Sunday, August 28, 2016

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day 2016

Gus:  We are joining our friends, Zee and Zoey in remembering those who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge


This year we lost three students - Opal, Aspen, and Ash.

Opal

Aspen

Ash
We lost Aspen and Opal to an unfair Kansas law that requires shelters to euthanize cats with FELV.  If we would have been able to tame Aspen and Opal, we could have transferred them to another state.  Unfortunately, they were too feral and they were not going to learn how to trust humans.

Ash probably had some type of parasite that his young body was too frail fight.

When foster students come to live with us, we love them as part of our family.  This makes it harder if they go to the Rainbow Bridge but we take comfort in knowing they were loved even for a short time.

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Today is also the Sunday Selfie Blog Hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.  Please visit their website to see the other entries, many of whom are also remembering family members who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Emmy Transfers to Another School

Scandal has rocked Purr's Training Acatemy.  For the first time ever, a student has chosen to leave Purr's and transfer to another school.

Emmy:  Purr's has a great academic program, but I've decided to pursue my dream of being a professional kitten wrestler.  The best way to do that is to transfer to Kristen's Kitten Kindergarten.  Coach Kristen runs the best wrestling program in the state.  With this transfer, I will be able to train along other top recruits such Hemi and Jill.

Gus:  While we will miss Emmy, we wish her the best in pursuing her professional kitten wrestling career.

Here are some photos of Emmy practicing with her new teammates for the first time.
















Note from the Mama:  
Kittens need socialization with other kittens.  This is how they learn when their play is too rough.  Other kittens can give the appropriate feedback when a bite or a scratch is a little too much.  There is no way for a human to replicate this interaction.  Without this socialization, single kittens are more likely to nip at human fingers or attack ankles.  This may be cute when they are kittens, it can be painful when they grow into adults.
Emmy is an extremely playful kitten.  After a couple days (and several ankle attacks), I knew Emmy needed some kitten friends.  Two other single kittens about the same age had recently been brought to Great Plains SPCA and were with another foster family.  After testing all of the kittens for FIV and FELV, it was decided to combine them.  The other foster took Emmy and I'll get the next litter that comes in.
Don't worry though!  Emmy is in excellent hands!  Plus, we will be kitten sitting her and her new siblings in a few weeks while her foster mom goes out of town for work.  When I left Emmy this afternoon, she was having a blast with her new siblings!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back to School

Gus:  Summer is over and it is time to get back to school.  We'd like to introduce you to our newest class -  the #Freshmen.  Ok.  It's not really a whole class.  It is one kitten but we will use the hashtag #Freshman.  We've named this super duper cute freshman Emmy after our favorite college freshman, Emma.



Emmy may be the only freshman that wants to gain the Freshman 15!  Of course in her case it is 15 ounces not pounds.



 Emmy can't wait to hit the books!



Ok, maybe we need to have recess first.



Sunday, August 21, 2016

Back to Normal Selfie

Gus:  Things are starting to get back to normal now that Mama is home again.  I have to admit, I did hiss at her when she got home.  In my defense, she did intrude on my hiding place and wake me up from my nap.  I thought she was another cat sitter.

Although, I think she deserved a hiss.  After inspecting her luggage, we discovered she didn't bring us back anything from Europe.  NOTHING!  Can you believe that?  After all we do for her?

And her clothes stunk.  I mean, it smelled like something died in her suitcase.  She must have had some serious B.O. during her trip.  It probably didn't help that she only took a carry-on so she had to wear the same clothes several times.

You may be wondering how the bathroom looks after Uncle Mike and Aunt Martha tiled the floor.  The Mama LOVES it but did she acknowledge our contribution to the project?  NO!


We've slowly forgiven her for everything.  We are just glad she's home so we decided to let her help with our selfie.

NOTE FROM THE MAMA:
I just got back from Europe.  It was an awesome trip!  I take all my nieces and nephews to Europe when they graduate high school with the help of their Grandma who pays for their airfare.  I let them choose 10 places, cities, countries, or sites that they would like to visit.  I try to incorporate as many of those as possible in our trip.  This year I went with my niece, Emma.  She chose to go to Berlin in Germany, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Barcelona in Spain, and Florence in Italy.  
I went to Germany for the first time the summer after I graduated high school to visit some foreign exchanged students who had lived with us.  I still can't believe my Mom let me go by myself!  I'm glad my parents did because it was life changing.  The parents of one of my German friend didn't speak English.  They were so kind and interesting.  I wanted to be able to speak with them so in college I took a German class.  I loved German so much, I ended up majoring in German.  I spent a semester there and the following summer I had an internship at Mercedes.  I have seen more of Europe than I have of the United States.
I have since forgotten most of my German but it was amazing experience that shaped who I am.  I was able to see that there is so much more to the world than small town Iowa where I grew up.  I feel that if we take the time to learn about other cultures, understand the similarities, and respect the differences, the world would be a better place.  
This is what I want to share with my nieces and nephews and why I think it is important for them to explore the world.  This was my fourth trip with the nieces and nephews.  I have one more with my nephew, Cal.  I would love for one of them to follow my footsteps and spend a semester abroad but I would be happy if it helps them see the world in a new light.

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This post is part of a blog hop hosted by The Cat on My Head.  Please hop on over to see the other entries.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Where in the World is the Mama? Day 15

Pearl:  Purr's Training Acatemy is being demolished and the Mama has fled the country!

Gus:  Pearl, you are so dramatic!  Mama went on vacation.  While she is gone, Uncle Mike and Aunt Martha are staying with us.  Not only are they taking care of us, they are tiling the bathroom.

Pearl:  It sounds like the whole house is being torn down.  And the vacuuming!  Oy!  The vacuum!

Gus:  (rolls eyes) The Mama didn't share her itinerary with us but I hacked into her iCloud Photos.  I can see what she's taken photos of.  Can you help us guess where she is?

Day 15

Gus:  I overhead Aunt Martha say the Mama just left Barcelona, Spain and is now in Florence, Italy.  She will be home on Tuesday!  Here are some of her Florence photos.








Doesn't the food in Italy look amazing?  The Mama went to a pasta making class.  I think she should make some for us when she gets home.  


Of course she takes a photo of another cat.  She better be missing us a lot!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where in the World is the Mama? Day 13

Pearl:  Purr's Training Acatemy is being demolished and the Mama has fled the country!

Gus:  Pearl, you are so dramatic!  Mama went on vacation.  While she is gone, Uncle Mike and Aunt Martha are staying with us.  Not only are they taking care of us, they are tiling the bathroom.

Pearl:  It sounds like the whole house is being torn down.  And the vacuuming!  Oy!  The vacuum!

Gus:  (rolls eyes) The Mama didn't share her itinerary with us but I hacked into her iCloud Photos.  I can see what she's taken photos of.  Can you help us guess where she is?

Day 13
Gus:  I really do think the Mama has abandoned us.  She has been gone almost 2 weeks.  Things are crazy here!  Closet cleaning left and right.  The Mama won't know where to find anything when she gets home.  Didn't we do a great job organizing the linen closet?  (Don't tell the Mama it wasn't us but Aunt Martha that did it.)

Oh, by the way, I think the Mama is in a new city.  Any guesses where?




  

  






Another cat!  The Kitties Blue suggested that she keeps taking pictures of cats because she misses us.  That better be true!