iPhoneography: Pretzel Queso

20 06 2017

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. iPhone 6s / Snapseed app border

Queso Pretzel lorez





Rapt Ruby

18 02 2017

My sister’s cat, Ruby

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved. iPhone 6s / Snapseed app

Rapt Ruby lorez.jpg





Too clever: Photojojo’s pet photography idea

23 06 2011

As anyone who reads this blog knows, I love my cat(s) and have photographed and blogged about them more than once (R.I.P. to my beloved Jasper). Nowadays ZenaB is my photography muse and she spends a lot of her time lounging on the carpet. I already have some ideas for cut-outs for her next portrait!

http://content.photojojo.com/photo-projects/best-pet-portraits-diy-backdrops/





Turbo!

19 08 2010

My friend Carmen, whom I visited this weekend in South Carolina, rescued Turbo when she was visiting her brother in Dallas last October. Her brother’s friend saw someone toss the cat out of a car at a Bank of America parking lot. David, knowing Carmen never met a cat or dog she didn’t like, worked on her for just 30 minutes on the phone until she agreed to pick up Turbo en route from our wedding in Sequin. She said if he was a male, she would name him Turbo, because her late husband, George, wanted to name a previous cat Turbo and she wouldn’t let him! Turbo turns one year old at the end of this month and is a wild-eyed, crazy loving cat! When he was finally captured, he was hiding in the engine of a car. In this shot, Turbo has decided that the stack of expensive rugs that Carmen bought from Izmir, Turkey on her recent cruise was set up just for him.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.






Tuesday’s tabby

23 06 2010

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





Marvelous Monday

7 06 2010

Jasper…lounging in his personal bed of crushed catnip and catmint. Does it get any better than this, Stripey Joe?

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.





The Ferret Inn

16 11 2008

Yesterday Michael and I drove up to Columbia, Maryland, to meet Nancy Wilson, who operates The Ferret Inn. The Ferret Inn Rescue & Shelter was one of five non-profit animal organizations that will receive a portion of the charitable contribution I was awarded by Oticon last month in Denver. Oticon is a leading hearing aid manufacturer and I won a Focus on People award in the adult category in this year’s awards program. Learn more about the 2008 Focus on People awards event from my posting here and see Oticon’s recent press release here. Barbara Kelley nominated me for the award. Barbara is the editor of Hearing Loss Magazine, which I design and produce bimonthly for the Hearing Loss Association of America. Our most recent cover feature was Reed Doughty of the Washington Redskins.

I have chosen to donate my charitable contribution from Oticon to several animal-focused groups in honor of my very dear and greatly missed friend, George Hope Ledbetter, who passed away a year ago this November 9. George loved animals (as does his wife, Carmen) and I wanted to do something special to honor his memory. The other designees are Gene Baur’s Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York; Happy Tonics, Inc. in Shell Lake, Wisconsin; Wild Bunch Wildlife Rehabilitation, in Alexandria, Virginia; and Frisky’s Wildlife and Primate Sanctuary in Woodstock, Maryland. I shot the photograph below of George, with his beloved cocker spaniel, Angus, just after George retired from the Air Force.georgeangus1

Since The Ferret Inn is only about an hour away, I called Nancy to ask if I could present the check in person and see her operation. Michael and I had eight ferrets from about 1992-2004 and although we are ferret-less now, they still hold a special place in our hearts. On the way to Columbia we stopped at Petco to pick up some ferret treats, a hammock and some toys as an extra donation.

Nancy and her husband, Tom, operate the shelter and currently take care of 60 ferrets (down from 80!). They had a recent influx of 21 ferrets who arrived via a research facility. Two have since found their “forever homes.” In the first photo below, Nancy is surrounded by some of those ferrets.

The Ferret Inn has a staff of devoted volunteers to tend to these wonderful little critters. Nancy’s cat, Joey, competed for our attention and served as a sentry for this business of ferrets. (Did you know that a group of ferrets is called a “business” of ferrets?).

Michael named our first ferret Bandit—because of the mask around his eyes. If you know anything about ferrets, naming a masked ferret “Bandit” is about as generic and unoriginal as you can get. We did get better with names as time went by, though. One of our most rambunctious ferrets was named “Pogo Diablo”—translated as “Jumping Devil.” And that he most certainly was. Our ferret names, in order of acquisition, were: Bandit, Silver (another unoriginal name, silver is the name for a particular ferret coloring), Missy, Callie Jo, Ben, Pogo Diablo, Jessie Bell, and Ginger (yet another name for a particular ferret coloring). Jessie Bell and Ginger were adoptees from the Alexandria Animal Shelter. The shelter presently has six beautiful ferrets up for adoption here.

The cages at The Ferret Inn were labeled with fun names such as Napster, Jezebel, Peaches & Herb, Snickers, Jackie-O, Hunny, Cotton, Kitty & Kat, Shark (ferrets are commonly called “carpet sharks”), Bonnie & Clyde, Isis, Calypso, and Thelma & Louise (one of which is featured below, pulling her stuffed toy into a crinkle tube). Thelma & Louise were rescued from a “ferret mill” in Ohio, just two of more than 600 that were rescued and placed in rescue shelters across the country! Nancy’s ferrets are clearly well-loved, happy and healthy. Click here to see other ferrets up for adoption at The Ferret Inn.

The Ferret Inn is an approved 501(c)(3) non-profit and has been in operation since 1999. They specialize in ferret rescue, placement and boarding. Since their inception, they have placed approximately 900 ferrets. If you want to learn more about ferrets or might consider adopting one (or two!), call Nancy at 410/531-4936 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. EST, or e-mail ferretpassion@verizon.net. There is an adoption application available for download here. The Ferret Inn also has ongoing opportunities for volunteers—click here for details.

Can’t adopt right now? Then consider donating to The Ferret Inn! Donations help offset high veterinary costs and keep the ferrets healthy and happy until they find their “forever homes.” Every little bit counts. The Ferret Inn takes donations via credit cards and through PayPal on their website here.

© Cindy Dyer. All rights reserved.

ferretinncollage