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Coping with the Heat

Huck

This has been a really hot, dry summer here in Texas. We’re lucky that our humans keep us cool and give us plenty of water to drink in the house. I get my best drinks right from the faucet actually.

The Garden Kitties, however, have to work a little harder to find drinks and cool off. Huck is the best at both. He likes to drink from the bird bath as well as from the dishes that are out in the yard, on the porch and in the shed. When he comes for supper, which comes at the hottest time of the day, he feels cool to the touch. Good work Huck! *whispers* Maybe you should share with Mystery and your sisfur, too.

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Everyone’s A Winner

ck-peppersWhat a HOT day in the Art Auction for Joplin! After incredibly active bidding, @EdnaATNutro came in with the winning bid not too long before the close. I don’t know if my human is going to be able to sleep after all of her jumping around. I took an extra tumble with the nip pillow to celebrate the wonderful feeling of everyone pitching in to help everyone pitch in to help!!! And to think that the final moments of the auction brought fireworks in the U.S. capital!

Overall, we have collected $475 to donate to the Humane Society of Missouri. @Mariodacat made a donation without bidding on any of the items (Thank you, Mario!!!) and @Smokey8 threw in a little extra when he sent in the donation. I am once again impressed by our community’s generosity and love of the arts. Thank you to everyone who participated in any way at all!

I especially want to thank the artists who created the pieces we auctioned in the last 5 days: my human, WHSKR, Boris Kitty, GeorgetheDuck’s Typist, Robyn Harton, and MaggieTKat’s mom Wanda (and the rest of the family too!).

Thanks also to those who placed the winning bids:

Amber Stubbs-Aydell on Green Sea Turtle

Angela_md on Steampunk pendant

Smokey Pino on Boris Kitty’s painting

Prudence on “Hope for Joplin”

EdnaAtNutro on “Helping Families. Anipal Rescue 2011”

It was a great Independence Day weekend because of everyone who made the artwork, looked at the artwork, commented on the artwork, bid on the artwork, bought the artwork…. I am taking some extra laps around my room and bunny kicking my chair to celebrate!

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Thank You Purrs to EVERYONE

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This rabbit is at LEAST as chubby as Nutmeggy!

The first week of the Art Auction was amazing!!!! Generous pals donated art. Generous pals bought the art! One pal even tried to buy the art he already bought another time!

I’ll post later on today or tomorrow when my human has made the donation to World Vets from ALL OF US, artists, bidders, buyers, and every single one of you who read the blog posts or retweeted or made a nice comment about the art or the auction or anything at all!

We’ll have more auctions after #scifipawty, and I have the first piece lined up, from COKIE THE CAT.

I’m committed to continue to hold art auctions as long as disaster relief is needed for animals anywhere, so I guess I’ve found a job for life….

In the auction hiatus, please visit CheshireK Loves …where you can buy more handmade art and help build the fund for animal disaster relief.

Thank you all for making this auction possible and for your generous support of the artists and World Vets, and animals in crisis in Japan.

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Tiger’s New Toys

Our human went over to Tiger’s house today to take the cool gifts that @SeattleP sent for him. He loved the balls and mousies! His little boy put together the new carrier with a neat faux fur bed in the bottom and carried it over his shoulder, but when he asked Tiger to go in, he didn’t want to. I sure can’t blame him for that!

Tiger was eating when she got to his house. He pulled himself away from food to play with the new toys, but he kept going back to his bowls for more.

He’s in great spirits and his family are deeply grateful for everyone’s support.

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Update on Tiger

Tiger is recuperating. His tail is in the itchy phase of healing, his human said. She also said he is eating a lot. “More than his share,” she actually said, MOL. He’s playing with his family but skittish around strangers.

Who could blame Tiger for shying away from strangers???

Tiger did respond well to Amber, who went to visit him and his mom as soon as she read the newspaper and found out what happened to him. Amber is one of the biggest supporters of animal welfare in our town. She springs dogs from the shelters and fosters them until they find forever homes and works with ARF-Texas. She has a long history of service to animals, including work with animals after Hurricane Katrina.

Amber will help Tiger’s mom get continued care for his injuries, neutering and vaccinations. We can help by donating via PayPal to help pay for his care through ARF – Texas. The site has a spot for comments, so make sure to mention that you want to support Tiger’s care. (If ARF receives more than is necessary for Tiger’s care, the remainder will go into the organization’s general medical fund.)

Only one person has made a donation specifically for Tiger’s care, so far.  I hope more of us will be able to help out.

I also have heard from a friend with connections in the prosecuting attorney’s office that the guys suspected of hurting Tiger will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

Tiger’s mom says a big THANK YOU to everyone who is praying for Tiger or sending purrs. She wants us all to know that Tiger and his little boy are playing together a lot and having a really good time.

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Can’t Come to Terms with Cruelty

Last week my human went to the vet’s to buy food for us and ended up with heartache as well. On her way into the clinic, she met a kitty and his human mom. She said the kitty was a cutey (she’s a sucker for cute cats), and the human burst into tears. Someone had cut off Tiger’s ears and tail.

My human offered and Tiger and his mom let her hug them. Inside the vet clinic, everyone was distressed. Our human got our food, went back to her office and cried until no more tears would come. She talked to some pros about how they handle seeing cruelty and hatred regularly and did her best to carry the weight of this cruelty without burdening other humans. She hugged all of us that night, even the ones who don’t like to be hugged. If we would have let her, she would have had a big cuddlepile with all of us, the garden kitties  and Upstairs Human too.

Today we found out that our city police arrested one of two men who are suspected of torturing Tiger. The other man fled and may have gone to Mexico. I wish both men were behind bars, but I am glad they are out of my neighborhood. Tiger’s human now wonders what became of two other cats in her family. Like Tiger’s mom, our humans worry about what has happened to garden kitties who stopped coming to our house. We know that community cats go to lots of places to eat and find shelter, and we always thought they just didn’t pick our house. But now we will always wonder.

We did a happy/angry dance today when we read about the arrest on the front page of our local paper. When our media in Texas take animal cruelty seriously, we move forward. When our police take it seriously, we have a chance. I want to go to the trial and hiss at the defendant. I hope they prove the case against him and he goes to jail for a long time.

Animal cruelty with torture is a felony in Texas. Someone convicted of this crime can spend six months to two years in jail and be subject to a fine up to $10,000.

Some anipals on Twitter have offered to help Tiger’s humans take care of him if we can make the connection with the family. My human is working through the reporter to connect with Tiger’s human. I’ll keep you posted when I find out what we might be able to do.

Although everyone assures us Tiger will be all right, we are still struggling to understand how anyone could do such a thing.

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Two Posts in One Day, But This One Will Help a Doggie Directly

My Twitter friend @CosmoHavanese just told me that I could help a doggie by posting about a challenge from the Pedigree dog food company.

Pedigree wants us to help get the word out about the Pedigree Adoption Drive, and they will give food to a dog who needs it.

  • Each year, more than 4 million dogs end up in shelters and breed rescue organizations. Pedigree created The PEDIGREE Adoption Drive to help shine a spotlight on the plight of these homeless dogs.
  • This year the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive is raising awareness for homeless dogs by donating a bowl of food to shelter dogs for everyone who becomes a “Fan” or “Likes” the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive on Facebook. So far more than 1 million bowls have been donate
  • Special for BlogPaws West: For each blog that posts about the PEDIGREE Adoption Drive through September 19, PEDIGREE will donate a bag of its new Healthy Longevity Food for Dogs to shelters nationwide. It’s simple: Write a post, help a dog.
  • Thursday, September 16 through Sunday, September 19, the Pedigree BlogPaws bloggers will host a Blog Hop to help raise awareness for the “Write a post, help a dog” effort.

My blog will appear on a list of blogs that help dogs, too, and what could be better than that? Before I posted, 395 bloggers were listed in the Pedigree blog hop. That means at least 396 bags of food!

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Karma when she’s good

Becket and Karma cuddlingThis is why we put up with Karma when she is bad.

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Kitten update

Those five kittens are still doing well.

So many things a human has to know to take care of baby kittens.

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Sunday at our house

What are Karma and Becket hunting?

Becket and Karma were hunting for a long time, but nobody EVER saw their prey. Ours is a great house for invisible prey. We have some in this corner and in another one on the other side of the living room. The best invisible prey spot is in the garage near the door to the outside. Reggie, Karma, Belle and I all like to hunt there. Sometimes for HOURS.

Petunia napping

Petunia had a hard day because of Robin’s ill-fated harness experiment. Petunia hissed and growled at Robin and tried to get the harness off by herself. Fortunately, robin calmed her down and Petunia finally let her release the nasty clasp.

In the end, Petunia found the BEST napping spot. She’s happy now.

I’m upstairs waiting for my Greenies Pill Pockets, loaded. I’m sure Robin will be here soon.

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