Friday, August 20, 2010

The Shelter Front

It's that time again, shelter update. Yahoo.

Little Girl went along to pick up Bigger Girl and #2 Son from school, and we fought traffic to get across to the place. We were there by ourselves today, and the kids were happy. They headed for the snacks first as usual and I made the rounds to see who was where.

My first stop is always to see who has been adopted since the last time. Pip, ChiChi, Stella, Billy, Duke, and of course Zeus, are all on the "have a new home" list.

Next to that list is the "here's what we need to worry about list." Nacho, who has had that spot on his neck for quite a while now, is quarantined for possible ringworm. Ouch.

Other than that, no real difficulties, so we took our assignments, filled the water pitchers so we could easily change water in the rooms, and got started.

The clinic room is still occupied so that Grady and Prissy can roam. They have been joined by Ginny, a very dark tortie, and Clint is still hiding in the room if anyone goes in. He has been given a soft-sided kitty cube in which to bury himself so he doesn't have to block off one of the litter boxes. They now have 3 of them, all clear to use, and yet they all use one. What's with that? And somebody in there has very soft stool.

I decided that this time, I wasn't going to let Grady escape at all. I faked him out when leaving the room to get things by standing next to the kitchen door, then ducking over and running out through the office where Frieda is before he realized it. It worked! I didn't let Grady out at all! Bigger Girl did. They can't wait 3 minutes for you to finish and get out of the room, they have to come in and talk to you right that exact minute.

The second time I ducked through the office, I went ahead and took care of Frieda. She was not happy to see me, although she loves the kids. Go figure.

Roxanne, who is so painfully shy, is still in the back cages, but the rest of the occupants are in there for the first time. Rosie is back there for oral medication and ear drops. Gidget is so skinny it is scary. She has a full food bowl which she ignores, and her litter box is empty. I'm not sure what they are going to do for her, but it better be done soon. Noonie is suffering the indignity of a clear Elizabethan collar so that she won't rub the medicine out of her eye. Then there is Cosmo.

Cosmo is one of the prettiest cats I have ever seen. He is a white and silver tabby, and he has only 3 legs. He is only about 6 months old and crawled under someone's car to find a cooler spot to rest. The lady noticed he was dragging his useless front left leg, and since he is so friendly she took him right to the vet for surgery to remove the leg and something else as well. He is so very, very loving and I hope no one renames him Tripod, he is just to pretty.

Angel and Dustie are both doing well for now, and Angel has quit hiding when someone comes in as no meds are being dispensed in that room. Charles, Francie, Nikki, and Candy are each in a room alone, and are doing well. In fact, now that Candy is in a room, she is not so crazy. She doesn't dump water and throw litter so as to get attention, and her friendliness isn't as frenzied.

JuJu is also much friendlier in her room with Princess. Buddy and Tiger are holding their own, and Simba and Curly Sue are still a couple of fruitcakes. Those two are hopeless clowns, and they are going to mightily entertain anybody who adopts them. Bundles of limitless energy.

Poor Nacho is not happy being isolated in a cage. He has two sores that really don't look like or make hair fall out like ringworm, but no one wants to take any chances. He is on two oral meds, both of which are pills that he takes quite easily if you stuff them both in a pill pocket. He is not, however, on any type of topical medicine. That's why it seems strange that they suspect ringworm. Being that I am just the Thursday night shelter caretaker, I don't ask questions, I just do as I am told.

So everything was left in good shape, and since I had cooked dinner before I even went to go get the kids, we came home and I warmed dinner and made the salad.

Today is:

Constitution Day -- Hungary

Father's Day -- Nepal

Feast of Asma -- Baha'i

Independence From USSR Day -- Estonia

Moon's Birthday -- Aztec Calendar

National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day

National Radio Day

Pony Express Day

Revolution of the King and People -- Morocco

St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Day (Patron of bees, beekeepers, candle makers, Gibralter)

St. Stephen's Festival -- Budapest, Hungary

Virtual Worlds Day

Birthdays Today:

Al Roker, 1954
Connie Chung, 1946
Jacqueline Susann, 1921
Edgar Guest, 1881
H.P. Lovecraft, 1880
Benjamin Harrison, 1833
Bernardo O'Higgins, 1776

Today in History:

Hungary established as a kingdom by Stephen I, 1000
The Dutch bring the first African slaves to the colony of Jamestown, VA, 1619
The Spanish establish the presidio that will be the town of Tuscon, Arizona, 1775
The Lewis and Clark "Corps of Discovery", exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffers its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd dies, apparently from acute appendicitis 1804
Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" opens in Moscow, 1882
Rotary Dial telephone is patented, 1896
Adolphe Pegoud makes the first parachute jump from an airplane, 1913
Stainless steel is first cast, 1913
WJM,8Mk, Detroit, becomes the first commercial radio station to start daily broadcasting, 1920
UK becomes the first to use radar, 1940
Plutonium weight determined, 1942
Launch of Voyager 2, 1977
George and Joy Adamson, the Born Free conservationists, are gunned down by poachers, 1989

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