And now for something completely different..

January 30, 2006

Okay, so I guess the one-post-per-day idea was a little overzealous. I so rarely have any time to do anything of a personal nature here, it seems. I made it a priority to write tonight, as it was such an eventful day!

We have a calico cat that just had her kittens today. She had a total of seven little furry bundles of cuteness. I was watching her all day to make sure nothing went wrong with the birth. She was great and all kittens look healthy and well. I checked in on her a few hours ago and noticed that four of the kittens were all lumped together. I reached into the birthing box and realised that the placenta was still wrapped around two kittens and three of them still had their umbilical cords attached! Thankfully, Dr. Jackson, the main DVM we work with from Southern Animal Foundation (the vet office we use for all our animals here at Celebration Station), was still here from her nightly visit. We caught her as she was walking out the door and I assisted her in tying off the umbilical cords and cleaning them up. It was really amazing and something I was grateful to be here for.

We also have a minor epidemic of URI in the cat area here, so I’m almost up to 30 cats that I med in the AM and PM. Yikes! Our volunteers (Alice, Cathy, Sheryl and Sharon) are so great about letting me know of any cats that they are worried about and make sure that I take a look at them. Tonight, Alice let me know of a tabby that has been really depressed and not really eating very well. I checked him out and noticed that he was dehydrated. So, with Mike assisting, we gave him Sub-Q fluids to help rehydrate him a bit, as well as helping him feel better. He will be going to the vet in the morning, but in the meantime, he will feel better tonight.

On a different note, I’ve had friends emailing me about photos that I’ve taken over my stay here. Since I don’t really have time to reply to all of them, I’d like to let everyone know that I probably won’t be able to post most of the hundreds of photos I’ve taken until I arrive home. I apologize and can try to start to upload a few from my earlier time here, but I can’t promise to. Thank you for understanding. :-)

Okay, I’m off to bed! :sleepy:

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ERJ January 31, 2006 at 12:10 pm

I just saw your blog on BF.org and thought I’d say it was a pleasure meeting you. I know you’ve met many volunteers so just to clarify who I am: I helped ready the carriers before the 5AM shipment of 9 kitties to Santa Rosa. I also spoke to you about the Vet Tech labs vs. being a vegan.
I don’t know if Mike told you and Linda and Karen what I said to him outside but in case he didn’t: I told him I thought the cat people (you all) worked great as a team and I never heard or sensed any negative attitudes or snippyness with each other. That sort of singles the cat people out, because I experienced differently in other areas at CS. The attitudes and lack of leadership and teamwork were a huge downer for me; it basically ruined the experience. But the cat people were the opposite. You all amazed me. Day after day of little sleep and so many little creatures to attend to and yet you all managed with finesse and without forgetting for a moment that the cats still needed gentleness and love. I think what you all exhibited, that differentiated you from certain others, was maturity. I think having good leadership along with mature personalities makes a huge difference. It is almost impossible to have a volunteer effort of any size without those elements.
Enough about that. Wish I could’ve been there for the calico babies!! My first two kitties were both calicos. Can you put up a picture when they are a few weeks old?

All the best. And thank you for everything you do for animals.

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Ronnie February 4, 2006 at 2:25 pm

I’m still popping in everyday checking to see how you’re doing. Only 19 days left until you come home. Wow, there must be a bittersweet mixture of feelings going on inside. I’m happy that the cats have you and your crew. I cried when I saw the picture of Red with his wheels. I think I agree with you about it being interesting to see a study done on the animals who’ve survived this ordeal. Just look at the hope, love, and trust still emanating from their eyes.

Many Blessings and Much Love to you Chandra

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