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Maggie Rivers | Pet Photo Gallery


I've always loved pets.  As a child growing up, I had eight Beagle Hounds, one German Shepherd, three cats and one squirrel monkey - all at the same time!  Bless my parents for putting up with that menagerie.  I now have a micro-mini teacup chihuahua named Mouse.  Here are a few photos of her.

Photo of Mouse in tea cupMouse Asleep by chair caster 






Next, are photos of pets sent to me from my readers.  If you'd like your pet added, just e-mail or snail mail a photo to me with info about them.

Elliot - Chase and Adrienne - Illinois


This is Elliot.  He is the proud owner of Chase and Adrienne from Illinois.





Avery - Chase and Adrienne - Illinois


This little guy is Avery.  He also belongs to Chase and Adrienne from Illinois.  He was a rescue puppy and I do believe he's found a forever home with Chase and Adrienne.




Miss Lilly


This is Miss Lilly.  Miss Lilly belonged to Kerry in Northfield, MN.





GracieAlivia Studt really wanted a kitten for Christmas so in 2010 Santa brought Gracie. In reality a friend of Alivia's mom had kittens who needed a home. They were wanting a female and fell in love with Gracie's picture. So they adopted Gracie into their family and Gracie is loved so much. Gracie is lucky and has found her forever home.







Renee's Azriel from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

This is Azriel.  She's 9 and belongs to Renee in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Renee raised her for an entire year before her dauther married and took Azriel to live with her. But when Renee's daughter had a baby, Azriel became jealous and had to be returned to Renee.  Renee says it took a year for Azriel to settle back down to the sweet cat she was in the beginning.



Bear and Lady

Bear (the bigger one) and Lady (the smaller one) belong to Sara of Des Moines, Iowa.  Sara says she wouldn't miss a chance to show off her "Hollywood-cute" babies. 





Beau - Cheryl - Des Moines, IAThis is Beau.  Beau was adopted along with his cellmate, Conner, by Cheryl in Des Moines, Iowa.  Sadly, Beau passed away a year after he came to live with Cheryl and the rest of the gang.  Click here to see Beau's "Remembrance" page.




This is Brennel, a stray who found Renee in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  He tried to bite at first but now fits right in with the rest of Renee's zoo.  Brennel appears to be around 3, has a zany yowl and gets under your feet when you walk.  Renee thinks Brennel must have been an inside cat as he's well mannered inside.  He has beautiful piercing green eyes and his coat is bold black stripes on a gray background.


Renee's Bristle from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

This is Renee's Bristle.  Sadly, Bristle passed away in 2010 at the age of 16.






Charlotte the Goose and baby chicksCharlotte the goose belongs to Richard of Huxley, Iowa.  For the past five years it seems every Spring Charlotte lays unfertilized eggs in a nest and sits on them for three weeks with no results - until this Spring.  No, the unfertilized eggs didn't hatch.  This Spring one of Richard's chickens layed two eggs in Charlotte's nest and Charlotte hatched the baby chicks.  Now, she thinks they're hers.  She's very protective of them and they follow her everywhere. 


Cindy's Cheyenne from Nashville, Tennessee

This is Cindy and Cheyenne from Nashville, Tennessee.  Cindy is my niece and she loves horses.






Cisco - Cheryl - Des Moines, Iowa Cisco chose his owner, Cheryl of Des Moines, Iowa.  The night before Cheryl attended a sale, she dreamed of a black horse with white socks on its back feet.  When she walked into the sale barn, the first horse she saw was Cisco.  He stood looking her in the eye, while ignoring the friends that had arrived with Cheryl, as if to say "What took you so long!" 






Conner - Cheryl - Des Moines, IAConner is Cheryl's "little dog".  She says that because he came as a set of two and Conner was the smaller.  At the shelter where Cheryl found him, he had a cellmate who outweighed him by 30 pounds and stood 6 inches taller.  Conner flashed those puppy dog eyes at Cheryl that said "Take me" and his cellmate "Beau" said "Take me, too" so Cheryl ended up with 200 pounds of dog. 


Peggy's Harley from Des Moines, Iowa

This is Peggy's Harley from Des Moines, Iowa.  Harley is now deceased.   Click here to see Harley's "Remembrance" page.





Harley and Lucy - Peggy, Des Moines

This is Harley with his best girl, Lucy.  Harley belonged to Peggy from Des Moines, Iowa.  You can read a poem to Harley on his page (link above).





Indigo from Renee, Tuscaloosa

This is Indigo from Renee in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.   Indigo is 10 and was found in a truck motor where Renee worked.  Nobody could get their arms inside the motor to get him except Renee.  He had cancer several yaers ago and lost one of his back legs, but he gets along just fine.  He can still catch a ground squirrel! Indigo passed away in 2010.



Angie's Jessie - Des MoinesThis fellow is Jessie.  He belongs to Angie in Des Moines, Iowa.











Keyser - Heather - Des Moines

 This is Keyser.  He is from Des Moines, Iowa and belongs to Heather.  As you can see, Keyser is partial to the bathroom sink.





Miss Kitty - Renee - Tuscaloosa

This is Renee's Miss Kitty from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Miss Kitty is a 3 year old calico.  She was found living in a paint store in Tuscaloosa.  The store owner needed to find a home for her, so they called Renee.  One of the store's customers had told them that Renee took in strays.  Miss Kitty was pitiful, flea bitten, and malnourished.  As you can tell, she's healthy and happy.  Renee named her Miss Kitty because her coloring reminded Renee of Amanda Blake's red hair on Gunsmoke. 


Magoo and Bibi

Magoo (the bigger one) and Bibi (Buddha Belly Booger Baby) belong to Sara of Des Moines, Iowa.






Peggy's Molly with no hairThis is Molly.  She was 5 years old when she was taken to the Animal Rescue League in Des Moines.  Molly's hair was so matted she had to be shaved - thus the naked picture.  Now she has a beautiful coat.Molly with Hair She loves to play with all of the cat toys Peggy has gotten for her.  Peggy says she doesn't think Molly had ever had toys before.  Molly has a very loud strident voice and makes her wishes well known.

Peggy got her in April, 2007.  Molly has many fears - the main one being she doesn't like to be restrained in any way.  She panics.  Molly is getting used to her playmates and as you can see, she's now a happy, healthy cat.


Vernon's Pearl - Benton, Louisianna This is Vernon's Pearl from Benton, Louisianna.







Rascal - Renee - Tuscaloosa

Say hello to Rascal.  Rascal belongs to Renee from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.   Rascal, 14, and her sister were found in the middle of the road where someone just threw them out.  Renee happened to come along and saw them.  She stopped and the little things ran toward her.  She just couldn't leave them there so they now reside with the rest of the critters at Renee's.



Riley (deceased) Angie - Des Moines

This is Riley.  Little Riley is now deceased.  Click here to read Riley's "Remembrance" page. 





Sam - the Samurai Cat - Cheryl - Des Moines

Sam, the Samurai Cat, was also another shelter find for Cheryl of Des Moines, Iowa.  She'd gone to the shelter to look at another cat she'd found on-line but when she got there, there was Sammy, turning on his back and waving his paws out the side of hte cage to get her attention.  It worked!  The Samurai Cat comes from boldly walking into his new home where he was greeted by 200 pounds of dog and promptly pronounces the house his. 

Simpkin - Heather - Des Moines

 This is Heather's Simpkin from Des Moines, Iowa.   Simpkin is Keyser's playmate.





Socks - Renee - Tuscaloosa

Say hello to Socks.  Socks belongs to Renee from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Socks, (8) was living in the wild when he came to live at Renee's house.  It took Renee and her husband three months to get their hands on Socks.  Now you couldn't run him off if you tried! 




Sparky-Peggy-Des Moines

This is Sparky.  Sparky survived the floods of 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Sparky's owners lived in the Birdland Marina area and their home was completely flooded.  They are presently living in a motel and Sparky had to be taken in by the Animal Rescue League.  His owners miss him terribly.  The Animal Rescue League called Peggy and asked if she could foster a cat in an emergency situation and of course Peggy went right out and picked up Sparky.  When she first got him home, she put him in a room all to himself.  He ate the cat food she had out for him and then just stretched out on the floor, possibly just grateful for the peace and quiet.  Peggy's other two cats, Molly and Lucy, aren't all that happy about the whole situation.  Lucy hisses and growls some but mainly just has a funny sour look on her face.  Peggy reminded Molly that it was only a year ago that she was homeless herself.  Peggy says it doesn't seem to have had an impact on Molly though.  Sparky is 6 years old and weighs 13 1/2 pounds.

Sophie - Angie - Des Moines

This is Sophie.  She belongs to Angie from Des Moines, Iowa.








Spooky and Sissy - Renee - Tuscaloosa

This is Spooky and Sissy, now 1, were tiny kittens when Renee from Tuscaloosa, got them.  Renee and her neighbor, Teri, tried for three months to catch them.  They were in a rain culvert at Yellow Creek in Northern Tuscaloosa County.  As it was the fall of the year, Renee knew it would be raining soon so the rescue called for some fancy foot work.  They tried traps, food, you name it.  But what got those little kittens caught was a leaf blower!  Renee and her neighbor tied a sack on one end of the culver and Renee's husband, James, took the leaf blower to the other end.  All James did was crank the blower and out the kittens scurried, right into the sack.  Both are still shy of people, but they'll let Renee pet them.  Spooky is the gray one and got her name because she spooks easily.  She is most afraid of people and very unpredictable.  Sissy is coming around and will probably be a great cat some day.Teri - Angie - Des Moines

This is Angie's Teri from Des Moines, Iowa.









This is Twinkles.  He belongs to Renee from Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Twinkles is now 3 and was found by Renee's son at a local boat landing.  Someone had thrown him out.  Renee took Twinkles to the vet.  He still had his baby teeth.





Maggie - my namesakeThis little cutie is my namesake, Maggie.  Isn't she adorable.  She belongs to one of my writing students here in Des Moines.






  This is Missy.  She belongs to Chandra Mondo.  Chandra says "This is my horse Missy! We went up to see her in Northern Iowa and it was like meeting my best friend after years of searching.  She's the driving force behind Missy's Miracle and my muse.  Out of 8 babies, all 8 of them were fillies.  She can smile, bow and say no."







  Princess NaniThis is Princess Leinani.  "Nani" as she was lovingly called, belonged to Janine Rowe.  Nani is now deceased.  To read her story on her "Rememberance" page, click here.







KikiMiss Waikiki (Kiki) is Janine Rowe's youngest little girl.  She just turned 2.  Janine got her from a cat rescue (as you read in Nani's story), a couple months after losing Nani.  The weird thing about this story is something she just realized about a month ago as she was talking to her friend Marla at her house.  Marla quickly pulled up the kitten files and started going through dates.  When she read it to Janine, both of them got shivers like they knew something magical had happened.  Kiki came into the rescue on the 10th of June in 2012.  This is the day Nani first started showing signs of her heart failing.  After multiple tests and draining of fluids from around her heart, Nani was put to sleep on the 14th when she was really starting to suffer.  Now, Kiki has picked up a lot of the same traits that Nani had, so Janine believes this rescue was set up by Nani.  Kiki is a silly little girl who is always entertaining Janine and making her laugh.  Kiki reigns as the new princess in the house.  After adopting Kiki, Janine started helping the rescueand is now part of the rescue and helps do the fundraising.  Kiki often is the stand in model for their online auctions.  She has modeled a bandana, a tie and a dress.  And, often she just sticks her nose in whatever Janine is taking pictures of.

PeleNamed after the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele (because of her fiery red color), is Janine Rowe's first rescue cat.  She was tossed out of a car driving down the road into heavy traffic in front of the automotive repair shop Janine's husband was working at back then.  One of his co-workers saw it happen and hollered for him to help since he was scared of cats and he knew Russ, Janine's husband, loved them.  Her husband braved the passing cars to help get Pele off the road and avoid getting hit.  She was lucky, only bruised and a banged up leg.  She was only 2 months old at the time.  She was almost called Mercedes after running from Russ trying to save her and hopping up under the motor of a Mercedes in the parking lot.  Janine enjoys her Hawaiian-themed names, so the little kitten became Pele.  She just turned 3 this past week.  Janine didn't plan on keeping her, but couldn't find a home.  She's glad they kept her.  She's a good girl.  She's terrified of people and doesn't like being touched for long.  But, who wouldn't be scared of people after that bad start to her life.  They believe she may be part Maine Coon because of her size and fur.


PonoThis is Janine Rowe's little man Kapono.  They call him Pono.  He will be 12 this fall.  He is a Devon Rex.  She got him as a playmate for Leinani and calls him the velcro cat because he always has to be held.  He thinks he is a dog and has to greet guests when they come over demanding to be pet or held.  If someone ignores him, he will try to climb them.  



ZoeThis is Wanda Whitley Simmons' Zoe.  She's 8 yrs old and spoiled rotten.  Zoe was a shelter baby barely 5 weeks old when Wanda adopted her.  She is strictly an inside kitty and very protective of her Mommy.  She likes to sleep on Wanda's head at night. She has a favorite blankie and wants in folded a certain way and will look at you until you do!!





Mr. Blume with Miss ScarlettAndi O'Lena Blume was downsized from her job in 2009. While she was old enough to retire she wasn't ready at that time. She searched for jobs but never came up with one. She knew it was her age holding her back.  Her husband saw her struggle and began searching for a puppy. He found Miss Scarlett O'Hara on Puppyfind.com and showed her picture to Andi. She was so cute and Andi thought they needed to go see her. On the day they went to the breeder's home (it was important to them that she not come from a Puppy Mill) to see her they both fell head-over-heels for her. They had to wait until she was old enough to adopt and could hardly wait to get her. Andi believes the match was "made in heaven" for the 3 are so compatible and Miss Scarlett O'Hara brings much joy to their home. 

Miss Scarlett O'HaraThis is Miss Scarlett O'Hara.  She belongs to Andi O'Lena Blume.  She was adopted into the family.





Miss Scarlett O'HaraAnd this is Andi O'Lena Blume's Miss Scarlett O'Hara at age 5.


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