Wednesday, April 30, 2008
If you haven't already done so, stop by Sassy's to see which cats and dogs will be in the latest production. There's quite a cast. CrizCats wrote the script.
We can't wait until May 10 & 11. Be sure to mark those dates on your calendar.
We are glad Moki's brother Orange Boy is recovering from the rattlesnake bite. Hopefully, Miss Crystal is resting after sitting up with Orange Boy in case he took a turn for the worse. Before long, he'll probably be boasting about his scar, showing it off and crowing, It came this close to my eye. What a scare!
Rascal finished his chemo but Storm the Furry Fighter started back on treatments after her lymphoma returned.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Scary Eyes Contest
This was taken a couple of months after we rescued Samaritan and he wasn't looking too healthy yet. He has the scary eyes but Merci is sure making a scary face.
We hope you like our entry, Deetz.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Sermons, Memes & Kodak
We're late again. We are finally getting Beau's Sunday Sermons badge posted in the sidebar. If you haven't met Beau the Southern Gentleman before or visited this particular site, stop by and check it out.
We are also late on posting the book meme after we were tagged by Archie Ann and PB & J.
Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to Archie Ann and PB & J once you have posted it.
This is from A Tale of Two Sons by John MacArthur.
Since we're late doing this, we can't think of any blog we haven't seen it on, so anyone or any animal who hasn't done it yet and would like to participate, consider yourself tagged.
PB & J also tagged us for the Make A Wish Meme.
1. Think about what it is that you want more than anything, what your heart's desire and fondest wish is, and what it is that you would wish for if you were to see the above wishing star flame across the night sky.
2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic below.
3. Use a graphics program of your choice and place your wish on the picture.
4. Post the Make A Wish Meme and your wishing star on your blog along with these rules.
5. Tag as many people as you like so that there can be wishing stars all across the Blogosphere and ask them to please link back to Linda so that we can see what wishes others have made and share those wishes with others.
This is our wish:
Most of you have already made your wish, so we would also like to offer this one to anyone or any animal who would like to participate.
Oh, and this is something else we are late posting.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
A JFF Package
Percy: You're right, Buddy. It's addressed to all of us. There has to be something in here for you too.
Percy: No. Sorry, Buddy. Nothing in here except boxes of cat litter. No treats.
Buddy: Hmmmm. There has to be something here for me.
Samaritan: Don't forget me. Is there anything in here for me?
Buddy: Mmmmmm. Yeah. We get the box. Not bad. How's it taste to you, Samaritan?
Samaritan: Pretty good. Better than the litter would. We'll have to send a thank you card for the good-tasting cardboard.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Earth Day, A Rose And Criz
Opus and Roscoe sent us this beautiful graphic to post for Earth Day, which is being celebrated today. Stop by their place to read, "How to be a Greener Pet." And you can pick up a copy of this graphic to post on your own blog.
When we dropped by Sassy's, we learned the paws in the graphic belong to the CCSI executives: Sassy, Opus & Roscoe, Momo, Karl and Ruis.
And speaking of Sassy and staff, they are hard at work with auditions for the cast of CCSI III, which was written by Criz. This should be another fun caper.
Tigger the FBI cat and TopCatRules each posted a nice Tribute to Sassy.
Scylla, Socks, & Charybdis presented this lovely rose to JFF, "whose friendship helps lots of kitties and doggies." Thank you for the sweet words and for the rose.
We know Momo already gave this rose to Sassy (as well as to Scylla, Socks & Charybdis), but we would like to give this to both Momo and Sassy anyway, for the support they provided recently when we were discouraged and for the delightful adventures they provide on their blogs.
And we want to thank CrizCats for this award. It was given out to a number of bloggers for compassion during the time Mama Jessica was missing and Criz was sick with the flu.
When an animal or human is sick or a pet is missing, it isn't hard to have compassion. It could be any of us in a similar situation.
Get well, Criz. And give Mama Jessica and her rescuer Papa Jon an extra hug from all of us. We're glad the feline family is reunited.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Help Tammy Rothrock
We don't have time to rewrite this and we know that some of our readers don't click on links, so since Artsy Craftsy gave permission to post it and time is of the essence, we borrowed it to post here in its entirety and we will be emailing non-blogging animal lovers to ask for their help too.
URGENT HELP NEEDED!
Yesterday I received a Best Friends email about the plight of a cat rescuer -- located 15 minutes from me, so I contacted her to offer my help. Tammy Rothrock lives in Brazil, Indiana, where she and her husband, in their home of more than 20 years, have been rescuing stray cats and providing them with safe, healthy lives. At present, they have 31 kitties in their large home, all spayed, neutered, and vaccinated, with regular vet care.This is all being done legally: the City of Brazil issued a kennel license to Tammy last year, and the Rothrocks were in the process of organizing as a non-for-profit rescue shelter. Now the city has suddenly decided that her area isn't zoned for "business" and they've ordered her to get rid of all her cats. And they've also ordered her husband to immediately shut down the auto repair business he has operated on the property for more than 20 years!
This loving couple is using their own money to do the city's work by taking in and caring for stray animals that would otherwise be out on the streets breeding ... and instead of thanking them and supporting them, the city is making Tammy get rid of the cats she loves, fining them, destroying the family business and taking away their income ... and ultimately making them give up their family home, because rather than give up their beloved cats and their rescue efforts, the Rothrocks have put their house up for sale!THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS and I ask the entire Cat Blogosphere to join forces to prevent what their city is doing to the Rothrocks. Here's what we can do:
1) First, I ask you to please read the full information and watch the news video:
3) You can also email a Letter to the Editor of the Brazil newspaper.
4) If anyone has any experience with this kind of situation and might have some advice for the Rothrocks, please email me at artsycatsy(at)yahoo(dot)com and I will immediately pass your info on to Tammy.
5) Finally, if you could put a link to this story, or re-post it on your blog or Catster, or anywhere else you can think of, it will help get even more emails to these people.
Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention, Artsy Catsy. We hope lots and lots of kitties and doggies will get their humans to respond and bombard the city with complaints in order to help these folks. We do ask you to be polite, though. Anger and bad words will only make the situation worse for the Rothrocks.
Update: Artsy Catsy is posting correspondence to/from the city officials here. And AC has is requesting that you forward Artsy Craftsy a copy of any response you receive from the city of Brazil because they are not being straightforward in their responses. To email AC, click here.
Oh, scroll down if you're visiting JFF, or if you arrived by the link to this particular post click here to read the regular post for today, the after photo from Karl's party. Boy, did we have fun!
Morning After and Jessica
Photo by Sassy
We are really, really, really hoping Jan doesn't see this picture today or she'll yell at us for making such an awful mess for Karl's butler to clean up, and we just couldn't bear the noise today. Maybe in a day or two?
Right now, we need to go find some bags of frozen peas and whatever in the freezer to use for ice bags. Then we can eat the contents. Maybe some veggies will help us recover. One thing we learned yesterday, don't eat too many BBQ'd lizards at one time.
And on a somber note, Mama Jessica has been missing for 24 hours and her kitty babies need her. Click on the photo to visit her blog.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Karl's Lizard BBQ
photo by Karl
While everyone else is standing in line for seconds on lizard, we decided to take advantage of the empty hot tub. What luxury! Too bad we can't all fit in it at once.
Samaritan and Buddy wanted to dive in together but we talked them out of it. It would be too embarrassing to have everyone watch them empty the hot tub after their combined weight hit the water and created a mini tsunami. Here are Cyndi and Percy showing the big guys how to properly enjoy a hot tub.
photo by Sassy
For entertainment, we have the famous #1 cat Mariachi band "Los Gatos" with featured dancer Charybdis and guest Mariachis Momo and Socks.You have got to stop by for this. They are fantastic.
L-R, Los Gatos - Roscoe, Opus, Karl, Ruis, Sassy, Momo and Socks. Seated is Charybdis. Photo by Opus and Roscoe; Charybdis, Socks, and Momo. Los Gatos costumes by Opus and Roscoe; Momo, Socks and Charybdis costumes by Momo
And more entertainment by Los Gatos...
photo by Sassy
Karl gathered us all up and had his butler take a group photograph. We aren't even going to try to explain who all 36 are individually, but we hope you will visit each blog listed below to read their party posts and see their photos.
photo by Karl
Kattenpraat, Sassy, Momo, Opus and Roscoe, Socks, Scylla and Charybdis, Charlie, Asta, Momo and Pinot, Charlotte, Riley
And now, back to the party.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tomorrow she will have to go pick up his body and transport it home so she can give him a proper burial. We wish we could help but all we can do is send purrs and doggy kisses and virtual hugs - and Jan can pray for her. Susan is at It's Hammer, Beau's brother.
We just checked Cat Blogosphere and found this wonderful post, which we hope they won't mind us borrowing.
Mu Shue, Lilly Lu and Iris were found hiding in the apartment by the fire folks going around checking and they’re alive!!! They were hiding and they’re scared to come out for strangers. They’re still there, and Laura can’t go in yet because it’s unsafe, but Animal Control is going to go in as soon as possible!!! Laura is picking up new carriers right now. The fire people said they’d be okay overnight if it had to be that long, but they’re going to try to get in tonight if at all possible.
Hooray!!!! We can't wait to hear they have been reunited.
Miral and Mom Laura
Photo borrowed from Sassy Cat.
After a serious illness, Miral was recently diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and the prognosis was not good. Unfortunately, she lost her battle yesterday. We are deeply saddened for Miral's family and send our purrs and doggie kisses.
We've had a couple of requests from non-bloggers to keep them updated, so we're going to post a little more information today on Laura and her kitty's.
Laura is at her parents' house. Her apartment is not "charred to dust," as originally reported. The fireman must have confused apartments. Easy enough to do, we're sure. The apartments on one side of her are fine, but the ones to the other side are gone. The damage to hers is mostly from smoke and water.
No cat bodies were found in a search of the apartment on Saturday. They could be well-hidden somewhere, but with the amount of smoke from that fire, that might not be good news; however, anything is possible.
The sliding door was left open when Laura left for work. The balconies overlap, so perhaps the cats were able to escape from the 3rd floor during or after the fire, and are hiding in the woods behind the building. If so, they are scared and will not respond if called, but hopefully they will be found. Laura is making flyers to post for her missing cats.
Cheysulli and Gemini are coordinating a fundraiser Auction for Mom Laura. She still has Lilly Lu's vet bill to pay, plus new, unexpected expenses. And she is expecting twins.
Update on Cats And Fire
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Lilly, Mu Shue and Iris
Many of you have read the news reports and watched at least one video of the fire that destroyed several apartments in Laura's building yesterday. It started on her floor, but she wasn't home at the time. She is safe; however, her cats Lilly Lu, Mu Shue and Iris were inside. Short of a miracle, there is no hope they survived.
Everything - "charred to dust." Even before reading this description of Laura's apartment, our hearts were heavy, expecting the worst but still holding hope.
Sometimes life seems ironically cruel. These last months bloggers have regularly checked Lilly's blog for the latest news on her health. For a while Laura despaired of losing Lilly, but fought hard and got her into Tufts for an exam and then finally she had her surgery on April 2nd. Lilly was still recovering.
Laura still owes about $4000 on vet bills and now she is homeless, still awaiting word on her beloved cats. Last night must have seemed a week long as she waited for today when Animal Control and the Humane Society were to enter the building and search. Cat bloggers are still waiting on an update. There are occasions when time drags. This is one of them.
To add to the worry, Laura is expecting twins. Like many of you, we wish we could be there helping in some way. We can only imagine what Laura must be going through.
There are a couple of links to videos of the fire on Cat Blogosphere. If you scroll down there, you can read excerpts from a chat with Deb, who has spoken with a fireman who has seen Laura's apartment.
Life can change in a heartbeat. So while you have opportunity, humans, give your kitty or doggy an extra hug and a special treat - for Laura, who would love to be holding Lilly Lu, Mu Shue and Iris right now.
Update: We just visited Moki's blog and found some news. Cheysuli and Gemini have started an auction blog to help Laura. Contact them if you have some items to donate for auction.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Been There, Done This
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Shetland Pony's Identity Crisis
Haggis was spotted today. It's the second sighting this month. We sure wish he would be caught and returned home soon.
Friday, April 04, 2008
Asta's Surprise Party
Scruffy, Lacie & Stan are throwing a welcome home from Rome party for Asta - at Asta's place. You know how it is. When he returns from his trip to Italy, he won't want to rest; he'll want to p-a-r-t-y! So his friends are going to oblige.
Of course, his pawrents might have to rent a hotel room for the duration, unless they can sleep through a woofie and kitty bash.
You can click on the photo or this link and read the details. You can also post the photo on your own blog.
The Oprah show on puppy mills in Pennsylvania was very good. Good thing we were prepared with a box of tissues handy.
Millions of folks watch Oprah and we hope at least a large number of them take the information to heart. We wish they all would.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Puppy Mills on Oprah
Yes, Oprah Winfrey will do a tear-jerker, so have a box of tissues handy.
If you are interested in reading more on this subject, we refer you to the April 2 post on Wayne Pacelle's blog, A Humane Nation.
Since Oprah Winfrey is so popular and viewed by millions, perhaps this subject will get enough exposure to prompt more people to incite legislation to stop or at least stunt the proliferation and horrors of puppy mills.