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Published on February 3, 2023 Author : Nancy (Admin)
We welcomed Choupette after a woman, at the end of her life, abandoned her because she was not allowed to take her along.
By the way, I'd like to digress for a moment. I find it unfair and heartbreaking to witness how many elderly individuals are forcibly separated from their pets due to circumstances, even though people like us would be willing to care for them wherever they go. Especially these small animals that don't take up much space. These individuals pay over $2,000 a month for subpar services and are isolated from everything they love. It's nothing short of elder abuse towards the end of their lives, even if they are not senile.
Now, let's get back to Choupette. It took me a while to write about her, the sadness of talking about her.
We lost her a few months ago; she was doing well just 10 minutes before, eating, playing with her friend Mini-Boulle, and 10 minutes later, she was on her back, likely experiencing a heart attack according to the vet.
She was quite old, I must say. She gave us a lot, taking care of many of our orphaned guinea pig pups that came to the shelter. She was a social guinea pig with the others as well as with us humans.
She provided us with wonderful moments in life, and I have no regrets about having her in our home.
Published on January 20, 2023 Author : Nancy (Admin)
Blokus is a delightful and fast-paced board game that I stumbled upon during the holidays, courtesy of my husband Shosin.
He first encountered it during a challenging phase in his life a few years ago, when he was surrounded by others facing similar disorders. They turned to Blokus as a means of diverting their minds from the difficulties they were experiencing.
The game itself is simple and accommodates 2 to 4 players. Its pieces resemble Tetris blocks.
For detailed rules, I recommend checking out the Wikipedia section on Blokus, but rest assured, they are straightforward. In my experience, a game typically lasts between 15 minutes to a maximum of 1 hour. The primary objective is to strategically place as many pieces as possible while thwarting your opponents from doing the same.
We purchased the game for $30 from a specialized store, and there are various versions available, including an advanced UNO-style variant that we haven't yet explored.
I highly recommend Blokus; it offers both entertainment and a welcomed escape during times like ours.
Published on December 27, 2022 Author : Nancy (Admin)
First of all, I would like to start this review by thanking all of you for the help you have given to me, my husband and our little animals.
The words of encouragement, the sharing of our stories and photos, the small kindnesses, the donations of money, all of these have allowed us to continue our work with our little animals this year.
In fact, this year 2022 has been a record year for us in terms of donations and it's because of you. And fortunately for us because we only live on my personal income, our small sales at the store and donations and inflation hit our finances very hard this year, most bags of food saw an increase of $3 to $4, vegetables like celery that I used to buy for $1 maximum at the beginning of the year went up to $3 minimum by the end of the year. In short, the donations were very much appreciated.
Our shelter took in a lot of older animals this year, I could almost say that this year was a year dedicated to giving a permanent home to animals that are at the end of their journey but still have a lot to give.
Unfortunately, this year has also seen the departure of some of our oldest animals, who have reached the end of their lives. A special thought for them at the end of this year.
We also unfortunately had our difficulties with donations, first of all we would have liked to use the Tiing site for donations but policy changes related to Desjardins and double authentication now prevent us from using this site.
We also ran into difficulties with Shopify and our online store, this time not related to Desjardins but to the Shopify payment method which again requires double authentication via cell phone which we refuse to adhere to now and in the future.
Fortunately, we found Ecwid which is much better and offers many more options for less cost.
Unfortunately, as a store and for our donations we are still entirely dependent on Paypal, for better or worse. The year 2023 will also be the year we look for a less restrictive alternative.
We are starting soon 2023 with still a lot of needs, little boarders (guinea pig, rabbit, mouse, rat, hamster) who still offer us a lot of love.
And especially for my husband who suffers from a mental illness a beautiful occupation in addition to his Buddhism.
Thanks again to all of you who support us and a happy new year 2023 as far as possible.