Pleasant Avenue

I made a recent pilgrimage to the Bronx to see my friends, Jennifer and Anthony, along with the rest of their four-legged family. It was great, like having your very own petting zoo. This is the view from Jennifer’s window. That’s a chicken sanctuary across the street to the right. Who knew Spanish Harlem, as this historic area still considered Manhattan is called, could be this pleasant.


They greeted me at the door all tan and happy. Jennifer had just come back from visiting her family in the Cayman Islands so she looked like a creature from the deep, blond and brown.Β Β  get-attachment-12

Anthony was his usual svelte self barking a hearty hello. It touches me that he remembers who I am. How does he manage to stay so fit and trim, that’s what I want to know. He’s the George Clooney of pits after all. Just get a load of that profile. DSC01191

Cliff, the chihuahua, Jennifer’s been fostering, was the only one not too happy to Β get-attachment-8 to see me. Jennifer made him go sit in the corner at one point to calm down with me acting as his lawyer. “Awe, he didn’t mean to eat my shoe…he’s just excited.”get-attachment-7He prefers being alone with her (who wouldn’t), but got over it and little did he know, would be adopted by two wonderful women the very next day. I like how his paws are crossed as if he went to a good finishing school.

Bill Clinton was on hand giving me a warm welcome. I love the way he covertly flirts when he thinks you’re not looking. You know Bill, hate to break it to you, but I’ve been to the rodeo before.DSC00961 We hung out on the bed together giving each other the eye. I’ve always had a secret thing for handsome, men of color with a presidential flair.DSC01130

One of the more funnier moments was when I went to pee to find Lydia, the cat, lounging in the bathroom sink, her ample girth spilling over the sides. She held out her paw in solidarity, her own litter box just a few feet away. You have to appreciate when women support each other since, let’s face it, it’s mighty rare…my experience anyway.DSC01150 I was in my glory having Anthony in my lap for most of the afternoon. He’s such a good host the way he extends himself. I half expected him to go out on the terrace and throw some charcoal on the grill, he’s such a man. This is him watching the Yankee game.DSC01122

Charley was there, the kitten Jennifer found one day on her way home, but he stayedget-attachment-2 mostly in the closet. No, Charley’s not gay, just a little unnerved by Cliff’s incessant barking who kept trying to nip my ankles hoping this might get me to go home earlier, but I wasn’t leaving Anthony so soon.DSC01136 I miss when they lived right around the corner. I got to see them almost every day, so even Cliff, whose name is now Francis, wasn’t getting rid of me so fast.

This is one of the many things I admire about Jennifer Panton, how she could love an animal for months then give him up to the right home. I’d be heartbroken, one of the reasons I’m not a very good foster parent. I never give them up. Missy, the cat, came for a week and stayed eight years.

My pal Ella just rescued a whole colony of cats she can’t part with. They’re all running around her house in various shapes and sizes. It’s so hard letting go, but Jennifer feels, now that Cliff has a home, she can rescue another…like Cash here with his foster mom, Becca, she just got off the euthanasia list. He was due to be put down today. Excuse me while I weep for joy. get-attachment-13And when Cliff’s new parents asked, is it okay if we change his name…she let go of that too. He was now theirs and the name Francis would be just fine with her. I gather it’s after St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals, but I’m not sure. Cliff, I mean Francis, now has a new sibling named Shelby that he’s already nuts about. After bunking with Anthony, he too is a pit lover.get-attachment-10

God bless these two bighearted girls.

Mustn’t forget Mark and Meryl who live under the bed. They are quasi feral and only come out when Jennifer’s home alone. Apparently Mark has been fathering Charley a bit. Hey, every kid needs a role model so let’s hear it for daddy Mark. Somebody’s gotta teach ya to clean between your paws.get-attachmentHere’s Charley and below his foster dad.


Meryl is very pretty and I think she and Mark may be an item, but they’re very private about it. Things just happen whether you’re on a bed or beneath one. A tip to the rest of us.get-attachment-5

When I finally did leave, I was sated, with a great animal fix beneath my belt. I floated to the train with Anthony’s white fur all over my navy shorts I still can’t bring myself to wash.

DSC01117 And when all was said and done, I was just really happy to see, my two wonderful friends. get-attachment-11



About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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18 Responses to Pleasant Avenue

  1. jimmie chew says:

    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


  2. Anon says:

    Quite a menagerie: I think I’m jealous. Thanks for sharing.


  3. skinnyuz2b says:

    Great post and great photos. Animals are the best! My daughter’s cat remembered my birthday and left me a present this morning. A puke with six inches of curling ribbon lay on the family room floor. At least she tried to wrap it, ha ha. My honey thought the ribbon was so funny.


  4. Jeanette Hamilton says:

    What a great time you had with those wonderful people and animals! It must be very healing to spend time with them. They are all special, but I think Bill Clinton is my favorite.


    • Hi Jeanette, was thinking about you…wondering how you were feeling. I like Bill too, and he needs a home. We wrote the greatest bio for him on Can’t figure out why there are no takers. He’s such great cat…so laid back and sweet. Hope he gets a home, if not he’s a hit on Pleasant Avenue.


  5. D. D. Syrdal says:

    Heartwarming, just heartwarming. What a crew she’s got! So glad the pit found a home in the nick of time there. Spay and neuter, people, spay and neuter.


  6. jojothyme says:

    Yo SB! Got any chicken?…Light or dark who cares you’re right across from Frank Campbell right? Think we got a future.
    No tofu
    Prefer ON the bed – I’m not a cat
    Neighbors say Mum should’ve renamed me Humphrey
    (Nothin’ to do with Falcons)


  7. jojothyme says:

    Chinese Crested Powderpuff.
    Would dig deep to find my “Pitness” if that would make you happy
    You’re swell.


  8. Pleasant Avenue INDEED! Anthony looks wonderful (oops so do you), still smiling as always. Cliff/Francis did me in with his little legs crossed like a gentleman…poor baby being punished. I am a big softie too and wouldn’t be able to punish, which is why I could never have a house full of animals…they would take over and soon enough I would be eating on the floor. I aways enjoy your photos from your visit!


    • Yes, you’d be living with them. Cliff Francis, sounds like a nun, is really cute. I’d defend a panther if need be. My motto…the animal’s always right…right Peanut? Please remind him his room’s ready whenever he is…:)


      • Hahaha! Sister Cliff Francis..that is so funny. Peanut is so attached to me at this point we may need therapy, but I have no doubt he would love your company : )


      • The Blessing of the Animals will be here soon…well, in three months…I think Peanut should come and make his appearance known. I’ll call Cliff Francis, maybe he’ll join us. We can all get blessed.


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