Monday, February 21, 2011

Haha, Delta Airlines- and we trust you with OUR lives???

For those who think it's not Delta's responsibility for the life of the kitten that froze in its cargo hold... What do you think of this little HILARIOUS GEM a Delta pilot posted on their own Delta message boards?

If you don't understand- I'll spell it out for you. Snickers, the living Sphynx kitten, froze to death in Delta's cargo hold, hence the pilot thinks he is so witty that he is posting a FROZEN Snickers bar with a very low price tag too- which goes hand in hand with Delta's offer of $10 for Snickers' loss.

PLEASE CROSS POST THIS. Let people see how nasty these pilots are being and how UNPROFESSIONAL. THESE are the people we entrust with puppies, kittens, dogs, cats, throughout the year as we move from one part of the United States to the other or adopt kitties or dogs through rescues that DO ship... These are PROFESSIONALS- do you think they are acting professionally?

Want to see how HILARIOUS these jokesters are? I've heard there are plenty more nasty little posts here...

(If the posts were removed, as I heard they were- Google has screen shots of various pages of their nasty 'witty' comments. Thank goodness being a caring person isn't a prerequisite for all pilots!)

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Pro Pics

Since I've inundated you with sadness, as per my norm, I thought I'd share some good news...

This is my boy- he is now a Double Grand Champion! Whoever says black cats aren't beautiful is a fool.

And this is my baby- he took a lot of best of breeds and I'm very pleased with him. He is going up north to a friend's cattery soon, but I will miss him...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Hello, Goodbye

I promised ML that I would share my story of Harley on here for those still left around... I would say if I didn't have bad luck, I would have no luck at all, but I'm going to go with a friend's theory that certain kitties are sent to me because they just need love for a little while before going to the Bridge... This is one of those stories...

Two weeks before the Arcadia cat show, a kind person posted three sweet Selkirk Rexes in Northern California for adoption. I had been looking for a JE kitty for my son to show and my heart was tugged towards the rescues. I am always a sap when it comes to hard knock cases…

So I ended up emailing the rescue and learned about Harley, a sweet longhaired black and white Selkirk, and Lightning, a chubby mellow Selkirk Rex, that loves attention. I wanted Harley- but his personality was sweet, but shy. My son needed an outgoing kitty, which would be Lightning.

We compromised- I decided to adopt both. Yet, we still needed transport since they were in Northern California and round-trip, it would be an 18 hour drive. With the persistence of wonderful friends, I found a ride for our curly hitchhikers...

We rolled into Arcadia late in the evening and as soon as we unpacked at our hotel, we drove to pick up ‘the boys’ as I called them. Lightning was already trying to charm with his jelly-rolls of love (he is a big boy- shall we say ‘Garfield’ with curls?), but Harley was shy as to be expected. I was so thankful for Kitti for driving the boys down to me!

At the hotel, I had the perfect set-up. I had a downstairs master suite with a door- so I situated the boys with me and the kids had the other kitties upstairs with them. Lightning did not take any time to decide he wanted attention; Harley, at midnight, was up at the foot of my bed, purring and wanting attention. I had to sigh in happiness- Harley would definitely come around easier then I thought.

We came home and the boys went into quarantine. I bathed first Lightning and then waited a day or two and bathed Harley. He was so patient and so sweet, but that’s when I noticed that his tummy was very round… I thought perhaps worms since the rescue vet had just deformed him, but I emailed his rescuer immediately and she told me that he had always had a pot belly- so I tried not to worry.

But I needed to take the boys into the vet for a check-up anyways and Harley seemed dispirited. His coat was also very harsh and broken up- nothing like a Selkirk’s.

Today, one week from adopting ‘the boys’, I put Harley to sleep… He had full blown wet FIP- although I know only a necropsy can truly diagnose it- his entire abdomen was filled with yellow thick viscous fluid, he had a horrible heart murmur, and he was suffering.

FIP is a horrible disease; there is currently no cure. It is caused by the basic cold virus in cats that mutates into FIP; there is no rhyme nor reason for FIP and rescues, shelters, and breeders cannot guarantee against this horrible disease. Harley's rescuer did nothing 'wrong'; chances are- he had a vet exam the day before we adopted him. Stress probably pushed the wet FIP into full blown production and that is why his tummy went from 'kinda pot bellied' to extremely bloated in a matter of days.

Together, as cat lovers, we must encourage more research and learn about as much as we can about FIP. We will vanquish this disease- just not in time for Harley and many, many others...

So for our sweet Harley, hello, sweet boy, and goodbye… May you live happily at the Bridge and I am glad you are suffering no more...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Kitten with Aberrent Left Subclavian Artery

I received a short email recently from a lady who ran a fundraiser blog to help a kitten receive surgery to correct PRAA. The beautiful, sweet kitten is doing great and please- stop by her blog and say hello!

Edited to add: Clive didn't actually have PRAA, but "Aberrent Left Subclavian Artery, which basically causes the same problems/symptoms as PRAA, as the left subclavian artery constricts the esophagus and trachea, similar to the PRAA, and also requires corrective surgery" per Debbie, the blogger who alerted me to his story and ran his fundraiser via his blog.

Needless to say- I'm thrilled. And really, really, really sad...

I know nothing can change the past- but Neala was supposed to have Clive's future. We did everything right- how could things have went so wrong?