Monday, March 6, 2017

Larry The Cat, Post Brexit

As everyone may recall, Larry is the resident cat at 10 Downing Street.  His official title is Chief Mouser To The Cabinet Office.  This is a title he has held since 2011.  When Prime Minister David Cameron left 10 Downing Street, Larry stayed on in his official capacity.


Larry's colleague, Palmerston, the Chief Mouser To The Foreign And Commonwealth Office, began his posting in 2016 and resides a short distance away on King Charles Street.

Both Larry and Palmerston are formerly from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home in England.

As a sign of the times, Larry now sports a new Union Jack collar in the spirit of Brexit.  Larry, it appears, is "keeping calm and carrying on" in true British fashion.

Larry with Union Jack collar

In addition, three more mousers have been employed at other offices, too.  Gladstone, like Larry and Palmerston before him, is a former resident of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, but now resides at the Treasury Office.  As well, a mother and son team, Evie and Ossie, formerly of Celia Hammond Animal Trust, have taken up residence at the Cabinet Office.

Evie and Ossie

All in all, cats are well represented in Whitehall as Brexit negotiations continue on.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Pet Sitters: The Smart Choice For The Holidays

For pet owners who are going away for the holidays, pet sitters are the smart choice for the holidays.

Professional pet sitters are insured and bonded which affords you some protection while you're away.  While most holidays are trouble free, you still have the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing your sitter has the proper insurance.

Since professional pet sitters do this work for a living, they're well seasoned in working right through any and all holidays without a second thought.  This leaves friends and family "off the hook", so to speak, so that they can enjoy their holidays unhindered by a promise that they would look in on the pets for the owner.

Especially for pets like cats, pet sitters are ideal because they give cats the opportunity to stay in their own home territory and have visits every day for setting out fresh food and water, and cleaning litter boxes.  Cats can have attention from the pet sitter every day, too.  As well, when pets can stay in their own familiar environments, they aren't exposed to other pets with illnesses they may encounter in boarding facilities.

Pet sitters provide that eye on your household to ensure that the mail and newspapers are brought in, blinds are opened and close appropriately, lighting is alternated, plants are watered, garbage is disposed of, and so on to make sure that the normal household routine continues even when you aren't there.

There's nothing quite like coming home to pets who were well cared for in your absence and a household as clean as you had left it when you first went away.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Costumes for Cats

Costumes for cats or any other pets at Halloween, Christmas, Easter or any other time of year are cute  for a few moments to snap a few photos.  After that, you can take the costume off to reveal the cat's naturally beautiful real coat.

You need to remember that these holidays are all human holidays.  Cats and other pets didn't establish them.  People did.

While pets may like any extra treats that they're given on Halloween or Christmas, and so on, the significance of the particular holiday may be lost on them.  The tradition of these man-made and celebrated holidays means relatively little to a pet.

Dressing a cat or a dog up like a lion or a reindeer, or whatever, may look so cute to the owner, whereas the cat or dog may be in the costume thinking, "What is this cumbersome thing they're putting on me now?  I can't wait to get out of this."

Have the pet sport the costume for a few snapshots for the photo album.  Then, take the costume off the pet so that he / she can relax and enjoy the holiday with all the rest of the family.

Remember that nothing looks as good on a pet as its own natural coat.