Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Take My Breath Away


Abby

Sometimes a picture comes together that is pure magic.
If you biggify the picture Abby's tuxedo looks like feathers. Typically manx have double coats and Abby is no exception. Her fur is twice as thick as Boo, Ping, Jinx and Gracie. I measured her the other day. She is 11" long and 11' high, Boo was 19" long, so you can see how small she is. She is shaped like a kitten. All round and soft and plush. I can't get enough of my sweet little tuxie princess.

**kiss kiss Abby**

Orange Boy and Storm



This is
Orange Boy, he is Moki's good friend and he was bitten by a rattlesnake and is slowly recovering. He is not out of the woods yet and all purrs are needed. Please stop in and give him a kindly purr.
Storm has just received news that her lymphoma is back. Please keep her and her Mom in your thoughts as she begins another journey back towards good health. Our purrayers are with both Storm and Orange Boy....

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mancat Monday: Relaxin


Ping relaxin in the warm sunny Florida sun.

6 word memoir

We are tagged by our new friend Garfield , who was tagged by Boy for the memoir meme, here we goes~~~1) Write your own six word memoir.2) Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you’d like.3) Link to the person that tagged you in your post, and to the
original post if possible so we can track it as it travels across the
blogosphere.
4) Tag at least five more blogs with links.
5) Don’t forget to leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to
play.
6) Have fun!!
Tiny tuxie tornado.
Loyal loving livewire.
We tag anyone who hasn't played.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Finally Friday: A Bit of Kitty Karma

Please drop in on sweet Lilly Lu. In case you are unaware Lilly Lu along with Mu Shue and Iris and Mom Laura just experienced a house fire. They lost everything in the fire, except the most impawtant thing: each other. It's Lilly Lu gotcha day help her celebrate.



Kitty Zen:

Two spiritual mancats were travelling down a muddy well beaten path. They came to a crossroad and noticed a young Maine coon girl kitty on the side of the muddy path pacing back and forth trying to figure out how to get to the other side without getting mud all over her paws and fur. One of the mancats stopped and asked her if she would like to jump on his back and he would take her across the muddy path. Of course she accepted his kind offer. Then the two mancats continued on their journey. Several hours later the other mancat turned and said my friend why did you take that young Maine coon across the path? You know we are not supposed to go near girl kitties. Why did you do that?

The mancat turned to him and said Brother I dropped her off several hours ago.





How do you like Abby's new blanket?


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Weekend Cat Blogging #151 Apr 26-27Katie and Puddy at A Byootaful Life (see the week’s& host to enter your WCB post in the comments for the weekend roundup)

Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos at Pet’s Garden Blog(submit your post here)

The Carnival of the Cats is going to 4/27/08 #215Diamond Emerald-Eyes at House Panthers(submit your post here)
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Side note from my Momma:
Thank you all for your inspiring comments yesterday. It is a wonderful blessing to have all of you to share such joyful news with. THANK YOU!!!




Thursday, April 24, 2008

Thankful Thursday


Gracie girl giving a nosekiss to her idol and big brother Ping.
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The kitties said it was OK for Mom to take over the blog for a posting today. I have to do a very "thankful" posting. Nearly two years ago, my health was spiraling out of control. I did not want to accept that; and in fact I simply buried my head deeper into the sand. I kept noticing things that weren't right but I refused to do anything about it. Each visit to the Doctor only brought more bad news. What I couldn't accept was that I was doing it all to myself. I was pure and simply eating myself into an early grave. It took a diagnosis of Diabetes in July of 2007 to truly wake me up, rattle my spirit and make me embark on a new journey. That is the road I am on: a new journey. By being forced to monitor my own blood sugar levels I was able to see what high calorie, high fat food was doing to my body. In addition to the pounds it had added, it was doing horrible things to my insulin levels, my cholosterol level, and my blood pressure levels. I researched a meal plan to put myself on and found that what the ADA (American Diabetes Association) recommended was a low carb plan. Strangely enough it was very similiar to the plan I had had when a former Weight Watcher member during my teenage years (when I lost 65 pounds). I knew I could adhere to the plan because I had done it before. But what was so different was that this time I wasn't simply trying to lose weight I was fighting to regain my health back. Weight is one thing you can rush. It doesn't all of a sudden appear, and it won't all of a sudden disappear. This time I realize that I am in this for the rest of my life. Every other time I had stepped up to the plate to shed unwanted pounds I have always slid back into the old eating habits because I did not realize how toxic food was to the body. Oh yes, you read and hear about these things in the media, but until you are holding a blood sugar monitor with the immediate results of what a meal will do to you, well let me just say it's life changing. My vision has been changed forever.

In August when I first saw the Endocronologist he offered me two options, one was drug therapy the other was diet and exercise. Like so many of his patients I told him I would beat this back with diet and exercise. I could tell from his reaction (and I am sure from his perspective looking at me his expectations were low) that he thought I was full of beans. Well three months later when I saw him I had lost 31 pounds and I had dropped all of my numbers into the normal range. He didn't want to see me again until April, and I saw him this week. Well my weight loss is now at 66 pounds and my blood sugar level is 80 with an A1C of 5.1. Let me tell you what he said to me. He said he wished all of his patients were like me. I told him that I wanted to thank him for helping me gain my health back and that he had really blessed me and I was eternally grateful. Everyone in the Doctor's office was thrilled with my results, even the receptionist said Oh he doesn't want to see you for another year?! Like wow that's not the norm around here. In fact, the one thing he did tell me was that essentially now I am NOT a diabetic. But, I also realize that it is something which could so easily reoccur if I began eating in my old patterns.

I have a new relationship with food. I have always struggled with food, I just love it. Well it loves me back too, but this time I have fallen in love with the foods that truly do love my body. My track record for the past few decades belie what my actions once were. I believe in my reformation of being a former foodie. I feel good. I can't believe how much different I feel, in fact I feel 20 years younger.

Forgive my diatribe today. I just wanted to express my deep gratitude for being given the opportunity to turn myself around. I am on a journey, a new journey. One that is not just a physical transformation, it's a spiritual one as well. I feel like I am undergoing a cleansing. It starts on the outside but it's going all the way through to the inside. So my gratefulness is for the chance to begin again.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Finally Friday






Miss Abby

Spring has sprung in our neck of the woods. It's going to be a wonderful weekend.

Need more kitty love, please visit these sites:

Board the Friday Ark at The Modulator (submit your post here)


Weekend Cat Blogging is being held with Mog and Meowza at Mind of Mog(see the week’s& host to enter your WCB post in the comments for the weekend roundup)


Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos is Sunday here at the Cat Blogosphere(submit your post here)


The Carnival of the Cats 4/20/08 #214 - Aloyisius at Catymology(submit your post here)

And efurryone hug your kitty and have a great weekend!


Thursday, April 17, 2008

Thursday Tails: Abby & Boo

Miss Boo and Miss Abby

One small and round,

One tall and lean,

Two sisfurs side by side,

Gazing out into the world,

Waiting for...

Captain Jack and Sammy!

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If you have a moment pleases stop by and visit Captain Jack, Dante and Fagin and their Mom. We are all very worried about them and we want to let them know how much we care about each one of the them! Purrs!

~Miss Boo



Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tuxie Tuesday: Abby


Miss Abba Dabba

You will not believe what happened to me! One morning I was trying to crawl up into my little nest in the chair and my claws got caught on the cover Momma has on the table. I hung over the side of the table with just the tips of my white pawsies barely touching the floor. I was stuck. I cried out HELP! Momma was NOT home. Daddy was still getting ready for work and he came out to help me, but I didn't know that. Everytime he tried to help me I tried to put the bitey on him. I was furry upset. Where was my MOMMA???? Finally though after a bit, I did let Daddy get me untangled and I was able to get up into my soft bed. *whew* What a way to start a day!

Momma has found a solution for me. She knows I can't jump as well as I once did so she put up a footstool for me to jump on and then I can jump up into my nest. This makes it so much easier for me and I really like having different levels to jump on. She also removed the nasty blanket that I kept catching my pawsies on ... now everything is safe and I am happy.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mancat Monday: Mr. Jinx

A big ball of floof!

Miracles and Passages

Stand still.
The trees ahead and bushes beside you
Are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes.
Listen.
It answers,
I have made this place around you.
If you leave it,
you may come back again,
saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost.
Stand still.
The forest knows
Where you are.
You must let it find you.
LOST
~David Wagoner

Good bye for now sweet Miral.

Miracles for Lilly Lu, Mu shue and Iris
and Mom Laura...

Friday, April 11, 2008

Finally Friday

Miss Abby:

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"I Want To Quit!"

by Joan Fremo



I want to quit!My health is bad. There are days I feel so terrible that I can barely move. My phone bills are outrageous, and I could have replaced my van with the funds I have spent these last 3 years---on animals that were not my own.

I want to quit!I spend hours and hours emailing about dogs. There may be 500 messages when I start---and at 4 AM, when I finally shut down the computer, there are still 500 emails to be read.

I want to quit!Gosh, I haven't the time left to email my friends. I can't remember the last book I read, and I gave up my subscription to my local newspaper---I used to enjoy reading it, cover to cover, but now it often ends up in the bottom of the squirrel's cage---unread.


I want to quit!I've spent days emailing what seems like everyone---trying to find a foster home, help for a dog languishing in a shelter---but his time has run out, and the shelter has had to euthanize to make room for the next sad soul.


I want to quit!I swear, I walk away from my computer to stretch my legs---let the dogs out---and come back to find another dog in desperate need. There are times I really dread checking my email. How will I find the funds, the help, to save yet another dog?


I want to quit!I save one dog, and two more take its place. Now an owner who doesn't want his dog---it won't stay in his unfenced yard. An intact male wanders... This bitch got pregnant by a stray... This 3-month-old pup killed baby chicks... The dog got too big... This person's moving and needs to give up his pet. I ask you, friends---what town, what city, what state doesn't allow you to own a pet?


I want to quit!I just received another picture, another sad soul with tormented eyes that peer out of a malnourished body. I hear whimpering in my sleep, have nightmares for days... Many of the "Breed People" don't seem to want to hear about these dogs. Breeders either don't realize, or just don't care, how many dogs of their breed are dying in shelters.


I want to quit!I just got off the phone. "Are you Pyr Rescue? We want to adopt a male to breed to our female." How many times do I have to explain? I have tried to explain about genetics, about health and pedigrees. I explain that rescue NEUTERS! I usually end up sobbing, as I explain about the vast numbers of animals dying in shelters across the country, as I describe the condition many of these animals are found in. I wonder if they really heard me...


I want to quit!It is not like I don't have enough rescues of my own to worry about--- but others have placed dogs improperly and aren't there to advise the new owners.


I want to quit!There ARE some unscrupulous rescues out there---hoarders, collectors, and folks who will short change the care of the animals to make a dollar. They save them all, regardless of temperament, putting fellow rescuer's and adopters at risk by not being truthful.


I want to quit!I have trusted the wrong people--- had faith and heart broken...


I want to quit!AND THEN...My dog, lays his head in my lap, he comforts me with his gentle presence---and the thought of his cousins suffering stirs my heart.


I want to quit!AND THEN...One of those 500 emails is from an adopter. They are thanking me for the most wonderful dog on earth---they cannot imagine life without their friend---their life is changed, and they are so grateful.
I want to quit!AND THEN...One of my adopted Rescues has visited a nursing home. A patient that has spent the last few years unable to communicate, not connecting---Lifts his hand to pat the huge head in his lap, softly speaks his first words in ages--- to this gentle furchild.
I want to quit!AND THEN...A Good Samaritan has found and vetted a lost baby, "I can't keep him, but I'll take care of him until you find his forever home."
I want to quit!AND THEN..."Jamie took his first steps holding on to our Pyr." "Joan, you should see this dog nursing this hurt kitten!" "I was so sick, Joan, and he never left my side..."
I want to quit!AND THEN...I get an email from a fellow rescuer, "Haven't heard from you in a while---you OK? You know I think of you..."
I want to quit!
AND THEN...A dozen rescuers step up to help, to transport, to pull, and to offer encouragement. I have friends I have never seen, but we share tears, joys, and everything in between. I am not alone. I am blest with family of the heart, my fellow Rescuers.
Just days ago it was a friend who shared her wit and wisdom, whose late night email lifted my heart. Sometimes it is friends who only have time to forward you a smile. Often, it is my friends who forward me the notices of dogs in need.
There are Rescuers who see a flailing transport and do everything they can do find folks to pull it together for you.
Rescuers who'll overnight or foster your Dog while you seek transport.
There are Rescuers not used to or comfortable with your breed, but who put aside their discomfort to help.
There are Rescuers whose words play the music of our hearts. Foster homes that love your Rescue, and help to make them whole again---body and spirit. Foster homes that fit your baby in, though it may not be their breed.
Rescuers whose talents and determination give us tools to help us.
Rescuers we call on for help in a thousand ways, who answer us, who hear our pleas.
Rescuers who are our family, our strength, our comrades in battle.

I know I cannot save every dog in need.

I know my efforts are a mere drop in a sea.

I know that if I take on just one more---those I have will suffer.


I want to quit!
But I won't.

When I feel overwhelmed, I'll stroke my dogs head while reading my fellow Rescuers emails. I'll cry with them, I'll laugh with them---and they will help me find the strength to go on.


I want to quit!
But not today.
There's another email, another dog needing Rescue.


This piece is dedicated, with love and gratitude, to all Rescuers.
This is dedicated especially to Jody.
What she does for all of those cats in and around the Albany, OR area is truly amazing.
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursdays Tails




Miss Abby
Every morning I go into the powder room to help Momma get ready for work, unfortunately for me Boo also helps every morning. This morning Boo was getting into the wicker basket that Momma has out but she decided to do a little grooming first. Well, guess what? She knocked off Daddy's electric razor. I was sitting on the floor right below,and you know what? It fell and went KABOOM on the floor and then all of a sudden I was covered in Daddy's face furrs. I did not like it at all. There was a big ruckus when the razor fell and both Boo and I scrambled. When the dust settled I sure let her know I didn't appreciate being covered in face furrs.
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Every year on April 10, the anniversary date of the founding of the ASPCA in 1866, the ASPCA will be celebrating ASPCA Day and encouraging animal lovers of all ages nationwide to GO ORANGE FOR ANIMALS!

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Tuesday Tattles


Abby:
Yesterday Momma was trying to get dinner for all of us and all of a sudden in the den she heard the familiar sound of scratch scratch scratch against a chair. Quickly she ran (yes RAN) woofing towards the den. She scarit Ping (of course it was Ping!) and all the rest of us too. I have never seen Momma run before. None of us had, we all followed her into the den because it was so weird to see her move so fast.Boy she sure looks funny when she runs and makes funny LOUD woofin noises. Momma just wishes Ping would stop trying to scratch on her chair. She covers it up but it doesn't stop him. *sigh* Ping you're gonna get us all in trouble if you don't quit.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Mancat Monday: Ping

Here is a gorgeous graphic that Maggie and Zoey did of Ping who as you can see is truly thinking spring in picture below... (and no doubt dreaming of Miss Gemini!)

Ping says :FANK YU Maggie and Zoey for the wonderful graphic!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Looking Back meme....

Our good friend Mickey tagged me with one of the coolest meme's I've seen. This meme is a way to send one's readers back into the blog archives to posts they may have missed or posts that they will remember (hopefully fondly).The rules are as follows:
Link 1 must be about family. In this link, I introduce the trio!
Link 2 must be about friends. This is about the friends I am most thankful for!
Link 3 must be about yourself, who you are... what you're all about. On August 15, 2005 I introduced myself to the innernets.
Link 4 must be about something you love. Oh my this was easy : SAMMY!
Link 5 can be anything you choose. This my favorite, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
I tag Billy from Meezer Tails and sweet Lego.

Finally Friday: Feed me

Abby:
Nom nom nom...
NOM NOM NOM... Why did you quit? Ok I can see we have a lack of communication here. Let's me just say if you feed me a squillion temptations there will be no repurcussions, otherwise I don't know what may happen; you might find I leave you a little sumthin sumthin on the floor or in your shoes.
FEED ME!
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Need more kitties?
It's the weekend, so please make sure to visit the following:
Board the Friday Ark at The Modulator (submit your post here)

Weekend Cat Blogging #148 Apr 5-6Held at Bad Kitty Cats(see the week’s& host to enter your WCB post in the comments for the weekend roundup)

Bad Kitty Cats Festival of Chaos Edition 39 • 04-06-2008 Ms. Mog & Kitty Cats at Mind Of Mog Optional Theme - To Be Determined (submit your post here)

The Carnival of the Cats 4/6/08 #212Going to Amar and Luna of CatSynth(submit your post here)
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Efurryone have a greatttttt weekend!

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Thursday Tails

Miss Boo is showing off her big Boo eyes!
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Miss Boo:
Momma went out and got us a furminator.
If any of you kitties loves to be groomed this is the right tool for you!
It makes your coat silky and shiny.
I highly recommend it.
And make sure your Momma grooms you at least efurryday!
*wink*

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Tuxie Tuesday

Abby:
Momma was so happy! She saw that little tuxie manxie kitty over the weekend. There are 5 kittens. 3 of them are completely black and one tortie and the other one is a tuxedo. There is only one solid black one of the five with a tail, all the others were tailess. She tried to get near the kittens but they are all too fast and scampered away. They plowed into the food she brought. They all look healthy and in great shape. She knows she did the right thing by not taking the little tuxie because she knows that she has her heart filled with the five of us.