Category Archives: just because

 
whenever people come to visit me, they always have the same reaction…..’it’s so nice here.’  
 
yep. it’s really nice here. 
 
i’ve always enjoyed the fact that i live in a place that people day-trip to and make weekends out of visiting. they come to escape the chaos and enjoy nature and be warmed by the small town friendly atmosphere.  
 
after a long winter…. it was nice to be able to take a walk on a warm afternoon to check out how high the river rose from the major rainfall. our dog, bailey, loooovvveees the water (which is no surprise since she was originally rescued by the cayman islands humane society and then transferred to pets alive in ny in hopes of finding a forever home after waiting quite some time). we also learned that she loves fetching sticks in the water. 
 
bailey… enjoying a stick by the edge of the river…
 
the rainfall makes for a neat change in landscape…
we have our very own natural tarzan swing….
you can get some serious height…
 
 
bailey… lovin’ the water! 
 
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looking for a stick…but finds her leash instead…
 
yep… it’s really nice here….




kimbo was the first dog i ever adopted on my own and if i had to choose one picture to sum up our relationship, it would be the one below that my boyfriend took of us this past new year’s eve just as he entered his 18th year… 

this is how i will always remember kimbo. 

our story started with my visit to best friends animal sanctuary in 2009…


9 months later kimbo showed up at my doorstep…

a few months later, best friends called to do a story on us and i found out kimbo had a following…a facebook page with close to 500 followers. i decided to continue his story to share his happy ending. many people reached out to me with their stories about meeting kimbo, or how his story inspired them to adopt a senior dog… he even had two friends come to visit him!

adopting a 15 year old dog is a lot of work. it’s not for everyone, but for those of us who’ve taken in senior animals, we are greatly rewarded with a special kind of love. you don’t take a minute for granted. kimbo and i packed in a lot of outings and memories in our 971 days together…

the ballpark for a fundraiser…

several trips to the beach…



a family trip to the outer banks. this shot will always crack me up. it’s just how we roll. 

his smile is ridiculous in this picture…

kimbo loved his exercise. if we weren’t taking walks outside, he was doing his kimbo 500 in the house. 




and i spent a lot of time hugging and kissing him…




and of course…he loved his naps…



if i thought i had ever felt adored before in my life, i was wrong. kimbo took adoration to a whole new level. anyone that spent time with kimbo and i would quickly see our bond. he was an old dog and couldn’t see or hear very well and as time went on his sight and hearing only got worse, but that dog could find me…
wherever i was…
 so he could be by my side…

i often grabbed iphone shots of his dedication to being near me…


if he could have gotten in the tub with me, he would have. instead he just waited patiently for me…



i spent a lot of time lying with kimbo and cuddling him. you could often find me on the floor lying right next to him, looking in his eyes and telling him how he was the best dog in the world…


and in his last days when he’d done his last kimbo 500 and his strength had dwindled…

i went to him…

i stayed by his side for days. i barely slept or ate. i skipped showers and workouts so i wouldn’t have to leave his side. nothing else mattered to me, but being with him the way he had always been there for me. 

and when i knew he was done, i pulled him in close to me and cradled him like a baby and looked in his eyes and told him how much i loved him and that he had proven his strength and it was ok to go… and while it brought me solace to know it was his time and he was so peaceful, it still tore my heart apart to let him go.

i miss him dearly.

we were strangers when he showed up at my doorstep, but i told him he would be my forever dog. forever mine. kimbo and shelly, forever and always. 

and somehow… 
without even realizing it…
 we went from being strangers to sharing a piece of our hearts with one another and forever began sounding like it wasn’t long enough…

and that is how you know it is love… 

when forever isn’t long enough. 

i’ve been a bad little sister. 

i haven’t formally announced (but i guess i’m about to) on my blog about the fact that my sister and i founded an animal rescue organization over two years ago. our organization is called karma cat + zen dog rescue society and it is the product of over 10 years of my sister and i envisioning helping animals.

my amazing sister left her engineering career to be the executive director of karma cat + zen dog and she has done a fantabulous job so far. i can’t put into words how proud i am of her for getting our organization off the ground and running so well. we have adopted out over 250 cats so far with the help of some amazing and dedicated volunteers and donors.

christie, my sister, is often faced with tough situations when taking in cats. when she decided to take in kandy, it was discovered that she was FeLV/FIV positive and she had a couple of infections and and some veterinarians suggested euthanizing her, but my sister would not give up on kandy, or kandy pants as we like to call her now. 

you can read christie’s blog from 2011 about kandy here

christie holding kandy in june of 2011…

but maybe you are still wondering why i am a bad little sister?

i’m a bad little sister because i took these much-needed updated pictures of kandy pants 4 months ago and i am just now presenting them to my sister. some people think, ‘ooh, how fun that you have a photographer in your family’… my family thinks, ‘i hope i get to see the pics you took the other day before one year has passed’ or as my other sister says, ‘do you think i can see the pictures of the kids from christmas 2008?’ my family understands that i am busy fulfilling work for my clients, but i will yell it out to interweb that I WAS A BAD LITTLE SISTER because my amazing sister deserved these pictures months ago. 

so here are some updated pics of kandy pants… who is still up for adoption to a loving home that can understand her condition…

not bad for the kitty that was once fighting for her life, huh?


this shot cracks me up… she just kinda appeared into my frame surprised to see me there…

umm, freaking adorable. you might think there are too many pictures of cute cats on the internet, but come on now… just look at her!

because she is FeLV/FIV positive, kandy pants needs to stay separated from other cats who are not FeLV or FIV positive so that she isn’t able to transfer the virus to the other cats, so she has become christie’s office cat. she might look like she is at home, but we both know she’d love to be able to roam around an entire house puking cuteness everywhere…


i love you, christie. you have done an phenomenal job bringing our vision into something beautiful that has changed the lives of kandy and many other cats. 

i’m sorry i was a bad little sister. please don’t tell mommy on me…