Friday, January 20, 2012

The First-Ever Cozy Chick Pet of the Month!

Welcome to Kaye Barley - bibliophile, animal lover, and blog hostess to many a mystery writer. You can read more about her (and her dog Harley) at Meanderings and Musings. Today, she'll tell us how she met Harley, her beloved Corgi. The Chicks will send a donation to the ASPCA in Harley's name. Post a comment and we'll add your pet's name to our donation!

Donald and I went to the Humane Society in Atlanta the day we came home from our honeymoon to get a kitty. This was to help us during our grieving process for our beloved black kitty Pyewacket whom we had recently lost. We came home with two kitties. Litter mates as different as night and day, but totally devoted to one another. George was with us for 15 years, Martha for 18.

When we lost these sweeties, we didn't think we could ever bring ourselves to go through the heartache of losing another pet. But, it turned out harder than we imagined to come home to a house without a loving furbaby waiting for us after working all day. As soon as we met Harley, our hearts were his. This is a picture of him the day we brought him home from a Corgi breeder who had been recommended. Who could resist this adorable furball with big ears?!
My love for animals extends somewhat into my reading.

When I first discovered Ellery's Books by the Bay series, I was immediately hooked. One of the most appealing aspects of this series is the bond between Olivia Limoges and her companion, Captain Haviland, a standard poodle of above-average intelligence. This relationship is so realistically written, and so poignant without being forced or over-done that it always manages to touch my soul.

My thanks to the Cozy Chicks for inviting me by - I think you all just rock andI'm tickled to be here!

37 comments:

L.M.Tea said...

Such a sweet picture,love the ears! I love my dogs lulu and her mother hope and my kitty patches!!

Anonymous said...

Woof woof to Harley. What an adorable picture! I'm so glad you'll be making a contribution to the SPCA. It's the group that saved me!
Scout Goffman

Cozy in Texas said...

Cute post. When our Cocker Spaniel died I said I wouldn't get another dog, but our neighbor didn't want their little terrier and said they were going to have her put to sleep - how could I resist? They threw her over the fence and into our yard the next day and that was the last time she was ever treated with anything but love.
Ann

Brittney said...

Both our kitties Ben and Evie came from the Humane Society. We recently had a very large vet bill after our oldest Ben got very sick. It was worth every penny to see him home and playing with Evie. Love that you are making a donation to a great cause!

Melissa said...

I am beyond thrilled that you wonderful ladies are donating to the SPCA, and can't wait to read the Pet of the Month posts. My Tara would be honored to have her name on the donation :)

Ellery Adams said...

My last two "acquisitions" came from the SPCA.

Kaye, I love you you and Harley found each other even though you weren't expecting it. Isn't how all the best love stories begin?

Thanks for being our inaugural pet-of-the-month, Harley!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much for telling us about your fur babies! It is such a special bond and Harley is adorable!
So glad you visited with us.

Leann

Tempewytch said...

Oh he is a little cutie! (I remember getting Toby the Cairn Terrier from the breeder and he was all ears and legs!)

Kaye Barley said...

Hey, Ladies! I am honored to be here.

It's always nice to find yourself surrounded by people who enjoy the same things you do, and since mysteries and pets are at the top of my list, it only makes sense that I love the Cozy Chicks. Singularly and collectively. (and look forward to seeing most of you at Malice - Yay!!!).

And Harley is proud as punch that y'all are making a donation to the SPCA. and I am too. Thank You!!! That's a very, very special thing you're doing.

Many Hugs!
Kaye

Maggie Sefton said...

What a sweetie! Thanks so much for sharing with us, Kaye.

Cheryl said...

He is such a cutie. I have two stray cats & a Shih Tzu. All came within 7 months of eachother. In July I lost my angel Sasha, she was my everything. I had a difficult time after her lost. We got her from a breeder in 2001. Come to find out she breed deep. Sasha at 3 years, had bilateral knee replacements, arthritis on the lumbar spine, thyroid issues and CHF. She was only 9 years old when she passed. I refused to get another dog, as my loss was devastating and I couldn't go through the loss of a pet again. End of July, i was looking at the newspaper and saw a picture of this adorable little dog, I knew she was mine, I called the breeder and told her she was mine. He laughed and said OK. @ 9 weeks she became part of our family. My cats took to her, Bayleigh more then Cognac. Today Mystic, Bayleigh and Cognac are my babies. Mystic would be overly ecstatic if she became the pet-of-the-month.

Lynda said...

My prior cat, Mittens, was a beautiful, shy Maine Coon mix. Her father was a stray and her mom belonged to my neighbors. They didn't take care of her, so she moved into my garage to have her babies. I took her in and raised/re-homed 2 of her litters (neighbors never noticed). Mittens was always a little "different" - when the other kittens were piled together, she was off by herself. I just had to keep her. We were together for 20 years and I was devastated when she died. Thought I could not do that again, but - like Kaye - I couldn't handle coming into an empty house. I ended up with kitty siblings from the County shelter where I volunteer (Socks and Bella) and they are my family now.

It really does seem like avid readers and pets go together. Thanks for your donation to the SPCA.

Gayle Carline said...

Harley looks like our Duffy! Well, when he was a puppy, at least. Now he's a year-and-a-half and full of himself. Chases our kitty, Katy, and loves to run around the ranch where I board and train my two horses, Frostie and her son, Snoopy. I can't imagine myself without animals around.

Lesa said...

Ah, my favorite dog in the whole world, Harley. I've never met him, but through Kaye's posts and his pictures, I feel as if I do. Thanks for hosting Kaye and Harley.

My two youngest cats, Josh and Jinx, are from the Humane Society. Like everyone else, it's nice to see the donation to the SPCA in honor of Harley.

Carol said...

In November 1999 we'd just moved to this area to reopen this tiny town's general store. We'd been open a whole week when two hikers came in carrying a cold, miserable, scared puppy of about 4 months old. Someone had dumped him out in the woods (sadly common around here) and the couple asked directions to the dog pound. There is no pound here, strays are taken to the vet and disposed of a few days later. I looked at that pathetic face and decided to take him home until we could find a forever home for him. Twelve plus years later he's still with us. The store didn't make it but being there brought us Bucky, or as I tell him almost daily, the best boy dog ever.

Thank you for your donation to the SPCA!

Anonymous said...

Life would be so much less without our fellow animals,our spirit guides, our soul companions. I have a dog rescued at 4 weeks old and 3 cats. Whoever looks into the eyes of a pig or gorilla or jaguar or dolphin or other animal and can not percieve more than just one's reflection must live in a sort of poverty.
Your donation to any animal support organization is appreciated.

Ellery Adams said...

Wow, Carol, I got chills reading your post. How fortunate Bucky was to have met you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Kaye: Hope the 3rd time is a charm. My first 2 posts disappeared into outer space. Just want to say your post started my day with a smile. Love the cute photo of Harley. I'll try signing on as Anonymous, since my Google sign-on didn't work.
Hugs,
Pat Browning

Anonymous said...

What a lovely way to start a Friday morning. My current sweet baby is Meika our little Shit zu, she is 5 1/2 years old. My son called me when he was nine he had seen these little puppies a private breeder and asked Mommy can I have a puppy. Meika came to live with us soon after, she fit into the palm of my hand, she has brought uc joy everyday since. She has two sister cats Amalie and Shells ( a seal point siamese rescue who must have been abused). But I almost must mention Areil our beloved siamese now departed her ferrel mother had Areil and litter mates in our backyard she was with us for 15 1/2 years my middle daughtrr's best friend and a lovely member of our family who we still miss after 7 years. Thank you for hearts for these special animals that contribute so much to our lives!

Aurian said...

What a lovely little dog! I wish you lots of joy with him.

Nancy said...

Kay, I'm glad you found little Harley. Look at that adorable face! Our 11 year old tabby cat, Lacey was a rescue kitty and so was our 8 month old puppy, Patrick.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Chloe Corgi sends her love to Harley. :)

Anonymous said...

What a cutie. I have two small dogs and a cat all rescues,my life wouldn't be the same without them.

Katreader said...

I have a Harley too, but my Harley is an Off Track Thoroughbred! I also have a dog, Sam (a Siberian Husky mix rescue), 3 cats (Seneca, Aleister, and Calumet), and 5 rats (Harrison, Grodsizkie, Tyskie, Okocim, and Zywiec). Thanks so much for supporting animal rescue/welfare. I look forward to reading more animal stories!

Anonymous said...

I bought a corgi for my husband on our 5th anniversary. Boots is a bundle of energy. I don't want to think of life without him (or my husband). They are the loves of my life.

Books by Heather said...

Harley is adorable! Loved reading the story of how he came into your life. Thank you for sharing the story with all of us.

Kaye Barley said...

How fun to see so many Corgi owners here! Aren't they the funniest little dogs?! Tasha Tudor, who was known for her Corgis and her beautiful paintings featuring Corgis, said "They're such characters, a mixture of a dog and a cat, I think." I agree. We see some "cat-like" attitude from Harley once in awhile.

And fun to see so many friends here - Thanks for dropping by! Harley sends Chloe (and you!) his love too, Elizabeth.

Kaye

Anonymous said...

I loved seeing what Harley Barley looks like!

Our furry family member is Wilde Oscar who we met when he was a feral juvenile kitten begging for food. He ran into our house and immediately went under my grandmother's rocking chair to let us know he wanted to be an indoor cat.

--Brenda

ev said...

Harley is adorable!!

When our last original cat died (we had three when hubby and I married) he decided he couldn't deal any more either. That didn't last long, esp with daughter still here- we are all animal lovers.

So now we have: Charlie, Max, Isis, Bubba (dogs) and Rascal, Spike and T.K. (cats). All rescues. I'd have more if I could get away with it.

Linda McDonald said...

Harley is adorable. I love reading stories about people and their pets, or reading characters who have pets in novels. So I can definitely relate with your love of animals extending into your reading. As for me, my favorite pet is my dog Sandy. She's ll years old now and we adopted her from the local animal shelter. It is a wonderful thing to have a loving furbaby to come home to.

Prentiss Garner said...

Harley is very handsome. My cat, Samson, adopted ME! He showed up one New Year's Eve and refused to leave. He gets me up in the morning and tells me when to go to bed at night. He, like me, loves a good mystery!!!!

Kaye Barley said...

I'm loving everyone's stories about their furbabies.

And you're making me start thinking it may be time for Harley to have some brothers and/or sisters. And we really miss having kitties - wonder if Harley would like a kitty or two??

Kaye

Linda Brue said...

Harley is adorable anyway, but he doubles his cuteness factor with this baby picture! Awwwww!!!

Hey Kaye, I had a cat named Pyewacket too--mine was a cross-eyed blue-point Siamese.

Linda Brue

Mason Canyon said...

Kaye, such a wonderful story of how Harley came to live with you. Adorable photo of him. Little One says hello.

Cozy Chicks this is a delightful new feature and a great organization y'all are supporting.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Esri Allbritten said...

I love corgis, and I love Ellery's book series!

Great new feature. I just got a new Chihuahua puppy. Will have had her one week tomorrow. Here's a pic.

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Vicki said...

Harley is so cute. I think the donation is a wonderful idea as do my cats, O'Malley and Sister (not her original name but it stuck after a month of "Malley quit chasing your sister"). She was a rescue from a flood. She was trapped under our house and my niece rescued her, needless to say, she never went back out! Our other rescue, my beloved Miss Kitty, has been gone almost a year. After battling back from a beating to the headand cancerous tumor from which the vet said to put her down when she straggled up to our house. We always said our house was as far as she could go so this was home. She had a stronger will to live than the vet realized. She battled cancer again. We were blessed with a shoulder riding, neck nuzzling ball of energy for 4 years before her will couldn't beat non-regenerative anemia. Still trying to "hug" at the end, I'm sure my "baby love" would whole heartedly endorse any donation to belp other animals in need of spreading their love to some lucky human.

Cathy Sands said...

Harley, you are a credit to our kind. Love, Your cousins, Zena & Zoe Sands