Our Companions


Our Companions Animal Rescue is a Connecticut based organization that promises to always do the right thing for animals, regardless of the challenge or cost.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

How Do You Beat the Heat?

 
 
The Dog Days of Summer are Here!!!
The sun is out and someone has turned up the heat these past few days so we are enjoying it the best way that we know how - pool time! We have one pup in particular that could very well be part fish (try putting that info on Petfinder...) and her name is Lucy! During Lucy's stay at the sanctuary she has learned that she is a great swimmer and loves to lounge in the water but there are also the days that her inner puppy emerges and the result is lots of pouncing and zoomies! Please check out the clip below to see what we mean:
 
 

Lucy has also showed her teachers how smart she is by demonstrating that learning can be fun too! Lucy has opted to learn her lessons in our weekly sanctuary class from the pool this week. She is learning the value of being calm while there are other dogs and activitiy occurring outside of the fence. As you can imagine, this is a skill that is difficult for certain dogs but essential to existing happily at the Our Companions Animal Sanctuary. Lucy looks like she is an excellent student.
This gal is beauty and brains all wrapped into one petite package!
 
 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

BAD BOYS AND THE GIRLS WHO LOVE THEM. . .





Anyone who has volunteered at the Sanctuary in the past year is familiar with our boy Frankie. He joined our feline family on May 29, 2014.


A sweet, lovable, playful and sometimes mischievous boy that you couldn't help but fall in love with.. . .  And, everyone did fall in love with his sweet "childlike" behavior.

Unfortunately because he didn't really adhere to the other cats "code of conduct" at the Sanctuary,  he had some trouble making feline friends.







Around the beginning of October in 2014 a frightened little girl kitten also joined our family.
Her name was Ashley.


Ashley struggled to adjust to life here and although she grew more comfortable around people, she never really adjusted to human contact.

She did however have a confidence around other cats and was somehow able to put up with Frankie's quirky behavior.  Eventually they became such good friends we couldn't bear to separate them.  So -we decided they would have to move on to a home as a couple.


So they waited ...and waited...and waited for their forever home to come along.  And - finally it has!

A wonderful adopter met them and  just fell in love with both of them accepting  them unconditionally for who they are. You can't help but smile at that.


So on their last day at the Sanctuary Frankie and Ashley just hung out and relaxed like it was just another day.  If only they knew  that day how life was going to change for them - and how it was going to get so much better!




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Go Frankie and Ashley! Cheers (from our other happy couple Snookey and Mason) and  best of luck from your feline friends at the Sanctuary that are still waiting for their homes.


Yes - all good things do come to those who wait!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Zoey checks in



 Zoey here...just reporting in!


 Dear Marie, Jon, Krystal, Other Staff and Volunteers:

I am settling in just fine.  My new "parents" treat me great.  I have my crate from Our Companions along with my blanket so that worked out nice.  I have a nice yard to walk around in and I get plenty of treats (because I'm a good girl).

We went to New Hampshire last weekend - it 'vas a nice ride but I slept most of the trip.  I have a new (to me) crate there and a new blanket and lots of new and different things to sniff out.  You know me ... I have a good nose for sniffing!

I have a new veterinary doctor to meet on Tuesday and he has already received my records so he will be all up-to-date from my last visit at the North Veterinary Office.  We are going to the Connecticut Veterinary Center, Kensington, CT.

I have a Spa Day when it's my day for lotion.  M y Popsy (that's Bob) puts my lotion on for me and I just stand there ... as the good girl I am, until he finishes.  Nary a nip.  I'm trying to get better ... sometimes I forget and let out a little growl, but I am reminded that it's not lady like to growl.

I hope the weather is good over the 4th of July holiday so that we can take some pictures.  If we do, we'll send some on to you so everyone can see how well I am doing.


 Zoey and family – Margaret and Bob

Cookie and her crumbs- week 8

Congratulations to our kitten graduates!
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 Week 8 and it is time to head off to their new families and forever homes!
Biscuit
keebler

graham








But they can't leave without giving us just a few more playful moments between our siblings........












A nice shot of Biscuit  -  except for Graham's silly face







 Hey Graham -we're really sick of you ruining all of our  photos with your silly faces!   So there - take this!
That's real mature  Keeb - How 'bout I squish your little pin head between my paws! 

Hey look mom, I can roll my tongue - isn't it cool?

I think I can roll it the other way too.

That's it Graham.   I've had enough!
Oww mom! Keeblers biting me!
Really guys knock it off- here comes mom and she's not too happy!

Honestly mom. . . . . everything's fine here, we're getting along just fine.


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It's been an exciting and fun time watching us play together, and we really do get along great, but
unfortunately it's time to say goodbye and move on:


We hope you have enjoyed watching us grow these past eight weeks.


We'll miss you most mom- you were great with us.


Bye kids .......I'm really going to miss you too - but I know you all are going on to great homes.

No Wait!  just one more hug goodbye,  I'm not sure that I'm ready for this

Phew!  they're gone ......Are you kidding?  I'll be fine.  That?  Well that was just for show.  It's time for me to kick back and relax.  My work here is soooo done!



In fact I think that I'll even treat myself to an ice cream cone.

Have a great summer all - and promise we'll pass along updates from the kids.

A very special Thank you to our volunteers that helped out every week with our kitten kindergarten-you've raised some super kittens - we couldn't have done it without your help!!
Carol Ann
Loretta
Mara
Mary
Annie
THANK YOU ALL!



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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Keeping up with Cookie and her crumbs - week 7

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biscuit

graham
  Seven weeks have now passed! soon these little guys will be leaving the nest for homes of their own.






Litter box training is going along well and weaning is almost complete- every now and then  there's still a need to be comforted by mom of course.

At this point play really dominates their waking hours - these guys are going either full speed or sleeping- there's no speed in between.

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Sometimes play can seem rough - but it's also a learning process, and a good reason why kittens with litter mates in the early weeks of their development end up with better social skills.  Learning not to bite or scratch too hard can be important when you know your opponent possesses the same set of sharp weapons that you do.

Cookie is carefully supervising the calisthenic workouts making sure her kids are in top physical shape.








come on keebler pull!










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Looks like grahams working hard at irritating mom.


Mom . . . I'm pooped - it's a lot of work this growing up thing.












Okay guys time for our group shots:



 Graham, really - always a joker


Look over here Graham

Psssst -  before we go I have a secret
to tell- next week we will be going to our new homes -with our forever families.


My sisters get to go to their home together - which is good cause I think they really need each other.
And I get to go to a home with some other cool friends that I can't wait to meet.  (Hope they know what they're in for)











So - I'm going to spend a little more time cuddling with my sisters before we all leave.








Here's one interesting fact before we leave:  A cat's brain is biologically more similar to a human brain than it is to a dogs.  Both humans and cats have identical regions in their brain that are responsible for emotions.

Image result for images of cat looking at dogWow - they really needed a study to figure that out. - silly humans think they are so smart..



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