Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Playtime with Maddie

As I have mentioned countless times, Maddie loves to play!  Every once in a while, I am lucky enough to capture one of her best moments on video, like the one below:



Other times, we can barely hold our laughter while snapping pictures of her crazy ideas!


As the fall season has progressed, several bugs and lizards have made their way inside our home and Maddie has enjoyed "playing" with each of them.  When the windows are open, she loves to sit with her brothers and listen to the birds and other animals on the other side of the screen.  




Also, October is Black Cat Appreciation month to raise awareness and combat prejudice.  Please remember, there is nothing evil about black cats and Maddie will be the first to tell you!  Ps, how awesome are these black cat leggings from Lularoe?! 




Until next time!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Why Special Needs Pets are the Best

At the beginning of last month our little princess turned four!  It is hard to believe that Maddie has been in our home for a little over two years.  As you may remember from previous posts, her adjustment to our home and her brothers only took a few hours.  Since then we have moved into a new home where Maddie has plenty of room to run and play.  She rules the house now. Link and Seven have accepted the fact that their sister is here to stay.



Being born without eyes certain makes Maddie unique.  However, it is her love for life and the animals and humans around her that makes her special.  She is the first face you see when you walk through the door after work, she is never far away, and she is always willing to snuggle or play.  Maddie warms up quickly to strangers and enjoys being the center of attention at our parties.



Maddie's blindness makes her acutely aware of her surroundings and she often hears bugs or noises before anyone else in the house.  Additionally, physical touch is her dominate love language and she is happiest when sitting on your lap or wrestling with your arm.  In the evenings, Maddie begs to climb up unto the couch while you watch TV, where she will remain until you move her.




Surprisingly, Maddie has discovered several hiding places around the house where she retreats to during overwhelming parties or when she just wants to be alone.  She has also been seen utilizing these hiding places to sneak-up on her brothers when she feels extra feisty.  When Link's bullying becomes too much for her, Maddie hides behind the litterbox, waiting to attack him and exact her revenge.




Earlier this year we babysat my father's cat for a week while he was away.  Zoe and Maddie had met only once before, and Maddie remembered her aunt immediately.  Because the two ladies have dominant personalities and are each used to ruling their respective homes, friendship did not come easy.  However, Maddie's loving personality encouraged her to get to know Zoe and a love-hate relationship developed.



Since Maddie first entered our home, she has loved playing with the crinkle balls sold in Target's pet section.  She has hidden them around our house for easy access.  Because our kitchen is the only room with a hard floor in our house, Maddie often will carry her balls in her mouth from carpeted rooms into the kitchen.  From there, she will bat the ball around until she is too tired to move.



Special needs animals like Maddie do require more work and attention than other pets.  Vet visits can be more traumatic as she cannot see the other animals she is smelling.  We have to be more aware of our home's layout so Maddie can easily navigate.  During holidays with fireworks, her anxiety spikes with each loud sound that she is unable to identify.  However, her blindness also makes her more trusting of us.  She knows that her parents will never put her in harm's way and she can count on us to save her from scary situations.  Maddie has taught me that no matter what life throws at me, it is your attitude that makes the difference.  

Monday, May 4, 2015

Maddie's New Toy

Special thank you to Temptations and Influenster for sending us a free toy for Maddie to enjoy.  Influenster sent us the toy for testing purposes and I am happy to report that it was a success!  To learn more about the company or to join, please visit www.influenster.com




Maddie was very excited to open her box because she could smell the treats through the cardboard!



When we finally opened it up, Maddie dove right in to explore.  Influenster included a "Snacky Mouse" toy and a bag of treats. 







After about five minutes of chasing the toy around, Maddie figured out that she could knock the toy back and forth and treats appeared.


See you next time!


*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Maddie's March Fun

Maddie is now on Instagram!


If you are on Instagram, follow @MaddieTheBlindCat to see all of her mini adventures!



Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Whenever Maddie hears a camera click, she clicks into supermodel mode.  She loved playing with the giant decoration because the bottom crinkled like her favorite toys.  It can be difficult to capture her adorable personality on film; however, these photos came very close.  You can expect more holiday themed photoshoots in the months to come!









See you next month!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Maddie Gets a Bath

Maddie loves playing outdoors.  When she found a rather large pile of sand and mud, we had to give her a sink bath before she could be set free in the house.  She was calm at first.  However, she soon grew tired of the water and put up quite the fight!














After Maddie was squeaky-clean, we gave her extra treats and snuggles! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Maddie Jumps into January

January has been an exciting month for Maddie and surprisingly, Link is finally warming up to his sister.  Link has been standoffish and uninterested in Maddie since we adopted her and now he is willing to play with her occasionally and does not always run away when she gets close.  He will still hit Maddie for no reason and try to bully her away from her food dish. However, she holds her own and shows him more love than I could.

When the weather permits, we open the glass doors and let the trio explore the backyard.  Lately, Maddie has become more curious about her surrounds.  As you may remember, she climbed into our neighbor's yard a few months ago and it was not a pleasant experience.  This month, she discovered a fence on the other side of the yard.

Maddie climbed the fence while I wasn't looking.

She was nervous at first but soon gained her courage.

I could not believe how easily she was moving around on the fence.


It was at this point that I realized Maddie was really going to go over the fence.  

So of course, I snapped one last picture! 

It took me a good bit of time to get Maddie out of the neighbor's yard because she was fascinated by his plants.  Maddie was only willing to come home after she smelled and tasted his plants.  Since this day, Maddie tries to visit our neighbor's yard almost every time she goes outside!

See you next month!