Friday, February 11, 2011

Easier Week

It was an easier week at the shelter.

Teddy, Scottie, Bowie, and Rocky have all been adopted! So has Zeke, a new half grown kitten resident, but he won't be picked up until Saturday.

Cali and Baby, both calicoes, are in a room together, hissing at each other, but other than that Baby is being her growly self, and Cali is allowing lots of petting.

Angel is off the medicine. Not sure they ever figured out what was wrong, especially why she was limping, but she and Dustie both seem to be doing well.

When i got to the 3rd room, i saw only one room card with Mamie on it. Peeked in the room, and there is a second cat -- Tyler, of course. It seems someone heard Tyler growl and moved him to a cage, and someone else moved him back without moving his room card back, or his food, either. We took care of that, he didn't growl at all while we were there.

The "feral five", orange tabbies Johnny, Jimmy, Jerry, Alex, and Bootsie, are doing great. Actually, one of them (not sure which) is friendly, the rest are staying on the shelves. They don't need eye medicine any more, so no need for the ladder to haul them down and the Grady Gloves to keep them still.

Lucky is being his usual sweet and voracious self.

Flip, Pitty-Pat, and Zsa Zsa are in cages, and poor Pitty is so fat she isn't cleaning herself well. After brushing her, i dampened some paper towels and cleaned her bum.

Frieda must have been exhausted, she slept and didn't even open her eyes when i tried to talk to her. I've never seen her just totally ignore us.

Tonight i noticed, yes, i am slow, that Grady and Clint are the only boys in a room full of girls! Candy, Sophja, Zoe, and Gidget are as usual, but poor Ginny had so many knots in her fur that she has been shaved! She looks rather like a lion, with a huge knob of fur on the end of her tail, and all around her head and neck.

Perry, who still gets eye salve for his cloudy right eye, is as friendly as ever after you are done with his medicine. He, Gulliver, and Portia are playing well together.

Iggy, Francie, Conan, Roxanne, Rosie, Bobby, and Tigerlily round out the head count, and everyone is happy.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Liberia

Be Electrified Day (for Edison, maybe?)

Don't Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

Evelio Javier Memorial Day -- Panay Island, the Philippines

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes -- Roman Catholic Church

Grandmother Achievement Day

Independence Day -- Vatican City (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)

Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi -- Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)

Make a New Friend Day

National Inventors Day -- US

National Peppermint Patty Day

National Shut-In Visitation Day

Nelson Mandella Day -- South Africa

Pro Sports Wives Day

Satisfied Staying Single Day

St. Caedmon's Day (Oldest English poet known by name.)

White Shirt Day

World Day of the Sick

Youth Day -- Cameroon

Anniversaries Today:

The founding of London University, 1826

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Rowland, 1981
Matt Lawrence, 1980
Brandy, 1979
Mike Shinoda, 1977
Jennifer Aniston, 1969
Sarah Palin, 1964
Sheryl Crow, 1963
Sergio Mendes, 1941
Bobby "Boris" Pickett, 1938
Burt Reynolds, 1936
Tina Louise, 1934
Leslie Nielsen, 1926
Eva Gabor, 1921
Sidney Sheldon, 1917
Max Baer, 1909
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55
Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England, 1531
The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752
Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery, 1790
Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for heating a home for the first time, by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808
Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation, 1809
Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term "gerrymander," 1812
The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852
The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889
Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916
BBC Television produces the world's first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term "robot", 1938
Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," 1941
Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters, 1971
The People's Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens, 1978
Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, 1990


  1. It is good to hear an update on the doings at the shelter. I am glad so many are finding homes, and so many are receiving care. It is more important to take care of people, but I think it tells a lot about us when you examine the way we treat animals. I think you do a good job of stewardship with the cats. It is good that there are places like your shelter.

    I hope that all is well and peaceful at your home, and that your hands are doing well. I appreciate reading your blog each day, because you tell the story of your days so well. It is rich and interesting.

  2. Thank you, Jokamo! Interesting is a word i would never have applied to myself, it's kind of you to say that.