Thursday, April 30, 2009
Those kittens I have are soooo wonderful! I am taking them to Petsmart on Saturday along with their mom and Goldie. Hopefully they will be pre-adopted. We can't give them to new owners until they are given their first vet checkup. Goldie is recovering from her surgery. She scared me yesterday as she wasn't eating or moving around. All of a sudden, she came out of it and has been quietly active today. She is such an absolute sweet cat and deserves a very good home. As for the mom cat, Montana, she will have to be spayed before we can give her to the new owner but she can be pre-adopted. I really hope all of them are on Saturday!
I ran 8 miles this morning. It was strangely foggy/misty out. Do you know the smell when you walk into a hotel in the afternoon and you can tell they served breakfast that morning? Well, it smelled like that outside this morning, but add the smell of earthworms. Maybe it was some people making breakfast...plus the wet soil from the rain yesterday. Yuck. It's that time of year when it's completely dark when I start and light when I get done. Hopefully I'll be seeing some wonderful sun rises and I'll be sure to post some pictures.
I need to get some things done to prepare for our Petsmart event on Saturday (in Sioux City). Please send me your pet stories and I will post them! Send feedback as well.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Anyway, it was very hard to see him go, especially since it was so sudden. I went to the vet to pick up Goldie from getting spayed and vaccinated and Beth was there getting two more cats back from them and giving more kittens to the vet to get vaccinated for adoption this weekend.
Petsmart is having an adoption fair this weekend and many cats and dogs will be there. I believe this is nationwide but not sure.
I have to increase my fundraising efforts...not sure how, but I will do it. They deserve more funds to continue to do what they do...saving lives of our dogs and cats.
I ran 8 miles this morning. Besides not getting enough sleep last night and being stressed out with the dog (no, not potty trained or I would have kept him until I could find him a quieter home) and so many other things, it felt really good. I was upset the entire run until the last tiny shred where I walk and cool off. I felt better...then...I...saw...that...the...rabbits...ate...my...new ...pretty...flowers...in...my...front...yard. Well, good thing I don't have a beebee gun, because I was so upset that I would have done it. I don't have tulips, sunflowers, or herbs because of those *UY%% rabbits, but they are rabbits and they are cute, fuzzy, fluffy, part of nature, and my boys love them. Needless to say, the run felt good and hopefully I can run in the morning outside, as it's supposed to rain.
I am a very strong believer in God and I don't think you get more than what you can handle. I came close to my current limit and I think it was obvious by what happened today. I haven't even mentioned the cat pee and fighting in the house that's almost made me spontaneously combust) I do thank God for bringing these cats, dogs, and people into my life. It is so enriched (yes, stress too) but it makes us better. There could be so many other terrible things that could be going on, husband losing a job, major house repair, kids sick (can hardly write that down), uncaring friends, bad family members....I am so thankful for the blessings I have and the path that I have been led down. Very interesting since my husband is playing the Wii Transformers game while my two young children look on. They LOVE it. I don't get it....
Monday, April 27, 2009
He is approximately 9 years old and weighs 5.4 pounds! How in the world did a 9 year old dog end up at Animal Control?????
He is healthy and will be getting neutered (yes, I asked if it was necessary for a 9 year old dog) and his teeth cleaned next week.
Let me know if interested in him.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I'm hoping he can be adopted at Petsmart next weekend. I'm getting all of his shots taken care of and hopefully neutering him as well. Poor little guy, just needs a home with someone who can help him out a little!
He is already coming out of his shell a little bit, and it hasn't even been two days yet. I wonder what happened to him before.... he was obviously mistreated.
As for other things, I'm up to my ears with things and have been terrible about blogging, so sorry to my followers. I will do better, but I am in the process of uncluttering my life with "other" things. I have to give things up, like making and decorating cakes for friends, not being a care group leader for MOPS, Mary Kay, and the pet situation. It's not fair to them, me, and especially my kids. I am here for them first, so the other things need to go.
If anyone knows someone who wants a great little dog with a lot of heart, let me know.
Friday, April 24, 2009
She is available for adoption.......well, pre-adoption since we won't release her to a new home until she has been spayed and we can't do that until she is healthy.
Here's pics of the kittens. They are a blast and I love them dearly. They are also available for pre-adoption and the kittens will be released very soon!
There's going to be some news later today or this weekend, so be sure to check back in!
I am continuing my running and seem to be getting in much better shape. My five mile runs seem so easy now and I've been finishing the last mile in around 6 minutes. Too bad I can't do three miles at that pace!
Check back soon for my recent news and updates!!!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here's a picture of the new kids on the block. The mom cat and her three babies were dumped at animal control today. The grey one was as well so it turned out to bring them all to my house so they can get immunized and stablized. They were pretty scared when I got them but they're settling in well. They seem to have been fed fairly well and are friendly and playful, so I see them being adopted out very quickly.
I'm in the process of naming them and have come up with some very cute names, but they have a theme. I hesitate to be 'cutesy' but I want them to have good, strong names. Feel free to email me and let me know if you have any ideas. Considering I'm in the fostering business for a looooooooong time, I will always need cat names!
More pictures when I can get them to be NOT blurry!
Just wanted to post and say that my wonderful momma cat Goldie, is very sick. I got her back last week and she started getting sick almost immediately. I guess it's very common for momma cats since taking care of those babies takes so much out of them. She raised 7 very healthy babies and she wasn't a big cat to begin with, so no wonder!
I had no idea cats could get colds, but she started sneezing, then was stuffed up and now is even more stuffed up and isn't eating like she should. I'm taking her to the vet this afternoon to get her what she needs. She is already on some antibiotic to prevent infection. Colds are serious in cats.
This is yet another reason why cats should be immunized. They should also be spayed, but not to take away from the beautiful lives she created, but to prevent this from happening again and again and again. We could very well lose Goldie due to her irresponsible owner not taking proper care of her. It's just not fair.
On another note, I will be getting a new batch of kittens along with their mom. I hope this litter does as well as Goldie's did, with a happier ending with the mom cat. I'll post pictures when I get her settled in.
As for my running, I'm trying to get more races scheduled and picked out. I ran 7 miles this morning and flew on the last mile. No wonder I wanted to stop and barf!! :) I think it was a tad less than 6 minutes for the mile; mind you, it IS down a slight hill, so I could never do it that fast the other way, but I was very pleased and was in disbelief when I saw my watch when I was done. Go, Speedy, Go!!!
More updates on the cats as I get them.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Anyway, here I go rambling off again. I did the ten miles on Wednesday, then took yesterday off, then I did 8 miles this morning. It was a whopping 50 degrees out when I got up so it's the first time this spring that I was able to run in my shorts, no jogging tights! Yeah! And the birds were just singin' away....ahhhh, what a way to start the morning!
I may even get up and run a quick 3 in the morning too....then I will for sure take Sunday off. I don't have a race for a while, but I need to work on speeding up my shorter distances.
As for the mom kitty, she has a sniffle. We're getting her some medicine. I didn't know cats could get colds. Poor thing. She meows LOUDLY when I leave~ I heard her when I was out blowing bubbles with my little one after lunch. So I wonder if she's missing her babies and I make her feel comfortable, or maybe she just misses me!
I have a cake to decorate...well, design first, then frost, then I shall decorate tomorrow morning. Better go. Please, again, send me your rescue stories. I've gotten a few but I need more to share!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
It was Thanksgiving of 1995 and I walked across the street to dig up a pine tree in the woods. I heard a teensy mew and looked down in time to see this little tabby kitten climbing up my jeans. He hasn’t left my side ever since. Our neighbor told me that Thomas had been abandoned in the neighborhood with his brothers and sisters and while an unkind neighbor took the rest of them and dumped them in another neighborhood, Thomas eluded his capture. Smart kitty! I took Tom home and gave him kitten food and water. He was so hungry and ate until I walked off to do more gardening. He followed me everywhere around the garden and would only eat if I went to the bowl with him and stayed until he was done. There started my little guardian cats career of following and protecting me everywhere I go. He spent many an evening tucked into my sweater and many days dragging my undergarments through the house. But he grew up and started protecting me. He caught an adult bird when he was still tiny and dragged the thing up the sidewalk, dragging it because it was twice his size. Then came the snakes. He would catch small copperheads and water moccasins and leave them at the door. He even left a few for our neighbors. Since they were poisonous, nobody ever objected.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
I took a jog this morning and the birds were marvelous!!!! That's probably my favorite thing to listen to in the morning...the birds, then my kids laughing! They chirp so much in the early mornings during the spring, but they don't during the summer and fall...I wonder why.
I will be seeing some beautiful sunrises and will be taking a few pictures and sharing with you.
I will be taking this Easter off from blogging. I'm on vacation in Kansas City and I have a house sitter taking care of my kitties at home and holding down the fort. I hope she doesn't get bored...maybe I should have left the kittens there so she could play with them and keep her company!
Have a very Happy Easter...remember the reason for the season! I will talk at you next week!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Picture top left: Little is looking at me with Tigger (grey) and siblings wondering what is going on.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The kittens meow at me and climb all over me when I come into their room. I won't miss the specific kitty odor, but I will miss their meows and loving looks and tiny scratches on my hands from playing. I just stopped a minute to go talk baby talk to a few yellow kittens and one gently patted me on the nose, then attacked her brother. They prance out to see me and many times, I have six of them on my legs and/or back, just crawling and playing.
My one wish is that they find loving homes. And selfishly, I hope they don't remember me and think that I left them.....
By the way, the one thing I am allergic to is cats. I found out when I was pregnant with my 2nd son. Something was driving me crazy and since I couldn't take my "good" meds, I was stuck with basically kleenex and zyrtec, which didn't do anything for me. It's gotten better at my son has gotten older so maybe, just maybe I will grow out of being allergic to them? After playing so much with them today and my currently itchy face, I doubt that dream will come true.
Anyway, to a HUGE development, I received donations of $162 just today. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for all you donors. This makes my total funds raised to be $942 NOT including the pledges. Awesome!!!! Thanks to Dawn B., Rachel and Ryan S., my husband's brother and wife-Stuart and Allison, and my blog follower Linda M. You rock!!!!
Well, I'm sure I'll have more to post about the babies leaving (yes, the mom cat too-she's way cool and will make someone a wonderful house cat) tomorrow. I will have my kleenex in hand.
By the way, I ran 6 miles this morning while watching Nights in Rodanthe (sp). I enjoyed the movie and actually ran an extra mile so I could get past the hurricane scene. Do they end up together????? I shall see in the morning!
**Note: Movie was ok. That's all.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
To date, I have raised $790 cash donations, received cat and dog food from Bomgaars (THANK YOU!) and have about $300 in pledges...so far. I hope to continue the momentum and raise at least $5000. It's a huge goal, but I know it can be done!
Thanks to my newest donors Betsy C., Molly, and Bob L.!!!! You rock!!!
The kittens learned how to climb the stairs today! They are so wonderfully curious about everything. I'm falling in love with Snickers, so not sure if she'll end up back at my house after Easter or if I should let her go to another loving home so I can continue to foster. We are going to be gone next weekend to visit my husband's parents in Kansas City so we have to take the babies and mama to Beth's house so they can be taken care of properly. I will miss them!!!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
I really appreciate it!
Thanks to my neighbors, Larry and Malola for their pledge of $1 per mile. You inspire me to keep on running!!!!! I really appreciate it!!!!
Another shout out to Bomgaars for their dog and cat food donations!!!!
You are all helping to make a difference!
My playlist on my MP3 is quite diverse and many times when I'm running, I quietly mouth along with the words to good songs and sometimes I dance a little bit, of course, depending on my mood. I have a feeling that if I'm running in the rain on Saturday I won't be mouthing anything from a song and absolutely nothing that is kid friendly. I have 103 songs currently and hope to add two more before then.
Here's a small selection:
*Battle without Honor or Humanity by Tomoyasu Hotei (song when Bumblebee transforms into New Bumblebee on Transformers)
*River of Love : George Strait- I just love this song
*Eat the Rich : Aerosmith- my son loves it when he burps at the end although he can't listen to it anymore due to profanity near the end
*Fat Bottomed Girls : Queen
*Gunpowder and Lead : Miranda Lambert
*Ignition : TobyMac- love it due to the motivation
*On the Road Again : Willie Nelson (obvious)
*Starry Eyed Surprise : Paul Oakenfold- this song was featured in a Diet Coke ad when they were roller skating around
*There's another one from Ocean's 12 that I'm trying to figure out how to download-it's the one during the time the French guy is going through the security in the museum (thanks Randee!)
That's a tiny bit of the variety of music I listen to when I'm cleaning or running.
*OMG, I forgot Dave Matthews. Oh hope lightning doesn't strike. I didn't mean to forget my all time favorite....we've only been to 20 concerts!!!!!!
I mailed a letter to Sean from KG95's Sean and Rita in the morning. He was talking about his slutty cat that kept getting out and getting herself knocked up. Well, I offered to get her spayed BUT SHE IS PREGNANT AGAIN. Now Sean, we all know better and now you know that there is a huge overpopulation of cats so PLEASE, follow through on what you said, get that cat spayed when she is done nursing her babies. Yes, I will be sending you another letter to see if you will give the kittens to Paw Prints so we can ensure they will be spayed and neutered so the cycle stops. We will take care of them. To anyone, we will take any unwanted kittens and take care of them, vet them, and find them homes. Just let us know.
Now I saved the best for last. I have received a total of $565 in donations. That is absolutely great and wonderful!!!! Thank you thank you thank you for all of you people who have donated to this cause. We always need more, so keep the donations and/or pledges coming in.
Pledges explanation: I will take pledges from people or businesses who want to donate a flat amount (due Nov. 1st) or a dollar amount per mile that I run in races this year. I will put your business logo on my shirt......so donate today!
I have gotten TWO pledges so far for $5 per mile and $1 per mile! Based on my minimum of $52 by the end of the year, I will be running for an additional $300, at least. Now that I have that, I am so much more inclined to run in bad weather, additional races that I may not normally, or races out of town.
CHALLENGE ME, PEOPLE!!! Keep 'em coming in! Make me run and run and run so much that I will even complete a FULL marathon in October! At this time, I am planning to run the Sioux City 1/2 Marathon, but if I get more pledges, I will increase it just so I can bring in more funds for Paw Prints.
We got a very generous donation of just-expired dog food from Bomgaars to be given to needy pet owners who, under dire financial circumstances, cannot afford to feed their pets.
I can't thank you enough for your help. These dogs and cats would probably have to be euthanized otherwise and that's just not good enough! Thank you!
Please contact me if anyone wants to donate any dog or cat food or supplies!
Thank you and wish me luck on Saturday. I'll be posting pictures of me, probably looking like a drowned rat!!!! But I'll have a smile on my face because I know I'm Running for a Paws :)