Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Cole: Over the Rainbow Bridge


Cole at Cat Care

Some of you might remember this awesome mancat from my posts many years ago. I met Cole (formerly Coltrane) and Cash (formerly Crash) at Cat Care Society in 2013. I fell in love with the pair immediately! Cole looked a lot like Lita, and I understood and connected with Cash in a way most of the shelter staff didn't. 

Cole endeared everyone to him. I don't know any shelter employee or volunteer who didn't love Cole as much as I did. He was such a sweet and gentle mancat. 

I was spending a lot of time with Jewel in the vet clinic that used to be in the basement of Cat Care's building. After every visit, I'd have to wait for paratransit to show up and take us home, so I'd go up to the shelter and visit the adoptable cats. At least twice a month, I'd go upstairs, find Cole, and if he wasn't with Cash already, I'd pick him up and take him to wherever Cash was. I'd hug Cole and pet Cash and talk to them. Most of the time, Cole smelled nice, as he'd absorb the perfume everyone wore when they carried him around all day. 

I wanted to take Cole and Cash home so much, but my situation simply didn't allow for it. I knew these best friends were a pair of incredibly special mancats. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Thankful Thursday: Update on Mama's Health



Hi everybody, it's mes, Giovanni!

Maybe you remember this post where mes told you about Mama's tummy issues and foot and asked for purrs and prayers for her? 

Well, hers foot is pretty much back to normal finally! 

AND the doctors think they figured out what be wrong with Mama's tummy! It seems to have been a two-fold problem, Mama told me. The severe heartburn hers was having was actually being caused by the prednisone hers was taking. Hers switched back to hydrocortisone (yes, it comes in a pill!), and about a week later, hers heartburn was nearly gone! Hers is very happy to not have heartburn everyday nows!! 

Mama also tested positive for something called Helicobacter pylori (H pylor). Many humans have this bacteria in their tummies and never know it because it doesn't usually cause symptoms. Mama is just one of the lucky ones, MOL. That is what caused Mama's tummy ulcer. 

Hers is now on a bunch of antibiotics and acid reducers for de next two weeks. One of de antibiotics they has hers on makes her feel bad, so hers hopes the two weeks go fast. After de meds, they wait for two months and then test Mama again. Sometimes de infection requires multiple rounds of treatment. Mama hopes she gets lucky and it will all be gone after one round!

In any case, we is quite thankful that Mama has a good doctor who listens to hers and investigates when there be a problem. 

Mes and Tylan has been giving hers purr therapy. We is sure hers will be back to new soon.

What do you be thankful for today?

We is joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Thankful Thursday

Monday, June 10, 2024

Happy Gotcha Day, Giovanni!


Today is Giovanni's FIRST GOTCHA DAY! Can you all believe it? I sure can't! 

When I met Giovanni, he was a tiny 10-week-old kitten and weighed just 2.4 pounds. I could pick him up with one hand. 

Before Carmine left for the Rainbow Bridge, I swore up and down that I wasn't going to get a kitten. Adult kitties have much more trouble finding loving forever homes. I'd get an adult, that's what I was going to do. 

And then.....I went on PetFinder and searched for orange kitties in my area and ran across the most adorable kittens. I couldn't resist. It wasn't going to hurt to go and meet the kittens, right? 

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Remembering Carmine on His Angelversary

Carmine left us a year ago today.

It feels like it's been 10 years to me. 

Carmine collage
February 18, 2005–May 26, 2023

There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Carmine and wish he were still here. 

I love you and miss you more than words can ever express, Carmine. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Thank You on Thankful Thursday

Today is Thankful Thursday, and we are joining the Thankful Thursday blog hopThankful Thursday blog hop at Brian's Home - Forever. 

rPurrs and prayers
Graphic by Ann of Zoolatry.

Today, I am so very thankful to all of you in the pet-loving community. You might have seen this post earlier this week where Giovanni asked for a few purrs for me due to my injured foot and (possible/likely) bleeding ulcer in my tummy. He and I could not imagine the outpouring of love and support I would receive!

The pawesome and wonderful Ann of Zoolatry got right to work and put this purrs and prayers badge together for me, and Terry from Brian's Home - Forever made sure it was posted to The Cat Blogosphere. Both are fellow members of the most fantastic Cat Blogosphere team. I had no idea there was a badge or a purrs and prayers post until I logged on to work on my Saturdays with Sierra post! 

I am blown away at all the love, purrs, prayers, support, and well wishes you all left for me. I know that what I am facing is small, comparatively speaking, but I have been feeling rather alone and isolated in it. My closest friends live many, many miles away, and I have few local friends. My family also lives halfway across the country. 

I know that it will all be okay in the end, but the endoscopy I'm having on Friday makes me a little nervous (what else will they find wrong in there?!). I just hope we get the answers we need and that whatever they find can be treated without surgical intervention. 

So anyway, THANK YOU for all of the love you've shown me. I don't feel quite as alone now. It is truly wonderful how everyone comes together to support one another in tough times in the pet community. I feel blessed to have so many pawesome people rooting for me!

Thankful Thursday blog hop