Crystal Thanks for visiting! My name is Crystal and I proudly live in the heat, humidity, and hurricanes of Houston, TX with my husband and our foster dogs. Hope to see you in the comments soon!

We’ve Gone to the Cat Side…Meet Miss Vicky and Miss Rachel!

You read that right.  After Miss Doxie and Mr. Pug passed away in early 2014, I threw myself into professional pet sitting.  I was too busy and still too raw to get new pets for more than a year.  Then that feeling started again in mid-2015…I craved some furry attention at home, lol.

But pet sitting had gotten so busy that a doggy just wouldn’t get enough attention…but a cat would…

We Welcomed Miss Vicky!

Thanks to the awesome volunteers at SMART Pet Rescue like Kathy and Cindy, we were connected with the perfect cat for us.  We adopted Miss Vicky in July 2015 and she’s been AMAZING.

Miss Vicky Sleeping

Miss Vicky on Guest Bed

I was highly allergic to cats for most of my life until the very recent few years, so I didn’t have a lot of experience with them.  Miss Vicky is gentle, loving, soft as a bunny, and loves to play in spurts.  And she was 2 1/2 years old when we adopted her, so she’s a young adult.  Not too nut-balls but not old at all either.   I love her mellow yet curious personality.  And she’s great with people, other cats, and even dogs, which is good since a lot of people come in and out of our house.

We Also Got Our Cat a Pet Cat…We Welcomed Miss Rachel

Her only hang up would be that she hates being alone.  No, it’s not the crazy separation anxiety that leads to the destruction of our house, but it is sad meowls of sadness if no one or nothing is around.

So…we are now fostering another cat too.  Meet Miss Rachel.  She’s our cat’s cat.  And she will probably be a long-term foster since she seems to be a part of the family after these last few months.  It took her a month or so to come out of her shell, but now it’s been several months and she actually comes to us for pets once in a while.  Best part, she puts up with Miss Vicky running around after her all the time.

Rachel Our Foster Cat

Rachel the Huntress

We’re Animal People

Mr. BFS and I used to consider ourselves dog people.  Now we know we were wrong.  We are animal people.  Our home just belongs to cats right now, lol.  We’ll probably add another dog to the mix within the next year…I know us…

Worst Pet Sitting Visit Ever…

Two Golden Retrievers got into some chocolate-covered almonds about a month ago.  They are fine but this is what I ended up needing to clean up:

So much puke…

It was all over…these were just two examples…


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New Roommate – Missy!

Our roommates just adopted one of our foster pups, Missy!  She’s a Pug-huahua.  She’s softer than a bunny rabbit, as hyper as a puppy, yet she’s 7 years old and waited around 2.5 years to be adopted.  Her previous owner died unexpectedly and Missy doesn’t “show” well.  Yet she fits into our household pretty perfectly!  Without . . . → Read More: New Roommate – Missy!

Tarantula Feeding Time!

How awesome is my side hustle?!  Cuddling puppies, petting kitties, handling snakes, and feeding tarantulas!!!  Woot!

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Branching Out to Baytown

Baytown is about an hour from my house, but I am willing to drive there for overnight pet sitting.  As long as I stay in the general area, I can keep my gas costs to less than $25 for the week.  The pups were also very straight-forward to care for.  Here are some happy customers from . . . → Read More: Branching Out to Baytown

Dale – SMART Fostering Success Number Two!!!

My husband and I fostered Dale for SMART Rescue from April 11, 2014 through April 26, 2014.  We almost adopted him ourselves, but the puppy chewing was a bit much for us.  You can see his full story at my other site by clicking here.

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A Sudden Goodbye to Mr. Pug

Mr. Pug crossed over to doggy heaven May 6, 2014 after getting a twisted lung from a developing, ongoing condition (either Cushings disease or diabetes, we decided not to get him tested after the fact).  He was the classic momma’s boy and I miss him more than I thought possible.  But we’re trying to keep in mind all . . . → Read More: A Sudden Goodbye to Mr. Pug

Maggie the Magnificent – Pug Happy

I took care of this awesome Pug, Maggie, last Saturday for a little more than an hour!  She made my day with her pep!

Look at that happy Pug smile! I was having an emotional day and she perked me right up!

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Winni and Clover – Pet Sitting at Its Best

Winni and Clover were gems!  These two cuties, a Golden Retriever and a Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix, were perfect sweeties and even fun to walk even though I suspect they don’t each weigh much less than me, lol.  A nice lady driving out of their neighborhood even stopped her truck to blow kisses to Clover and make . . . → Read More: Winni and Clover – Pet Sitting at Its Best

Daisy – My First SMART Adoption Success

My husband and I fostered Daisy for A SMART Rescue from March 6, 2014 through today, April 5, 2014.

She started out abandoned in a gated lot with feral cats, and now she’s now in her forever home with a great family.  :-D

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