Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Well, This Sounds Familiar

 The call saying a kitten has been found.  Those are calls i get, and the two just weaned but not quite ready to be altered playing with my shoestrings right now, as well as the other 5, attest to the fact.

It happens all over the country, and i've heard many a strange story.  For us, the ones that traveled in a box from Texas to a warehouse here is one of the stranger ones.  We've also had a few where the mama cat has the babies in the attic of a building, and one falls down into the walls.

This one, though, had me looking twice.  Inside a statue of Abraham Lincoln!?!  Nope, that's never happened around here that we had to call firefighters to climb inside a statue to rescue a kitten.

It's a cute little one, and if it survives, it looks like it has a home.

Today is:

Absurdity Day -- an internet generated absurd holiday

Africa Industrialization Day -- UN

Air Your Dirty Laundry Day -- internet generated, and be careful with this one!

Beautiful Day -- Fairy Calendar

Clean the Cat Hair Out of the Vacuum Cleaner Day -- internet generated, and always tops on my chore list

Day of Sekhmet and the Purifying Flame -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Day of National Sovereignty -- Argentina (commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado)

Dia da Consciencia Negra -- Brazil (Black Consciousness Day)

Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day aka G.O.H.A.R.D

Name Your PC Day -- mine is Ol' Bessy, a/k/a Old Crankypants; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Praetextatus and Paulina's Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Guardians of the Eleusinian Mysteries, pagan activists and devotees who tried to save Roman religions; date approximate)

Pushkar Camel Fair -- Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels; through the 28th)

Revolution Day -- Mexico (traditional)

St. Edmund the Martyr's Day (Patron of kings, torture victims, wolves; East Anglia, England; against plagues)

Teachers' Day -- Vietnam

Transgender Day of Remembrance -- memorial for those who have been killed because of transphobia

Universal Children's Day -- UN

Zumbi Day -- Brazil (death anniversary of Zumbi dos Palmares, a day of Afro-Brazilian consciousness, as he was a hero and freedom fighter)

Anniversaries Today:

The Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London, 1947

Birthdays Today:

Bo Derek, 1956
Duane Allman, 1946
Veronica Hamal, 1943
Joe Biden, 1942
Dick Smothers, 1939
Richard Dawson, 1932
Estelle Parsons, 1927
Kaye Ballard, 1926
Robert F. Kennedy, 1925
Alistair Cooke, 1908
Edwin Hubble, 1889
Susanna Wesley, 1669 (mother of John, Charles, and 17 other children)
Peregrine White, 1620 (born on the Mayflower)
Maximinus, Roman Emperor, 270

Today in History:

Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire, 762
Zumbi, the last leader of the Quilombo dos Palmares of Brazil, is executed, 1695
New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the US Bill of Rights, 1789
Curacao's government forbids slave work on Sunday, 1795
Howard University is founded in Washington, D.C., 1866
US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports, 1914
1st municipally owned airport in US opens, in Tucson Az, 1919
In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation, 1962
The SETI Institute is founded, 1984
Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released, 1985
The number of protesters assembled in Prague, Czechoslovakia swells from 200,000 the day before to an estimated half-million, 1989
In England, a fire breaks out in Windsor Castle, badly damaging the castle and causing over £50 million worth of damage, 1992
The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched, 1998


  1. You have a huge and generous heart, but I'm curious, how many kittens do you have? What do you feel is the maximum number you can care for? Do you ever take in puppies?

  2. Right now, i have nine fosters. Two of those are waiting placement (which should come soon), four will be up for spay/neuter the first week of December and then off to the shelter, two more will go the week after that. The tiniest is still bottle feeding.

    We do not keep the kittens we bottle raise. We foster them. If i kept them all, i wouldn't be able to take in more to help the rescue groups.

    My rule for taking them in is that the rescue group asking me to raise them must provide for them and find them homes. Once they are weaned and have been altered, they need to be out of my house for me to retain my sanity.

    We have had as many as 26 foster kittens, from 9 litters, at one time. All of them were from just born to weaned and moving on in the next few days.

    As for puppies, i've never bottle raised any, although i guess i could try. It's probably about the same, except that the kittens potty train at 3-4 weeks, all you have to do is show them the litter box and they are done. Puppies would be more complicated.


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