Last week in “Days of Our Nine Lives,” ARF cats visited with the new litter of kittens. 

Zeus: The kittens are growing very fast!

Lulu: That’s no surprise. It will be only weeks before they are ready to go to their forever homes.      

Whiskers: Won’t Flora be lonely? She is so used to caring for her litter of six.

Flora: I am used to being busy with my babies, but I also look forward to taking breaks.

Whiskers: Hey, I heard that ARF took in a dog a few weeks ago. 

Flora: Don’t ask me. My life revolves around kittens. 

Pepper: It’s true, Whiskers. A cute little Chihuahua-MinPin named Hurley.

Zeus: Where is he?

Pepper: ARF placed him with a couple to foster, and they became failed fosters!

Bear: Failed fosters? Is that a bad thing?  

Pepper: No way! A failed foster is one who ends up adopting the fostered dog. It’s actually a very good thing.

Bear: What a great thing for Hurley. I bet he is happy.

Whiskers: I heard that the humans and the dog are all very happy. They make a cute family.

Pepper: It seems that things around ARF are pretty quiet with the sequestering.  

Lulu: Yes, it is. 

Whiskers: The ARF House is closed to general visitation, and it seems that people on the mountain are doing a better job at keeping their dogs and cats safe at home.  

Lulu: That’s a relief for the ARF humans. Maybe it’s because people are home all day, paying attention and giving love to their pets. 

Whiskers: That could be, Lulu. ARF is getting very few calls about lost and found dogs. 

Sadie: I hope it remains that way after the sequestering order is lifted. 

Bear: So do the ARF humans. It makes them happy knowing that dogs and cats are safe at home. That’s where pets belong. 

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.