Saturday, November 15, 2008
A friend of ours(Chriss & I) lost his cat of 20 yrs about a month ago.Jerry and his partner Mel were in pretty bad shape as I was informed by one of his co-workers(Yvonne).He had to miss work and its a horrible thing.I know because as most know we lost 5 in 3 days Oct 2007 and lost our Princess June 2008.I was in the store few times asking if Jerry was working or how he was and Yvonne said he seemed to be getting a bit better as time went on.Then 1 day we asked on our way out of store and she told me he had gotten a tattoo of Silver his cat.So for weeks we didnt see him working and so I couldnt see his tattoo!!FINALLY today we went in for our weekly stocking -up at Walmart and he was working so I told him I wanted to see it on my way out lol.Finally checked out and Jerry and I went into backroom so he could take his shirt off lol and not get caught or in trouble for disrobing at work!!And he gave me pic of Silver he has on key chain and then his tattoo,,I honest to god have to say its the most beautiful tattoo I have seen I am still stunned at the acurracy of the pic ,,its about 8x12 maybe and bold letters spelling Silver in scroll kinda I guess, and the most moving memorial I have seen.We got to know Jerry from our weekly walmart run and 1 day a bunch were joking and Jerry said he gets blue balls all the time lol and from that day on I have called him Smurf and to the ones that weret there that day they have no clue what im talking about when I walked in and said " hi Smurf" and a few weeks ago I walked in and saw he was talking to a man ( a very well dressed man in suit,tie the whole expensive thingy lol).So I figured was a walmart rep from home office and I said "hi Jerry" just to be safe ,didnt want head office giving him shit if it was a big wig wondering what the hell goes on in the store lol.Jerry turned to me and said "why you calling me Jerry and not Smurf" ?? and started laughing so I said "hi Smurf" and laughed walking to get our crap.So now its Smurf no matter whos there lol.My piont is that well cared for animals can live longer then we ever think possible and Jerry and Mel took great care of Silver and though it hurts to lose anyone or anything I can safely say they did a great job with keeping Silver healthy and alive and so let me say to Jerry & Mel "you guys are the perfect example of what good care and love can accomplish I am so sorry about the hurt but I can honestly say it gets easier,,you never forget but it gets easier each day and please adopt another one because there arent enough people like you 2 in the world to look after and raise a healthy,happy ,loved cat and we need more of you guys!!Whisper
Excerpts from a Dog's Diary......
8:00.am- Dog food! My favorite thing!9:30.am - A car ride! My favorite thing!9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing! 3:00 pm- Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!9:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...
Day 983 of my captivity...My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards.There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now ...
Scary thing is I can see Frank sitting at my computer after we all have gone to bed planning his attack for the next day lol,,Aimee'
Friday, November 14, 2008
We just came through a anniversary that I honestly didn't think we would live through.It was 1 yr ago in late Oct that we lost Timmy,Stonee,Bindi,Gracie,and Tess.We lost all 5 in a 5 day period of hell and I honestly didn't think I would live through it.Originally it was thought to be part of the pet food recall that was happening at the time but as I put 2 and 2 together it started to become a bit more clear.At the time there was a guy named Donald Lafrance who had already opened a "pet shop" in Kingsville about 45 miles outside Windsor and he had been shut down for sick and dying animals he was selling.His store was raided and shut down and court cases soon followed.He decided to open up here in Windsor about 6 blocks from my house.I have the rescue as most know and any of my cats aren't outdoor cats EVER.Adoption papers stipulate that also.He would accept adult cats for a fee of 50.00 each and kittens 20.00 each,turn around and sell for triple that amount without any medical care(which wasn't know at the time) and when they became older and unadoptable ones he would literally toss them out the back door.So residents of that immeadiate area soon noticed mega cats in the neighborhood and as a result disease was spread throughout the city actually.Seems kinda crazy but that's exactly what happened.So even though mine were indoor cats ,the disease was on anything outside that cats may touch when they were looking for food/shelter etc.One of my clients has indoor/outdoor cats,and I remember SO CLEARLY now looking at one of her cats sleeping in the kitchen looked exactly like Timmy and I bent down to pet him and that's where it started.Few days later Timmy all of a sudden got sick and took him to dr and was told give him a day and see and he died when I was holding him,he was one of MAMAs babies.And for the next 3 days we lost a total of 5 I honestly cant go into that yet I bawl for hours remembering it.But we were terrified of waking up each day and seeing another one sick.After wracking our brains out for weeks I spoke with John Rushbourne the head of Humane Society and we talked at length and put 2 and 2 together it all added up.They were finally able to shut him down here in Windsor but not before thousands of cats were infected and passed it onto others that then infect more and more etc,etc.Hes looking at jail time now and I heard few days ago he actually opened another one here and was shut down next day by courts.He called himself the Windsor Pet Rescue.I am really sick of people just taking the word" Rescue" and putting it out there when they aren't one.A rescue has vets 24/7 pets are vaccinated/fixed and tested for Feluke and many more diseases.Anyone not making sure all medical tests,vaccinations etc are CAT COLLECTORS(dogs also).This man did so much harm that will now continue for yrs to come,kittens born can carry this diseaes(panluke) for yrs and never show a sign.So please check all med records of any pet you want to adopt and make sure they are legally a rescue and they follow all the laws that go with it or you will be in for a world of heartbreak I know this because I lived through hell and I still panic at times and have become so much more aware of things.Never bring anything in that you see at curbside/alley etc,any outdoor toys(for the dog) stay outside because ANYTHING outdoors can have that hell on it.We are in middle of starting a small memorial in Timmys,Gracies,Stonees,Tess,Bindis memory of a pet blanket that is given to each each person that has to put a anmial down and wants to bury in own yard and even ones that don't,just a reminder that the pet they lost was loved.Blankets are cheap (1.00) with small paw prints all over them and warm fleecy material.We are going to set up donation jars in vets offices,pet stores etc just so we can supply alot of them when needed.Thanx Whisper
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have been asked this question more times then I can remember,and today was asked 3 xs so I thought it was a good time to set the story straight and be honest about how I feel."How do you feel about feral cats"??"What is your opinion of alley cats"??"What do you feel should be done with feral/alley cats??"No matter which way its spun people all mean the same thing and if they are looking for me to say "catch them and kill them" well they will be very disappionted!!Up until 10 yrs ago Im sure even my husband would say "do what you want" but after what we have witnessed even he wouldnt tell you that and he actually loves telling the story of MAMA!!She changed our lives for the better and let us see that they do love you and they do realize what you do for them.I have been fostering animals for many yrs through T.L.C,Orphaned Kittens Society.I became disillusioned with the way i witnessed funds being spent.I felt if I was gonna be up 18 hours working a smoke filled Bingo to raise money for the animals that needed care(working it free) only to see some pocketing money,buying booze etc then I couldnt support that one.This was after working it for yrs,I decided to open my own (smaller one) and that way I would know where the money went and what it really paid for.So very first one was Snowball( I know how original) actually 3 yrs before i started at TLC.Pure white 100% deaf,100% alley/feral cat.Took awhile to get him to trust us and eventually let us pet him and actually began coming into kitchen very quickly analyze the situation grab treat as fast as a speeding bullet and make it back outside.We kept food/water there for him so I would know he was eating.Eventually he let us hold him etc,,as soon as he was comfortable with us holding,petting etc we placed a ad in paper and he was adopted out 2nd day(this was after he was fixed and shots done) to a great guy that worshipped him.Went on to foster many and when we moved to another house we continued and thats where we got into TLC.Our first foster through them was Princess,a blonde husky,she had been in vets for almost 12 months,treated for both front legs broken,ribs busted,half her tail had to be amputated,1 ear twisted so badly so often it was flopped over couldnt stand up.That experience really shook me and made me lose faith in some humans,we went to that vets to get records and they gave us 15 pages of numerouse repeated abuse long before the last time when she spent almost 12 months.But worse thing is they never contacted anyone to report it AND the papers we picked up ,they had blacked out the persons name,address etc.Because we wanted to press charges and they refused to give us the proper papers,so to me they were all about the money of being paid to them not the dogs best interest so we black listed that vets and contacted every rescue in Windsor,supplied them with the blacked out pages and they all quit using them.Long story short we had her 15 great yrs until she died in June.but back to ferals,when we bought this house 11 yrs ago we noticed right away a cat with 4 baby kittens decided that she was making our porch her home.For years she had litter after litter (we couldnt get near her at all).We took every kitten she had over the yrs and adopted them out I actually have many here as my pets.For 10 years we would walk by and she would hiss and howl at us growling you name it.We made a 6 foot by 4 foot shelterEach time she had a litter she would bring her kittens onto wicker couch and that was her sign to me that she wanted clean bedding in there now that she had her kittens.She did this EVERYTIME she a litter,she had us trained,if her bowls were empty in morning she would be sitting at my door glaring at me through the screen,so I had to rush lol and fill her bowls.Each holiday she got a platter of turkey,ham and all the fixings,every night she sat in same window/screen waiting for her nightly treat(normally cheese or lunch meat or scrambled eggs) lol she loved the eggs.So for many years she made sure to make it known to us that she was boss,we were to fill food/water bowls,adopt her babies out,take baby to vet that may be sick and get treatment etc.So for 10 years she lived on my porch (tried catching to fix but there was no way) she was 1 million percent alley cat with a attitude,and we followed her rules of ,,,take care of my babies,feed me,clean my shelter after I have a litter ,keep eye on my babies and take to vet if any are any sick ones.This went on for all those years no touching and get off my porch!!So last Nov 27st 2007 I was out xmas shopping till about 9 pm and I wrapped the gifts,chatted on comp till almost 3 am.My cat Angel kept coming to me in comp room and tapping my leg and staring at me,I was getting pissed at her and ignoring her because shes a tattle -tail and I thought she was just tattling on someone so I ignored her.About 3 i decided it was bedtime,,walked into my bedroom and saw my usual cats that let me sleep with them!!And I had taken my glass's off and I thought Ellie-Mae really looked different sleeping on Chriss's pillow .So I put them on and couldnt believe what I saw,,MAMA had broken in and found her way to my bed(out of all the rooms she couldve gone into.I froze for a minute wondering "what the hell do I do" walked over to her,she looked up to me and I picked her up and SHE LET ME.So I took her into comp room,went outside to find her 1 baby she had out there brought him in and put in comp room.Chriss got home at 5:30 am and I told him to peek in comp room,he was floored.So next day I decided to put her back out and see what happened.Well when I came through door coming home from store she ripped in behind me and ran up stairs!!So we made comp into her room with her baby and feed her etc.Her personality was unbelievable,took her to vet and he said she was just getting old and didnt have much time left so we brought her back and set upon spoiling her as much as we could till she died.For 2 weeks she wanted to be petted,wanted to sit on lap,,started a game of musical chairs,I ended up having to put another chair in the room and if I was in 1 of them she would come over and weasel her way into that chair so I would move to other one then she wanted that one lol back and forth, and back and forth she started that with Chriss also,so her real personality was great.Wanted on lap 24/7 and we obliged.Then one morning i went in and she was still,I picked her up and wrapped her in blanket and held her as she died.For years I had told people all I wanted to do was bring her in and spoil her and I got to do that,we kept her baby and hes a great cat.So my answer to "how do you feel about alley cats"?I say .dont condem the cats,its the people that do it by moving and leaving behind,tossed out because they peed on something etc,,etc,,we thought for 10 yrs MAMA just wanted her food/water and didnt notice anything that we were doing for her over the yrs.But we were wrong .1) she broke in to have a warm place to die,2) wanted to be sure her baby was in a safe home and 3)this was her way of thanking us and letting us know that she appreciated everything we did for her over the yrs.They (alley cats) do see what you do for them,they do appreciate you feeding them etc for yrs.So next time you see one ripping garbage apart,walking all over your car etc remember they didnt do this ,its a result of some ass tossing them out and they multiplied bigtime.They return the love that you give you.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I turned on the noon news today only to see a new book out by suspense/thriller author Dean Koontz called,"Life Is Good,Bliss To You,Trixies Guide To A Wonderful Life".Turns out I am not the only person who has lost a dog and had a hardtime accepting it after being used to them being around so long.He got Trixie when she was older and she was finished her career as a service dog.According to Dean Koontz he goes to bed at night and wakes up in the morning and has a new chapter written for his book (lol actually its Trixies book),I havent read it yet but its a non-fiction book from Trixies perspective of life and I have included a link at the side of the page that can take you to a site you can find out a bit more about the book.I plan on buying it tomorrow and reading it so I will let you know.WHISPER
Friday, September 12, 2008
I have to commend all the police,firemen,legion members,politicians and the public that lined the 401 highway and over pass's for HUNDREDS of miles holding flags and saluting Andrews hearse (hate that word especially used for a 23 yr old) and his family and friends as they brought his body back to Windsor for burial .When the family arrived in Windsor they found Andrews friends,teachers and family members had a candle light vigil for him at the Peace Fountain here in Windsor and yellow ribbons tied all over the city trees.People were asked to wear school colors (St.Josephs.High School) or military color and bring white candles.I know there have been thousands killed over there but this hit hard here because Windsor is a peaceful city and this is our FIRST and hopefully our last.And to see people come out and support his family just as they did when we lost Windsors first and only police officer killed in the line of duty,to me its amazing how people can pull together at time when needed and makes me wonder why the world doesnt more often,,WHISPER