Monday, April 5, 2010

Adoption Story of the Weekend

From our Pet Adoption Day supervisor comes the story of the weekend.

The little guy, right at 4 years old, woke up his mom excitedly on Saturday morning. He begged her to please take him to adopt a kitten. He was clutching all the money he had saved, 35 cents, mostly in pennies.

Once at the adoption site, he latched onto Grasshopper, a darling black kitten, and all of his mother's pleas to look at the orange tabby went unheeded. He just kept begging, "Can we get this one? Can we get this one?"

He barely let his older brother touch the kitten, and waited with patience as his mother filled out the paperwork. Then he set his money down very proudly for "his kitten," with everyone smiling as they looked on.

That's why I live with kittens messing on the floor and under the desk, scratching me when I give meds and waking me in the middle of the night for feedings and needing to be carried around in my shirt for hours to keep them warm..

It is worth it.

In honor of national humor month, and because of the holiday recently celebrated, did you hear about the churches that got overrun with squirrels?

One decided that since the Lord put them there, there they would stay. They critters did a lot of damage.

The second had them humanely trapped and removed, but they came back, and did a lot of damage.

The third took a totally different approach. They baptized them and made them church members, and now they only see their furry congregants at Christmas and Easter.

All joking aside, I wish all of you a blessed Passover.

Today is

Ching Ming Festival, China a/k/a Qingming Festival, Clear Brightness Festival, Festival for Tending Graves, Grave Sweeping Day, Chinese Memorial Day, Tomb Sweeping Day, Spring Remembrance, and All Souls Day (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic holiday of the same name).

Dyngus Day (always the Monday after Easter)

Emaishen, Luxembourg (Popular traditional market and festival at the “Marche-aux-Poissons.” Young lovers present each other with earthenware articles, sold only on this day. Annually, Easter Monday.)

Fortuna, Festival of Good Luck

German-Americans Day

Go for Broke Day

Independence Day, Bosnia

National Deep Dish Pizza Day

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

Pesach (Passover) -- Jewish (final two days, today and tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Agnetha Faltskog, 1950
Colin Powell, 1937
Frank Gorshin, 1934
Roger Corman, 1926
Gale Storm, 1921
Gregory Peck, 1916
Bette Davis, 1908
Spencer Tracy, 1900
Booker T. Washington, 1856
Joseph Lister, 1827
Elihu Yale, 1649

Today in History:

St. Patrick returns to Ireland as a missionary bishop, 456
The Daimyo (Lord) of the Satsuma Domain in southern Kyushu, Japan, completes his successful invasion of the Ryukyu Kingdom in Okinawa, 1609
The Native American Indian princess Pocahontas, daughter of Chief Powhatan, marries Englishman John Rolfe, 1614
Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island, 1722
The first recorded meteorite in Scotland falls in Possil, 1804
Helen Keller learns her first word, "water," from Anne Sullivan, 1887
The Greco-Turkish War, also called "Thirty Days' War", is declared between Greece and the Ottoman Empire, 1897
Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are sentenced to death for espionage, 1951
Rioters sieze control of the Colonial Building in the Dominion of Newfoundland, leading to the end of self-rule two years later, 1932
Ripple Rock, an underwater threat to navigation in the Seymour Narrows in Canada is destroyed in one of the largest non-nuclear controlled explosions of the time, 1958


  1. I can just imagine the pride and excitement of that little boy over his new kitten. A very sweet story with a happy ending.
    p.s. guess what my word verification was?
    doccat - that's you Doc Cat!!!!!!!