ithildin
06 January 2015 @ 07:42 pm
That didn't take long.....  
2015, off to a great start. My little Wolf, barely six months old, was diagnosed with FIP (I had to look it up)today, after not getting better from a respiratory infection he had. The vet said he might slip away in his sleep tonight, but if he doesn't, we have to bring him to have him put to sleep in the morning. I just spent two hours sitting on the floor, talking to him and stroking him. Then my brother got home and I had to break the news to him. I was there when he was born, cut his umbilical cord when mama was too worn out to do it herself. He's still so tiny.
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ithildin
08 June 2014 @ 12:46 pm
Sparrow  
We buried her last night, with a sapling I bought on Friday as her marker. It's called a London Plane Tree and it's supposed to be a fast growing shade tree. If it makes it, and grows, I'll always have a visible memory of my Sparrow cat.

I feel bad that her last days were spent at the vet, and all those tests, and $500 later, there was nothing to be done. She died only a few hours after the final visit, Nin coming home with meds and special foods and fluids that we never had a chance to use. If I'd known, I would have let her spend her last days in peace at home.

I have layers of grief that just overlap each other. When I took Sparrow out of the carrier she loved as a bed, and laid her on a fleecy blanket she liked, I just laid next to her on the floor and cried. It all got mixed up with my grief in losing Tammy. Burying her last night, was also twined up with Tammy, the lack of closure, the unexpectedness of her death. I like to think Sparrow took my love to Tammy in heaven and that Tammy has her in her lap with all of her kitties.
 
 
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ithildin
06 May 2014 @ 02:58 pm
Another 'I'm Sad' post  
Doesn't seem like there's any other type lately.

I can't even remember if I mentioned that another pregnant stray showed up on our doorstep. Anyway, three weeks ago, she had four kittens, all gingers like mum. Mamma had a long labour, and she didn't take the umbilical off of three of them, so me and Nin did that. And so everything's been fine since that first crisis, till lat night. There was an accident. I can't type out details or I'll cry again. We thought it was some bad cuts and maybe a sprained leg, so took him to the vet first thing. Turned out he had broken his back. We had to have put to sleep. He didn't even have a name yet. He was so very tiny.
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ithildin
30 April 2014 @ 06:01 pm
I has a sad....  
Came into work this morning to find all the fish in our saltwater tank dead. Except for the little male Nemo. My Dorie fish and my Tang were in the farthest corner on top of each other dead, like they'd been trying to escape. One of the critters in the tank died and poisoned the water. I feel terrible. I know they were just fish, but I've taken care of them for four years, and I was attached. The guy that takes are of the aquarium came over on an ER call and got out the dead fish, changed the water, and didn't hold out much hope for little Nemo. I kept going to the tank, hoping to see him swimming, but he'll probably die before morning :( I was already down because Sparrow, one of my older kitties, that came from California with us, is ailing. Just age, but she's declining. Hasn't been a good day.
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ithildin
22 January 2014 @ 05:41 pm
The Posting Thing  
I really suck at it lately. I've been trying to comment more, so that's something.

Nin and I went to Best Friends in Kanab, finally!, on Saturday. I mean, they are the reason I even really know about this area, which is the reason I live here now, and I'd never visited. And I've been a member since before I had internet. We had a lovely tour, I chatted with some wonderful dogs, and petted lots of kitties. What an amazing place it is, and the goal, that we can save them all, I really hope so. Nin and I think we'll become volunteers, even if all we do is walk the dogs, and it's only two hours away from us. All the staff we met I felt such a connection to -- they're me. By the end, me and the lady who gave the tour were all teary and hugging each other. I think I'd resisted going, because it would make me sad, but it's actually a place of hope, even for the most abused and neglected pets. Yeah, I shed some tears, but most of them were happy ones.
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ithildin
03 January 2014 @ 05:47 pm
RIP, my puppy  
Daisy had a stroke over the new year, she'd been failing for a while, she was so old, over 16. We didn't know how we were gong to get her to the vet, she was so heavy. But bless him, the vet came to us this afternoon, so Daisy died in peace at home, and he took care of all the arrangements. Daisy, I think, either thought she was a big cat, or the cats were all tiny dogs. She used to try and clean them, and some of the cats actually liked it. Perhaps she'll haunt the house with her pals Wellington and Tuppence. I'm sure they're happy to be together again.
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ithildin
18 September 2013 @ 09:56 pm
Now we do the fun rewatch  
We're doing a rewatch of Big Bang Theory from S1 on, get us in the spirit for the new season coming up. Just finished rewatching S1 of Rome and finally watching the 2nd season Wish they'd been able to do the 5 seasons they'd originally planned.

In other news, the kittens continue to be adorable. Next I post, I'll have to tell you how mama kitty 'hunts for them.
 
 
ithildin
10 August 2013 @ 02:38 pm
And last week....  
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ithildin
10 August 2013 @ 02:33 pm
Kittens!  
They'll be nine weeks old on Monday

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ithildin
03 August 2013 @ 05:39 pm
Thank You  
To everyone who left condolences for ember. I really appreciate it.
 
 
ithildin
02 August 2013 @ 09:32 pm
I've had better weeks  
And months.

Ember died yesterday, of old age, but unexpectedly nonetheless. She'd been slowing down, having more breathing issues, and in the end, she climbed into mum's lap and died.

Ember was one of my first rescues, 15 odd years ago. It took nearly three weeks of patience before I could even touch her. Finally, I was able to grab her and bring her home. I'm going to miss her.

We lost Iona at the beginning of the month and now Ember at the end of it.
 
 
ithildin
15 July 2013 @ 08:34 pm
Time  
I was making dinner last night, and found myself looking for Iona. She was always there at my elbow, wanting to taste whatever was cooking, especially if it had smelly cheese. She was my cat, after all. Then I remembered she was gone, and would never be there to to sample my cooking ever again.
 
 
ithildin
04 July 2013 @ 01:07 pm
 
Iona died in my arms this morning.
 
 
ithildin
03 July 2013 @ 06:40 pm
Horrible Week  
This has been a horrible week, and now, to make it even better, my little Iona, who has been fighting liver disease, took a turn for the worse. She was at the vet today, and he thinks we should consider putting her to sleep. I was just in petting her, she's so tired, she barely stirred. She's my little Scrap, and I'm hoping there's some chance she might turn around. When her mama had the litter, Marmalade was still a stray, and we couldn't catch her before she had the kittens. So when she started bringing them around, we set traps every night. Iona was the first one we caught, because FOOD!! She was already half feral, and she and her sisters lived under my bed for weeks before they would come out when I wasn't asleep. And now, at three, like her sisters, she can't get enough cuddles. Please think good thoughts for her.
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ithildin
17 June 2013 @ 08:21 pm
First Pic  
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And seriously, if you live within 12 hours of Utah, give or take, and would like one of these adorable little ones, please let me know. I desperately want to find homes for them.
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ithildin
17 June 2013 @ 07:22 pm
Five  
Freya had her kittens this afternoon, five healthy little ones with all their toes. Mama is sleeping and taking all the pets we can give.
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ithildin
29 March 2013 @ 07:14 pm
All I want...  
is a Dyson. No, not the hot one from Lost Girl (though if someone can provide such, I'll take him!). No, what I want for my birthday is a Dyson vacuum cleaner. I've had several people who have pet heavy homes tell me that it's a life saver. If I save my pennies, lots of them, I may try and get a refurbished one at some point.
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ithildin
16 March 2013 @ 05:53 pm
My New Chair  
Which Islay has taken over.



The chair is very 'me' and I love it!!
 
 
ithildin
25 December 2012 @ 09:02 am
Merry Christmas!  
norrington

From me and from Norrington.
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ithildin
23 October 2012 @ 02:15 pm
Good News Kitty Update  
Received this email via R, who we've been doing the TNR with, and who took Dyna (that's what the clinic named her) to Best Friends initially, after she was hit.

Dyna is officially a BF cat!! Accepted today and actually moved down to Happy Landings! She is doing wonderfully! Walking on both legs very well! Sometimes, she'll lose her balance and fall over, but she's improved immensly. She doesn't always put down her left foot correctly, so she is getting a little sore there, but nothing major. She is going to bathroom completely on her own, but just not yet making it to the litter box. But much much much improved! Happy dance, happy dance!
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