Welcome to Ruis' new blog! Here he continues (photo-)writing about his Dutch cat- and dog family, online adventures with his friends and other things that come to mind. ~ the staff.

CCSI V on Air!

NOW playing at Sassy’s!

CCSI V poster by The Cat Realm

graphic by Karl

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More CCSI News…

Only one night to sleep –- then CCSI V goes on air at Sassy’s!!

newspaper CCSI crew & cast

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CCSI News!

Months of hard work, hundreds of emails back and forth at the CCSI board, and now it’s almost there… The fifth CCSI show!

CCSI V poster by Karl at The Cat Realm

graphic by Karl

Go to Sassy for cast & crew details and keep your agenda free for the show at Wednesday and Thursday!

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Wheely Saturday with Taylor…

and Myrna, Asta and Buzzer.

My doggy sister Taylor has a wheelchair!
Due to her age my sister suffers from osteoarthritis, it started with stiffness and soreness in her hind legs, but after her stroke in February it got worse and the medicines she gets are not helping enough.

I talked about it with my husband Karl and he told me about Zed, the dog of the maid’s best friend. Zed got paralyzed when he was 14 years old, but he enjoyed life so much that he happily walked his last 2 years in a wheelchair.
Taylor became 14 years last month and she also loves life. Only the pain… To make her enjoy and live her life again the staff ordered a special doggy wheelchair for her. Last Sunday, on the way for Mother’s day they picked it up in Rotterdam.

The next day was Taylor’s first day on wheels,
but she did not one step…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

…she was just standing still and calling for Myrna.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

Immediately I emailed my friend Asta in NYC and asked if she and Myrna would like to help Taylor.
Myrna is Asta’s wheely sister and an absolute expert on wheels! And Asta can cheer up every dog and cat in world!

They said YES!!

Because Taylor still felt uncomfortable and stood still, Asta and Myrna tried to break the ice.

Taylor's wheelchair

photo by Asta

The cheering helped, Taylor laughed and started to walk, but still very difficult.
After a few meters walking they saw the problem and Myrna asked Taylor to stop so she and Asta could do some adjustments on the chair.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

After 10 stressful and hot minutes they had the chair and wheels in balance. Taylor started walking again. And she ran —  until she stopped again, they found something…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

A few moments later Taylor, Myrna, Asta and Buzzer were again running.

And now Taylor did not stop! She was running and rolling, and rolling and running…

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

When they finally were home they went to sleep right away.
An hour later, before dinner, the staff took them out for a walk and swim. And while Asta and Buzzer were soon busy with a piece of a tree they found, Myrna was still in her coaching role to help Taylor, but scaring of water she also was a little afraid.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

But swimming is for Taylor a piece of cake. Without wheels, of course.
And after learned so much from Myrna about walking with wheels she felt good to do something back and gave Myrna a swimming lesson.

Wheelly Saturday with Taylor

Taylor is so much more comfortable with her wheelchair thanks to Myrna, she’s walking better each new day.

I really enjoyed my friends visit for personal reasons, too. I see Asta often at work (CCSI) and parties, and the first time I met Myrna for real was at her wedding with Gilbert. I am so thankful that they came to the Netherlands and wanted to help my sister. This was their first visit to Limburg, and hopefully not the last…

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo

graphic by Karl &amp Ruis

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