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Date:7/25/2014 9:03:07 AM
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1/2/13 Wow! Good thing I got mom up early!
Have to start by thanking all of you for votes and for my second COTD! I am so honored. Well, I did manage to get mom up earlier, actually at 4AM, but she moved slow and it is already past 6:30am here in Minnesota. Don't know what your favorite method for waking Pawrents is, but mine is to walk on mom, until she moves and then until she protests, which happens quickly. I don't even compare to Hefty's weight! Of course, he's still sleeping. Supposed to be a warmer day and the temp here is already +17! All irrelevant, since we are technically "indoor only." Zeus and I challenge that from time to time, mostly Zeus now, because I know its for the best in Winter.
Well, I did say I was going to start talking about my family. I think I'll pick on mom, because even though she has always liked cats, she probably wouldn't have considered her a cat person, until the last 20 years. Her mom loved all animals and grew up on a farm, back in the days when all the animals had a name. She taught mom to love all creatures, but died when mom was only 8 rears old. Mom's dad had grown up on a farm too, but was not so attached to nature, although he loved dogs and had one as a child. Mom got her first dog in her teens, a Boxer. She got her first cat in college, while living with a roommate, who was an artist and also loved cats. When she moved home after college, however, the cats went to her roommates mom, because mom's dad and grandparent, who she lived with, did not want a cat. For many years mom lost contact with her beloved kitties. Later in life,during the time she was caring for her grandmother, however, she decided to get a cat, a Siamese she named Pasha, who she found through a newspaper add. Someone had rescued him, but couldn't keep him, because he didn't get along with her other cats. Mom then learned her first lesson about strays--- free cats are not free! Although he had been given shots and the first rescuer thought he was neutered, he began spraying and peeing outside the box. Mom took Pasha to the vet and found out two major problems. First he had a bladder infection, probably due to stress, but also, he had surgical scars the whole length of his belly! The vet's guess was that he had one testicle left inside his body, not where it was supposed to be, and during the original neuter, the vet must have not found it and had to give up. The second problem was that Pasha had an abscess in his tail, which the vet had to lance and keep a drain in for a few days. Mom had to keep it clean and the hole open to drain the infection--- not the way to impress a cat with his new mom! Or, for mom to learn about the perils of rescuing.

Perhaps we will stop here with a word of inspiration from our current foster bro, Zeus: his philosophy is that Life is Adventure and his New Year's resolution is that if you can't find an adventure, create one!

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