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Bitu and the Visiting Nurse's Suitcase

October 10th 2007 8:49 pm
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I've been plagued by a leg infection for several years, owing to leaving something in my skin too long that eventually became too painful for me to live with. When we still had Minnie, she often liked to be on my bed. After my leg got so sore and Minnie would get on the bed with me, I was able to say, "Easy, easy, easy!" and she knew to make her way around my sore spots (at least most of the time). By the time my sore spots got so painful that I had to go to the hospital a couple times (one for almost a week and just overnight the second time), Bitu had come along. When home health nurses have come to take care of my leg at home, Bitu has hidden most of the time, though she became relaxed enough with some of them to stay out where they could see her. Sometimes she's been known to take a lick of the water they wanted to use to wash my sore spots before wrapping my leg up again. After we changed our insurance so we could keep the doctor we've been seeing so recently about my leg, we wanted to arrange for a home health nurse in case the weather got too bad for us to take the train to the clinic where we've been going. We asked for a certain nurse who'd done me before because she knows about us and our situation. To our surprise, she came this afternoon to help me the way she did before. When she had to go get something from her car while she was helping me, Bitu emerged from hiding long enough to sniff all around her suitcase (it's a suitcase on wheels with a pull-out handle). Then when the nurse came back, Bitu ran off to hide again. We wonder if Bitu will take time to sniff around the suitcase every time the nurse comes. My brother's afraid that she might hurt herself by doing it, but I don't think she will.


Diary of the Day (Part Two)

October 11th 2007 9:35 pm
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I can't believe it! Our diary has been picked as Diary of the Day for October 11, 2007. But this time was different. Some of Bitu's Catster Friends looked at it and liked what they saw. Some had particular favorites, but some liked everything. Bitu even got some notes of congratulation from some of the other clubs she belongs to. I wonder what will happen when the next special occasion comes along.


Bitu's Third Star

October 12th 2007 10:31 pm
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Bitu got another star for her collection today. It was from a cat named Zazu who she'd never met before. It was hard to find the right one (there are both boy and girl cats named Zazu here), but eventually I found the right one so I could send a thank-you note on Bitu's behalf. I wonder if Bitu's got a secret admirer...


More Presents For Bitu

October 14th 2007 12:00 am
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Bitu got some more "rosettes" today (October 13, 2005). One was a pumpkin and the other was a flying bat, since it's getting so close to Halloween. The flying bat reminded me of a joke which is in a Spanish-language joke book I have: Two girl mice were walking along when a bat suddenly flew by. One got scared and asked, "What was that?" The other one answered, "That's my boyfriend. He's a pilot." I told the joke (translated, of course) to the one who'd given the flying bat to Bitu and he said that it should be put up in the Forums one of these days. I know that at least one page has a Joke of the Week, but I don't know if there are any prizes beyond bragging rights.


Animal Cruelty And Class Discrimination

October 14th 2007 9:17 pm
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Bitu felt compelled to write an article today about the Puerto Rican Animal Control Massacre from a pet's perspective. I thought I'd copy it into her diary in case somebody missed it on the KittyWhiskas For Catsters page:

Animal Cruelty And Class Discrimination

One of our members recently felt compelled to alert me to an article which points out a clear-cut case of both animal cruelty and class discrimination. It came from News, but for those of you who might not go to that page very often to get your news from the computer, here's the basic run-down: There was a recent crackdown in Puerto Rico against people who tried to keep pets in low-income buildings with "no pet" rules. Though the local Animal Control promised that the confiscated pets would be well cared for, the reality is that practically all of them - cats and dogs alike - were thrown from a bridge in an effort to kill them. Only a few dogs survived, though they suffered broken legs and other injuries. It makes you wonder why the richer apartment buildings weren't targeted the same way. As a pet in a low-income building full of elderly and disabled tenants such as my people are, I know from experience what joy can come from having a pet when you might not have too many human friends. Though our building here has a fee for canine and feline residents, the fee can be waived for those who have a doctor's letter explaining how the pet can be a companion or be useful as a service animal. There are some birds here, too, though I'm not sure how they're officially accommodated. It seems to me that there could be such accommodation for pets in Puerto Rico, too. People of all economic levels love pets, but especially the poor. One of my people is sometimes invited to make a speech on behalf of low-income housing, so I'm sure he would also be glad to make a speech on behalf of low-income pets, too, if he were asked. But since he doesn't write his speeches owing to being a lousy speller, he prefers to make his speeches directly from the heart, so that's why my other human is writing this article for me. I wish we could lodge some kind of official protest to let the Puerto Rican Animal Control know how wrong it is to kill innocent animals, especially those taken in by poor people. Don't they have a Humane Society down there? Since one of my people knows Spanish, maybe she could let them know how we feel in
a way they could understand, especially since all official business is conducted in Spanish in Puerto Rico, even though some people also know English. Though we may not be able to help the unfortunate pets who were killed in this clear-cut case of animal cruelty and class discrimination, we should find a way for our group to remember them the same way we would like to remember our deceased family members on our Memorial Wall. Let's do everything we can to ensure that nothing like this will ever happen to an innocent pet again, especially if they find themselves among poor people who really want to love them.


Shocking News

October 18th 2007 6:54 pm
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Bitu has been receiving some shocking news over the last couple days. For one thing, the Mac Kitties Club has expanded their ranks to include dogs. We're all for people and their pets becoming interested in becoming Mac users, but it was enough to make Bitu run to her scratching box. Then somebody we'd never seen before came along claiming to have read Bitu's diary who appeared interested in being a Catster Friend and a potential member of KittyWhiskas For Catsters, but before Bitu issued any invitations to that particular cat, Minnie's page had suddenly disappeared. Minnie can't help that she never had pictures taken in life which would allow people to see what she looked like in life if they were to look at the official portrait space. I was hoping to be able to use a nice picture of a lit candle to represent her at least on Bitu's own page or on the KittyWhiskas For Catsters Memorial Wall page, though I thought that somebody might want to know her life story even if we could only fill in the details as we knew them. But if I had to check the box that said she's not around anymore, then she would have been relegated to the back burner and nobody would have bothered to look, even though she was a little over four and a half when she died of a bad case of fleas at the Rose City Veterinary Hospital and would be seven now if she were still alive. But she was considered (at least by us) as having one life left which we believe she's been enjoying in Heaven for almost three years. We've also taken some comfort in the fact that other cats who have gone before Minnie who knew about in life were willing to become her friends, though she would probably insist on being the top cat among them. And even some living cats wanted to be Minnie's friends, even though they'll have to wait for awhile before they get to meet her personally some day. And Minnie did exist between July 2, 2000 and February 3, 2005, no matter what anybody says. And she died naturally, despite any accusations of our having had her put to sleep. We wanted her to get well and come home.


A Gift From Beyond (Sort Of)

October 19th 2007 10:00 pm
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Bitu's starting to have some success in finding occupants for the KittyWhiskas For Catsters Memorial Wall. The first successful enrollment was from some members who wanted to remember a departed family member. Fortunately for them, they had a picture to go by so people can see what he looked like in life. Then today Bitu got a heart "rosette" as a thank-you from that cat. He must have had quite a time coming down here so that he could give it, though Bitu appreciated his kind thoughts. She wrote a thank-you note, expressing hope that this cat and Minnie are getting along well in Heaven. Of course, since the cat who sent the heart "rosette" was the first cat on the Memorial Wall, then we suppose he's the top cat among them. I just hope that Minnie won't be too jealous over this.


A More Distinguished Pedigree?

October 20th 2007 6:37 pm
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Somebody who recently joined KittyWhiskas For Catsters has been insisting that Bitu might be a Maine Coon. But if she had been a Maine Coon, I think that her Humane Society papers would have said so. When we first got Minnie, the guy who gave her to us said she was half-calico-half-persian, so that's what we called her as far as her mix, even though we never really knew what she was. It's been the same for Bitu. I suppose that the new member meant well in trying to give Bitu a more distinguished pedigree, but I think she's more concerned about being the top cat both with us and in KittyWhiskas For Catsters. We've told some of Bitu's Maine Coon Catster Friends about this, but we're not sure what they think about somebody trying to make Bitu join their ranks, distinguished though they may be.


Between One Mailbox And the Other

October 21st 2007 11:12 pm
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I've had to help Bitu keep up on her Catster Mail so much that I can't empty my own e-mail box as often as I used to. When we were between computers the first and the second time, we had several thousand emails to go through when we were able to get back on-line again. The same thing happened when I was in the hospital for almost a week for my sore leg in 2005. But now that I have to go between my own e-mail box and Bitu's Catster Mail box, my own e-mail is piling up again. I'm shocked how a couple thousand e-mails can pile up in the e-mail box over a couple days. But if I don't see mail in Bitu's Catster Mail box often enough, I worry that she might be losing some friends. I've tried my best to get along with all the cats here, but it seems that I haven't been doing as good a job as I probably should have. And on top of it all, Bitu has offered her kitty massage services to the Brusselball Club's Spa Meow for their Spa Party next month, even though she's only given my brother and I kitty massages at home until now. I wonder if Bitu's gotten too ambitious for her own good, both in terms of getting friends and participating in clubs that she's not been in too long. But I'd rather she gets to keep her friends. The kitty massages at the Brusselball Club Spa Meow can wait for awhile.


Another Gift From Beyond (Sort Of)

October 23rd 2007 12:47 am
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Bitu got a black cat "rosette" to add to her collection yesterday (October 22,2007). It was sent from the cat who was our first successful enrollment on the KittyWhiskas For Catsters Memorial Wall (Bitu is the living caretaker). It must be hard for the departed cats here to come down and communicate with the living cats, even though they need help from their people to do it. On the other hand, it probably gives the people a sense of comfort to think that their departed cats think of their people as much as the people think of them. We like to think that Minnie thinks about us sometimes, but she can't come down to say so, though we wish she could. I wonder what kind of "rosettes" Minnie would give if she could...

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