Welcome to Paws & Think.  My name is Chat Noir.  That’s French for ‘Black Cat’ if you are not up to speed on your French.  I am one of the newest members to Ruby & Sofia’s team.  Moving forward, I will be helping to contribute to this Blog to not only thank all of you for helping to raise money for a great cause, but also to make sure you stay informed and entertained during your visit with us.  

If you are like me, you might have been considering a new pet for a little while now but were not sure how to go about things.  Maybe you already have a cute pooch, and you want to give him or her a friend to socialize with while you are at work.  Or maybe even, you grew up in a household full of animals, and you are now finally in a place where you can make a new pet part of your family.  

My family and I are the proud owner of a 1 year old kitten named Stella - who is quickly morphing into a young cat before our eyes.  Recently, we moved into a new home that came equipped with an outdoor dog run that had been built by the previous owner.  I feel like it would be a real shame if we don’t get a new dog sooner than later to enjoy and take advantage of this great outdoor space.

As a side note, I’m not exactly sure what type of dog breed that little guy is in the photo since this picture was part of the online photo collection used by the real estate agent who sold us our house.  But since I live in the North East, so I thought it was better to show you a picture of our backyard and what it looks like in the summertime, instead of what it looks like now.

Since we are considering adopting a dog in the near future, I wanted to share a bit of research I uncovered about animal rescues.  Here is what I found. 

A large percentage of rescue dogs are pure breeds.  I am still working on confirming exactly what percentage, but the information I have found suggest it could be over 20%. So I think that stigma that rescue shelters are only filled with mutts should be put to rest. 

  • shelters I researched had already taken care of many of those costs for me, along with the costs of having your pet spayed or neutered.
  •  It is common for many to-be dog owners to want a puppy, but owning a mature dog has it merits too.  Instead of spending hours training your new best friend, this time can be spent enjoying their company.  I have learned that the average rescue dog is between 18-24 months, which means they are still very young at heart, but might already have a pretty solid foundation of obedience training.  Of course it is important to remember that every dog is unique, but it’s also comforting to know that when you are considering a rescue pet there are a lot of different options available including breed but also age, size, male or female and more.

I look forward to hearing back from other pet lovers both about their connection with Ruby and Sofia, but also the overall joys pets bring to our lives. 

Chat Noir