My husband and I started out discussing if you can take a cat camping. This was prompted by the fact that our family was moving from Oakland California to Tennessee in July 2018. Even though we have a lot of experience with moving back and forth across the US, this would be the first time going on a longer trip with our female Persian cat, Mishka.
We’ve had experience traveling as a couple, with our child, and also with some dogs. However, we were certain it was going to be more of a difficult time making this move with Mishka, especially since we had decided to do some camping along the way.
We adopted Mishka in 2014, when my husband saw her on the shelter’s website. She was not doing so well health-wise, though most of these issues we’ve dealt with easily and without further complications. She’s our loveable, sweet mess of a kitty who tends to be glued to one or another of us.
In past moves, we’d just barrel through states within a fairly short period of time. However, we knew that we’d have more time and wanted to camp out before we hit the humidity.
Of course, we worried about how Mishka would do with staying outdoors with us in such a place. The first half of the first day, we walked her on a leash in the redwood forest. She warmed up to the leash eventually and was running with us throughout the forest. She liked to hide in some tree stumps and seemed okay overall.
The downside to so much romping in the woods? Mishka is light-colored and seemed to pick up all the gunk and dirt she could find. Strangely, she did enjoy being at the beach at first. I’m convinced she picked up too much gritty sand and it was too much for her cute little paws. My husband brought her to the car, so the rest of us wrapped up the beach trip as quickly as possible.
Mishka did well with making a stop at a random campground, which we had to stay at due to the road warnings that were up for fire season barring us from going on the roads we wanted to travel. She liked being on a super long leash to chase after bugs… but of course, she did not like having to sleep in a tent. For this reason, we decided Mishka should sleep in her cat carrier in the tent. She would have been overwhelmed at having to figure out how to sleep amongst three humans and two dogs in a fairly small tent. Of course, this also meant there was no room for a tent litter box.. a concern from the start, but we made it work alright.
Food and water bowls had to be kept separate, since our Chihuahua mix tries to eat the cat food. It went fine at first, though after three days it became a bit of a mess.
Fortunately, Mishka is a pretty chill feline. Though she likes a lot of TLC, she is not all that high-maintenance. She did end up being a big highlight of our trip!
When we got to Tennessee, it had been a long two weeks. Since Mishka was dirty and her fur was getting clumps in it, we brought her to a pet groomer right after we arrived. They had quite the job on their hands and she was extremely happy when all of that was done.
Though there were bumps and minor frustrations, we’re all genuinely glad that we had Mishka come along camping. If you don’t mind your cat’s fur getting dirty and they’re emotionally relaxed, give it a try!
Italian Adventurer Bikes Across Europe to Reunite with Grandparents in England
In a fun and incredible journey spanning 1,500 kilometers and traversing eight countries, Italian cyclist Claudio Barchiesi embarked on an epic adventure that led him from Italy to England to visit his beloved grandparents. With determination in his heart and the open road ahead, Claudio’s journey took him through breathtaking landscapes, diverse cultures, and heartwarming reunions.
Claudio’s incredible bike ride commenced in Italy and led him on an unforgettable path that wound through some of Europe’s most captivating regions. He tackled the formidable Swiss Alps, where he marveled at the majestic mountain vistas that stretched as far as the eye could see. The sense of accomplishment he felt at the mountain’s summit was undoubtedly a high point of his journey.
Continuing northward, Claudio pedaled along the picturesque banks of the Rhine River in France, meandering through charming towns and villages along the way. His route took him into parts of Germany and Luxembourg, where he encountered new landscapes and experienced the warm hospitality of locals.
As he cycled onward, Claudio’s journey led him through the enchanting country of Belgium, known for its rich history, culture, and delectable chocolates. Each passing mile brought him closer to his ultimate destination—England.
Finally, Claudio reached the shores of the Netherlands, where he boarded a ferry that would carry him across the English Channel. The anticipation of reuniting with his grandparents in England filled him with excitement and spurred him on through the final leg of his incredible adventure.
Upon his arrival in England, Claudio was greeted with open arms, hugs, and a feast of warm, home-cooked meals. His grandparents had prepared a heartfelt welcome, complete with balloons and banners to celebrate his triumphant journey.
“It was really nice to pull up round the bend and see everyone, quite emotional as well,” Claudio shared, his voice reflecting the joy and emotion of the moment. His tireless efforts and determination had led him to this heartwarming reunion with loved ones.
Throughout his journey, Claudio consumed a substantial number of calories to fuel his strenuous daily rides. He indulged in pain au chocolat and baguettes, savoring the culinary delights of each country he passed through. Yet, it wasn’t just the food that left a lasting impression on him.
Claudio’s voyage allowed him to relish the beauty of Europe, both in its natural wonders and the diverse tapestry of cultures he encountered along the way. “I tried to do 90 kilometers (55 miles) a day, so I got half a day to visit the place as well,” he recounted. “It’s incredible how after 90 kilometers, not only do the places change so much, but also the people and the languages spoken.”
A Dog’s Journey From Abandonment To Love
In a heartwarming tale that highlights the kindness of strangers and the power of second chances, a brave Florida man stepped in to save a dog named Prince from an uncertain fate. Prince had spent a considerable amount of time at the Abilene Animal Shelter in Texas, facing the grim possibility of euthanasia. However, at the eleventh hour, Prince’s luck took a turn for the better as he found a new lease on life through fostering.
Prince’s story is a rollercoaster of emotions, filled with abandonment, compassion, and hope. His journey began when he was first discovered by Lindsey Houts, a dedicated animal control supervisor. Houts stumbled upon Prince abandoned in a hotel room off of South 1st Street. The poor pup had been left behind by his original owner, left to fend for himself in unfamiliar surroundings.
Although Prince’s original owner initially came forward to claim him, their commitment to his well-being was short-lived. Prince’s second abandonment came shortly after, when he was found abandoned once again, this time in an apartment building. With nowhere else to go, Prince found solace within the walls of the Abilene Animal Shelter.
Prince’s time at the shelter was marked by uncertainty and longing for a loving home. He spent a whopping 212 days under the shelter’s care during his most recent stay, enduring the ups and downs of shelter life. It was during this time that a compassionate individual named Brennan Bosworth stepped forward to make a significant difference in Prince’s life.
Brennan Bosworth’s connection with Prince was almost serendipitous. Bosworth, a kind-hearted individual, expressed his willingness to help dogs in need. Upon visiting the shelter, he inquired about dogs at risk or in need of extra attention. The shelter staff pointed him in the direction of Prince, who they believed would be a perfect fit for Bosworth.
Bosworth decided to foster Prince for a period of five weeks. During this time, a beautiful bond formed between the two. Prince’s affectionate nature and unwavering loyalty touched Bosworth’s heart, making it difficult for him to part ways. However, Bosworth’s commitment to the Air Force and the travel demands of his job made adopting Prince a challenging decision.
In a selfless act driven by love and concern for Prince’s future, Bosworth made the difficult choice to entrust Prince’s care to his step-mother’s Abandoned Pet Rescue in Fort Lauderdale. This decision was made with the primary goal of ensuring that Prince would never again face the threat of being euthanized due to lack of a permanent home.
Prince’s journey to Fort Lauderdale was nothing short of remarkable, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers. Five individuals came together to drive different legs of the journey, ensuring that Prince’s transition to his new environment was as smooth as possible.
Arriving at the rescue on December 18, Prince finally found himself in a safe haven where his life was no longer hanging in the balance. His days of uncertainty were over, and Prince could finally begin the search for his forever home.
Staci Shults, the Foster Coordinator at the Abilene Animal Shelter, summed up Prince’s journey perfectly, stating, “He was definitely a group effort. We fell in love with him, and his story was so unique.”
Community Unites to Support Sydney Boy Whose Bike was Stolen
In a heartwarming display of compassion and community spirit, residents of Sydney, Australia, have rallied together to support an 11-year-old boy named Zac whose prized $3,000 e-bike was stolen. Zac had worked diligently, setting up his own clothing business to earn the money for his dream bike. However, the unfortunate theft left him devastated. In response, the community has shown an outpouring of generosity, with one member even creating a GoFundMe campaign to help Zac recover from the loss.
Zac’s desire for an e-bike was strong, but he understood the financial challenges involved. With the support of his mother, Renee Nowytarger, they brainstormed a plan to raise the funds. Recognizing that they couldn’t afford to spend over $3,000, they settled on establishing a clothing business called “Manly 2095.” Zac took charge of designing the website and printing shirts and hats with the business logo. He dedicated himself to promoting his brand at various local events, such as rugby games and ocean swims, using a brightly decorated garden trolley to attract attention.
Hard Work and Generosity: Zac’s dedication to his clothing business was commendable. Every weekend, rain or shine, he set up his stall at the Manly Markets, often working from early morning until late in the evening. Despite the long hours and demanding schedule for an 11-year-old, Zac remained enthusiastic and focused on his goal. In a wonderful display of generosity, he pledged to donate 10% of his profits to the children’s charity, Royal Far West, as a way to give back to his community. He even managed to involve Daly Cherry-Evans, the captain of the Manly Sea Eagles, in supporting the cause.
After months of hard work, Zac finally saved enough money to purchase his e-bike in January. However, during a family trip in June, their apartment was burglarized, and Zac’s beloved bike, along with other possessions, was stolen. His mother, Renee, expressed her shock and disappointment, as the thieves had taken everything they could find.
Upon learning about Zac’s unfortunate loss, a member of the community took it upon themselves to create a GoFundMe campaign to help him recover from the theft. The campaign quickly gained attention, and as of now, it has raised $2,800. Renee has been deeply moved by the tremendous support and generosity displayed by the community.
Renee hopes to gather all the donors together in Manly for a surprise event, where Zac will be presented with the funds raised to replace his stolen e-bike. The overwhelming show of support from the community has touched Renee’s heart, and she believes it reflects the genuine kindness and love that people feel for Zac, who is known for his friendly nature and warm greetings.
Cape May Zoo Gets Two New Adorable Animals
Cape May County Zoo, located in New Jersey, has recently welcomed two new exciting additions to their animal family. The first is a female North American River Otter named Ariel, who was brought in from the Kansas City Zoo to be a companion for Mork, the zoo’s resident bachelor otter.
North American River Otters, also known as Canadian otters or common otters, are found in freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, and marshes throughout North America. They are excellent swimmers and have webbed feet and a streamlined body that helps them move effortlessly in the water. River otters are known for their playful behavior and can often be seen sliding down muddy banks or diving for fish.
At Cape May County Zoo, Ariel has already made a splash with visitors and zookeepers alike. She and Mork are getting along well, and their playful antics are a joy to watch. The zoo hopes that the addition of Ariel will encourage breeding between the two otters and help to raise awareness about the conservation efforts being made to protect North American River Otters in the wild.
In addition to the new otter, Cape May County Zoo has also welcomed a baby lemur to their growing lemur family. The gender and name of the baby have yet to be revealed, but zookeepers report that the infant looks strong and healthy.
Lemurs are a group of primates found only on the island of Madagascar, off the coast of Africa. They are known for their distinctive appearance, with a long tail and large, expressive eyes. Lemurs come in a variety of sizes and colors, from the tiny mouse lemur to the larger ring-tailed lemur.
Cape May County Zoo has a thriving lemur exhibit, where visitors can see a variety of different species up close. The addition of the new baby lemur is sure to be a hit with visitors, who can watch as the infant grows and learns from its parents and other members of the lemur group.
Touching Note Found In Thrift Store Books Resonates With Small Town
A simple note can sometimes carry a powerful message that resonates with us long after we first read it. Such is the case for Rose Farmer, a woman from a small town in America who stumbled upon a heartfelt note while browsing through books at her local Goodwill store. The note, written by a father to his son, contained a message of love, encouragement, and hope that deeply touched Farmer’s heart.
The note, which reads “believe Trent – Believe You are loved and respected! So let’s get going, the ride may be bumpy but we will get there. When you believe in you as much as I do you will be there. Dad,” was found by Farmer when it fell out of a book she was browsing. The book, “The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter” by Carson McCullers, is a novel about overcoming hopelessness, and the message in the note perfectly captured the book’s themes.
Moved by the note’s sentiment, Farmer purchased the book and began a search to find its intended recipient. She posted a photo of the note and book on her town’s Facebook page, hoping that someone would recognize it and come forward. While no one has yet come forward, the post has inspired many in the town and beyond, with people commenting on the post to express their appreciation for the message and to share their own stories of hope and resilience.
For Farmer, the note’s impact has been profound. She says that she was “touched by the love and encouragement” in the message and that she wanted to find the note’s intended recipient to “let them know that someone is thinking of them and sending them love.” But even without finding the note’s author or recipient, Farmer is grateful for the message and the opportunity it has given her to connect with others and spread hope and positivity.
In a world where negativity and despair can often seem overwhelming, the simple message in this note reminds us of the power of love, encouragement, and hope. It shows the resilience of the human spirit and is a reminder that we can all make a difference in the lives of others, even in small ways. For Farmer and others who have been touched by this message, the note serves as a reminder to keep believing and to keep striving for a brighter tomorrow.
Culture4 weeks ago
A Second Chance for 2,000 African Rhinos: The Rewilding Project that Saved John Hume’s Herd
Cute3 weeks ago
Italian Adventurer Bikes Across Europe to Reunite with Grandparents in England
Amazing2 weeks ago
Bravery Beyond His Years: 12-Year-Old Austen MacMillian Saves Drowning Man with CPR Skills from “Stranger Things”
Living1 week ago
The Resilience of Lahaina’s Beloved Banyan Tree
Living1 day ago
California’s Bold Project to Remove Iron Gate Dam