Southern Furry Friends

Today, for Pink Saturday, I want to show you a couple of special Christmas Stockings in our home. There are no children in our home, but we still hang stockings, and, we fill them.

One of my favorite stocking stuffers was from my husband. The year had been pretty lean and we really didn’t have a lot to give each other. When I looked in my stocking on Christmas morning, I found several pieces of paper with the word LOVE on them. He had given me a stocking full of love! Isn’t that sweet?

Here are two special stockings in our home.


The first one belongs to Bailey.


You may have seen his picture in the upper left hand side of my blog (rotating with pics of Princess Grace Cali Cat). We found Bailey in a shelter in Paragould, Arkansas. It had been 4 months since my sweet little Gizmo had died and I was really wanting another dog. Here is Bailey’s online shelter picture.


He was not a happy camper. This was his 2nd time to turned in to a shelter and he was not long for this world. Suffice it to say, he had some issues. He has a cataract (from age 3) from having had a poke in the eye. He wasn’t particularly trusting and to this day really hasn’t ever figured out how to play with his toys (although after having been with us for 5 years, he does do better).

When we brought him home, he was afraid to go in the house and looked at us like we were crazy when we put him on the bed. It was around 10 p.m. when we got home from picking him up and we were very tired. He layed on the foot of our bed, but I’m not sure he took his eyes off us all night.

This is Bailey now.


Now, little Bailey is quite the little bed hog and when he wants you to pet him he will look at you and give you a little growl under his breath. He is just a little sweetie.

The other stocking belongs to Princess Grace Calli Cat (Cali for short).


The first I laid eyes on Miss Calli Cat was through our living room window. She was laying on a side porch looking right at me. I figured as pretty as she was, she must belong to someone and was probably just roaming around. However, she kept coming back in the next couple of weeks and was looking skinnier. I gave her some food and water and posted about her on our local radio stations pet lost and found. No one claimed her.

My husband was less than enthusiastic about having a cat, however, when we had a cold front come through in October, he brought her in and informed me that we couldn’t just leave her outside. From that point on, she proceeded to wrap him around her little paw (turns out her front paws had been declawed and she had been spayed).

We had to feed her with a syringe at first because she was not eating or drinking and was actually close to losing her little life. We took her to the vet who determined she was around 2 years old. Finally, my husband decided to give her a bath and though it was NOT a pleasant experience, it seemed to snap her out of her funk and she started eating on her own. She as been with us  over 2 years now and is doing very well.


So there is the story of the pets and their stockings for Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. Go check it out to see what fun everyone is up to in Blogland.

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Today’s Lagniappe:  Reindeer Food
Something fun and easy enough for the kids to help!

one box of Crispix cereal (approx. 12 cups)
one 12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter
1 c. powdered sugar

Use an very large bowl.

Adults/older kids: over low heat, melt chocolate chips and combine with peanut butter.

Remove from heat, and place on the table on a heat-proof surface. Carefully, gently, stir in cereal, until thoroughly coated.

Dust mixture with the powdered sugar, and continue stirring to thoroughly coat the cereal and separate the pieces.

Cool, and place in an airtight container. Store in a cool place






4 responses to “Southern Furry Friends”

  1. suesue Avatar

    Your pet stories made me tear up! My d-i-l is a vet and we’re always looking for homes for animals. All of our pets are rescued and we can’t love them enough!! Hope you have a wonderful pink week!

  2. Riet Avatar

    What beautiful people you are to rescue your little pets. And of course they have their own stockings. Lovely.
    Happy pink Saturday

  3. g Avatar

    Oh, pets are so special, and how good of you to rescue both of yours. Poor Bailey – but now he is loved and cherished. And I love the story of your husband and the kitty. Sounds like a real softie! We just adopted a shelter dog, too, back in October, and on a cold and rainy day like this it’s nice to see him all curled up and warm inside a house with a family.

    Happy Pink Saturdy!

  4. Happily Retired Gal Avatar

    Perfect Pink Saturday Holiday Post!
    What a delightful tradition to hang stockings for your darling fur-kids. Gizmo and Calli are lucky indeed to have found a home with you and your family. My lab Molly and Ms. Kitty don’t have stockings but they DO get special treats for all holidays 😉
    Hugs and blessings,

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