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Janet Velenovsky, CPDT-KA, CDBC, KPA CTP, ACCBC
Animal Behavior Consultant

"I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior."  ~ Hippolyte Taine


Griffin was shy, undersocialized, anxiety-ridden, and truly seemed depressed until we began clicker training. He became much more comfortable with both people and dogs, and he began to enjoy performing tricks and being petted. Shortly after Cally's passing, Griffin sank again into depression and restricted himself mostly to one upstairs bedroom. We believe pets mourn their departed companions, but Janet became worried at the length of Griffin's depression. Having always enjoyed a household with other cats, being a solo feline did not seem to make him happy. When a stray cat appeared in our yard one day, Griffin's life changed for the better! 


A friendly, long and thin cat appeared on our rural property one day. Janet checked with the neighbors but, though many had seen him around, he didn't belong to any of them. Janet couldn't let him starve or go without care, and a veterinary check revealed an unregistered microchip. [Good moment to remind all pet parents to keep their pets' registry information current!] His owner was located, but their conditions had changed and didn't wish to try to reintegrate him into the home. Having grown rather fond of this little guy, Janet inquired about adding him to her family. It was a win-win-win, with Griffin as happy about the addition as his parents! (And Puck appears to like it here, too!)

As you can see, Griffin adored Cally.

This photo appears in a new book by a colleague of Janet's.

Cally was an extremely confident, talkative, social & loving feline. Behavioral research indicates that living with her biological mother well past the usual weaning date may have contributed to her confident nature. Cally is shown here in her first modeling gig, sporting a Gentle Leader(R) Come With Me Kitty Cat Harness, developed by her human mother, Janet.