Raise a Paw for Shannon Colthorpe - Pet Mom of the Month!

These days she likes to spend her time lounging on our guest room bed, and looking out the window, thankful for being on the other side of the glass.
— Shannon Colthorpe, on her foster "fail" kitty Phoebe

Furrrrget Sunrise Vet Pet of the Month - for Mother's Day, it was ALL about our Sunrise Vet Pet MOMS!

We launched a contest on our Facebook page, calling all Pet Moms and nominations for awesome Pet Moms in Comox, Courtenay, and the surrounding Comox Valley area.

The prize was a $25 coupon off your next service at Sunrise, a free bag of veterinary-approved treats, and of course - a  feature on this blog and our social media!

Meet Shannon Colthorpe... the purrrfect Comox Valley pet Mom! 

Meet Shannon Colthorpe... the purrrfect Comox Valley pet Mom! 

1) Shannon, sounds like you have a pawsitively full house! Can you tell us about your four-legged family members?


Sure! The first one to join our family was our cat, Aero. He is named after the chocolate bar, though he doesn't look anything like it. We adopted him 9 years ago from the SPCA when he was just a few months old. He is the fluffiest and laziest cat we've ever had. He prefers his water running from the tap, and puts up with an occasional bath.

Aero might not be able to indulge in the bubbly chocolate bars himself... but will settle for belly rubs!

Aero might not be able to indulge in the bubbly chocolate bars himself... but will settle for belly rubs!

Our Maltese/Shih Tzu dog, Casper, came next. He was adopted eight years ago from a family in Nanaimo who were not able to give him the time and attention he needed.
Now he is the ultimate lap dog. 

Casper, the friendly lap dog! He loves walks on the beach, delivering papers with Shannon twice a week, and sleeping in on weekends with his big sister (Shannon's teenage daughter).

Casper, the friendly lap dog! He loves walks on the beach, delivering papers with Shannon twice a week, and sleeping in on weekends with his big sister (Shannon's teenage daughter).

Phoebe, our 10-year-old cat, was a "foster fail". I actually came across her while searching for another cat that had escaped in our neighbourhood. Once we able to read her tattoo, we found out she was actually a KCP foster cat that had escaped two years ago before! These days she likes to spend her time lounging on our guest room bed, and looking out the window, thankful for being on the other side of the glass.

Life is looking plush for rescue Phoebe these days! 

Life is looking plush for rescue Phoebe these days! 

2) You've fostered your kitty Pixel, who was rescued by KITTY CAT P.A.L.S - Prevent A Litter (Society). What's your experience been like fostering, and how is Pixel adjusting?

Pixel is the fifth cat we have fostered for KCP.  He adjusted the minute he walked in the door! He had been living with other cats outdoors and had been surrounded by loud machines and many people, so nothing phases him. He is very vocal, so you can't ignore him; not that you would want to. He is a very confident cat which actually intimidates our other animals. It is work in progress to get them comfortable with each other. Pixel is learning how to walk on a leash with a harness so that he can come to KCP events as an ambassador! He's pretty excited about it.

Confidence comes in small packages...  "Pixel" sized, you might say!

Confidence comes in small packages...  "Pixel" sized, you might say!

3) It's often said that our pets can be our greatest teachers. Can you tell us about the impact your fur-babies have had on your life?

This is true! Aero teaches me not to take life so seriously. As I type this he is laying in a ray of sunshine. Not a care in the world.

Casper teaches me to explore. He loves to walk on the beach and sniff everything, which gets me looking down and noticing the interesting rocks and creatures at my feet.

Phoebe inspires my creativity. I have written a children's book about her adventure leading up to us finding her.

Pixel is constantly teaching me about resilience and love. This guy has been through a lot in his short life. (3 years, approximately) I have never had a cat look me in the eye and say so much without a word. He takes my breath away, as corny as that sounds.

Wow, just wow. The LOVE for our Comox Valley pets never ceases to inspire us. Thank you Shannon for sharing your pet story with us!

Every month, we'll be introducing you to one of our amazing Sunrise Vet Pets on our blog and social media.

If you'd like everyone to meet YOUR BFF, check out our Facebook page for our 'casting calls'! 

Come and get to know us. Call us today or stop-in to say HI. 

- from the desk of Dr. Stacey, your family vet in the Comox Valley