Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!!!!

We wish you a very SAFE and happy healthy New Year!!!!

 We would like to add to your celebration with the news that mom stopped at the shelter last night and....  George and Gigi were adopted - TOGETHER!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Finally Friday.....

Mom says for only being 4 days long, it has been a long week.  :)

She stopped to see the kittens last night. Miss Gigi is staying at the shelter and should be on the adoption floor today. Mom says she looked pretty hung over last night but was looking for love. And....Geoff (our meezer boy) was adopted!!

We don't have many plans for the weekend. Mom will go over to grandma and grandpa's house on Monday to watch the Spartans play football in their bowl game, so we don't have to worry about that (grandpa bought himself a new big flat screen tv, so mom says she is getting spoiled watching sports over there).

We will be taking it said something about some fireworks on Saturday night - not sure why the new year has to be brought in with explosives. We are already making plans to hide under the covers!!!

We hope you have a safe and fun New Years!!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thankful Thursday......

We are going to let mom take this one today:  A word on miss Gigi - she was dropped off this morning for her lady-gardenectomy and the cat person said she could just stay at the shelter. Mom wasn't quite prepared for that, but that means we should have a peaceful, kitten-free weekend. :)

It is getting closer to the end of the year (how did that happen??), and I have been thinking about this past year. It has been a wild roller coaster. The ups and downs seemed to never end. I experienced more foster losses than any other year combined. But, the highs have been amazing.

What am I thankful for? First, that my family and friends are healthy, happy and employed. Second, the kitty crew here is healthy and (mostly) get along. Third, all of you. I don't think I could have made it through all of this without your cheers and support.

And please know that while I post here about the cats and the fosters and the transports, I do read and following along with all of you as well.  I cheer your successes, smile at the cuteness, and cry at the losses.

So, here is the year in review (these are just some highlights - it was interesting to go back and look over the blog for the last 12 months). I am going to try to stick to the positive things:

January - the chicken kittens came as fosters, Watson was found as a stray in the neighborhood (yes, someone dumped a persian), and my brother and sister-in-law got Minnie the Great Pyrnees.

February - our annual Purr-fur-mance review and the family Disney trip

March - the 2nd annual Best Friends trip (thank heaven for this)

April - Junior's 1st Gotcha Day, Swizzle and the kittens came as fosters, the adventures of Foxy the dog

May - TNR: Annie & Oakley...and the first of the Memorial kittens, and the sad news of Swizzle and FeLV

June - the rest of the Memorial kittens, negative test results for us, discovering that Tim is a great help socializing wild kittens, and BOX Day

July - Jasper & Soapy's transport (for Winnie's Wish), Chiclet got adopted!!!, Willow, Zander & Ebony joined us for a couple of weeks, Christmas in July

August - the gremlins came as fosters, Black Cat Appreciation Day (Mo would like you to know that he thinks this is every day), Mac (the 100th foster)

September - Mo Cats Day, the gray foster kittens (Cloud & Kiari), Tory & Trevor came as fosters (and then were adopted together), Martini got adopted!!!! (he was one of Swizzle's kittens)

October - Kletus came as a foster (this was good and bad), working cats adopted from the shelter

November - Danny & Mason came as fosters (and then were adopted together), Baloo & Mowgli came as fosters (and then ran for the Bridge), the G's

December - Ferris

We hope that you have a great 2012....we can't wait to see what happens!!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (sorta)

Update: Geoff and George are back at the shelter. Mom was afraid Gigi would be whiny without her brothers, but she was pretty good - just a few cries in the middle of the night. Gigi goes tomorrow for her spay and then back to the shelter early next week. The kittens curled up with mom yesterday before she took in the boys and mom got some cute pictures. And our boy Ferris (Thankful Thursday 12-22-11) has an upper respiratory thing, so he is stuck in the back of the shelter until he feels better.




Tuesday, December 27, 2011

let's see......

Santa Paws did visit us.....we got some toys and treats. Plus mom came back from Florida on Monday night, so we got to sleep with her too!!!

Some updated news: there were some great adoptions from the shelter before Christmas. One was mom's buddy Smudge (you can see video of him here). He was on the radio on Thursday (though mom didn't get to hear it cause apparently CD101 is actually on 102.5). Someone heard all about him and adopted him on Friday. YEAH!! We hope Santa Paws brought him a water fountain at his new home. :)  Also, there were a pair of boys named Paramount and Baby. They were about 3 months apart in age, both moo kitties but had bonded like brothers. The shelter said they would adopted them separately, but everyone hoped someone would adopted them both. And someone did Thursday night!!!

Geoff and George go back to the shelter tonight. sigh....  mom is gonna miss the little boogers. Gigi should be spayed on Thursday and then go back early next week.

And now for some Christmas pictures:  Mom says the weather was finally nice when they were visiting (normally it is yucky) so they went to the beach on Saturday and walked.
grandpa and lanah (mom's niece) building the annual gingerbread house

the florida family

lanah and the polar bear

(seriously guys, it isn't a polar bear - Minnie is a DOG)

Monday, December 26, 2011

too funny.....

Mom is on her way back from Florida, but we wanted to share this video with you. The polar bear from Florida (ooh geez - she is a great pyrnees) is learning how to speak. Sorta......

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Catmas!!!!!

We hope you have a wonderful day and that Santa finds you tonight - and you were on the NICE list!!

Funny Pictures - It's Santa Cat

Friday, December 23, 2011

Secret Paws 2011

YEAH!!! We got our Secret Paws 2011 presents!!  We got our from Penny and Tippy - known as the Meow_Girls....BUT they aren't online with a blog!!!  Girls....if you are reading this - THANK YOU and get on the CB with us!!

We love the treats and the new toys. There were jingly balls and FEVVERS!!!  The kittens got in on the action as well...

Thursday, December 22, 2011

thankful Thursday...

Meet Ferris. Last Tuesday he showed up at the office where mom works. He was still there on Wednesday. They fed him and he acted so very hungry. After talking, the girls at the office decided to take him to see if he had a micro-chip and then get him rescued. Mom called the shelter and they had an open spot, so they agreed to take him. This big orange tomcat was wearing a collar but not micro-chipped. And not neutered. They checked the local paper, craigslist and PetFBI but didn't find any ads about a missing cat like the boy.

Last Thursday he was tested (all negative) and neutered. Now he is just waiting for an open spot on the adoption floor. He is VERY handsome and such a lover. He traveled very well in the car, didn't seem very concerned about the dogs in the lobby at the shelter and is a chatty guy. Mom checked on him Saturday and he was doing very well and seemed very happy to see mom.

(check out those whiskers and tomcat sighs)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We got an award.....

We got it from Cat's Cats. They are pretty awesome and fun...and adopted 2 cats from Chrystal!!

"Liebster" means dear, dearest, favorite or beloved in German. The requirements of receiving the award are to link back to who gave it to you, paste the Award on your blog, then choose 5 of your favorite blogs to pass the award on to that are up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers, let them know by leaving a comment on their blog and hope that the 5 blogs chosen will keep on spreading the love by passing the award on to 5 more blogs.

1. Feline Rescue Cat Tales: they are a shelter in MN!! What can we say - show us a cat rescue and we are there! They do a great job of showcasing their cats.

2. The Maaaaa of Pricilla: goats, farm cats and chickens! (and check out their soap) They have been posting Christmas Carols over the last week which have kept us laughing.

3. White Dog Diary: the White Dog Army (of eskies)! Devoted to their rescue dogs, this zen blog also is fighting to help end cancer - in dogs and people!

4. Four White Paws: a true cat guy! Follow the adventures of the house cats and also as he helps his outdoor kitty BK.

5. The Thundering Herd: siberians - lots of them!! We love following their adventures....this week they are CAMPING!

wordless wednesday.....

Resting up for Catmas....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Review for Tuesday....

We got an email last week from an online pet food company. Now, we tend to buy from our local store - cause mom waits for it to go on sale (something about us eating her out of house and home). But, she was interested cause they offered her a coupon to use. And, never being one to pass up anything free, mom went to check it out.

Mr Chewy was very easy to view and to use. They just have food, treats and litter, but that is OK. The range of food was pretty impressive (at least for cats - mom didn't look at the dog food). There were only about 3 kinds of treats, but we could live with that. Ordering was easy - click and tell the amount. And the nice part was there was a running count at the top of every page with the number of things in your cart and your total - cause delivery is free over $49.00. Mom says she wishes she would have gotten an email with her purchase receipt rather than just having to save the last page of the order, but then we gots an email later that day with our order info telling us it had been shipped. So, if they continue to be able to ship the same day, that would be a good cover.

You can also set it up for a delivery on a set schedule (we like this part cause it would keep mom from looking in our food bin some mornings and saying bad werds when she realized the bin was empty). Plus, if you refer people to them, they make a donation to their partner charities: North Shore Animal League, Best Friends Animal Society and Bideawee.

Now, we don't think we would use the service - we live near a pretty big town, and like we said, mom waits for our foods to go on sale. But, if you can't get out regularly or live not near a big town, this would be a great idea. The prices mom saw are pretty comparative to the big box pet stores near us.

So, there it is - a good service. We did get the coupon, but this is still our opinion. And the coupon - we used it to send foods to Chrystal and the cats at Winnie's Wish. We think it is supposed to be delivered today, so don't tell her yet since we want it to be a surprise...... MOL

Monday, December 19, 2011

Mini Meezer Mancat Monday....

Geoff here: da foster mom left the laptop compooter thingie on so I thought I would tell you about our weekend. da foster mom left the bafroom door open caturday morning and we got to be out all day. well, most of it since we did go back in for dinner. da foster mom gave us the first dose of the mede medi nasty stuff on Friday. george didn't like it much and drooled. :)  da foster mom cleaned our room on sunday and we again gots to play out in the whole house most of the day. we seem to like the back bedroom and keep her guessing as to what we is up to.

da foster mom said that we have to go backs to the shelter on fursday to be weighed and maybe gets our surgeries. but we will come back heres since we have to be on the nasty stuffs for a few days after that. we do enjoy being heres, but da foster mom says we has to get big enough to find homes of our own.

George & Gigi

Geoff (being a new blogger is hard)


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Baby update.....

As we posted Thursday, none of the kittens weighed over 2 pounds for their spay/neuter surgery. The shelter ran another test and they are positive for coccidia. yeah....  sigh....  At least this can be treated and they should be better quick. Weights and "maybe" surgery next Thursday. Mom is glad they figured it out (apparently the microscope at the shelter isn't strong enough to catch this on these guys). But, Gigi was in there last week and they didn't run the test and mom has been complaining about this since we got them. So, a little frustrated. However, at least we know what it is. New drugs starting Friday....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Spud & Ivy's Gotcha Day.....

Hard to believe they have been here for 3 years.....

You can read their stories here: Spud and Ivy

Considering they were raised together, you would think they would get along better. Not gonna happen...we think Ivy considers Spud to be the ultimate pesky little brother.

Ivy loves to snuggle with Tim and Mozart. Spud is considered to be Tim and Tom's own personal stalker....but they tolerate him pretty much. Certainly better than everyone else in the house. Spud and Junior have never figured it out - Spud has no tolerance and Junior has no common sense. :)

But, we hope you can join us to celebrate their gotcha day!!!  With all the sads recently among our friends, please kiss all your kitties and woofies tonight and take an extra minute to tell them how glad you are they are in your life. Mom has promised us extra lap time and some extra treats....

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Goodbye Sweet Admiral....

The news is making its way around, but we were shocked to hear the Admiral ran for the Bridge. We know her mom is heartbroken.....and our mom is crying too......

Thankful Thursday.....

As always, we are thankful all our friends. We are purring for all those that need it.....

Mom is continuing to volunteer - just limiting her interactions some. The kittens were scheduled for surgery today - however, no chance of that - they don't weigh enough: George 1 lb 15 oz; Geoff 1 lb 12 oz; Gigi 1 lb 5 oz. sigh......  The cat lady is going to talk to the vet and run another test for parasites - and then check into changing their diets. Raw isn't an option since they will have to go back to the shelter but we may try grain free.....
And, we are thankful especially for updates from adopters: we got an email from the lady that adopted Bat & Mohawk - now named Lucy & Linus. You can read about them here: release the gremlins Mohawk's adoption Bat adopted

They are doing very well. They love Peanut (the cat with cerebellar hypoplasia) and apparently the pomeranian has taken to giving them baths. Their new mom says they love snoozing with Peanut under the Chrismouse tree....

YEAH!!! We love adoption updates....and knowing our former foster kitts are doing so very well in their new homes. It really does make the craziness worth it. :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

tabby Tuesday.....

Mom bought ANOTHER new bed for our condos - so all the bottom rooms have bed in them. Mom says she hasn't seen anyone using the top bunks, but she may invest in bed for those anyhow.

Here is what is interesting - Junior LOVES the condo and the new beds. OK - that isn't interesting. But what is interesting is that he sleeps facing the wall. Mom is baffled. She thinks that with as jumpy as that boy is most of the time, he would sleep facing into the room so he has an escape route and can see what is going on around him. Nope - most of the time he is butt out and facing the wall.....

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend wrap up...

THANK YOU for all the messages to mom yesterday. She is pretty frustrated by the whole thing. We know lots of you recommended a face to face meeting, but mom just isn't sure that is going to fix anything. This director lady seems to have her mind made up about she turned down the lead position and just plans to keep under the radar as much as possible. But we know the whole thing hurt her feelings and we cuddled with her to help her feel better.

She did have a transport on Sunday, but forgot to take pictures. It would have been pretty funny as she managed to get 4 medium airline crates in her Beetle!! She wasn't sure it was going to work at first - especially based on the sizes the sending rescue stated the crates were, but ends up the crates were a little smaller than stated. thank heaven....  and now 4 pups and one adult are safe in long term foster!!

The baking went....ok. Mom made oreo truffles suggested by Army of four. They turned out pretty well. But she also made 7 layer bars and isn't sure they turned out quite right - though she said they taste ok. :)

The foster monsters were out most of the weekend and up to no good. Last night Gigi didn't seem to be feeling well. She was much better for part of last week, but was moping about last night. And she is just still so bony. V-e-t appt on Thursday should hopefully tell us more....

Sunday, December 11, 2011

explain this to me.....

Mom here - pardon me as I need to vent:

So I have been volunteering at the current shelter for over a year now. I came here after a bad experience with another shelter. Unfortunately, that director felt the need to call the one here and bad mouth me. It is a long story, but I was "black listed" and had to explain to this new woman why I wanted to volunteer.

A year goes by and I have not had anyone tell me I am doing a bad job. In fact, I have heard nothing but good things from the people I work with in the evenings.

Well, the one shift I work hasn't had a shift leader for several months. It seems they just finally realized it and decided to do something about it. A temporary replacement was found. And then several people said I should volunteer to lead the shift.

I had serious reservations....I knew the director would shoot it down. But the friday after Thanksgiving I was volunteering and the leader of the shift leads came to me and said at least a couple of people had recommended me for the position. I told her I had some reservations since I had a "past" with the current director. I was assured this shouldn't be an issue. I told her that I would be happy to help then. She said I would just have to go through the training.

And I never heard another thing from her. So I emailed her the other day about setting up a time for training. And got the following email from the director:
While I'm happy to see you volunteer for such an important leadership role at ******,
I do have concerns and reservations. 

As you know we have had some complaints in the past and I need to know that will not
happen in the future. 

Likewise, in the past we have learned that some adoptions didn't go through bases 
on your recommendations. While we want to keep the animals safe and placed with a 
well matched family we need to lean on the leads to only give recommendations 
regarding an animals behavior etc that are consisted with staff notes/views. 
Example: only tell an adopter a cat is not good with dogs,kids, etc if that is 
noted by staff. Everything else needs to be answered with an honest "I'm not sure". 
I realize this may be unclear so you can feel free to contact me after I get back 
from vacation to discuss further.

Why do I bother???  She can't ever seem to give me an example - just "I have been told". I love volunteering, helping the animals, and working with people to find the right animal. But a major part of me so wants to tell her to kiss my @$$. I am just so frustrated....why is it that the people I work with there all the time have nothing but good things to say and then I get someone stabbing me in the back? Is she just out to get her own way? Heaven knows she has never seen me at the shelter or working with the public.....

Friday, December 9, 2011

Finally Friday....

Mom said something about today being a short day for her at work due to their chismouse party. So hopefully we will get some snuggling in this afternoon.

Mom smiled at yesterdays comments. Yep - we have meetings on the sofa. But none of us are cow cats - Maestro is the only one that is close and he is gray and white. Tim and Tom are brown and white tabbies and Ivy is a torbie. Mom just got weird lighting in the shot trying to get us all in one place (and notice Junior and Spud are no where to be found). MOL

We are relaxing this weekend - just like normal. Mom said she is going to try to bake this afternoon, so we may have to go into hiding - baking isn't mom's thing.

Hope you stay warm this weekend....
(these are Tim's toes under the blankets on the bed last night)

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thankful Thursday

So mom emailed the shelter yesterday about the kitts. Apparently the last time they were tested they had a high parasite count and so the vet treated them for that again and wants to see them in another week.

This week we are thankful that we are inside cats and for all those people that help the homeless animals out there. The shelters are up for our neighborhood cats and mom hopes they are using them.....

Purrs to everyone who is hurting - we know there are a lot and somehow it seems worse this time of year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (sorta)

We got drugs for the kittens but no note, so mom emailed the shelter to see if she could find out something else. The packet said "1/4 pill tonight per kitten. Should clear up in 2-3 days". Really??? sigh....

Anyhow, on to wordless wednesday - except if you turn up your sound, you can hear Junior (around the 1 min mark). :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

We shall see.....

Mom dropped Gigi off at the shelter this morning so she can see the v-e-t this afternoon. Hopefully nothing serious.

In other news, the boys have figured out the gate. Mom was in the kitchen last night and heard "meep meep meep" looked down and there was George. She figured someone knocked the gate going over (since Tim and Tom like to go into the bathroom for kitten food), so she took him back. The gate had moved a little, though not really enough to afford an escape.

A few minutes later "meep meep meep". sigh.....and then Geoff came marching down the hall. Leaving Gigi by herself in the bathroom screaming to be let out too (she is just enough shorter than her brothers that she can't reach to get out). Since mom isn't sure she trusts them just yet, they got locked in today. :)

BTW - we left the bed in the condo last night and have been using them regularly - Junior especially loves them. MOL


Geoff & Gigi

BTW - mom is trying to comment from work today and after having to delete her "cookies" she is having problems accessing some accounts....sorry!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

new beds

Mom was working an adoption event this Sunday and bought us some donut beds. Normally she doesn't have those cause we are a little bigger than those and our Angel Butterscotch used to pee on them. However, she thought she would give it another try.

And she decided to try them in our condo!!

And then came out this morning and found this:

Mom is taking Gigi to the shelter tomorrow to see the v-e-t. Everyone still has runny poop but Gigi isn't gaining weight either....

Friday, December 2, 2011

Random Stuff.....

We were locked in jail last night FOREVER!!!!
       Mom: oh please - it was the 2nd bedroom with all of your stuff and it was an hour while the cable guy was here changing our service

And Spud and Ivy didn't have to be in here either!!!
    Mom: cause I couldn't catch them and they don't like strangers anyhow

Whatever mom.....

The kittens got their booster shots yesterday and checked out ok. Weighing in at 1 pound 10 ounces, 1 pound 9 ounces and 1 pound 6 ounces (we think this is Gigi). For now, they are out for some time in the evening, but mom has been blocking off our room with the gate (which Ivy hates since she can't get over it). Mom said she may leave the gate off tonight and then maybe tomorrow while she is shopping with grandma she may let them out - unsupervised!! They go back in 2 weeks for boosters and maybe surgery - mom won't give them breakfast and they will see how much everyone weighs.

We plan to nap most of the weekend. Mom is going over to grandma and grandpa's house on Saturday night. Something about the 1st Big Ten Championship football game. She is going to yell for our Spartans to beat them Badgers.

dis foster mom are belonging to me

Thursday, December 1, 2011

look what we got.....

Mom bought us a new cube....
Mom: hey guys - I bought it for Spud to help him be more comfortable.

Sure, whatever mom. As you can see, Junior checked it out but it was mainly Mozart that decided it now belongs to him.

Spud did check it out at one point, but then Tommy walked up and Spud ran off. The cubes were $15 at Walmart, so mom says she may have to invest in a couple more and put them in a couple of different places. The one she saw a few years ago had a hole in the front and the back and this just has a hole in the front - so there is less escape routes. However, it is worth a shot. She is also going to check for something to add to our water to help with stress.

THANKS for all the great advice we got. We will keep you posted.

Oh - and Ivy LOVES hand lotion - apparently just not spearmint. MOL