January 22nd 2014 1:10 pm
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Come, gather, little kittens, I have a story to tell.
Once upon a time there was a website called Catster. It sprang from another website called Dogster.
The furs on both Dogster and Catster were very friendly. Every kitty had their own page, with pages and pages of pictures and videos and diary entries galore!
There were also groups of kitties that got together from every week to every day to help their fellow felines and their humans through whatever problem they may have. There were also fun groups that would solve mysteries and throw parties. There were also forums that did the same thing. There were prayer groups for kitties that were sick or lost, or for humans that were sick. There were groups and forums of every kind for every kind of kitty. There were many weddings, funerals, and holiday parties, and every year, a kitty named Samoa chose the hottest Dreamboats on Catster!
Way back when, best diaries were chosen also, there was also a Catster of the Day and of the Week. The week after I left for the Bridge, I was chosen Cat of the Week.
Every year, there was also The World's Coolest Cat and Dog Show, and there were many areas to enter, such as Costumes and Naughtiest Cat.
There was also good things like Instant Messaging, where we kitties could talk to our friends for hours if we wanted to!
Here comes the scary part....
Then one day, everything changed. A company called Say Media took over Dogster and Catster!
Oh yeah, Almost everything remained the same, except for a few things. Instead of green, Catster turned purple, there was no more Instant messaging, but I think that disappeared before anyway, and the World's Coolest Dog and Cat Show disappeared! *screams*
But, well, as long as we still had our friends, it didn't matter quite as much. Sandy, Mojo and I kind of started to back off for awhile though, because, well, our Mom discovered something else....something called Facebook.
Everything seemed to be going okay, I suppose there were a few problems here and there, Catster still remained merrily (?) rolling along.
Until.... *scary music*
One day we got a message saying that the mean old Say Media monster was taking our site...our home, our friends...away from us! *bigger screams*
It's because of the almighty dollar. Catster and Dogster aren't making much money.
I don't understand anything about money. Here's what I do understand:
I, along with Sandy, Scooter, Munchkin and Mojo, have made many wonderful friends on Catster.
I've been on Catster almost since it began, since August 9th, 2004, for Cat's sake!
I, along with millions of cats (and dogs on Dogster) have lived, met many wonderful friends, got married (AND divorced!) met a new love (Leo), been to many weddings and parties and prayer meetings, helped solve detective cases, been Cat of the Day and Week, gotten sick, went to the Bridge with the support for my Mom from my friends.
My Mom has also been through a lot with Catster Moms/dads' help, like the pet food recalls, all my conditions like having teeth pulled, dandruff, and my kidney problems and all of Sandy's issues too, and now Mojo's (even though he thinks he's purr-fect!)
It's so very hard to see Catster and Dogster go, because, along with the social fun we've had, we also get serious advice for sick kitties and grief counseling for those of us who've lost someone we've loved.
I remember hanging out with cool cats like The A Team, Bruce the Boss, and a great bunch called The Fiends. There was a cat named Selket who, I think if I was a boy cat, I'd want to marry her. She was beautiful, and I loved hanging around her! Poor Selket, she probably thought I was stalking her! Those cats pretty much ran the social forums for years.
I know, it may be hard for you young kits to understand, but Catster was a great stomping grounds a few years ago, and it could remain that way, but for the mean old monster...."it" doesn't deserve another mention.
So, when my Mom found out about "them" shutting down Dogster and Catster, it was kind of like a slap in the face. At first, we weren't that surprised, since we know some of the kitties that came on here a lot more have stopped coming as often. Then someone suggested saving our diary entries, and when Mom began doing that, she kind of "woke up" and realized how much we've actually been through during these 9+ years, and a lot of kitties and their families have been through a lot more than we have.
Some kitties and their families are trying to save Catster or start a new one. Well, starting a new one might be okay, but for some reason, it just won't be the same. Saving it would be a good idea, but in the back of our minds, we all know that even if we save it, it would only be temporary.
I hate saying that, I know it sounds cruel, but, most people do believe that money does make the world go 'round. :-(
I hate saying goodbye to Catster...I really do. So do Sandy, Scooter, Munchkin and Mojo and our Mom. We've made so many good friends, and thanks to Facebook, we can keep in touch with a lot of them.
We're going to miss you Catster. It's breaking our hearts.
August 10th 2011 5:44 pm
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Charlie Chocolate Paws Scales of Feistiness
1. Do you make demands of your human? (If you answered Yes, give yourself 1 point.)
I did, yes. 1
2. If you make demands by doing any of the following, give yourself 1 point for each:
Persistent meowing 0
Smacky Paws 1
Relentless staring 1
Inappropriate behaviors (i.e., chewing on furniture, electrical cords, the oven) Getting on the counters and table. 1 Oh yes!
3. If you make demands by doing any of the following, subtract 1 point:
Rubbing and purring on your human -1
4. If you let your humans rub your belly, subtract 2 points. NO WAY!
5. If you let anyone kiss your belly, subtract 5 points. Touch my belly and you would get my fangs in your forehead! 0
6. Are you Head of your Household (HOH)? (1 point if you consider yourself HOH) Until Sandy came. 1
7. If you have kitty (or other animal) siblings, do you:
(Give yourself 1 point for each Yes)
Eat their food? 1
Demand that they groom you? 0
Chase them? 1
Stare at them relentlessly? 0
Stalk them? 1
Pounce on them? 1
Make them meow? 0
Steal their (well, *your*) toys? 0
Make them growl? 1
Make their ears go backwards? 1
Pretend to be grooming (or staring at the wall, ceiling, etc.) while actually stalking them? 0
8. Have you ever destroyed household items?
(1 point for each yes)
Clothing or shoes? 0
Kitty Toys? 0
9. Please list any other crazy things you do that are ridiculously feisty (1 point per).
1. Helped myself to treats, by locating the container and knocking it over to open it 0
2. Have come away with a mouthful of fur from each cat I live with 0
3. Pulled and ate a teabag out of the garbage 0
Total Score (Place your score/name in your Diary Title):
My Score is 11. I'm, or was, a COOL CAT! Well I already knew that!
0-5 LAIDBACK LOVEBUG: You are a lovebug. You are sweet (and probably floofy) and you go with the flow. Nothing *really* bothers you and you like everybody. You don’t even mind having a feisty sibling! You are a laidback lovebug!
6-15 COOL CAT: You are one cool cat. Smooth with a touch of mischief. You’ve got a bit of feisty in you and a bit of lovebug. Balance is good; you know how to have a good time by chasing and pouncing AND you know how to have a good time by being a mellow kitty and just hanging out. You are a cool cat!
16+ CRAZY FEISTY: You are a nut. A cheeky little monkey! Crazy, feisty, the talk of the town! Chasing kitty sisters, demanding your human feed you NOW, eating your mom’s favorite pair of shoes, turning on the oven with your freakishly strong teeth just because you can! The world is your playground and you’ll try anything once (or twice). If your human can handle the shenanigans of a CRAZY FEISTY kitty cat, all is good! If your human cannot handle the shenanigans, wait until she leaves for work to get crazy and then blame it on your sistercat when your human comes home! You are crazy feisty (and a whole lot of mischievous fun!)!
Any kitty that wants to play is invited! Feel free to tag friends to find out just how feisty your friends are!
September 14th 2009 8:19 pm
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This is so weird.
It doesn't happen every night, but at least twice a week. I go to bed, and as soon as I turn the light out and start to fall asleep, but am still somewhat awake, I seem to feel "something" jump up on the bed and walk over to me. At first, I think it's Sandy, so I either sit up and turn the light back on, or I just look over and either Sandy is lying right next to me or somewhere on the bed, or hasn't come to bed yet.
Sometimes, but not very often anymore, when I sleep over at my mom's house, I used to feel a cat jump up on the bed (but my mom doesn't have a cat. .. yet) and I just laughed and thought I was so used to one (or both) cats jumping on my bed to "kiss me/knead me goodnight", but that doesn't happen anymore. Although the first time that ever happened was when I was in the hospital for my gallbladder operation. . .but then, I was on painkillers, an IV, and I had been up for at least 20 hours!
After Squeakers left for the bridge, I had Sandy with me. She always sleeps with me. .. . Squeakers, not that much since Sandy came. So I hadn't felt any "ghost cat walking" until about a month ago.
I wonder if Squeakers is trying to tell me something. . or is just trying to tuck me in! MOL!
Or. .. maybe it's not Squeakers at all. .. maybe I'm just a crazy cat lady needing more sleep!
I never told anyone. . .and who knows, maybe Squeakers wants me to keep her secret. Besides, I know if I told my mom or my friend Jen, they'd both roll their eyes like I was some kind of nut.
Maybe I am.
Though I have read things about telepathy, even from beyond "The Bridge" and believe it is possible. Especially since I did experience a telepathic connection between me and my sweet Squeakers about two months after she left me. She showed me that she was okay, I even saw her with a friend, a sad dog that she was keeping company with. I know that she misses me even more than I miss her, but that she's okday. . and so am I.
When Sandy choses to leave this Earth. . I will be devastated, but I think I will be able to connect with her too.
On one of her earlier diary entries, about her waking me up by walking on me, Squeakers once said:
"These paws were made for walkin'
And that's just what they'll do
Every morning these paws
Are gonna walk all over you!"
Still it continues. .. except at night!
August 24th 2009 6:35 pm
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I finally heard from Leo, after months! *flaps wings* He sent me a star and roses! Thank you soooo much Leo! I miss you so incredibly much!
I'm glad he sent me those, because then I went on his page to see if he'd added a diary entry or. . .anything, but his Christmas pics are still up. But I saw a birthday cake rosie on his page and OOPS!! That's what I get for counting on Mommy's memory! His birthday was yesterday! So I gave him a rosie too, and begging him to come back, also wishing him a happy belated birthday.
He's probably celebrating all week anyway! Happy Birthday Leo! MWAH!
July 14th 2009 3:46 pm
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From Squeakers: (whatever she says, I have an allibi!)
My Mommy went totally paw-crazy!
She thinks our pawprints are so adorable. . .yeah. . .whatever! Feet are feet, I always thought her feet were purrty scary-looking! Maybe that's why she thinks our paws are so cute?
Anyway, when I left for the Bridge, the lady gave Mommy my pawprints. . .she loved them, as soon as she baked them. Every so often she runs her fingers over my last "Paw and Testament". She used to tickle my paws. .. humans don't realize it, when they touch our paws, it tickles!
Sandy doesn't mind it too much, she just moves her paws and tail, but not out of the line of fire. I used to try to bite her to keep her paws off MY paws!
She just got some paws in the mail today. Oh she said she ordered them from the Animal Rescue Store. .. but I helped her get there just so I could send her some of my paws (Scooter & Munchie's too) She got a purple paw charm that says "Love Me, Love My Cat" and a couple paw rings and a little paw charm. . .special delivery from me, Scooter & Munchkin (with the label "the Animal Rescue Store" so it would be legit) and in return she got our paws, plus she said with that she got to give 56.0 bowls of food.
Sure. . .whatever.
Part of it is so she will leave Sandy's paws alone! Purrsonally I don't care about Sandy's paws. .. but the Bridge Kittens feel bad for the Sandmeister with her dainty witto. .. uh, dainty little paws. . .
Yeah. .. whatever.
*looks at paws* Yeah. . .I guess they're kinda cute. At least they're white, not gray and brown like Sandy's.
February 28th 2009 10:09 am
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Today would've been Squeakers' 6th birthday.
Woulda, coulda, shoulda
but she should've lived to a ripe old age like Sandy
but now she is forever a kitten, cloud-hopping and chasing mice and having a great time.
I'm sure she does miss me. . .maybe not Sandy, as much, but I'm sure she does miss me, we really had a special relationship.
I've heard of dogs giving kisses, Lyndi licks me until I'm dripping with doggie slobber. .. . but I've never heard of a cat doing it. . . until Squeakers came along. At first, her tongue was so much like sandpaper, I'd let her lick, but only for a few seconds, then I'd push her away. As she got older though, her tongue seemed softer, and she kissed with more sweetness, care and love.
She did do things to annoy me, but if she didn't, she wouldn't be a cat! It was her JOB to annoy me. . . once in awhile. Now she's my little angel, up at the Rainbow Bridge, I'm sure she's a good greeter, she liked making friends. She was like a dog in that respect, she'd sniff people out to make sure they were okay, then after a minute of staring them down, she'd jump on their laps. One time a friend of a friend actually had the gall to push Squeaks off her lap! Okay, once in awhile I might've done that too, but Squeaks was just saying "Hi, I'm Squeakers, who are you? Wanna make friends?"
You could just tell in her actions that that's what she was thinking, anyway.
I'm not saying Sandy's a bad cat, she's wonderful, maybe as shy as I am, shyer, actually, much more, in fact, her former owner should've named her Bashful. But Squeakers was perfect for me. She jumped on tables, knocked over stuff, unrolled toilet paper rolls, pulled emergency cords, snuck out the door more than once. .. .
but I wouldn't have wanted her any other way!
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing her again. . . someday.
February 1st 2009 9:30 pm
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On nights like tonight especially. Squeakers has been gone for almost two months, but sometimes it seems like two weeks.
I was just doing normal things, Watching an I Love Lucy marathon, tuning in from time to time to the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, typing for Sandy at the LLS Super Bowl party, just normal Sunday stuff, well Super Bowl Sunday stuff, since I don't care much for football I like the Puppy bowl better.
Anyway, I had Squeakers play a romantic tune on a violin from up on the Bridge, for Jacques, who was also having his Birthday Party, and his sweetie Roxanne *if you don't participate in the forums, this may sound really strange, but everything is virtual*
I remembered then how my Grandma June once gave me a card for my birthday, she likes to do gluing, so she prints out pictures and cuts them to fit into other pictures and from there she makes cards, so she made me on with me in a sexy outfit *Ha! That's a laugh!, Plus most grandmas don't think that way, or so we think* with Squeakers wearing a crown and playing the violin! I just had to find that card, it was something, you know, something you just HAVE to do. . .NOW! Well, I rearranged some things last month while I did some cleaning, and I couldn't, for the life of me remember where I put my cards! Not just that one, but I save almost everything, all Christmas cards, birthday, etc. I started looking under the bed, in closets, in drawers, twice! And for some reason, it was urgent, I just HAD to find that card! Then my aunt from Dallas called and we talked, and for some reason, while we were talking, it popped into my head where the cards where, and TADA! There they were, in a basket on my kitchen table and the first one that I saw was the one with Squeakers and the violin!
I was so happy to see it that I started to cry, well, actually I found it while I was on the phone with my aunt, so I didn't cry immediately, but after a few minutes after I got off the phone I did, then I held Squeakers' urn in my arms and just bawled.
That was so strange, because there are some days that I don't even think about her, or just for a second, there are days where I still tell stories about her to my friends, and it doesn't bother me at all. Last Saturday I spent six hours working on a scrapbook of just pictures of Squeakers and it didn't hit me at all. Just tonight.
I guess the guy who said "Mama said there'd be days like this" knew what he was talking about!
I still miss my baby!
I guess February is a hard month. Feb. 6 with be two months since she left me and Feb. 28th would've been her sixth birthday.
December 26th 2008 2:09 pm
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I am so grateful for all my friends and family for helping me get through this horrible time after my baby Squeakers went to the Bridge. For my mom for automatically sending me the money to cover the bill for the emergency vet, even though she didn't need to, and she was out of town. For my friend Jennifer (Twinkie's mom) for rushing upstairs to help me with Squeakers, for calling a friend that could drive and asking her to pick us up, for going with me, helping me fill out the forms, for giving me a hug (she's not a hugger) after I found out my Squeakers went to the Bridge, for Elizabeth, the lady that drove us, who dropped everything to rush over to pick us up, for the Animal Emergency Clinic who gave me both Squeakers ashes and her pawprints that I will always cherish. For my Grandma and Aunt Sandy (cat Sandy too!) who gave me someone to talk to after the horrible event.
But I am so grateful to have wonderful Catster friends , just as much as I am grateful to have my wonderful family, Catster members are just like family to me. I am so glad I joined Catster four years ago! I am grateful for all the kitties and their humans that sent condolence cards, especially those that sent them to Pepper, who sent them with a present for Squeakers and Sandy, cute little quilts that I know were made with a lot of love. I thank Catster HQ, or whoever chose my Squeakers as Cat of the Week last week. That really sent Squeakers off to the Bridge with a bang, and she was loved by so many, i just saw that she has 585 friends on Catster, plus all my friends and family who've met her fell in love with her almost instantly, and who couldn't? Even maintenance men, cable guys, and maybe even the Schwans guys, and my next-door neighbor and some other neighbors that've met her fell in love with her.
Anyway, I'd just like to thank all of you, and especially Pepper, Squeakers' twin, I think her mom cried harder than I did! But then, I knew that she wasn't sick anymore, even though didn't really know that she was sick to begin with. Also, thanks to Marina for sending me the beautiful candle, Truman for setting up the memorial, that was so sweet, even if I couldn't be there, darn seizures!
Thank you so much to all my Catster friends, we really are like family or close friends!
Wishing all of you a happy and healthy New Year!
December 23rd 2008 12:34 pm
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I just talked to my mom and she asked me if I am really missing Squeakers. I said that, yes, I am missing her, but I am pretty much getting on with my life, I think my baby would want it that way.
But I said that this Christmas might feel a little "weird" or "off" because my Squeakers won't be coming to my Mom's with me like we have done for the past five years. I told her "It will be kinda like not being with you on Christmas" . She kinda avoided that subject cuz we had a huge argument on Thanksgiving and she "uninvited" me for Christmas, obviously we made up and she "reinvited" me.
But she did remind me of the time Squeakers was with me, not sure what holiday it was, maybe it wasn't even a holiday, and Squeakers would hop up on the bed between us. Above my mom's king-sized bed she has a huge wreath decoration (not Christmas wreath) with dried flowers on it. She has one in the guest bedroom too, and Squeakers loved to play with both of them. But to get to them, she had to stand "on" one of us, and get on her tippy-toes and reeeeeeeeaaaacccchhh as far as she could! She'd bang that darn wreath until I woke up and would knock her off and make her lie down or get off the bed. That's what kept me up most of the night!
Anyway, what I was trying to say is that my mom told me that while she was sitting in bed reading the paper on Sunday, she looked down and saw one of those dried flowers on her pillow. My mom said "Thank you Squeakers, I love you too!"
I guess any logical mind would think that the flower just fell off, but you never know, it could be a message from my baby, we both think it was.
What makes it kinda spooky is that when Squeakers was younger, I had a basketful of dried flowers like that, I put it on a very high dresser where Squeakers hardly ever went, but one morning I woke up and there was a dried flower (with the stem chewed) on my pillow, and that dresser wasn't next to my bed, she carried it in her mouth, and I think she put it on my pillow because cats like to boast about their "kill" so I thanked Squeakers just as my mom did on Sunday.
I think that was a message, Squeakers is saying that she's sorry we miss her so, but she's happy and young and playful again.
At least I hope it means that
This all could be coincidence, but I think not.
Merry Christmas from Squeakers!
December 11th 2008 9:02 am
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Did anycat see that? I am COTW! Finally! I've finally climbed that bookshelf. . . but I'm on the Bridge. . .I guess they did it just for Mommy so that she could have one last thing to remember me by. I wonder, when she's 80 years old and she's already had five more cats, will she tell the people at the old folks home about her cat Squeakers pulling the emergency cord, help making turtles and being Cat of the Day (Jan 9, 2008) and Cat of the Week on a website called Catster.
Oh yeah, anycat also notice that the COTD is from Minneapolis and I'm from St. Paul? Twin Cities' cats in the spotlight! WOW!
P.S, if anycat wants to know, Mommy had to call the emergency vet to cancel the urn, they didn't answer, so she left a message. for those who don't know, Mommy accidentally, maybe, ordered an urn for me after my leaving this Earth on Saturday, but it was over $200 and since Mommy isn't working. . . oh well.
I could tell she was embarrassed, but I guess the Big Mom told her it had to be done, even if Mommy is living on her own now for over ten years, but she's not good with money anymore, she used to be. .. I guess Grandma will just have to find something else to put me in.
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