January 11th 2010 1:21 pm
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I received some pawsome news from Cleo and her pawsome furmily on December 30th. They sent me a blue cupcake and said, "Time to celebrate, Daddy got a job! The owner of the glass company hired him on the spot & is even paying him a little more money than his previous job, he starts work on Jan. 18, 2010. What a way to ring in the new year! Love, Jarvis, Tux, Cleo" Yay! I am so happy that Cleo's daddy found a job. *does the happy dance*
On December 31st, my sisfur Clawdette and her handsome Tux eloped to Mexico. They were wed in a beautifur sunset beach ceremony. I want to concatulate my sweet sisfur and to welcome Tux into our furmily.
Yesterday, Serafina Tilly and Mafia Princess sent my furmily and me a purrty heart. They said, "We haven't been on much since mom got pregnant, but we wanted to say we love our friends!!! Love to all!!"
I need to update on my human brofur Jim. He had a CT scan recently... before he went back to the lung specialist on December 23rd. Jim got both good and "iffy" news about his condition. The GOOD news is that the lungs are clear of the fungus! The "iffy" news is that he DOES have some scarring. We don't really know what that means for Jim down the road. His treatment with the antifungal will go on for another 6 or so months as the bone involvement takes much longer to cure. So, he is to return for another report on his progress with the fungus attacking his bones. He is still short winded but that may be the result of the scarring. The OTHER issue they found was that Jim has kidney stones waiting to "surprise" him and a cyst on his kidney that must be watched. Given the prognosis a few months back of terminal cancer, we are so very thankful and grateful to have gotten such wonderpur news about Jim. Thank you to effuryone who has prayed for my human brofur. Please continue to remember him in those purrs and prayers... but know he has come a long way into becoming more healthy.
My furmily is furry thankful to see Hooch feeling better. We are all purring and praying for a good year for Hooch. He had a really rough 2009 as he faced multiple illnesses. His battle was long and he was furry sick but he has had a few good months. My furmily and I want to thank all of you for caring about our Hooch.
December 28th 2009 6:28 pm
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Cleo and her pawsome furmily sent me a yummy cup of Hot Cocoa. They said, "Thank you all so much for our wonderpur gifts! You really shouldn't have, we have to apologize our meowmy couldn't manage gifts this year. But know that we send all our love and many hugs and kisses! Love, Jarvis, Tux & Cleo"
December 26th 2009 11:42 am
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Hooch has written in his diary about why we have been so quiet and I am borrowing some of his diary to start mine off. Meowmy says we have never been so far behind in our lives. We are hoping to get back to normal in 2010.
Our Christmas Day was furry full. Meowmy started the morning off with serving the delicious French Toast casserole to my brofur Jim and his girlfuriend Donna and to Jim's son Jimmy and his beautifur bride of two years... Amy. They had some very nice fellowship and a relaxed family moment before the "frenzy" began. After they had breakfast, Jimmy and Amy went home to prepare for the family Christmas gathering. Jim, Donna, my day and meowmy began preparing the delicious smelling food to take to Jimmy's. They baked ham and a turkey and would you believe that NONE of them would give us a bite. How rude. It smelled so delicious. Jim helped Meowmy and made the deviled egges. Meowmy says she doesn't know what he did but they were some of the best she has effur eaten. Meowmy put the potato salad together. Effurything smelled wonderpurr.
It was a VERY rainy day. Actually miserable, according to my meowmy. When they got ready to head out to Jimmy's, they had to put plastic over all the pawresents and food. They had the car totally packed to the brim. My pawrents did not get home until night and Jim helped my meowmy get her router hooked back up so that they can use all the catputers... my dad has a dinosaur and slow one and Meowmy had a laptop, in addition to the main catputer. It seems that when our DSL went out.... I don't know what DSL is and Meowmy WON'T tell me... she always spells it. How rude! Anyway, when the DSL guy fixed our phone and DSL lines, Meowmy thought that maybe her router was still working but the ol' gal did not know how to get it back up and running. Thank goodness for her catputer guru son Jim.
Speaking of Jim, I want to give a praise report on him. He had a CT scan recently... before he went back to the lung specialist. His appointment with the lung specialist was on December 23rd. Jim got both good and "iffy" news about his condition. The GOOD news is that the lungs are clear of the fungus! The "iffy" news is that he DOES have some scaring. We don't really know what that means for Jim down the road. His treatment with the antifungal will go on for another 6 or so months as the bone involvement takes much longer to cure. So, he is to return for another report on his progress with the fungus attacking his bones. He is still short winded but that may be the result of the scaring. The OTHER issue they found was that Jim has kidney stones waiting to "surprise" him and a cyst on his kidney that must be watched. Given the prognosis a few months back of terminal cancer, we are so very thankful and grateful to have gotten such wonderpur news about Jim. Thank you to effuryone who has prayed for my human brofur. Please continue to remember him in those purrs and prayers... but know he has come a long way into becoming more healthy.
My meowmy says she wants to apologize to effuryone who we have not contacted this Christmas season. She has been overwhelmed this whole year. In addition to the 12 of us kitties and 2 doggies, Meowmy has 5 grown children and 14 grandchildren. This keeps her time furry busy and shopping for the crew this year was really a job. We did not even decorate our home until a few days before Christmas and that was only minimal this year. We did not end up putting up a tree. Meowmy says she thinks it upset the whole furmily but next year she will do better.
Today, we got to open a package from Auntie Barbi, Cocoa and all the kitties. They gave us two bags full of mice, balls and catnip toys, Pounce treats, a stocking with Karisma's daddy Monte's picture inserted in it and a reindeer teaser. I can see Meowmy having fun with us on with it. Meowmy got a beautifur silver plated Christmas ornament from Auntie Barbi. It is a cute cat peeking out of a watering can. You can put a picture of one of us inside it. I wonder who will be chosen to go in the ornament?
I got behind, like Hooch, on my thank-yous for rosettes.
On the 15th, my precious Cleo sent me a big piece of Mistletoe. She said, "Meowy Christmas my handsome Prince! I'm showering you with lots of kitty kisses! I hope you have a wonderpurr holiday. I hear my brofurs are up to something... Love, Cleo"
On the 23rd, my sweet future sisfur-in-law Calamity and her precious furmily sent me a Christmas stocking. They said, "We wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season with all our love and best wishes fur a PAWSOME NEW YEAR!!!! Calamity, Henry, Calia, Romeo and Kana"
I hope that all my special furiends and loved ones had a pawsome Christmas Day and will be blessed in 2010. Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!
December 1st 2009 10:20 am
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Well, I must tell you that all of us kits are MIFFED with our meowmy. She has been too busy to let us attend our diaries and pmails. Can you believe the nerve of her? She has been involved in stripping wallpaper. Then, she had to wash off the old glue and prepare the wall. There were cracks to patch, holes where pictures were hanging to fill, then sanding the wall to make it smooth enough to paint. Then came the painting. Meowmy did manage to grab some time online to tend the farms, hunt Hatchlings, decorate her Yo home and take care of her cat "Cuddles" on Pet Society. I KNOW... none of those are REAL... HELLO, are we chopped liver? Well, now we know where we stand in her world! Pfffffffttttt.
On the 22nd, my cute little sisfur Karisma married the most handsome Mr. Lollycat McNoNo. Their wedding was beautifur, in spite of all the last minute glitches.
The day before Thanksgiving, Hooch had to go back to the doc doc to be checked and that took a long time because they did blood work. At least, he didn't get a big bald spot this time. Meowmy asked them to only make a small place... so, you really don't notice it.
Then she and my dad were preparing the Thanksgiving food for most of the week of Thanksgiving. That really took most of their time... they shopped for the food, prepared it to be cooked and then had to do the cooking. We had a CROWD for Thanksgiving. There were 18 strangers in our home. Yikes.... we hid... actually, Meowmy locked us in different rooms to keep those strangers away from all of us.
The day after Thanksgiving, my pawrents left early in the morning and went to one of the local malls in that madness called Black Friday. The crowds were out and about. They did NOT go to shop but to meet up with a dear furiend and his furmily who had driven down from High Point for the day. When I say the day, I mean the day. It was dark when my pawrents returned home and our dinner was LATE. This is not cool.
On Saturday, my pawrents left in the morning to go to the NC mountains (Saluda) for the day to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary of a family member. AGAIN, my pawrents were gone all day long and it was really LATE when they returned... well past dinner. Meowmy was even late by almost an hour giving Hooch his insulin. Even she was NOT a happy camper about that.
On Sunday, my pawrents went to the same mall to meet up with three of my dad's cousins who had driven in for the anniversary pawty. So, they spent another day at the mall and got home at dinner time.
Yesterday, Meowmy spent the day playing catch up with too many things and guess what? She did NOT get caught up. But Hooch made her promise to attend to our needs first this morning... so she is attempting to do just that.
It will take us a while to get over our neglect! Pffffftttt!
October 26th 2009 10:29 am
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We lost a dear friend named Calvin today. Our hearts are breaking right now. We know that Calvin is watching over all of his family and furiends now from the Bridge. Calvin touched so many hearts with his love and humor. We will miss you Calvin and will look to the heavens now for your beautifur orange face and wisdom. You took a piece of our hearts with you, dear furiend. We will forever love you. We send our love and pray for the comfort of your family in this time of such loss.
Calvin was a kneading furiend and a fellow orangie. We lost such a special guy today.
October 14th 2009 4:34 pm
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Mybeautifur Cleo and her furmily sent me a Blue Frosted Cupcake. They said, "We have great news! Our long lost cousin Milo has come home! Milo belongs to our Aunt Jami & he disappeared in June. He was found last week hanging out at a fish hatchery, skinny but okay. He is home now & very happy! Love, Jarvis, Tux, & Cleo" We are so happy that Milo has come home. Yay!
August 22nd 2009 9:39 am
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We just learned that a very sweet furiend named Sammie went to the Bridge yesterday. We are deeply shocked and saddened over this news. Sammie and his furmily have been so kind to us since we joined Catster and my furmily and I can't begin to tell them how much they meant and still mean to us. Sammie, we will look to the heavens tonight to see your new star shining brightly. We will furever remember and love you! My furmily and I send your grieving pawrents our deepest sympathy. You will live furever in their hearts. You made many special memories for them.
August 17th 2009 9:30 pm
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Cleo, Jarvis and Tux sent me a Stay Cool in the Pool!! They said, "Hello Loved Ones! We are so sorry we haven't been on Catster lately, but Meowmy has been feeling a little down. Know that we love you & think of you always, hopefully things will improve soon. Much love & kisses, Jarvis, Tux & Cleo" Always know that we are here for you... we will wait furever.
August 14th 2009 12:14 pm
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Angel Wanda's sweet brofur Edward lost his earthly battle with FIP on August 12th, after a valiant and brave fight of 10 weeks. Our furmily is deeply saddened by this but we know that sweet Edward is no longer suffering and is with his angel furmily at the Bridge. Godspeed and much love to Edward. We send our love and deepest sympathy to his grieving earth furmily.
August 12th 2009 9:38 am
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From my meowmy ~ This story really touched my heart. I hope you will learn that you cannot go only by outside appearances. See the love that Ugly had inside him... not what his outer being stated. I hope that I will meet Ugly across that "Rainbow Bridge". He certainly has a piece of my heart. I do not know the original author. Jo Ann
Everyone in the apartment complex I lived in knew who Ugly was. Ugly was the resident tomcat. Ugly loved three things in this world: fighting, eating garbage, Oh, and shall we say, love.
The combination of these things combined with a life spent outside had their effect on Ugly. To start with, he had only one eye, and where the other should have been was a gaping hole. He was also missing his ear on the same side, his left foot appeared to have been badly broken at one time, and had healed at an unnatural angle, making him look like he was always turning the corner.
His tail had long ago been lost, leaving only the smallest stub, which he would constantly jerk and twitch. Ugly would have been a dark gray tabby striped-type, except for the sores covering his head, neck, even his shoulders with thick, yellowing scabs. Every time someone saw Ugly there was the same reaction.
"That's one UGLY cat!!"
All the children were warned not to touch him, the adults threw rocks at him, hosed him down, squirted him when he tried to come in their homes, or shut his paws in the door when he would not leave.
Ugly always had the same reaction. If you turned the hose on him, he would stand there, getting soaked until you gave up and quit. If you threw things at him, he would curl his lanky body around feet in forgiveness.
Whenever he spied children, he would come running meowing frantically and bump his head against their hands, begging for their love. If ever someone picked him up he would immediately begin suckling on your shirt, earrings, whatever he could find.
One day Ugly shared his love with the neighbors huskies. They did not respond kindly, and Ugly was badly mauled. From my apartment I could hear his screams, and I tried to rush to his aid. By the time I got to where he was laying, it was apparent Ugly's sad life was almost at an end.
Ugly lay in a wet circle, his back legs and lower back twisted grossly out of shape, a gaping tear in the white strip of fur that ran down his front. As I picked him up and tried to carry him home I could hear him wheezing and gasping, and could feel him struggling. I must be hurting him terribly I thought. Then I felt a familiar tugging, sucking sensation on my ear-
Ugly, in so much pain, suffering and obviously dying was trying to suckle my ear. I pulled him closer to me, and he bumped the palm of my hand with his head, then he turned his one golden eye towards me, and I could hear the distinct sound of purring. Even in the greatest pain, that ugly battled-scarred cat was asking only for a little affection, perhaps some compassion.
At that moment I thought Ugly was the most beautiful, loving creature I had ever seen. Never once did he try to bite or scratch me, or even try to get away from me, or struggle in any way. Ugly just looked up at me completely trusting in me to relieve his pain.
Ugly died in my arms before I could get inside, but I sat and held him for a long time afterwards, thinking about how one scarred, deformed little stray could so alter my opinion about what it means to have true pureness of spirit, to love so totally and truly. Ugly taught me more about giving and compassion than a thousand books, lectures, or talk show specials ever could, and for that I will always be thankful.
He had been scarred on the outside, but I was scarred on the inside, and it was time for me to move on and learn to love truly and deeply. To give my total to those I cared for. Many people want to be richer, more successful, well liked, beautiful, but for me, I will always try to be Ugly.
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