Happy Spring Update 2018!
The new year brought a new family member to my household. “Mr. Orbit” was rescued from an extreme hoarding situation the Rogue Valley Humane Society (RVHS) stepped into handle. RVHS is one of the groups Patty Ann’s Pet Project supports. Over a 9 month period all 118! cats and several dogs were spayed/neutered, given vaccines and the necessary care before adopting out.
I had been wanting a play mate for my Lunar. Since losing our Toby last year, Lunar was quite lonely. I had thoughts about an orange kitty coming to us for sometime. At the first of the year I went online looking after a tell tale dream. And the last kitty I saw was ORANGE. I just had to go bring him home.
I learned of “Mr. Orbit’s” history when I adopted him. Born at this hoarding house, RVHS had treated him for everything under the sun, and he was still on meds. Told me that Orbit had been quite withdrawn. I knew he just needed the right place to blossom. I didn’t hesitate one second knowing he had a recovery path ahead.
Fate? Serendipity? I don’t believe in coincidences. The day I brought Mr. Orbit home just happened to be exactly 6 years to the date that I had adopted my TOBY from the exact same place! On the one hour trip home, I swear Toby was sitting in the passenger seat next to me grinning ear to ear.
It took two months before Mr. Orbit, and yes I actually named him that!, relaxed enough to come sit on my lap, let me pick him up and hold him. He now trusts the world once again. Much is credited to Lunar who welcomed his new buddy right off. Lunar taught Orbit how to play like a kitty, taught him cat manners, groomed and care took him from the get go! As Orbit has grown up it is evident he suffered a back end trauma. He is quite cow-hocked and has a bit of a hitch in his gait. But he doesn’t care, nor does he hurt. Orbit has grown out of most all of his mental trauma, although he retains a super cautious nature. Although my Patty Ann’s Pet Project does not rescue to re-home, I have adopted my furever family members through established rescues who do.
As for PattyAnn.net and publishing news I have continued to scrutinize my product line and pay closer attention to sales figures and trends. This caused me to create a few more Ethics Activities Teacher products for middle and high school. My lesson products continue to be my strongest sellers.
As well I finally got around to doing SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for my PattyAnn.net website. This is an area I simply put on the back burner due to time constraints. Typically I do all of my own work, except editing. But, sometimes it’s wise to hire in an expert to cut down the learning curve. And so I hired an SEO consultant to make recommendations and point me in the right direction. To which set me to doing SEO updates for the last few weeks. SEO is a whole education in itself. Lots to learn- and do- to make a website noticed. But, it will happen over time. However, for now I got one more ball rolling.
This year will be a time to step back and look at the big picture for Patty Ann books, PattyAnn.net website and the future of Patty Ann’s Pet Project. My book writing adventure started with one book uploaded to Amazon in 2012. From there my publishing path has branched into several niches. I do believe a part of business building is a journey to share with others. Some of my publishing lessons are shared in my books. However, I have also began creating tips, updates, and FYI notes through my BLOGworthy notes.
So stay tuned as my book- and pet project trots on!
And, don’t forget to stop and smell the Spring Flowers!
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