Monday, April 24, 2017

Changes are Coming

To paraphrase an old saying: The only constant in life is change. And change is what has and is coming to Golden Pines.

This past week, we had a new arrival.  This very special newcomer is the reason why I felt like we couldn't keep our foster-kitty, Mo.  His name is Tubby (after Tubby Smith, a former UK basketball coach)  and he's about 14 years old.
~Meet Tubby!~
Tubby is considered "family" because he used to belong to my Mother.  Since my Mom passed, Tubby has been cared for by my youngest brother that lives in Kentucky. Changes in his life have brought Tubby to live with us. Tubby has never really been around dogs, so we were concerned that he might not get along with them.  It turns out, Tubby isn't bothered the least bit by them. On the feline side, he and Ms. Yellow are learning to ignore one another. And he has claimed a favorite spot, on top of the kitchen cabinets, as his own.  All in all, I'm really pleased that this family member is settling into his new life with us so well.

Tubby is the precursor to a few other changes that I'll tell you about as they occur.  One change that we had this weekend was Max.  He was groomed.  I didn't take him to our "regular" groomer, but one that I knew would take her time and be careful with Max because of his knees.  What I didn't know is that she would sheer him like a sheep!  With cold temps the last couple of days, it had Max shivering so I put a shirt on him to keep him warm.  Poor Max....

Finally, I want to thank-you all for your kind and supportive comments during this "unfortunate incident" with Todd.  I saw my friend's daughter today, and thankfully her finger has healed nicely. Tomorrow morning the Department of Health comes for a last health-check of  Todd.
I am so looking forward to putting this whole event behind us.   


  1. Got a kick out of the cat up with the birds. He looks right at home. Hope all went well with Todd's final check.

  2. I have learned that when you can't find your cat, look up. They love heights so that they can look down upon us.

    I am glad to hear that the little girl is fine and after the check, you can put this incident behind you.

  3. A good high perch, and I can see all below. Changes, how we adapt as life continues, I am sure your heart will open even wider very soon. Meantime Tubby has made a wonderful start.And Todd, all will be well there too.

  4. I am glad the Todd incident gets to be a thing of the past. Tubby is beautiful!

  5. It's good to see that Tubby has settled in nicely. Todd certainly isn't concerned about his health check.

  6. oh sweet little tubby. i love that picture.
    can you imagine? even at that age such agility!
    i have learned that you always have your reasons and that they are for the good for all concerned.
    i see that tubby needed you. probably more than mo did.
    and poor max is right! ohmygosh! well. maybe it will warm up soon. til then he looks quite fetching in his blue t shirt. XOXO♥
    and hugs to 'wee todd the incorrigible!' LOL!

  7. Hello, Tubby is a sweet new addition. I like the cabinet photo of Tubby. Poor Max, he was shaved. I hope the weather warms up soon and this rain goes away. I hope everything goes well with Todd's health check. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  8. It's nice that you can take your mom's cat. Were you afraid he wouldn't get along with the foster?

    Ooops, it seems I missed something on Todd, off to find that post.

  9. Todd looks perfectly healthy to me-you can call off the tax sponges who are coming.

  10. Welcome Tubby, nice that he is fitting in well. Paws crossed for a good health check Todd - we know you will pass with flying colors
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  11. Tubby looks quite content in his perch. Aw ... Max is naked! He needs a big onesie. Poor baby, she took her time, alright. Good to hear the drama with Todd will be over.

  12. I've actually read about some groomers doing that to rough collies! (Imagine the owners shock to see their beautiful Collie coats gone!)

  13. Welcome to beautiful Tubby. It seems he's settling in nicely. I hope Mo is doing the same in his new home. Oh dear, Max has gone from one extreme to the other. On the bright side, he won't need groomed again for quite a while.

  14. Todd looks like he's already put the incident behind him...

  15. Love the picture of Tubby up in his basket - he's certainly made himself very much at home. Poor Max, is that the "economy" groom? He could do with a nice warm sweater - it must be a bit chilly for the poor little chap.
    Fingers crossed that Todd will be the perfect gentleman and have a perfect health check, than all will be well with the world.

  16. Welcome, Tubby - you found a great home to rest yourself. You look quite at home in that basket.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  17. Lol...I was trying to visual the last time I heard of an English baseball coach/UK, in my mind means United Kingdom *giggle*. He's a beautiful boy.
    Glad to Todd incident is now behind you, and Max looks rather dapper in his blue blanket...
    Hope you have a wonderful week Kim !

  18. God bless you all, Kim. I am sure all will go well.

  19. Tubby looks like he has found his comfort spot!
    Poor Max looks chilled even with the shirt . . .
    Happy the wait is almost over for Todd . . .
    Learning experiences are always happening, aren't they!

  20. Tubby is beautiful! As for my outlaw friend, glad his case is being closed. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

    Aroo to you,

  21. You know more about UK basketball than we do. Poor Max. Always happens when cold weather creeps up unexpectedly. Still amazed by the paperwork over Todd.

  22. I had to go back to see what Todd had done and I know how easily that can happen with any dog that's the slightest bit protective. I'm glad it is all working out OK and sorry for the stress it must have caused you.

  23. I have always wanted a Siamese cat. Tubby is gorgeous.


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