Rosie Meow Monday

Rosie Meow Monday

According to the “On this Day” feature on Facebook, 2 years ago today we brought Rosie home to foster. She was about 4 weeks old and so tiny.

20130624-124513.jpg 20130723-214352.jpg Jezebel and Rosie Our foster kitten Rosie meets our Mean Coon Cat Kimmy

Rosie wasn’t supposed to end up with us, but here she is 2 years later. We really love our little Rosie Posey.

Rosie Meow Monday

Meet Butterfly, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week.

Butterfly

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Shy and retiring, Butterfly is looking for a quiet home where she can be your beautiful lap cat. She’s a 3-year-old female Russian Blue mix. Come meet her at Lollypop Farm!

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Managing Food Allergies

Managing Food Allergies

Managing Food Allergies for J-Man and Sissy at Chef Mickey's

We’ve been dealing with J-Man’s egg allergy since before he turned 1. We have always been careful about double-checking ingredients, but this past Friday we messed up and he was the one to suffer. 

We always check ingredients on new foods, but don’t always double-check that the ingredients have changed. Unless the package states “New & Improved” or “New Formula” we take it for granted that nothing has changed. This time we were wrong and poor J-Man had an allergic reaction.

We’re lucky because his reactions have always been vomiting. Not that vomiting is good, but it’s better than anaphylaxis. So poor kiddo was sick during his birthday party. I couldn’t figure out why he was so sick, but while I was getting things cleaned up and J-Man settled, my husband went online and sure enough, the last thing he ate, which he’s eaten many times before, now listed egg yolk as an ingredient. Oh boy! Not what we wanted to find out and now he’s disappointed that one of his safe foods is off-limits.

Because he’s always been a picky eater, which, according to his pediatrician, is very common among children with food allergies, he has had very few accidental exposures. He always asks us before he tries a new food and will look at the ingredient list himself to be sure. Because of this, we have become a bit too complacent when it comes to his food allergy.

But not any longer, we know that with every accidental exposure the risk of his allergy changing from vomiting to anaphylaxis is very real. We saw the doctor this week and talked about his allergies and renewed his EpiPen prescription. Carrying an EpiPen is key to managing food allergies.

Later that day, I heard from the pharmacy that the co-pay was $135.00. Yikes!! That’s a lot of money, not that you can put a price on something that may save a life, but still, it’s expensive. I worked as a pharmacy tech for a several years and know that often times the drug manufacturers have online coupons to help with co-pays on brand name drugs. Sure enough, EpiPen currently has a coupon on their website which brought our co-pay down to $0! Yes, $0 for 6 EpiPens!

Head on over to the EpiPen website to download a card to bring to your pharmacy with your prescription to get help with your co-pay. Terms and conditions do apply and if you’re a resident of Massachusetts they have a silly law where you aren’t allowed to use coupons for prescriptions. Crazy, huh?!

In addition to the co-pay coupon, there is also a contest to win a vacation for 4 to Walt Disney World Resort. Really, go to their website. What are you waiting for?

This post is solely my opinion and is not sponsored in any way. 

 

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5 Reasons You Should Foster A Pet In Need

5 Reason You Should Foster A Pet in Need

You may not realize it, but there are countless animals in your own community that may need a temporary home. Maybe it’s a nursing mother cat with a litter of kittens who needs a safe warm and loving place to flourish and thrive until the kittens are old enough to be adopted and then the mother cat will be spayed and placed in a loving home as well. It could be a heartworm positive dog who needs a quiet place to recuperate during his treatment.  Don’t forget small animals like rabbits, rats, and guinea pigs. They often need fostering until they are old enough to be adopted. 

If you’ve ever thought about fostering, here are 5 reasons you should foster a pet in need.

Who Doesn’t Love Baby Animals?

5 reasons to foster a pet in need

Seriously, who can resist cute kittens and puppies? Believe me, I struggle to resist all day long.

When You Foster A Pet in Your Home, You Are Making Room For Another Pet In Need.

By fostering an animal in your home, you are helping to open up a spot in that animal shelter or rescue organization for another animal in need. You aren’t just helping the animal(s) in your care, your help directly impacts another pet in a positive way. How cool is that?

5 reasons to foster a pet in need

Fostering Teaches Your Children Empathy and Responsibility.

pets encourage empathy and caring in children

There is lots of research available on how beneficial pet ownership is for everyone. Children raised with pets learn empathy and responsibility and how to be gentle and caring with animals that need our help.

You Just May Find Your New Best Friend.

foster failure means

Foster failure may become a familiar term to you. It doesn’t mean you have failed as a foster parent, it means that you are now the proud pet parent of your new best friend. Way to go!

It Feels So Damn Good!

It really does! Taking care of an animal in need, whether it’s for a couple short weeks or a month or more, and seeing them flourish under your loving care is an amazing experience. Knowing you are giving them a second chance at a wonderful future with their forever family feels damn good.

You can check with your local humane society or rescue groups to find out what you need to do to get started fostering pets in need in your community. It just may turn out to be one of the best things you’ve ever done.

June may just be the best time to adopt a cat because June is Adopt-A-Cat Month at Lollypop Farm!

June is Adopt A Cat Month

Which brings us to Zelda, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week.

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Zelda is a 3-year-old female domestic shorthair who would like to go to your house right now! She’s not a fan of being in the cattery with everyone else but, with some quiet time, she’s a purring snuggle bug. Come meet her at Lollypop Farm!

Zelda

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Catnap Meow Monday

I’ve never understood why people say “I’m going to take a quick catnap” because there’s no such thing as a quick catnap when it comes to cats. They are the champions of long naps. Adult cats can sleep from 15 to 20 hours per 24-hour period. I’m lucky to get 7 solid hours a night. I’m a little jealous to say the least.

Here’s Rosie taking a catnap on my computer. It’s a pretty spot-on imitation of me when I finally sit down at the end of a long day and try to work on my blog. Usually I’m asleep within minutes.

Catnap Meow Monday

Time to meet Fluffy, our Lollypop Farm Pet of the Week!

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Fluffy is a 6-year-old female domestic medium hair. She’s available free of charge to approved adopters, age 60 and over, through Lollypop Farm’s Seniors-for-Seniors program. Come meet her at Lollypop Farm!

 

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Wordless Wednesday – Disney Parades

This week we are celebrating Disney Parades. I have a confession to make, I often don’t take in the Disney Parades. Gasp! I know! As every Disney World diehard knows, parade time is a great time to hit one of the more popular attractions. So during the 3 o’clock parade you’ll probably find me on Big Thunder Mountain or Splash Mountain.

We did manage to take in the newest Disney Parade, Festival of Fantasy, when we there in March 2014. It really was amazing!

Wordless Wednesday Disney Parades

Stop by Focused on the Magic for more Wordless Wednesday Disney Parades fun!


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