Thursday, December 01, 2016

Just call me the Cat Matchmaker

The local spay/neuter organization I volunteer for received a request this week.  A friend of one of the volunteers had recently had a cat pass away, and was looking for a companion for their remaining cat, who was now terribly lonely.  They weren't really interested in going through one of the local rescues, as they wanted to "rescue" a cat themselves by taking in a homeless cat.  But they ALSO didn't want a feral; they wanted a cat that would be friendly to them, and to their remaining cat.  Could our group help them?  They wanted a male cat, not too young or too old; about two years would be fine.

I put on my thinking cap.  I know of LOTS of people who feed ferals and would love to find them indoor homes, but these people were looking for a friendly cat.  I called the woman with all the barn cats (yes, I am still working to get her cats spayed and neutered; getting multiple slots in the local low-cost programs is taking longer than I anticipated); did she have any friendly male cats on her farm that she would be willing to re-home?  YES, she said, she had several!

Then I went to Craigslist.  Craigslist can be a scary, weird place, but it is also a place where people try to find homes for local strays, and for animals that they can't keep.  GRANTED, sometimes it's for sketchy reasons ("moving", my a**), but still, a cat needing a home is a cat needing a home.  Sure enough, there was a listing for a friendly stray cat that people had taken in but couldn't keep, and they wanted to find it a good home.  Here's the listing:

" Looking to find a home for this sweet boy. We recently rescued him during the snow storms. We asked around our neighborhood and no one seems to claim him. We'd say he's about 8 months old. Very tall cat. We had him checked out by a neighbor who is a vet and she states he's in great health. We unfortunately just cannot keep him. He's very affectionate and loving and loves kids and other animals. He has these beautiful "droopy" eyes :) we are moving on December 3rd (Ed:  *ahem*) and have to find him a home by then. Please contact me if interested!"

Look how cute this cat is!

I had the spay/neuter group contact the people looking for the cat and give them the two options:  (a) their choice of friendly barn cat; go and pick one out, or (b) Craigslist Cat.

This morning I got the message:  They took Craigslist Cat!  They needed a cat, the cat needed a home, and now they'll all live happily ever after.

And I think it's time I got a "Cat Matchmaker" t-shirt.  Ha.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Birthday Loot

I have a time-honored tradition of buying myself birthday (and Christmas) gifts.  Hey, it's a dirty job, but somebody's gotta do it.

So let's see what I got myself this year, shall we?  Let's see, there's a flying cat:

A flying frog, similar to one I bought myself at the State Fair a few years back:

Here they are, patrolling the living room:

Some miscellaneous goodies:

And the cats surprised me by enlisting a personal shopper to get me an address buoy for the front porch!:

All in all, a very enjoyable birthday.  Here's hoping for many more.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

It's my birthday, and I'll post a video if I want to ...

Seems appropriate, give the day ...

Nothin' good happens past two a.m., indeed.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Time for ... the 2016 Thanksgiving Tabby Tail Challenge!

I've been having a little fun with this over on Facebook today, so I thought I'd share it with you guys.

aaaaaand it's here - the 2016 Thanksgiving Tabby Tail Challenge!  Who will win?  It's anyone's guess ...

Sandy would like to make sure you take a good look at HIS gorgeous tabby tail ...

and Punkin Pie would like you to consider HER tail:

Yes, yes, Punkin, we SEE your gorgeous tail!: 

Oh no!  The contestants are rushing the judges!  Watch out, that may be an infraction:

It's going to be a tough call, folks ... at this point it looks like all five Foster Campers are in the running!:

Jughead would like to interrupt this broadcast to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!:

And the winner is ... Rosalita!  Without her, none of these kittens would even HAVE tabby tails!  Congratulations, Rosalita, you've won the 2016 Thanksgiving Tabby Tail Challenge!  Yaaaaaay!:

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Meanwhile, on Facebook ...

Yeah, I've been pretty busy over on Facebook lately.  (And if anybody wants to friend me there, just shoot me an email (rockycat24 AT yahoo DOT com) and I'll give you my Facebook name.)  And my postings are falling into two categories:  Angry rants about the upcoming administration, and cute pics of the foster campers.

I'm pretty sure you're not interested in that FIRST category, so let's review some of the action from the second, okay?

Sleepy Punkin Pie:

"Hey, dis stuff is pretty good - keep it comin', laydee!":

"We're tryin' to watch TV, here.  You go 'way.":

"'Scuse me, I gotta go see a guy about a dog.":

All five in one shot!  And yes, it is just that chaotic around here:

"I claim dese Friskies in the name of India!":

and former camper Pete says "Hallelujah!":

Have a great Thanksgiving, everybody!  And try not to kill anybody at dinner when talk turns to politics.  That's why *I'm* staying home.  :)

Monday, November 21, 2016

The weekend

Let's see, I spent Saturday morning cleaning at the rescue because they were short-handed, and I've gotta tell you, that is a WORKOUT.  Oh man, I used muscles I haven't used in quite a while, evidently, because they are complaining today. (Some of the containments are at eye level, and some are at ground level, and they've all got to be thoroughly cleaned.  It's a lot of bending and reaching, is what I'm saying.) And I've committed to cleaning every Saturday for the next few months, because I am insane.

Saturday afternoon it was seventy degrees out!  Ponyboy helped me with some raking.  "Finally!  I've found the perfect camouflage!," he said.

Yesterday, it was THIRTY degrees out, and snowing and blowing.  I went out for lunch with a friend and got some errands run, but man, it was NOT NICE out.

And this morning I awoke to this:


Friday, November 18, 2016

Recently Read

Skip it if you wanna.

1.  The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow - Novel about a backwoods Kentucky family who move to Detroit in World War II so the husband can work in a factory.  Depressing, at times heartbreaking, and one of my absolute favorite books.  You'll become so involved in the life of this family that you won't want the book to end.  Highly recommended.

2.  Max by Howard Fast - Fast-paced novel about film-making in New York at the turn of the (last) century.  Very interesting and just soap-opera-ish to keep it fun.  I enjoyed it!

3.  Claiming Ground by Laura Bell - Subtitled "A Memoir", this is more a series of vignettes of the author's life as a sheep herder in Wyoming in the late seventies.  Did not finish.

4.  Blackbird by Jennifer Lauck.  Memoir.  Young girl's mother gets sick and dies; dad's a real dick.  Dad dies; stepmother is a bigger dick.  The end.

5.  On the Edge of Nowhere by Jim Huntington - One of the best books I've read lately, this memoir by a man who grew up in Alaska in the early 1900s is absolutely mesmerizing.  Very good!

6.  The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn - Account of the time the author spent at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris.  I picked this one up because I really enjoyed another book of hers, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, but I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much, I guess mainly because I'm not interested in cooking techniques.  Did not finish.

7.  Call the Nurse by Mary J. MacLeod - Memoir of a nurse who practiced on a remote Scottish island in the 1970s.  Interesting and entertaining.

8.  The Gin Girl by River Jordan - Murder mystery novel set in Florida. *yawn*  Well, THAT'S a few hours of my life that I won't get back again.

9.  Tending Lives: Nurses on the Medical Front by Echo Heron - True stories from nurses.  Very good.

10.  The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber - Novel about a family of Black homesteaders in South Dakota in the early 1900s.  Good.

And that's what I've been reading.  You?