Saturday, November 21, 2009

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Shirts will be available online for sale very soon. Please send in orders right now if you are interested in any. All profits go towards the rescue. 

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Friday, November 20, 2009

A Letter from a Shelter Manager

"I think our society needs a huge "Wake-up" call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all...a view from the inside if you will. 

First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the "back" of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don't even know. 

That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it's not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there's about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are "owner surrenders" or "strays", that come into my shelter are purebred dogs. 

The most common excuses I hear are; "We are moving and we can't take our dog (or cat)." Really? Where are you moving too that doesn't allow pets? Or they say "The dog got bigger than we thought it would". How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? "We don't have time for her". Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! "She's tearing up our yard". How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me "We just don't want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she'll get adopted, she's a good dog". 

Odds are your pet won't get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn't full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don't, your pet won't get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the "Bully" breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. 

Those dogs just don't get adopted. It doesn't matter how 'sweet' or 'well behaved' they are. 

If your dog doesn't get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn't full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don't have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment. 

Here's a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being "put-down". 

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to "The Room", every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it's strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the "pink stuff". Hopefully your pet doesn't panic from being restrained and jerk. I've seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don't just "go to sleep", sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves. 

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You'll never know and it probably won't even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can't get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work. 

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter. 

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes. 


Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say "I saw this and it made me want to adopt". THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT"

Written: 2009-11-09
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Meet Noah the puppy: Our new "Sponsor an Animal" face.

Noah a 3.5 month old ‘designer breed’ Shipoo (Shi-Tzu x Poodle) puppy is a sad case of for-profit breeding. Noah came from a backyard breeder. They are like puppy mills, without the rabbit cages (for the most part) but still without any regard to the animal’s life or quality of life. Noah fell sick, was brought to a vet and diagnosed with Parvo Virus. Parvo virus is an aggressive deadly disease that young pups and specific breeds are susceptible to. It is vaccinated against with basic shots to prevent it, which is much cheaper than the 1000$ to treat. Unfortunately because of this (preventable) disease, Noah was facing euthanasia. Thankfully the compassionate veterinarian seeked help and Noah was saved, and now under intensive treatments. He is young, and this disease is very tough to fight off. Noah is a tough little guy and we are positive he will be able to pull through this.

Nov 20th 2009 - Treatments started: Noah has started his intensive treatments to fight the disease. He is on I.V fluids and a cocktail of drugs to suppress his gastro intestinal conditions. As of right now his current condition is very bad; he is having bloody diarrhea, vomiting blood, low white blood cell counts, lethargic, and no appetite. Basically right now he is barley alive. We are hoping he responds quickly to treatments. He may need plasma transfusions if his blood protein and white blood cells levels drop anymore. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Is This Dog Good With Kids?

Is This Dog Good With Kids?

Very few dogs dislike kids. What dogs dislike is being sat on, hit, poked, carried around like a stuffed toy, having their ears and tails pulled, or being otherwise abused. Would you like these things? Probably not. Be aware: Abuse is still abuse, whether the perpetrator means it that way or not. A puppy who is tossed into the air and injured has been abused, whether the tosser is an adult or an unsupervised two year-old. So rather than ask a rescuer, "Is this dog good with kids?", ask yourself the following:

  1.  Have I taught my child that animals are sentient beings with feelings?
  2. Have I taught my child to treat animals with respect?
  3. Is my child old enough to understand that he is capable of hurting an animal? And that an animal who is being hurt is not at fault for defending itself?
  4. Have I arranged to give my pet a safe place in our home where my child may not approach him?
  5. Is my child old enough to recognize a pet as a responsibility, not a toy?
  6. Am I committed to constantly supervising all interaction between my very young child and our pet?

If you answered "Yes" to every question, you're ready to introduce a pet to your family. If the answer to even one question is "No", you need to consider waiting until your child is a more appropriate age.

Source: helpsaveone from MO Pug Rescue

"A Heartless Job" - Please Read

"Yes, I Gas Dogs and Cats for a Living. I'm an Animal Control officer in a very small town in central North Carolina. I'm in my mid thirties, and have been working for the town in different positions since high school. 

There is not much work here, and working for the county provides good pay and benefits for a person like me without a higher education. I'm the person you all write about how horrible I am. 

I'm the one that gasses the dogs and cats and makes them suffer. I'm the one that pulls their dead corpses out smelling of Carbon Monoxide and throws them into green plastic bags. But I'm also the one that hates my job and hates what I have to do. 

First off, all you people out there that judge me, don't. God is judging me, and I know I'm going to Hell. Yes, I'm going to hell. I wont lie, it's despicable, cold, cruel and I feel like a serial killer. I'm not all to blame, if the law would mandate spay and neuter, lots of these dogs and cats wouldn't be here for me to gas. I'm the devil, I know it, but I want you people to see that there is another side to me the devil Gas Chamber man. 

The shelter usually gasses on Friday morning. 

Friday's are the day that most people look forward to, this is the day that I hate, and wish that time will stand still on Thursday night. Thursday night, late, after nobody's around, my friend and I go through a fast food line, and buy 50 dollars worth of cheeseburgers and fries, and chicken. I'm not allowed to feed the dogs on Thursday, for I'm told that they will make a mess in the gas chamber, and why waste the food. 

So, Thursday night, with the lights still closed, I go into the saddest room that anyone can every imagine, and let all the doomed dogs out out their cages. 

I have never been bit, and in all my years doing this, the dogs have never fought over the food. My buddy and I, open each wrapper of cheeseburger and chicken sandwich, and feed them to the skinny, starving dogs. 

They swallow the food so fast, that I don't believe they even taste it. There tails are wagging, and some don't even go for the food, they roll on their backs wanting a scratch on their bellys. They start running, jumping and kissing me and my buddy. They go back to their food, and come back to us. All their eyes are on us with such trust and hope, and their tails wag so fast, that I have come out with black and blues on my thighs.. They devour the food, then it's time for them to devour some love and peace. My buddy and I sit down on the dirty, pee stained concrete floor, and we let the dogs jump on us. They lick us, they put their butts in the air to play, and they play with each other. Some lick each other, but most are glued on me and my buddy. 

I look into the eyes of each dog. I give each dog a name. 

They will not die without a name. 

I give each dog 5 minutes of unconditional love and touch. 

I talk to them, and tell them that I'm so sorry that tomorrow they will die a gruesome, long, torturous death at the hands of me in the gas chamber. 

Some tilt their heads to try to understand. 

I tell them, that they will be in a better place, and I beg them not to hate me. 

I tell them that I know I'm going to hell, but they will all be playing with all the dogs and cats in heaven. 

After about 30 minutes, I take each dog individually, into their feces filled concrete jail cell, and pet them and scratch them under their chins. Some give me their paw, and I just want to die. I just want to die. I close the jail cell on each dog, and ask them to forgive me. As my buddy and I are walking out, we watch as every dog is smiling at us and them don't even move their heads. They will sleep, with a full belly, and a false sense of security. 

As we walk out of the doomed dog room, my buddy and I go to the cat room. 

We take our box, and put the very friendly kittens and pregnant cats in our box. 
The shelter doesn't keep tabs on the cats, like they do the dogs. 

As I hand pick which cats are going to make it out, I feel like I'm playing God, deciding whose going to live and die. 

We take the cats into my truck, and put them on blankets in the back. 

Usually, as soon as we start to drive away, there are purring cats sitting on our necks or rubbing against us. 

My buddy and I take our one way two hour trip to a county that is very wealthy and they use injection to kill animals.

We go to exclusive neighborhoods, and let one or two cats out at a time. 

They don't want to run, they want to stay with us. We shoo them away, which makes me feel sad. 

I tell them that these rich people will adopt them, and if worse comes to worse and they do get put down, they will be put down with a painless needle being cradled by a loving veterinarian. After the last cat is free, we drive back to our town. 

It's about 5 in the morning now, about two hours until I have to gas my best friends. 

I go home, take a shower, take my 4 anti-anxiety pills and drive to work.. I don't eat, I can't eat. It's now time, to put these animals in the gas chamber. I put my ear plugs in, and when I go to the collect the dogs, the dogs are so excited to see me, that they jump up to kiss me and think they are going to play. 

I put them in the rolling cage and take them to the gas chamber. They know. They just know. They can smell the death.. They can smell the fear. They start whimpering, the second I put them in the box. The boss tells me to squeeze in as many as I can to save on gas. He watches. He knows I hate him, he knows I hate my job. I do as I'm told. He watches until all the dogs, and cats (thrown in together) are fighting and screaming. The sounds is very muffled to me because of my ear plugs. He walks out, I turn the gas on, and walk out. 

I walk out as fast as I can. I walk into the bathroom, and I take a pin and draw blood from my hand. Why? The pain and blood takes my brain off of what I just did. 

In 40 minutes, I have to go back and unload the dead animals. I pray that none survived, which happens when I overstuff the chamber. I pull them out with thick gloves, and the smell of carbon monoxide makes me sick. So does the vomit and blood, and all the bowel movements. I pull them out, put them in plastic bags. 

They are in heaven now, I tell myself. I then start cleaning up the mess, the mess, that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not spay or neutering your animals. The mess that YOU PEOPLE are creating by not demanding that a vet come in and do this humanely. You ARE THE TAXPAYERS, DEMAND that this practice STOP! 

So, don't call me the monster, the devil, the gasser, call the politicians, the shelter directors, and the county people the devil. Heck, call the governor, tell him to make it stop. 

As usual, I will take sleeping pills tonight to drown out the screams I heard in the past, before I discovered the ear plugs. I will jump and twitch in my sleep, and I believe I'm starting to hallucinate. 

This is my life. Don't judge me. Believe me, I judge myself enough."

Source: Helpsaveone.

Please Also See Video. Caution, Video is VERY GRAPHIC.

**The murders are the people who let their pets breed, NOT the people who gass or euthanize them**

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bambi & Pebbels


Bambi and Pebbels were rescued October 14th from the population, and although older kittens we are still trying very hard to socialize them. They are still adjusting to us humans but are coming along very well! They just needs to find that special home with a big heart that will pull them out of their shell. With a little patience and some love we know there is are great little kittens waiting to come out and play.

Adoption Event at Lululemon Athletica Nov. 8th

As most of you know we broke grounds Nov. 8th and held the first adoption event at Lululemon Athletica on St. Catherines this past Sunday. It was a huge success! People came and learnt about the rescue while enjoying the company of our kittens, puppies and rabbits. Penguin has a few potential homes, Hook has two potential homes, Zoro the rabbit had a few interested people, and we are VERY happy to say Delilah and Pepper were adopted!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Kaeleigh Doherty for making contact with us in September, taking interest in the rescue and making this happen! Along with all the other Lulu's of the store who were all a great help and we loved their positive vibe. It is a great store, with great clothes and an amazing staff.

Thank you to the volunteers; Natalie Ross, Leigh Symington and Taylor Dickson, who spent thier day off helping out! Also thank you to everyone who took the time out of their day and came to support us!

If you missed out, don't worry! We hope to throw another adoption day there closer to Christmas!

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Pawfect Match Adoption Day

Pawfect Match Adoption Day
Adoption Event - September 26th 

This event was organized by the CAACQ to help facilitate rescues and potential adopters in finding the perfect match. There was a great turn up and it was extremely successful. Many animals found homes that day or potential homes. Almost all of our dogs were placed through this event. It was a great way to meet adopters and for them to pet potential new family members. 

Big thank you to Johanne Tasse for putting this event together and including Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue. 

If you missed this event, do not worry! Another one will be held in Febuary. 

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Le Repère Uni’s 4th Annual Pet Fest

Le Repère Uni’s 4th Annual Pet Fest
Adoption Event - September 15th 

This event took place at Rosedale - Queen Mary United Church in NDG. All kinds of Organizations were at this event from "Paws Cafe" to Secours Lapins, Animal Adoption Montreal, Pet Boutiques and of course Eleven Eleven Animal Rescue. The highlights of this event were pet blessings by Rev. Neil Whitehouse and the pet parade. Hundereds of people came to the event with their animals and enjoyed partcipiating in a series of contests inculding costume contests. 

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Bentley Adopted

Bently was dumped in an apartment building at 9 months old as estimated by the veterinarian at the time. The person who originally saved him from the apartment building could no longer keep him. Bentley ended up having major ear mite infestations and eye infections, which we treated. Bentley was able to be place in the end with a friend of the person who originally had to give him up. Bentley and his original owner hope to one day reunite under better circumstances. 

Honey Adopted

Honey was rescued August 14th and adopted October 11th. This little girl was found on a busy road  completely lost and abandoned. She is now enjoying her new life in New York!! How exciting. 

Cricket (Now Sophie) - Adopted

Cricket was rescued August 30th and adopted October 9th. Circket was rescued from a feral cat population and was one of 15 feral kittens. This lucky girl is now in her new home and enjoying her new life being pampered.

Panda - Adopted!

Panda was rescued September 8th and adopted September 25th. He was rescued from a feral cat population, he was one of 15 feral kittens borne to three stray mothers. We worked hard to socialize him and his siblings and continue to try and place them. He came in scared out of his mind of humans, covered in fleas and very skinny. In our care he flourished into a healthy playful kitten. He continues to flourish and come out of his shell in his new home now where he is turning into an affectionate house cat. He has come a long way from where he started on the streets and we are happy to say he is finally in his forever home. 


Diamond was rescued August 3rd and adopted September 11th. Diamond and her siblings (Twister & Daisy) were brought in a box, all very sick and had an upper respiratory infection, Rhinotracheitis virus. Diamond was the sickest of the group, she was so affected by the infection she could barley breathe. We were not sure if she was strong enough to fight off the infection, even with the antibiotics. But we gave her a chance, and to our surprise she responded amazingly to the treatment!! She has now almost completely overcome the infection. On top of a sever upper respiratory infection Diamond had a nasty eye infection, leaving both of her third eye lids retracted. Her eye infection has now completely cleared up. Diamond now healthy and after a harsh start to life, has been placed in her forever home were she can finally live in peace.

Madeleine Adopted

Madeleine: was rescued July 18th 2009 and adopted September 1st 2009. Madeleine and her sister Moon  were born in the garage of someone's house. He didn't bother too much with them, leaving them to be completely unsocialized. He was planning to kick them out to the streets, to only reproduce and add to the stray cat over population. When Madeleine was first caught she was so scared of everyone. Madeleine and her sister were place in two separate foster homes to be socialized. They both thrived in their foster homes. Madeleine turned into an adorable, playful, loving little girl. She has now been placed in a loving home where she will be cherished for the rest of her life.


Moon: The sister of Madeleine,  was adopted by her amazing foster family within the first week of fostering her. She is such a doll and won over their hearts pretty fast, and even their cats heart who was not to pleased with her at first. Her and her sister were borne in the shed of a mans house by a stray cat, they lived there for 5 weeks with out any human contact. Because they had no human contact, they were feral kittens. They were facing being kicked out of the shed, and becoming just another cat in the stray cat population. To avoid this, and avoid the hundreds of babies they would have produced, we decided to take them on. To catch them, live traps were set and constantly checked. Moon was the first one to be caught, although having no human contact she actually tolerated being handled very well. She was tiny, and riddled with fleas. She was then placed in her foster family where within days she came out of her shell. She became a loving affectionate, playful, little kitten and continues to grow and thrive in her now forever home. 


Charlotte was rescued September 21st and adopted October 3rd. She was a victim of divorce (not only kids are affected by divorce!). No one wanted to keep her after the split so they decided to euthanize her. We rescued her from being euthanized. Although being an older dog (7 years old), she still has a ton of life and love left in her to share. She unfortunately has a partially torn ligament which she had lived with for a year. Her new owner still adopted her despite her older age and sore leg and on top of it is looking into correcting her condition. She is a such a lovely and lucky girl, and thankfully found an amazing new home to ride out her golden years in. 


Archie was going to be euthanized because the elderly couple that decided to buy a puppy realized they could not keep up with his energy. They resented Archie for doing what any normal pup does, just being happy and playful. They even blamed him for their fall in health and said he was the root of all their health problems. Finally after a 6 months of having him they thought the only option, was to euthanize him. We stepped in and saved this poor guy. He is now a very happy member of an active family and enjoys spending the weekends at the country house and going to the sons baseball games. 


Kingston was abandoned in a neighbor hood and brought into us. He was un-netered and extremely underweight. We helped him gain weight, got him neutered. He also had some bad teeth that needed to be removed, so we gave him a dental and cleaned up his beautiful smile. He was such a good little god and we are happy to see him move on into an amazing new home with a new friend. He is now being spoiled with love and attention. 


Piglet: Rescued July 7th and adopted August 5th. Piglet is a one year old female pug, was given up to me on July 7th 2009 because of her shedding. She came to me petrified and overweight. The first few days I had her, she would not move, and just hid under my couch, or in my pile of clothes. She weighed a whooping 22.9lbs, I was able to get 4lbs off her in one month of my care. With Purina Over Weight Management and a lot of exercise. She bloomed into one of the sweetest dogs I have ever come across. Like any pug, she loves to play, and everything in life to her is a game. Her spirits always high, she can make you smile on any day with just her goofy personality. She loves to shower you head to toe in kisses, until you can no longer stand it. Everyone who met her instantly fell in love with her. Fostering her was a pleasure; she brought a lot of joy into my life while having her around. I loved her like my own, and will definitely miss having her around. But I know she has been placed in an amazing home. She will be unconditionally loved for the rest of her life and have all the attention she deserves (and demands for!). I am very happy to see her go into her new home, and I am excited for her, as this is the beginning of a long, amazing life with them. 

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pickle Adopted!

Pickle was rescued from the outdoors August 30th and Adopted November 15th. He was rescued after being borne to a stray mother. He is one of 15 stray kittens from the population we are trying to place. This little man is a looker! With his mother being Siamese, he inherited her eyes. He has beautiful blue-green eyes that are accented but his gorgeous coat. He was from an older litter of kittens from this population, so we had a harder time gaining his trust. He has now found that special home to give him the extra patience and TLC he needs.

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Naya - Leighs

Naya: She was going to be put down summer 2008, at 7 months because she had diarrhea. She was tested for Parvo Virus, she was thankfully negative. She was a beast of a dog, 80lbs and hip height. But she was such a sweet heart, she is the definition of a gentle giant, really one of the sweetest most submissive dogs we have ever met. Caroline knew right away her personality would work great with Leigh’s dog and her rabbit, she had tried out other dogs that did not work out. The next day Leigh (our exotic girl) came to see her, and she got along great with her picky (when it comes to friends) akitamix.  Leigh took her home, and she has never had another episode of diarrhea again. We have since found out that she is a huge hoover and will eat anything in sight. She has even eaten gloves leigh use to dye her hair with out the bathroom sink. Most recently, an ant trap. Which explains why she was probably sick a lot with the other owner. She continues to live hapily in her new home. 

Ringo - Carolines

Ringo: This little long hair chihuahua was going to be put down at a year and a half. He was devocalized three weeks prior and then became snappy with the other dog in the house. The previous owner became afraid that he would snap at the new puppy. We figured I would take him home and give him to an elderly lady who has no animals or children at home, he would be her baby. This little guy really won over his foster (Caroline - Founder) though, and they ended up keeping him. He lives Caroline, and her sisters and her dog Jazz, they are absolutely in love and inseparable. The only times he has ever seen him aggressive to another dog is when a German Shepard was playing to rough with Jazz at the dog park and she yelped. He then he chased the German Sheppard across the park nipping at his ankles. He actually probably got snappy with her other dog because he was protective of the new puppy. He has since proven himself and his gentle nature many times, and even under went a live dental (minor, no sever periodontal disease or extractions), a procedure that every dog goes under anesthesia for because otherwise it is practically impossible. He was a perfect little addition to our family's pack, and too much of a diamond to give up. 


Maggie was rescued September 21st and Adopted September 28th. She is the sad result of puppy mills. She was given away by the pet store because they could not sell her due to a congenitalal knee condition, luxated patellas. This condition is very common in Pomeranians and is a result of bad breeding. However her kneed condition is not extremely sever but it is considerate. She has managed to live normally with her condition but is unable to go up stairs. To correct the condition she will require an expensive surgery only specialized orthopedics surgeons can perform. Thankfully we found someone who was wiling to over look this and will be getting the surgery done for in with he help of the rescue. 

Exotic Adoptions 2009

Nemo was rescued September 20th and adopted September 25th 2009. He was rescued from a pet store in Lachine that is closing down and needed somewhere for their animals to go. Nemo was bottle feed and has just recently been weaned. He is so young that he doesn't even have all of his fur yet. He is such a little sweet heart and gives great little kisses. He is going to make and amazing affectionate companion. 

Betty was rescued with Nemo from a pet store that was closing down and needed somewhere for all the  animals to go. Betty was originally bonded with another little female but unfortunately that female was  exposed to rat poisen in the pet store and died. Betty has now been adopted and is living in 'rat heaven' enjoying free run of the living room and home cooked meals.