Sunday, March 20, 2011

Back into the Swing

Our cat rescue group has a new online volunteer database that will keep track of our assignments and hours, and that we can use to make sure we are on or that we have notified our supervisors when we can't be available. When i checked it, i saw that we were indeed back into it as usual this past week, so in we went.

Something is coming over our shy boy Clint. He is in the window more and thus i don't have to search for him as often, and when i go in he doesn't dive for cover right away. This is a good change, especially since the big room now has Tyler in it, and he is a very assertive guy who has been jumping out from under and behind things at the others in the room. Gidget has been adopted out of that room, as has Ginny, but Katy, Grady, Candy, and Sophia are still there, too.

Frieda was very talkative, but didn't want petting. She has taken to sitting right next to Bob the Executive Director's laptop any time he is in the office. That seems to be about all the attention she wants, so i don't push it with her.

Scooter is a new and very thin boy in a cage until after testing. He looks to be about 5-6 months old, friendly and purry and wants lots of loving. He was rescued when he got trapped behind a wall at a repair shop of some sort.

Lucky has decided he isn't required to always use the litter box, and it took some scrubbing to clean up after him. Silly boy, he still takes his meds easily and otherwise behaves, and he is elderly, so no recriminations. Just make sure he has a happy end of life.

Buttercup, Tom, Sergio, and Jack are all new and just vetted, or waiting for treatment. Jack seems to love burrowing under his cushion, but will come out to be petted. Sergio is outgoing, Buttercup stays behind her litter box, and Tom seems undecided about how he feels, purring one minute and cowering the next.

Portia, Gulliver, and Ellen, the three half grown loves in room 8, are as playful as ever. Don't turn your back on them, they are mischievous, too.

Opposite them, Woody and Ringo seem happy enough, but Clare won't come down, and even has her food and water bowls on the shelf for her.

Cami, Emmy, and Samantha have been dubbed the "CPR" trio, meaning "Cat Public Radio". They keep up a steady stream of talk to each other and anyone who comes in gets an earful of happy kitty gossip.

Jimmy, Joey, and Bootsie have not only the note about being alien kitties on their door, but have been graced with decorated cutouts of UFOs on their window. They seem friendly enough to me, but apparently they have a few volunteer caretakers scratching their heads for some reason.

My Dustie and Angel are their usual lovely selves. Baby and JuJu are now together! They deserve each other, Baby hissing all the time, JuJu sitting on a shelf and glaring at whomever walks in, while sweet Cali is in the adoption center at the pet store, instead of hiding from Baby. Cali should never have been in that room to me, but PittyPat is in there with the two sour pusses, and she completely ignores them. Nothing phases Pitty, she is the one to share a room with them.

Bobby the Bob Tail is still charming, and it seems to be rubbing off on Iggy and Snazzy. Let it continue, those two could use the lessons in charming.

Devon, Rosie, and Flip are still doing well.

No one fought over being medicated this week, since only Lucky needed anything. That was a bonus.

Altogether, an fun and easy night of kitty care and loving.


Today is:

Bahá'í Naw-Rúz -- Baha'i (sunrise to sunset fasting cycle ends at sundown)

Buzzard Day -- Ohio (celebrates the return of the turkey Vultures)

Chunfen -- China (equinox celebration)

Equinox

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day -- another silly made up one, but try telling that to the people who believe in it!

Festival of Iduna -- Norse Calendar (goddess of spring, keeper of the apples of youth for the gods)

Great American Meat Out Day

Holi -- Hindu and Sikh spring religious festival

Independence Day -- Tunisia

International Day of the Francophonie

International Earth Day

Kiss Your Fiance Day

Lajos Kossuth Day -- Hungary

National Jump Out! Day

National Ravioli Day

Nowruz -- Iranian diaspora, Kurdish diaspora, Zoroastrians

Ostara/Mabon -- Wicca

Pacha Pucuy Quilla -- Ancient Inca Calendar (date approximate, celebration of the maturation of crops)

Pigeons Return to City-County Building -- Ft. Wayne, Indiana, US

Proposal Day

Shunbun no Hi -- Japan (celebration of the equinox)

Single Parents Day

Smash Out Suicide Day

Smile Rejuvenation Day

Snowman Burning Day (Lake Superior State College; How and why?)

St. Cuthbert's Day (patron of Northumbria, shepherds, seafarers, sailors)

Won't You Be My Neighbor Day

World Storytelling Day -- to celebrate the tradition of oral storytelling



Birthdays Today:

Kathy Ireland, 1963
David Thewlis, 1963
Holly Hunter, 1958
Spike Lee, 1957
Jimmie Vaughan, 1951
William Hurt, 1950
Bobby Orr, 1948
Pat Riley, 1945
Lois Lowry, 1937
Hal Linden, 1931
Fred "Mr." Rogers, 1928
Carl Reiner, 1922
Ozzie Nelson, 1906
B.F. Skinner, 1904
Henrik Ibsen, 1828
Ovid, BC43


Today in History:

Sixth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, 141
Maximus Thrax, who never set foot in Rome, becomes the first of the Foreign or Barracks Emperors of the Roman Empire, 235
A Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction is thought to be the "cause of plague epidemic," 1345
Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment, 1616
France and Spain sign an accord for fighting protestantism, 1627
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne, 1739
The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings, 1760
After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his "Hundred Days" rule, 1815
US and Siam sign commercial treaty, 1833
Harriet Beecher Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" is published in Boston, 1852
An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina, 1861
The first AC power plant in the US begins commercial operation, in Massachusetts, 1886
In the first known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10, 1897
The first international figure skating championship takes place, in New Haven, Connecticut, 1914
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity, 1916
The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso's first United States showing, 1923
A test of a practical radar apparatus is made by Rudolf Kuhnold in Germany, 1934
The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established, 1964
Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1985
Ferdinand Marcos's widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering, 1990
Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party's first leader, 2004
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years, 2005
Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country's banana crop, 2006

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