August 24th 2011 8:24 am
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Happy happy joy joy, happy happy joy joy! Today was the day 3 years ago that my life changed forever. My mommy did NOT want anymore pets after Alex died. She was distraught and depressed and couldn't stand the thought of going through that again. Mommy's vet knows her well and knew that Alex's death was so hard on her that she was not doing well at all.
Shelly (our vet) found me on the side of the road at only a couple of months old, covered in fleas and sneezing up a storm with boogies in my nosey and eyes. Gee I can't even remember that now! She took me home and nursed me back to health, cleaned me up, watched me as I ran around her house with all of her other pets and getting lost in the shuffle of all of them. I was getting hyper and not knowing where to put myself.
Shelly called mommy and asked her if she wanted me and mommy said no way. Nope. No more. Okay she said, but think about it. Then a week or two later, another phone call. "I really think you should take him, we have too many pets in the house as it is and we'll certainly keep him for sure if you don't want him but he'd be better off with you. I can't think of a better mom for him than you." SIGH. Nope. Hard to say that but mom still said NO!
Then one day a couple of weeks later Shelly called mom and said she needed to talk to her about kitties with IBD and had some information she wanted to give her. HEH HEH HEH. Sneaky Shelly. So mom said okay and went down there. When she got there she was presented with a certificate of donation to Cornell University from all of the staff in Alex's name in the amount of $100 for IBD research. Mom started to cry. They loved Alex so much and they were so good to her. It was beautiful and wonderful.
Then when mommy didn't see it coming, she went in the exam room with Shelly and TADAAAAAAA! There I was, sitting and squirming on the exam table. Just a little orange peanut. Oh mommy was so MAD. She told Shelly, "how can you do this to me? You know how scared I am of getting another one". Shelly told mom she was the best kitty mom she ever met and that she couldn't go on with this open wound in her heart. So mom talked with her for awhile and against her better judgement took me home.
Boy was I a handfull. Crazy, climbing curtains, scratching stuff, ARRRGGHHH!! Mommy was going nuts. She thought about giving me back to Shelly. Now before anyone gets too upset she really was having a difficult time. She'd gone from a critically ill kitty to a crazy looney toon like me. It was a shocker. BUT, mom thought about it and said "when I make a commitment I stick to it." So she kept trying.
One day something happened. I was growing so fast she had to get me a new collar. It was supposed to be one of those breakaway collars! Yeah right. I got it caught on the lower part of my jaw and it was cutting into my tongue and choking me. Mommy and Rick were trying desperately to open the latch and it would NOT give at all! So mommy yelled to get the scissors and she cut it off. I was so scared, I didn't know what was happening. Well mommy hugged me and cried and kissed me and said no more collars for you and she was so sorry.
That was the day she realized she loved me. Foibles and all. So here I am, 3 years later, a big giant boy still growing into my huge Maine Coon body. Lately I have been lovin' on mommy big time! I love my mom and my Lacey bug, grammy and grampy, my aunties and uncles from Catster and from our website and all of my wonderful furriends!
Mom feeds us nothing but good foods, no junk like poor Alex had. We are in great health (knock on wood, no jinxing it please) and we're furry happy kitties. Life is grand and I am one lucky, lucky boy! Thank you Shelly for knowing that my mommy was the right one! And thank you all for being such pawsome friends and always having fun with us, laughing and even sometimes crying but always supporting.
This is a pawsome day!
Finney Winnegan McFloofy Pants
August 23rd 2011 12:15 pm
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Okay, not making light of this whatsoever! First and foremost we purr and hope everyone and their furs are safe and sound! We were thinking if everyone is okay, that is, we can name some songs that have to do with the earth shaking, moving, things sliding, etc. Hope this is okay and again we HOPE AND PURR everyone is safe and sound!!!
I feel the earth move under my feet
You shook me all night long
Slippin' & Sliding
Slip Sliding Away
You Rock my World
If you are fine and want to play feel free. If anyone has been hurt or needs purrs please let us know! We'll get right on it. Purring for safety.
August 21st 2011 12:14 pm
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We have to hurry up because it's thundering outside and there's some BADDDD boombies on the way. But here is today's inspiration.
This story is sad but VERY hopeful and inspiring. It's important because this little girl started something that took on a life of it's own and her legacy of kindness will live forever because of it.
9-year-old girl’s charity legacy tops $1 million
Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.
-- Sara Teasdale
August 17th 2011 1:38 pm
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Things around here have been kind of bad for awhile now. Kitties leaving for Facebook and some of the other newer cat sites. Kitties leaving because the technical issues are constant and never seem to get under control. Just when we think they're fixed, they start up again. Kitties leaving because most of our good friends have disappeared and it's so boring around here now.
All that aside, we were still hanging in there. But we have to draw the line at all of the animosity going on. We know that life for EVERYONE is super hard and it doesn't seem to be getting much better. It's that way for us too. But taking it out on each other is not acceptable and when mom starts getting emails off of Catster but stemming from Catster, telling her off, that's where we draw the line.
Mom doesn't need anyone telling her what's wrong with her, why she should be doing this or that, accusing her of all kinds of things that frankly she did NOT do! Trying to keep up with DDPs, birthdays, anniversaries, gotcha days, rainbow bridge days, thank yous, it's A LOT of work! We have priorities and that's helping sick kitties and also our grammy and grampy. If we cannot be everything to everyone than that should not be an issue. Friendship should not come with expectations and then consequences if they aren't met.
And it's not just us. It's rampant here lately! Telling someone that they're irresponsible parents because their kitty accidentally got loose and is missing, REALLY? Does no one see what's wrong with that? This world is really nuts, just insane and getting worse. No one seems to think before they speak (or type). These days it's just "LET 'ER RIP" and who cares who you're hurting.
Mom spent all weekend crying her eyes out and she was so fuming mad she wanted to leave and just delete us from here forever. But we can't do that to all of our friends that are really wonderful to us. Not out of the blue like that. So we've decided that because our Plus membership is due on Sept. 15th, we're taking the month to really think hard about it. We hate the idea of deleting everything we've done here. All the funny & hilarious comments, all the sweet and loving things some of you have said. But the truth is this place isn't fun anymore.
When mom joined here over a year ago it was not a spur of the moment thing. She'd taken quite awhile to consider it. She had bad experiences on some other forums and didn't want to deal with it again. When we did join though it didn't take long for us to feel so at home and so loved by everyone. This was our escape, our refuge, our place of fun and laughter. It's not anymore. We don't see nearly any of our friends anymore, who knows where some of them have gone. Yes, of course we make new ones but the fun factor here is still not present and the continued issues with pmails, loading pictures, slowwwwwww like a snail pages. And yes Catster I have the latest up to date browser so it's not that! And please know that we are not referring to everyone because so many of you are just incredible, sweet, loving and endlessly supportive to one another, including us. But please don't ask us what happened, it's private and will stay that way.
I don't know. We're incredibly discouraged lately and don't even feel like being here half the time. We don't know what we're going to do. But we don't like it when kitties just up and leave without saying goodbye. So we thought we'd let you know, this is what is on our minds and we may not stay. Hope you all understand. We'll let you know what we decide when the time comes. Until then, try to be good to one another for the love of god! PLEASE!
Love, purrs & headbonks forever
Finney, Lacey, angel Alex and mommy
August 10th 2011 9:29 am
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I think it's time for another purring for peace diary and thread. The amount of hate and violence in this world is disgusting and scary. Enough is enough!! Shooting sprees every day here in the U.S. Mexican drug cartels torturing and killing innocent people everyday. The Taliban shooting down our troops. Now the UK just spiraling out of control for nothing!!! Absolutely nothing!
Hurting others is being a coward. Showing love and compassion is what bravery and courage are all about.
Please join me in purring for peace in this world by sending out healing thoughts and love.
July 25th 2011 1:34 pm
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Well I can see today is another Catster flea day! Jeez!!! Very slow, can't do practically anything and lots of triple diple postings again. Never gonna get better I guess. Anyways it's much cooler here in the northeast, hope you all are finally cooling off. Mommy is trying to get some of her pictures and video stuff done. She's put up a new video of me on my page: The trill of it all.
Lacey has a new one: Lacey goes googly.
We also have some of our pictures up online: Finn & Lacey pics.
And mom put up her garden pics from this year so far: Mom's Garden
And on Alex's page mom put up a tribute to her ex-father-in-law that just passed away, Jim. It's a slideshow that was already done she just put it up here because stupid youtube wouldn't let her. But it's beautiful and it's how she'll always remember him. With a giant smile on his face and loving his kids and family with all of his heart. Hopefully it'll stay up long enough for viewing.
Feel free to comment on everything! Luv ya!!!
July 19th 2011 10:01 am
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Ugh, this is revolting and sickening. For days now, pictures aren't showing up, posts are taking 10 minutes (literally) to be submitted. Everyone is having their posts triple and quadruple posted, even diary entries! Come on already Catster! We have friends on here that are going through hard times and some that are very sick and need us badly! Kill these fleas already!
How are we supposed to be here for anyone? How are we supposed to have our usual fun and laughter times? This is not acceptable. Please, please, please kill the fleas now! As I am typing this, (or should I say my secretary is), one of my posts is still not submitted after yes, almost 10 minutes! GGGRRRRRR.
MEOW MEOW MEOW RRRRREEEOOOWWWWRRR, and even a big fat MMMMMRRRAAATTTT!!! Sorry Simone, I know it's a girl thing but I had to do it! I hope that's okay. It just felt right.
July 12th 2011 8:10 am
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Wow! What's with all the DDP's. Lacey says she's gonna have to get busy and write a diary about poop or mooning or something. She hasn't even gotten one in a long time! OMG plus we are ddps today with our good friends Hunter, Rose, Panda's babies! whoo hoo! And our pawsome friend Bella who's been so sick lately is COTD today. She deserves it poor girl. Concats to all of our friends! How pawsome to have us all celebrating together. Funny, me and Hunter seem to be DDPs together all the time. Maybe it's cause we're both trouble, MOL.
It's been pretty darned hot here. Mom is gonna mostly stick by the computer today, waiting to hear how Zach & Zoe's grammy does in surgery. We purring for her!!! We lost our internet all day yesterday and mom was so furry mad. We were worried about several kitties. Pharaoh Loki who has a high fever (I hope he's doing better today), Artie who became a tripod yesterday (I hear he's doing well, thank goodness).
Well, this is going to be short cause mom has some catching up to do now with the website and emails and stuff. Pawsome to see you all getting honors!!! We love you!!!
This ones' for you Zach!
July 6th 2011 11:23 am
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Thank you to everyone for all the great pawmails, concats, prezzies, and just plain love for my TWO DDP's this last week. How very fun! We love you all and although we don't have time to thank each one of you, we look at every one of them and feel the love. And like a true Catster we hope we return that love to you as you all so deserve it!
NOW! How cool is this. Blizzard was COTD this week and now he's DOTD. Tink was also COTD which was so great to see. I think Panda, Hunter and some other friends were fellow DDPs this week too. Sorry we can't remember who else. It's 90 degrees and our brains are melting.
Mom just made an appointment for her to take a tour at a brand new vet for us on the 16th. I don't like the sound of this but she says she has to do it in order for us to get insurance. They have to test for all those yucky diseases, mainly FIV and FELV before they can approve our application. Mom said the vet place looks really nice and they went out of their way to give her a tour on that day. Very good sign!
We're getting the little orange flashy thing on our weather widget telling us we'll be getting bad thunderstorms tonight. Right now, it's sunny as heck and 90! Hope you're all having a good week so far. It's nice to see so much good news here on Catster and with our friends. We LOVE seeing our friends celebrating and having fun. Here's a little something, something to help you all out.
We're gonna have a celebration
July 4th 2011 7:10 am
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OMC! WOW, 2 DDPs in one week. We haven't been anything for awhile now, this is furry pawsome. And you want to know the BEST thing? We woke up to find our bestest furriend in the whole world Blizzard is cat of the day! He is such a pawsome guy and so deserves this. What a terrific 4th of July gift for him.
Concats to the other DDPs including our pal Hunter!!! I have to say that we feel really bad because we don't keep up so much anymore with the DDPs, awards, sending out personal thank yous and everything. I hope we aren't being bad friends and I hope you all know how much we appurciate and love you! Mom has been so exhausted lately, she thinks it's one of her stupid medications for her health conditions doing this. It drains her so much it's not funny.
Plus she's trying hard to get out walking again even though she's always pooped. And so much other stuff to do. Anyways, we're sorry we're not keeping up. Mom's had a huge jolt with those 2 family losses recently and feels she needs to enjoy other things right now. Hope you all understand.
I hope you all are having a fun holiday weekend! Stupid boom booms and giant bangs right over our house last night. We don't mind the normal fireworks but the ones that make that huge bang that shakes the house, made even mom nervous! Stupid neighborhood! Mom could not believe nothing caught on fire with all the trees around here. And we'll have to go through it again tonight. She called the police and guess what happened? The dispatch lady said "yeah yeah, we'll add it to the list" and hung up! GASP, the nerve! Didn't do anything about it but mom figures there's a shortage of cops out there since the city budget just gave pink slips to some of them AND the fire department. Hard to believe there's nothing else they can cut instead of our personal safety.
Well, we're off for a bit! We'll be checking in throughout the day. Hope everyone has a pawsome day and thank you again! Thanks for the prezzies I'm already getting...again. MOL. Jeez I feel so lucky to have such catacular furriends.
Luv Finney Winnegan McFloofy pants!
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