Thursday, January 26, 2012

It should be illegal to be this cute!

My Punkamunk in her favorite tummy washing position on the couch pillow....CUTE overload. Happy Thursday everyone!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cat adventures in Atlanta and a little artistic inspiration....

Audrey, Charlene and I made it to Atlanta last week safe and sound. The drive down there always stresses me out a little bit because I worry about my precious cargo. But they did great....napped most of the way and settled in well at Good Mews. I visited with all of the GM kitties and caught up with one of the wonderful volunteers. As I've said many times before, I LOVE that place and wish that every city had a no kill shelter like Good Mews!!

Christopher...a totally adorable 3-legged Good Mews kitty.

Freddie...cutest boy ever and a GM volunteer favorite!

After I left there, I went to my dear friend's apartment to spend the night AND help her trap some feral cats she has been feeding since she moved in there in June. She has been a bit terrified of the whole trapping process, so I knew that I had to get her started and help ease her fears. We easily trapped one of the girls and two of the boys and got them all spayed/neutered and vaccinated the next day. She was very afraid that they would be mad at her, but I told her that once feral cats are back in familiar territory they are so happy and quickly forget about their "snipping" :)! Sure enough, one of the boys even escorted her back to her apartment the next day after feeding time and gave her extra leg rubs. She has 2 more females and 3 more males left to TNR, so paws crossed that she will get them all taken care of before spring arrives. (I totally forgot to take photos of her colony...darn!! Sorry!)

In between all of the cat transporting/trapping/transporting, etc., we did manage to hit a few fun Atlanta shops! I went craaaazy over the new Johnathan Adler store that has opened up in Midtown near my old loft apartment. (oh to think if we still lived there, I could walk there every day!!!) It was vibrant and whimsical...a jolt of decorating joy! And, of course, we had to check out the new Anthropologie as well. As always, I could spend hours in there. They had the coolest display that has put me on the hunt for clear plastic spoons (I want to try to find recycled ones).

This quote should be my mantra. LOVE it.

A very expensive lounge and ottoman that I will be dreaming about....

Endless wonderfully whimsical ceramics...

Fantastically fun kid's room...

Flower/snowflake pendants made from spoons at Anthro. I WILL be making a few of these to hang from our celing.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Uncle Cracker

Some of you are probably wondering if I am ever going to show you any artwork again. It may be awhile, but I promise it is on the horizon. I will explain later. In the meantime, thank you for checking in for the non-stop cat chat :).

It is time to introduce the beloved Uncle Cracker! I trapped this handsome boy at the Kroger parking lot back in late October for the TNR clinic. He went through the program and had already been neutered. In fact, the doctor said that he had been neutered so young that she thought he was a female. Uncle stayed with us for a few days and then we had to put him back out with the Kroger colony. I can't express how much I HATED to do that knowing how tame he was once he got indoors and felt safe. I cried my eyes out the whole way to Kroger that night. I just had zero adoption prospects at the time and Good Mews was not taking in any new cats.

We continued to feed him and the others, and then last week, when some changes occurred at the Kroger lot, I knew I had to get him out of there for good. People had been dumping, mattresses, all kinds of mess...behind the empty Kroger and the owner of the property finally put an end to it by cleaning it up and posting "No Dumping" and "No Trespassing" signs along with surveillance cameras. They also threw away our covered feeding stations and bowls. I was extremely worried about Uncle, so we tried to trap him the following night with no luck. There wasn't a sign of him anywhere. When I returned the next day, a policeman was camped out behind the building. I snuck some food into an inconspicuous spot and decided to return the next day with a fellow cat rescuer/trapper friend of mine. Long story short, we managed to trap dear Uncle Cracker! He was meowing like crazy and seemed incredibly happy to be in the backseat of my car. When I got home, he practically leaped out of the trap and into my arms. He has been snoozing comfortably in our "foster" bathroom for the past few days.

I took him to the vet to be combo tested (negative, thank goodness!) and asked them to also check for a microchip since he had clearly been neutered at such a young age. I had the suspicion that he could have been adopted from Lexington Humane. Sure enough, he had a microchip. That has NEVER happened in my 6 years of rescuing cats. We have called the owner's number several times and left messages, but he hasn't returned our calls which honestly doesn't surprise me. The address of his owner's home is about 2.5 miles from the Kroger, so who knows how he ended up there. Doesn't matter now because he is safe and sound with me and hopefully we will find him a loving home soon or he can go to Good Mews in Atlanta eventually.

I am actually driving to Atlanta on Monday to take Audrey Hepburn and Charlene Gingerbean to Good Mews. As always, I am thrilled and incredibly grateful that GM is willing to take them in! I know they will get wonderful homes quickly once they are there. For those of you who are new to my blog, Good Mews is an AMAZING no kill, cage free cat shelter. I can't say enough good things about them. Check out their website if you get a chance.

So, here is the huggable and ever so loveable Uncle Cracker! Can you believe those eyes???? He may have the most beautiful eyes I have ever seen.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Sushi settles in....

I wanted to share a few photos of Sushi settling into her wonderful, forever home! I LOVED seeing these...brought happy tears to my eyes.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sushi kitten...a very happy tail!

At the end of November, a tiny and amazing little soul came into our life. Meet Sushi, the most loving kitten I have met in a very long time. This sweet girl was living in a trailer park where a friend of mine had been TNRing. Sushi was trapped and spayed in late October along with her feral siblings and many other cats. But when my friend went back to check on them a month later, Sushi was very sick and had not grown a bit. All of other kittens were twice her size. Fortunately, Sushi was the only one who decided to be tame :) and came running to my friend for help. She ended up with me shortly after that. After a few weeks of antibiotics, deworming and TLC, Sushi doubled her weight and became a perfectly healthy little lady! Her unbelievably loving and friendly temperament stole my heart. There was NO way that I could put her back outside at the trailer park, so I posted her story on Facebook and one of my animal loving friends decided to adopt her! Sushi is now living with 4 other cats, 3 dogs and a family that adores her!!! She will enjoy a safe, happy, indoor only life from here on out.

In the sink with her favorite toy...

Playing peek-a-boo...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Chubby Tail needs a home and a REAL name :)!

I have a new foster girl in addition to the lovely Audrey Hepburn. Right before Christmas, we trapped another kitty at the empty Kroger lot for TNR. As suspected, she is totally tame, so I could not bear to put her back out. She is now spayed, vaccinated, dewormed, combo tested and ready for a loving home! This little girl is A-dorable!!!! She has the cutest markings, is petite and has a short, chubby tail. She is full of purrsonality! She slept in the sink for a few days, but now that she is well rested she flies around the house stalking and chasing our cats and playing with any toy in sight. She is very affectionate too. I can hold her like a baby and she will rub her face against mine. "Chubby Tail" is definitely a character! And she desperately needs a name that suits her. I had lots of suggestions when I posted her on Facebook, but nothing seems exactly perfect. Any suggestions from you all would be greatly appreciated :)!

And of course, she needs a wonderful home with people who would never abandon her again!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Rooney and Boogie in their beds....

Happy New Year!!! Cheers and purrs to all of you!!! Just thought I'd kick off the year with a few fun photos.

Rooney is wishing you a purrrrrrrfectly wonderful 2012!

Grandma and Grandpa gave the cats this fantastic bed made from an antique chair. Roon had to try it out as soon as it was unwrapped. We are ALL in love with it!!

All of the kitties are enjoying the goose sled by the fire...

Boogie girl sharing the tuffet with a mouse....such a considerate lady :).

Poor thing now has to share her bed with two mice!!!