The Hatch: A New Way To Comfort Your Pet While You Travel

Ahoy, Readers!

Today, I’d like to bring you the opportunity to learn about a product that will have excellent benefits for those with special needs pets or just regular old run of the mill pets who have all four legs, all their eyes, functional organs, etc. etc.  Today, we learn about the Hatch!

The Hatch.

The Hatch.

Now, I’m not usually one to tout the merits of a product that doesn’t yet exist, but a very kind letter was written to me by a one Jon Mirsky stating that he loved my blog (thank you), is passionate about special needs pets (good), and is hoping to launch a revolutionary new carrier that will help pets feel calmer and safer during travel. This is where he mentioned the Hatch, a carrier that will allow you to reach in and touch your pet without worrying that your friend is going to escape. Need to give a pill? Open the hatch! Want to offer a calming eyebrow rub to your kitty? Open the hatch! Need to let visiting alien ambassadors onto your ship’s deck? Open the hatch! Actually, that last one probably isn’t a feature of this particular Hatch, but you can still say it. No one will fault you.

Junior, the inspiration behind the Hatch.

Junior, the inspiration behind the Hatch.

The Hatch was a product that Jon came up with while traveling with his buddy Junior, who found his carrier unsettling and distressing. Jonathan wanted to create something that would allow a person to offer comfort and physical touch to their pet without worrying about escape or hassling with difficult snaps and zippers. And so, the Hatch was, um, hatched. It has a visual safety feature on it to show you if the hatch is indeed open and your pet is accessible to you or if it is closed and your pet is safely tucked inside with no escape possible (and I use the word “escape” in the nicest possible way.) The carrier itself is also made of “military grade ballistic nylon,” which sounds so manly and dangerous. Claws (or stumps) find it impregnable, impenetrable, and impervious to snags. Outstanding. It even has seat belt straps and packs flat for when you just want to stash it under your bed.

Sound good to you? Then now is your chance to jump on the Kickstarter to get some perks before this bad boy is released to the public. You’ll get to help fund a neat product that will offer some nice features for special needs (or normal needs) pets and get some discounts and other snazzy donor glitter, as well.

The Hatch in action.

The Hatch in action.

I wonder if my stump would fit through that Hatch…

Love,

Crepes.

FTC Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Hatch and we were paid a small fee for our time to prepare it. We only bring you items that we think are relevant to our readers’ interests and all opinions are our own.

 

Psi’s Transport with Frank: From New Jersey to Canada

You Guys!

Psi

Psi

Do you remember about a month ago I asked everyone for help to find a little kitten named Psi transport from New Jersey to an awaiting home with Bailey (mom to Little Meow and D’Artagnan ), the kind young lady who has already adopted two paraplegic cats? Well, we found someone! A wonderful man named Frank O. saw our post on Facebook and was kind enough to help Psi get from New Jersey to Calgary via airplane. He emailed me telling me that he might be able to help. I put him in contact with Bailey and just a few short weeks later, he brought Psi to her new home. I asked Frank a few questions about the trip. Here’s what he had to say:

Crepes: Did you have to go out of your way to pick Psi up?

Frank: No, Lisa from the shelter brought her to me at the airport.

C: What was the flight like? Did you have to carry certificates or papers?

F: The flight was entirely uneventful. Since it was an international flight, I needed certificates from Psi’s vet as well as proof of her vaccination status (specifically rabies).

C: How did the other passengers react?

F: I removed Psi three times from her carrier: once while waiting at the airport, twice on board the plane. Each time, people – whether male or female, tall or short, young or old – would do a double-take when they saw her and, in almost every case, smile. One huge man (at least 6’5″ and built like a barn) saw me holding Psi just after we had gone through security, and said, “That’s such a beautiful cat!”

C: How did Psi take to the flight? Was it stress free? Did she need any medications or special care during the trip or at the airport before?

F: She didn’t seem overly bothered by it. When I took her out of her carrier on board the plane, she was busy looking around, but made no attempt to get away. I don’t know if she was given any medications before I met her at the airport. Before Lisa gave Psi to me, she took her to a bathroom at the airport and expressed her urine and feces and changed her diaper.

F: Would you recommend that other people help out if they can with transporting special needs pets?

C: Absolutely – if you can help, why not do it?

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Frank was certainly very kind to speak up and help out when he was able. And, because of him, Psi was able to get to her new home with as little stress as possible. Bailey has provided me with a few photos to share of Psi enjoying her new surroundings and her new friends Little Meow and D’Art. Bailey tells me that Psi is doing well and is getting used to her new siblings.

From me to Frank, I’d like to express a big heartfelt thank you. I hope that others can learn from your kindness and see that, with a little extra effort, they can make a big difference. Frank gets two stumps up!

 

D'Art wonders who the baby is

D’Art wonders who the baby is

Nap time after a long trip!

Nap time after a long trip!

Kitties at play

Kitties at play

Bailey and Psi, post-transport

Bailey and Psi, post-transport

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need Escort to Help Psi Reach Her New Home In Calgary!

You guys!

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Psi, hoping to get home soon!

We have an amazing opportunity here to help a special needs kitty get to his/her new home! Do you remember Bailey Maitland? She’s the fabulous young lady that adopted D’Artagnan from Tabby’s Place earlier this year. She also found a paraplegic kitty on the street and adopted her, too. And now, kind-hearted Bailey is willing to open her home to one more special needs kitty named Psi if she can find a way to get Psi home to Calgary AB, Canada.

Psi has a spinal deformity that is likely spina bifida, which requires her to have her urine and feces expressed two times a day. She is also likely a hermaphrodite. She looks like a lady cat on the outside but might be hiding some boy parts on the inside. Fancy, eh? If you want to know more about her, you can check out her Petfinder.com profile here.

Now, here’s the scoop on where we can help:  Psi is being fostered in Bensalem, PA and her adoption is being handled by the Trenton Cat Rescue in New Jersey. Bailey lives in Calgary, Canada and is unable to fly to New Jersey to pick her up.

We are looking for:

A person or pilot that is willing to escort Psi from Pennsylvania/New Jersey to the Calgary area. Psi is unable to travel via car because the veterinarian thinks it would be too stressful of a journey, so flight is the only option. Psi is unable to fly on her own because she cannot be shipped as “cargo.”

Can you escort me home?

Can you escort me home?

Is there anyone near Bensalem, PA that would be willing to fly with Psi to Calgary OR to Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Glacier Park international airport area or Great Falls international airport area? Bailey is able to travel to any of those places to meet Psi and her escort. If you are willing to do this, please contact me and I can put you in touch with Bailey, or contact the Trenton Cat Rescue to arrange the travel plans. Psi will be given a medical clearance by the veterinarian, so crossing the Canadian border shouldn’t be a problem.

If you yourself can’t fly Psi, please pass on this notice to anyone you think can help. Let’s share it on Facebook and Twitter and see if we can help Psi get home to Bailey! Let’s show everyone that we can really make this happen!

 

Love,

Crepes.