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Fireflies

July 15th 2010 9:36 pm
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Hello furiends,

We know it’s summer around here in Michigan because there are some little creatures flying around with little lightbulbs or lights inside them. Mom calls them “fireflies” so I guess they’re bugs. I’m not sure if everyone has fireflies around in the summer, but we see them where we live at night. I might enjoy catching one (I’ve been known to catch and eat a bug or two), but actually these firefly bugs are kind of magical. They glow with a beautiful soft luminosity. It’s amazing - bugs that glow. It’s pawsome to see a group of them softly glowing on and off. But....they’re bugs! Who would think that a bug could be magical?? Mom says they must be one of those little gifts that are given to remind us of the magic in life. Maybe to remind people that we all have those little lights within us -- and not to furget that. Even us cats have those little lights. Fireflies are magical bugs, so are butterflies. Mom likes to look for symbols, signs and those kind of things - it makes her happy. And these bugs have even inspired songs and other artistic things. Bugs that glow with an inner light - pretty amazing!

Sweet summer purrs,
Gump



 

WW hot dog buns - nom nom!

July 3rd 2010 11:38 am
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I hope everyfur, everypaw and everyone is having a good summer! As summer began it had gotten pretty hot and humid where we live (unusual), but the last week or so has been beautiful with low humidity -- nice!

So, now onto the ww hot dog buns...Mom doesn't buy hot dogs that often, but she picked up some turkey dogs and whole wheat buns from Trader Joe's for a nice all-American treat (a healthier version). She then left the package of buns out on the counter, and I have a trick to get up there (hehe)...So I got up on the counter (not as easily as little acrobatic sisfur, though), got into the package and ate half of a plump whole wheat hot dog bun. Boy was Mom upset about that! She was saying all this stuff about carbs, BGs, insulin, my pancreas - you know, Mr.P...Well, sheesh, Mom knows I have a broad palate and I'll eat anything I can get into my mouth, so she better be careful to not leave anything out for me!

So my blood glucose did go up a little, and I had to get a little needle poke and a bit of insulin. But, phew, now I'm back to the good BGs I had on my own (thanks, Mr. P). Mom is going to be more careful because she knows how I enjoy eating (anything). She did want me to remind all the pawrents out there to be careful leaving stuff out because us cats are curious and enjoy getting into things, some of which may not be good for us - and some can be toxic. Does anyone else get into stuff? Oh by the way, my sisfur pops up onto the counter like it's nothing...Just a little effortless jump and she's up there. I can't quite do that; I'm not as athletic, but I have other skills :)

Maybe we'll write something later about the 4th of July. We have some neighbors that have already started their little explosions and booms to celebrate. Man, that freaks me out! Why do they do that...? But it is pawsome to celebrate Independence Day.

Luv,
Gump

 

I'm 16 now! Thank you furiends!

June 11th 2010 8:09 pm
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Hey efurrybuddy!
This is a little delayed, but my Mom and I just wanted to say thanks again to my pals for making my birthday special. I had a very nice birthday. Mom got me lots of yummy things to eat and I felt a lot of love from my family and furriends. Mom is so grateful that I'm 16 and healthy :) She is ordering a stroller for my sis and me for our birthdays :)

Thank you for the thoughtful gifts with nice messages from some sweet friends:

My best buddy Tully for sending me the Forever Diamond and for the kind message (he is a jewel to me).
Leo and family for the cupcake and sweet message.
Wyatt for the cupcake and for singing happy birthday to me!
Julius for the fun birthday hat and for the songs in Catstertown!
Napolean & Colorado for the cupcake (they are such good bakers).
Scooter and family, my Mac pals, for the cupcake and sweet message.
Big Harry, Patches & Royce for the cupcake and for having my pic on the AFS logo.
Scratch, who shares the same sweet 16 birthday, for the cupcake.
Pigeon for the lemon drink and for the birthday photos, which was so thoughtful.
TT and family for the ladybug.
Nala Sue for the lemon drink.
Adam Dylan and family for all the picnic goodies - yum.
Milo for the brussell ball.
Thanks to whoever left me those little treats, too!

I also had another very nice surprise a couple days after my birthday. I was picked to be Cat of the Week in the '4 the Love of Cats' group by sweet Fluff. What a fun surprise and wonderful way to cap off my sweet 16! Thanks again, Fluff!

I also wanted to thank all the furriends who sent me and my sis picnic goodies! We had a blast with the all the free food and goodies! That was so much fun and did help alleviate some negativity with all the Catster site changes. I even got to paw wrestle with my buds Tully and Luke for some goodies--yeaah! heehee! I hope Catster HQ will do that again!

It's been such a good week+, but we're all still dealing with some of the changes here. We still love Catster, but it is somewhat different. This thank you entry was a little delayed partly because mom still feels a bit disconnected to the new site (but she'll adjust). She is planning on sending an email to the Top Cats.

Thanks again, buddies! More meows to come...

Lots of love,
Gump

 

My first diary entry!

May 31st 2010 8:24 pm
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Well, I've been bugging my mom to start a diary, and since my birthday is tomorrow I thought we would start one...Life is like a box of chocolates -- a cute line from my buddy Forrest Gump.

I'm going to be sixteen tomorrow and I've had diabetes for over 3 and 1/2 years. But, over the last year I have really gotten better, and I am now at the point of basically not needing any insulin. Mom poked my ear for a drop of blood a couple of times today and used that little machine which gave a number, and my numbers were really good - yippee! Occasionally I may need a drop of insulin here and there, but at this point mom thinks Mr. P (a.k.a. my pancreas) has healed and is producing most of the insulin I need now!

It's pretty amazing because when I got sick over three years ago, mom thought I might die. When I was diagnosed I had gotten really sick and the vet told mom several times that I might not make it. I was very sick and not eating, and I probably had DKA (a very serious condition which can occur with high BG levels). I should have had 24-hour vet care, but Mom didn't know better at the time and the vet we had at the time didn't push it hard. So for a couple of days we went back and forth to the vet getting fluids. Mom would sleep next to me at night (one night on the floor with me) to make sure I was still alive. After a couple of days I started eating again, and eventually I pulled through. But I still had high glucose and Mr. P wasn't working. So I was diabetic and needed insulin.

Mom feels bad because she made some mistakes early in my diabetes, like trying only diet change for a while...At this point she didn't think it would happen, but over the last year my insulin needs have really decreased and I started going days without insulin and it just kept increasing. So now I'm pretty much "OFF THE JUICE"! So this birthday is significant because I'm 16, healthy and OTJ. Go Mr. P !!

Having said all that, mom still is aware that relapses can happen, and at my age there can be other kitty problems; but as of today I'm healthy! And also having gone through all of this with me has really gotten mom inspired about cat nutrition and health. That's why she is kind of nutty about cat food and health. Sometimes she can be a little mouthy about feline diet, but she knows what it can mean to us cats.

This has been an interesting week. Changes with Catster, having fun with the picnic and free goodies, birthdays, and don't furget Memorial Day....Life really is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get! Thanks for reading my diary, we've really enjoyed being on Catster and meeting some great friends, sharing information and more. It took some time to figure out everything that was available here, but we're hooked....

Love and purrs,
Gump

 
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