Hissenfitz and Floofenfurz

so today was Kitten Palooza day at High Tails Cat and Dog Outfitters, who graciously allowed me to use their room from noon until 2pm to host a meet and greet for the kittens.  we currently have 8 as JP and Kaydence were previously adopted.  Henri and Portia were adopted only to be returned because the adopters didn’t know and weren’t patient enuff to go thru the process to let their 1 yr old kitty aclimate to kittens in the home-isolated initially in a seperate bedroom at first.

we had a few applications and i hope for some adoptions in the coming week or two.  someone also didn’t get there in time and called to inquire as well and i sent pics to them tonight.  as you can tell, all of them have done some growing and i can honestly say that the Hissenfitz are finally healthy!  (Tate, Esme, Aubree and Zelda)

they were out earlier entertaining me while i was gettting their dinner ready and tidying up the nursery a bit.

and lemme tell ya, trying to get them to hold still for a picture, ….well only Tate made it easy!

Aubree with the intense eyes!!

Tate is just the most affectionate little guy and yet at the meet and greet today he hid!  so we now know he’s affectionate but shy!  i would call for him and he would come out but then duck back under if someone knew came into the room.  arrgh!  and he’s such a great little guy that i would like to see get adopted for sure!

Zelda was very playful and was popular due to her interesting markings and face!  this little girl really came out of her shell today!

Esme

Esme put the P-L-A-Y in play today!!  she went crazy for a feather wand teaser and played so hard she was literally panting!!  i didn’t know this girl had it in her!  dun let that fool ya tho, she is very affectionate as well!  was soo good to see her play so much after how sick she had been!  (ironically, she apparently didn’t want her pic taken tonight because she looked irritated in all of them, pretty much! LOL)

the Floofenfurz weren’t left at home.  they came along too!

Henri with the most unique and intense eyes i’ve seen!

when out of the nursery, Henri can be found trying to take over the keyboard at my computer! lol

can you say cheeze portia? lol

one potential adopter went nutz for Portia as this was the pic we used for the ad in the paper!  we’ll see if she gets a new home!  specially after being returned from the last adopter (who had no issues with the kittens just didn’t know how to aclimate kittens with their current kitty).

through all of today, Lacy managed to keep her cool and her cuteness!

Lacy was given the same intense eyes as her brother Henri.  she was the ultimate “diva” today.  never seen them start so young!

hi i’m Dash! aren’t i cute?

and after going thru several nicknames by me, this guy named himself: Dash!  as in he RUNS everywhere!  everything’s hurry hurry hurry!  he will slow down for play and affection tho.  but if he can get out of the nursery and hang with the rest of the PK gang, he will!!  (i think he’s attempting to make himself a permanent fixture here but i’m RESISTING! and so far doing well at it!)

all and all the meet and greet was good and we will be going back soon to do it again if need be.  if, by chance, you happen to pass thru the Glenwood Springs, Colorado area, check out High Tails Dog and Cat Outfitters.  it’s a very cool place and the owner Laurie knows lots of about nutrition too!  they are also organizing a Co-Op for pet owners to get more healthy locally made food direct from the local ranchers, which is pretty cool (in response to the way so many of today’s petfood brands are getting downgraded and filled with JUNK and YUK!)  You can find out more information about them here:  http://www.hightailsco-op.com/1401.html

we are ever so greatful they let us do kitten meet and greets there!

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Home At Last

Miss Pretty Kitty

it is with great joy that a i blog tonight.  you see, tonight is the night that Miss Pretty Kitty found her forever home!!

i had lady inquire about Brigid a couple of weeks ago and after talking to her, it seemed like a good home for little Brigid, but upon further investigation and some hesitation on the potential adopters part, the decision was made tonight to go with PK.  now don’t get me wrong, i desire a permanent home for Brigid as much as PK, but Brigid still needs more work as far as socialization and after having worked with previous cats that needed the same thing, this couple decided to also consider Miss PK, so I showed up at their door with both cats for them to meet.

the trial of getting Brigid into a crate and off to meet these potential adopters was no small feat.  it took 2 days, well actually 3, to manage to catch her and place her in a room where i could later find her in order to take her in the evening after work to a new potential new home for her.

Brigid is not fond of being held, much less pursued to be placed into a crate!

little Brigid

at the home of the adopters, she didn’t squeem as much as i thought she would, but she was very obviously  scared, and she could not be put down for fear that she would find a place to hide and we wouldn’t be able to retrieve her.  i understood the folks not wanting to take on another project, and had a sneaking suspicion that PK, being the opposite, just might be a good fit.

my suspcions were right on!  Miss PK sashayed out the crate and proceeded to check out the place!  she let the dogs approach her and didn’t even object to their sniffing!  it was like she knew she was finally home!  yes she was a bit nervous, but the she purred thru the whole introduction and charmed the pants right off of the couple just like she has everyone else!

if you remember, PK had very ruff beginnings.  you can find her story here https://planetkitty1.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=1324&action=edit.  it’s actually amazing that the little girl is alive surviving in the place that she had been abandoned in; a very ruff neighborhood in the “big city” up the road where cats and dogs were not only routinely abandoned, but tortured, killed, starved…the list went on.

and when she first came to live with me, it was obvious the poor little girl was numb.

Miss PK at the vet after picking her up. her fur was so matted that she had to be completely shaved where there weren’t matts, there were bald spots from the matts being completely pulled off.

it seemed that this beautiful kitty was completely numb, and i’m sure that going from the streets to me where she was groomed and then shaved and staying in a room in isolation for awhile was a shock.  for the first first days, she was in a sweater but managed to wiggle her way out of it, and when i put it on her, she looked at me like this was a new form of torture. it broke my heart!

Miss PK after being at Planet Kitty for 24. you can see the mess of her fur on her neck where there was a huge bald spot. i thought maybe i could trim her up but after closer inspection i realized that there was no way a pair of scissors would aid in reducing her matts

PK after her haircut

…with sweater and ohh that look on her face!

PK also had to learn how to play, and that eventually came with time, along with leaving behind the room she was isolated in and immersion in with the rest of the critters here at Planet Kitty.  she quickly went about letting everyone know she had boundaries, and then one evening, after cleaning off my old computer desk, the real kitten in her came out with the appearance of a back scratcher.  she chased and showed off what we would later discover was a diva underneath all that numbness!

i love the expression on her face here!

as her fur grew, so did Miss PK.  recent days would find her “lording” it over all the kitties when it came to dinner and “holding court” from the “throne” she took up high above all the rest of the cats in the garage.  it made me laugh!

needless to say, this was not the permanent home for her, and i knew that there was one just for her out there, and it came through today when Debbie and her husband adopted her.  unfortunately, i didn’t have a camera or my cell phone with me when i went over, so you will just have to take my word for it!

it’s moments like these that make the hard and frustrating work of rescue soo worth it!  tonight i will go to sleep with a smile in my heart, knowing that there is now one more kitty in the world that has a smile in their own heart too!  one that has most justly been earned by what all Miss PK has previously been thru!

here’s to a justly deserved happy life for such a pretty diva!!

we will never forget you Miss Pretty Kitty!!

Sleep

Merry

Merry has decided that a tiny little platform on the printer is a great place to sleep!

i wouldn’t think this comfortable.

switch!

apparently it wasn’t so she switched.

ahhh deep sleep.

but comfy?

shift….

that can’t be comfortable!

shhh!!

A 4th of July MIRACLE!!!

it wasn’t so long ago, just last friday to be exact, that i came from work -a TERRIBLE day at work alone- with my head hung very very low!

just that morning i had discovered that Tony, senior 15  year old Tony, had managed to force open the window in the room he’s in and get out.  I went into work half an hour late, searching for him thru out the neighborhood with no luck.  my heart was breaking and the worry over his current frail state and health, formost in my mind.  i arrived @ work mentally reassuring myself that he would be sitting on the front porch stoop when i got home.

the day got only worse!  first i was dealt a blow with a gentleman who called in threatening to put a bullet in his brain right before hanging up on me!!  he had mentioned that he was “out of gas in front of the post office” and i immediately put in a call to 911 of a potential suicide in outside the post office.  no one could be found and we had no idea who the gentleman was.  we attempted to “deduce” his identity from the past few week’s previous cases only to be left perplexed!  this on top of how my morning started, was just NOT what i needed!

and then the third blow, wanting to partake in some retail therapy over lunch, I checked the balance of my account only to find out that my incoming paycheck was  over $200 short!!!!  this is not good news when u do alot of animal rescue that is primarily funded out of your own pocket!  and as it turned out, the ill gotten garnishment was going to be in place for the next ten paychecks.  $723 coming out of this month’s payroll alone! (i am paid every other week and have 3 paychecks this month).

my weekend was spent in a deep fog of depression and i continued to wonder out and look for Tony in the neighborhood with no luck.  i was tormented over his well being in the heat we were having, and when i wasn’t tormented by thoughts of him, i was worried how i was going to feed everyone else in the house.

manditory upkeep for everyone kept me from hiding in bed.  by monday, i was headed back to work accepting that Tony was most likely already dead but that at least, with the help of an attorney friend who’d i’d contacted the previous weekend, that perhaps the garnishment could be turned around.

Tony crashing after his “misadventures” in the colorado outdoors!

a hot Tuesday arrived, and i decided to go out late when it was cool that night and put out some more flyers on Tony around the neighborhood.  i was oh so quietly placing one under the windshield wiper of a neighbor on the next street over- that I had previously spoken about Tony- when I realized that she was sitting on her deck watching me!  I apologized and she asked if the flyer was about my missing kitty.  she asked if he had some tabby markings and i replied yes and she asked to see the flyer and said that she had seen him hanging out periodically on her front porch, but that she didn’t know where i lived or how to reach me and was so glad that she had run into me now!

she had put out water for him and wet food, but being finicky-and probably the ONLY cat that doesn’t like wet food-her attempts to nourish him were unsuccessful.  she said that he had been spotted laying behind the junipers in the sun against the porch as well as detected under the porch-which was wooden- by her own cat, and seemed to have even taken up residence under there for mostpart of the day at times.  a cppl of the mornings, he even was found lying on the porch in the far corner in the sun, but quickly made a get away when he saw her.

needless to say, i was elated!!  periodically thru the night i snuck back over to softly call for Tony and look for him (not being able to sleep)-well as well as could be done in the night with a street lamp that went on and off regularly :S -without wanting to disturb anyone. as the sun began to rise, i passed out and woke up again at 11 am, this time i took my car!! lol  i arrived and called for Tony.  i heard a faint meow.  could it be or was that my imagination and sleep deprivation playing tricks on me?? i went to the side of the deck where i could peer under to see if there was a cat and low and behold there was!  i called his name and he made his way over to me! i was so frickin deleriously happy!!  i had Tony in my arms.  safe!!  i somehow managed to keep him in my arms, climb into my car, and drive us both back to the house-not before making sure all the windows were closed incase he got out of my arms.

he stayed motionless while i drove.  i could tell he was skinny and definitely disoriented.  he softly meowed continuously and hid his head in the crook of my arm.  i was so frickin happy to see him!!  i hugged him as i got out of the car and i knew he must be pretty out of it to let me do that!

inside the house we went! food and water were placed before him, along with making sure that the window was securly closed!  he rubbed against and purred!  pets and scratches ensued and then he curled up and was completely OUT!  i meanwhile, went to the store and got him a fan-honeywell no less- to keep him cool in his sanctuary.  upon return, with fan in arm, he was still crashed and i began to think about his adventure, or nightmare, depending on your point of view.

settling in, about to crash…

the Colorado wilds are not a good place to be for a young cat, much less a senior like Tony.  my house might be located in town, but we commonly get skunks, racoons, deer, coyotes and even an occasional mountain lion spotted in the area.  he may have been in the neighborhood, but he was prime pickings for any of those critters!  it’s no wonder he took up sanctuary under the neighbor’s porch!!  it at least offered some protection at night!  it was also very doubtful that Tony was able to get much in the way of rest, always having to be on guard to keep from becoming another critter’s potential dinner!  and when he did venture out, the available “catch” for dinner was most certainly limited in our neck of the woods what with the heat and drought!  it’s no wonder he crashed for so long when he returned home!

3..

2…1…

down for the count!

he did eat a few kibble and a bit of water, but it was apparent that Tony needed rest and so I left him alone!

come this morning, he was at the door waiting for me to visit him, and ok…i did get up once in the middle of the night to check on him too!  i had too!  just to make sure really was there and was ok.  the middle of the night check also confirmed he had eaten more too.

i came home tonight to have him greet me at the door again, purrs, rubs and head bumps ensued and i was in heaven!  he even ate for me while i was present!!  bless u jesus! lol

Tony eating. YEAH!!

sorry for the blurry pictures.  i usually try to do a much MUCH better job when it comes to pics but i figured that it was more important overall to be able to see him eating than perfectly visual clarity! LOL

nom nom nom…

oh it’s such a joy to have him here, and i can honestly say now, that i think Tony realizes he is home!  (not to mention how much he now feels like he’s my kitty!)

i’m so happy!

**(oh the paycheck garnish thing?  well it won’t be resolved overnight and will take awhile,-it’s going to be really tight for awhile- but i think things will “be going my way” where that’s concerned, by the end of the month or sooner!  phew!!!!)