The life and times of Suzie the Dog and Kushi the Cat (formerly Mochi Ball Stern)

  • about 17 hours ago
    Let me tell you the story of a dog with 9 lives. Last night I was walking Nella on a busy street in the center of Sarajevo when a stray dog ran right up to us. She's dog friendly but understandably it made her nervous. Faster than I could react she slipped her collar to get away, ran into the street, and was hit by a car. She screamed, bounced back up and the two of them took off running. As I frantically tried to find her, sobbing all night long, two very nice women stopped to help me search but no luck. One of them friended me on Facebook this morning and gave me a list of organizations to contact that might be able to help spread the word. This afternoon I got a call from her. Coincidentally, she was walking her dog near her house a mile or two away from where she went missing when her dog spotted Nella hiding in a bush! She sat with her in the rain and waited for me to arrive and then drove us to the vet. Nella is fine! She has a couple of superficial wounds that look like dog bites but other than that she is totally ok, just tired and hungry. I really cannot believe it and I really am insanely grateful to everyone who helped search for her, especially Irvana and her own rescue dog. Bosnia is a dangerous place to be a lost dog. Nella now has a harness that she will NEVER escape from!!!
  • 2 days ago
    Kushi and Sunny have 3 carefully worded questions for me: 1. When the bleep are you coming home? (soon) 2. Who the bleep is that dog? (don't worry about it) 3. Are you keeping her? (relax, no)
  • 3 days ago
    This week I tested Nella far more than any new dog should be tested but I can safely say she's pretty much bombproof. Good with other dogs, long car rides, kids, strangers, large cheering crowds, loud music. She was 5 feet from a super friendly kitten and was cool as a cat. This dog is perfect. Only issue is that she's a thief. She likes to take clothes from the laundry basket and she'll steal your spot on the couch every single time. Also, she only understands Bosnian πŸ˜‚ #fosterdog #sarajevo
  • 4 days ago
    Nella's first out of town adventure ❀️ She found the only hole in the fence on the property and booked it through a field of grape vines 😳 #lessonlearned
  • 6 days ago
    I'm homesick for Suzie and Kushi and Sunny so here's a throwback, anyone remember when Sunny came to live with us? She was supposed to be Kushi's cat but she liked Suzie better so now Suzie has 2 cats πŸ˜€#tbt
  • 7 days ago
    Her name is Nella. Nella was found nearly starved to death, unable to walk, with her 3 small puppies. After she was rescued her health improved and she continued to care for her babies. When she was done with them she raised 3 more puppies before ending up with me. I was going to tell you about the shelter she was first found in but truly it is so severely horrendous that I don't think I should. If you want to know more, Google "Praca Shelter Sarajevo." Just take warning, what you will read is disturbing. She's genuinely lucky to be alive. She is sweet, gentle, potty trained, and I just left her alone for the first time for 5 hours, uncaged, she didn't touch a thing. She needs to find the best home ever (she can go to Europe or North America). She's so easy!
  • 8 days ago
    She makes a great coffee date but she wanted to ditch me and run off with all the cute boy dogs she saw 😳 #cougar #lookingforwardtospayday #didntyoualreadylearnthatlesson?
  • 8 days ago
    Fun fact about my new foster: she only poops in the middle of busy streets or in front of crowded restaurants. #shesalady
  • 9 days ago
    Ya know what makes jet lag better? A dog. #imisssuzie #itsbeenacrazyfewweeks #adoptme
  • 10 days ago
    NEW FOSTER!!! Does anyone remember that beautiful dog at the monastery I posted about a couple of weeks ago? I went back for him but someone beat me to it. I hope that means he's safe and happy but honestly I don't know if that is true. I'm a bit gutted by the fact that I couldn't help him sooner. So I started doing some research on animal rescue here in Sarajevo and what I learned was grim. Really grim. I decided that I need to do what I can with the rest of my time here. Meet this sweet mama! I will tell you more about the animal situation and the people who are doing their best to help soon. We are looking for a home anywhere in Europe or North America!
  • 17 days ago
    Hey instagrammers of Northeast America! I will be returning to the States soon and quite frankly, I'm not sure where to live... If you have any leads on an unoccupied summer house or a fully furnished property available for rent just for the winter, send me a message! Obviously it would need to be super animal friendly :) we are considering lots of locations. We like beaches, we like mountains, we like big cities, and we like small towns. The only requirement is that it be within a couple hours of a major airport. Starting November 1st. (insert future unborn foster kittens into Beany and Cecil's place in this picture and this is pretty much the gang) #imacraptenantonpaper #toomanyanimals #butwecleanupwell #noseriously
  • 21 days ago
    Sometimes I worry that Sunny and Kushi miss me terribly while I'm away but then I get a picture reminder that they always liked my friend Kevin more than me anyway so they are doing just fine πŸ˜€