Thursday, March 24, 2011

Two In A Row

It was bound to happen, so it did.

This time, it was Bob the Executive Director who fielded the first call.

"Mimi, can you take any right now?"

No isn't in my vocabulary for the babies, so i asked what was up.

"Stray mama was taken in by a lady who wanted to keep her. She had the babies two days ago, but outside the trailer. They were going to move mama and babies indoors, but mama got run over this evening, and they are desperate."

He gave me her number, and i called. She and her husband live in a trailer park nearby. Someone was speeding through the park, as they often do, and mama got the bad end of the deal. She works full time and goes to school at night, her husband also works full time. So we met up at the gas station at the corner near them, and came home with 5 fluff balls, umbilical cords still attached and ravenously hungry.

The black male is Balthazar, the black and white male, Ravenpaw Gray male is McCartney, gray female is yet unnamed because #2 Son can't make up his mind*, and the tabby female is Hannah.

*Since writing this originally, he has decided to name her Laura

The nice lady, who wanted to keep the mama, now wants to adopt back a kitten, and donated a new bottle and can of formula. Every bit helps.

A calendar that i didn't know what to do with before has been dedicated specifically to notations about kittens; dates of birth, when we got them, ID numbers, and in the future, when they will go to the vet. It is hanging in the pantry where i can get to it easily.

Everyone had fleas when they came in, of course, so flea meds have been dispensed. Worming is next, as soon as we are sure they are regular and have no diarrhea. Shots will be given as soon as i can get to the shelter to pick them up.

Now we are 7, from two litters taken in over the course of two days.

Today is:

Cuddly Kitten Day -- because if puppies get a day, so should kittens!

Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice -- Argentina

Dies Sanguines -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Houdini Day

Kazimiras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (return of the larks)

Komoeditsi -- Ancient Slavic Calendar honor the great Bear God (Meveshii Bog) and make sacrifices to the Great God of Honey

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

St. Gabriel the Archangel's Day (traditional date, now usually celebrated in September; patron of childbirth, diplomats, messengers, postal workers, stamp collectors, telephone workers)

World Tuberculosis Day

Birthdays Today:

Peyton Manning, 1976
Alyson Hannigan, 1974
Sharon Corr, 1970
Mase, 1970
Annabella Sciorra, 1964
Mark "The Undertaker" Callaway
Louie Anderson, 1953
Alan Sugar, 1947
Steve McQueen, 1930
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919
Joseph Barbera, 1911
Clyde Barrow, 1909
Ub Iwerks, 1901
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, 1887
Harry Houdini, 1874
Fanny Crosby, 1820

Today in History:

Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus, 1401
James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England, 1603
The first game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia, 1629
Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island, 1664
Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers, 1765
Benjamin West of the US becomes president of Royal Academy of London, 1792
In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr., 1832
Canada gives African men the right to vote, 1837
Robert Koch of Germany announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis), 1882
Oscar Straus is appointed the first Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey), 1887
A. A. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history, 1896
"Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world, 1906
Greece becomes a republic, 1923
U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth, 1934
The longest game in NHL history is played between Detroit and Montreal; Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0, 1936
In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III, 1944
The British Cabinet Mission arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership, 1946
Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761), 1958
NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing, 1965
The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland, 1972
In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón, 1976
Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, 1980
In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (42,000 m³) of petroleum after running aground, 1989
Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, 1993
Apple Inc. releases the first version of the Mac OS X operating system, 2001
Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election, 2008


  1. Awww that's a sad story about the mama cat. Poor thing. Such a kind deed you do. I'm glad they'll take at least one of the kittens when they're ready. I wouldn't be surprised if the took a pair.

  2. Hilary, that would be a bonus.