Maple the Cat and Kindal the Dog in Asheville

Kindal the Dog and Maple the Cat take an afternoon nap together.

It was my third time taking care of Maple the Magnificent Cat and the first time caring for Kindal, an elder, stately dog who has his own way of doing things. It took about 36 hours before Kindal was able to overcome his anxiety at this unknown petsitter (me) in his home. Kindal would carefully…

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Frida and Georgia (and Diego) in Leicester, North Carolina

Georgia the Cat cuddles with me on the fourth day of catsitting.

Tragically, much like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s relationship, Frida the cat doesn’t get along with Diego and his sister Georgia, also cats. They’re kept on different floors of a spacious home in Leicester, North Carolina (pronounced “les-ter,” the English way) where I laid in wait to serve wet food, dry food, and crunchy treats.…

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Maple the Magnificent in Kenilworth

Maple the Magnificent cat in Kenilworth in Asheville grooms herself.

Maple is no ordinary cat. She loves to wander the Kenilworth neighborhood in Asheville at all hours of the day and night. I imagine she follows the same route greeting neighbors both human and animal. I used to worry when she wouldn’t return immediately but I learned Maple is an independent, magnificent cat unafraid of…

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Juniper, Kepler & Kudo in North Asheville

Many years ago I met a student named Lauren at UNC-Asheville who went on to become a physician. Along the way she got hitched to Rob and had two super cute kids with another due this year. I haven’t seen Lauren in person in more than ten years. Facebook, however, has kept us informed of…

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