January 16th 2014 9:42 pm
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Your welcome to come to facebook and friend me Annie Spokescat
There are lots of Catster kitties there. It's different but a way to communicate with each other and share our stories. You can message your friends in private. Make private groups. I have met a lot of nice people here and I felt this day would come. Now we all need to get all the information we have placed here into another spot to keep. My diary entries are a lot of history. The worse will be all my mail I have kept over the years from everyone. I know I can't take all of it with me but that is a real sad part of this sad news. If anyone would like to send me your e-mails for contacts please pawmail me.
I have met the best people here and have developed personal long friendships. I have traveled and met people in many different parts of the U.S.A. and don't want to loose that.
Love you guys. And Oh Yeah!!! Winkie, Winkie.
December 20th 2013 8:18 pm
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We have been very busy trying to chew the lights, ribbon and help Girl Human in every way we can to decorate for the Holidays. Meshia threw up on the back of the couch and it added a little glow to the room. Sweeny decorated the rug in the living room with three wonderful presents for Girl Human but, Sophia did the most decorating of all. She being the oldest has a lot more experience then the rest of us.
We did all that within a half hour after Girl Human got up the other morning. We had it all done even before she got her morning coffee. Now I, Annie waited until she a least got her first bite of breakfast before I left a nice big pile of hardly chewed food for her. For some reason, I guess it was because she had not had her coffee, she was not too impressed with any of it.
She has been working making money for our new furs Mickie and Mica's surgery and shots. She asked for money this year from her family for her Birthday so she could get all the money needed. I hear that they have no idea what kind of surprise Girl Human has in store for them. I myself do not believe they will be any more excited then Girl Human was about all we left her to enjoy.
We have no big tree to climb this year as the Humans decided to put up a little baby tree instead. That's not much fun when it comes to climbing. So we all have decided to invent better surprises for them.
Well all of us here at the Sanctuary want to wish you the very best Catster Christmas. And furs!!! Best get to getting some of that cute curly ribbon to wrap those gifts you leave about for your Humans. Times a passing fast and you got to get those gifts hidden well under the tree so they don't find them until Christmas day. And no chewing the lights as Humans for some reason get mad. Merry Christmas furrrends and have a safe one too.
November 27th 2013 9:08 pm
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I know I will never get to send everyone a personal Happy Thanksgiving. I had to write this entry to wish everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday.
It has been a very busy year for the Junction and we have had a lot of ups and downs. We are so very Thankful for all our Catster furrends and are so glad to know each and every one of you.
Time just seems to slip away and this year has flown by too too fast for us. We truly are very thankful for all that everyone has done for us this year.
We had a hard beginning loosing our Sweet kitties, Blue, Decker, Peaches and Muffin. We have acquired two newbies Mickey and Mica that are now 15 weeks old. We just passed a 2 year date on Nov.14th that our sweet Mr.Z left us.
Girl Human has been busy this summer becoming a code 3 responder thru the University of Colorado, fostering from an over crowded no kill shelter and starting up a very popular and time consuming facebook page called "Virginia Cat Search". We have over 568 kitties reunited since last March. The Junction building was very little this year, due to funding. Since the understandable cute back of everyone purse strings and we are sure many will be having a smaller Christmas season like we are. We do hope that you our friends, have an enjoyable Thanksgiving and travel so very safely please there are a lot of crazy Humans out there. Thanks for stopping in and reading our entry.
October 17th 2013 10:06 pm
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I know guys, Girl Human has not been to Catster friendly for a while. Well OK for months. She has had a very busy Summer. It ended with fostering some very sick babies who lost their Mommy at one week of age. There were six to start. She got 4 of them as, 2 died at the kill shelter before she heard of their plight.
The first problem was the shelter girl gave Girl Human the wrong milk. Girl Human gave 2 feedings 2 hours apart and an hour after the second feeding they all were in very serious trouble. All were limp as rags and hardly breathing.
She went to Male Human crying she had killed them. They both worked on reviving them until 3 a.m.. Girl Human returned at 6 a.m. and one had gone to Rainbow Bridge. She now had 3 kittens who seemed to go into a crash mode. They repeated this, at the blink of the eye for several days. The one little Girl had one eye and seemed to be doing well by week 3. Purring, playing and eating well. On her 31st morning Girl Human spent 12 hours holding her until she died. What a heart break, Girl Human had already decided she was going to stay due to her special problem of one eye. She knew she would be destroyed and never adopted.
The shelter required the body of the first one to be returned and with this little girl they let her be buried here at the Junction.
She was named Little Princes the day she was buried. Girl Human was heart broken as she had brought her so far and she had been doing so well.
A few days later Mica crashed. She found him limp and not breathing. Girl Human shook and yelled at him telling him he could not leave. His brother needed him. He did not want to be left alone. Several days he would sink and rise again until he finally stabilized. Then got fat and started eating everything in sight (and still does to this day). For weeks on end Girl Human would get up every 3 hours and feed them 24/7 without a break. Male Human was afraid to touch them. They seemed so delicate and he did not want to get attached as he knew they would have to return to the shelter.
Girl Human's heart weakened to the point that she knew after all the sleepless nights and tears she shed they, just may be staying.
She went to the shelter to get some supplies and while she was there another foster lady came in. She had lost 5 of the 8 adult cats she was caring for. The vet said they had a virus. It was very likely she was going to loose the others also. Right then Girl Human knew no matter what her two remaining charges were not coming back to a kill shelter. It is high season and the chance of a virus spreading and causing all the cats in the shelter to be put down was very high. This is a animal control dumping ground and everything has problems in Aug and Sept.
I was to return them at 8 to 9 weeks of age. Time was getting closer as they were 6 1/2 weeks and growing fast. So right then she made the decision. Take them into Calico Junction.
This is not a good time for that as she still is not working and it's not been easy. Her heart could not allow it. So they are now happy and full of fun and energy and fitting in very well with Bennie in the House of Scarlet.
Stasha is OK with them but, stays some of the nights in the partly finished, House of Blues. We did a make-shift job so the guys would move in. Taking advantage of the nice porch and run on the nice summer nights we have had this year.
Kitty Cye has totally moved into the House of Blues. She does not like the new noise makers. Polly moved to the House of Decker and is very happy. Some nights she will go in the House of Blues and enjoy the outdoors behind wire protection. so it's been musical house movement the last month.
Sophia(main house Sr. kitty) has had a very rough summer. She has been to the vet about every two weeks. She seems OK right now she was just there last weekend.
They still can't find out her problem. Girl Human took it upon herself to do a drastic thing and stopped all her medications. She placed her on less canned food and more dry food. She's giving her Gin-ca Balboa in treat form, that she loves. It just may be old age aches that is causing most of her problems. She seems to be doing really well the last few days and even has been jumping up in Girl Humans chair and sleeping. This is something she has not been able to do for 5 years or more. This just may be temporary but we will just do, one day at a time.
I'm sorry I have been so lax in sending thank you's to those who have sending gifts here on Catster. We do so much enjoy knowing that you guys have not forgotten us. We sure have not forgotten you.
Now that the kittens are getting older the summer volunteer time slows maybe we will be able to be here more.
To see our new guys go to Bennie's page and check out the photos I posted tonight.
I will try to get Girl Human to get in the Catster swing now but know she will be gearing up for the ebay selling for Christmas buyers. Thanks for reading my long story and hope to hear from you guys soon. Good night and**** Winkie, Winkie!!!!
September 1st 2013 2:57 pm
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Sorry guys we have been away from you so long. Girl Human has been super busy this summer with on thing after another. The first thing she noted with Catster is, nothings changed. She still has no pictures of kitties on her pages and she can't see you guys either. She paid her dues on an auto payment plan and still without photos.
I sure hope you guys are having a wonderful summer. Are you getting in gear for the Fall. I can't believe it September. Since I'm unable to see your updates I am way out of the Catster circle. My Diary still works that the only way to keep in contact. No excuses I know.
To my utter dislike Girl Human has been fostering kittens from a kill shelter. She had 4 but 2 died and the other two are growing leaps and bounds. They say at the shelter they are 5 weeks old. There is no way they are anything more then 4 weeks. Daughter Human saw them this weekend for the first time and said they are 4 weeks also. Their learning abilities are at a 4 week level.
We were so hoping that the third little kitten would make it. She only had one eye and we had already had her eyed up to stay with us. Girl Human keeps saying we can't afford them and I'm glad.
They are taking to much of her time away from me. I'm a little mad at her and have been punishing her. I smell those baby smells on her clothes and just go off and sleep in another room. She still does not pay enough attention to me. She goes away every few hours and gets up in the middle of the night. I know she's playing with them and not petting me.
All the Humans talk about is those little things. Girl Human hopes she can get them adopted before she has to take them back. I sure hope so because I know she will cry her eyes out if they must return to that over crowded loud kill place. She's going to keep them as long as possible. Enough about those pests, I say.
Sophia has been another time consumer here too. She has been sick for months and demands a lot of attention from Girl Human too. She has a lot of issues going on at once since she is 17 now. Her hair is a big knot feast. The Vet cut off the worst of it but did not want to cause her a heart attack so just did her bum and back legs. Each day Girl Human cuts out a few more knots and the next day twice as many are back. She brushes her until she says enough. She shoves pills down her a few times a day too.
Sophia is not happy with any of us being around her. She has made my brother Pooh Bear revert back to his old habits of marking things. He was doing so well and now he's back in his bedroom with Meshia visiting him every day. He does not understand why he can't come out and spray the oriental hutch in the dinning room. Girl Human had to do battle with the carpets and it was a long process but she thinks she won once more.
We have had a lot of neighbors go to Rainbow Bridge this summer. One did not wear his seat belt and was thrown from the car and died instantly. Another who's husband died a few years back died this week. A close friend of Male Human passed this week also. All summer the Humans have had to attend weddings and funerals.
Grandma Human is back to her old self after a near death experience in the Spring. She was a little slower at recovery due to age but she wants Girl Human to take her places again. She finally decided that electric wheel chairs the stores provide are fun. Last year it was a fight to get her to use one. Now Girl Human has to keep pace with "a wild Mama" in the grocery store plus watch out for possible injuries of herself, Grandma Human and the other people shopping and working in the store. She is a real danger to all. Thank God for the beep beep horn when she backs up or, Girl Human may have a crutch of her very own.
The other time consuming thing Girl Human is into is a page she started on Facebook a while back and now it is really taking off. It's called Virginia Cat Search. She is connected to most all shelters, Vets, pet stores, Rescues and some pet related sites throughout Virginia.
She post Lost/Found and Adoptable pets from Rescues and Shelters plus daily news of cat related happenings about the state. She hopes that there will one day be a Cat Search page from each state on Facebook. She invites anyone to stop in and see how it works and maybe developing one themselves. If you get 4 or so to help it will make it much easier to handle and update. For Example start a New York Cat Search, New Mexico Cat Search yes that's it guys. I will warn you it is time consuming in the beginning and then you can pretty well work a few hours each day posting new information once set up.
Well Casters I didn't want you to think we had forgotten you guys. Just been doing a lot of things. Girl Human works harder now then she did when she worked and gets no money for any of it. What is good it's for the cats and that's what counts. Winkie Winkie to all.
August 26th 2013 7:21 am
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Yes Yes Yes it sure have been a while since my Human has been writing an entry. We do love you guys and we think of you often but the summer just seems to be slipping away.
We must give a tribute to our dear Catster furrrend Homer.
I'm so very sorry for the loss of the blind kitty super star. He went to the bridge Wed. 21, 2013 . Homer sure left a wonderful legacy, thanks to you Gwen Cooper. Giving insight of the life of a blind cat is helping many special need kitties. You gave a perspective to so many and has opened doors to those who would have been passed over. So very sorry his time had to come so soon. They are such a wonderful joy to every life they touch. You were so fortunate to have been chosen to be his eyes. God bless you Gwen and family. From all of use here at Calico Junction Sanctuary, Virginia Cat Search and your very dear fur friend Annie Spokescat and all the Humans, we will miss your smiling face. We are so glad your story will live on in your books to inspire so many more.
July 21st 2013 1:54 pm
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A little over two years ago our fur sister Scarlet left for the Bridge. Today would have been her 18th Birthday. We all remember her crazy little smile and all those she made laugh while she was here with us at Calico Junction Sanctuary.
We give one huge Birthday wave to our little clown. We know the Bridge is so much better off with her presents. The parties will be many and with good reason. There was never a Human or a fur who ever met our funny girl and did not like her. So Rainbow Bridge, I'm sure your having a super fantastic day with our little beautiful clown Sweet Scarlet.
Happy Birthday sweetheart, Happy Birthday.
July 19th 2013 7:09 am
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Sophia in quarantine here at the Junction. No charges to pay. All they do is check back in 10 days. But in the mean time she can't receive pets or love from the visitors or suppose to be in contact with other animals. I can love on her. Since she has her shots they allow it. If she had no shots that would be another story. If she ever bites again, They destroy her but, not without a fight from us and a lawyer. THIS IS HY YOU NEED TO KEEP THOSE RABIES SHOTS UP TO DATE. You never know how your cat will express itself. If your kitty bites the vet when she's hurting and he seek medical attention, your pet is labeled for life. If a Human bit the Dr. it would be written off as extreme pain and they would not be quarantined for possible rabies . That's sad as it's not an attack, it's a defense. I have dealt with cats all my life, all kinds. We have never had to do this. If she had bit me instead it would be OK. We are a high risk state for rabies so that's how the laws have been written, without thought, just written.
July 18th 2013 7:31 pm
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What a week we had. Sophia went to the vet because she had been having potty issues. She received flying color blood work. A clean scan and a check with a scope and nothing bad was found.
On the first visit the Vet did not want to put her under anesthetic because of her heart condition. So the poor dear had to endure the Vet trying to remove a very large hard poo from her bottom. Sorry for the detail but, we are cat people and I have to tell you so you understand the rest of the story.
I was holding Sophia. She was hissing and in real pain. Now at this point, I wondered how this was going to be a better approach then putting her under. In the process Sophia bit the Vet real hard in the finger showing him her total objection to this procedure.
The bit was bad and the poor guy's face turned red as a beet. No bad words but, he did need to leave the room. When he returned he was bleeding pretty bad. I got to see just a flash of the wound. It looked deep. Knowing the real power a cat's jaws, I knew he was in pain. His finger turned purple. I mean real purple.
This Happened last Friday. He was having a real problem with the finger so he went to the Emergency Clinic. He explained he was a vet. He had to give them my name, phone, cat's name the whole deal. They of course reported it to the Health Department. The health department call the vets office to check on her shot history. They of course told them we keep all our guys up to date and we are there a lot.
Now, Sophia is a total indoor cat. Never been out in her life. The Vet has his Rabies inoculations up to date. Sophia had all her shots up to date.
All the vet wanted was some antibiotics from the clinic..
Today, almost a week later, I receive a call from the Health Dept.. The report was turned in buy the emergency clinic a week later. .
The man on the phone did not have a clue that this was a vet who had his finger bit by his patient.
I told the man the vet had his finger up Sophia's bum. She had had enough. He said, he would have done the same thing himself. But since it was reported he had to go through the whole process.
Now, our sweet Sophia is in a 10 day quarantine. What really bites (pardon the pun) is it has already been 7 days since the bite happened. The worst part of the whole ordeal ??? When the vet went to the clinic the Dr. asked him if he put the cat down for biting him. Now, come on. Why was that even said??? Since when is it cat suppose to be destroyed because she objected??? What a heartless comment.
Sophia is the easiest, gentle gal we have. She would hurt a fly. After 3 visits we are $600 broker. The Vet, I'm sure is broker too. We now have a kitty who would not hurt a fly in quarantine. Quarantined week longer then needed since the clinic waited a full week. The good part of this story??? The vet said while Sophia was under, her heartbeat was 100% purrfect.
June 25th 2013 9:35 am
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We have 2 new Catsters from Down Under who need a good Catster welcome. Stop in and visit Tommy and Laura from Sydney Warm Sittingroom, Nsw, Australia