Monday, April 30, 2012

E is for

The Emperor Goose (Chen canagica)

The breeding ground of this species of goose is around the Bering Sea, primarily in Alaska but also in Siberia. It is sometimes seen southward along the Pacific Coast of Canada and the US. They are mitigatory and winter in mainly in the Aleutian Islands.

The coloring of the male and female are almost identical but juveniles have heads the same color as the body.

These two Emperor geese live at our local Pioneer Park Aviary. The aviary has a breeding pair that live there year round. They have a huge wooded area to live in with a stream running through the enclosure.

For more visit Tina's PicStory, Freda's Tuesday Takes, Outdoor Wednesday and Watery Wednesday.

I am taking part in a spay/neuter event again this week so I might not be around much.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Critters of the Week

Hey hoomans and bloggy friends! The Kitty Krew is here to give you an update on some of the animals our mommy saw this week. This is a white peacock mommy saw at the park. He was really showing off for his lady friends.

This is a really cute kitty mommy visited at the shelter this week. We think he will be adopted very quickly. He was taken out of the cage not long after mom took this photo and went to the kitty play room with some other cats. .

We were really surprise when mommy showed us this photo. She said it was a Chinchilla. This fellow and his friends have been turned in at the humane society. Mommy didn't hear the whole story but thinks they were given up by someone who is moving out of town.

A Chinchilla is a critter we have never seen before. It is a NEW one for us!

Please visit Freda's Photo Time, Camera Critters and Bozo's Pet Pride.

Cindi Lou and The Kitty Krew

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Faux Kitten Cam

Hey hooman, are you out there?
(photos straight from the camera, taken in poor light) They are from the spay/neuter event we did on Wednesday.

We heard we were going to some place called Foster.

Will there be more of those yummy goodies we had a few minutes ago?
From L to R: Lucy, Bunny and Jimmy
These three were too young and little to be spayed/neutered today. They went home with a very nice lady to be fostered until they are older. Then they will be put up for adoption.

Today is Thursday and that means it's time for Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song. I have been at the shelter all day for a spay/neuter event so this post is not my usual musical with lyrics. But I thought maybe a little Elvis would make up for the lack of lyrics.

Not to imply the kitties spend all their time in cages. This fella was in a holding cage while he was checked out to make sure he was healthy and to get all his shots before being put in the cat room. The cats at this shelter have a special area to play in, I'll try to remember to get some photos of it the next time I'm over. It is awesome.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Mystery Solved

If you dropped by yesterday you saw this photo. Do you know what the butt belongs to? 

How about now? 

Let's get this fellow to turn around.

For more photos please visit Outdoor Wednesday.

Just For Fun

Our mommy takes some really silly photos sometimes. We found this one in her files and asked her what it was. You know what, she wouldn't tell us. She said we should ask you what belongs to this butt.

PS, she said she would show you the other side of this critter soon.

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Goosey Little Family

Hey Hoomans! Sissi Cat here. I told my mama this photo makes me look Moody. She said I look cute in this one. What do you think?

Anywho, I wanted to show you some pics we found in Mama's photo files.

The Nene goose, or Hawaiian goose, is the state bird of Hawaii.

Nene geese will mate for life. While the female is on the nest the male will stay close to protect her.

After the eggs hatch mama goose will keep them close. The goslings can feed on their own from birth.

But Mama goose in not alone in caring for the little ones. Daddy is always on guard to protect his family.

The goslings will stay with their parents until the next breeding season.

All of the photos above were taken earlier this week at our local aviary. These geese and the other water fowl who live there have large wooded areas with water access. There is an aerial canopy and fence to protect them from predators but other than that it is like living in any woodland setting. These photos are with my telephoto lens as I could not of course get that close to this little family.

For more please visit Freda's Photo Time, Camera Critters and Bozo's Pet Pride.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green,

red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,

The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They'll learn much more,
Than I'll ever know.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

This Sunday is Earth Day and I couldn't think of a better song to celebrate. Plus I have always loved Louis Armstrong's marvelous voice.

Please visit Hootin' Anni's Thursday Theme Song

Charlie: A Love Story Giveaway Winner

Hi All! First I want to thank everyone who entered the giveaway to win a copy of Charlie: A Love Story. The giveaway ended last night and we have a winner.

And the winner is (Drum roll please!)

Marie at Women Talk About Life

Congratulations Marie, I know you are a dog lover and are going to really enjoy this book.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Suggest a caption for this photo.

I saw this silly goose at the park over the weekend.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of Charlie: A Love Story. The giveaway ends tonight, Tuesday the 17th. Enter HERE.

Please visit Wordless Wednesday, Watery Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Guest Meows

Hey Hoomans, Sissi Cat here to introduce you to our special guest for this week. Our mommy met this little guy last week while she was doing a spay/neuter event at the Humane Society. More about them after the guest post.

Take it away little guy.

Peoples? Are you there peoples? My name is Kitten and I want to tell you what happened to me today. Me and Brother met some really nice peoples at a new place.

And guess what happened? Wez gots a bath! First we gots to play in the water stuff and gots all wet.

Did I tell you I'm five weeks old? That makes me a big boy right?

After the bath the lady got this machine thingy that put warm air on us. It tickled my tummy and felt so good.

I watched while the lady put the warm air on Brother.

Hey Lady, do you have any more of that yummy milk stuff?

The lady with that funny looking box (she called it a camera) called us little "blurs of fur" cause we didn't want to be still. We was having too much fun running and exploring.


Yawn! All that bath stuff made me sleepy. I think I'll takes a nap now.
Bye peoples.

These two little guys were found while trapping a large group of stray cats at an old trailer. They were living inside with their mama but the trailer has holes in the floor. They had fallen through the floor and were outside. Our trappers fortunately found them (three other kittens had been found the week before) and brought them to the shelter. Now they are all being fostered by volunteers until they are old enough for adoption. This group of little ones will not have to live on the street.

Please have your pets spayed or neutered and support your local humane society.

For more visit Freda's Photo Time, Camera Critters and Bozo's Pet Pride.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A Word from Fuzzi

Hey Hoomans! Fuzzi here with a message. Our mommy is working a kitty spay/neuter event tomorrow and will be busy through Thursday. In the mean time we kitties are here to amuse you.

If lights run on electricity and cars run on gas, what do cats run on? Their paws.

How many cats can you put in an empty box? Only one, after that the box isn't empty.

What kind of cat will keep your grass short? A lawn meower!

Why are cats such good singers? Because they are very mewsical.

Oh those are funny, we just crack ourselves up.

Fuzzi and The Kitty Krew
and Cindi Lou and MK

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meet Author Barbara Lampert and a Giveaway

Hello everyone, I would like to introduce Barbara Lampert, author of Charlie: A Love Story. Barbara has written a truly heartwarming book about her relationship with a beautiful Golden Retriever named Charlie. She is visiting today to tell us how her book came to be. Welcome Barbara.

The Inspiration for Charlie: A Love Story

Charlie’s the kind of dog I dreamed about when I was a kid. The dog who would always be happy to see me, my best friend in the world, the dog I could tell all my secrets to, my very loyal confidante, who would love me more than anyone, no matter what.

Charlie came into my life when he was thirteen weeks old and I was grown up. But he was that dog of my dreams. From the moment I got him, I adored him. For his whole life, Charlie and I were attached at the hip.

Here’s how Charlie’s story came about:

For several years, I’d been keeping a gardening journal while landscaping our property in Malibu on almost an acre of land, and occasionally I would write about Charlie in my journal. But when he turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, within a short period of time my journal entries became more and more about him and less and less about gardening.

I was amazed at how Charlie dealt with his health problems. He seemed to have a very deep understanding of what was going on, and just about nothing got him down. He was both determined and joyful. Indomitable, and so wise. He was inspiring.

Even though I wanted to write about him mostly in the present, I couldn’t help thinking about him as a puppy. So I found myself writing about him when he was younger, too. I just wanted to be with him, think about him, and write about him. I knew that our time was limited.

Then in 2003, my husband David and I decided to take Charlie and Barney (our other Golden Retriever at the time) to San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito for five days, to celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary. One evening while we were sitting on the deck of our cottage, I read David some of my journal entries having to do with Charlie. David said it sounded as if I had the makings of a book. The more I thought about that, the more I agreed. So I pulled out all the entries that had to do with Charlie to look at them more closely.

At first I was hesitant to turn my journal into a book, because the writing was so personal and intimate, and because, being such a private person as well as a psychotherapist, I didn’t know if I’d be comfortable doing that. But my overriding thought then was that it would be Charlie’s story, that not only did I want to pay tribute to this magnificent dog, but also I felt that the way he handled life could be an inspiration to others, just as it was to me.

I knew that Charlie was not only a once-in-a-lifetime dog but also a once-in-a-lifetime being. And that ours was a once-in-a-lifetime relationship. I needed to write about him, and his story needed to be told.


Barbara Lampert is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in relationships. She’s been in private practice in Brentwood, California for over twenty years. She considers her work a calling and loves what she does. She has a doctorate in medical sociology and two master’s degrees – one in psychology and one in sociology. Barbara has adored dogs her whole life. They’re her passion! She notes that for a lot of people, their dogs are their best friends. She loves helping people know that’s ok – that a soul-satisfying relationship may be found with any being and needs to be treasured. Besides her love of dogs, Barbara is an avid gardener and finds herself gardening in much of her spare time. She sees her garden as a work of art. She loves being in nature – the miracle of growth, the ever-changing landscape, its beauty. Today Barbara lives happily in Malibu, California with her husband David (married twenty-eight years!) and their six-year-old Golden Retriever, Harry. Barbara hopes that Charlie: A Love Story will be a tribute not only to a magnificent dog but to all dogs everywhere. You can visit her website at


Charlie: A Love Story tells of the beautiful love between Charlie, a Golden Retriever, and the author, Barbara Lampert. It takes place in Malibu, California. When Charlie turned eleven years old and started having some health problems, a journal Barbara was keeping about her garden quickly became mostly about Charlie. Charlie: A Love Story is an intimate look at an incredible connection between a canine and a human. And as a psychotherapist who specializes in relationships, Barbara brings that sensibility and understanding to Charlie’s story as well. Charlie was Barbara’s loyal confidante and best friend. He was indomitable, had a zest for life and an uncanny emotional intelligence. Charlie: A Love Story is about devotion, joy, loss, and renewal, about never giving up or giving in. But mostly it’s about an extraordinary dog and an extraordinary relationship.

Yesterday on my other blog, The Road to Here, I wrote a review of Charlie: A Love Story. You can read the review HERE. Today I would like to give one of my readers a chance to win a copy of this wonderful book.

The giveaway is open to readers in the US and Canada only.
If your email address isn't on your profile please leave it in the comment.
To enter you must be a follower of Through Squirrel Eyes.
The giveaway ends at midnight PT on April 17th, I will announce the winner on the 18th.

To enter please leave one comment telling me why you would like to win a copy of Charlie: A Love Story.

For one extra entry visit Barbara's website and in a second comment tell me the name of one of her other dogs. No copying, look for yourself.

Good Luck!

If you just can't wait click below to order your copy of Charlie: A Love Story now.

Friday, April 6, 2012

I'm Dreaming of

A white Easter!
Okay, I'm not dreaming of such things but it almost happened. This was the view out our back door Friday morning.

Hey Mom, we thought you said all the white stuff was gone until next winter. What's this?

The slushy mess had all melted away by noon. So what did Mother Nature do next? She gave us a lovely hail storm which turned it all white and icy again. Oh well, spring like weather is suppose to show up this weekend.

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