Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday, August 31

Surgeries are over.  Wow---what a very long, bit stressful, day. I have full confidence in our surgery team, but always a part of me sighs a big breathe when each surgery is completed and done. All in all, we did 9 male surgeries (1 belonged to a volunteer) and 12 spays (including a hernia repair).  We also did 18 physicals.  A very busy day. Our next surgery is scheduled for September 27 in the afternoon. 

We have already had one adoption today! Sweet Jasmine is on her way with her new family, to Florida. She's been a much waited for kitten. More adoptions coming today yet.  

We have some thanks to be given!  
Faithy & Bobby--school album, book with 3-D pictures, coupons and a book on shoes for a volunteer!
Jennifer P from NV--donation to FFRC
Ladydoc--a generous donation to be made for the incoming new washer! How so very kind
Chris/dewitty--a wonderful donation, partly for her bracelet from Hannah and the remainder to go in our Feliz Navidad Medical Fund.  This is a bonus for our fund. 

Yeah!  FFRC received a PayPal from Amazon for $446.19.  This is for July to signify the Amazon sales made using our FFRC name for Amazon. Wonderful! Thank you. 

Goat Poo Bingo is on the go!  We'll keep updating and showing it to you as the PayPals come in! How fun and exciting. 

We have a new kitten that just arrived. She's only 5 weeks old and has met with much hardship for being so young. Her name is Gusti--a Name a Cat name.  Gusti is a grey tiger/white, but there's a bit of brown intermixed in with the grey stripes. Very pretty! Her ears were occluded with ear mite debris.  This will be an ongoing clean out job on these little ears. She also was loaded with fleas--way way too many for such a baby. Her tummy was loaded with worms which we've already started work on that. Unfortunately she also has severe scaring of her right eye, yet her left eye is worse. When she "makes weight", her left eye will need to be removed as it is completely unusable. Gusti is a purr-er already and a loverbug.  From yesterday on, her life will be better---we promised her. 

Dr. Darcy also looked at Cayden yesterday. As you know his one back leg is only a partial leg. After watching him so much and keeping in mind he is a CH kitten, we've decided to do a "wait and see" with his leg.  Right now, it's not hindering him.  It's actually a bit of a help, as he touches it down once in a while to stabilize himself. As long as there's no sore developing, he's doing fine, just as he is. 

We also talked about Trucker quite a bit. He weighs 2.11 pounds.  Big enough for surgery, but we are shooting for when he's 3 1/2 to 4 pounds.  Both back legs are completely non-usable and a hindrance to him. One rear leg will be removed first, followed by the other one a few weeks later. But, if a sore develops on his legs, plans will change. We are already keeping an eye on one area. He's so zippy fast, he puts a lot of wear on his leg skin. He's such a happy boy!

Have a wonderful Sunday. Vernon is sitting here on my desk, tucked in a little basket. Such a sweetheart. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday August 29

The Raffle last night was beyond words for me. You all blew me away with your kindness.  Thank you are such two simple words, but I say them with much sincerity. I am very grateful. 

Here's the wonderful breakdown of our Raffle. 
Item A,  FFRC cat book -- winner Linda/roostergirl -- 145 tickets sold
Item B, FFRC CH cat book -- winner Piperjo -- 183 tickets sold
Item C, Pink Butterfly Afghan -- winner Romeomom -- 44 tickets sold
Item D, Laurel Burch Tote -- winner Sandra Hes/momcatt9 -- 113 tickets sold
Item E, White popcorn Afghan -- winner patcat -- 111 tickets sold
Item F, Kitty Afghan -- winner knittinkitten -- 91 tickets sold

Wow--this cam to a total of $3,435.  Then we had generous people contribute to the total! They are:
LJ323, Romeomom, Eaglewatcher, Joco, Aunty Fi, Donnajb, ColoEagle and Eartheyes.  This really helped our total. The Grand Total bumped to $4070. I am grateful. 

We had consolation prizes too---that's always fun!
Patcat---kitty butterfly mug
Sandra De--Bob's boxes with kitties
Stanley Eck--butterfly puzzle
Hannah S--rescue leggydew
Littleonemine--rescue leggydew
Gillian Ri--flower/butterfly tote
Ellen, volunteer--Hello Kitty Bed
Stanley Eck, Paintedaisy, Quinceysmom and Geremy Kec--catstock t-shirt
CNH, Madisonpepper, Plee--bracelets by Hannah

Then we had an extra wonderful gift given.  As many of you know, our washer has been giving us fits. Sometimes it clicks & grinds, sometimes not. Sometimes it leaks, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it works, many times it doesn't. So aggravating. We have it working again right now, but having to use much smaller loads which then takes most of the entire day to do the laundry, even with doing many loads inside the house. Our friend, Deb11111 has generously given us a gift to be able to purchase a new washer. I'm so very thankful. 

We also had BOXES last night. This FFRCNation rocks!
Dawn T--purple bubble wrap, coupons, 2 rolls duct tape, snackers for the cats, case of Appetizers, case of Fancy Feast, post it note holder, cat key rings with bling!, pens, big clips, eagle statues
Linda C/angelface--6 boxes of Kleenex--opened and used right away for grateful tears!
Pat C, Thursday vol--lots of cat & dog food and litter from Walmart, 3 pairs handwarmers, dishcloth and a gorgeous Cat on a Fence Afghan
Wanda E--donation for 2 portraits--you do beautiful work, Wanda!
Stephanie S from UK--donation of the money raised in August for the keyrings she sold!
Sarah P/romeomom from MO--donation "just cuz"!
Sean & Ann from PA--this week's visitors--individual pretzel bags, 2 dz. baby food jars, case of Friskies, 3 bags Rachel Ray dry cat food, 3 dz. Meow Mix cups, cat toys, jumbo Mr. Clean, Dawn soap, HE Tide, 15 Clorox wipes, big bag Precious litter, lots of cat treats, juicy juice, 3 dz sheba cans, 3 dz Cheezits, 2 boxes dryer sheets, TP
Beverly H from PA--bag of towels and bag of can food
Brian & Kim W. from PA--2 cases Weruve can cat food

I've made two phone calls now to check on Snow-King and Athena.  The first call told us that Athena was looking out the patio doors while Snow-King was still glued to the couch. But, things have now progressed--they both are enjoying the birds at the patio doors!  We will have quite a few adoptions on Sunday and Monday. These will be kittens that have been on hold, waiting for their spay/neuter. We always want a night here after their surgeries to be able to check them the next morning. 

Slick is doing wonderful. He's eating, purring like a diesel motor and loves his tummy rubbed. Sadie continues to improve. What a joy to see her relaxed and in a cat bed. The Covies have been out of the Cove three days already this week and still have Sunday to be out. They love it and always come back for supper, like good kitties. The Barnies are also doing great--they love the hay bale piles. Snappy has been in now for 24 hours. We're trying our very bestest to encourage him wanting to stay inside. Aubie is flat out laying on top of Camvie. Both are purring so loudly and napping. Sweet dreams to these two cats. 

Get's almost Goat Poo Bingo time!  You say what?????  Yes, that's right.  Goat Poo Bingo. This is a Catstock fun event. We have a board just for our webcam friends, whether you are a lurker or a chatter! If you'd like to participate, just go thru PayPal or send a check out now to FFRC.  Buy a Bingo square or as many as you'd like.  The Bingo squares are $5. The numbers are 1 thru 25, but NOT number 13.  #13 is reserved 100% for Derecho and the other cats at FFRC.  The Determinator Derecho said so! At 4:15 on the day of Catstock, Butter and Pickles, the goats, will have access to the Giant Bingo "Board". The first square that is pooed in, is the winner! It will be a 50/50 Bingo.  50% goes to FFRC, 50% is divided between however many people bought that square. The fun begins now! I will frequently show the board to the cam so you can see the numbers and participants.  Get ready, get set, go.....let the poo begin! 


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday, August 28

Integrity gets the cuteness award today.  His eye is improving every day. This little fella came in with such a bad upper respiratory infection but is on his way to recovery. He's just an all around good kitten. He will be on the surgery list for Saturday.

Joey did something amazing today. I was sitting at my desk early this morning and he climbed up the kuranda tower beside the desk and halfway came on my desk. He stayed there for a good ten minutes. It was amazing to me. When I think back about how he was when he first arrived. I remember saying that I wish for him to be comfortable enough that he would cruise about someday.  I do believe he's achieved this! Makes me very happy for him.
We had BOXES last night! You all are so appreciated.
Julie P/tigercats from IA-car charm for Dodger, milk rings, sticky notes, kitty nail art, 4 sock coin purses, dinosaur sandwich cutters, PB cups, 8 cases of Friskies can food, 2 butterfly glow sticks---some of these things we can use for Catstock!
nona--2 cases KMR
Donnajb--Bounce, baby food, 12 big cans canned chicken, 2 cases Fancy Feast kitten
Helen M/helman--box of 24 Whiskas, Box of Meow Mix bowls, 2 cases Fancy Feast, case of 9-Lives
Mayumi from Tokyo Branch--48 packets fish snackers, 12 packets chicken snackers, bear belly ice pack for kitties
Linda C/angelface--case of Fancy Feast kitten, case of baby food, 400 spoons
Anonymous Lurker--2 cases Fancy Feast
JoAnn Z/jznyc from NY--4 boxes appetizers
Great Aunt Julie/Tigercat from IA--8 cases Friskies, box of Friskies packets
Leggygal from CA--4 cases baby food
Sean and Ann from PA with Penn, Teller and Pixel. 4-day visitors!
Julie B from CA--donation to FFRC
terwil/Theresa W from PA--donation to FFRC, to use anyway needed
Carol D from VA--donation to FFRC
Lannml--donation to FFRC for medical expenses
Barbara W from WA--donation "just because", probably will put towards medical needs
SonJamac--donation for FFRC, above Hannah's bracelet!

Little Miss Samara has a new name--Miss Bouncy, JungleJane girl. This morning she decided her Dodger's Pen was no longer a pen to stay quiet in. She was jogging circles in it, going up the sides and onto the hammock. Made me gasp. It was one of those times I needed to wiggle my finger at her and tell her that that was not allowed---only slow motion is allowed for her while recovering! I don't think she's listening though!

We finally were able to complete the adoption for Athena.  We've known for a few days that she was going to a home. New mom/dad have a fairly quiet house, has 2 teenager kids that love cats. The hold up was that they were undecided about which second cat to choose. It dawned on me yesterday that she and Snow-King are great together. They've been together for a month and have always been nice to each other.  I made the first phone call this late morning. Actually, Athena is doing awesome--already watching out the patio doors.  Snow-King is not quite so brave--hasn't left the couch yet.  But, he will. His friend Athena will work for him!

The boys--Cayden, Trucker and Vernon--are doing great. They hang out together a lot. Nap together, eat together, play together! Such a joy to see this! All 3 are growing.

Remember BOXES are at 5:30 this evening and the Raffle Drawing is at 6:00!  Let's have some fun!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, August 26

Jackson's saucy walk. Bella's talk to go outside. Emma Jo constantly putting her feet in food dishes and smirking at me. Cutie always watchful for a lap to crawl in. Trucker's watchful eye on the refrigerator for chicken. Kiara loves to watch the empty syringes being tossed in the sink. Moose enjoys flinging himself at legs---without using his claws. Abner going up to his mama and headbutting her---he still loves his mama. Seymour being stationed on the ramp watching the birds. Jatcat in her favorite "serve me breakfast here" spot. Mahogany plainly letting us know when she wants petting.  All these wonderful cats.....all with their own distinct personalities. Come, visit, get to know these cats!

We had BOXES last night. We are always so appreciative of these items.  You truly make a BIG difference to FFRC.
Melvin S--donation thru PayPal to FFRC
Kelly L--donation thru PayPal to FFRC
Gusti--donation to help with beverages for surgery day
Kelli/timbr--sunchips for the volunteers
Phil & Judy, Sunday volunteers--suet, crackers, colored paper, bleach, vinegar, clorox wipes, styroplates, case of water
Heather & kids (Phil and Judy's family)--snackers for the cats, Friskies can
Beth/eaglewatcher--10 bottles of Odo-Ban
Irene/ladydoc--lots of medical items--syringes, sterile water, sulvidene ointment, antiseptic towelettes, tape, ear instrument. Also phone message books, shoe covers, chuck pads, office items
Barb W from WA--40 lb bag of Precious Cat Litter
Carrie & Eric and family--bix box of chips for volunteers, labels, pens, juice jugs, tablets, candy, Friskies, Clams, Sardines, lysol wipes, cookies, flavored water, paper plates--lots of things for Catstock, the cats and the volunteers. Big thanks.
Joyce D from CA--Amazon gift card, James Harriot kitty book, Cat Tales Stories, 10 skeins of yarn
SVCathy--Reeses PB cup note book, 2 packages Reeses PB cups, ceramic Reeses Travel mug--awesome theme!! and LOTS of shirts for Catstock. 
Cindy H/mnsnowy--cat bed, flotable ducks, cat toys, mens tie dye shirt, feathers, bracelets and anklets that are so pretty
David & Christine and Mew, Nukie and Anya--2 boxes snackers, case of Fancy Feast, case of Friskies, 2 cases Fancy Feast kitten
Anonymous Friend--4 nice size blankets, 4 kitty beds, pillow cases, 2 rolls duct tape, potty bags, 2 big colorful blankets, bolt of Tulle fabric, rescue magazines, cat stock shirt, wash cloths, several sets of sheets for Kitty Kastle and 2 new towel sets for Kitty Kastle. So appreciate this.
Shannon, volunteer---coupons
Dexter and Katie--letter from Dexter. 2 ags of milkrings, new toys and snackers  Enjoy your new home, Dexter!
Tom & Linda C from IL--donation
Jean M/Annette20 from CA--donation for ffrc
Melissa & Paul R and kitty Sam--feathers
Donnajb--for Trucker--sponsorship
Mary L from OH--donation
Alan C from UT--donation
Marilyn V/Mayreee-milk rings, donation to help with Zertyle's medical bills
Shauna F from NY--donation
Mayumi from Japan--feathers
David P from Netherlands---donation to FFRC thru PayPal

Samara went to the vet's yesterday. Dr. P ended up not sedating her, but just looking at her. He thinks all is fine so far. She does have a certain amount of pain level when her toes on left foot are pinched a bit.  That's a good thing--shows the nerves are working.  Her back right leg that has two fractures is healing nicely as you can see she is now putting some weight on it. So far, she's been contented to stay in her pen, like a good girl, resting and healing. She is in her hammock right now watching everything going on.

Today is a special day. There's a birthday---Thomas is 5 years old. He came here on 2/25/14.  He came from Staten Island. We sure do love this boy. Happy 5th birthday, Thomas!

Just heard from Vaun's new family.  All is well and happy. Vaun loves her family, loves to be with them and enjoys the family dog!

Surgery day is coming up---this Saturday. This is simply a tentative list:
Boys that need neutered are: Abe, Moose, Scott, Cayden (?), Cameron, Jarvis, Forst, Integrity
Girls that need spayed are: Anna Josephine, Aubie, Brise, Carol (and hernia repair), Jasmine, McHoney, Murphy, Penelope, Samara (?), Shelby, Takara, Veora, Mich.
We also have many that need physicals. Some are new and arrived here already neutered/spayed. But, we need a physical on them. Some need their yearly check ups. 

I'm so happy about Sadie. Her one pill a day is making a huge difference in her. She is coming out from under the Kuranda Tower and napping in the open on a rug. Yesterday she accepted belly rubs. What a joy to do this for her! Good news---Debut is now in the Thumper Rooms and doing great. Very sweet.

You all are wonderful people and I'm so very grateful to our FFRCNation. A webcam friend sent this to me:
Together we hurt.
Together we hope.
Together we heal.

It's true--it really does take a group effort to do what we do. No one section of work is complete without all the other parts. I thank you. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24

What's white and grey and loves being on top of a mountain?  Why, it's Seymour!  He loves being at the top of the ramp in Kitty Kabana--he will spend hours there looking out the window! Two weeks from today is his adoption day. This is on extra awesome (and cute) boy!

We had an adoption this morning. Dexter went to his new home with Katie, to Pennsylvania. Dexter developed a possible food allergies which caused sores around his neck. After treatment, it has 99% cleared up. Katie will keep him on a non-fish food diet. Dexter is in for an awesome home---lots of love being given! So happy for him.

This coming Saturday is our next surgery day. This will a very busy day---many surgeries lined up already. Will weigh cats and kittens this week and make up the surgery list. Guaranteed it'll be a heavy duty list. 

Tomorrow is a big day---it's the beginning of our next Raffle.  Why do we do these raffles?  One, it's a fundraiser for FFRC.  These Raffles are the main things that keep us going. They help with our utility bills, with our people that work here, with insurance bills, test kits, surgical needs, medications (one bottle of fungus meds are $660.60 and we usually need 3 of these to complete treatment on everyone), even things like paint, wood needs, screws/bolts, there's a zillion needs! Second, we are given awesome, beautiful items that are meant to be used for a Raffle! 

This Raffle includes 5 items--2 of the wonderful books that Pat donated.  One is on some of the FFRC cats, the other is on the CH cats of FFRC. These are extra awesome books. The pictures are those taken by Pat. We also have a Laurel Burch bag and 2 beautiful afghans. The Raffle starts tomorrow, Monday and ends at 8:00 am on Thursday.  BOXES will be 5:30 pm on Thursday and the Raffle will be at 6:00 pm.  Don't forget--there's nice consolation prizes too!  Raffle tickets, as always, are $5 each. Can purchase one or how ever many you'd like. Just send a PayPal or a check. If sending a check, be sure it's here Weds or before. I thank you for your support of our past Raffles.

We had BOXES on Friday night. I am so grateful for the gifts given.
Tom (day visitor)--potty bags, cat snackers, sardines, salmon, canned cat food and fancy feast
Denise & Christopher--2 night/day visitors--2 bottles of laundry soap HE, bag of Purina One adult and one of kitten dry
Joanna H from Findland--PayPal donation for FFRC
Wanda E--donation for sale of 2 portraits
PSW--donation for the medical fund
Mary  H, volunteer, from Archbold--2 mesh sink strainers, 3 flash drives, band aids, packing team, copy paper, 5 bags of Trader Joe's Popcorn!
June K/paintedaisy--peace card with note, folkders with kitties on them, bunches of felt flower power and peace signs, flowers for Catstock, 2 large jars of L-Lysine
Myrna A/mommymyrna--2 cans chicken and lots of macaw feathers
Beth/eaglewatcher--for Catstock--inflatable serving bar and clips for table cloths
David P--a yellow house that's really neat, for Trucker.  I've seen him napping in it!
Anonymous Friend--bag of individual chips for the volunteers
Joey3100--5 boxes of dry sheets
Debra C--2000 paper plates, 6 inch
Barb W--3 pack of Clorox wipes
Vicki B--6 bags of Royal Canin Baby dry food
Peggy/leggygal from CA_--3 boxes of Biggie/Leggy Dews!  Wonderful! 

Samara will go tomorrow morning back to the vet's office to get another x-ray and an update on her fractures. There's a possibility that her pin will also be pulled. She still has much healing ahead of her, but so far, she's doing really good relaxing and resting in her big pen. She loves the hammock!

Zertyle is doing good. Her complicated spay went very well on Friday. It was confirmed that she needed some teeth pulled, which was also done. She's a typical sphinx cat--loves to be covered up with a blankie. When she came back from the vet's office, we just covered her up and she slept for hours! She's feeling much better. 

Are you coming to Catstock?  Maybe you can help me. If you are interested in helping to run a Catstock game please let me know. I'll get your name on the list now so we're more organized before 9/6.  Don't feel you have to do this, as I'm sure there will be enough people. We want everyone to have fun!

Here's some info about the Catstock, including the games that will be here!
Featuring STRAWBERRY HILL BAND, playing 1:00 to 4:00

A fun time for families, volunteers, friends and webcammers to enjoy 
the afternoon together! We’re all about Peace, Love and Cats!

Carnival- 1:00 to 4:00pm       Goat Poo Bingo- 4:15pm

Carnival - 10 tickets for $5.00 (1 ticket for each game or snack)
Hot beef and chicken sandwiches, side dishes and more! (freewill donation)

Carnival Games Misc. Events
Swish in the Toilet Removable Tattoos
Star Ring Toss                   Face Painting
Sack Hop w/ traffic signs Mini Tractor Rides
Table Tennis 50/50 drawing
Lawn Darts Horse Rides
Hula Hoop the Cat Cotton Candy
Jumbo Ring Toss Fresh Movie Popcorn
Target Bean Bag Rug Have Fun Coloring Contest
Flag Frisbee
Giant Dice Toss MORE GAMES 
Milk/Jug Ring Toss Water Splash
Washer Toss Slam Dunk
Floating Duck Pond Chuck A Duck
Sand Treasure Dig Hunt Cat Bean Toss
Carnival Can Bean Bag Ladder Ball Game
Disc Dunk Throw                                   Horse Shoe Game

Goat Poo Bingo ($5 a square) is at 4:15pm. Buy a Bingo square, as many as you’d like. At 4:15, Butter and Pickles, the goats, will have access to the Giant Bingo “Board”. The first square that is pooed in, is the winner! It will be a 50/50 Bingo. 50% goes to FFRC, 50% is divided between however many people bought that square. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thursday, August 21

The votes are in and our sweet Derecho is now the Leader of the Kitty Condo Association. I'm sure if he needs help, Coralie and Asha will be happy to assist him in this grand and at times difficult job. Thanks for joining in the fun and for casting your votes. If you have any questions, Derecho is on duty!

We had BOXES last night! Many thanks to you all. 
Billie K--7 tier Kuranda bed
Adrian--key chain holders so we can make more of the keychains with some of the cats pictures!
Anonymous Friend--Royal Canin Cat Encyclopedia
Pat & Ellen from Defiance--megaphone for Catstock!, case of Friskies, Iams & Fancy Feast, new cat trap and a very loud Cow Bell to be able to holler for help! 
Aunty Fi--gift for Clayton
Nancy L from WI--feathers
Caren F--catnip, 3 cases Friskies and a big pkg of AA batteries
Jo Ann--loads of cat snackers and a multitude of snackers for the volunteers---chips, popcorn, nuts, Nature Valley barsGreat Aunt Julie/tigercat from IA--toys and case of Fancy Feast, big bag of Purina One, 4 boxes Purrfectly Fish
Joey3100--2000 6 inch paper plates
Beth/eaglewatcher from IL--we finally got the replacement popcorn popper and it works!!, Beth sent lots of prepackaged popcorn ready to make in the popper!, 12 cans Clorox wipes, 6 boxes Bounce
Jacksmom--4 jugs Tide HE, 3 cans Clorox wipes, 4 boxes dryer sheets
Timbrwolfpup--2 bags Welches snacks, 40 bags of chippies for Volunteers and crackers, rice krispie treats, cookies, etc.
Susan345--30 bags snackers for volunteers
Donnajb1951--2 cases 9-Lives, 500 six inch paper plates, 6 cans Clorox wipes, 200 paper snack trays
Gillian from UK--6 boxes Bondi Licks
Nona S from NY---feathers
Mark & Rhonda S from IL--feathers
Anonymous Friend--coupons
Macncheese/Susan M from MA---ty note and donation
Charlotte & Brutus--card and note--raffle pymt & donation

We took in a new cat two days ago. She's 6 years old and a grey Sphinx--a real beauty.  The past owner is moving. Also she requires major medical care and the owner could not afford it. Her name is Zertyle (rhythms with Myrtle). Unfortunately, she has not been spayed which has caused her her medical problems. She has a pyometra which is an infected uterus. There are two kinds--a closed and an open. A closed pyo is cause for an emergency spay or they may die. An open pyo at least means it can drain. She is on full antibiotics and will have her spay tomorrow. It's a bit more complicated so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She's a sweetie and loves to give head butts.

Let's talk about Alma! I know it's hard to watch Alma bounce at times. It is for me too. BUT.....when this girl first came in, she couldn't/wouldn't even walk. Then she figured out she was no longer in a cage. We tried using a strap around her tummy to help her--she did NOT want that help. We tried putting her in a walking frame--that was a no go and she would NOT use it. We tried protecting her--she went beyond the bounds we made safe for her. We tried keeping her in Thumper's Room where things may be a bit softer. She soon was at the door that goes into the Main Area. It was a miracle, to me, the day she wanted to come in the Main Area. And she's never gone back. She LOVES it up here. Yes, she bounces and thuds. Yes, she bangs and makes noises. Yes, she fumbles. But, we're talking about a cat that sets no limits on her abilities--she CHOOSES to go where she goes. She loves her freedom. I know we could go around and pad this, pad that, pad everything. But that is a bit impossible. Cleaning would be a nightmare. And besides---think about it. How many times have you seen this wonderful girl bounce? Has she seriously hurt herself? No. I swear she has rubber bones! She is very calculating as to what she is doing. Might she get hurt sometime? Yes, but we'll fix her up! Does it take much determination to get into that ship? You bet it does---she has to carefully aim her body to get in there. Does she do it--yes. I would never take that joy away from her. So.....let's let Alma be who she is....a very determined cat that has made huge strides in her world. She's gone from a cat with much fear and very little movement to a cat that sets no limits on herself. I so appreciate that you care about Alma. She has a lot of aunties and uncles out there that care! 

Mich, Vernon and Cayden are spending more time in the rescue center.  They are doing great. Trucker was again yowling his head off at 4:30 this morning. He wanted in the Main Area and he wanted up NOW!  This little kitten totally cracks me up. So demanding....and we do it because it makes him happy. He zooms in like a streak of lightening and immediately starts playing! 

Jarvis is a funny boy!  He has such a small neck and a gigantic tummy. Plus he still has a thousand nits sticking to him--makes for an odd look. Don't worry---the lice nits are all dead--it just takes forever to get them all off. He eats and eats and eats. Poor fella came in so thirsty and hungry. 

We took in a new boy last night. He was found at a car dealership. He was very dirty, hungry, thirsty, has a bad eye and so very tired. He's white and orange, about 9 weeks old. His name is Integrity. He has slept a great deal already. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday, August 19

Little Mathew Scott has found his own home! He is such a handsome fella. His name is Maxwell Scott. He was already loved big time even before he left.  More adoptions coming up too!

We took in a new cat yesterday. She's an adult torti seal point. Our neighbor will be going into a nursing home and can no longer keep her. The twist to this is that she is in my house. The arrival happened thru my front door and Debut was put on the floor. She is fully vetted--spayed, wormed, vaccinated, tested.  Well, she's having so much fun with my cats, she won't let me catch her. The little rascal. She's playing, in the windowsills, out on the sunporch--just thoroughly enjoying herself. Eventually I'll get this pretty girl and bring her to the rescue center! I told her we can't get her adopted if she keeps playing games....but I think that's what she's planning. What a sweetie. 

I wanted to give you an update on Sadie. I talked about it to our webcam friends last night. She is having "episodes" where she seems to be completely disconnected with herself.  I mentioned that she's had two episodes, but now find out there have been three. She had one on Friday when I was gone. They last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I've talked to our vets and as of today have started her on a medication that I really hope will help.

Just an FYI--our volunteer Clemm is doing much better after a night at the hospital. Her heart is now stabilized, regular rhythm and no damage done to her heart. She was helping us yesterday when she felt ill.  

Another FYI---Lynnette's mom is also in the hospital, now in Fort Wayne. We're all hoping for a productive finding of what is going on with her. 

I want to send out a big thanks to Beth/eaglewatcher for the 6 inch plates that she sent---1,000 of them. Sure do appreciate this, Beth!  Thanks too to Dawnstar for the USB repeater cable! We will be using this for the Catstock event. Thanks to knittinkitten2.  She has made it possible for us to put together five baskets for older cat adoptions! They will consist of a bag of quality dry cat food, some can cat food, toys, leggydew, etc. 

We have 2 new FFRC friends! One is Feather and will be taking over the Thursday and Friday 4:30 to 7:45 ish morning slot to clean.  We also have Denise who is learning the protocol for the 8:00 to 11:30 ish mid morning slot to clean. Thanks to Sarah and Elizabeth for training these two ladies. Welcome Feather and Denise! 

Shelby is now on hold. She will be making her home with Anna Josephine. They will go shortly after they are spayed. Our next spay/neuter date is August 30th, a Saturday. 

Be ready to vote! Tomorrow is our election day! Get that voting finger ready!  You will have from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to vote. Go to the Chatters page on FB to vote. We'll let you know the results during BOXES on Wednesday! It will be between Derecho, Coralie and Asha. Ohhhhh, this will prove to be very interesting. Good luck to all three candidates!  This race will be for the being the Leader of the Kitty Condo Association!  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17

A little bubble bath goes a very long way!  Our new kitten that I thought was a black/brown long hair tiger, is actually a torti!  I was so so surprised when after her second bath, her gold colors showed thru! She is a beauty.  Her name is Mich.  Mich, Vernon, Trucker and Cayden are all good friends. So sweet the way they play and nap together!

We had two more adoptions! Missa went to her new home. I've already heard back from them and sounds like all is full of happiness! I'm so glad. She and Weeja will be very good friends, I'm sure! The second adoption was Vaun, our little Manx kitten. Another sweetie pie girl. It's wonderful to see these kittens being adopted into good homes.

We had BOXES last night.
Katie--For her Gold Award in Girl Scouts, she had a funraiser and brought to us alot of goodies!  Blankies, sponges, paper towels, Dawn soap, snackers, toys, litter, window cleaner, paper plates, lysol, bleach, lotion, hand soap, Mr. Clean Eraser, canned food, and a money donation!  She is a member of Girl Scout Cadette troup #20526. Thanks, Katie!
Buddy the Cat and Mimi in FL--coupons
Billie K--For Porchies/Covies--6 pkgs kitty snackers
Arden & Charmaine--3 big bottles of Tide HE and 3 boxes of chips and variety of goodies for volunteers!
Michlyn from MI--feathers
Pam T/zoolove--big box of Austin cookies & crackers
Callie & Harry -- day visitors--vinegar, chlorox wipes, snackers, 2 cases water, plates and Bounce
Mary H from Archbold, Friday night volunteer--11 laser lights for adoptions, Fancy Feast, Lysol wipes, 4 jugs of HE laundry soap, sponges 
Cristina F from Italy--donation for baby food meat and canned chicken!
Barbara C from GA---donation for FFRC thru PayPal

I wanted to say a big thanks too to LJ for an afghan she went for us to raffle. It's a brocade afghan, with blues, orchids and other colors that is just stunning! 

Our next raffle will be the awesome 2 books that Pat/Cathouz donated. They are really wonderful!

Snappy is back! We are so glad that he is once again among his FFRC friends. This boy has had a bad experience and was tossed outside and told to find his own food.  The neighbors took pity on him and would feed him. Still, though, he lost 2 pounds. He has been brought here to us because it was known that he was an FFRC cat. He's been in the back Thumper's Room but it was his choosing to come up already to the Main Area. So, after an adjustment time for Snappy, he will go up for adoption again. I try so so hard to find the perfect homes for our cats. Obviously, this didn't happen for Snappy for which I'm very regretful. Next time will be the right home for our boy.

We took in a new kitten this morning.  Rarely do I put a kitten in a crate and leave outside (protected) for the half hour it takes for a Capstar to work. This poor little boy had many many hundreds of fleas on him. Unfortunately he also had lice--thousands of them.  He was initially sprayed with Frontline which kills lice.  So, after a 30 minute delay while the spray and Capstar worked, he had two bubble baths. It takes a long time for the nits to loosen their hold, but at least we know the nits are dead. The fleas too are dead. Now to plump this boy up and help him to be happy and healthy! He's black and white.  His name is Jarvis, a Name a Cat.

Tomorrow at 11:45 we will have another adoption. Mathew Scott will be going to his new home. 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, August 15

Samara is doing real good. I talked to Dr. P yesterday. She had a big serum pocket at the top of her pinned leg. We removed the serum and today now, it's a bit smaller.  This is to be expected and is ok.  He would like to see her on the 25th, a Monday. An x-ray will be taken. It is possible that the pin will be removed that day. She is being so very patient, being in Dodger's Pen for two weeks. She has a ways to go yet!

Little Trucker is up to 2.05--he's growing like a weed now! That boy can zip and zap quicker than most of the cats can. Little Cayden and Vernon still are good friends. They play like little wrestlers but seem to find each other for nap time. We are hoping that Cayden will keep that rear leg up when he's walking and playing instead of trying to use that partial leg as a full leg. Otherwise he would probably develop sores on it. 

Mahogany is doing great. She is such a beauty, as is Kerri Kat too. There's a possibility that these two will be adopted soon together! We also have Jasmine on hold, along with Mathew Scott and Carol. We also have a couple other applications but not a specific cat picked out.

We had BOXES last night.  It was indeed an extra special evening. Thanks to everyone for your box gifts, for your emotinal support, for your friendship.  We also learned last night at BOXES, that Yvette, is coming to Catstock! Yvette is from the Netherlands and we're thrilled she is coming! We spent some time on the topic of Catstock too--all the happenings!
Anonymous Friend--10 of the big bottles of Tide laundry soap--wow--thanks!
Brooke B--bonito flakes, had some for breakfast
Cheri L/RumbaRue from CA---card and Macaw feathers
Tiggysmom/Ruth Ann D from CO--note and for Catstock--many bling peace necklaces!
Zoolove/Pam--for volunteers--box of cookies, 2 bags of individual chips and 34 cat snackers
DonnaJB--MP3player, Canon Power Shot, Beads & Laces Kit and an Artifacts art set--really nice
Susan B from WV--2 bags of dry cat food, lots of variety of fun kitty snackers, variety of other kinds of dry cat food
David & Christine P--with kitties---1 case Fancy Feast kitten, 2 cases Fancy Feast cat
Anonymous Friend--case of Friskies
Anonymous Friend--case of Fancy Feast and Case of ProPlan can
LJ323--note, 2 ags of Gem Fruits (extra yum!), Jacci's huge Popcorn bowl!, hot/cold cups, 2 bags of TIde HE pods, Goldfish & Pringles for Volunteers, snackers for the kitties. And for Trucker--for the volunteers, protective equipment (ear plugs)!!
Margaret S from OH--donation
Brody from PA, 4 1/2 yrs old, loved Putter King and has a kitty named Pumpkin. Sent feathers for our project
Roberta S from OH--article in paper about5 Camp Libbey
Dawn D from GA--pymt for order
Daniel & Patricia S from IL--thank you card with note pymt for raffle
Henry R Peeps & Oh My Guinness--Happy B-Day card for Sylvan's 7th birthday with $5
Coralie P--a donation for FFRC and sending a kiss for feline Coralie!
Pat & Ellen--We had a special box!  A quillow (Laural Burch style), another quillow (Pickles, cartoon style), Luxury Mink blanket, queen size with lots of kitties on it, Seymour picture on canvas (him's a handsome fella!).  They also gave me a beautiful two books. One of FFRC resident cats and the other of our CH cats. These are two awesome books--colorful and just wonderful.  There is another set of these books that we will do a raffle for! 

Trucker and friends were able to enjoy their favorite snacker yesterday--chicken! This is such a special treat for all the kitties--just a wee bit to make them smile!

We have had two adoptions this morning. Carla Mae and Solomon have been adopted together! They are going into a home with another cat and a dog. I do believe these two cats will be well loved. And it sounds like they will be going to Dr. P's office, which we think is wonderful. 

We took in a new kitten yesterday. This is a little wee one, about 7 weeks old, brown tiger, long hair, female. We got a call that there was a stranded kitten by the recruiters office, under a layer of blue tarp.  Jimmy was going that way right then to help a webcam viewer and so he stopped. Sure enough, a little kitten. She's a little shy, but is already enjoying being petted. A second bath will be done today as she appears to still be a bit greasy. Another bubble bath coming up!

The Porchies are wonderful and all are accounted for. The new ones that we've added to the bunch are sticking very close and doing good. They all get along really well together.

Goat Poo Bingo will be coming up pretty soon for buying tickets! We'll let you know when we will start it--closer to the week before Catstock. The goats, Pickles and Butter will be put out in their gigantic bingo "card" at 4:15 and then we wait.  But, goats don't take long to do their "thing"!!  

Take care, everyone. Have a wonderful day. Give your pets an extra big hug. Enjoy your friends and family. Do something fun for yourself today! 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12

Coralie is indeed having some fun. She's in the bottom kuranda tower right by the cat door to Kitty Kabana. As the kittens and cats pass her to go from one room to the next, she "greets" them! I do believe she is enjoying this! Looks pretty contented! 

We had BOXES last night. Thanks ever so much!
Domingo F--donation to FFRC thru PayPal
Jennifer S from VA--donation for Trucker to have more chicken! He says thanks too!
Ann--Bandanas for Catstock--these will be great
Colleen P from CA--bunch of K-Cups, variety and coupons, postie notes, box tops and sardines
FloppyJan from FL--note with donation in memory of Penelopes babies. Handmade gel candles using sand, palm trees, kitties and smells like Tropical Paradise
Miau123--case of paper towel roll for Tabitha (she said she'd share!)
Zoolove/Pam T from OH--kitty card and donation for medical needs, in honor of the Paddy's & Lorenzo's birthday. Kitty with butterfly nose magnet, lots of great Mardi Gras beads, 100 chinet plates, Friskies assorted
Tigercat54/Great Aunt Julie in TN--note, lots of K-Cups apple cider, Iams can, 800 great spoons
Anonymous Friend--memorial stone for Hamlin Hope
Billie K--Cheryl's cookies, basket full of them for the volunteers!
Henry R Peeps and Oh My Guinness--happy birthday card for Adorable Azar, 3 years old ....and $5 too!
Jean M/Annette 20  from CA--donation for "The Cat's Meow!"  
Donna J B from TN--card and a donation
Nona from NY--feathers for a project (pet feathers!)
Wendy F from Utah--card and note and stickers
Hannah & Russell R from IL--nice note and donation
Charlie & Jan O from IL--note with a donation
Elaine B/littlekat from FL--kitty card and donation
Theresa H from IN--donation

We have a new cat/kitten here. He is the sweetest black/white kitten (well, one of the sweetest!). His name is Cameron (from Name a Cat ). He was found within feet of where Samara was found . We're not real sure what happened to him, but he walks a bit wobbly and with a swing to his head. I don't believe he's a CH kitten but we'll keep our eyes open on him. Won't be long until Cameron is in Main Area.

I'm also trying to figure out the new white cat we took in last week. His name is now known as Snow-King! He's coming out more. He's still in the back Thumper's Room and is getting braver. He likes food. He came in so emaciated. It's nice to see him enjoying his meals. He's put on a bit of weight. Snow-King has the potential, I believe, to be a big, tall cat. He has a gentle personality.

Penelope is doing great. She's enjoying herself and is playing! What a joy to see. This morning she was looking into the Main Area. Maybe she's thinking it's ok to join us?! Austin is great. He's just fit right in with the Porchies. He's settled in so nicely. 

Little Cayden and Vernon are back in the Main Area again today--oh my goodness, their activity level is sprouting! Such a joy to watch them. Cayden seems to be hoisting his back end up high and long enough to take walking strides with his good back leg!

Vaun, our Manx kitten, is at the vet's today to be spayed so she can get to her new home soon. Samara's new mom/dad were here to visit her again yesterday. She loves to be rocked by them. I'm so glad that so far, she is being very patient with staying in her pen. Dickens and Abner---how much more fun can you hae in two kittens? These two brothers were born for tricks and playing. Jatcat was seen giving Missa a bath yesterday. 

Jasmine and Shelby have it all figured out. Loud, pitiful meows produce humans that will pet you! Love it. If you just even partially look at either of them, they're purr motors start! Teva is playing in one of the dens--she jumps in it with a mylar ball in her mouth, bats it out, chases after it and does it all over again. 

Remember, please.......spay and neuter.  It's the single best gift you can give a pet. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, July 10

On the fence of the parking lot are the Morning Glories. There must be thousands of them that bloomed today. Hannah and I wanted to go out early morning to watch them open. We went out at 6:40 but the thousands were already open! So tomorrow we will try at 6:15. So would love to see them bloom! It has to be a glorious sight! 

We had an adoption yesterday! Our wonderful Byron was adopted. He went into a home with teenagers, which I think he will love! Byron made it---he has his home! 

We have thanks to give! Our BOXES were awesome last night!
Pat/Furkitty & Ellen/Cathouze from Defiance--6 Danish cheese!, dozen jars of baby food, case of appetizers, case of Whiskas and a big bottle of HE laundry soap
Gillian--6 beautiful kitty print scarves to be used anyway that will help
Donnajb1951--Prizes for Catstock--skateboards with peace, flower power and smiley faces
Rebecca and Willow from UK--British card with GBH (great big hug) and note, 6 boxes Bondi Licks--these are in memory of Tom, Gillian's husband who passed away. Very nice.
Gusti--kitty card, wash cloths, 5 bath mitts, FFRC cookbook to share, fish kitty tunnel. For Catstock or wherever needed--6 German cookbooks, 6 activity books for kids, lots of neat books!
Scott & Cathy D--for Catstock--8 boxes of jelly light up rings---Catstock style!
PSW--grumpy cat stuffed animal to use for Raffle prize
Pam T--7 bags kitty snackers
Laura/Medic101--2 cases Fancy Feast
EMT--case of Fancy Feast Chicken
Plee from SC--4 cases Fancy Feast grilled
Oilsandsgirl--24 large cans of tuna
Mary H, volunteer, from Archbold--2 reams white paper, 3 purple towels and spatulas
Shawn--homemade card in memory of Hamlin and Walker
Joni W/Cara & Caitlin--4 buckets litter and 2 bags ofkitty food
Hannah S--gift wrapped in peace and flower power paper--peace sign pendant, 4 braided bracelets, some are to be given to our website friends!
Wanda E--donation thru PayPal for portrait orders completed!
Beth/eaglewatcher--colostrum powder
Mary Ann B from SC--a donation in memory of Walker. 
Billie K from TX--donation for chicken for everyone!

Jessie Sr. is doing great. She's really shining in her personality. So much more relaxed. Hillsborough has gymnastic legs--many times when I walk by him, he leaps up in the air as high as my knee, taps me and runs. He is so much fun. That Matthew Scott is a handsome boy. He has such a great personality. Vaun and Veora had arrived with such rough fur. Every day you can see it getting softer and healthier. Takara too....she had so many parasites that it made her fur stiff. She's a softy now! And so beautiful.

Nobbin is eating from a plate on the floor. He's planted both front feet on the plate so he can get every morsel. This morning Milo was laying on the window ramp, full out, feet all the way back, just relaxed and watching outside. He loves to be cuddled. Ming is a self-toy player. He prefers playing by himself. It's amazing how he has come out of his quietness and whatever depth of trouble he had been in. He loves to play now and to be noticed. 

Today we will have a short blog. I have adoption applications to work on! That's a good thing! Have an awesome day.  Happy Birthday, daughter Dawn!  Love you. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday, August 8

Goose bumps, shaky knees and pure happiness and gratefulness. Yep--that's what the Raffle did to me last night. What an awesome event we had..............all thanks to you! Here's what happened:
Humandew--won by Karen Bar
Derecho Afghan--won by Jan T and given to Derecho!  (He says a big thanks!)
Nine West Purse--won by Kerswill
Kerswill afghan-black/blue--won by Sonja A
Pet Carrier--won by BarbaraW
Signature Quilt--won by Nancy/iPurr

Thanks to all of you for every single ticket. It was a great evening with surprises! We had quite a few consolation prizes to give out too. We drew 11 additional names for these prizes. 

Our total from the Raffle came to 663 tickets that were sold! That means we made $3,315. Then the fireworks started! We had 19 additional donations from our viewers that wanted to add to the total. I was totally blown away. This accumulated enough to bump our Grand Total to $5,600.  Simply amazable. 

The people that bumped the total up were: Donnajb, romeosmom, jobo, napa, debbiedear, LJ323, farmgirl, aunty fi, dkweiler, betz, oilsandsgirl, electra, annette20, catatonic, michlynn, maddy, deb11111,  patty S and Elaine B.

How simple a word is----a thank you. But, my thank you is filled with much gratitude and love. YOU all make a huge difference to this Rescue Center. Please know that you are appreciated. A moderator told me today---So many good people are a part of this village. This is so so true. 

We also had BOXES last night. They were awesome and so gratefully received.
StarryLightmeow & Pondracer--snackers, case of Purina Pro Plan
Rebecca & Willow--awesome card.  For Catstock--lots of toys and prizes to use and fun things to help us decorate. Also neon face paint
Dawn926 & Carol--5 blankies, 6 feather toys, pink kitty socks for volunteers, toys for the kitties.  A cookbook for Steve, 8 boxes of Capstar, 3 bottles of Frontline!, purple surgery towels. A kitty angel for Albert's Garden. Also a kitty and a mouse luminary with flameless candles for Steve and me.  These are really neat--they change colors and stay on 6 hours then turn back on in 18 hours!
Dawn Marie T from FL--KMR liquid and powder. Case of Fancy Feast Fish & Shrimp
Deb11111 from MN--20000 9 inch styrofoam plates
DonnaJB--2 cases Fancy Feast turkey. For Catstock--toys and prizes!!
Pat, our volunteer--3 pr hand warmers for our store
Brooke from OH--note, 2 Yeoooow catnip bananas

Yesterday I mentioned the bird feathers. Note of importance: please remember, if you send in feathers, they must be feathers from a farmyard--not our songbirds, etc. Those kind of birds are protected by law. But, farmyard feathers are ok. 

We all talked about Walker last night. As many of you know already--Walker has went on to a Happier Home. His neurological injury was quite severe and started affecting his respiratory system last night. This is not easy to endure. We consider ourselves a no-kill here at FFRC. But we also believe in a gentle euthanasia when it is deemed. The word euthanasia means a Good Death. In very special situations, this is done. When death is imminent, when death is in the process, we will give that gift of euthanasia. Walker was filled with love and kisses for the whole day that he was here. He was also given kisses that were meant from all of you folks "out there". In his case, the quality of life was chosen over the quanity of his days. We gave him one big day of good quality. 

People ask me all the time---how can you endure this. It is never easy. If it should ever become that, I would leave the Rescue World. But, in my heart, I know that won't happen. Each life is precious and treasured. I prefer to give love, soak it up coming and going. Then there's never any regrets of giving that joy of loving. I promised long ago to be honest with you folks. Being honest means sharing the good and sad. It can draw us closer,. The support you all give each other is awesome. I see it all the time from you. You share in happiness and sorrow. Keep positive. I prefer to look at what we have, not what we've lost. But, to always learn from our loss.

We had two adoptions this morning! Sisters Jordan and Journey were adopted together. They went to a family with 3 kids who love cats. A wonderful, loving home. I do believe these two sweeties were smiling when they were going out the door to start their new lives! 

Trucker, Trucker, Trucker.  I told him he was in big trouble this morning. Yep, Trucker. He was on the orange stand that is about 2 1/2 feet tall. I put him there to eat his chicken sometimes. He always goes to the edge when he's done, meows and is lifted down. Well, this morning, in his usual impatient way (lol), he JUMPED down. He really did this--I couldn't believe it. He looked up at me and took off like a shot. I do believe he had a smug look about himself. What a rascal! Big News!  Trucker now weighs 2.01. He's on his way! 

We have a beautiful garden. Big thanks to Peggy for designing it. She's worked so hard. Angie too has helped alot, along with Luke and Jimmy. It's an extension of Albert's Garden and is on the side where all the birdfeeders are. Peggy will grow the flowers, I'll maintain the rocks! When you come and visit, please be sure to check it out. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thursday, August 7

The sun is shining and pouring in the windows. There must be dozens of cats that have found all the sunbeams and are napping in the sun. There's something so peaceful about that.

The new gold/white cat that is on the farmyard has a name. It's Patrick. He's a dandy--very sleek, sweet dark orange/white. We now have had 4 cats dropped off this summer that has chosen to stay.  Blake, Greydon, a brown tiger cat and now Patrick.  I know the three boys are neutered, but haven't been able to trap the tiger cat yet. We will prevail!

We had a cat returned last week, after having the cat for 10 years. She is also blind. We were fortunate to be able to take her to a "cat resort". They only take a very few selected cats, most of who are blind. It's private owned and very small and personable. The reason we decided to do this instead of keeping her here? She's very unsure of herself and not comfortable at all about this many cats. The resort she is at is low key and very small. She will always be safe there and loved. I'll keep track of her.

We also had a new baby come in yesterday. His name is now known as Walker. This kitten was found on the road two days ago. He was found by a family that took him to Dr. P's in Bryan. Whatever it is that happened to him is thought to be from a trauma. He has much neurological problems. So, we are syringe feeding him and doing therapy on his legs. Dr. Bill has already seen him and have adjusted him. He weighed 13 ounces yesterday and is about 6 weeks old, but is very small for his age. This morning I heard a very slight purr!

We had BOXES last night! The support given to FFRC is amazing to me. I am in awe of what you do for this Rescue Center.
Billie K--World Market order of goodies!  Thanks ever so much!
Diann G from IL--card with donation
Jatcat--80 pockets for lamination
Kikimycat/Ellen--3 pink blankies, jewelry for Catstock---very cute---flower power and peace! These are really nice!  Get well card and gift for my mom (extra thanks!)
EAglewatcher/beth--2 cases Friskies and crab shovels for the sandbox treasure hunt for Catstock
Jobear--potty bags, laser lights for adoptions, spring toys, 3 postie notes and 6 journals
Barb W--Clorox wipes, case of baby food
JoAnn--6 cases baby food
Janet C from VA--2-16 lb bags of Purina One, 2 cases Friskies Pate
JZ-nyc/joann B with Misty and Jenny--2 cases Friskies
Sharon M from NY--article by David Lynd
Vrs1cats/Vaun--4 cases baby food
Gusti from Germany--2-16 lb bags of Purina One
Kikimycat--2 cases Friskies, 3 pk Lysol wipes, box of 30 gal garbage bags
Michlyn & Vern from MI--purple Fire log pincher made in Michigan for the backwater fire circle!!  Love it.
Pat & Ellen--small styrofoam plates and bleach
Terry B from MO--donation thru PayPal for FFRC
Wanda E, our portrait friend--made a donation for the memorial stone she made---beautiful!
Maximino H--donation thru PayPal for FFRC

A viewer friend has an idea. Maybe some of you could help? It's a surprise for later. But, if you have any feathers (pretty, interesting feathers from any bird). if you'd like to send them to FFRC. In addition, to entice you, she will make a $1.00 donation for each envelope of feathers! Let the feather party begin! If you are sending any in, on the envelope, mark feathers so I won't open them on cam! Thank you!

Solomon is growing as is Carol. Two really sweet kittens. They have the art of playing mastered! Coby is everyone's friend and dearly loves to be held like a baby. Luige was running the orange wheel yesterday like a pro. He was so proud of himself! Milo is doing great--he seems to be a friend to everyone.

Cayden and Vernon spent some more time in their playpen yesterday here in the Main Area. They seem to really enjoy it. And it's nice that the other cats can jump into the playpen and all get to know each other. Cayden is getting the hang of how to move about better with that back leg. Vernon was so cute yesterday--he traveled all the way up to the door that opens into the Main Area and sat down and meowed. I think he's really watching Trucker! His big brother!

A short blog, but it's an extra busy day. Have a wonderful day today. Remember, the Raffle is over at 2:00. BOXES will be at 5:30 today and the drawing will be at 6:00. Fun times ahead!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday, August 5

Oh no---the FFRC Residents and the Covies have been negotiating. This could be trouble. I wondered what was up when I saw Mayor Anony and Sevaun come sneaking up here last night. I saw Jonah following up, being the lookout.  I was tired so I didn't investigate any further. All I know is there's a pile of snackers and a box of KFC chicken now at the back door and the BeanStalk is now in the Cat's Cove.  Hmmmm, I think there's been a trade off, but no one is meowing about it.  Hmmmm, wonder what is going on. After checking, yep, they did the great Trade of Goods.

(Now for the real story!  As much as we love the BeanStalk, we can no longer keep it clean. It's way too big to put in the grooming tub. So, it made it's way out to the Cove for them to least for a while! Let the fun begin in the Cove!)

This is Friendship week. This is what I find so amazing. GIve the cats and kittens a little time, and usually friendships form for the cats too! Even right now it's going on. Zelda is napping with Solomon and Missa. Freemont is bathing the heads of Trucker. August and Shelby are watching birds together. There's 6 kittens napping together, along with Nobbin, on the Princess bed. Anna Josephine and Carol are playing bat the ball together. I always enjoy watching the interaction between the cats. Definitely communication going on! 

We had some sad news this morning. Our sweet Hamlin Hope has went to the rainbow bridge. He was a little over 2 years old. Hamlin has been with us for about 6 weeks. Please know that this was not an unexpected happening. I have already spoken to his mama in Ohio and she also knows. The thought on Hamlin was that he did not have CH, but probably a tumor in his head. This would explain so many things. The last 2 weeks he has shown signs that things were progressing. This morning, he was there in his usual spot for breakfast. But, he didn't even pick his head up for me. His breathing was shallow. But, for the first time in ever, his body was very quiet and relaxed. When I went back later to check on him, he was in the process of passing. He passed quietly and peacefully. I have a certain amount of peace with Hamlin Hope's passing---I know that he no longer shakes and quivers with every breathe he takes. He was a joy to have and we're thankful to have known him. 

We had BOXES last night. Many thanks to you for your kindness.
Sandy L/northpolemom from MN--300 rings for prizes for Catstock
Michlyn from MI--box full of craft packets, hot wheels and other toys for Catstock prizes
Susan M/daydreamz from IA--20 or so bracelets for Catstock
Contessa58--2 photos of Purrgo and Takara made by using Pat B's photos. Awesome!
Hannah and family in IN--card covered with Hannah's stickers, kitty card with note, cosmic catnip-red pepper and carrot, 2 boxes of cat sip, kitty snackers
Madisonpepper--9 cases Appetizers, variety
Deb11111 from MN--4 cases of Friskies
FFRC Fans--For Bella and Friends--2 cases Fancy Feast, case of Whiskas pouches
Seb & Sylvia--2 cases Fancy Feast Kitten, 2 cases Friskies
Barb W from WA--2 bags of toys for kitties, catnip hot cat toy, washing machine cleaner for HE washers
Eartheyes--4 cases Appetizers, variety, case of Fancy Feast. Evo & Chicken Soup of Kitty Lover, case of FF kitten, case of Sheba, 7 cases of FF chicken, 6 cans Wellness, Eukanuba and FF
Henry R Peeps & Oh My Guinness--birthday card for Covie Hank and $5 for treats
Katie--thank you card 
Betz--2 cute pokie dot zipper pouches and funds for 18 cases of food for Cutie and Friends
Anonymous Friend--lots of Chief register tapes
Fran S from ME with Moonlight, Headlight and Daylight, In Honor of Aunt Susan/Schinn!!!  kitty bowl/matching collar, kitty tote, oven glove/toaster cover/tea cozy/2 towels, hot pads and apron--all kitty deisgn. Laurel Burch tote, black/tan, all wood bud vase hand turned by S. Hessing, 2 prints--Awaiting Inspiration & Snowflake. Suncatcher with a Siamese, Sterling Silver necklace, lots of awesome books, Calendar holder, bella plaque with hook, 3 kitty plaques with different sayings, group of difference magnets.  Thanks so much---very kind of you! 
Pat & Ellen from Defiance--donation for Farrah & a portion to be used where needed
Shelley & Ron--day visitors---gas card!

Lynnette's mom is in the hospital and will need surgery tomorrow. Please, good thoughts and prayers are asked for. Thank you. I know she will appreciate this. Special thanks to Beth who happens to be visiting right now. She has filled in superbly and has helped FFRC so so much. 

Check out of great Catstock items now!  At the Catstock, we will have some really nice Catstock-appropriate shirts available for visitors in the Mail Room. They're really cool, man!  Peace! 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday, August 4

It really happened!  Yes, Whisk went to his new home.  Remember the family that was interested in him a few weeks ago? Then they felt they shouldn't put him on hold since they were going on vacation. Well, they came back, called to see if he was still here.  The answer was -- Yes, he is.  Their answer was -- We want him!  Because they have today off, they decided to come last night to get him.  I received a text late last night from them---he was napping on the couch with them with a diesel like purr motor!  He's found his home and I have a strong feeling will be totally spoiled in a few days!

Jennifer (from Staten Island) went home yesterday. The little boy she left with us is doing great. His new name is Cayden which means fighter. He's a playful kitten--gets all excited over everything! He and Vernon are great friends. We will wait a bit for Cayden to be fully in tuned here with us, then have him evaluated in regards to that rear leg of his. He is a mild CH baby with part of his rear leg missing, from birth.  Trucker too has become their friend. But Tucker boy has decided he needs to be in the Main Area now. We put him in the back Thumper's Room for night time, but as soon as he knows we're up in the morning, he is literally wailing at the door. I so love to hear him.  He jets right in and just about flies everywhere. That boy can move--he has speedy wheels. His back legs definitely tend to be in the way and they gather up toys, but he never minds. He just keeps on truckin'! These are three wonderful boys.

The raffle is ON!  Check out the fb chatter's page for the pictures of the items. 6 awesome items. The raffle ends at 2:00 on Thursday. BOXES will be at 5:30 on Thursday with the Raffle Drawing at 6:00. Good luck to each and every one! We of course, will have consolation prizes!

Samara is doing wonderful. Her leg is almost the normal size---swelling is going down each day. She's more alert, but still napping alot. She's on minimal pain meds now. Her appetite is good.  Her front toes still want to knuckle under on that pinned leg, so time will tell us what will happen yet. She's a sweetie with such an awesome personality.

Penelope and Austin are doing much better. We will be removing Austin's tail sutures later this week. Penelope is feeling better and slowly putting on weight. She's always interested when we go out to Kitty City to visit her. Won't be long until we try her here in the Main Area again. Her fur is looking healthier too.

We have some thanks to give!  We are always a grateful bunch here.
Janet M--donation to FFRC thru PayPal
Carol N--donation thru PayPal to FFRC
Shelley & Ronny--day visitors--cat can food, cat toys, Fresh Step Points
Phil & Judy--Phil was here Sunday--16 cans Nature's Recipe, Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken, 11 cans Sheba, 3 cans chicken, can tuna, bag of Purina One Kitten
Beth from Ft. Wayne, visitor--2 cases water, 2 gallons water, 2 gallons vinegar, 5 cases Friskies

If I ever miss someone or something, please, never hesitate to email me!

Catstock is coming up! It's Saturday, September 6th from 1:00 to 4:00. It's a community fun day. Here's a bit of a run down on it. Strawberry Hill will be our live band--they are super awesome. They play 60's and 70's. We are honored to have them here.  We will have 24 carnival games. We aso will have a fresh popcorn station, face painting, tattoos, horse rides, little tractor rides around the property. Goat Poor Bingo will be at 4:15.  The 50/50 raffle winner will be announced at 4:00. We expect lots of viewers and cam friends coming which is wonderful. Any of our cam friends/visitors that are  here for Friday and Saturday night is welcome to join our campfire in the evening. S'mores and Pudgy Pies will be done over the campfire. On Saturday, a lunch will be here for all of our volunteers and visitors. Also an evening meal will be available after Goat Bingo and clean up is done. We intend for this to be a weekend of thanks, friendship and fun for everyone! Are you coming?!!!

Another happening for Catstock is now a surprise to be revealed! Connie/warped and Joe will be coming. They will have their famous rugs for sale! But, there's even more! They have tons of items for FFRC to benefit from--Christmas stockings, leggydews, biggydews, warpedeedoos, carrier pads, circle pads, plastic bag holders, potato bags, catnip mats, cat beds and coasters.  WOW!  This will help us tremendously. Any item bought during the Catstock will be a "Cash/Check & Carry Sale" with reduced prices! Yeah! Depending on time, we would also like to have Michlyn and Vern do their style of a flash sale of these items. 

Ada Jane is doing good. Her weight is staying the same. She loves all the attention she gets while she naps on the jiggling washer! Jackson is now a Chicken King, thanks to Joni! He loves chicken so so much. Derecho too! Joyful is sometimes in the Thumper's Rooms and sometimes in the Main Area now--and seems to enjoy boy! Alma is making huge strides. She loves being in the Main Area and now stays up here for night time. I saw her, while leaning on a door yesterday, stay upright for 4 minutes! She was so proud--you could see it in her face! 

As some of you may know, McHoney took a nasty fall yesterday. It was out of view of the cam, but her crying could be heard everywhere. She was absolutely stunned and crying. After a close hug of 5 minutes, she started to settle down. She was put in a pen with a heater and there she stayed sleeping soundly for a few hours. She's much better now with just a little soft walking on a hind leg. Sure worried us. She's such a beauty--her coloring is so pretty. 

Did you know--there is potentially a world of friends to make....just waiting to be met!
The cats and kittens can know you very quickly--project that feeling of peace and acceptance for everyone and they will always be your friend!  

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Saturday, August 2

Our sweet Samara is doing better. Her elbow is less swollen today. Her incision site looks clean and healthy. She is sleeping alot, which is normal because of her meds. She's also resting alot because it's easier to lay down with her back right leg fractured.  Her future mom/dad came again today to visit her. They love her already!

We have three more kittens on hold--always great news.  Jordan and Journey will be staying together and going to their new home after they are spayed. Little Carol also has a home. She has to grow a bit bigger before her surgery. Good homes---I feel good about them!

Our new little boy has arrived.  Jennifer, from Staten Island, New York delivered him two days ago. She will be leaving to go back tonight or tomorrow. He arrived as Tiny Tim, but his new name is Cayden which means fighter. He's a wonderful boy. He's a dusty gold tiger and has become good friends with Vernon. He is a mild CH fella. His rear leg stops right below the knee. He tries to use it, which causes a very uncertain gain. He loves to play. He takes his naps either in the Strawberry Bed or the cardboard bowl. So sweet.

Trucker is doing awesome.  We weighed him today and he checked in at 1.11.5.  Wow!  What a good gain he's doing. And he knows WHEN he wants chicken, WHEN he has to potty and let's us know!  I do believe his "meows" are almost equivalent to a lion's roar (or at least he thinks so!).  He is such a thrill--makes me happy to see his progress. 

We have thanks to give--we're so so grateful! 
Rosemary B from South Africa--4 lovely, beautiful afghans. These are stunning and we will be doing a raffle. Thank you, Rosemary.Love your afghans!
Katie & Shelby--birthday cards for the Paddys and $5.00 each for them to spend on snackers!
Elaine J , for Bella and friends--4 boxes of Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken
Anonymouse friend--cell phone chargers, lavender pet shampoo, lots and lots of hand towels and washcloths, 2 memory foam rugs, note pads, 2 soft kitty blankies, 4 dog snackers, snackers for Covies, Porchies, 2 pink dog foo9d bowls, 12 surgical drapes, box of K-cups tea, cat shampoo, kitty food bowls, cleaning cloths, purple towels with hand towels/washcloths for kitty kastle, purple rug, blue rig, Catstock letters for sign!
Anonymous Friend--awesome memorial stone for Penelope's Pennies from Heaven
John B--card and donation
Anonymous Friend--couponsCaren B--Chief tapes
Aileen from Neapolitian--coupons and stamps
Deb11111--2 cases of Frisdkies pate, 8 packs of Clorox wipes
Susan/schinn--2 cases of Fancy Feast Appetizers, case of Fancy Feast classic chicken and case of Fancy Feast classics, 500 of 9 inch paper plates
Fans of FFRC for Bella and friends---6 boxes of Fancy Feast Appetizers
Widdletigger--1 pack (100) paper plates 9 Inch
Jatcat--2 high sided awesome kitty beds
Adrian M from UK--200 photo key rings with 31 different cats from FFRC!  These are awesome! You'll love them. We'll let you know when these are ready to go!  Thank you, Adrian for doing this for FFRC. 
Mary I from AZ--donation to be used as needed
Shannan W--donation to FFRC
Jean S from WI--donation for Feliz Navidad fund
Pam/belltime--donation for Feliz Navidad Fund and Samara
Lannml--donation for medical expenses
Jenni G from WA--donation to FFRC
Karen T from NJ--donation to help wherever needed or for Samara
Janet M from FL--donation to help with Samara
Stephanie/witchy from UK--donation for some really awesome keychains that she made and sold  with money going towards FFRC---extra thanks
Jacksmom--donation for Samar's medical bills
Diana D--donation in honor of the Birthday Boys--the Paddys! 

Wow--we had a wonderful auction for the 02
 Birthday Paddy's trivets/coasters. Two trivets that brought $1,000 from Deb B (who was top bidder!)  Bids were hot and heavy all day! What fun!  Deb, after she won the trivets, upped it to $1,000 and said to give the trivets to the next highest bidder, which was Billypogo. He in turn sent in $250 (which he didn't have to do, but wanted to!) and Mudjie donated $100. So....those two trivets brought in $1,350! Simply amazing. Thanks too to Joni for making them! This will be applied to help us with our outstanding vet bill.  Thanks to everyone for making this possible! 

Let's talk friendships! You all "out there" are our friends. This week is designated to be extra grateful for our friends. We have a sign on our door, that says "This Rescue Center is a place of JOY! Please...only bring peace, friendship and a good heart within our Rescue Center. The volunteers are super friends! The viewers (chatters/lurkers) are our friends. The facebook members are our friends. The supporters and visitors and anyone that is interested in FFRC, are our friends! Visitors are our friends! We all make up this neat web of freindships. We appreciate you all and realize that you play an important part of what we do here at FFRC. It truly does take a village of people to make this Rescue Center work!

I've also been asked about our volunteers. We have approximately 40 volunteers. They are an awesome group of people. Most come in weekly, some come in 2-3 times a week. Most are volunteers where they give of their own time to be here. Yes, we do have a few paid people--these are mainly people who do the major cleaning. They work many many more hours than what they are paid for--so, to me, they are still volunteers. The pay is super minimal and certainly doesn't cover all the time they are actually here. I am so grateful to them. We have some volunteers that have been here for 12 years, some for 10 years, many for 6-8 years. They are shining stars to me and I am grateful. Without their help, we would not be FFRC. 

You know what one word is, that makes a huge difference in each of our lives? It's the word ATTITUDE. There is a writing, by Charles Swindoll that I love. It says alot of how we can be happy within ourselves. Here it is, in part:  "The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than successes. It is more important than appearance, skill. It will make or break a company...a church...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitale. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. We are in charge of our attitude."  A powerful saying.

 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!