February 18th 2013 2:32 pm
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Hello furs and folks,
I apologize for the lengthy absence. I wanted to let you all know why-
1) I have a bad allergy that has been bothering me. Vet says its ringworm, but I appear to also be allergie to something. Mom's been giving me some medicine orally the vet prescribed, but we will be going to Big Vet this week on Daddys day off, because I look awful!!! Mommy knows I have an allergy to something becuase my ear tips get very red and my ears are scabby and I itch and itch. She has been giving me a cat antihistimine to help with the itching, but it's been bothering me jsut the same. She even stopped the cortisone cream she got for me becuase I had a reaction to that. Mom's thinkign this is my FIV related immune system reacting to something.
That said, I want to wish a belated Happy Valenines day to my girl cats out there-specially Ingen...and Miss Kaci Sunshine. I miss you Kaci....
The other thing is Mommy has been having a very bad time at work. They 'wrote her up' 3 weeks ago over nothing-and Mommy has been being harassed. She has a very short time left with grad school-only 8 weeks left of internship and til end of August for her classes. She interviewed this week for another job, that she is going to see if they will work with her to complete internship hours....but at this point, she is just hanging on and has been not feeling well from the stress.
Natalie is holding her own, and our 3 amigos, CK, Midnight and Calvin are being their clownish selves.
Mommy loves watching them!
I want to reach out to all of you and say 'thank you for being my friend'.
When things get rough...well, there is a reason my name is Orange Ruffy'.
love and light to all of you....
purrs and loves,
February 23rd 2013 6:57 pm
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Today was not a good day.
I got taken to Little Vet.
Daddy got the news-yes, it is Ringworm I have, as well as a bacterial infection from scratching.
I had to be shaved down, completely. I have lesions all over. Little Vet said that I had one of the worst cases ever seen. This upset Mommy. She asked how it happened, did I get it from Paws, or who? Little Vet said that I could have gotten it anywhere. All the others have to be watched, too, now. Smokie has a spot...he may also have to get medicine.
I was shaved completely down, because Little Vet said it would be better. And when she did, they found lots of boo boo ringworm spots, everywhere.
Then I had to have a special bath.
Next week I get lyme sulfur dipped.
I am not looking forward to it.
I am a sorry sight.
Little Vet said that I was one of the sorriest looking cats she'd ever seen.
Mommy said 'oh Ruffy, you don't get things often, but when you do, you really get the full Monty.
And I am doing my impression of the Full Monty now-as you can see.
I'm still itchy, but getting medicine, I got a shot for the bacterial infection, and have to go back next week...for some sort of dip. And I'm guessing it won't be a tasty ranch dip, either.
my lovely coat.....all a memory.
love and light, despite it,
March 14th 2013 11:32 am
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Hi Furs and Folks!
Burrrr!!! It's chilly for a guy with a fuzzy coat!
However, I'm getting better-itchy but better. Sorry we've been scarce, but Mom's been under stress, and had so little time to be able to be my secretary, let along the old grum....er, Natalies as well.
Mom was called into her Supervisor's office on Tuesday and 'let go'. She had been there 7 years. It hurt Mom, yesterday she was ill and couldn't do much. I sat on her alot and comforted her. She felt bad, but she knows, as I do, that it was much better for her.
Mom is a Substance Abuse Counselor and she worked at a Foster Care Agency. She truly liked helping people, and did her best. She's a really kind being for a human, and I'm no so sure she or dad really are human-maybe just funny looking cats. Mom was given a bad evaluation, and after 7 years she never had a bad evaluation. Dad thinks they are giving people who have been there awhile the boot because they are trying to save on benefits....they cut moms the day after she left. Dad and Mom's sister are looking into this for her.
But you know what? You know what? IT IS SO NICE TO HAVE MOM HERE ALL DAY WITH US!!!! I mean, she has school and all, but she IS HOME WITH US NOW FOR AWHILE!!! YAY!!!!
I'm happy, too, because now Mom can relax and just be-they were being very mean. I told Mom that lots of Catster Mommies and Daddies have had this happen, and Mom's a smart Mom, and going to be just fine. She already filed for unemployment and is doing homework, so she's doing a bit better today.
As for me....I'm getting better by the day. Enjoying a nice warm bed with a comforter on it with the rest of the Clowder, having lovely meals, and getting special baths by my Admirer Rachel at the Vet once a week. I don't much like the baths, but I like Rachel, so it could be worse, and it's actually nice to have someone make much of me, as you well know.
Dad says that when he sees me with my short fuzzy coat, he Knows I have lived with him in a lifetime many years ago, and now I look as I did then...all I need is an Ankh around my neck. Mom says that I am looking happier by the day, and handsome, though I miss my warm fur.
I wish all of you wonderful days ahead....do any of you and your folks...do you or your folks have dreams and memories of you together in another time?
I wish you all warm and sunny days ahead...it's great...yes, great....to be back.
love and light,
Yours-with coat or without,
March 17th 2013 5:29 am
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Another bath and dip down. I have stolen Natalie's bed, and am in it, staying warm. She is in her spot at the middle of the bed, though she resents me being here.
Today, on St. Paddy's day, I wanted to write about Hazel Lucy.
Yesterday was her Bridge Anniversary.
Some of you remember HL. Some of you newbies may not. To tell it in a Nutshell:
Hazel Lucy was/is a remarkable cat.
Hazel Lucy is the Patron Saint of All of us who have 'Come In From The Cold'.
When she met her mom, Julie, she was a bedraggled, gravely ill, starving and injured cat. Distrustful, fearful, and perhaps mistreated, she was an abandoned throwaway, who had been outside, trying to fend for herself. She was not feral-if she had been, perhaps she would have been able to cope....for ferals lead tough lives.
Hazel Lucy was not such a cat. She was a soft, gentle cat, who was guided by a star to a mom who saw a small spirit with wide open fields of wonder and magick behind those fearful eyes. Julie managed to, with trust and love, bring Hazel Lucy in from the Cold. She loved on her, and healed her, working with natural remedies and a wonderful vet.
With time, Hazel Lucy's outside wounds began to heal. Her inner strength came through. She began, cautious step by step, to trust and find her way into the hearts of all who knew her.
And Hazel Lucy made Catster what it is today.
Hazel Lucy founded the Purr list. Hazel Lucy, as she was helped, helped others. When a cat Mom went to the bridge, and her furs were bought to a pound and 2 lost, Hazel Lucy and Julie headed a group of Cat Parents to save them. Sadly, one was never found-it's hoped they were picked up by someone. But a doggie and kitty were saved, and one went to another Catster mom.
Hazel Lucy had a wonderful wedding, a happy and joyous affair, marrying a wonderful mango mancat with the most wonderful eyes and kind heart. He resides at the Bridge, too, now and you know him...most of you....for he sends out healing and loves to kitties and kitty families in need. I'm taking about Buddie, much loved.
Hazel Lucy is my hero. Perhaps as many are, who have leapt the light fantastic. But I remember Hazel Lucy, not for her passing, but for the wonderous things she did in life. I thank you Humbly, lovely sweet Hazel, for your gift of yourself, and many thanks to your Mom for sharing you with us.
And for any of you who haven't known her-her mom has recently, with much love and appreciation from from me-once again posted her profile here..please drop by and get to know her...she's truly an Angel.
For any of you who wonder what she was and is like...
She is the Best of All of Us Who have Come in from the Cold.
We will always love you, Tiny Gumdrop. We will always love you.
And standing on my Hinds, Saluting you for all your Wonder,
Below is a song written I wrote for Hazel Lucy some time ago-
I love you Hazel Lucy, and Salute you with all here who love you so....
Today as I sit on the sofa back
I smile as I sip and think of good craic
And dream of a girl cat that I used to know
Who lived in Pa. by way of Mayo
And she was a fancy one she was a Queen
She was the prettiest thing we've ever seen
Humble beginnings were her stepping stone
She had her Julie and was never alone
But you know she was such a pretty girl cat
There was never really any question of that
She had her admirers, I'm just one
And this little girl cat well she was second to none
And her name's Hazel Lucy she would say to the crowd
As she waltzed in the room as light as a cloud
My heart took to thumpin, you know what I mean
For this little lass's the lovelist I've seen
She once roamed the woods, I met her once there
Between here and there we hadn't a prayer
Wild free spirits, ah it never could last
But she stole my heart and she sure stole it fast
And her name's Hazel Lucy
Yes, Buddies her man
But sure I can dream, ah all guy cats can
She is star, yep she's sure one,
Our Hazel Lucy just loves to have fun
So I heard that she decided
To go travel on, across Rainbow bridge
To find leprechans
And frisking and laughing and purring and all
Do you know Hazel Lucy is having a ball
But I'm left behind and my heart misses her
For she was much more than her whiskers and fur
And so I court the girl cats
Of so many hues
With all so much beauty it overcomes, too
In honor of a lass who could wear the green
And a Goddess cats image, you know what I mean
So ladies I bid you a good morning now
I purr and I caper I offer meow
Because you're such breath-taking beauties
You bring me such joy
With your sweet loving natures
You undo this boy
So lets raise a glass, lets raise a paw
To the beauty of all girl cats that we've ever saw!
And I look at the moon tonight tinged with the green
Seeing our Hazel Lucy still being a Queen!
By Orange Ruffy-a tribute to our lovely Hazel Lucy.
Beauty never dies.
March 20th 2013 7:01 am
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Good morning Furs and Folks,
I want to wish all of you a happy Equinox! Today is the first day of Spring?
So what does that mean to me?
My coat is growing back. A fine velvety fuzz, with my wonderous colors emerging brightly. A treat of turkey yesterday! Warm snoozes in Natalies bed. A mom to scold and love on me all I want just now.
I'm happy. I'm wistful as I know some have bid their beloveds 'see you later' as they journey to the Bridge.
But ah, we're cats. Magickal creatures who sit just this side of heaven, however one believes in 'heaven' and who run back and forth of padded paws to amuse themselves and their pawrents.
A magickal and very wonderful thing happened the night before last. A tale I wish to confer on all who long with the deepest longing in their hearts...
We were evicted from the bedroom into the living room-yes, even I! The nerve-but Momma and Dad wanted to make sure Natalie got some rest, and that they did, too. So they put us all out into the living room/kitchen area. Truthfully, this was not terrible. It was warm and cozy. There is a sofa there, and the 'coffee table' is covered with a throw and pillows for our comfort.
Well, about 3 am Daddy woke up, mom heard him yelling 'CK! Stop it! Stop it!'
Mom heard Natalie hissing, growling and yowling as she does when CK is bedeviling her....
Mom said 'stop yelling' to dad and went back to sleep.
It didn't hit her til the morning: CK AND THE REST OF US HAD BEEN BANISHED FROM THE ROOM AND THE DOOR WAS CLOSED!!!
Mom asked Daddy-who were you yelling at last night?
Daddy who was half asleep didn't much remember, but then said he saw CK leaping over Natalie in the little bed she'd been sleeping in, and saw him run across the bed.
Mom said 'CK was in the living room. He wasn't here."
Daddy said 'But I saw him!'
Mommy bit her lip. Her eyes watered and she smiled.
She said 'No, you saw Sauce, saying 'see you later' to Miss Nat.'
And so, finally,
They got it!
I could tell you, yes folks, that we are magick-and that we, yes, our house, is the virtual TARDIS for that portal.
But then....dear folks....
The furs already know this.
Have a wonderful and joyous Spring.
love and light,
March 25th 2013 7:00 am
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One of us All
There was once a kitty
Who lived next door to Blizzard
A fey little cat
Was she bought by a wizard?
She was due to have kittens
and only one has survived
A kitten called Miracle
with dark fur and dark eyes
But Kitty was plump
and shouldn't have been so
John Daddy was worried
and told us all so
The vet said that kitty
Had something going on
And Daddy John was worried
that something was wrong
The vet took an x ray
In the scary cat place
But Kitty was brave
She put on her game face
She had the x ray
And the vet said the word
Surgery was needed, and soon so we heard
And She's one of us,
A pretty girl cat
A little mom with a Miracle
Kitten at that
She's one of us, now she's in need
A kitty in from the cold
Who's in trouble indeed
And Samoa took charge
As she alone can
A cat of renoun, but then I'm a fan
And she put her mom on it,
She gave out to us
That Kitty needed help
And she made a fuss
And furs and their folks
All got together
To help little Kitty
Get surgery to feel better
And furs and their folks
Pitched in all you see
For that's what we're made of
All cats and folks can be.
She's one of us- a small cat in the care
Of our uncle John-and we've all been there
She's one of us, a small cat all alone
But not anymore-as we've all shown.
Dear Catster friends
Be proud to be you
For when magick happens
You channel it through
You are all wonderful, you make it all so
Cat's with good folks
Who make that love grow
She's one of us, in surgery today
I watch as candles are lit
And I know humans pray
She's one of us-and she's in our hearts
This is for you little Kitty
Of us you're a part.
I have never been more proud to be a part of all of you. When I say
'Trust that Miracles Do Occur' I know that it is through such as you.
With love and purrs,
And with many purrs and healing energy to Kitty.
And with incredible thanks to Samoa and her mom, Laura.
April 8th 2013 4:48 am
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Five Things I Like About Spring:
1. The warm sun on my fuzzy growing in coat
2. Open screened windows with the sun shining in!
3.Daddy bringing home chicken for me....well, not just spring, but it feels like it when he does.
4. Naps in the sun
5. the nice warm air without the heat on.
April 8th 2013 8:59 am
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Hello Furs and Folks,
We hope you haven't forgotten us. We ask you to please be patient, as mom is coping with schoolwork, a little depression from loss of her job, and being overwhelmed trying to get another few hours of internship.
Mom and I have been communicating, and I've been spending alot of time with her, she's warm and gentle and pets me, and she's been giving me treats.
Some months back mom started to come up with an idea thats been on my mind alot. She has had various folks and furs comment how they enjoy my writing, and I have told mom I wouldn't mind writing a published small book electronically-if she would kindly take my dication. Now, we haven't quite come up with all the details, but if possible, I would love to use some of the poetry I've done for furs....becuase this book isn't about me so much as it's about you...the furs we've met and come to love, and the wonderful magick everyone who's crossed our path has sent.
We'd also like, if possible, permission to use, perhaps, pictures of you, furs, if it would be ok.
We would charge something...not much-we don't want to do this to make money...but we were thinking that whatever money raised could be somoehow told help those furs and folks who are really not having it easy...as well as perhaps something going to FIV+ cat rescue. They are doing an educaiton project right now to educate vets and folks about FIV+-becuase as many of you know, some vets still think those of us with FIV+ need to live away from other cats, or even be 'put down' because of it.
We have the title of this...we even have some of the manuscript.
What we need, dear furs and folks...are your magick....
April 14th 2013 11:54 am
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A wonderful day
Here in the sun
My fur is growing
Sleeping is fun
We're all konked out
On chairs and on bed
In the early spring sun
We're sleek and well fed
And I'm wishing for one thing
As I doze here-a nap is so nice
And my dreams are so clear
That everyone we know, will step up to the plate
And make life better for those
Who don't have it so great
Can your folks foster-we have fosters here
I saw Paws this morning, sipping nip beer
And Calvin McCatster, paws up on the sill
Oh Furs make it happen, and happen it will
A foster is fun, take it from me
Another cat in the mix, for it could be
A fur to stay furever, or move on down the line
To an furever home-the feelings devine!
I was a saved kitty, that came in from the cold
Many of were, from young to the old
But not all are lucky, at least not til now
I'm sending for angels, and magick's allowed
So Magicks afoot, in Queens, Boston, further than that
What could be better, than the magick of cat
I leap 'tween furever, and touch Alex's nose
To trot a while with Tigger, and my pals you all knows
So Magick's afoot, my coat glowing with such
Like Sampsons hair, you know i don't miss it much
Magick's afoot, as she sits at your door
In the coat of a feline, and you know what for
I leap on Mommy's lap and she holds me tight
Says 'I love you Ruffy, you're my Boog, alright
And tonight we clean the altar, and she sets out a treat
For those seen and unseen
We still have to eat!
Magick's afoot, fostering saves cats
Big, small, young, old, soft furred without mats
Fostering's not scary, though your folks will change
They'll love you forever, for the lives that they save.
And I leap to the window, and the sun shines but it's cold
And I breathe out a purr and I take hold
Of magick that trots past me with tufted ears and green eyes
and fur dusted with starstuff, the look elderwise
So all my furs, lets give a hoot
And follow her pawprints, for magick's afoot
We have the power as we trot through time
Clothed in fur and feelings
And magick sublime
Purr out the message, weave it in your dance
Of feline furred antics that give our fur friends a chance
April 16th 2013 6:34 am
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Dear Folks and Furs,
Dear Furs-please take care of your folks today. You see, yesterday a very sad thing happened that hurt folks in Boston.
Some of the folks here and little folks saw this. We are very sad about it, because little folks become frightened when they see very scary things, and we, as cats, know that this is something that they may be afraid about for a long time.
We ask all the furs 'upstairs', at the Bridge, to send their purrs and some lovely celestial butterflies for comfort and joy to everyone so effected.
I have no answers as to why this has happened. I'm only cat. But amidst the sad, the fear, and the grief, something wonderous happened....
People stopped. People helped. Folks stopped running, and turned and ran into the chaos to help.
Those folks need medals.
The womderful caring of others is what we all are about...folks who stop to help a cat in need will stop and run back into the midst of the fire to pull to safety another person.
As cats, what can we do to help?
We will do as we always do.
We will frolic, take their minds from this....make folks laugh, and smile. We will curl up on laps, and will absorb tears into the fur on our necks and the top of our heads. We will groom our folks. We will purr...and purr...and purr.
And we will love, and send out that wonderful magick that lives in us.
And love, at the end of the day, will always, always triumph.
Our purrs and prayers are with all those who have been affected or effected by the events in Boston yesterday.
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