Archive for December, 2016

Extreme Sleepover 4 – COMPLETE!

Temperature: Warm and Fuzzy (Even though it is -36 with the Wind Chill) 

Fundraising Total: $9465 (Goal of $5000 reached and then some!!)

How do I even begin to express my gratitude for the unbelievable support that the Extreme Sleepover has received?


As donations have been pouring in I have literally been moved to tears, sometimes in inappropriate places. Like, who is that woman weeping in the hand cream aisle of the drug store? Or dancing and crying at the dog park? What a weirdo.


Last night I was able to sleep in my own bed, but my thoughts weren’t far from the dogs and cats I spent the past 6 nights with.


Our little shelter on the prairie is my passion. While there have been some difficult times, the good days far outweigh the hard ones. Sending animals to their new homes and receiving updates that they are happy, healthy and have made a difference in their families’ lives; That is what keeps myself and our volunteers going on the hard days. When an animal comes in injured, sick, abused, or abandoned, it is our job to fix them, nurture them, teach them to love and trust again and then send them off to a brighter future than they would have had before.

We make a difference.

We are one of the few animal rescues that are run completely by volunteers. We are a small but mighty group who share the same passion, love for animals and the desire to make a difference. We work damn hard to ensure that the animals in our care have everything that they need while they are waiting for their next chapter to begin. The bridge between their past and their future is built on our backs.


I am in awe of our volunteers who take time out of their already busy lives to make a difference in the lives of animals. Some amazing friendships have grown out of animal rescue. I always say you have to be a certain kind of crazy to be in this line of work. We may not get a pay cheque, but our lives are rich beyond measure. We get paid in wagging tails, sloppy kisses, and cats perched firmly on our heads and purring loudly in our ears. These things are priceless. When a terrified dog crawls towards you, low to the ground, licks your hand and wags their tail. Well, that’s just like winning the lottery.

There are some days when it literally feels like we are drowning in animals. We can adopt one animal and then 6 more will take its place. But then there’s you, our supporters, who breathe life back into us. You give us the strength and resources to keep doing what we love.

We literally have a shelter full right now. Between the shelter and foster homes we have 16 dogs, 5 puppies and 33 cats and kittens available for adoption.


54 bundles of unconditional love. Faces full of hope for a brighter future. I don’t know if they will all find homes of their own for the Holidays, but I do know that they are loved by many where they are right now, and we will do our absolute best to keep them safe, warm and loved while they wait, however long that takes.


Thank you to everyone who has supported this fundraiser and made it such a HUGE success. I am overwhelmed by your kindness. Thank you for believing in our cause and thank you for helping us help the animals of Northwest Saskatchewan.


Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #6

Temperature: -16 (Feels like -28)
Fundraising Total: $4315

9:15pm Arrive at the shelter and yell “Honeys, I’m home!”. Barking ensues. (The dogs, not me)

9:20pm I let Dharma out of her kennel. She has no desire to go outside so she goes and pees on the floor drain. Excellent!

9:30pm I let Rocky out and grab some bedding. I am making another bed away from the dog doors. They are quite drafty, especially with the constant in and out and in and out.

9:37pm I pick my bunk mates for the night. I am in the belly of the beast. I may have made a terrible mistake.


9:43pm Rocky cleans up wayward puppy kibbles.

And washes it down with a cold drink.


10:00pm Bed Lunch for me and a special pooch. Bet you can’t guess what dish belongs to who!


10:05pm Loki was rescued from the same community as Aries and Sophie. Unfortunately he was on the wrong end of a pack of dogs and was attacked and severely hurt. He has injuries to his face, around his eyes, front paw and back leg. He was neutered on Monday and a drain was inserted to reduce the fluid in his swollen back leg.



10:15pm I let Loki outside for a bit and change his blanket.

10:25pm Loki is back inside. Bedtime Milkbones and lights out.

10:30pm I nestle into my bed in the Grey Cage O’ Doom. The cats swarm and my head has been designated the place to be.


For the record I have no idea of the names of these cats. In September we got in 3 adults and 9 kittens from a home outside of Meadow Lake. All Grey, Grey/White and basically the same features. There is a list of names on the door but who knows who they actually belong to. A couple of them were adopted but there are still 7 kittens and 2 adults left. Unfortunately the kittens are now at that rebellious teenager age that no one really seems to want.

10:41pm Dharma is crying and banging on her cage door. The Grey and White is resting on my ear and I can hear his heart beat loud and clear. Thumpa thumpa thumpa. Excellent rhythm.


10:49pm These two tech savvy kitties are trying to figure out Siri.

10:53pm Sandpaper kisses on my cheek. Loud purrs in my ear.

10:59pm Siri does not understand them, so the Tech Savvy Kitties have no use for her.

11:08pm Someone takes a swipe at my face to which I respond “Noooo why did you do that?! I’m a nice person!”


These kitties eat nice people for lunch.

11:10pm Someone attacks my hand. Ahhhh!

11:12pm After an incident with Lady eating my glasses a couple of years ago I’ve learned to hang them on the chain-link to keep out of reach of dogs. The cats see it as a challenge.


11:14pm I have made a terrible….terrible mistake.


11:25pm The cats are taking turns launching off my head onto my feet and back again. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be a trampoline.

11:28pm Someone is playing with my glasses. I swipe them from the chain-link and bring them into my safety cocoon.

11:55pm Things are settled down as much as they are going to. Time for sleep.

12:10am Another swat to the face.


12:24am The cats are crawling all over me. They have no concept of personal space.

1:29am I can’t feel my arm as I’m laying on it funny. I am covered head to toe with cats.

1:35am I start wiggling to try and get the cats to jump off, but no luck. I just roll over and hope they are smart enough to jump off and not get steamrolled.

2:55am The dogs start barking. I roll over again and send cats flying.

3:04am Someone is in the litter box digging towards China. Dig dig dig.

3:06am A smelly deposit has been made. Now to cover it up. Dig dig dig.

3:09am Still digging. Just keep digging…just keep digging.

3:12am Another digger.

4:30am The dogs bark. Kitties are everywhere. Purring in surround sound.


5:39am The cats are playing with my feet.

6:45am The cats find my keys that fell out of my pocket…that I had forgotten I even put in there. New toy!

6:50am I crawl out of bed and peel the remaining cats off of me. One jumps on my back and digs his claws in and slides down as I stand up. Yeeeeaaaarrrrrrggggghhhhhhh!!

6:55am Haul my bedding out of the Grey Cage O’ Doom. I leave a cushion as a parting gift. Not that they deserve it.

7:00am I let Dharma out to pee and she actually pees outside! I start my car with the prayer “Please start, please start, please start.”

7:14am I put some blankets in the wash. I check on Rocky and see he has started to dismantle my bed and has pulled out the stuffing of the cushions. I think he was jealous that I was next door. So close…yet so far away.


7:20am I put Dharma back in her kennel.

7:21am Night #6 Complete! (I ran out of fingers)


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

Or Online

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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #5

Temperature: -18 (Feels like -26 BRRRRR!!!)
Fundraising Total: $2965 (OVER HALF WAY!!!!! THANK YOU!)

8:55pm Arrive at the shelter.

9:00pm Let Dharma out to begin her puppy reign of terror. Everything is a toy!

The office looks like a very confusing crime scene.

9:10pm I dig into the popcorn left in the care package from Karen. What a coincidence! Dharma also likes popcorn!


(Notice the dumped garbage can in the background. Her calling card! Don’t get me wrong, she is actually a good puppy! But this is why foster homes for puppies are SO important! She has some learning to do!)

9:15pm Papa Grey helps himself to my popcorn. Go ahead…sure, I don’t mind.

9:20pm Vaccinate and deworm Greg. His impound period is up so he will be up for adoption. Look at that handsome mug!


9:27pm I put him back in his kennel and discover a pee puddle. Mop it up.

9:30pm I terrorize the Grey Cage O’ Doom a bit with some festive dress up. Revenge is a dish best served cold…like the North Pole. I went around shouting “Who is your leader?! Who is your leader!?” So my message would be received loud and clear. This is what happens when you disturb my sleep. Let this be a warning to the others!

9:45pm Since we have so many new dogs I take some pictures of everyone so we can post them for adoption.





9:55pm I let Litsoo out for his photo session and he promptly empties his bladder. At least he was kind enough to aim for the floor drain.




10:20pm I let Brutus out to run a bit. You would think that only having 3 legs would slow him down a bit. Nope! Look at that blur go!


10:30pm I let Jack out to run. He stops to pee on a few things. Mop mop mop.

10:40pm Dharma pees. I am sensing a theme this evening. Mop mop mop.

10:35pm Snuggles with Splash.


10:45pm I put away loose cats. The Elusive Grey Kitty is nowhere to be found.

11:00pm Found her! She thinks if she stays completely still I won’t be able to see her. She has mistaken me for a T-Rex…wrong! But like a T-Rex my arms aren’t long enough to reach her on top of the high cupboard so I leave her there. You win this time….and last time. You just win. Way to win, winner.


11:15pm I pick my sleeping buddy…Jack! He came to us after the RCMP seized him from a bad situation. He was chained up and the chain was wrapped around his neck 3 times and was becoming embedded into his neck. Thankfully he was rescued and charges have been laid.


11:28pm Crawl into bed with extra blankets. Temperatures are dropping yet again. Winter is here.

11:32pm Dogs are barking like mad. I stick my head out the dog door and Jack is antagonizing Rocky.

11:35pm Jack comes inside briefly and then right back out again.


12:10am The dogs have been barking steady. I go outside and close the outside gate so Jack can’t get in Rocky’s face. Because “Hey! Hey! Jack! Stop! Hey! No!” wasn’t working.

12:12am Jack goes back and forth trying to decide if he wants to be inside or outside. So far outside and a windchill of -26 is winning.

12:15am Get the dogs settled down just in time for the cats to pipe up.

12:35am Dogs start up again.

12:40am Cue the cats! All together now! Woof woof woof, meow meow meow!

2:17am Jack is finally inside and curled up on my feet. I move a bit and he heads outside again.

3:00am Saddest cat of life starts singing a sorrowful melody.

4:17am Jack is back. I pet him and he goes back outside. Is it me?

6:23am I wake up. Jack is curled up on the foot of the bed. He seems really unsure about the whole thing.


He doesn’t seem to have the confidence to come and cuddle so I go to him and pet him and give him scratches behind the ear and the always loved butt scratch. He flashes his giant smile.

6:40am I let some of the dogs out back and feed everyone. I let Dharma outside for a bathroom break.

6:55am The Elusive Grey Kitty makes her presence known with an adorable “mew” as I walk into the bathroom.

7:00am I scoop litter boxes and feed the cats. Dharma follows me around.

7:05am I put the dogs away and take out the garbage. Dharma refuses to come outside. -29 Windchill? All of her nopes. She’d rather poop on the floor, thankyouverymuch.

7:15am Put Dharma back in her kennel and Elusive Grey Kitty back in hers.

7:20am One more pee puddle for the road. Dharma, you shouldn’t have!


7:25am Night #5 Complete! (That’s totally a 5…can’t you tell?)


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

Or Online


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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #4

Temperature: -9 (Feels like -17)
Fundraising Total: $2090

9:35pm I arrive at shelter with a new friend.  He showed up at a home outside of town and adopted them (Those are the best outcomes! “Hello new family..You’ll do.”). His fur was pretty greasy and must have rolled in something so he is here for a bath before his neuter tomorrow.

9:40pm But first, vaccinations, deworming and treatment for ear mites! He takes all like a champ. I don’t think there’s anything this cat won’t put up with.

9:45pm I let white puppy out to play. Her name is now Dharma. She proceeds to chase the cat Papa Grey around and try to wrestle. That’s one patient cat.

Jill’s Guide to Bathing a Cat

Step 1: Bribe them with canned food. The cat will then think it is the best day ever! Joke is on him..things are about to take a turn.


Step 2: Put the cat in the tub.


Step 3: Cat jumps out of the tub.

Step 4: Put the cat back in the tub. Put the grooming lasso on him. It is too big, but it seems to paralyze him. He can escape any time.

Step 5: Turn on the water very slowly. If cat does not freak out, turn on the shower head. If all is still good, proceed to wet the cat.


Step 6: Turn off water and lather the cat with shampoo. It helps to sing songs. Soft Kitty…warm kitty…little ball of fur…wet kitty…soapy kitty….purr purr purr.


Step 7: If your face has not been ripped apart at this stage, keep going! You’re doing great! Rinse the kitty. This guy is particularly dirty. Gross brown water goes down the drain.

Step 8: Detach kitty from your clothes. Watch your face!


Step 9: Wrap kitty in a towel like an angry and wet burrito. An option is to blow dry. Again, watch your face.

Step 10: Offer more canned food as an offering of gratitude for not resorting to violence.


Congratulations! You have successfully bathed a cat! I know there are other 1-Step Guides to bathing cats (Step 1: Don’t do it), but you’re no quitter!

10:00pm Fold some laundry. Discover the End Cycle switch and turn it to OFF. Praise the Dryer gods!


10:15pm I give everyone a bedtime Milkbone.

10:20pm Pick my bunk mate for the night. I decide to double up with Aries & Sophie. They were rescued from a community where dogs had been packing up and creating a dangerous situation for the public. Unneutered males and females in heat is a dangerous combination!


10:25pm The girls go outside to check things out.

10:35pm I hear Rosie whining. I peek out the dog door and she is trying to figure out how to get out of her kennel. She hopped the fence after I had left this morning and ended up at the vet clinic down the road. She was swapped to a kennel with the top covered to prevent future escapes. She isn’t impressed.

10:55pm Bedtime. The girls are still outside exploring. I bundle up into a burrito (less angry and wet, unlike the cat) as the temperature dropped today. The dog doors are swaying in the wind.

11:00pm There is unrest in the Grey Cage O’ Doom. Someone is settling a score.

11:02pm Aries comes in for some snuggles.


11:05pm A cat in the Grey Cage O’ Doom is scratching against the plastic wall between us. They seem determined to get through.

11:10pm Aries out.

11:40pm Aries in.

12:00am Aries out.

12:14am Aries in.

12:28am Aries out.

12:37am Dogs bark.

12:52am Cats fight.

1:00am Jingle jingle jingle

1:30am Dogs whine.

1:48am Someone is banging on the dog door that is covered by the Kuranda bed. I move it thinking it is Sophie trying to get back in, but it is Aries, even though she has been through the other door what seems like 13490370574893 times, she thought she’d give the covered one a try. I try and put the Kuranda bed back in place and it falls on me. Almost got a bed leg in the face!

2:50am Aries is sprawled out on the bed. Sophie never came back inside. I stick my head out the dog door and call but she’s not nearby.


3:09am One of the cats is meowing away. Sounds rather sad. “Nobody knows the trouble I feel…MEOOOOW…Nobody knows my sorrow….MEOOOOOOOW.”

4:00am One of the dogs is chewing on something but I’m pretty sure no one has anything in their kennels they should he chewing on.

4:07am Someone is scratching. Thud thud thud.

5:30am Sophie finally makes her appearance inside!


5:37am Aries is SUPER cuddly. She gives me a face wash then settles down.


7:00am Time to get up. “Nooooo….5 more minutes!”


7:15am Jeff drops off our foster Winnie who has surgery this morning.


7:20am I put signs on cages of the dogs and cat going for neuters today to make sure they don’t get fed before surgery.

7:25am Breakfast Milkbones for the pooches before I head out.

7:35am Night #4 complete!


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #3

Temperature: -4 (Feels like -11)

Fundraising Total: $1095

8:45pm Arrive at the Shelter and meet the 6 new arrivals from a Northern Village Dump.



8:55pm Into the tub they go! They aren’t impressed.


9pm I let the white puppy out to stretch her legs. Mischief ensues. She plays with my slippers, finds a box of SOS pads on the shelf and strews them about.

9:30pm Puppies bathed. Dried off and put back in their kennels.

9:40pm I give Sasha a bath with medicated shampoo as she is recovering from a skin infection. She shares the puppies enthusiasm for baths.


9:50pm Sasha is dried and heads right back to her kennel. She wants as far away from me as possible.

9:55pm Jeff stops by with a bedtime snack and hot chocolate and visits with the puppy (and me…but mostly the puppy)


Because lets be honest, she’s pretty stinkin’ cute!

10:00pm We head to McDonald’s for some snacks for the pooches.


Me: “14 plain McDoubles Please.”

Cashier: “14?!”

Me:“Yes. 14.”

Cashier: “One moment please.”

Me: *silent shame*

Cashier: “Ok, 14 McDoubles. $24.84 Please.

I drive up to the window and pay.

Cashier: “I thought I heard you wrong. 14 McDoubles!”

Me: “Yes. But they aren’t for me. They are for the dogs at the shelter.

Cashier: *Looks at me skeptically*

Me: “No, really! They’re not for me. I’m not lying. I don’t eat meat!”

He laughs and I drive to the pick up window, grab 2 bags of burgers and head back to the shelter.

10:15pm I lied…they’re really all for me!



Just kidding…

Pup is the first to get her burger.


10:25pm Vaccinate and deworm the 2 new intakes Rosie & Golden Legs from up North and give them their McDoubles.




So many happy dogs! The butt wiggles are unreal!












11:00pm Jackie and John come to pick up the 6 dump puppies to transport them to AARCS (Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society) tomorrow since we don’t have enough local foster homes. We are so lucky to have a great network of Rescues to help when we get full! Which we are now! We have had 14 dogs/puppies come in since Tuesday!


11:10pm Jeff Leaves. I look for loose cats and find Splash on top of her Castle O’ Canned Food.


11:15pm Pick my sleeping buddy for the night. Omi! She came to us from the same community as Rocky and Brutus after she had been shot. She has had a couple of surgeries to repair her injuries but she is as good as new now!


11:25pm Omi heads out the dog door. She has access to the perimeter so I assume she is out exploring…or just being antisocial.

11:30pm Dogs bark. I left the radio too loud but I am already in my blanket cocoon. I will let the synthesizer of Loverboy lull me to sleep.

11:31pm The kid is hot tonight…woooahhh so hot tonight…

11:33pm I call Omi. The dogs bark at her and she is scared to come in. I get her inside and she bounces around on the bed and goes back outside. Not snuggler I guess!

11:45pm I wear my sunglasses at night….so I can, so I can….

11:47pm Washer drains…sunglasses at night…sunglasses at night

11:55pm I go to grab Rocky for a sleeping buddy then hear Omi whining outside the dog door. She seems to have trouble with it now that she’s on the opposite side of the building as her own kennel. “Door backwards! What do?!”

I help her in then she grabs my slipper and runs down the hallway. I bribe her back to bed with a cookie. Yes, I buy her love with food. Food is a very valuable currency.

12:00am We have some snuggles and she settles in at the foot of the bed.


12:05pm Omi has a drink and lays back down.


12:06pm Someone is either chewing on their feet or channeling their inner Darth Vader with their heavy breathing.

12:10pm A cat makes a weird warbly sound and then that distinctive upchuck noise. He’s gonna blow! I will tackle that mess in the morning.

12:12pm Omi goes outside. She can seem to work the in to out…but out to in…that’s a tricky one.

12:15am Washer end cycle chimes a beautiful melody. Much more delightful than the rude buzzing, attention seeking dryer.

12:16am Dogs bark.

12:23am Still barking.

1:00am They apparently have lots to say tonight.

1:30am The dogs finally settle down.

2:07am Jingle jingle jingle.

3:35am Kitty cat wrestling match. Sounds like a Kung Fu movie.

4:29am I check on Omi. She is laying on the floor. I didn’t hear her come in. I get her onto the bed.


4:35am I cough and hear the *thump thump thump* of a tail on the Kuranda bed. Coughing makes someone pretty happy!

6:30am The Grey Cage O’ Doom is really on to something. Instead of a regular alarm clock, they have a “smell-o-vision” version. They set their bowels to a specified time and the terrible smell is enough to wake a person out of a dead sleep. Smellarm Clock: Rise and Sniff. Patent Pending. And if that isn’t enough to wake you, the sound of them trying to bury their deposit for 10 minutes will be!

7:15am. Jingle jingle jingle.

7:30am Cats play with the circle ball toy thing. Not sure what it is called exactly, other than noisy.

7:45am Get up and feed the dogs and put some of them outside.

7:50am The identity of the late night vomiter has been revealed. Happy Feet! Clean up his mess and put laundry in the hamper.

8:00am I let the white puppy outside and clean her kennel.

8:10am White puppy eats breakfast.

8:25am I put puppy back in her kennel. Maybe tomorrow she will have a name!

8:30am Night #3 Complete!


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

Or Online


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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #2

Temperature: -4 (Feels like -9)
Fundraising Total: $850

9:30pm Arrive at the shelter. Let the new puppy out to stretch her legs. She was dropped off today.

9:35pm I check out the care package left from Karen while puppy checks out the garbage can. We both discover lots of treasures!


9:37pm I haul in foamies and bedding from Yvonne and Don.

9:40pm Paula stops by with Hot Chocolate. A girl sure feels loved! This is exactly why our shelter is so great. Everyone works together to make sure the animals (and Jills) in our shelter have everything they need to be happy and comfortable until they find homes. Thanks shelter family! ❤


9:45pm Paula helps me vaccinate the puppy. Silly girl thinks she is getting a treat. Sitting pretty for her vaccinations!


9:50pm I put together Bed 2.0: Now with Foamies! I notice my pillow disappeared. Strap on my headlamp and go searching thinking Rocky hauled it out the dog door.


9:55am Let the dogs outside.

10:00pm Paula leaves. I continue the search for my pillow. Nowhere to be found. Thankfully Yvonne and Don sent me with a spare! Perhaps the pillow got offended that I said it felt like it was full of rocks. Lesson learned. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. Or appreciate what you have or an inanimate object will grow legs and walk away out of spite. What a profound experience (I am so tired…)

10:10pm Let some cats out for a dance party complete with my own strobe light head lamp.

10:20pm Vaccinate and deworm some new intakes. Everyone takes their needles like a champ.

10:45pm I put the puppy in her kennel and turn off the lights. Hopefully she doesn’t cry! I put the cats away but have misplaced the new young grey female. They always turn up. I leave her kennel door open so she can go back in.

11:00pm I bring all the dogs in. Bedtime cookies for all!

11:10pm Pick my bunk mate for the night. Brutus! He came to us from a community North of Meadow Lake after he sustained nerve damage from being hit by a vehicle. His leg had to be amputated as he lost complete nerve function and was damaging it from hitting it on things. He has adjusted amazingly well to only having 3 legs. It certainly hasn’t slowed him down!


He is beyond excited.

11:22pm Bed time! Brutus finally settles down and lets out the best sigh. Ahhhh….


11:26pm Dryer buzzer. Litter box scratching.

11:31pm Dryer buzzer again. Heard you the first time, buzzzy mcbuzzerton. Someone in the Grey Cage O’ Doom is playing with a jingle ball. Fantastic.

11:36pm Dryer buzzer….again. That’s one attention seeking dryer.

11:37pm Jingle ball….Jingle ball…going to drive me mad…Who on earth gave them that toy….why are these cats so bad…ooooohhhhhh…

11:41pm Dryer buzzer. Hey!!! Hey!!! The laundry is dry! Why aren’t you acknowledging me!? Hellllllllllllllllloooooooooooooo!!!

12:03am Dogs whine and bark.

12:04am Someone eats their supper. Saving it for a midnight snack I guess.

12:15am Dogs are restless, whiny and barky. We had another new dog dropped off today and he’s adjusting.

12:19am Omi is barking like a nut. It is both adorable and annoying. She never barks. I assume she can see the kitten I couldn’t find.

12:25am I cough a lot but thankfully the dogs don’t answer the coughing call with barking.

12:50am Still coughing. One of the dogs is probably writing a blog of their own- “Stoopid Hooman is barking again. Does not know trying to sleep? Jerk.”

1:20am Jingle balls…we meet again. Still coughing. Ugh.

1:38am Dogs bark. But not for long. Brutus comes in for some snuggles.


2:00am One of the cats plays with an unidentified object. Almost sounds like a stick…pencil…wooden dowel. It’s time to play NAME THAT OBJECT!!!!

2:19am I hear another random noise. Dog licking its feet? Dog licking its butt? Dog scratching its ears? NAME THAT SOUND!! I can’t pin it down. It stops…but I will forever wonder…

2:30am My move my feet and my blankets are wet. I investigate and the new neighbor dog spilled water from his bucket. Good thing my blankets were there to absorb the mess! Chilly…

3:47am Brutus wakes up and starts wiggling.

3:52am Brutus settles down again.

4:00am Dogs bark but quickly settle down.

5:50am A cat is playing Dig Dug in the litter box.

6:07am Jingle jingle jingle. Scratch scratch scratch.

7:45am Time to get up. Brutus does not agree.


7:50am I put Brutus back in his kennel. I spot the elusive grey kitten.


8:05am Night #2 Complete!


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

Or Online

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Extreme Sleepover 4 – Night #1


It’s the most wonderful time of year! The snow is falling, Holiday music is playing, it’s the season of giving, and I have moved in with Northern Saskatchewan’s homeless dogs and cats!  I am currently sleeping over at the shelter until I raise $5000 for the the place hundreds of animals call their temporary home each year. So far in 2016, 400 animals have come through our doors, which is 100 more than last year! We have also had an increase in animals needing extensive medical care. As you can imagine an increase in animals and vet bills has put a financial strain on  our shelter. So we are hoping that by me experiencing a little bit of suffering, not a whole lot of sleep, and providing a glimpse into the night life of the shelter, that people will support our little shelter on the prairie and make a donation to allow us to continue to provide a safe place for animals to rest their heads while they wait for a forever home.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy! The Extreme Sleepover Shelter Edition has begun!

Temperature: -6 (Feels Like -9)
Fundraising Total: $500

8:00pm Arrive at the shelter. I let the dogs out in the back runs. If I have learned anything over the years it is that tired dogs are quiet dogs! (One can hope, anyway!)

8:05pm Head out to the shed to find some bed supplies. Drag in 2 garbage bags that feel like bed type things.


8:15pm Now to MacGyver this into a bed…Minus a MacGyver-esque explosion.


8:20pm I pick my bunk mate for the evening. Our long term Resident Rocky! He makes himself comfortable.



8:23pm I let Pip out to stretch her legs. We had tried her in a communal cage earlier this week but she just kept screaming at everyone who looked at her. That’s no way to make friends!

Weird…she likes Rocky!


8:30pm I fold some laundry and search for a pillow. I find one that feels like it is filled with rocks. It’ll have to do!

8:34pm I put laundry in dryer and go to grab a dryer sheet. The fake hand was on top and scared the beejesus out of me. I scream. (Fun Fact: I am the most easily startled person in the world.)


8:36pm Let the puppies out to play. They were picked up wandering in town on Wednesday but no one has come to look for them.


8:40pm I enter the Grey Cage O’ Doom to switch out the broken hammock for a new one that was donated today! This cage is intense!



Hammock replaced and the cats flock to it.


8:45pm I make my way out of the Grey Cage O’ Doom but I have a cling on.


8:49pm Puppies are too quiet. Catch them red handed busting into a bag of microchips.


8:52pm Put Pip back in her cage.

9:00pm Puppies are chilling with their chew sticks.


9:15pm Paula stops by and brings some snacks. Puppy investigates.


9:20pm I share some cheese. Puppies are grateful!


9:45pm I walk by the Grey Cage O’ Doom and have a good laugh! I think they need a bigger hammock! They wrecked their last one by piling all 7 of them into it until it finally broke.


9:50pm Bring the dogs inside and give everyone a bedtime treat. Paula leaves.

10:00pm Turn in for the night. Wishing I had remembered socks! It’s a bit chilly!


10:02pm A cat in the Grey Cage O’ Doom deposits one very fowl poo into the litter box.

10:03pm Splash is meowing. A couple of dogs groan and whine.

10:05pm Rocky goes outside starts a chorus of barking. Jerk.

10:07pm Cat fight in Grey Cage O’ Doom. One of the dogs waits until now to eat their supper. Crunch crunch crunch.

10:08pm Bark bark bark. Whine whine whine. Meow meow meow. Scratch scratch scratch.

10:13pm Rocky comes back inside. Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched?


10:16pm Rocky tries to get comfortable…much to my discomfort.


10:20pm I cough and start the dogs barking…crap. Left my cough syrup at home.

10:23pm The Grey Cage O’ Doom cats start playing with a garbage bag through the chain-link.

10:28pm The cats still play with the bag despite my failed attempts at shushing them and banging on the wall between us. I haul the garbage bag into my cage. Two can play at this game!


10:43pm Someone is trying to dig their way through the plastic barrier.

12:17am Cats are meowing away.

2:29am Someone coughs and it sounds like a person. That is slightly terrifying. It startles me out a dream I was having about mice crawling everywhere. Not feeling so confident about sleeping on the floor after that.

2:30am Rocky has been stuck to my side.


2:49am One of the dogs growls and sets off the others. Someone else digs into their supper. Crunch Crunch Crunch

4:10am Someone from the Grey Cage O’ Doom is meowing over and over and over….right in my ear. “Hey! Hey Lady! Hey! HEY! HEY LADY!”

5:30am Dogs across the hall are growling and start barking.

5:42am Scratch scratch scratch of the litter box.

5:43am And that repugnant smell follows close behind.

7:30am My alarm goes off. Rocky is still crashed out.


7:37am I crawl off the floor and Rocky settles himself on the bed.


7:40am I gather my clothes for the day and head out to get ready for work. I shake my fist at the Grey Cage O’ Doom on my way out.

7:50am Night #1 Complete!


If you’d like to donate to help me reach my fundraising goal of $5000 so I can get back to my warm bed, here’s how!

Donate by Mail
Box 944 Meadow Lake, SK S9X 1Y7

In Person at Meadow Lake Innovation Credit Union
 E-Transfer to (Please make password sleepover)

Or Online

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