Two items I vowed never to have in our bipetual home; 1) doggie potty pads, and 2) a pet gate. Potty pads were never necessary since Baylie was so easy to potty train, but I succumbed to the use of a pet gate. Why now, you ask, even though Baylie is past her rambunctious puppy stage? The foremost reason we decided to consider using a pet gate was not so much to corral Baylie, but rather to provide Smoki some degree of privacy without shutting her off from the other rooms of the house.
Most of you have heard Baylie’s rescue story but may not be aware of how Baylie’s feline sister, Smoki, became a member of our family.
Smoki came into our lives on June 15, 2001. She is a Southern Belle born in Mobile, Alabama, to a cat of a family acquaintance. Obviously, they knew no more about cats than we as they misjudged her age as being much older. When Smoki was brought to us, I knew right away she was very young; probably no more than four weeks old and not yet weaned. We knew she should not have been taken from her mother at such a young age but were determined to make sure she was healthy, well fed and happy.