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This little chunk of kitty cat and fuzzy rat cyber space is dedicated to two of my all time favorite pets, my cat, Vianne, and my late rat, Elliott, affectionately known as "Bubby".
Monday, August 27
Vianne's Panda Bear
A few months ago I had the opportunity to help out an abandoned homeless furball. Over the course of nearly 9 months, I had been feeding a beautiful black and white kitty that showed up periodically in the evenings and early mornings. At first I thought perhaps he was a neighbors cat that was being let out at night, but he was very skittish and always ravenous. He also had a bit of dermatitis covering a large area at the base of his tail where the hair had fallen out and the skin had scabbed over. I felt sorry for the little guy and so I added a liquid wormer to his food and sneakily applied some Revolution to the back of his neck. After a week or so his hair began to grow back so I figured he has flea allergies. Determined to take action to help this little orphan that was growing increasingly more affectionate, I attached a note with my phone number and email to a reflective collar which I managed after several attempts to get on him, asking the owner (if there was one) to please contact me and let me know that he had a home. After 2 weeks, I still had heard nothing and he was still wearing the collar with the note undisturbed. Fortunately, I work at a vet clinic, so i caught him one night and took him to work with me. After getting him all checked out by the vet, giving a couple of vaccines, FeLV/FIV tested, and scanning for a microchip, I came to discover that here I had an approximately 2 year old neutered male cat named "Bill" whose owner had moved away to Georgia and left him behind. My heart broke at the thought of this little sweetheart being homeless and abandoned for so long. Eventually, I took him home with the thought of reintroducing him to the good life indoors before I tried to find him a new home through a local rescue. I introduced him to Vianne and the two of them are now little terrors together, always racing about the house, teasing each other, and cleaning each others faces. I have been absolutely amazed and the rate of speed that this guy has made himself at home and come to trust me. After only 3 months of indoor living, he now allows me to trim the nails on all four of his adorable black-padded little white feet, pick him up and snuggle, he's already picked up some of Vianne's trick training, he loves getting a bath and just last night did incredibly well with getting his teeth brushed. Animals are truly amazing. Sometimes I wonder if they aren't little angels that come into our lives to teach us compassion. My new little angel has a new life, a new kitty friend, a new home and so I had to give him a new name. We decided to call him Panda and he really is a snuggly little panda bear.
Note: Due to the large amount of chaos in my life currently, I will not have time to update this main page on a regular basis. I have changed my settings so that only one blog post will be seen on the main page at a time.
This way you won't be seeing a string of old posts taking up space on here. They are not deleted. You can simply view them in the archives. So if it appears that I have not been around for awhile, I'm still here, just haven't had time
for adding new blogs. I will, however, be trying to keep up with the Furry Friends Forum, so I'll see you in there!
Purrs and Bruxes,
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Elliott blessed my life as a tiny one week old pup several years ago. I hand-raised him and we shared a very special bond. He will forever remain, not only one of my favorite rats, but also a favorite pet as well. Read his story in my April 2, 2005 post of his obituary.
Vianne decided to own me back in January of 2004. At the time, I was working in an Animal Control Clinic as a vet assistant. Entering the shelter as a stray and after having already gone through her vet exam, work-up, and being a Pet Pal candidate for adoption, it was determined that
she had been exposed to a URI from her littermate and was being held on observation for signs of illness. During those few days, I absolutely fell in love with this tiny ball of fur that would simply purr and "hug" me as I held her, not try to squirm away like most kittens.
When she began a sneezing fit, she was placed on the euthanasia list. I simply could NOT allow such a sweet heart to be lost that way. I immediately signed up for kitten fostering and she has been a bundle of laughs and a dear friend ever since!