Sunday, August 29, 2010
Well, my daughter is back at college. The stress of having her here is so much less now because she is not the easiest child these days.
Yesterday I brought down the rest of her things, then took her shopping for what she needed that she didn't have. When we returned, I put together some of the things I purchased and helped her organize her place. I also met her roommate, a girl she went to camp with when she was about 8!
I am concerned about the girls. I see problems in the future, but I hope not. The good news is that they are both in the same sorority. The bad news is they are very different. My daughter is pin neat and very conscious about what she eats. She won't eat processed foods, she watches her sodium and exercises regularly to maintain her size 2. In addition, she is extremely fashion conscious and has outfits for everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!).
Her roommate is much more laid back. She is overweight, has junk food around and doesn't care what she eats. In the long run, this is going to bother my daughter. I will just wait and see what happens.
My son who has been in Ca. with his dad returns later today. Wow, I have an entire 1/2 day to myself. What will I do!!!
Of course, I took Monday off because business is slow and I am taking at least three boys to Great Adventure.
I think for fun today I will do laundry! Oh joy!!!!!!!
Summer is almost over, school starts next week. I could use the rest!!!!
Friday, August 06, 2010
I was out with friends the other night and was asked "Why do you bother with stray cats?"
I kind of had to think about that and now can honestly say there are lots and lots of reasons.
I have learned a long time ago that there really isn't a "somebody". When we see something that needs to be taken care of, thinking that "somebody" will do it doesn't work. We all need to be a somebody.
As a side note, many years ago a neighbor would leave their small children home alone with their teenager. The younger children, about 2 and 5 could be seen all over the neighborhood, filthy, hungry and worst of all, in the streets. The people that lived around me would say, "Someone has to do something. Someone should call the child services dept." Yes, someone. But no one did until I looked in the mirror and become "someone".
It's the same way I feel about these strays. Someone has to do something. Just feeding them isn't enough. I trap them, neuter and vaccinate them and in those wonderful cases, when they are tame and sweet, find them homes. It's not easy and very often heartbreaking but I make a difference.
I know I can't save them all but I can make a difference for a few. I can watch my daughter who has the patience of a gnat, pick up a kitten and talk to it soothingly and pet it until it's calm. I watch my hulk of a son, this champion wrestler, spend an hour just cuddling a scared kitten with the softest of touch.
As for me, I get this wonderful fulfillment when, on those rare occasions, I find a home that will love them always and I know the cycle of "stray" for that one cat is over. It's a great feeling.
If we all just become a "someone" think of all the great things that can be accomplished in this world. It can be as simple as a hand out to a homeless person, helping a child or feeding a stray. Put it all together and it's a whole lot of something.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
I got the phone call I've been waiting for. Both kittens that I rescued have been adopted. What could be better than that??
Robin went home yesterday with her new family. They have renamed her Mable and it's a wonderful home and she will have a big sister.
Batman is going home on Tuesday. I don't know what his new name will be but I'm sure he will very happy. He will live in a swanky high-rise apartment in NYC and have a doorman!!
Part of the win/win also is that both kittens will remain patients of my vet who was so wonderful taking them in for me.
I'm really happy for them because they will not have to live out their lives trying to find food and avoiding danger every day.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
After all those days of worry. After all that time of trying to coax her out I finally got her!!! Whew, what an ordeal!!
I know a lot of you wanted me to set a trap. Some of you didn't see that in my blog I said I had already set one! She wouldn't go in it because that is how I trapped her in the first place.
I have been so distraught over her I was racking my brains as to what to do next. I stopped by a grooming shop owned by a friend of mine. She is the one that lent me the trap. I asked her if she had "cat" gloves. These are insulated, very thick gloves that are used to handle difficult cats. She said she did and loaned them to me.
I went right home, sat in the garage and just talked to her like I did every day. Finally she appeared, very timid but she knew she usually got some food. I chatted and cooed to her and when she was finally within range I lunged and grabbed her. She was quite startled and upset but I just put her in the cage and bawled my eyes out!! She is safe!!!!
I called my vet and had to grovel. It was rather humiliating because had I brought them both in at the same time he would have just taken them as a pair but this time I kind of had to beg because he already had the other one. It was humbling but hey, I went to the hospital to save her, what's a little groveling.
He agreed to take her for a week or so and try to get her adopted with her brother. He will worm her and vaccinate her as well. I love him!! This now means another trip into the city, another parking fee yada yada but I pray they will get a home.
Once this is done I will set out to trap a couple of other cats that are around. I will get them spayed/neutered, vaccinated and then release them. They are older cats and it is the best I can do. They will not make it as a pet but I can keep them healthy and safe.
I am so happy today. We have taken Robin out several times from the cage and she just purrs and cuddles. I know someone is just going to love her!! Hopefully along with her brother Batman!!!
Wish us luck!!!
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