P. O. Box 902, Hudson, New York 12534
From Rosa and Bruce Hallenbeck - 13 April 2004
I just wanted to let you and the wonderful staff at AnimalKind know just how Emily (now known as Sweetie Pie) and Oskar (formally known as Oscar) are adjusting to home life here at the Hallenbeck estate. (To enlarge the photo of Emily, click on the photo or link)
The first day that Sweetie Pie was introduced to her new home she spent a great deal of time exploring her surroundings, sniffing and staring at everything. We weren't surprised when she hid under the bed for the first day, but we were indeed delighted when she came down the stairs while we were relaxing in the evening so she could see what was going on. At first we were a little concerned about how she would be able to get around with her damaged leg (like going upstairs where the litter box was), but she managed beautifully. Our kitty, Boots was a little put out by the appearance of the new feline and hissed at her several times. But now they are inseparable and they even sleep together in the same chair at night.
When Oskar arrived he went through the same adjustment phase as Sweetie Pie. It was comical when he saw Boots and Sweetie Pie because he immediately went over to them and gave their faces a tongue bath. What a Romeo! Oskar hid for a few days until he sort of got used to us, and then on the third night he came downstairs and watched us warily from his perch on the stairs. (To enlarge the photo of Oskar, click on the photo or link)
Last Saturday, you were very kind to come to our house to clip Oskar's toenails and I thought that he would be traumatized from the experience, however, I was thrilled and stunned when we attempted to pet him about an hour or two after you left and he actually allowed me to pick him up and hold him without scratching or squirming to be free. And boy, oh boy can he purr. Now he is a total love muffin and enjoys his share of petting and stroking! Oskar's favorite things are watching TV and having a turkey tidbit with Boots and Sweetie Pie.
I cannot tell you just how much these two little love bundles (and our kitty Boots) mean to us, but I can say...to you, Katrine and all the good people affiliated with AnimalKind...thank you, thank you, thank you. Oh yeah, Oskar and Sweetie Pie both said hello!
Rosa and Bruce Hallenbeck
Letter From Rosa and Bruce Hallenbeck -
25 May 2004
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