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Monday, December 29, 2014

Aww,shucks!

Thanks for the warm welcome back everyone! I haven't really had much of a chance to visit yet but plan to start on that this week. I am hoping to post a couple times a month at least from now on.  And I am hoping that the cats will cooperate and let me take some good pictures of them - I did get a few the past couple days, including this great one of Gus, Barney and Stella all snuggling together.  So look for us to stop by and say hi at some point this week!
 
 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Holy Cow are we back?!?

Hey everyone! I know it has been a VERY long time since I posted anything on here and a LOT has gone on. Work has actually gotten worse - I know hard to believe - and it just is stressing me out so much! For the most part the cats are doing great, but sadly Kirzon passed away last year at the ripe old age of 17.  I know he had a good life with us but I miss him lots all the time. Barney has gotten to be a bit of a bully with everyone, I think he wants to be the alpha cat.  Lola is still her normal, crazy old lady self.  Virgil is still the loner/rebel cat he was before - tell him not to knock something down and he will do it immediately.  Gus is still Mr. Responsible - I would trust him to be in charge any day.  Stella is a great girl - not the most snuggly but loves to be petted and get attention (as long as she doesn't have to sit on your lap), and Trixie, well, she has grown up to be a huge snugglebug.  She sleeps by me every night, and snuggles with her big brothers when she can (Gus and Barney are the snugglebugs of the house along with her). 
 
For me, I still have the same crappy job (as mentioned above) and I know I won't be able to visit everyone like I used to, which I think is part of how I got overwhelmed before.  But I do want to post sometimes - probably a lot less often, and just let you guys all know we are still here and still doing well. I haven't taken a ton of photos lately, but here is a super cute one of Barney all snuggled up in a blanket the other day that I think is pretty cute.  So, I guess we are back!
 
 
ETA: And I am sad to see that one of our friends from before had to be helped to the bridge - it is sad news to return to, but sadly that is how life is.  We are all very sad to hear that Derby had to leave, but we know he will see lots of friends up there. 
 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Sorry we disapeared again!

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to do a quick we are still here we swear post - I just felt crappy since last week and wasn't up to any computer viewing. And boy, I am so behind in visiting I just want to cry to be honest (and I know it is the whole blogging with out obligation thing but that just isn't me). Work is crazy and I thought I could visit but turns out I have about 2 minutes today to just put this up.I will have the Trixie present pics soon - I miss you all so much and hope to do a bit of visiting later on!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Happy First Birthday Trixie!!!

Thanks Ann from Zoolatry for the great birthday picture!!

So today is Trixie's First Birthday! Well, at least it is sometime around today - see we aren't quite sure, because Trixie, and her brother Leo, and their sisters, were found by Chrystal as tiny feral kittens - and we aren't 100% sure when they were born. But Chrystal estimated they were 7 weeks old, and counting back from there brought us to today - so it is the day we picked for their birthdays!

It all started back on October 8, 2010 - Chrystal had gotten a call about a feral mom and her kittens, and had started to try to gather up the family. She got two the first night, one more the next day (Trixie) along with their mom, and the rest after that. They were all adorable but all very scared. With Chrystal's love and care, they all began to come around. Their mom was a total feral, so with her they spayed her and released her back, knowing she would be watched over by her mother-in-laws neighbor, who had originally spotted the family.  The kittens were taken care of and soon they grew into sweet wonderful kitties. That is thanks to the love and patience of Chrystal and her family.

Now around that time, we were helping out with the transport of Ash - the first kitty that was being adopted under the Winnie's Wish campaign.  At the time I hadn't planned on adding to our group - yes all the ferals were just adorable, but we had six and that seemed like a great amount. The transport went great but I have to admit it was very hard for me to part with Ash because he was such a sweetheart and I just instantly fell in love - I actually cried because I missed him after only a couple hours. I think that is really when the thought of another cat started to get in my mind.

Time went by, the kittens got bigger and tamer at Chrystals, and then the holdays came, and then Chrystal was helping puppies, and in the middle of all the craziness Chrystal posted this picture:


And that was it - I was hooked. I couldn't stop thinking about that cutie - all the feral's were adorable of course (Leo was a gorgeous boy who reminded me of Ash, and the other girls are total cuties too), but something about Tuxie, as she was known then, just got me. And Tuxie - so close to the name I had already picked for our next ladycat - Trixie - it just seemed like fate. So I kept talking about her and eventually Brad and I agreed we could make room for one more kitty (but only one more -  believe me two was tempting but I knew that would be out of control in this house).  So back in February we announced that we had decided to adopt Tuxie, and she would be renamed Trixie, and it was so exciting - waiting to meet up with Chrystal to pick her up was tough. But that day came back in February - we met in Effingham (which still makes me laugh when I say the name) and we picked up our sweet girl. She was nervous at first but that didn't surprise me. Once she was out she was the biggest lovebug I have ever met. And things have just gotten better since then (she is sitting next to me now as I am typing this). She has really become a perfect member of the family - she gets along with all the cats and plays with them all. Even the crabby old ladycat Lola likes her - and she hardly likes anyone that isn't human (I think only Gus gets the same amount of respect that Trixie does). She is the perfect size for Virgil to play with - they are close to the same size, and all the others are bigger, she is a snugglebug for Barney and Gus, she is a tomboy to chase around and be chased by for Stella, and she has a good respect for Kirzon as the alpha cat. 

A few months later, Trixie's "big" brother Leo was adopted by Andrea, who started a blog for him and his new sister Star - Andrea is lucky because there was a picture of Leo and Trixie posted at one point that almost had me picking him too (but I knew I could only do one, and honestly I kind of thought about all of the others at one point or another - heck if we won the lottery tomorrow and got a bigger house I would probably bring one up here if not all of them - but it would have go be a big win to get a big enough house at that point!) Leo has grown up into a gorgeous mancat, and it is funny because he looks a lot like his new sister Star, but nothing like Trixie (Trixie was the only tuxie in a family of gray cats - but we know she is related because of their polydactyl mom and her polydactyl sibs). It is funny - when we got Kirzon he was also the only tuxie among a group of calicos.  But oh, when I read the blog, Leo is so similar to Trixie in so many ways! He prefers climbing to jumping (so does Trixie), the TV made him nervous at first (same with Trixie), he likes to pull feathers out of things (yep, that too), and in so many other ways!  So today, as both our blogs celebrate our babies first birthdays both of us together have a wish - we wish that Trixie and Leo's sisters (and of course all of Chrystals other kitties too) would find their perfect forever homes.

Chrystal is one of the most wonderful people I know - she takes in these cats (and dogs) who really need help - but there is only so much room in the cathouse. Right now the cathouse is full - 18 cats that need homes. Now, not only can I say that Trixie is super sweet, but I can also vouch for the fact that it isn't just Trixie - I met Ash and he couldn't have been a sweeter cat. And Leo is sweet too - this cannot just be a coincidence. I know all you other cat bloggers out there will agree that the kitties you adopted from Chrystal are sweet too - this cannot be a coincidence. This is because Chrystal, her daughters, and her husband are such wonderful people and take such good care of all the animals they have there. I have to assume that all the kitties currently in the cat house are the same way - amazingly sweet. And they need to find good homes, so that Chrystal can have room to help more kitties that need it, and so that there can be even more sweet kitties out there for people to adopt. So, if you know ANYONE that is looking for a sweet, loving, wonderful member of the family to add (or two or three - heck, we have 7 so if you haven't reached that yet, well, keep up!) please keep Chrystal in mind and mention them to anyone you know. And, she does have a couple polydactyls there too - so you get more toes for your money (which by the way, is zero dollars - though I of course always think that if you do adopt that sending them home with some stuff for the remaining animals is always a good idea - we always try to load them up with stuff when we meet up with them). Now if you aren't nearby don't worry - things can be worked out (if you are needing a transport to the north, for example, we can always help with a leg of the trip). Chrystal's cats have gone as far as California and Canada - with the power of the Cat Blogosphere behind her they can pretty much make it anywhere - at least on this continent (though I bet there would be some way to get them overseas somehow).  And of course one of the best Birthday presents for Leo and Trixie would be for their sisters to find loving wonderful homes - just look at the pictures that Andrea sent over that prove it (these are from when Trixie and Leo still lived at Chrystals - and include the picture that had me almost adding Leo too - but I am glad that he found his perfect home with Star and Andrea)!!




Ok, so I guess that is all for today - if you haven't met Leo or if you know him but haven't had a chance, please stop by, say Hi, and wish him Happy Birthday! He is such a sweet brother he sent Trixie a birthday present - we will have  a post of her opening it up in a couple days (I am terrible because I have a package for him I just haven't sent out yet - I wonder if that is why Trixie keeps talking to me - she has gotten very chatty lately!)

And if you have the chance stop by to visit Chrystal too - I have the link to the story of the Feral Six up a the top, but be sure to read about all the babies that are there now!!

And of course, I have to again say Happy First Birthday to our baby Trixie Belle - we are so happy to have you in our family!!




Friday, August 26, 2011

Time for smiles

So after all the sadness in the CB, and all the crappyness I have had at work lately, and the fact I haven't been able to visit I decided it is time for some smiles.

Tomorrow is Trixie's first Birthday (or as close as I can figure out it is - it is the day that we have picked at least). She is going to be one year old. Her brother Leo, who lives with his new sister Star, has a blog, Celestial Kitties and they are going to be celebrating his first birthday too! Now, these two wonderful kitties wouldn't be with their new families if they hadn't been found and rescuted by Chrystal at Daily Dose of Dogs - I know a lot of you know her already. Well, for those of you who don't know she rescues kitties and has 2 "cat houses" that they live in until they find their forever homes - that second cat house, which is connected to the first and can be opened up to make one big one, was made possible with donations from everyone out here in blogland, and others too of course. See the thing is that the cat houses can comfortably hold about 18 kitties - and they are full up right now. So today and tomorrow, in addition to doing some fun stuff to celebrate Trixie and Leo's birthday, we are also going to ask you to visit Chrystal, and who knows, maybe you will find a kitty that you will fall in love with like we did.

So lets see, what is up with the gang here - Kirzon is feelign better I think. He is still not super perky at night but he is eating in the morning and through the day. I think part of the lack of evening perkiness is just old age. He has been sleeping in the sink upstairs lately because he loves to drink out of it. And even though he isn't the young kitten he used to be he will still hold his own with the young cats - and he makes sure that they all know he is still the alpha cat in the house.

Stella has been hanging out with him a lot lately - they both come in the bathroom with me in the morning and at night, and he is actually washing her head right now. They both like the heart shapped pillow, so I think that is what started it - they both want to sleep there. So now they both hang out there together.  Stella is so funny because she is totally a tomboy but she will be super sweet and snuggly sometimes, and in a very girly way. Her chin is looking better but boy she hates when I put the stuff on it - she was so mad the first day she scratched my stomach pretty bad, but that is ok. She was back to her normal self within 5 minutes so it didn't upset her too much.

Lola has been hanging out in her room a lot more lately - she goes through phases. Barney is kind of a bully with her (Virgil used to be and so he saw that growing up) but I do think sometimes that she starts it by getting all huffy if he is too close. And sometimes I think he just wants to play - but she gets mad because she really doesn't. So if she wants to stay upstairs that is ok - I leave the door open so she knows she can come out. She is most tolerant of Gus and Trixie - mainly because they don't hiss if she gets mad they are close, so she then stops. And she is funny - if Barney or another cat is sleeping she will go over and sit by them. And Virgil is fascinated by her room - if I go upstairs he stands by the door and cries to go in. He has mostly grown out of his chasing her phase.

Barney has been acting kind of jealous lately, so I have been trying to give him lots of attention. And he is always still snuggly, but sometimes he will see a cat near me and will bust in and get in front of them to get attention. But then he can be sweet too - he snuggles with Trixie and Stella a lot and plays with them too.

Gus has gotten a lot snugglier lately, which is awesome but also has the problem of almost making me late for work sometimes - I feel guilty leaving when he gets all snuggly. And he wants to snuggle at bed time too. He is the most even tempered cat I have ever seen - he is the observer of the group too - he likes to just sit and watch what is going on. But he will play and chase too of course. But boy, he has the girliest meow of any cat I have ever heard - I will have to get that on video.

Virgil is pretty funny - he is definitely and adult cat now. He loves to yell for attention, and of course he squeaks too. Sometimes he looks at Trixie in the funniest way - it makes me think that he thinks the guy in the mirror from when he was a kitten got out and turned into a girl cat. He is an unusual cat - he can be very snuggly, especially with Brad, but he is also a loner sometimes. And he loves Lola's room and Lola's crunchy food. At first I tried to keep them from eating her crunchies, but I decided that since he could use a little bit of meat on his bones that it is ok - it is for sensitive skin and stomachs, and not for old ladycats (her canned food is for mature cats but the crunchy is for all ages) but it must be tasty too.If he sees me headed that direction he is outside that door like it is a magnet and he is made out of iron.

And Trixie, well she is just so funny - she can be so brave about things, and the other cats don't intimidate her at all, but then some things she gets nervous about, like when I open the catfood bag if it is too loud she doesn't like it. Storms - no problem - she takes after Stella and likes to watch them, but a bag, that is too much. She isn't 100% sure of Brad yet - she goes near him but when he tries to pet her she will leave pretty quickly. But that is ok - he has Virgil so at least one cat likes him a lot (Gus does too actually, and Lola - Kirzon and Stella like him but don't really snuggle). And Trixie loves to play - she will start games of tag or THoE or wrestling with all the cats. She is not scared of Lola and has even touched noses with her (briefly) - they don't snuggle but they sniff each other, and they both hang out in Lola's room a lot.And she is very interested in Kirzon.

Anway, I hope the cat stories made you smile. Tomorrow is the big birthday post - I hope to see you here!!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sad News

I was so sad today - when I finally had a few minutes to check in on friends, we learned that our dear friend Misses Peach had to leave to go to the bridge. She was another one of the blogs we followed early on, and she was just such a wonderful sweet cat. We know a lot of friends were there to meet her when she arrived, including Floyd.


Then I saw that little Beignet, who was being adopted by Sweet Praline's mom, had also run off to the bridge - he was very young, only 11 weeks old. We are sad that he is gone too, and I am afraid to even keep checking to find more bad news - this is part of why I hate falling behind, because as you catch up you read the sad news everyone posted. We are sending purrs and prayers to Beignet, Misses Peach, and everyone we haven't had a chance to visit so far - hopefully there aren't too many more of our friends who will need them. Tomorrow we will have a happer post to talk about Trixie's birthday.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Pictures

So here are some random pictures of the cats that I took on and off. They tend to sleep more in summer since it is hot so it is hard to get many pictures of them doing anything. But first I wanted to post a picture of a pendant I made for a friend of mine. She has been sick, and she decided to get a tatoo of her dog Kali's paws, so I asked her to scan me a copy and I made her a pendant of Kali's paw too. So the first picture is of that pendant, and the rest are of the cats. I hope you like them!