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12/22/2017 – Eve of the Eve of the Eve

Sunny's excited for Christmas. Can't you tell? - © Colehauscats.com

Sunny’s excited for Christmas. Can’t you tell? – © Colehauscats.com

Maybe we’re jumping the gun a bit here but the weekend is nearly upon us and we’re just so excited for that special day that follows this weekend – Christmas Day!

And what’s just as exciting for us is to revisit the memory of a very, very special Christmas miracle we ourselves witnessed back in 2013. It seems all the more special for us this year, having helped the strays Teese and Mac find their forever homes with the donations and support of you, the Friends of Colehaus.

This memory has become a Colehaus family tradition here and we hope you’ll enjoy reading it, too. Before we dive in, let us wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May this time be special and memorable to you and your families, full of happiness, joy, and the wonder of the season.

Santa's little helper - @ Colehauscats.com

Santa’s little helper – @ Colehauscats.com

Santa and his little helper - @ Colehauscats.com

Santa and his little helper – @ Colehauscats.com

(Please click image to enbiggen.)

A little rhyme runs through our heads at this time of year, every year:

We wish we may,
we wish we might,
help find homes for all this night.

And one year, we saw it happen.

Back in December of 2013, while interviewing potential Niblet forever families at our local Petco, a sweet, jolly man sat upon a chair seemingly meant for him and someone handed him a kitten, one of a very large group of kittens our area had that year.

And then, something magical happened.

That kitten found a forever home that day. And the next kitten the jolly man held did too. And the next. And so on and so on throughout the day. And the senior cats brought to the event found their forever families too. These forever families, they weren’t your average “Hey, we’re at Petco and since we’re buying dog food anyway, let’s adopt a kitten for Christmas, too” Petco shoppers but a string of very vetted families who came in, independently of one another, to see cats and kittens they had been following online through the shelter and through word of mouth, and don’t you know, every one of those cats and kittens found the best of homes that day. *happy sigh*

May we all open our hearts and homes to those who need love, not just for a day but for all of forever.

Thank you for reading us. Have a magical Christmas.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Ruby’s Favorite Story
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

12/18/2017 – Monday Merriment

A Mac Roll - © Colehauscats.com

A Mac Roll – © Colehauscats.com

Because it was so cold here last week, with well-below freezing night temperatures and frigid east winds straight off Mt. Hood and down the Columbia River Gorge, we made the decision to bring Mac indoors. If you remember Pretty Boy Mac, he’s that feral/semi-feral/stray boy we’ve been watching since last spring and eventually made friends with in October. Mom canvassed the neighborhood three separate times over those months, looking for his real home, and heard over and over again, “Nope. Don’t know him. Never seen him,” along with one, “Get off my property.”

She was then told he was living in a big pile of leaves blown up on the doorstep of a family who were afraid of cats, and that was all it took.

Mac inside - © Colehauscats.com

Mac inside – © Colehauscats.com

This meant a whole new set of complications could be at hand – Was Mac sick? Didn’t show signs. Was he a carrier of anything? Could be, we’d keep him separated. Fleas? Most certainly (answer was yes). Would he continue to ignore our curious cats? Answer: Most definitely. Would he freak out staying in our big dog kennel cage? Answer: Nope.

And perhaps most important – How long could he stay indoors? Well….

We have an incredible friend who loves big-cheek boys like Mac, and although she prefers senior big-cheek boys, Mac seemed to have within him the personality of the best of a bonded pair she’d recently lost. Last Wednesday, she came to meet Mac who proved his other nickname wasn’t just a fluke – Lap Nappin’ Mac. He couldn’t get enough of sitting on her lap, all fourteen point two pounds of him, happy as can be for the longest time, listening to us talk about him and his life going forward.

Pretty Boy Mac gets a home - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac gets a home – © Colehauscats.com

We also have incredible Friends of Colehaus who have been donating funds all along to make sure Mac had daily food and medical help when he was ready for his big snip-per-roo and life beyond as an indoor boy.

Friday, Mac found his home and is currently loving up his new mom and showing her and the world on facebook how much he thinks life as an indoor-only cat IS definitely everything and a big bag of nip. His first vet appointment is this week. Please join us in wishing him the best and a good vet visit.

Thank you, Carrie, for asking about him, for visiting him, and for adopting him and loving him. Thank you, Friends of Colehaus, for helping this once-frightened stray discover not all humans are scary. Thank you for helping Pretty Boy Mac find his Christmas miracle.

And, because he just happened to be indoors with the rest of us on photo day, we couldn’t help but to make this happen*.

Pretty Boy Mac discovers Christmas sometimes comes with a sock monkey hat - © Colehauscats.com

Pretty Boy Mac discovers Christmas sometimes comes with a sock monkey hat – © Colehauscats.com

*He didn’t seem to hold it against us but just in case, Mom promised she’d never put another hat on him ever again. His new mom, however, is another story.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Snuggles with Viola and a Friday Flashback
2014 – No post
2013 – Erinn Zuzu
2012 – No post

09/13/2017 – Wordless Wednesday but with Breaking News!


Teese was adopted yesterday!

We are so unbelievably happy for sweet Teese and wish her the very best in her forever home. We feel so happy to have been here for her when she wasn’t sure what her world had or would become. Thank you all for reading and commenting on posts about Teese over the past seven months or so. Your words helped strengthened our resolve to get her off the streets, out of potential danger, and into the best place possible for adoption. And it happened!

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And now back to our regularly scheduled “Wordless” Wednesday post:

Zuzu - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu – © Colehauscats.com

Here’s an online jigsaw puzzle of the photo above courtesy of JigsawPlanet.com

Have fun!

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A Colehaus Cats Flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Unlucky? Not Me!
2012 – No post