Did Your Pet Adopt You?

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I found the poster of the mysterious Operation Beautiful note I wrote about this morning!  Check out the morning post for the update — what a happy story! 🙂


In other news, look who I found on my porch this morning:


A stray kitty! He has a flea collar on, but no ID and he still has all of his "jewels" (if you know what I mean).   I gave him a nice chest rub and some food because he looks a little skinny.  Now he’s probably never going to leave!


Lunch was pretty good:


The Husband picked up tri-color organic pasta at Costco this weekend — it’s not whole wheat but it’s pretty good.  I mixed it with steamed asparagus, kidney beans, and tomato for a yummy pasta concoction!


Sleep Challenge FAIL


My sleep challenge isn’t going so well:


My goal was to get 7 hours every night this week and I haven’t managed to do that once! Grr!  It’s definitely not happening tonight either, but maybe it will happen on Thursday night.  🙂


Are You a Sucker for a Furry Face?


Have you ever taken in a stray animal?  My family or I have taken in:  a dachshund named Oscar Mayer (we found him a home a few months later) and three cats.  Once, I tried to nurse a stray baby bird back to health.  And you guys know that I love to rescue turtles that are crawling into the road.  I’m just a sucker for animals! 



  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) July 15, 2009, 9:02 am

    I got my dog while I worked at the SPCA in high school. Someone dropped her off at the end of the driveway! Isn't that terrible? She walked over to me and put her paws on my shoulders, and that was the end of that. Of course she came home with me! Have you seen her on my blog? She has the prettiest brown eyes and is just an absolute sweetheart.

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 15, 2009, 9:11 am


    My dog was adopted from the ASPCA and she has a broken tail that hangs :(. I've never taken a stray in.. I don't think the Mike's would dig it, ha.

    Props to you for giving that kitty some love!

    On a second note: nice colorful lunch.
    My lunch so far = 2nd cup o' joe 🙂


  • recipesforcreativity July 15, 2009, 9:12 am

    My two kitties both appeared as strays at a hotel where I used to work. One showed up in September three years ago and the other a month later, and they have been mine ever since! I'm a sucker for furry faces, for sure!

  • Jennifer @ His N' Her Health July 15, 2009, 9:13 am

    We once found a deer with a broken leg and kept it at our house until it healed. Then we gave it to a rescue group. What a cute little kitty!

  • Danielle C. July 15, 2009, 9:18 am

    Awww he's so cute! I love tabbies. I'm a bleeding heart when it comes to animals, both of our cats were adopted from a local rescue (Homeward Pet in Woodinville, WA).

    If you decide to take him in I'd recommend taking him to a local shelter or clinic to have him scanned just to make sure he isn't implanted with a microchip! Sounds unlikely since he isn't neutered.

  • Courtney July 15, 2009, 9:19 am

    We, my neighbors and I, have adopted a stray cat, and now all the neighbors in our complex are petty friendly with him. He was so sad and sickly looking when he first showed up in the middle of winter, you could tell he used to be someones house cat :[ Now, he's a big healthy boy, we call him BOB and he's such a charmer! 😉

    The pasta looks great!

    I wish I could do 7 hours of sleep, I wish I could feel okay on 6 or so … But I just can't cope! Last night, I got 8 solid hours for the first time in a few days, and it's amazing the difference it has made this morning! I think even if it's one or two days week, it'll make a big difference!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 15, 2009, 9:24 am

    danielle – oh we arent keeping him (for sure). we have a two pet limit in our apartments. 🙁

  • Rose July 15, 2009, 9:29 am

    I think my coworker has around 10 strays living in her place!

    Scone wasn't a stray, but we did adopt him from a shelter. His old owner passed away.

    (PS: I'm working from home like you today and totally loving having Scone around to keep me company – similar to your lovable dogs!)

  • katherine (the runner wife) July 15, 2009, 9:32 am

    We adopted our dog from a rescue organization and he's the greatest joy in our lives (besides each other!).

  • HangryPants July 15, 2009, 9:33 am

    I have a cat. His name is Cyrus, but Mark is allergic so he lives at Mark's mom and dad's house.

    There is a family of kitties and a mom that lives under porches in my neighborhood and I am trying to make them my adopted friends. But I heard that if you do that and they live outside and bite someone or something like that then you are responsible. They are so cute though. 😀

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) July 15, 2009, 9:34 am

    I feed all the neighbourhood kitties. I feel really badly to not give them food. They're always hanging out on my porch now, haha. I like them though, so I don't mind. There is one pregnant cat who I would really like to take in, but my dog doesn't get along with cats!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 15, 2009, 9:38 am

    I've never taken in a stray but I always want to and try and convince the Mister (it doesn't work ;( )

    Lunch looks delish!

  • just me July 15, 2009, 9:40 am

    when i was younger we adopted a stray cat that stayed outside…and fed/gave him water. but one day he disappeared. 🙁

    love the lunch!

  • Stacey July 15, 2009, 9:46 am

    I'm a total sucker for animals too 🙂 I get it from my mom! When we all lived together, every time I would see a stray cat that would let me pet it, I would always bring it home, but my mom didn't mind! I adopted my Trixie out of the paper from a family that had to move…Funny how fate happens 🙂

  • BethAnn Caputo July 15, 2009, 9:47 am

    About five years ago when I was a senior in highschool we took in a stray cat…he was SO so cute…when he eventually felt more comfortable he came in the house and never left. He was adorable..he would lift up his arms to hug you and what not. Very cute… 🙂

  • Katie July 15, 2009, 9:47 am

    The kitty I have now my boyfriend found in some bushes and she is the sweetest cat ever. She was only 8 weeks old when we got her and had a flea collar but was roaming so we took her in so she didn't get hurt. My mom resuced a 6 week old kitten from the rain so we call her stormy. I think adoption is the best way to go! I think you should just feed the stray and pet him without bringing her into the apartment!

  • Life's Too Short to Eat Fat Free Cheese July 15, 2009, 9:47 am

    In college, a girl in my dorms rescued puppies from the side of the road. They were too young to go to a shelter so my roommate and I took one for a week and hid it our room until she could find someone to adopt it.

    My cat is adopted from the Humane Society and she was a stray to begin with. I like to think I saved her from a hard life on the streets. 🙂

  • Bridget July 15, 2009, 9:49 am

    My aunt and I loved the stray cats around our house in Orlando. We couldn't take in any other pets though (she has five cats and a dog–and a big house)!

    My cat adopted us when we went to the Humane Society though. He kept inching his way over and my mom was adamant that we get him. (I'd fallen in love with his brother, whom we did not adopt). Adopting Nicholas was the best decision–he's seen me through thick and thin, and has been there for me to cry to, hug during happy times, bitch about people to…everything. He's been a member of the family for 11 years. He also loves vegetables (especially ARTICHOKES!) and isn't a big fan of any meat except for tuna. (I wonder how he would like Japan, with the fresh fish, etc)…

    Anyway, glad to hear that you gave the kitty some food. I hope that he keeps you good company until his family finds him!

  • fifiandtherealworld July 15, 2009, 9:58 am

    When I was home from school my freshman year for Thanksgiving, we found what we thought was a skunk in the garage. Turned out to be our cat, C. He ran in the house and never left (we asked around the neighborhood, but no one claimed him). Eight years later, he is still living very happily with my parents.

  • Betsy July 15, 2009, 9:59 am

    We adopted both our cats from shelters… and Sonny was found along side a highway with his sister as an infant and rescued by the shelter.

  • Anonymous July 15, 2009, 10:02 am

    I hope you can get the sleep. I think what it comes down to is being a priority in ones life. Just like eating healthy and exercising, sleep is vital for ones overall health. A lack of sleep can really put stress on the body and lead us to making unhealthy food choices.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 15, 2009, 10:03 am

    anon – thank you! i hope i can get some sleep too 🙁

  • Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write July 15, 2009, 10:22 am

    What sauce do you use in your pasta? I realize you don't use "sauce" in the traditional sense, but you must use something to give it a bit of moisture? Just evoo?

  • Colleen July 15, 2009, 10:24 am

    I found my dog at work (well, actually the maintenance guys did), and I've had her almost 3 years now…she's a collie named Maggie and the sweetest thing.

    My kittens came from a friend of my mil's…the lady found a stray that was pregnant so we adopted two of her kitties – Phoebe and Birdie. Growing up we rescued so many strays, I really think they make the best pets!

    Wishing you luck in the sleep department! I know how crappy it can make you feel not to get enough, but it's hard when you have life/lives to worry about too.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 15, 2009, 10:26 am

    mrs myers – just the wetness frm the tomato slices and the kidney bean juice!

  • Orla July 15, 2009, 10:26 am

    I don't mean this to be mean, and I know you only did it once – but nobody should feed somebody else's pet. First of all, cats are tramps, and if they're getting nice food at a neighbours, they might start ignoring their own family for the feeder. Second of all, it might have special dietary needs. For example, most people don't know that cats are lactose intolerant and feed them cows milk. My neighbours were giving my cat milk, and then she'd come back to my bathroom where her litter tray is, and have explosive diarrhea all over my bathroom!!

    Both of these things happened to me, and I had to make my cat an indoor kitty, much as it breaks my heart 🙁

    Cats should be on the skinny side, by the way, so you don't need to worry about the little cutie 🙂

  • Matt July 15, 2009, 10:27 am

    You got a lot more sleep than me last night! I went to Harry Potter at midnight, crashed for two hours, then woke up to run 11 miles before my 8 AM class!

    If you were really serious about sleep, you would get it in.

  • brandi July 15, 2009, 10:33 am

    the kitty is liking that rub down! so cute.

    great pasta lunch! i love beans in pasta.

    our cat now is one that Nick got from a shelter when she just a tiny kitten.

  • seesaraheat July 15, 2009, 10:36 am

    I took in a stray cat named Lucky when I was a kid and I've fed a lot of random stray animals 🙂 My doggie now is from the Humane Society!

  • Andee (Runtolive) July 15, 2009, 10:38 am

    Your lunch looks good! I have a can of red kidney beans to be used up.I like tossing the pasta salad in some garlic dijon vinaigrette, yum!

  • chippednailsandall July 15, 2009, 10:43 am

    I've been given or adopted all of the pets in my lifetime. It's such a reward to watch a small, scared little kitten become an attention-loving cat! Let's hope I don't encounter anymore cause then I'll def. be known as the "cat lady" (which is totally not a bad thing)…

  • Low July 15, 2009, 10:52 am

    I took in a stray dog when I was 5 and named him Spot (even though he had no spots, haha) he got ran over shortly after that though and I was so heartbroken. We also adopted a cat when I was about the same age, who I named Kitty. I was awfully creative with my pet names huh?

  • RunToFinish July 15, 2009, 10:53 am

    I believe our kitties totally picked us.. we got them at a shelter, but they picked us

  • Katie July 15, 2009, 10:53 am

    I've never taken in a stray, we rescued our chocolate lab when she was abandoned (3 days in her crate!) and the person who found her couldn't keep her.

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) July 15, 2009, 11:00 am

    Haha, you are too cute documenting your sleep hours in an Excel spreadsheet 🙂 I'm such a writer-downer.

  • hookedup July 15, 2009, 11:03 am

    When we were little my sister and I rescued a box of puppies that someone threw away in the dumpster. My mother didn't know anything for about a month (We were that sneaky and it was it was July/August). When she found out she let us keep two and the rest just until we found homes for them. She gave us a deadline just in case we got any bright ideas. We appropriately named one Rescue and the other Survivor (He got bit while we were hiding him and lived to tell the tale). We also had a cat that followed us home (with just the slightest bit of help). My mother also let us keep that, but by the time the third one just happened to follow us home she said no. When were kids my sister and I were a two woman animal rescue team.

  • VeggieGirl July 15, 2009, 11:07 am

    Just did about a week ago 😉

  • tracik July 15, 2009, 11:25 am

    I'm not the worlds best sleeper either. Havent been since college. I find that white noise works wonders. You can either use a white noise machine (like at Brookstone) or simply use a fan (directed away from you). Works for me most of the time. Good luck!

  • Neely July 15, 2009, 11:26 am


    You should also know, then, that domestic cats should be kept as indoor pets, regardless. It should not "break your heart" to do the right thing and keep your cat indoors.

    It would, however, "break my heart" if my cat was hit by a car, tortured by neighborhood brats, shot with BBs, stricken with FIV or captured, however.

    Please keep cats indoors. Read up on how to give them proper exercise and nutrition so they are happy.

  • diana by design July 15, 2009, 11:30 am

    almost all the pets my family has are strays! 🙂

    we have 3 dogs and 7 cats.

    one of our dogs is one my dad found eating sawdust after the hurricanes a few years ago, so he brought him home.

    4 of the cats (mine) my dad found last year in the middle of the road when they were about 6-8 weeks old. we live out in geneva and people have taken a liking to dropping off their unwanted puppies and kittens. even fully grown animals. it's horrible. since they're our little adventurer's we named them Lewis, Clark, TJ (thomas jefferson), and Sacagawea. 😉

    then the other 3 cats are also technically rescues.

    our boy, hyde, followed me around on halloween 7 or 8 years ago. i asked the neighborhood who he belonged to and they said he was a stray, so i took him home.

    ginny was from a lady that worked in the mall with me a few years ago. her cat had kittens and she was going to bring them all to the pound so i took one of them.

    and my moms cat cameo was at a pet store but they were trying to get rid of her because it was the day before halloween and she's a black cat. apparently that store had a problem with people buying black cats around halloween to kill 🙁 so we took her home.

    my parents also found a mama rotweiler about a year ago that had 5 puppies. we ended up giving all the puppies to Pet Rescue by Judy (the people who sit outside petsmart all the time) and after that we found the owner to the rotweiler (who was not a very good person.)

  • The Shabby Princess July 15, 2009, 11:34 am

    I haven't taken in an actual stray, but, my best friend has and my husband's family has. Although, our last 3 dogs were adopted from rescue groups and or shelters. And I wouldn't put it past me to bring in a stray if I found one!

  • Amy July 15, 2009, 11:54 am

    Both my kitties are from the SPCA.

    Lewis had a broken hip when we adopted him… and Samuel, well he's just a charity case. Allergic to everything. The thought of them being there forever broke my heart!

    When I was young, like 8 or 9, there was a cat walking down my road. (I lived in the country) I picked it up and put it in my jacket and told my Mom that I "found" it in the barn. Turns out it was a stray… Whiskers lived with us for the next 19 years! 🙂

  • eatingbacktogood July 15, 2009, 12:09 pm

    We adopted Shelli from a shelter (my kitty)…and I'm sooooo glad that I'm not the only crazy person out in the middle of the road rescuing turtles!

  • Ellen July 15, 2009, 12:34 pm

    i can't resist an animal in need! just last week i found myself up in the middle of the night bottle feeding a stray sickly 2 week old kitten! it gets me into trouble sometimes 🙂

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now July 15, 2009, 12:41 pm

    All 3 of our cats were strays. My grandparents also have 3 cats that were strays. I guess everyone in our family is a sucker for strays.

  • meagan July 15, 2009, 1:05 pm

    yes! that is how my family got four of our cats. we just couldn't say no…so we fed, spayed/neautered and kept them.

  • Anonymous July 15, 2009, 1:25 pm

    To Matt (to defend Caitlin) –

    I'm pretty sure she works 14+ hours a day. How many hours a day do you work? That's right – you don't work at all. "getting it in" isn't exactly the easiest thing when one is an adult and has responsibilities.

    As long as you feel okay on 6ish hours of sleep a night, you're not doing yourself too much harm. Keep in tune with how you feel once you start training for a marathon, though, because it will be easy to get worn-down.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 15, 2009, 1:26 pm

    anon – thank you 🙂 i wanted to say that, too…

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) July 15, 2009, 1:41 pm

    Loving the colors of your pasta salad!

    I actually have a cycling question, if you have time Caitlin- I was wondering what type of bike is best for someone looking to get more into cycling? I am taking a breather from my running because it's been beating me up haha and I love biking, so I want to sort of take it up a notch from casual hobby. If you have any advice, do let me know.. Thanks!!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point July 15, 2009, 1:43 pm

    joelle- i cant tell if you mean type of bike or brand, so i will answer both. 🙂 if you will be riding on the road or concrete trails, a road bike is the best kind of you can. you can go faster on it and use it for races. if you will be racing off road (i.e. dirt trails), consider getting a mountain bike or a hybrid. bikes can be pricey (mine was $350 used) so look in craigslist for a used one. you can also go to the bike stores to just try some out and see what size you need. all brands are pretty decent as long as you dont buy a $100 hybrid from target. i would worry more about the type and the price than the brand, but i have a giant and the husband has a fuji.

  • healthy ashley July 15, 2009, 1:55 pm

    I love the little guy! If you're not keeping him, do you know what you're doing with him? We have two cats and a puppy already but I am itching for another kitty 🙂

    (don't tell David I said that!)

  • girlrunningaround July 15, 2009, 2:31 pm

    That is how we got all 3 of our cats! The only animal we actually chose to get was our new puppy.

    Our eldest cat (Cleo) snuck into our basement at our old apartment and had 6 kittens. We took care of the whole batch for 8 weeks and then adopted them all out except for Cleo and one baby. We love that they chose us to live with. Our other cat was going to be put in a barn if he didn't get a home and he was just a tiny little thing so the Hubs and I couldn't let that happen.

    If that weren't enough, we adopted a puppy a few weekends ago. He was from a shelter, so we also rescued him, but in a different way than our cats.

    I love those furry little creatures!

  • Johanna B July 15, 2009, 2:33 pm

    I've definitely taken in stray animals. My current cat is one I inherited when my mother had a stroke 5 years ago. In fact, all but one of my pets over the years have been strays. I'm a sucker for a hungry animal.

  • THE ACTORS DIET July 15, 2009, 2:36 pm

    the night obama won i found the cutest little terrier walking around. we found his owner, but i would've kept him if we hadn't….

  • K from ksgoodeats July 15, 2009, 3:18 pm

    I'm an animal lover! I loose it around the fur babies – I always want to play with them.

    We took in a stray cat once. He was a good cat, all he did was sleep in the day and go out at night. However, he had his crazy episodes!

  • Ryan (Chase Daylight) July 15, 2009, 3:30 pm

    Awww….I want that kitty!!!

  • Lauren July 15, 2009, 4:50 pm

    Awww, cute kitty!

    We adopted both our dog and cat from shelters – but I growing up, my family took care of a few stray animals. Let's see… on separate occasions, we housed two baby bunnies, a nest of baby birds, and a cat. The cat escaped 🙁 and we let the bunnies and birds go after feeding them with tiny bottles and eye droppers, respectively. I am a sucker for animals as well!

  • Marissa July 15, 2009, 5:42 pm

    There is a a cat that hung outside of our house for the longest time and I would just talk to it. (My husband said our neighbors probably think I am crazy, LOL). Now it actually hangs our right in front of our house! I give it water and food, she's just too cute!!

  • Bec July 15, 2009, 6:03 pm

    aww cute cat 🙂 love the lunch!

  • The Faux Foodie July 15, 2009, 6:03 pm

    keep going with the sleep challenge, you will see a change soon, just keep up with it, just like with all the other challenges you take on

    what is your second job that you work at?

    Oh, thanks for the Season 52 recommendation, it was amazing

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out July 15, 2009, 6:42 pm

    I'm not a huge cat person but that one is soooo cute, I'd almost take it if I could…

    I really want to adopt from the shelter but I gotta wait till I'm more settled into a routine with life and such before I can because I want to be a good fur mama!

  • Jen July 15, 2009, 9:06 pm

    Our current furbabies are litter mates that we adopted from a rescue program. When the rescue people found them, they had crawled up to the top of a hydro pole and the rescue lady waited two days for them to come down. We think one of them might have gotten too close to the wires while he was up there because he has a few whiskers that always grow in kinked. Before these guys, my family's cat was a stray. We took him in when he was approx 3 years old during a particularly snowy/cold winter. He was fixed & declawed so he obviously was a house cat at some point. Spockers lived to the ripe old age of 18, an outdoor cat his entire life (though he was really more of a porch/lawn cat for the last 6 years) before he passed away peacefully at home last January. My husband always says that Spock chose us instead of us choosing him…one more reason that his passing was extra hard on us. He was the most loving, kind hearted cat I have ever met – I'll never get a cat from anywhere but the SPCA or a rescue shelter because of him!

  • Jessica July 16, 2009, 6:41 am

    My boyfriend found a young dog running lose while he was driving one day and took the dog home with him. My boyfriend took all the steps he should have to find the owner…he called the animal shelter and checked for lost dog posts on craigslist. He happened to come across a post on craigslist that had a pic of the dog and a message that said, "To the person who stole my dog out of my yard this morning, return him immediately or I will call the police. I have your license plate number." My boyfriend immediately responded to the post and returned the dog (although he didn't really want to because the owner wasn't taking the best care of the dog). The owner was not the kindest to my boyfriend, which was rediculous. Maybe next time they should keep their dog on a leash and not just let him roam around!

  • Anonymous July 16, 2009, 7:06 am

    I have a cat, Draco (yep, like Malfoy) that we found on a dirt road as a baby, we almost ran him over. He was all alone and really skinny, and the vet said he was only about two months old. So, 8 years later he's the best cat I've ever owned… and the fattest but we're working on slimming him down (he's not happy about it).

    I also had a husky-sheltie mix that was abused that we rescued, I LOVED that dog.

  • roseyrebecca July 16, 2009, 2:52 pm

    Two of my boyfriend's cats were strays! Your lunch looks yummy 🙂

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