Monday, September 7, 2009

Taking Care of our Four-Legged Friends

Once again, I must apologize for the minimal blogging of late. Life has been a bit challenging for me lately. A week ago we said goodbye to Mikey, my 14-year-old kitty, who got hit by cancer. He was a sweet, cuddly playful boy, and I miss him a ton. I adopted Mikey and Joey a little more than ten years ago, when they were 3 and 6, respectively. Their owner was moving to Hawaii and didn't want them to have to go through the mandatory quarantine. So they got a new home with me, and they enhanced my life tremendously. Mikey is the fluffy gray kitty and Joey is the black & white -- they came to me pre-named.

Joey is a survivor. He's slightly brain damaged from pain medication he was given after being hit by a car and he has one eye, a collapsed lung, and a tumor in his abdomen. But he's an amazing cat, 17 years old and going strong. And he loves playing with his Undercover Mouse from Furever Pets.

I'm sharing this information with you because I know so many of our customers are animal lovers. At Broadway Books we are happy to see your well-behaved animals join you in the store -- in fact, we have doggie treats behind the counter, because most of our animal visitors are dogs (although we did get a lovely cat in recently, who is a professional working cat -- she visits people in nursing homes and hospitals).

And because you are animal lovers, I'm sure you'll be interested in an upcoming event in the neighborhood. On Friday night, September 11th, from 8 to 10 pm, our friend Symon Lee, who owns Furever Pets just down the street from Broadway Books, is hosting a fundraiser at his store for Animal Aid, a nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue and outreach organization serving the Portland metropolitan area since 1969. We are proud to be involved in this fundraiser. The event is called "Telling Tales," and Garth Stein, author of the bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, will be there to read from his book and sign copies.

We'll be there selling Garth's book, and other local merchants are participating as well, with a percentage of all sales being donated to Animal Aid. There will be food, wine, music, goodie bags, and a silent auction. Tickets for the event ($25, or more if you wish to make a larger tax-deductible donation) are available at our store, at Furever Pets, or at the Animal Aid website. For more information about the event or the organization, check out their website. Hope to see you there!

1 comment:

  1. sorry for your loss...pets are amazing and when they go, it is a big loss. Mikey was lucky to have you for a friend for so many years.


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