I have ALL GOOD news to report today!
Let me start with the GoFundMe Building Campaign. Because of some more wonderful Friends of Winnie’s Wish, here is what I have to show you today:
WE DID IT! We hit the halfway mark over the weekend and surpassed it!!!
It was a strange weekend for me. As Duchess was going downhill, the building fundraiser total was going up. I was beside myself with excitement about the fundraiser and beside myself with worry about Duchess. But I’ll tell you this, my Friends - when I left the clinic yesterday morning with Duchess (and the good news I got there), I could feel the dark cloud lifting and the joy pouring out all over me about this Building Fundraiser. And that’s not where the good news about the fundraiser ends!
Andrea (Celestial Kitties) emailed me last week and said she had been thinking about an auction. She explained that she’d never done one, but that she thought she could be a lot of help to someone who has. She said that Marg (Marg’s Animals) was the “Go To” person for auctions. She wanted to check with Marg and she would let me know.
Well, things moved very quickly after that. Marg was more than willing to take Andrea under her wing and “show her the ropes.” Those two quickly started making the plans. Marg said that Ann (Zoolatry) was a key figure in the auctions because of her great graphic designs. So there was a flurry of emails and back-and-forths and photo finding and sending. And now I have such an amazing announcement to make.
THERE WILL BE AN ONLINE AUCTION FOR THE WINNIE’S WISH BUILDING ADDITION!! Yippee!!
I know absolutely NOTHING about putting on an auction. So let me send you to Andrea’s blog for information. (Do read all the way to the end of her post.) Additionally, I am told that if you have an item you can donate to this auction, please send a picture, a brief description, a starting bid, and who will pay postage (you or winning bidder) to Marg. (margaretmsan AT gmail DOT com ) The start date for the auction is February 5, so Marg is ready to start receiving the item info RIGHT NOW. Yay! I am SO grateful to these three wonderful women for offering their time and talents to make this happen. I’ll be updating about this exciting event as we move forward and as I learn more.
THANK YOU to Andrea, my official “unofficial” fundraiser, PR person, and biggest cheerleader. THANK YOU to Marg for being willing to take this on. And THANK YOU to Ann for her world famous graphic designs. HERE WE GO!!!
As I mentioned on the blog yesterday, Duchess stopped eating over the weekend. The last meal she ate was on Friday. But I knew she hadn’t felt good for a few days before that. At that point, however, I had no symptoms to report to a vet. She just “wasn’t herself.” When Duchess came here to live, she became a very active, sassy, happy kitty. I noticed nearly a week ago that she was sitting more; and in the last couple of days of last week, she was sort of bunched up in a ball a lot of the time. Then Saturday she wouldn’t eat the slurry (porridge-consistency) meal I make for her every day. I make this for her because she has trouble breathing, especially when she is eating. You might remember that Duchess has a chronic sinus condition. After lots of different treatments over a long period of time, the vets finally decided that she must be suffering from a nasal polyp.
I force-fed Duchess all weekend long. Those were the only symptoms – “not herself” and wouldn’t eat. I had the first appointment of the day yesterday morning. Duchess was seen by a vet I had never met as she normally works at their other clinic. Dr. L was wonderful. She listened to Duchess’ long history of problems, dating back to at least 2011. She examined her. Duchess had a low-grade fever. I had been so afraid to hear that maybe we needed to do a blood panel and to discover that Duchess was in kidney failure or liver failure or something horrible and un-fixable. But Dr L put together a picture that made perfect sense. Duchess surely might have a nasal polyp. But Dr. L thinks that she has a permanent viral condition and has had all these years. The reason she stayed sick off and on when she was living at the shelter was due to stress. Staying stressed so much of the time (which Duchess surely was) kept her immune system from holding the symptoms at bay. When she moved to my place, she flourished. But now she was sick. Why? Dr L asked me if Duchess had experienced any greater-than-average stress before she got sick. And there it was. When the kennel cat rooms recently had a changing group of too many cats, Duchess had started pulling her fur out. The combination and number of cats is now much better (and more peaceful) and Duchess has stopped pulling out her fur. But it was too late. The stress had lowered her immune system, allowing the chronic virus she lives with to rear its ugly head. And down she went.
I came home with four medications for Duchess, one of which fights chronic viral infections. Of course, Duchess is not much better at this point. And unfortunately, I am still having to force-feed her. But I feel hope that she will soon be on the mend. And once we arrive there, I will need to remember that Duchess needs a certain balance in her world. I will need to be more sensitive to her stress levels and living conditions. At this point, I’m just SO happy that this is a fix-able problem.
[Note. If you clicked on the link in yesterday’s post and read Duchess’ story, I need to explain something. Reading only that post leaves some important information out. That story described what happened with Duchess and also with a Winnie’s Wisher named Mitts. Reading that post in isolation made it seem like somehow a Winnie’s Wisher was at the shelter, had not been vaccinated, and had gotten terribly sick. What happened with Mitts was that she was adopted as a kitten from Winnie’s Wish by a shelter worker. That worker, Mitts’ new owner, did not finish the series of vaccinations. Then she was briefly without a place to live so she brought Mitts to the shelter to stay until she could find a new residence. But Mitts got terribly sick at the shelter. When Duchess and Mitts came to me they were both gravely ill. When we got them through that nightmare, Duchess went back to the shelter since she was a shelter cat. Mitts stayed here. She was later adopted a second time into a wonderful home where she still is today.]
So the news is fantastic with the GoFundMe campaign, with the announcement of the auction, and with Duchess. Even Canyon is back to carrying his bowl around. Today it’s ALL GOOD.
See you tomorrow.