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PRINCE SIR THUNDERFOOT 210289

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Hi! My name is PRINCE SIR THUNDERFOOT 210289

I am Domestic Shorthair from ALTO, GA

Nicknames: THUNDIE, LITTLE ONE, HOOLIGAN

Age: 4 years old

Gender: M

Coat: short haired

Education: BESTOWED AS KNIGHT OF THE REALM BY KING SPARKY AUG 31, 2011
WON CASTLE FISHING CONTEST IN KITTEN COMPETEION SEP 2011
TIED FOR 2ND PLACE IN MOST PLAYFUL KITTY CONTEST SEPT 2011
AWARDED COTD AND RCOTD OCT 10, 2011

PICKED FOR THE ALLSTAR'S HOCKEY GAME 2012

WON FIRST PLACE IN THE MAY FLOWER CONTEST 2012

DECLARED EARL OF EXPLORATION FOR MY ROYAL PILOT STATUS AND EARL OF POWER PLAY FOR MY HOCKEY PLAYING AND HERALD OF HAPPINESS FOR BEING ONE OF THE HAIRBALLZ RAINBOW RIDERS BY KING BENNIE AUGUST 31, 2012

AWARDED RCOTD ON NOV 9, 2012

WON 4TH PLACE IN THE CAT CHANNEL WIDE STRANGE KITTY BEHAVIOR CONTEST 11-16-12

WON SECOND PLACE IN THE THANKSGIVING/HA- RVEST CONTEST IN NOV 2012

WON COTD BADGE ON JAN 12, 2013

SECOND PLACE IN THE WINTER WONDERLAND CONTEST JAN 2013

GIVEN THE "ROYAL SERVICE AWARD" BY QUEEN TRIXIE FOR MY SERVICE AS A ROYAL PILOT AND AS ONE OF THE HAIRBALLZ RAINBOW RIDERS APRIL 2013

BESTOWED A TEN ACRE HOLD BESIDE THE CASTLE AND DECLARED BARON BY KING MALACHI NOV 2013

MARRIED TODAY DECEMBER 16, 2013 TO THE BEAUTIFUL QUEEN CHERISH THE LOVE OF MY LIFE.

INDUCTED INTO THE MOUSE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME JUNE 2015. I AM SO PROUD

My favorite tricks and treats are: FRISKIES PAWTY TREATS, TRADITIONS CAT NIP FLAVORED TREATS

Where I hang out: ANYWHERE I AM

My favorite grubs: FRISKIE KITTEN FOOD, POTATOES, PINTO BEANS, CUCUMBER

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What I love about my owners: SHE BROUGHT ME HOME EVEN THOUGH I MIGHT NOT BE WELL AND LOVES ME REGARDLESS, BUT I WILL GET BETTER I PROMISE

My cat hobbies: PLAY,EAT, PLAY , EAT,

Pet motto: TO GET TO BE FRIENDS WITH MY NEW SISTERS DOODLEBUG AND JOSIE MAE AND BE A GOOD BROTHER AND LOVE MY MOMMY

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BROUGHT HIM HOME FROM THE FORSYTH CO, GA ANIMAL SHELTER, HE WAS AND STILL IS SNEEZING, COUGHING, AM STILL DOCTORING HIM. HOPE HE WILL BE OKAY. I HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH AND HE LOOKS, HAS THE FUR AND HAS THE QUALITIES OF A SELKIRK REX

DOB - 3-17-11
DOPTY DAY - 5-23-11
JOINED CC - 7-21-11

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Hi K Thundie, & Ga Clan, it's me, Talley
before I begin, I have to say that your fall profile picture is wonderful! You are so very handsome surrounded by fall foliage!

We’ll get back to our exciting historic train ride, in just a moment, but dad and I just saw something that we just had to share with all of you;
Calgary Humane Society has launched an innovative new ad campaign in which it hawks “pre-owned” cats in the same razzle-dazzle in-your-face style of late-night used car commercials. Every detail, including the salesman in a bad suit, wide tie and porn-star moustache, is spot on.
Shelters are learning the value of good social media and youtube mojo in saving the lives of shelter cats. At Calgary Humane, 80% of its animals are adopted within 14 days. They offer a Patient Paw program, in which cats and rabbits who have been at the shelter for a longer-than-average time can be adopted for free (dogs in the program are available for a $50 donation). And, the shelter takes professional quality photos of its adoptable pets for the website, a practice that’s proven to increase visits to the shelter and adoption rates.
If your pawrents volunteer with a shelter that lags behind in adoption promotion practices, tell them to speak up! There’s a lot that can be done on social media that does not require extensive resources, but provides significant upticks in adoption rates.


Now our Trip into History continues:

Talley and Whiskers awakened in their sleeping compartment on the train. The sound of happy voices reached them from the dining car. They bathed, dressed and joined the happy kitties for breakfast.
Talley tapped her water glass for attention and announced, “After breakfast, Carriages will be waiting for us and we’ll travel the ten miles of the Colonial Historic Parkway to Jamestown,
I’ll read to you from the brochure, “Re-creations of three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 are moored at Jamestown Settlement’s pier for visitors to board and explore.

Visitors can learn about the four-and-a-half-month voyage from England and take part in periodic demonstrations of 17th-century piloting and navigation. Visit the ‘tween deck of the Susan Constant to learn about shipboard life and the tight conditions during the journey to Virginia. Try steering with a whipstaff or tiller, tie sailors’ knots, climb into a sailor’s bunk.”

The Jamestown Settlement re-creations have been designated “the official fleet of the Commonwealth” by the Virginia General Assembly.
Costumed historical interpreters assist visitors in exploring the ships and learning about the 1607 voyage and 17th-century shipboard activities.
I think we’ll have lots of fun, and learn the important role that kitties played aboard the ships, protecting the supplies and passengers from rats.
“Enjoy your breakfast and get ready for more adventure!”

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

09/04/2015 06:08.32 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family
Our house is quiet and sad today as we mourn the loss of our dear friend Mom Janada. I guess a part of our hearts die when we lose such a special friend. It does help to be able to share our grief with the CC Community. Reading all the beautiful tributes to honor Janada’s memory makes us fully realize how very lucky we all were to have known such a kind and beautiful lady. Janada was already a sweet angel on earth... now she’s back home in Heaven.

We're keeping your dear Mom and Goliath in our prayers. We hope your sweet doggie is doing better each day.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

A poem dedicated to Mom Janada...

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam.
For a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world.
But then it flies on again, and though we wish it could have stayed, we feel so lucky just to have seen it.”
~~~~~

Come visit me, K.Whiskers♥ Q.Talley• VOTE A. TINKER #75289, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

09/04/2015 02:04.53 PM Report This Comment
Hi Hot Rod, Ziggy and family, It's me, Q Talley
All Aboard!
Today we will be taking a ride on a train. Our passenger cars are beautifully restored turn of the century luxury cars and we will be dining in style in a fully equipped dining car. Our train will pulled by a 1905 Baldwin Steam locomotive. I have invited all of the residents of the new shelter to join us and I would appreciate any efforts on your part to make them feel comfortable on our trip. I think they might be a little nervous about going on a train, but I know that with your encouragement and friendship we can show them how to relax and enjoy the trip.
Where will be going you ask, (Our perhaps you didn’t, but I’ll tell you anyway.) We’ll be traveling to Colonial Williamsburg, for sightseeing and shopping. We’ll learn about the early days of our country and how the colonists created our nation. Some of our ancestors came over with the very first colonists and they protected the scarce supplies of stored food from the marauding mice and rats. You might even say that we kitties were responsible for the survival of the colonists.
We’ll be visiting a colonial schoolhouse where docents in period costume will show us how the students learned what they needed to know to thrive and prosper in revolutionary America. Then on to the homes of notable founding fathers where we’ll meet Dolly Madison, the seamstress who created our first Stars and Stripes. Following our visits to these houses we’ll visit the crafts shops see how the blacksmiths, cabinet makers, weavers and carpenters made all of the goods that were essential in day to day life, in early America.
Getting hungry? We have reservations at Christana Campbell’s Tavern an accurate recreation of an upscale dining establishment from colonial days. I’ve taken the liberty of ordering for us to save time. Hope you like seafood. Here’s our menu;
The Waterman’s Lunch
A three-course meal starting with a cup of the Eastern Shore Clam Chowder
followed by a dish of gridiron-cooked Salmon, with a Shrimp and Scallop Brochette
adorning a bed of Rice Pilaf with a Lemon Dill Cream, ending with your choice of fresh baked fruit pie. (Apple, Blueberry, Peach or Strawberry)
Following our adventures in Colonial Williamsburg, we’ll return to our waiting train in horse drawn carriages and have dinner in style in the dining car.
The adventure will take place on the Cat’s Meow Resort Page (271826) at any time, (no live blogging.)
I hope you’ll join us for this fun filled outing!
Purrs and friendly headbumps,
Your Servant,
Queen Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

09/03/2015 01:21.29 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
Our Mom is running way behind with my blogs! It’s so hard to get good help these days. MOL! Callie and I had our morning stroll. It was chilly, but the sun is out and temps should be in the low 80’s.

Mom left us alone to take our neighbor Abarna out to the shopping mall so Abarna could practice using her walker. She did really well. Mom took Abarna to her favorite shoe store to get some good walking shoes. Mom bought us some Wildside Salmon treats as a reward for being good cats while she was gone. Hooray!

You and Shaddie did a fantastic job in the air show at the Coronation yesterday! Thanks so much for making Talley's Coronation a great one! We are keeping your dear Mom and sweet Goliath in our prayers buddy. Give them both soft hugs for us.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

Feline Spirit =^.^=

To have a cat is to be forever entertained. No other creature is so affectionate and endearingly playful; yet cool, calm and self-possessed. It’s impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of a kitten.
~~~~~

Come visit me, K.Whiskers♥ Q.Talley• VOTE A. TINKER #75289, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

09/02/2015 02:22.07 PM Report This Comment
After arriving a bit late at the coronation ...
... the two lovebirds danced the evening away and then, a bit tipsy from the sipping champagne, they returned to their cabin home. True to his word, Thunder slipped Cherish's gown from her and lifted her into his arms. They will spend the rest of the night in loving dreams.

Come visit me, A.Q. Cherish Luvs P. Thunder forever.

09/01/2015 09:45.05 PM Report This Comment
So happy to hear ...
... that Goliath is healing ... your momma sure makes a good doctor/nurse.

Now, about you latest note ... when you say "loveu" you may repeat yourself as often as you wish. hee hee

Will you be at the coronation tomorrow? I plan to attend. See the pink dress in the picture below? That is the one you will taking off me after the coronation. MOL.

Mom's gotta start dinner soon, so I must finish my blogs and let her get off the computer. Wish she'd let me do this myself.

Hugs and love and purrs and whisker tickles to my handsome furrever hubby, your wife Cherish.

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Come visit me, A.Q. Cherish Luvs P. Thunder forever.

08/31/2015 05:11.38 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
We were so happy to hear how well sweet Goliath is doing! Your Mom has done a great job nursing him back to health. You must all be so proud of her! Give her and Goliath hugs for us my furiend. We're keeping all of you in our prayers..
~~~
Our neighbor Abarna is doing great. Mom is still taking Abarna out for strolls in her wheelchair, but sometime this week, Abarna is going to start using her walker. Abarna has a doctor appointment today, so if her doctor gives her a good bill of health, they can start walking. K. Uncle Buddy Budd suggested once to us that indoor shopping malls are a good place for wheel chairs, so Mom thought it would be a great place for walkers too. (CC furiends have the best ideas!) At least the ground will be smoother (and safer!). Although, I don’t think Mom can take a cat stroller into a mall. MOL! That’s okay- way too many noisy humans there for our liking. Plus we like our rides on the bumpy walking trail. :)

My sisters and I are doing fine. The weather is just right, in the low 80’s, so we’re all catnapping in the backyard. It has started to get kind of chilly in the mornings, but the weatherman said we’re expecting some more 90 degree temps this weekend. Summer isn’t over yet!

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

“I love them, they are so nice and selfish. Dogs are TOO good and unselfish. They make me feel uncomfortable. But cats are gloriously human.” =^.^= - L.M. Montgomery
~~~~~

Come visit me, K.Whiskers♥ Q.Talley• VOTE A. TINKER #75289, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

08/31/2015 01:43.22 PM Report This Comment
That is very good news about Goliath,
Thundie! It sounds like he is almost completely healed up and ready to get back to life as it as before. As long as he sticks to your yard and no one comes looking to make trouble, he should be fine! Honestly, if something like that happened to one of our dogs, Mom wouldn't want them outside alone no matter what. We have a fence that is really tall in the area where we can't see from inside (about 8 ft), double fenced on the other side and both gates are padlocked. Mom *still* wouldn't let them out alone if someone had hurt one of them! I'll bet your Mom is reluctant to let any of you out of her sight right now.

Mom could appeal our tax assessment but it wouldn't do much good right now. She did appeal it once a long time ago, and it was lowered. Now it is pretty much right where it should be. It does seem like it's always something conspiring to keep us poor. Right now Mom has $1333 due for taxes and three hospital bills out in the kitchen for about $2600 which they want NOW. Where do they expect us to get that money? They are going to have to wait, that's all there is to it. Hugs, KC and the Zoo Crew

Come visit me, ZOO CREW***VOTE ANGEL TINKER #75289 COTM*** & Sir Pique~~VOTE ANGEL TINKER #75289 COTM~~.

08/31/2015 12:47.38 PM Report This Comment
Hi Thundie!
We are absolutely thrilled that Goliath is doing so well and the last of that dead skin is gone. Even more thrilled that he sounds like he's feeling more like his usual self again, playful and happy. Told ya that Angel dust was good stuff, now just lemme bring a little of it over for Dad's work van. -- A. Mallow & the family

Come visit me, Family Scrapbook ~ vote A. Tinker #75289 in Sept, Angel Jezebel ~ Love lives on, K Mike ♥ QL Dolly always~Missing Mom Janada, Mojo Blackbear ~ Forever thankful for Mom Janada, A Mallow ♥ O.J., Angel Smokey ~ A. PawPaw caught my ♥ & Evie ♥ A Shai.

08/31/2015 09:18.09 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & Ga Clan, it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 31
I hope that the ideas and suggestions that I’ve presented during the month have proven helpful. I want to especially thank those of you who took the time to send me ideas that I could share with our friends.
This has been a remarkable month for me and my family.
You’ve sent me so many votes, so many kind words and wishes, so much love. When I was little more than a kitten, (it was back in the day of the shout out COTD catpaigns.) I was nominated for COTD, and as I sat with dad that evening he read me the notes that kitties had sent along with their votes. I kind of got a vision of what was happening and Pete asked me what I was thinking.
This is what I told him; “I just had a vision of what is happening tonight, Pete. Kitties and their families from all over the world are reading about me and sending me votes. What is a vote? Well, it’s easy to think that it’s just a click on a computer, but I think it’s much more. In my mind’s eye I see the world as though I’m looking at it from space. The whole world is a beautiful orb, with no lines marking off the different countries. I see the votes as little yellow scrolls tied with a bit golden ribbon. They seem to be floating up toward me from individual homes. As they rise they join others rising from neighborhoods and the streams of votes from neighborhoods combine to for large streams from cities, and then from states, they flow together to form rivers of sparkling yellow and gold. They make a river of love and caring. Each one is a message of friendship.
The big rivers combine and form rushing torrents of love and goodwill. As the world rotates beneath me I can see that the votes are rising from all over the globe and that powerful rush of love and good will circles the globe and then it all comes rushing down onto our house.
I feel so loved! CC is a very special place and a vote is so much more than just a click.”
All of these years later, I still think your votes are much more than clicks!
My life truly has been blessed. I was rescued by my dad when I was a tiny sick kitten, and I have been loved and nurtured every day of my life. My brother and sisters love me and treat me with kindness and respect. I’ve made many friends here on CC and I met the most wonderful cat in the whole world, my wonderful husband K Whiskers.
I hope with all of my heart that some of the ideas that I’ve presented, can help other kitties to find the kind of life that I have been blessed with. Thank you all so very much!
See you tomorrow evening for a Coronation Celebration.

HOLY
( by K MacVitie)
The peace and joy you give me, no words can ever tell,
The lessons that you teach me, in my heart will always dwell,
Your purrs bring forth divinity, to comfort, heal and bless,
Wondrous being, praise to you for your gracious loveliness.

Love,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/31/2015 08:47.13 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & Ga Clan, it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 29
Today we take a break in the catpaign, to make an announcement,
Queens Maggie and Angel Ginger have agreed that the Coronation shall take place on Tuesday September 1st beginning at 7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The ceremony will take place on the Cat’s Meow Resort, (271826). Following the ceremony there will be a reception for all kitties. There will be a delicious menu, Music and Dancing until the wee hours (or until everyone is tired and goes to sleep)
I have to say, It has been an honor and a pleasure to Catpaign this month, and I am so overwhelmed with your support and kindness. I will try to be a good Queen and serve you well.
And now a poem:

Cat-Proofing
Like God keeps His eye upon the sparrow,
I keep my eye upon the cat,
For unlike the little sparrow,
I’m not sure just where she’s at.
She knows the couch is out of bounds,
Yet invariably she goes there,
She ignores the yellow warning tape,
I’ve wound around it, in despair.
I know she likes electric cords,
She pulls them from the wall,
I’ve told her fifty million times,
THAT’S NOT ALLOWED AT ALL!
The wires are rewired now,
To shriek like fire sirens,
If she so much as puts a paw
Anywhere near their environs.
She treats the kitchen counter,
As a fun place on which to glide,
Though it’s purposely lubricated
To make her slip and slide.
When I booby-trapped the cupboards,
I thought, “A-ha! I’ve stopped her now!”
But fearlessly she enters,
And does not blow up, somehow.
Some cat owners keep baskets
Of balls of yarn upon the floor,
My basket’s filled with hand grenades,
Which she bats around ’til she gets bored.
Alternate pencils on my desktop,
On impact will explode,
She always kicks the safe ones off,
How ever does she know?
There’s nothing wrong with cat food,
It’s made special, just for cats,
But she wants steak and baked potato,
GET DOWN! GET OFF MY TABLEMAT!
Just once I’d like to wear a dress,
Not accessorized with cat hair,
But plastic bags do not protect,
How does she get inside there?
I firmly speak; my voice is loud,
Sometimes I fairly SHOUT!
But, somehow her cat meows,
Are loud enough to drown me out.
I tell her time and time again,
CUT OUT THAT LOOKING CUTE!
It would help so much when I yell at her,
If she looked more like a brute.
Her attention span is not too long,
Just long enough to drive me wild,
I’m convinced she had some lessons,
From a clever, spoiled child.
I doubt God’s little sparrows,
Give Him trouble quite like mine,
But He can’t hold them in His lap,
Or hug them any time.
Oh, I suppose it is a tradeoff,
And I do get some relief,
Like when she’s curled up on the couch
Behind the yellow tape, asleep.
I think to master cat control,
Is a fine, accomplished art,
I’ve learned I can cat-proof my house,
But I can’t cat-proof my heart.
I love you all,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/29/2015 04:57.24 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
We spent the morning at the fabulous opening of CC’s very own Kitty Sanctuary. Queen Maggie and Queen Angel Ginger, along with several of our hard-working and creative furiends, did a terrific job on the project. The “Cathouse On The Queens,” as it was named, is so beautiful we wished we could stay there for a few days! Really! It’s just like a 5-paw hotel! If you haven’t already, be sure to check it out at the Cat’s Meow Resort & Event Center on page 271826.

It’s only supposed to get in the high 80’s today- much better than the 98 degrees we had yesterday. We might even get to stay in the backyard a little bit longer.

Last night my Mom woke up with a start to the sounds of cat’s hissing, screaming and running like horses down the stairs. Mom jumped out of bed, saw Whitey and Orangie looking frightened by the bedroom door. More yowling as Mom ran downstairs to find me, on top of my sister Callie, while she screamed out for Mom. Mom pulled me off of Callie, yelling the whole time; then checking to make sure Callie wasn’t hurt. She wasn’t, but I knew that! Mom picked Callie up and carried her back to bed- where Dad was still sound asleep! That guy can sleep through anything! After everything had calmed down, Mom came downstairs to see where I was. I was sitting at the top of our tallest cat tree, still feeling feisty and swishing my tail back and forth. Mom talked to me and I finally jumped down. Mom isn’t sure what caused the fight, but she’s hoping I’m just feeling better. Maybe she’ll get the hint that I need more one-on-one playtime with her!

We have your dear Mom and sweet Goliath in our prayers my furiend. We hope Goliath is still showing some improvement every day, poor little guy. We know he's getting lots of TLC from your Mom and you kitties. Give your family soft hugs for us my furiend.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

“He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep.” =^.^= - Saki
~~~~~

Come visit me, K.Whiskers♥ Q.Talley• VOTE A. TINKER #75289, saved blogs & Whiskers ♥ Talley Wedding Page.

08/29/2015 04:28.50 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & Ga Clan, it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 28
We have a short blog and a long poem today.
I wanted to mention another way to help shelters. It’s something that dad has been doing for quite a while, and we almost forgot to mention it to you. It’s easy, doesn’t cost anything and provides funding for almost any charity that you can think of.
Most of us order things from Amazon, and they have a program called Amazon Smile. You sign up, and then whenever you make a purchase a, small donation is made to the charity you selected.
The small amounts add up, our local “No More Homeless Pets’ told us that they receive almost two hundred dollars a month.
Just a thought, and now our poem....
WHY OWN A CAT
There's a danger you know.
You can't own just one, for the craving will grow.
There's no doubt they're addictive, wherein lies the danger
While living with lots, you'll grow poorer and stranger
One cat is not trouble, and two are so funny,
The third one is easy, the fourth one's a honey
The fifth is delightful, the sixth ones's a breeze.
You find you can live with a houseful, with ease.
So how 'bout another? Would you really dare?
They're really quite easy, but Oh Lord, the hair!
With cats on the sofa and cats on the bed,
And crates in the kitchen, its no bother, you said.
They're really no trouble, their manners are great.
What's just one more cat and one more little crate?
The sofa is hairy, the windows are crusty.
The floor is all footprints, the furniture's dusty.
The housekeeping suffers, but what do you care?
Who minds a few noseprints and a little more hair?
So let's keep a kitten, you can always find room.
And a little more time for the dust cloth and broom.
There's hardly a limit to the cats you can add
the thought of a cutback, sure makes you feel sad.
Each one is special, so useful, so funny,
The food bill grows larger, you owe the vet money.
Your folks never visit, few friends come to stay,
Except other cat folks, who live the same way.
Your lawn has now died and your shrubs are dead, too.
Your weekends are busy, you're off with your crew.
There's cat food and vitamins, grooming and shots
And entries and travel and motels, which cost lots.
Is it worth it you wonder? Are you caught in a trap?
Then that favorite comes up and climbs in your lap.
His look says you're special and you know that you will
Keep all of the kittens in spite of the bill.

Late evening is awful, you scream and you shout
At the cats on the sofa, who refuse to get up.
The cats and the cat shows, the travel, the thrills
The work and the worry, the pressure, the bills.
The Whole thing seems worth it, the cats are your life.
They're charming and funny and offset the strife.
Your lifestyle has changed, things just won't be the same.
Yes, those cats are addictive and so's the cat game!
Author Unknown

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/28/2015 06:49.54 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
Another hot day for us here- in the mid 90’s today and tomorrow and then it will start to cool down. Mom took Callie and me for our stroller walk early this morning. We had the trail to ourselves, when we saw a small doggie coming towards us, just trotting along by himself. He wasn’t barking and his tail was wagging. Mom was relieved to see he had a collar. Mom always carries a leash, just in case, so she parked our stroller off the trail and went to see if the doggie was friendly enough to let her leash him. He was and while Mom was trying to read his tag, we suddenly heard people yelling for “Bella!” Yep! The doggie’s tag said Bella on it with a phone number. Mom never gets the gender right. MOL! Bella was a girl! Any way, the people yelling were on the other side of the trail. The three mile loop trail is the one we always use. So Mom had to run down a hill (with Bella) to get to the creek and yell as loud as she could - “Bella is over here!” The owners were two teenagers who had let Bella off her leash while they walked. They said Bella never goes far, but apparently she must have seen a squirrel or something interesting. They thanked Mom and put Bella back on her leash. Callie and I waited patiently in our stroller, praying that no one would come by and cat-nap us! Mom assured us we were always within her eyesight. We had to turn around and hurry back home because it was warming up and Mom still needed to take our neighbor Abarna out for a stroll. Whew! What a morning! This will be a great day for cat napping.:)

We hope sweet Goliath is feeling better with each passing day. We know he's getting the best care pawsible from your loving Mom. Give them both soft hugs for us. We always have you and your family in our prayers.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

“She hops expectantly into the sink. I turn on the tap for her; she laps without a glance in my direction, like a duchess so used to being ministered to that she no longer notices the servants and sees only a world where objects dumbly bend to her wishes, doors opening, faucets discharging cool water, delicious things appearing in her dish.” =^.^= - Peter Trachtenberg, On The Love of Cats and Persons
~~~~~

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08/27/2015 05:09.54 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & Ga Clan, it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 27
Today we’re going to discuss a very serious subject; Lost Kitties and how to find to find them. I hope you never need this information!
Top 10 Tips For Finding Lost Cats
1) Not all missing cats are lost. Cats are notorious for hiding in impossible places. Before you assume kitty is missing, make a thorough search indoors. ( I once spent the entire day in mom’s lingerie drawer)
2) If you know your cat is missing, grab your cellphone with a photo of your cat uploaded, flashlight and treats and head out. Wear comfortable clothes and comfortable soft-soled shoes. Hit the streets
3) While you’re searching, ask pedestrians, knock on neighbor’s doors and show the photo. Ask if you can check their garage, sheds, under the porch. To save time, multi-task during the search: leave a missing cat report with your vet, Animal Control, all the other local vets, shelters and rescue groups.
4) When you return home, leave food and water outside your door. Local TNR rescue rescues will often lend a trap. Go outside one last time to check and call your cat’s name before bedtime.
5) If you haven’t already made a missing cat poster, make one. Include: A good photograph, your cat’s name, description, any special identifying marks or collar, when last seen and where (cross street), your phone and e-mail. adding contact info at the bottom of the page cut into four or five vertical strips that can be easily torn off is helpful.
6) Enlist family and friends to help post flyers and spread the word. Have push pins, tape and a staple gun depending on the surface. The best posting spots include street intersection poles, local bulletin boards at grocery stores, library, laundromat and community center.
7) Post missing cats reports at online at Tabbytracker Craigslist, local online newspapers Use social networking like Facebook and Twitter. Ask everyone to share.
8) Visit all your local shelters to look for yourself even if say they don’t have a cat of your description.
9) If you’ve recently moved, extend your search to your old neighborhood.
10) Persevere! Cats have returned weeks and months later. Keep networking, and asking neighbors if they’ve noticed anything. Keep your flyers or posters fresh with a “Still Missing” header.
Today’s poem was selected by my dad!

I Could Pee on This
Her new sweater doesn’t smell of me
I could pee on that
She’s gone out for the day and
left her laptop on the counter
I could pee on that
Her new boyfriend just pushed
my head away
I could pee on him
She’s ignoring me ignoring her
I could pee everywhere
She’s making up for it
by putting me on her lap
I could pee on this
I could pee on this
—Charles Bukowski (or maybe his cat.)

Love to you all,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/27/2015 12:16.38 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
Today is supposed to be in the low 90’s so we went out early for our stroller walk. Then Mom took our neighbor out for a ride in her wheelchair. The sun was already out, so Mom hooked an umbrella on the wheelchair to keep the sun off of Abarna. We watched them from the bay window and laughed at how silly they looked. MOL!

This morning my Mom was filling the syringes with my pureed cat food and I sat by the kitchen watching her. Normally I run off when she comes towards me so she has to catch me first. But today I didn’t. Mom got on the ground next to me, petting me and letting me sniff the syringe. I swallowed the first one like a good boy and Mom waited for me to run. Nope! I sat there waiting for more! Mom gave me my second one along with a big hug. Dad was watching and said to Mom, “Oh no, I hope he doesn’t get used to eating this way. How will I ever be able to feed him when you’re not here?” Mom isn’t worried. She just wants to get some weight on me with this prescription food and hopefully when I go back for my urine retest, I’ll get a clean bill of health. Baby steps Dad!

We're keeping dear Goliath and your sweet Mom in our prayers my furiend. Give them both soft kitty kisses for us.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

This Is My Chair =^.^=
~~~~~
This is my chair.
Go away and sit somewhere else.
This one is all my own.
It is the only thing in your house that I possess
And insist upon possessing.
Everything else therein is yours.
My dish,
My toys,
My basket,
My scratching post and my Ping-Pong ball;
You provided them for me.
This chair I selected for myself.
I like it,
It suits me.
You have the sofa,
The stuffed chair
And the footstool.
I don’t go and sit on them do I?
Then why cannot you leave me mine,
And let us have no further argument?

- by Paul Gallico
~~~~~

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08/26/2015 05:19.16 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 26

I'd like to take a moment, before we begin today’s blog, to thank every one of you, who took the time to come by and offer your support during my catpaign. I feel like I've learned a lot from all of you, and I hope I've offered you some ideas you may not have thought of before. I truly am grateful for your comments, ideas and help.
Well, tonight, I'll address a subject that I probably should have mentioned before. That is “spreading the word.” Shelters have wonderful kitties just waiting for someone to love. There are lots of people who feel lonely and troubled whose lives could be transformed for the better by a furry companion. How do we get them together? Advertising is the answer. It’s effective, but expensive. There is free publicity though, It is through the news media. It can be as simple as writing letters to the editor of your local newspaper, or it can involve establishing a rapport with local television and promoting shelter adoptions. Remember, there are lots of loving kitties available at a much lower cost than going to a breeder or pet shop. (dad has a hard time going to PetSmart on weekends because he always wants to bring all of the kitties home. The important thing though is to get the word out. People who live with pets live longer healthier lives than those who don't. Alley Cat Allies has a media primer on the website and it offers great ideas and sample letters and news releases. The address is http://www.alleycat. org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=373 . So, to get started, let's resolve to write at least one letter to the newspaper during the month of my reign.

Regarding the Coronation Ball, We still need to arrange the details with Queens,Angel Ginger and Maggie, but one thing is certain. Every one of the kitties on CC is invited to the CMR resort on September 1st, to celebrate at the Coronation Ball, There will be a speech (a very short one, I promise) and wonderful food, , and there will be dancing too. I want to purrsonally shake paws and hug each and every one of you.


And now today, something a little different:

An Old Russian Prayer
Hear our prayer Lord, for all animals,
May they be well-fed and well-trained and happy;
Protect them from hunger and fear and suffering;
And, we pray, protect specially, dear Lord,
The little cat who is the companion of our home,
Keep her safe as she goes abroad,
And bring her back to comfort us

And a poem

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray this cushy life to keep.
I pray for toys that look like mice,
And sofa cushions, soft and nice,
For grocery bags where I can hide,
Just like a tiger, crouched inside!
I pray for gourmet Kitty snacks,
And someone nice to scratch my back,
For window sills all warm and bright,
For shadows to explore at night.
I pray I’ll always stay real cool,
And keep the secret feline rule
To NEVER tell a human that
The world is really ruled by CATS!


I love you all,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/26/2015 10:43.32 AM Report This Comment
water fun day!
we're so happy goliath is doing a bit better now and that is easing things just a little bit on your mom as we know she's in quite a bit of pain like our mommy is due to her falling again a few weeks back, but now she's better and the pain isn't anything like it was when she fell around her pubic bone as that bruise has been working it's way out and once it's all the way out should ease greatly as time heals things for her. master is doing great, had lost quite a bit of weight and looking good, but he's since gained it back and is more like janet who's put on weight too not good! she was busy this morning long early morning walk, followed by picking lima and string beans as well as 3 tomatoes, and then weeded the front herb/flower garden as well as washing her hair and now is plugging away at cc. praying for goliath and your mom as well as all of you! :) sandy,ab,haley,angels

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08/26/2015 07:47.11 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 25
Yesterday was a wonderful day here in Jacksonville. It was 85 and not a cloud in the sky. We didn’t get any thunder boomers either. There was a nice breeze and we got to play in the screened patio while mom & dad worked in the flower beds. Dad has a couple of square foot gardens, and he took some of the tired tomato plants out and put in some lettuce, parsley, beans, and CATNIP. Mom planted flowers, in the front yard beds and down the driveway beds.

Today, I’d like to tell you about an Alley Cat Allies program that helps community awareness of the needs that stray and feral kitties have. It's called Every Kitty – Every City.

http://www.alleycat.org/EveryKittyEveryCity

This what Alley Cat Allies says about the program:
Through the Every Kitty – Every City program, we raise awareness and educate the community in targeted cities about outdoor cats, feral cat colony care, Trap-Neuter-Return, and the importance of accessible, affordable neuter services through workshops, outreach programs, and organizing.

The Every Kitty – Every City program provides individuals, groups, and veterinary professionals in the community with the tools and basic knowledge needed to serve as a community resource. As part of the program, Alley Cat Allies rallies and assists community volunteers, local groups, and private shelters to enhance their already existing Trap-Neuter-Return programs or to seamlessly launch new ones.
Alley Cat Allies sponsors workshops, open to the public, for advice and instruction on the best practices of Trap-Neuter-Return and colony care. We also recruit and help train local veterinary professionals on high-volume, low-cost techniques that will increase the availability of affordable neuter services including early-age spay/neuter and vaccination protocol. To start a program in your city, contact one of the existing programs, Or contact Alley Cat Allies!
This program was vital in establishing the TNR program of No More Homeless Pets, here in Jacksonville.

And now, a funny poem for today:

All I Need To Know About Life
I Learned From My Cat

Life is hard, and then you nap.
One day ignore people, the next day annoy them.
When in doubt cop an attitude.
Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
Climb your way to the top, that's why the drapes are there.
Never sleep alone when you can sleep on someone's face.
If you're not receiving enough attention,
try knocking over several expensive lamps.
Make your mark in the world or at least spray each corner.
When you go out into the world, remember:
being placed on a pedestal is a right, not a privilege.

Thank you so much for your love and support! I love you all,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/25/2015 05:44.12 PM Report This Comment
Hey Thundie!
That is great that Goliath is doing so much better & enjoyed his walk last night. Glad Mom & he were safe. Smart of Mom to protect herself. I'm sure she would make anyone who challenged her, very very sorry they tried! MOL. We are keeping Goliath & Mom in our prayers. Hope others step up and help with the big bill too. Leaving a healing vote. Peace & love. Have a purrfect evening. Kitty Kisses. Dean

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08/25/2015 05:40.47 PM Report This Comment
Dear K. Thundie and family
Oh dear buddy, we're keeping your dear Mom and sweet Goliath in our prayers. When we read your blog about how your Mom cuddled with Goliath as they laid on her bed, it brought tears to our eyes. Your Mom is taking such good care of her baby boy and we just know that is why Goliath is doing a little better each day. Because of all the love and caring he's getting from his precious Mom. God bless them both.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.
~~~

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08/25/2015 04:51.47 PM Report This Comment
Deb ...
... take a look at the "love and kisses" note Thunder left Cherish. All the letters lined up on the diagonal. Cool!!!

Cherish was amazed; this PROVES her Thunder is the smartest cat around!!!

Come visit me, A.Q. Cherish Luvs P. Thunder forever.

08/25/2015 12:00.34 PM Report This Comment
Just another thing ...
... our mom's have in common ... the 45 ... only way to go, Mom says. She had to laugh at Goliath taking so long to find the right spot to get business taken care of. And they say women take too long in the bathroom. NOT!!!

I thought we might take a nice trip out on the lake on that incredible boat you made. Wow, what skills my dear Thunder has.

Mom and Dad and everyone else in the neighborhood will be glad when the end of the day comes today ... it will mark the end of all the repaving in the subdivision. It's been going on for weeks, a few days a week, and each area had to park away from home and walk to and from their car a block or so away. The association posted guards at the "just paved" areas because folks just can't seem to understand the part about "don't drive on it for two days." DUH. This time it looks so nice because of the monitoring of dummies. MOL.

Mom has to feed the birds in her yard. Has she ever told you about all of them? Do ask her about them if she hasn't. She does miss me sitting in the window watching her ... and I used to sit and watch them at the window feeder. Maybe we should put one up at the cabin.

Speaking of our cabin, let's get the sailing gear out of the storage area and head out for the morning. Paw in paw we will head to the lake to begin our day's adventure.

Love to you and your family, both furred and not, your adoring Cherish and Mom June.

.

Come visit me, A.Q. Cherish Luvs P. Thunder forever.

08/25/2015 07:00.44 AM Report This Comment
Hi Thundie
It sounds like Goliath is on the mend, and feeling a bit better. I sure am glad for that! I am still keeping him in my prayers - for a full recovery!

Purrs and hugs, Spanky

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08/25/2015 06:24.05 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 24
We never want to think about disasters, but we need to be prepared, (or should I say Purrpared). The ‘Seniors’, Hot Rod and Ziggy, suggested that we post a blog explaining how to prepare to evacuate our homes, should it become necessary.
They are so right, with the fires raging on the west coast, and the first hurricane of the season threatening the Caribbean, and possibly the mainland US, it’s time we took a look at what we need to do.
Before I do anything else, let me post the Web Address for the ASPCA emergency preparedness Website. Everything you need to do is spelled out there;
(Please eliminate any spaces that CC puts into the web addresses)
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedne- ss
What is important is that you look at it now and prepare a kit to use when you need it. Basically, you need food, water, bowls, litter and emergency supplies for at least three days. (More is better.) We’ve already discussed first aid kits, but if any of you kitties need medication, that needs to be in the kit too.
Next you need a place to stay. Not all shelters will take pets, so here is a website that provides information on pet friendly hotels:
http://www.pet-friendly-hotels.net/
I know it can be scary to think about having to leave your home, but just think about how scary it would be to be in your home during a fire or a hurricane or a flood. When the emergency is over, use the perishable supplies and replenish your go-kit so that you’re always prepared for the unexpected.
The family needs to be prepared, that means the whole family including the four legged members.
Thanks again to Hot Rod and Ziggy for suggesting this topic.
And now our poem;
Cats
There was a spry woman
who lived next door.
She had cats in the attic
and cats on the floor.
There were cats where she ate
and cats where she slept,
And she dearly loved all
the cats that she kept.
At night she tucked each
in a wee little bed,
But they all much preferred
to wander instead.
The ripped through the screens
and battered through holes.
They climbed up the chimney
and slid down clothes poles.
They made a great racket
and scurried around.
They jumped from the roof
to the fence to the ground.
When the night was over,
at the crack of dawn,
The cats came home
with a sigh and a yawn.
They were quiet and docile
and gentle as silk
And came a-begging
for morning milk.
The neighbors were furious,
frustrated, and frantic,
Refusing to stand for
another cat antic.
When they came to complain,
they were offered a treat.
The cats were all kittenish,
playful, and neat.
They blinked and stretched
and purred on their mats.
Who would believe
there were the same cats?
By (Dorothy Golub)
Love to you all, dear friends,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/24/2015 09:08.56 AM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family
We had surprise company this weekend at our home. My Mom’s niece, her husband and 14 month old baby drove up from San Diego for a quick visit. They all left this morning for the long 8 hour drive back home. Whitey, Orangie and myself were terrified of the little Baby (Elsie), but my sister Callie has turned out to be a social butterfly. MOL! Well, Callie did come out to meet everyone and she even layed down on the stairs to keep an eye on things. Mom was so proud of her. I stayed with Whitey and Orangie, to keep them both safe under the bed. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! Hee, hee!

Tonight I get my final dose of antibiotics. Hooray! Mom will call the vet tomorrow to find out when she wants to retest my urine for blood. Mom is hoping we can wait a couple of weeks to give the prescription cat food some more time to work and to give me a break from everything.

We're keeping your dear doggie Goliath and your sweet Mom in our prayers. We hope with every passing day Goliath's feels a little bit better. We know your Mom is doing everything pawsible for her baby. Give them both soft hugs for us my furiend.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

CAT =^.^=
~~~~~
By the fire, like drifting reddish goldfish,
the cat dozed, curled within itself.
If, by mischance, I were to stir,
the cat might change to something else.

The spinning-wheel of ancient magic
must never be allowed to stick;
and changing itself into a princess
is, for a cat, a minor trick.

- by Jean Cocteau
~~~~~

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08/23/2015 03:00.49 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 23

Dad received a solicitation in the mail from the Humane Society of the United States. And while he feels that they don’t get enough of each contributed dollar to shelters, he found some of the ideas here worthwhile. (dad prefers to support Alley Cat Allies and local shelters) but here are ten Ideas from HSUS.

1. Tell the world how you feel about your local shelter or rescue by using The Humane Society of the United States' Facebook share graphics.
2. Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups. Start the process by locating all of the ones in your area. You may be surprised how many groups nearby are helping animals.

3. Learn before you leap. Before you adopt, go to the Shelter Pet Project to learn what to expect when adopting a pet. You'll be much less likely to become frustrated and return your new pet if you understand the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet beforehand.

4. Say Thanks, Take a minute to express your gratitude to the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you've adopted a pet from one of them, show how well your pet is doing by sharing an updated picture via a letter, email, or posting it on the organization's Facebook page or website.

5. Get Crafty. Combine fabric, yarn, recyclables, and imagination to bring much-needed fun into the lives of local shelter and rescue pets. There's no end to the toys you can make. Try braiding strips of fleece into fun for dogs, or cutting and folding a surprising household object into a cat distractor.

6. Become a “Fan”. Like" the Shelter Pet Project on Facebook. Then, if possible, "like" the individual groups in your community, too.

7. Make wishes come true. Shelters and rescue groups always need towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or call them to find out what's in short supply.

8. Volunteer, if you can!

9. Help by helping your own pets, Microchip, tag and keep them safe!

10. Help local shelters make positive changes. If you see or hear anything at your local shelter that concerns you, follow The HSUS's guidelines for addressing that concern in the most effective way.

Nothing new here, but just a reminder.

And now, I have a short, funny little poem for us today:

You will find that feeding a cat is no easy task
What's the big problem you may well ask
Just open a tin and feed them from that
It is obvious my friend you don't own a cat
When outside they will eat a fly or a mouse
But things soon change when they dine in the house
Your fridge might be full of meat, poultry and fish
But what do you put in your fussy Cats dish
For to keep a Cat fed we beg, steal and borrow
Because what we give them today they won't want TOMORROW.

I love you all, dear friends,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/23/2015 07:54.34 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 21

Even though today’s blog is off of our topic, I wanted to share this. I just have a family story and a poem for you. The poem and the story together, are kind of long so I’ll get right to it;

In the days after my sister Angel Lucy Fur crossed the Rainbow Bridge my dad was inconsolable. He missed her terribly and he just couldn't seem to get over the heartache. They had been best friends for seventeen years and Lucy was very precious to him.
Whenever he would go to bed, He imagined that he could feel her jump up to share his pillow, as she always had. He'd reach up to feel her soft fur and he'd find only emptiness on the pillow and in his heart.
It was a week after Lucy died that dad had a remarkable dream. He said it was so real he felt that he was really there. In his dream, he heard a soft scratching at the front door and when he opened it, there was a big black cat at the door just sitting quietly. The cat turned and looked away from the house toward the little memorial garden where Lucy had been buried. There were dozens of cats there, all looking so radiantly beautiful in the afternoon sunlight that they seemed to shine from within, with a light of their own. Sitting in the very front of the gathering, was Lucy. She looked at dad and slowly winked her eyes at him. Then, with a swish of her tail, she turned away and led the cats down into the back garden, fading away as they went. Dad awoke from that dream with tears in his eyes, but he knew that Lucy had come back to say a final goodbye and to let him know she was ok and that she would be waiting for him..........
Dad could hardly manage to tell mom about the dream, he kept choking up, but mom found this poem for him. He copied it in very small print, and still carries it in his wallet.
Here is that special poem that dad copied back in 2008;

*Thud* as you hear,
A cat jump down,
Turn around to check,
Nothing there,
*Meow* goes a cat,
Where from?
I don't see,
Something wrapping around your legs,
Go away Smokey,
You look down nothing there,
*Jump* as the bed bounced,
The cat jumped on the bed,
But you look....there's no cat,
*creak* goes the door,
The cat sneaked out,
But no cat to be seen,
You hear a cat eating/drinking,
But there's no bowls or cat,
Whats making these noises?
There's no cat, not no more,
He died on 20th May,
so what makes these movements?
Not the dog he's too noisy,
Could it be Smokey's spirit?
To say he's ok?
Or is it just your mind playing tricks,
Making you think he is still around.

By Stacey Olner
~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thanks all of you for being our friends,
we love you all,
Talley

Come visit me, Talley COTD 01/02/2009, Ms Murphy COTD July 6th 2009, Angel Lucy-Fur COTD 10 18 2008, Pete COTM March 2011, Angel Maggie COTD March 7, 2013, Raven COTD 5/6/2009 & Angel Sylvia Seville (COTD June 12 2008).

08/21/2015 08:31.16 AM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
It was a nice 82 degrees here today, so my sisters and I got to catnap in the backyard most of the day. My Mom took Callie and me for our early morning stroller walk and afterwards Mom took our neighbor Abarna out for a walk in her wheelchair. Abarna enjoyed the fresh air and although the ride got a little bumpy at times, she asked Mom if they could do it again tomorrow. Now if we could only get our Mom to somehow push a wheelchair and a cat stroller at the same time. MOL!

Mom brought out the vacuum monster, so we took that as our cue to run back inside and hide under the bed. Since Callie, Whitey, Orangie and I always hide together under the bed until it’s over, it gave us a chance to catch up on our meows. Hee, hee, hee!

Sorry for the late meow today. Mom and I had just finished our every day special votes, when Dad called to say he had locked his keys in his car- again! Dad does this at least once a year. Mom had made him an extra car key to carry in his wallet, but Dad said he took it out because it kept falling out of his wallet. Mom didn’t even want to ask how that was possible. :|

Give sweet Goliath and your dear Mom hugs for us buddy. We always have them both in our prayers!

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.
~~~~~
The big brave Angel cat, folding a rainbow wing,
Stretched out his gentle paw
I'll find, purred he,
A kitten-- you were kind--
You must not grieve for me.
This one might do, this timid little stray
Terrestrial night to my celestial day;
It cannot take my place,
No other could do that,
But though you cannot bring me back, you might retrace
Remembrance in a kitten's pansy-face.

- by Jacintha Buddicom, b. 1901, English Writer =^.^=
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08/20/2015 06:58.50 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 20
Today's topic is Reliable Cat Health Information and the Cornell University Feline health Center. They have some great information on Cat Health Topics, in general, and in particular their Spay Neuter program, but the article is quite lengthy, So I'm giving the web address and asking that you stop by and check out the site. It would take several CC Blogs to print it here so I think this is the best way to bring it you. The Address is: www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc.

This is a funny story that I would like to share with you about my brother Pete. When he was just a little kitten he had some kind of immune deficiency that caused his paw pads to crack and bleed. Our vet first diagnosed it as chemical burns, which dad knew wasn’t right. Finally our vet referred Pete to a Feline Dermatologist. His name was Dr. Bishop. He was a Graduate of Cornell.
He took one look at Pete’s little pink paws and said that he had Eosinophilic Granuloma Complex. He said that kittens grew out of it as their immune systems developed, but untreated, the normal course was to develop a serious and sometime fatal infection.

Pete had to have his paws cleaned with a special medicine three times a day and take antibiotic pills morning and evening. Pete was a very mellow kitten, and after the third day he realized that he would get treats for taking his medicine, all dad had to do was put the pills down on his plate and Pete would eat them and then look for his treats. On one of his recheck visits, dad showed Dr. Bishop how easy it was to get Pete to take his medicine. Dr. Bishop thought it was amazing, and asked if he could borrow Pete to show to the class that he taught at the University of Florida. Dad said no, that he couldn’t borrow Pete, but that he would bring Pete to class.
Dad was a little worried that Pete might not do his pill trick in front of a hundred Veterinary Students, but he didn’t even seem to notice them. He took his pills, the class erupted in laughter and Dr. Bishop told his students that giving cats medicine didn’t have to be hard, it just required a gentle touch and love.
I hope that made you smile.

Tonight's Poem is a short one by Mary F. of North Carolina; Ms. Murphy picked it for us.
Here it is:

I found a small kitty
so tiny and scared.
I don't know who dumped her
or how she has fared.

She's cold, wet and skinny
such a pitiful sight.
I suspect she has been out here
for many a night.

How could someone dump her?
It seems such a pity.
Some people are cruel
to poor helpless kitties.

Come with me little kitty
I'll make everything right.
You will no longer be hungry
or cold at night.

Your life will be better.
All the love you can stand.
No more neglect for you.
Only a kind, gentle hand.

Love to all of you,
Talley

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08/20/2015 09:37.57 AM Report This Comment
Hello my dearest forever husband, Thunder ...
... I was happy so see a note from you this fine day. Well, it's a fine day here in Vista, CA, but we are a bit jealous of all the rain you have been getting. Our plants and lawns are dying, and Mom is worried about the bunnies at the park ... they live on that fine green grass to get nourishment and their fluids. With it being allowed to die, she fears they will not have what they need to keep them going. Pray for the dear park bunnies, would you?

A lot of the upper part of our state is on fire ... most of the fires are not under control and continue to grow and do terrible damage to homes and to the forests and forest dwellers. Hope some of the rain they are predicting for this fall, winter and spring arrive in time to get them put out. Many homes lost so far. So very sad.

As we sit here on our porch swing, looking out at our beautiful property, the gardens and bee hives and trees, I realize how blessed we are to live in virtual CC time. Everything can be purrfect all the time, just like it will be when we are all finally home in the eternal place God has made for us.

It's good your momma is getting a break from caring for Goliath. She is certainly going the extra mile for him and needs some time to herself. How nice she had time with gma. They must be missing their weekend visits.

Let's spend a few minutes in purrayer for all the many needs of this world. Peace and comfort and having enough for your needs seems to be out of reach for most of our world. That is sad and needs our prayerful requests to Him who made all things.

Love you so much, dearest. And Mom sends your momma her love, too. Come kiss me, Thunder. Love furrever, your Cherish.

ps is Josie okay? Is she home?

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08/19/2015 03:35.14 PM Report This Comment
Hey Thundie!
We are thrilled Goliath is doing better. I'm sure the last four weeks have been very tough on your sweet Mom. She does deserve a little break. We understand she has been very busy with Goliath. It isn't necessary but we will look forward to the gift from your Mom. We continue to keep Goliath & Mom in our prayers. Leaving a healing vote. Peace & love. Get well fast Goliath! Kitty Kisses. Dean

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08/19/2015 03:09.12 PM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
We’re having a very pleasant day today with temps only in the low 80’s. Whoo hoo! My Mom took Callie and me for our stroller walk and when we got back we joined Whitey and Orangie outside on the deck. I was shocked when I saw Whitey sleeping in MY BED! We each have our own cat bed in the backyard, so why she picked mine this morning is a mystery to me. I sniffed her a few times and then I did the polite thing and jumped up onto the doghouse for my catnap. Mom was proud of me. MOL! I’m still taking my medicine and hating it, but I’m over half way done. Yay!

My Mom took Sugar Bear to the vet for her rabies and booster shots. Today we all got our Revolution Flea treatments, so none of us are too happy with Mom. Tomorrow is supposed to be even cooler, so Mom plans on taking our neighbor Abarna, out for a walk in the morning before it gets too warm. Abarna is doing well and is looking forward to getting out for some fresh air.

Oh my dear furiend, we're glad to hear you got the card we sent. My Mom is always worried about mail getting lost. We are keeping sweet Goliath and your dear Mom in our prayers every night. We're glad to hear your Mom is able to get some rest with Goliath being cared for at the vet, if only for a day. Your poor dear Mom must be exhausted, but we know she is the reason for Goliath still having the will to live. God bless your family.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

Cat-Play On Words =^.^=
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“I’m so purrfect that whenever I meet a pretty girl, I whisker away.”

“I’m extremely well-read and litter-ate. My favorite book is The Great Catsby. I also don’t mind Of Mice And Men.”

“Got a new purr coat and I’m feline good.”

“I mustache you a question. Aren’t these cat’s whiskers just the cat’s meow?”

“Yeah, I’m a pretty great writer. They call me J.R.R. Tolkitten.”
~~~~~

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08/19/2015 02:35.52 PM Report This Comment
Hi Thundie! Mom says that she knows all
about Georgia rain. You can be driving along under sunny skies one second and the next you can't see 2 ft. in front of the windshield. There was more than once where Mom & Dad would have to pull off the road to let a GA storm pass. When Dad was in the Army, they spent several months at Ft. Gordon outside of Augusta, and then over 2 years at Ft. Stewart near Savannah (in Hinesville). Mom loved it in Georgia and that's where her son was born. Anyway, Mom remembers the frog stranglers! And that's where she got burned by lightening twice, two.

We are so happy that Goliath is recovering. Poor puppy, if you ever find out who hurt him, you have our permission to claw them to pieces! Hugs, KC and the Zoo Crew

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08/19/2015 12:16.57 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
I was so happy to hear that Goliath is improving. We are all keeping him in our prayers,

COTM DAY 19
We had some very good news today. The results from the Animal Rescue Shelter Challenge were announced, and Angel Easy’s shelter won a thousand dollar grant. All of those clicks paid off. They have won a nice award.
Now that we’re on a roll, let’s all get behind the Zoo Crew’s Shelter, and see if we can help them win a grant too. To vote for them just go to the Animal Rescue site Shelter Challenge and do the search for: Humane Society of Midland County in Midland MI.
Even though, the Zoo Crew’s shelter, like the VI Kitty’s is in a very small communities and at a disadvantage in the voting because of that. But guess what, if we add the CC family’s votes to theirs we can make them winners too. Every single click can save a life. The Zoo Crew’s Anya, owes her life to the Humane Society of Midland County, The least we can do is thank them for saving our friend's Anya.
While we’re on the subject of shelters, I’d like to remind everyone, Adopt Don't Buy!
The following information is from The San Francisco ASPCA
When you adopt an animal, you're not just saving the life of the animal you're welcoming into your home& family. You’re giving another animal an opportunity to move to the adoption floor and find a new family. And, you’re reducing the demand that keeps puppy and kitten mills in business. Many people buy from animal mills without realizing that these breeding facilities abuse and neglect their animals.
Each year, millions of unwanted animals enter shelters across America. More than three million cats and dogs are euthanized every year; millions more small animals, like rabbits and hamsters, meet the same fate. Adoption helps break this cycle and put an end to the animal mill industry.
If you would still rather buy than adopt, make sure you buy from a responsible, reputable breeder. Don’t support animal mills!
Responsible breeders are individuals who have focused their efforts on one or a select few breeds. They have become knowledgeable about heritable defects, temperament and behavior1 through breeding, historical research and ongoing study, mentoring relationships, club memberships, showing, raising and training these breeds.

Today’s Poem is called;
Scamp
You've torn the daily paper
Into a million shreds
And tested the comfort
Of all the beds.

Chased my wool
All over the floor
Hissed and spat
At the dog next door,

And proved yourself
So brave and bold
For a tiny kitten
Only six weeks old.

You're now a black
Little fluffy ball
Curled up tight
Asleep in the hall.
By B. Hayes

Purrs and Hugs,
Your furiend always,
Talley

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08/19/2015 11:20.06 AM Report This Comment
Hi Thundie
It is sticky and hot here. It is supposed to break tomorrow with T-storms and boomers. I hope they are right.

I am glad that Goliath is better, and that your Mom is taking a break. He is getting very good care at the vet. I know she must miss him, but she needs to take care of herself as well.

It must have been scary the other night with that burglar trying to get in. Your Mom sure is a tough one, isn't she? They better think twice about ever trying to break in again!

I hope you have a super great day, and that the rain is over for you. Purrs and hugs, Spanky

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08/19/2015 05:28.00 AM Report This Comment
Hi K. Thunderfoot and family!
Wow! It sure sounds like you guys had a close call with a house burglar! They better not mess around with your Mom! Way to go Mom Deb.

We're keeping sweet Goliath and your dear Mom in our prayers buddy. We hope you got the get well card we sent. Just wanted you to know we have all of you in our thoughts and prayers.

Our Mom took Callie and me on our stroller walk this morning and it was considerably cooler than yesterday- by ten degrees. When we got home, Whitey and Orangie were in the backyard lying down in their cat beds, watching the birds in the trees. The birds are always very active and noisy in the morning. Callie and I ran out to join them. Our Mom reminded us to just look and not eat. MOL!

Our neighbor Abarna is doing well, happy to be home and getting lots of purr therapy from Ebony and Sugar Bear. Abarna is doing so well, her doctor said it would be okay for my Mom to take Abarna out in her wheelchair for short walks around the block. The weather has been much too hot the past few days to take her outside, but we’re expecting a nice cool down beginning today.

We left a vote with soft purrs, warm hugs and prayers for our furiends and their families in need.

“Bless their little pointed faces and their big, loyal, loving hearts. If a cat did not put a firm paw down now and then, how could his human remain possessed?” -Winifred Carriere =^.^=
~~~~~

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08/18/2015 02:35.35 PM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 18
Today I’d like to tell you about some remarkable cats who help all cats, by being feline ambassadors. These cats are the subjects of bestselling books.
Our dad reads aloud to us and we enjoy it very much. Mom laughs and says we just like the sound of dad's voice.
We recently read A Street Cat Named Bob, and it is a remarkable true story of a cat rescued by a young man who in turn rescued the young man by helping him learn to care for another living soul, and free himself from drug addiction.
Another wonderful read is Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat by Gwen Cooper We found it fascinating. Homer triumphed over blindness to save his mom's life from a dangerous burglar and discover the joy of life for himself.
Dewey the Library cat, by Vickie Myron is the story of a wonderful little stray kitten who charmed his way into the hearts of readers around the world and gave a small town pride in itself.
Making rounds with Oscar by Dr. David Dosa is about a kitty who can sense the impending death of elderly patients and bring them comfort in the last hours of their life.
These books are wonderful gifts and great reads. You might check your local library for some of these wonderful stories.

Our poem today is The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot.
Which is from The Book Of Practical Cats, the basis for the Broadway Musical ‘CATS’
~~~
The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn't just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover--
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.
~~~
I love you all,
Talley

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08/18/2015 08:17.45 AM Report This Comment
Hi K Thundie, & family it's me, Talley
COTM DAY 17

All of us are sending lots of Prayers for poor Goliath,may he heal well and may the person who hurt, receive punishment from our Lord.

Since I got my fur up over the politicians yesterday, I think this would be a good time to talk about making our voices heard. At almost every level of government, when the bureaucrats start looking for ways to trim their budgets the first place they look is animal services.
Dad says politicians think that since animals don't vote, that no one will object to cutting budgets for helping them. It's true that animals don't vote, but people who love animals, do vote and it's very important to let politicians at every level know that messing with animal welfare issues is a vote loser. We need to get our pawrents to make their feelings known to their representatives.
In addition to letting the politicians know how we feel, Letters and emails to Newspapers, TV and Radio outlets can also serve to generate public awareness and even donations to animal welfare organizations. It doesn't take very long to come up with a brief note explaining how important animal welfare is to us, and the appropriate addresses are readily available on the internet.
The wording of these messages should be respectful but firm. Okay! Enough on that, but if you love animals, be proactive and let the world know how important it is to speak for those who can't speak for themselves.
Tonight's poem is new to all of us and was suggested by a friend of mom's at her book club. It was written by one of the volunteers at a rescue facility called Catkins.
There's a small and quite sweet ginger kitten,
found wandering afraid and alone.
He's one of just hundreds like him,
alone and without any home.

Some human just is not looking,
or caring to find where he's gone.
They go out and buy just a new one,
replaced like new toys just for fun.

Now cats they are treated as chattel,
They don't have a value you see.
If one gets let out too early,
they end up as strays, one, two, three.

Old cats that no one is after,
are thrown out like on refuse day.
People get tired of old rubbish,
don't care when they go astray.

Old cats have something to offer,
a dignity which humans have not.
They don't let you down like most people,
and they just put up with their lot.

When cats or when kittens go missing,
there aren't many people who care.
Some folks will ring in the rescue,
to see if they're handed in there.

If you have a cat, or a kitten,
it's yours for years yet to come.
It's your job to care and to love it,
not discard it or lose it like some.

The Country is crawling with kittens,
which people think are good fun,
they soon grow up and get boring,
and end up as strays like this one.

This kitten is called Mr Darcy,
he's safe and he's warm and he's kind.
And now he is living at Catkins,
until a new owner we find.

Please get your cat micro-chipped and neutered, and keep them in at night.
Love to you,
T

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08/17/2015 08:03.39 AM Report This Comment
Every love story ...
... is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.

kisses and hugs and cuddles and love, your adoring wife, Cherish.

.

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08/16/2015 10:01.09 PM Report This Comment
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