Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” the ARF cats talked about themselves.

Zeus: So, it’s been kind of quiet around here. No cattery meetings!
Heavenly Whiskers: You finally noticed! The reason we’ve had no meetings is because we’ve had no office cat.
Sadie: Indie was adopted!
Heavenly Whiskers: That’s right. The last two kittens were adopted just this last Sunday, and they went to the same home.
Sadie: Aw, that’s some good news.
Pepper: I’ve heard ARF has two dogs now.
George: That’s right. There is a sweet boy named Ryder and a cute little girl named Zooma.
Zeus: Do we get to meet them soon?
Sadie: I believe so. Here they are now!
Ryder: Hello ARF cats! I’m Ryder, and you guys are okay. I mean, cats are fine with me, as are other dogs.
Pepper: Welcome Ryder. So what else should we know about you?
Ryder: I am a Shi Tzu and Havanese mix. I’m 8 years old, house trained and very affectionate. I admit I came here a bit overweight, but my awesome foster is helping me shed a few pounds. I’ve already lost two!
Thomas: Congratulations! Who is with you?
Ryder: This is Zooma. She is pretty cute, isn’t she?
Zooma: Oh gosh, I’m blushing! Yes, I’m Zooma. I’m very happy to be here. I was in a home that kept me in a crate much of the day, but no more!
Ryder: You are very playful and affectionate, just like me. How old are you?
Zooma: I’m about a 1 ½ years old. I really like children and other dogs, but I haven’t yet checked out you cats. ARF isn’t sure of my breed mix. I’m little, just 8 pounds. I guess my breed is “adorable!”
Thomas: We welcome you both.
Be sure to keep up with the animal antics of “Days of Our Nine Lives” each week. Please stop in to say hello to the entire adoptable cast at the ARF House, 26890 Highway 243 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sundays, or by appointment Monday-Friday by calling 951-659-1122.
Creature Corner is sponsored by Carole Herman & Sandi Mathers.