Monday, August 19, 2013

Plus Two

The results of several calls last week about more kittens has resulted in our numbers reaching nine.

The two latest were an interesting case.  Feral mama cat had them in an elevator shaft, of all places, in the tiny space at the very bottom behind the elevator.  The lady who lived in that apartment complex whom the management knew worked in animal rescue was called.

She answered the call, although she has never worked with cats, bottle raises dogs that are abandoned by their mamas, and is highly allergic to cats.

For three weeks, despite her worsening symptoms, she took pristine care of them.  They are used to baths, and know their names.  She socialized them through lots of handling, and even let them play with her dog (who was scared of them!).  That's dedication.

Natasha and Boris

She picked just the right names, too.

Today is:

Jeshen -- Afghanistan (Independence Day)

Hanawa Bayashi -- Kazuno City, Japan (parades and music in the merchant's quarter, through tomorrow)

Hot & Spicy Food Day

Manuel Luis Quezon Day -- Quezon City, Philippines

National Aviation Day -- US

Onam Festival -- Kerala, India (10 day harvest celebration observed by Malayali Hindus)

Potato Day

San Martin Day -- Argentina (obs.)

Stay at Home With Your Kids Day -- begun by Work at Home Moms ezine in 1999, to encourage and support parents who work from home

St. John Eudes' Day (Patron of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada)

St. Sebald's Day (a/k/a Sebaldus) (Patron of Bavaria, Germany; Nuremburg, Germany; against cold weather and freezing)

Vinalia Rustica -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Ripening Grapes)

Watch the Pot Wednesday -- Fairy Calendar (sometimes actually occurs on a Wednesday, more often not)

World Humanitarian Day -- UN

Yukon Discovery Day -- YT, Canada

Birthdays Today:

Snuffleupagus (year unconfirmed)
LeAnn Womack, 1966
John Stamos, 1963
Adam Arkin, 1956
Mary Matlin, 1953
Jonathan Frakes, 1952
John Deacon, 1951
Tipper Gore, 1948
Bill Clinton, 1946
Jack Canfield, 1944
Jill St. John, 1940
Diana Muldaur, 1938
Willie Shoemaker, 1931
Don Ho, 1930
Gene Roddenberry, 1921
Malcolm Forbes, 1919
Jimmy Rowles, 1918
Ring Lardner, Jr., 1915
Philo T. Farnsworth, 1906 (forgotten inventor of television)
Ogden Nash, 1902
Coco Chanel, 1883
George Bellows, 1882
Orville Wright, 1881
John Dryden, 1631

Today in History:

The Roman Senate is compelled to elect Octavian, later Augustus Caesar, Consul, BC43
Augustus Caesar dies, 14
Crusaders defeat the Saracens in the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith to assume the throne, 1561
Five people are executed for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Presentation of Jacque Daguerre's new photographic process to the French Academy of Sciences, 1839
The New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California, 1849
The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio, 1934
Hurricane Dianne kills 200 and does about $1 Billion in damage, 1955
Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, 1990
Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities, 2005


    and yes.
    love the names as well :-)

  2. Oh that lady deserves a medal (as do you) and a box of Kleenex! Sweet little munchkins. :)

  3. Awww, these two are so adorable that I linked them to my Awww Mondays post. Adorable times two.

    Have a terrific Awww Monday. ☺

  4. they are cute little things and glad she was able to take care of them

  5. Perfect names indeed! Dedication is caring for kittens that you are allergic to, that's a true respect for life, and I admire her so much! Looks like they are doing wonderfully with you! :-)

  6. Boris and Natasha? What, no moose and squirrel?

  7. love those names! What a wonderful woman! Now I need to go pick some of my spicy hot chilies in the garden and roast a few for some spicy salsa!
    Have a fabulous day!

  8. What a great woman to raise them despite her allergy! So kind and caring.
    If it's Potato Day and Watch the Pot Wednesday -- Fairy Calendar (sometimes actually occurs on a Wednesday, more often not) is it safe to assume there are potatoes in the pot?

  9. Sweeties and lovely. Will have to stop back by next Monday and see more pics. I love kittens.

  10. I love them! They are so adorable. ~xo~

  11. Their names are pure perfection! :) And super adorable kitties. And this woman is so dedicated as a resucuer. I love humans like her.

  12. Adriana Alfaro, who now has Natasha, shared your post with me today. I'm Boris's kitty-mom now, though we call him Pippin. He has grown into such a big boy, you wouldn't believe he's the same kitten pictured above. He's 3' from nose to tail and weighs 12+ pounds! He's also an incredibly sweet, happy-go-lucky boy. He and my husband were fast friends from the moment the Cat Haven counselor put Pippin in his arms and he started purring like an engine. He and our 6-year-old female, Sabra, get along well, too, scampering about the house together, playing kitty games.

    I just wanted to say a huge "thank you" to you and, if ever you meet her, to the lady who took such great care of them in their first weeks. I know that volunteers do this out of their own love for the animals they rescue, but you also deserve the thanks and recognition of those of us who, because of your dedication, adopt these babies to give them a forever home.