Diana Ketcham, In Memorium

i usually refrain from using capital letters on this blog, and save it only for the names of the animals that i write about because they are what matters most.  i also usually only write about animals, cats especially, not humans, unless it’s about humans in general and things they are doing wrong where animals are concerned.

well there’s a first time for everything, and today i felt compelled to write something about fellow animal rescuer and animal advocate, Diana Ketcham.

Diana Ketcham, June 25th, from her facebook page.

Diana Ketcham, June 25th, from her facebook page.

i never personally knew Diana, just knew that she was very passionate about cats and animals and that they were her life.  i never even knew she was married until the world lost her.  her husband’s name is Max.

the things that i did know about Diana:

1. She was a very very strong woman who completely devoted Herself to saving cats.  nothing, not even a fire could keep Her from fulfilling a role, a path that She was meant to be on.

2.  She lived in Arkansas.

3.  not only did She rescue cats, but She advocated for them, and spoke Her mind.

4.  She felt the loss of each and everyone of those kitties who’s life She touched when they passed on to the rainbow bridge.

5.  She was a beautiful person  (just look at the pic above).

6. She probably took more pictures of cats then of Herself; Her facebook page is covered with them.

7. i just bet She remembered and could tell you the name of every single cat that passed thru Her life; Her doors.

8. She was a true warrior.

it is so very sad when a true, passionate, and compassionate animal advocate, rescuer, or warrior as i prefer, passes from this world onto the next.  it means one of us is down.  we are one warrior less in the rank of file of the few of us that goes to battle daily when we get up and get out of our beds.

but for some reason, the loss of Diana makes me even sadder.  i literally feel it in my bones, and i know i am grieving.  altho She was a fellow warrior, She was also something very special.  the kindness in Her eyes, touched me deeply and i feel that the world is so much a very changed placed with Her gone.  the few interactions i had with Her on facebook, sharing kitties, learning of Her daily trials and tribulations, now in reflection will very much be missed.  She touched me personally, and the loss of Her means that the world is forever changed to me  and can’t go back to what it was.

don’t ask me what this means, what the world was and now will be.  i have no idea.  i only know it is forever changed.

the loss of this one special warrior, is something that i literally feel.  the space is void where this warrior once stood.  and what is left is a great sadness.  sadness for so many.  i literally feel “one man down”.  obviously in this case, it should be one woman down.

to me this exemplifies just how strong of a presence She had in this world, with cats, and with so many us.

Diana will be so greatly missed, and i know that i am a better person for having known Her.  Bless her soul, and may She know nothing but happiness and be surrounded by so many of those kitties souls She saved and put to rest while she was here.

in the months that come, i know that the ranks of warriors will eventually shift, and the void now left by Diana will be filled by other warrior rescuers out there.  we will step into line, reorganize, and go back to our daily routines along with our mission of helping that next suffering, in need animal that crosses our path; educating that one person who just doesn’t “get it”; savoring the moment when that one special creature has found a permanent loving new home.

may Diana’s spirit reach out and touch us all, and may we all become just a little bit stronger for having known Her as we continue on our own warrior journeys.  i know i am.

The Christmas Bling Sale to Help the Kitties

i just wanted to drop a quick post to let you all know that there is a serious nature behind the Xmas Bling Sale over at the Planet.  this sale is to help two kitties in need.

Willow who was not happy when I came into her room to vacuum and clean a bit.

Willow who was not happy when I came into her room to vacuum and clean a bit.

the first is Willow who is the little feral kitty i took in back at the beginning of Oct. when i moved into the new place.  while i’ve been networking her to try and find a rescue that’ll take her in, i have continued to feed her and work with her on trying to do some socialization.  the thing is tho, Willow really needs some vetting.  despite being fed on a regular basis, she still looks pretty ruff.  her fur doesn’t look as if she’s grooming it, and i’m a bit concerned because she doesn’t seem to be putting on any weight, like i had hoped she would once out of the wild.

she desperately needs to be vetted; and what i mean is seen by a vet with a full check up, including shots, and also FELV FIV testing as well as being spayed.

as you can see by the expression on her face in the above picture, we have a ways to go with socialization.  i had hoped by now to have her into a rescue that can work with her more aggressively, but until that can happen she needs vetting and continued care and work.

Willow huddles in her crate, scared of the vaccum.  i have left the crate in the room as it gives her security.

Willow huddles in her crate, scared of the vaccum. i have left the crate in the room as it gives her security.

the second kitty in need, is Ashley.  she has severe stomatitis, making it very difficult to eat.  she’s on a diet of wet food, but the final diagnosis is that all of her teeth need pulling.  on top of this, she also has chronic respiratory problems, and it’s been determined that the removal of her teeth, with all the infections in her mouth, would lead to a boost in her immune system and a return to a much more healthier state.

i now have a vet who would charge what i consider a reasonable fee-everyone else like up around a $1000 and mine gave an estimate of about $400-and so i think it’s do-able.  it would also greatly ease Ashley’s suffering.  it’s heartbreaking to see her. she’s underweight, the bad breathe, and she won’t let you come anywhere near her mouth without a wicked response of her very sharp claws.  not that I can blame her.  my understanding is that stomatitis is one of the most painful problems for cats ever.

Ashley

Ashley

so when you take a look at the Kitty Bling Christmas Sale on your facebook page, please know that you are helping to very special kitties that NEED your help!  we can’t do it with out you!  you can find our sale here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.693489660682196.1073741827.131676606863507&type=1

all prices include shipping in the USA, and nothing is over $20!!  if you already have your xmas shipping done and LOVE kitties, then go ahead and treat yourself!!  we won’t tell!

most importantly tho, thank you, and have a great turkey day and holidays!

if you look closely in this pic, you can see some of the crusting on Ashley's mouth.  this occurs due to her drooling and limited ability to clean herself due to the pain and discomfort of her mouth.

if you look closely in this pic, you can see some of the crusting on Ashley’s mouth. this occurs due to her drooling and limited ability to clean herself due to the pain and discomfort of her mouth.