Friday, February 18, 2011

Good Report

For the most part, a good cleaning session at the shelter this week.

Heathcliff, Monty, Marcel, Conan, Jerry, Johnny, Perry, and Zeke were all adopted in the past week!

The big room is back up to 8, as Ginny, who was moved to the adoption center at the pet store, had to come back because of "tummy upset" (read "nasty diarrhea"). Katy is new in there, and there's a note on her card to make sure she is eating. She was eating while i was in there. Sophia, Gidget, Zoe, Candy, and Grady are all well. Although Grady seems to be getting very mellow, and didn't even try to make a run for it. As for Clint, well, he has found a new hiding place. It took me 10 minutes to find him, instead of under a chair that has a blanket draped over it, wrapped in the blanket on the chair itself. He gave me a very dirty look when i found him, too. Seems he thought he was unfindable.

Frieda was quiet, and it's noted on her card that she has been very quiet for quite some time. She did let me pet her, and then went right back to sleep.

Lucky is his usual skin and bones self. He has decided to sleep on the cleaning cart, and i had to bribe him off with his medicine in the pill pocket. He will do anything for a pill pocket, or for canned food. He's also making a good dent in his regular dry food bowls.

A few new residents are in the cages. Mally is so playful! The half grown ones always are. Snazzle is one of the soft ones, the kind of cat with fur that feels more like rabbit than cat. Emmie is such a love that she was lying on her bed making biscuits and purring and waiting to be petted. Only Big Red was upset, and hissed. He may just be confused and upset, you can't really always tell personality in the cages.

Baby is still hissing while Cali is sweet, and they don't fight only because Cali doesn't take Baby personally. Angel and Dustie are both healthy again. Gulliver and Portia are playing well together, and i hope they move Mally in with them. She is right at their age and they would probably have a 3 ring circus going in there.

Molly, PittyPat, Joey, Bootsie, Alex, Marky, Devon, Rosie, Flip, Cheri, Samantha, Cami, and Zsa Zsa -- all getting along, eating well, not fighting, ready to move on out, if the people will come.

The only sad note is Bitty. She is also new, and in an isolation cage. Her initial feline leukemia test came back positive, so she is to be retested in a couple of weeks. A lovely 5 month old calico, she sits in the corner of her cage, looking dejected. We hope the next test is negative.

So, one more weekly cleaning in the books.

Today is:

Anthesteria, Feast of Flowers* -- Ancient Greece (Three day feast to Dionysus, god of wine, to celebrate the maturing of the wine stored from the previous vintage.)

Celtic Tree Month Nuin (Ash) begins

Day of Spenta Armaiti -- Zoroastrian (goddess of earth and fertility, especially celebrated by women)

Festival of Women -- Persian (traditional, it has been kept even amont those who are no longer Zoroastrian)

Full Snow Moon

Fly-By for Fairies and Elves -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Gambia

National Battery Day

National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

Pluto Day

Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day) -- Nepal

St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day

St. Fra Angelico's Day (patron of artists)

Tanigumi Odori -- Tanigumi-mura, Gifu Prefecture, Japan (dance festival)

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity -- Christian

*Some people put this on other days, but since this feast is celebrated at the full moon in January or February, as near as my research can get -- and i figure by February, you're so sick of snow, you want a little something ! -- i've put it here.

Anniversaries Today:

Ohio State University is chartered as the first US land-grant college, 1804

Birthdays Today:

Jillian Michaels, 1974
Molly Ringwald, 1968
Dr. Dre, 1965
Matt Dillon, 1964
Vanna White, 1957
John Travolta, 1954
John Hughes, 1950
Cybill Shedherd, 1950
Andrea Dromm, 1941
Yoko Ono, 1933
Milos Forman, 1932
Toni Morrison, 1931
Gahan Wilson, 1930
George Kennedy, 1925
Helen Gurley Brown, 1922
Bill Cullen, 1920
Jack Palance, 1920
Hans Asperger, 1906
Enzo Ferrari, 1898
George "The Gipper" Gipp, 1895
Boris Pasternak, 1890
Nikos Kazantzakis, 1883
Sholem Aleichem, 1859
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848
Ernst Mach, 1838
Count Alessandro Volta, 1745
Uesugi Kenshin, 1530 (Japanese samurai and warlord)
Mary I Tudor, 1516
Saint Jadwiga of Poland, 1374

Today in History:

Origin of the Kali Yuga Epoch ("age of vice" or Dark Age) of the Hindu/Buddhist calendars, BC3102
Jerusalem is taken by Emperor Frederik II, 1229
Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia, begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim regions, 1332
Henry Tudor (Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales, 1503
Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels, 1574
John Bunyan's "Pilgrim's Progress" is published, 1678
Fort Saint Lewis, Texas, is founded by Frenchmen under LaSalle at Matagorda Bay, the basis for France's claim to Texas, 1685
Quakers conduct their first formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1688
The premiere of George Frideric Handel's oratorio, "Samson" takes place in London, 1743
Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, 1797
The Detroit Boat Club (still in existence) forms, 1839
The first continuous filibuster in the US Senate begins, lasts until March 11, 1841
The first regular steamboat service to California begins, 1849
A direct telegraph link between Britain and New Zealand is established, 1876
Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" is published, 1885
The Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for the first time in 50 years, 1896
Winston Churchill makes his first speech in the British House of Commons, 1901
H. Cecil Booth patents a dust removing suction cleaner, 1901
The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet delivers 6,500 letters to Naini (a distance of about 10K), 1911
The US and Canada begin formal diplomatic relations, with the appointment of Vincent Massey as the first Canadian ambassador to the US, 1927
The first Academy Awards are announced, 1929
While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto, 1930
The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California, 1954
The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden "flight" on top of a Boeing 747, 1977
Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history, 1979


  1. I am glad that so many got adopted! Hearing about all of them makes me wish again that we could have pets...I'd love to give one a home. I hope that the little calico gets a clean bill of health, too.

  2. Thanks, Jokamo.

    If you can't have a pet, you can still volunteer with a local rescue. They can always use the help.


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