April 21st 2012 4:18 pm
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One year ago my New England family (Catsy's amazing family) brought me to live in Purrsville
with Hazel Lucy's mom. Hazel Lucy's mom! Wow, I'd heard about her but who'dathunkit that I'd
ever ever live with her! Well, now I do and I'm sure glad about it. Catsy's mom knew I needed a
home where I'd be the onlycat and had a mom who would shower me with tons of attention.
Guess you could say I'm a Transformer Cat! I was shy and scared and would bite and scratch.
I transformed into a cat who eats up affection, loves my mom, and plays all night! Don't you love
batting your mousies high into the air? Oh and I love, love tummy rubs! And I kiss mom on her
face and the top of her head. AND, drum roll...., mom picks me up and carries me and I relax
into her arms!!!
Please celebrate with me! Tuna ice cream for everycat!
happy happy Mazie
I figured it would take at least 4-5 years before Mazel blossomed to this extent. Mazie surprises
me every day with her open heart and sweetness. All I did was stand back and let her come out
of her shell at her own pace. I never pushed or demanded, always speaking to her in a soft voice,
encouraging and praising her all the time. She did all the rest herself. I missed the affection of
Hazel Lucy and figured I'd have to wait a long while, but Mazie had other plans. Who could have
guessed that I'd be able to pick her up, hold her, and carry her! I'm hoping that soon she will let
me trim her nails, they sure grow fast! Mazel is a good girl, perfect manners, looks at me with
love and I'm very very very happy that I'm her mom! I won her heart and she surely won mine!
I will always be grateful to her first family for trusting me with this precious girl.
April 13th 2012 10:17 am
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Today I'm a big 4 years old!
And even better, I share the day with my littermates, Gilmore, Lilith and our dad Butters.
But even more better, it's also the birthday of angel Princess CATSY's. She is my hero.
Thank you for celebrating our birthdays!
happy 4 year old
April 9th 2012 2:22 pm
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You won't believe this!
You know that mom can hold me to her chest while she sits on the rug.
(That rug and I are friends now!)
Well, last night mom held me, then stood up and walked across the room!
I was relaxed and happy in her arms the whole way. Mom is thrilled.
She loves me because I opened my heart to her.
Life is Good!
Thank you for all the beautiful eggs and gifts and rosettes. I made mom
work almost 2 hours giving them out but then her hands gave out! You
are all so kind to me!
October 21st 2011 7:07 pm
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Six whole months in Purrsville!
My mom! She adores me! She speaks softly to me. I am happy and healthy!
Every day I show my affection for my mom. I put my head in her hand and push.
That's love. I answer when she calls me (usually). That's love. I talk to her a lot.
That's love. I love being petted. I love making mom smile.
I'm very grateful to Hazel Lucy, Catsy and family, and to Buddie and all the angels
who made my new life possible.
Mazie is a wonder! She has blossomed into a loving, playful and contented kitty.
It's the best! Every day she shows more affection. Mazie is a sweet and beautiful
girl and I'm honored to be her mom!
June 29th 2011 1:54 pm
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I run up to the lady and rub her arm and put my head under her hand.
I'm about ready to call her mom.
I love the sunny window sill where I can watch birds and squirrels.
I like my food.
I like being brushed with the red rubber brush!
The lady can't wait to furminate me! Wonder what that means.
Sometimes I go into the bedroom and look around. The linen closet is of special
interest, lots of good sniffs there. It's where Hazel Lucy's sub-q fluids are in a box.
Sure wish I could get in there.
Not on the bed yet.
I spend half my time under the couch and the other half in the cat tree.
I'm pretty good about having my picture taken.
Life is good. I miss my brother Gilmore though.
June 13th 2011 4:01 am
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I'm almost calling the Lady "mom". Almost.
She can sometimes pet me when I'm in the living room and not in one of my special
safe places like the tub. When we get close my tail is up high and twitching. Does this
mean I'm nervous but willing? I kind of run up to her sometimes when she is walking.
It makes her nervous. She thinks I'm going to attack her legs!
The Lady takes a lotta pictures of me, that's fur sure. She says I'm photo-genic. Not
sure what it means but it makes her smile.
Yesterday I was in the tub for a whole 10 minutes! Why stay there when I have the
apartment to myself? All the good places are Mine! The cat tree, the tent, window sills,
on the couch, under the couch and even the Lady's desk chair! MINE!
There is catnip every day at the Food Court! I've lost some weight and am now a slim
and trim kitty. What a life! I miss my brother GILMORE though, he was good to me.
He can visit if he wants!
Gotta go, time for my early morning nap!
June 8th 2011 9:11 am
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Wow, I sure have come out of my shell a lot since moving to Purrsville!
* I LOVE LOVE being petted!
* Spending very little time in the tub.
* Hanging out in the cat tree day and night.
* Exploring every inch of my apartment.
* PLAYING with a mousie in front of the Lady.
(The mouse is about 6 inches long and squishy soft. I toss it up high and it lands
all kinds of places, even on furniture! The Lady has not been able to get a photo
of me with the mousie 'cuz I'm Fast!)
Note from Mom:
The mouse toy was a gift to Hazel Lucy maybe a year ago, but I can't recall who
sent it. Mazie sure enjoys playing with it! Thanks again to whomever sent it. It's
a big green mouse with a long tail.
Hazel Lucy, Mazie and I wish VIVIEN a happy life with her soon-to-be new dad,
Marvin! Samoa and Newman are too much for Viv to handle, and like Mazie, she
will be very happy in a home of her own. She'll even have her own dog! We know
it will break her mom's heart for a while but she is giving Vivien a great gift of love.
She'll get regular updates so we'll all see this beautiful cat flourish.
not-so-shy-anymore Mazie and the Lady (mom)
May 20th 2011 4:04 pm
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I've been here in Purrsville for 28 days! Can you believe it?
I like being petted. I like my Verus food. I sleep All night on Hazel Lucy's Tranquility Blanket
on MY Couch in the living room. The red food court is all mine! The litter boxes are all mine!
Still have my tent in the living room. I use the cat tree too. Life is good. Lately, the lady
passes within 2 feet of me and I don't even run! Well, not every time!
Wonder if my first family misses me, they had some birthdays recently!
Thank you for the friend requests and all the rosettes and gifts, pawmails and such!
shy happy Mazie
May 8th 2011 6:34 am
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Two weeks ago my whole life changed!!!
I moved to Purrsville to begin life as the only cat in a home. No more 6 brothers and sisters.
The whole entire place belongs to me!
My first mom rescued me along with my littermates and another cat, probably our dad, from
a parking lot where she worked. This mom has a very big heart and wants to help everycat.
She thought we would all be in good homes within months of our capture. But we were a
feral group and I was the shyest and most skittish. She named me after Hazel Lucy because
I was so shy. And pretty! My first mom fed us and cared for us and gave us a whole big
house to explore but knew that I needed a special kind of attention.
My first mom is the mom of CATSY Angel Princess. Catsy is a legend. Her story had a
huge impact on catsterland. When Catsy left for Heaven, Hazel Lucy's mom cried for
two whole weeks, day and night. Catsy was her catster cousin. She followed Catsy's
family closely and watched our progress. She was worried when I crawled into the
basement ceiling and wouldn't come out for a long time, days and days. This mom and
dad did all they could for each of us. Such big hearts. Such kindness and compassion.
I heard a lot about Hazel Lucy. How she blossomed with patience and unconditional love.
How her mom made no demands and read aloud to her and told her every day how much
she was loved. It was a very sad day in our home when Hazel Lucy went to Heaven. Her
mom had plans to go to a local rescue and find an adult cat who needed her. But then
something wonderful happened, Heaven intervened. Within 48 hours it was set that I would
go live with Hazel Lucy's mom. That is, if I could be coaxed or trapped so the vet could
check me over and give me vaccinations. You can read my diary of April 1st to see how
THAT went! Or didn't! I'd better stay healthy because there is no way HL's mom is getting
ME into any carrier!!
So comes a road trip! Hours and hours! We get to Purrsville and my mom and dad meet
Hazel Lucy's mom. HL's mom has made a tent for me by putting a sheet over the dining
table. The sheet hangs all the way to the floor so I'll feel safe. In the tent are beds and
blankets. On one side of the tent is the food court. On the other side is a pink litter box,
pink in honor of Catsy! I go in there, slinking on my belly and crying. Later I decide I like
the bathtub better. Is there a safer place than a bathroom?
And for a kitty who has been pet only once or twice, I let this new lady pet me all over for
hours! I can't get enough petting! It's wonderful! I love having my tummy and paws rubbed!
So I might start calling this lady mom. She talks soft and low. She moves slowly because
I am extremely skittish. She reads to me. She is reading a book called Homer's Odyssey
(by blind cat Homer) to me. It's a really cool story!
The whole point of this rambling is to say HOW GRATEFUL I am to my first mom for
saving me from the parking lot when I was just a kitten . She saved me and cared for me
for THREE years. She was saving me for my second mom, Hazel Lucy's mom, so that
I could have the special kind of attention I needed.
So today I say "Happy Mother's Day" to both of you!
April 23rd 2011 7:21 am
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This will be Hazel-Mazel's last entry before I transfer ownership of her page to Hazel Lucy's mom, Julie.
Mazel arrived safely in Purrsville last evening, and she has started her adjustment process. It won't be easy for her, but I know she will be happy.
When I found Mazel and her family in the parking lot at work, I meant only to foster them until homes could be found. I underestimated how feral they were and quickly realized they would need exceptionally special homes.
The most beautiful and the most scared of them was a grey and white tabby with calico markings. I named her Hazel, after Hazel Lucy, because it was Hazel's mom's love and encouragement that helped me realize what she needed. Also, their stories are very similar. It took HL years to bond with her mom. HL's mom also was a great source of encouragement when we rescued Catsy. But at our house, we always called our Hazel "Hazel-Mazel", which then got shortened somehow to just Mazel. Sometimes even that got shortened to Mazie or Maze-Maze.
Although we love Mazel, I never felt like she really belonged to me. I always felt like I was just holding her for the person she was really meant to be with. There was an extremely short list of people I could imagine her with, and Julie was near the top of that list along with one other person. I often remarked to Mazel's daddy that if (God forbid) anything ever happened to HL, that I thought Mazel should move in with Julie. Also, the amount of other cats here seemed to be increasing Mazel's shyness. I knew she would have a better chance of coming out of her shell in a single cat home with one person devoted to her.
When precious Hazel Lucy left for Heaven, I was heartbroken. But then a new idea took shape. As if she had known all along that Hazel-Mazel was meant for her, Julie asked if I would ever consider letting her have Mazel. There was not much to consider because I had been considering it all along! But we spent a lot of time talking about it, and I wanted to give Julie some time to make sure this was what she really wanted.
The weeks leading up to the move were stressful. We had to bring her to the vet to get her vaccines up to date and get her examined. The first try ended with Mazel being quarantined for two weeks and my husband in the emergency clinic. The second try was yesterday, and it was successful. Rather than put everyone through the ordeal of crating her a third time, we all decided it was best to drive straight to Purrsville.
I felt sad about giving Mazel away and wondered how the heck people foster kitties and then let them go. I never thought I was the kind of person who could just give one of my cats away. I thought I would be a mess. But when I met Julie and saw her new home with her little tent all set up, and then saw Mazel head straight into it and lay down, there was no question in my mind that she was where she belonged. There was no sadness at all. I am so happy for Julie and Mazel, and that joy completely outweighs any feelings of loss or sadness that I feel.
I know all of Catsterland will join me in wishing Miss Mazel and Julie GOOD LUCK AND A HAPPY LIFE! I know you were meant for each other.