December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! Welcome 2017.

We are joining our sweet friends at ,  The cat on my head ,  for their Sunday selfies! 
This week, everyone is participating as each of us would like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

We are saying good-bye to 2016 and welcoming the year 2017 with open paws! May it be a wonderful year for all our friends. May peace , love and kindness chase away all the ugly in the world today and throughout the new year.

Happy New Year! Love, Duffy

Happy New Year! Love, Wilhelmina

Happy New Year! Love, Malou

Happy New Year! Love, Levon

Happy New Year! Love, Mitalee

Happy New Year! Love, Esme

 May bright lights find you today and every day!

See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 30, 2016

Flashback Friday with Angel Isadora Gypsy Rose.

Our Christmas ornaments have been collected throughout the years. Some I have had since I was a little girl, others I bought when I traveled as a young woman, others still I have collected in the years that I have built my family.

Most of them have a story or at the very least, are symbolic in their representation of the life I have lived.

There are angel wings on our tree, each of which represents a beloved pet now lost to us.

Last year, we lost Isadora Gypsy Rose, our toy poodle, shortly before she could celebrate Christmas with us. Her angel wings hang on our tree this year as does a Christmas bulb with the initial " I" on it, both are there in her memory. It was difficult to go through all the photos we have collected of Isadora in the fifteen years she lived with us but I wanted to share her with all of you one last time. She was truly my baby as only a little, teeny, wee dog of five pounds can be.When you are responsible for a dog that small, you worry more about the integrity of their health and well being on a daily basis than you might otherwise when taking care of a larger, more robust animal. I wanted Isadora to be brave in the face of the world she lived in and to view the world as an adventure in of itself. I did not want a hand in shaping a nervous, timid dog who was afraid of everything and of everyone. Isadora, because of this, was not a fearful or fainthearted dog who insistently and randomly barked at people, dogs or cats ; she greeted everyone she met with pure joy no matter how daunting the size or species presented to her. Isadora never showed signs of fear when presented with an unknown nor did she hesitate to run freely through a forest, or on a beach; she ran effortlessly through life as if in anticipation of yet one more great adventure. I feel, conclusively, that she led a good and happy life in the years she shared with us. Still, her life came to an end. All life  must come to an end, there is no stopping that process no matter how much we convince ourselves that if we love strongly, or completely, or purely ,or enough, we can stop the inevitable outcome of life. At times, it might feel as though we can stop death if only for a moment, that death will spare us if we are given the opportunity to argue the magnitude of our love. If we can convince someone, prove somehow that we have loved hard enough, well enough, thoroughly enough , we might be able to deceive death and in the process , perhaps we can momentarily deceive ourselves into believing that life as we know it on earth, is eternal. Yet the end inevitably comes, and always we are surprised by and unprepared for its' coming. Most of us are left yearning for one more day with the  loved one we have been forced to say good-bye to. We remain affixed to this earth temporarily lost in a suddenly too wide life, when we find ourselves with one less being by our side to love. I am not the exception in having experienced wanting one more day with a loved one, nor am I the exception when being forced to make the irreversible and heartbreaking admission that someone I love is no longer with me.  I would love to hold Isadora one last time and to gently remind her that she is my Sunshine. My only Sunshine. Did she hear me and take note I wonder, all those times I whispered the same message to her all the days and years she was with me? I believe she did.  And I believe she is now a lambent, luminous star in the sky who shines boldly and brightly as a testament to hope, perseverance and love ; to everlasting love in all its' many and varied shapes and duration.  Look up to the sky tonight, or when next you find yourself under the solitude of an evening's vast and darkened sky and there you will see all our stars, yours and mine, all our departed loved ones, our  stars in the sky shining brightly, reminding us as they twinkle and glimmer, that they, our loved ones, will guide us back to them one fine and gentle day.

Have a Fabulous Friday.
Look sharp! The New Year is almost upon us :)
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 29, 2016

Mitalee loves a good box!

 Mitalee, " "Peek-a- boo!"

 Mitalee, " I sure do love me a good box!"

Mitalee, " Daddyman has a store and because of that, he often brings boxes home just for me. He says, Mitalee loves a good box!'

Mitalee, " I do! Especially if the box fits perfectly around my body, nice and snug, like this one!"

Mitalee, " I hear humans celebrate Boxing Day once a year. But as a cat, I celebrate boxes every day and my Daddyman makes that possible for me! I will give him my sweetest, most loving, Mitalee HoneyBee Eyes in this last photo, as a special thank-you to him!"

Have a great day!
The New Year is fast approaching!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo

December 28, 2016

Sunny Vancouver with Wilhelmina.

Wilhelmina, " Christmas is over! Can you believe it?! We hope yours was lovely and bright!"

Wilhelmina, " We've been walking the entire jetty lately (an hour there, an hour back) because LP claims there is quite a lot of food to digest these days! I'm not sure what she means exactly but I think it might have something to do with me eating the cat food. I like to steal share it with the cats when LP isn't watching so I need to digest it! Or  . . . it could mean LP has been eating too many chocolates!"

Wilhelmina, " When we reach the end of the jetty, I like to watch the ships come sailing in."

Wilhelmina, " LP and Duffy like to feel the sun on their skin."

Wilhelmina, " It's been sunny and cold in Vancouver lately. There is even a bit of a breeze on the jetty. I have to confess it's a welcome change from rain! We even have snow and I LOVE the snow!! We hope you are enjoying the holidays. We are!"

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo


December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas ! Love, the critters in the cottage.

It's Christmas Day and we are joining our sweet, kitty friends at, The cat on my head,  for their Sunday Selfies!

 Duffy, "We want to wish all our friends a very Merry Christmas! May your day be merry and bright! May you find yourself among good friends, wonderful family and a few delicious and delectable goodies! "


 Esme, " Merry Christmas to all our dear friends! We really appreciate you."

Levon, " Merry Christmas to our sweet friends! We are glad that you have a paw in creating a very special place in our lives."

 Malou, " Merry Christmas to all our anipals! We are glad to have met you, old and new friends alike , and to call each of you friend!"

Wilhelmina, " Merry Christmas! Thank you for making the first year of my life extra special, all of you my glorious, extra special friends!"

Mitalee,  " Merry Christmas to all our delightful friends! You make each of our lives so much brighter!"

Duffy, " We wish you a Merry Christmas filled with love and peace. We love you all and look forward to sharing more joy, laughter and adventures with you in the New Year."

Six little stockings lined up on Christmas day.

Have a lovely Christmas day and have a peaceful and relaxing holiday!
See you soon.
the critters in the cottage xo