Sunday, June 19, 2016

Introducing The Gone with the Wind Kittens


Gus:  It was kind of a stressful week.  We realized we hadn't formally introduced you to the surviving Gone with the Wind Kittens.  So without further ado, we would like to introduce you to the cutest little orange tabby, Rhett Butler and the most adorable tortie, Scarlett O'Hara.










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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Why I Foster...Because Sometimes They Die

My foster kitten, Ash died yesterday.  My heart hurts.   I know some people don't understand my grief.  After all, I only knew Ash a week.

Some people might say "It was just a kitten.  There are plenty more where that one came from."   What they don't understand is that Ash's life mattered to me.  I'm proud to foster for an organization where Ash's life mattered to them too.  It would been easy for shelter staff to sleep through my phone calls and text messages at 1:00 in the morning, but they answered.  They could have told me there was nothing for me to do but instead they authorized me to take him to the emergency vet.  They did everything possible for Ash because his life mattered.  In the end there was nothing more they could do, but to humanely euthanize him. In that moment they were concerned for me because not only did Ash matter to them but I mattered too.

I'm sure I will hear "I don't know how you foster.  I could never do it."  Usually, I nod and politely say "I totally understand".  But sometimes I want to scream, "How can you not do it?  Somewhere out there is a kitten dying alone and unloved because you won't foster it!"  Logically, I know not everyone can foster and not everyone should foster.  But shelter's across the country are filled to the rafters with kittens and cats during the summer months.  They can only help more if they have foster families to support them.  Yes, there is a possibility that a kitten in your care could die.  They are fragile little beings.  Who knows what they could have been exposed to before they reach your care.  But more than likely they are going to grow up healthy and happy, ready to find their forever homes.

I foster because sometimes they do die.  It hurts but I wouldn't change a thing.  I know I've given them the best chance to survive but more importantly they were not alone and they were loved.  My heart hurts for Ash but my heart breaks even more for those who died alone and unloved.

All kittens matter...to me.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

It's Stinky Around Here

UPDATE FROM THE MAMA:  It has been a long night at our foster home.  One of the little kittens (the black little boy) was breathing but not very responsive.  I rushed him to an emergency vet.  He remains there receiving fluids.  He is more alert today but still very lethargic.  Please pray and purr that his condition continues to improve.  Last night, while filling out the paperwork, I had to give the kitten a name.  I gave him the name Ash.  His brother will be named Rhett and his sister Scarlett.

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Gus:  Things have been a bit stinky around here.  Sorry for the gross picture.  We are paws deep in poop here!  

Our newest minions are having a bit of diarrhea. They are pooping all over their kennel and it is getting all over the minions!  It is so stinky!

The Mama had to give all three kittens baths.  Yuck!  Thankfully, it was them and not me!

  
The Mama also cleaned their kennel and put clean bedding in it.  Guess what?  They've already pooped in their clean beds.  Silly minions! As soon as we get some test results back, we'll figure out how to stop the diarrhea.

We did get some clean selfies of the kittens.  They don't have names yet.  Feel free to make suggestions in the comments.  There are two boys and a tortie girl.  We usually choose names based on a theme.



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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Shelter Fun Selfies and Adoption Updates

Gus:  We have some great news - Juniper and Cypress were adopted together!  They were adopted by a former co-worker of the Mama.  We've already gotten an update and they are adjusting well to their new home.  They had excellent teachers so we didn't expect anything less.

Flora's adopters had a family emergency and couldn't pick her up on Friday so Flora hung out with us a couple extra days.  They are picking her up today so Mama took Flora back to the shelter this morning.

At the shelter, Flora got to play in the ball pit.  She wasn't sure what to do in it so we told her to take her selfie.  We're going to miss this cute little face!





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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Graduation Day

Gus:  As President and CEO of Purr's Training Acatemy, it is my great pleasure to present to you our latest graduation class.  Please join me in congratulating them.

Juniper


Cypress

Flora

Cypress

Cypress

Flora

Cypress


Juniper

Flora


We would also like to say congratulations to the Mama's niece, Emma and nephew, Callan who both graduated from high school on Saturday.  Unfortunately, the graduations took place in different states, but Mama was able to go to one and Grandma the other.  We are so proud of both Emma and Cal!



Sunday, May 22, 2016

Castles and Sunshine Selfies

Gus:  We have three minions students left with us - Flora, Juniper, and Cypress.  We had a little play time this morning.  I was feeling generous so I let the students play in my castle.  Jaq was feeling generous as well (even though he didn't know it) and let the students sleep in his sun bed.

"Can we play in here Mr. Gus?"












Sunday morning wrestling.













Now for some minion selfies.

Cypress

Juniper

Flora


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