January 30th 2014 9:40 am
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Because there is so much involved in announcing my Dreamboat List each year and also because my assistant is going to be out of commission due to surgery on February 18, I have decided to start early on making my announcements.
Unfortunately, I won't have the time to give you an in-depth diary for each of my Dreamboats this year. My hope is that you will visit them all one last time, look through their photos and read their story. It would be a wonderful last tribute to their memorial pages. Also, if you have zealies you want to use up, feel free to bestoy them a gift. I will be doing the same.
Just to clarify about my Angel Dreamboats - these cats are all beautiful angels up here at the bridge. Their time on earth may have been short or they might have had a long wonderful life, but their 10th life up here is glorious. There are many jobs that the angels perform, and we hope that you're feeling our love and angel dust as we go about our duties.
Here are the 2014 Angel Dreamboats that I am lucky to call my angel friends!
Congratulations to the 2014 Angel Dreamboats!
January 28th 2014 10:03 am
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Since Say Media has decided to destroy all that has become precious to us over the years, I've had to use my math skills to figure out all this dreamboat stuff.
I don't want any of my Dreamboats-in-Training to not have an official Dreamboat # when we're all gone from Catster.
As you know, when you are given a Dreamboat-in-Training number, you keep that number for 2 years until you are given an official Dreamboat number.
So, today, I am announcing the official Dreamboat numbers for the 2012 and 2013 Dreamboats-in-Training. The 2012 D.I.T.'s would be getting their number this year anyway, but the 2013 D.I.T.'s are getting their number a year early.
When I announce my 2014 D.I.T.'s, they will also receive an official Dreamboat number that becomes effective in 2016.
So, here you go!
2012 Dreamboats-in-Training with their new Dreamboat #
129. Art Blakey
131. Jack DeJohnette
138. CK Angel R. Knowles
2013 Dreamboats-in-Training with their new Dreamboat #
143. Mr. Biscuits
149. Calvin McCatster
156. Poco Taz
159. Mr. B
160. Griswold II
January 22nd 2014 1:28 pm
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Well, you didn't think I was going to let February go by and not announce my Dreamboat List, did you?
I've been working hard on the list, and then when Catster decided to destroy the community, I decided that my last diary entry will be about Dreamboats. What a better way to leave this place, huh?
So, the first part of February, I will be doing a condensed list . . . important things like giving the Dreamboats-in-Training their official Dreamboat numbers, and announcing the last Dreamboats, Dreamboat Angels, and new Dreamboats in Training who will grow up to be pawsome Dreamboats.
So, please check back here the first part of the month for my big announcements!
January 17th 2014 10:14 am
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Well, I won't even begin to tell you how sad I am that we are no longer going to be a Catster community. You all have been such a huge part of our lives for such a long time, and it makes us so very sad to know that it is going away.
Of course, everyone is frantically trying to save their pictures and diary entries before March 3rd.
Luckily, most of our diaries were saved, but Mawmee has been helping some other cats save their diaries.
Just today, we found a very cool and easy way to convert your diary entries into a PDF file.
This might just work with the Firefox browser, so if you're not using Firefox, you can get that free on the internet.
Then you need to go HERE to this Web-to-PDF converter.
1. Open up the first page of your diary (which will include several entries)
2. Copy the URL at the top of your browser
3. Paste that URL into the box on the link above
4. Click the "Convert" button
5. It will take a few minutes to convert, but a PDF file will open with your diary entries on it
6. COPY that PDF file to your computer
7. Go to page 2 of your diary and start the process over again
8. Repeat until you've copied your entire diary
You know how important our diaries are, and as a final reminder, I was once at the Top of the Most Pawpular Diaries! I couldn't let that slip your mind, now, could I? MOL!
We love you all, and we hope if your Mom/Dad isn't on Facebook, they will go over and get on FB - so many of our parents are there, and while it will never be the same as our Catster community, at least we can stay in touch with one another.
My Mawmee is Laura Strickland on Facebook.
Love and kisses from the bridge ~
January 1st 2014 7:55 am
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Well, I celebrated my first New Year's Eve as an angel. I know Calvin likes to share secrets from the bridge, so I won't say much other than how festive and pretty it is at the bridge on the last day of the year!
Of course, you all know how busy I've been visiting and leaving feathers for my friends to find. Mawmee and Daddy took a hike a couple of days ago back to the place where Daddy left one of my boa feathers the day I made my journey to the bridge.
The feather was gone. The two rocks that held the feather were still there, but my black feather is off blowing in the wind! Daddy said every time he hikes to that area, he is going to take a feather and put it back between the rocks. He said that place should be called Princess Point. I think that sounds like a pawsome idea!
I hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with lots of sunshine, catnaps, and good food!
Now, to the WARNING! Apparently fleas have invaded Catster, and if you go into your bio fields (where you have your page codes, and other fun stuff), all of that information will be deleted. You won't be able to get it back!
So, if you use those extra fields to document your diary honors, etc., it would probably be a good idea to copy those into a word document. But copy them from your main Catster page - don't open your Modify Biography and Traits area!
Happy New Year!
November 16th 2013 8:09 am
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I've been so busy up here styling all my angel friends and giving lessons on how to properly wear a boa! I didn't realize how much work it takes to be an angel! And, of course, I've been helping pass out boas at the gate when new angels arrive.
A couple of days ago, the funny Tabbies O Trout Towne wrote a wonderful blog entry in my memory!
As you can tell, some very creative peeing has been going on over at Trout Towne! I think my personal favorite is the boot with pom pom! After checking out their creations, you can view my Masterpees video which inspired their litter box creations!
Yesterday, Mawmee and Daddy received a beautiful book of condolences. It is all sparkly and has wonderful messages as well as angel pictures of me. Edgar's Mommy did such a nice job compiling the book. Mawmee is going to treasure it forever. Additionally, they received a gift certificate for a portrait to be done of me by Clyde's Mommy. I will forever have a place on the wall in our house when that painting gets finished!
Thank you all for the outpouring of love since my journey. Catster friends are the best!
October 13th 2013 9:08 am
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I guess the Diary Gal might have shed a few tears for me yesterday, so she decided to bestow my first diary pick as an angel! Thank you, Diary Gal! I'm honored that you haven't forgotten me!
I thought I'd share this beautiful thought from my friend, Daisy, of Da Tabbies O Trout Towne:
may your cloud shine bright with purple and pink
may feather boa's adorn every nook and cranny
may your spirit soar long side the wings of the dove
and when I look at the night time sky, I will seek out
constellation Diva....and remember you always
And thank you isn't a big enough word for all the kind messages you all have left for me and my family. It is so touching and heartwarming.
And you knew I'd be all over my angel duties, so I thought I'd share with you the way I'm keeping in touch with my family.
I've decided that feathers will be my way of communicating with my loved ones and friends. How did Daisy know? MOL!
Yesterday when Mawmee and Daddy got home, Daddy decided he wanted to go on a hike. He finds hiking very peaceful, and after the stressful morning, he thought it would be a good stress reliever. Mawmee gave him a black feather from one of my boas. She told him to leave it in a special place. You can see the picture he took. The feather looks like a pretty butterfly.
While he was on the hike, Mawmee was packaging up two Snooze Sacks that had been purchased from The Cat in the Clover. She was leaving for the post office and in the middle of the garage where Daddy's car had been parked was a feather! She thought that was a little strange because it wasn't near the edge of the garage door where she would expect a feather to be.
Then this morning after Daddy had fed my brothers, Mawmee went in the kitchen to pick up the bowls and rinse them out. On the rug in front of the sink was something she thought looked like a piece of cat fur. When she picked it up, it was a tiny gray feather!!! She showed it to Daddy and asked where in the world did that come from? She looked at all the Halloween decorations in the house to see if any of them had feathers, and they didn't!
Teeheeheehee . . . . . . I'm spreading my feather boas from the heavens! Be sure to look for a feather near you, and you'll know it is from me!
October 12th 2013 8:43 am
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Last night Mawmee and I had a slumber party in my room. The boys wanted to come in, but it was a girl's only party. I ate, used the litter box, and was pretty comfortable most of the night except for the bandage on my paw. I still had in my IV catheter because I was going to spend the day at the vet's office getting fluids.
We all got up early, and I ate my breakfast and did my business. Daddy came in to sit with me while Mawmee took a shower. While he was there, I started having a grand mal seizure. He yelled for Mawmee to come in, and she kept me calm while the seizure went on.
In a span of 20 minutes, I had a total of 4 grand mal seizures. My breathing became labored. Mawmee even gave me the shot that was reserved for Gleek the next time he had a big seizure. It helped calm the last seizure I had.
I was telling Mawmee and Daddy that I wanted to become an angel. They knew it was a sign that I was ready to stop fighting. So, we all went to the vet's office when they opened this morning.
I was wrapped in my pink blanket and a purple and white boa was around my neck when I made my journey. Luckily, I didn't have any more seizures on the way to the vet's office or while we were there. I made a peaceful journey sitting on Mawmee's lap with Daddy holding my paw.
Thank you for all the love you've shown me and my family.
October 11th 2013 8:23 pm
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Samoa's Mawmee here to give you an update on the day we've had. Most of you that are on Facebook already know about this, and because it has been a very tiring day, I'm going to repost my FB posts so you can be up to date on the latest findings.
Upon ultrasound, Samoa has a 6 cm mass in her abdomen near one of her kidneys. Some blood work was sent off (with results in a few days) to determine if it is an adrenal gland cancer. Apparently this is rare in kitties. If it isn't that, it is some other type of cancerous mass.
We've been back and forth between our vet and the ER vet where there is an internist who did her ultrasound. Here is one of the Facebook posts:
Latest Samoa update: She is back at our vet's office for more fluids/potassium through her IV. I did get a call that she ate some food which was good to hear as she is very weak from all that she has been through since last night. I'll pick her up in about an hour (as they don't have anyone supervising over night) and she will go back tomorrow for more fluids/potassium. I also have potassium type gel to give her twice a day. The mass is next to her right kidney. It could be cancer from her adrenal gland - blood work was sent off to check for that and we won't know anything for several days. If not that, then a cancerous mass of some kind, but not operable. We'll take it one day at a time, but it is not looking good for my sweet Samoa. Thank you so much for all the uplifting purrs and prayers.
Thank you for keeping Samoa in your purrs!
October 11th 2013 7:28 am
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Well, a night away from the boys sounded like a good idea, but I sure didn't expect it to be at the emergency vet!
I had a regular vet visit scheduled for today, but last night I was exhibiting some strange behavior. Mawmee called our vet but they were closing in 15 minutes and had three emergencies come in, so they suggested I go to the ER vet.
Last week, I started limping a little on my back right leg. Mawmee thought maybe it was from walking on the kitchen counter. Sometimes when I get to the sink area, I slip and a foot goes in the sink.
So, she made my vet appointment. But a few days later, I was doing okay. Then suddenly yesterday, I started holding my head down and walking slowly and laying in places I don't usually go.
When I got to the ER vet, my mouth was open and I was breathing heavy which is unusual for me because I like going places in the car. They took me back and put me in an oxygen kennel.
After blood work and a urinalysis, it was determined that I have very low potassium levels. I was also somewhat dehydrated. They decided to keep me over night, start an IV with potassium and recheck me in the morning to see if the potassium levels go up. Apparently, you have to administer potassium very slowly or it can cause heart problems.
The vet said my blood work is a mystery as to what is going on. I guess low potassium happens when something else is going on with the body. Diabetes was ruled out, and my kidney levels are not bad. However, my urine is not concentrated like it should be, so there is probably some type of kidney issue going on. My white blood cell count is high which can indicate either an infection or even inflammation from a chronic disease. The ER vet doesn't think it is an infection because there is no evidence that indicates it. My temperature is normal. They also checked my blood pressure over night, and it is at the high end of normal but not hypertension.
Mawmee just got a call from the vet. She said my potassium level has gone up from 2.5 to 2.75 but it still needs to go higher, so I'll probably be spending the day at my other vet's office. Once they got me hydrated, my BUN level came back to normal, but now the blood work indicates that I'm anemic.
So, if you cats could get your purr machines going, I sure would appreciate it! I'll update you later today!
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