cats were not euthanized at such high rates by reducing adoption fees, offering free vaccinations through kitten-hood, and many other amazing things.

We have since moved away from that city, but this issue is something that will follow my heart wherever I go. I cannot imagine not having my little black princess or choosing any other cat over her simply because of her fur color.There are plenty of articles to find supporting and denying the black cat issues, feel free to look into any of this information 🙂

I hope Velvet’s cute little face has made your day a little better ❤

I will be back later this week with another haul, stay tuned!

Speak to you soon,

-Dianna ❤

New Puppy!

Where have I been? Becoming a new pet mom, of course ❤

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CFC followers, meet Dobby. He is now 5 months and I have been extremely busy getting adjusted to being a new pet mom of a dog. This is the first dog my Boyfriend and I have gotten together.

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Dobby and I look forward to an exciting fall of posts and products! Have a great labor day everyone 😀

Personal: Why does life happen so quickly sometimes?

Hi everyone!

This isn’t a normal post for me but I thought that I should keep everyone up to date with where I am in life! A new post will be coming in the next few days and then I’m taking a month long trip. I will talk about it in my new post 🙂 Anyway, I have been recently accepted into my major’s honor program and that means that my thesis paper needs to start in a few months. With the thesis paper, GRE testing, senior year as an undergrad, and my first year of living in a real – no dorm, no furniture included – apartment, this year will be very exciting. I need to finish my graduate school applications by December 1st and still enjoy my last year at my University.

I know this is random but I wanted to fill you all into what has been running through my mind lately! Is anyone else stressed about too many things happening at, what seems like, the same time?

Speak to you soon 🙂

-Dianna ❤

Those two weeks turned into almost an entire year.

No excuses. I got sidetracked, got super busy, and totally forgot about posting. Then when I had time, I was too nervous to come back. I thought I was gone for too long. Overall, the longer I waited the harder it was to convince myself to come back. That is all over now! I’ll post when I can. I’ll have a set schedule eventually but I need to ease back into things. I feel horrible. I wanted this to turn out differently. I’m not giving up though and I am looking forward to making this something I can be proud of 😀

I set out to help others and that is still my mission.

Prepare for a lot of changes

-Dianna ❤

Two Very Stressful Weeks Ahead!

Hi everyone!

I will not be posting this week or next… So sad, I know! I’ve had a stressful past couple of days and I start moving next week. I just don’t want to put out content I’m not able to put a lot of work into. I do not have time or energy for positive, well thought out posts during these stressful times. I will be back in two weeks with a ton of new content and I can’t wait! Thank you so much for understanding and I hope that you guys have a good two weeks!

See you all soon 😀

-Dianna ❤