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Autobiography of a Former Shelter Cat

I’m Back: Monday Meowsie News


So sorry to have to wait to post…we are now reconnected…

Without waiting any longer…here is what’s happening today… a good woofie furriend asked me if I would do an interview with him to help others’ learn about his rescue story AND to encourage everyone to consider buying his new book which tells all about his incredible rescue and his journey to his furrever home.

Mom and I just read the book and we LOVED IT…here is what we thought was the very best:

  • It is written by my woofie furriend himself
  • This book is great for all ages…so think about gifting it to some of the young humans you know…help them learn about how to treat companion animals
  • All earnings from the sale of this book goes toward supporting animal rescue groups

We were NOT ASKED to do a book review but we wanted to share our pleasure in reading this story.  So without further words…let me introduce my guest interviewee for REAL RESCUE DOGS ARE TALKING: LIFE CHANGING INTERVIEWS WITH SAVANNAH




Savannah:  Arrwooooo…and play bows Kuruk!!

Ku:   Helloooowoooowoooo Savannah! Thank yoooowooowooooo furr having me here!

Savannah: Oh Ku, this is totally my pleasure! I luvluvluv your “Haiku by Ku” bloggy!  And of course you know I won your bad poetry contest you co-sponsored with our furriend Oz the Terrier…ahem…koff, koff…*pink ears* I won for the Kittys’ Worst Poem…but…let’s move right along…

Tell us Ku…how did you come to live with your Mom and pack mates?

Ku:  Woooooo Savannah…your poem was the winner paws down!  Now, my story…

It was a long journey. I was born in a puppy mill in Alaska. My pack was about 170 strong, but we were stuck on 4 foot chains and couldn’t run, run, run like we wanted tooowoowoooo. We didn’t have enough food or water either, so we often lived on snow. Then some people came and took us to a shelter, and not long after that me and three of my pack flew (on an actual airplane!!!) to Seattle where I lived with a foster Mama for a little while. Then one day my Mama showed up with my soon-to-be big brother Simba. She loved me at first sight and took me home. Woooooowooooooo!

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I’ve been with my Mama for a little over 2 years now. I’m 3 and a ½ to 4 years old. I don’t remember my actual birth date, but Mama picked the date of the puppy mill raid as my re-birthday, so I will celebrate my 4th re-birthday on January 11th.

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Savannah: Woo had a tough start to life Ku…what was hardest ’bout coming to live with your Mama?

Ku: It all was a challenge! I had no human socialization as a puppy. After my rescue I’d avoid all contact unless I needed to get food, but still no touching! Mama worked very hard and consistently with me. I knew she loved me even though I’d barely let her touch me at first. After the first week in my new home, I’d wake up in the middle of the night to give Mama a kiss while she was sleeping and then go back to bed. I wanted to tell her I love her too, but was too anxious and shy to tell her when she was awake.

After about 6 months I wasn’t afraid of cars driving by, I’d let some people pet me, Mama could hug me, kiss me, pick me up, give me neck and back massages (I’d ask for those!), and even sit and lie down with me. I was still anxious around children, bicycles, and some strangers, but ever since then those don’t bother me now.

The only thing I that really makes me anxious now is bouncing balls. They are scary!!! I am sometimes still shy around strangers, and I prefer to approach them first instead of them trying to put their hand on me. I am always very sweet though and have never been aggressive. Wise brother Simba taught me to always be kind.

It also helped when sistah Nalle joined the pack about a year and a half ago. Nalle is NOT shy at all, so she shows me every day that people are ok.


p.s. I still don’t like my tail being brushed, but Mama does it anyways. Woo!

Savannah: I know your big brofur Simba was such a pawsome role model…(Savvy reaches a paw over to give Ku soft pats)…and I know he had to make his trip to North of The Bridge not long after you arrived.  So how did your Mama take over helping you work through your fears?

Ku: Mama slowly would expose me to more and more things. Everything was new at first. As I got somewhat comfortable with one thing (like being petted), she expose me to something new (like sitting on the floor with my paws on her lap).

Savannah: Your Mama was very wise to only introduce new things a bitty bit at a time…go on…woo some more for us purrlease…

Ku: It’s taken over 2 years, but Mama says I am light years better. I think that’s a whole lot! I just have a little shyness if strangers approach me, but sometimes I will approach them first. A treat from a stranger helps me to trust them faster though! Nalle is always there too, so she helps if I am shy. She wants all the attention anyways so she can ask for tummy rubs!

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Savannah: MOL!  No tummy rubs from strangers for me either Ku.  Do woo have any advice for humans thinking about adopting an adult woofie?

Ku: Rescuing a puppy or kitty is a wonderful responsibility! Our past may have been ruff, but all we need to move forward along the path of recovery is a safe home, patience, affection, and love. Oh treats are good toooowooowoooooo!

Savannah:  This was great!  Any last thought or words of wisdom you want to share?

Ku: Like you already said Savannah,  I wrote a book to raise money for animal rescue and animal welfare. If you’d like to learn more about the story of my rescue and healing journey, you can purchase my book by clicking HERE.

Thank yooowooowooooo Savannah for interviewing me! Nose kissies toooyoooowooowoooooo! Wuv, Ku

WOW! That Kuruk is a real success story!  And Ku is Pawing It Forward with his book…


Thank you for coming by to read my interview with Kuruk.  I am so sorry I had to post so late today…

Paw Pats, Savannah

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42 thoughts on “I’m Back: Monday Meowsie News

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  2. I just love Ku, he is so handsome (but don’t tell Gizmo I said so!)

  3. spittythekitty on said:

    The next time your Mom & Dad come over they can bring you and we’ll all go out to Sutro Baffs. Maybe we can push our Peeps in the ocean and see if they can swim???

  4. Oh, Savannah. I didn’t think that I could possibly love Ku any more, but your interview has made me fall even more deeply. So sweet. 🙂

  5. great interview Savvy he was great fun at my party too!xx Speedy

  6. Lovely Savannah, may I have pawmission to copy this Interview to my Interview page? Wooooooos and xx, Ku

  7. mbavaresco on said:

    Wow! Thanks to share this awesome interview!!!!!!

  8. We just met Kuruk and Nalle in a video on another blog. They are both stunning woofies., and your interview was exceptional, as usual, Savvy. Mom’s going to check and see if the book would be appropriate for her 8-year-old niece who loves to read and loves dogs. Thanks for coming to our birthday pawty today. We hope for us and for Kuruk’s book that we both raise lots of $$ for the animals who need help. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Misty May, Mauricio, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  9. Savannah,
    That was a terrierific interview of the fabulous Ku! His story is amazing and I am so glad he is sharing it so others may learn that it is a great thing to adopt a doggie!
    *high paws*

  10. That was a great interview, Savannah. I have made mum download the book while I looked over her shoulder!!! xox

  11. Molly The Wally on said:

    The Cult of Otis has nominated your blog for my share it Sunday. You don’t have to do anything just email me a link to the post you’d like me to host this Sundayas my guest. I am at mollyDOTthewallyATbtinternetDOTcom. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

    • OMC!!!*throws paws in the air then covers open mouth* Leader Otis nominated MEEEEE!!…*kerplop!*…ahem, oh dear, excuse me…I must have tripping…no, no…I wasn’t fainty at all Mom…seriously. Ok, I will pick out a post I really liked doing and send it to you. THANK YOU!!

  12. Hi Savvy !
    It was a pawsome interview you made with Ku !

  13. That was a great interview and a great story Savvy.

  14. Another brilliant interview!!

  15. Great interview Savannah! I have the book downloaded now I need to read it. What a journey in life. Glad you found your forever home Kuruk.

  16. spittythekitty on said:

    That was such a wonderful interview Savannah–I *almost* forgotted Ku was a woofie…..almost. Be he is a furry Handsome Boy–at a good, respectful distance, MOL! I’m sure glad he found such a great furever home. XOXOXOX

  17. In addition to being smart, Kuruk is also a gorgeous doggie!

  18. What a great feel-good post! Kuruk is an adorable woofie!

  19. Who! A dog who writes Haiku and books too! (That was a rhyme. MOL! I’m glad they raided that puppy mill. there’s so many books I’d like TW to get for me.

  20. Kuruk has quite an amazing story. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  21. Kuruk is such a handsome woofie! Thanks for interviewing him, Savvy, so we could learn his story. And what a story it is. We’re so glad he was rescued!

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  23. What a great interview Savvy! What a brave boy Kuruk is and what a tough beginning he had. We’re happy that he has found a furever home and mom that loves him.

    Emma and Buster

  24. mollieandalfie on said:

    Ku and his family we adore, we are so glad we found their bloggy 🙂 great interview as alawys savvy xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  25. Great interview, Savannah. What a great looking dog and writer and such a big heart..Pawsome! Pawkisses 🙂

  26. Mags Corner on said:

    Another super great interview sweet Savannah. We really enjoyed reading ku’s story we are so happy that he now has a wonderful, loving forever home and will never be neglected or mistreated ever again. He is a handsome woofie and what a sweet face. Hugs and nose kisses

  27. What a wonderful interview, Savvy! We think Ku is awesome, and we loved learning more about how he and Nalle came to live with their Mom. And for rescuing them, we think their Mom is awesome, too. 🙂

  28. Katie Isabella on said:

    I read every word and I loved being introduced to that sweet Woofie. Thank goodness he was rescued! xxoo

  29. We love hearing stories about puppy mill resxcues. Our shelter does tons of that, too (sadly Missouri is the #1 puppy mill state). So we know up close & purrsonal how hard it is to resocialize these sweet pups. So glad Ku’s story ended up as it did!

  30. That’s a great interview, Savannah! I already love Ku and his haiku. It was nice to learn more about him. He was lucky to find such love and patience. I’m putting his book on my list.

  31. mistletoeandhitch on said:

    Wonderful interview, Savannah! We are so glad we got to meet Kuruk and learn about his story.

  32. Yow Yow let me beez da ferst to say ‘What a pawsum interview!!’ Kuruk ya shure had a bery ruff beginnin n have come such a long way..not just in milez but emoshunally too!! Me iz a puppy mill kitteh so me can reelate to what ya went thru’. It took me Mum a totall of 6 yearz to get me to bee as calm n snugglee as me iz now…altho very few peeple are alloud to toch me n ONLY Mum can stroke me belly or kiss me!! As she waz da Hu’man who gave me diz pawsum new Life she getz speshell priveelegdez 😉
    Well dun on pawin da book to Kuruk…ya iz so tallented as well as gorgeeuss too!!!
    Phankz fer lettin me Haiku wi YU me sweet KU!!
    Lub n admirashun Nylablue n Sherriellen xoxo

  33. We love Ku and his Haiku poetry……he’s such a gorgeous dog and has such a wonderful story with a happy ending personally so I’m sure his book is fabulous! I consider him a furrrriend and he and his family actually live in my newly assigned by King Spitty territory as Viceroy of Potrero Hill !!! Ku and his ani-family are going to assist me. YAY!

    Kitty Hugs, Sammy

  34. Thank yooowoooowooooo Savannah! The delay was worth it! 😉

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