Exactly this time last year, Younger Daughter and I set off on a journey west. Transports are our favorite kind of journeys. The Winnie’s Wish kitty Luna had been chosen. You can read that story *here. (It involved the Bermuda Triangle.)
Luna has now been living in the Slimmer household for one year. The word is that Luna thinks she is a pug which is, of course, completely OK with everyone. This does, however, upset the dog-cat ratio in the Slimmer household. Hopefully, you remember that the Slimmers have THREE Winnie’s Wish kitties. Those three joined the two they already had for a total of five (the number of cats I think is perfect for every household - smile.) But then Luna went to the pug side. Yep. She believes herself to be a pug so now it stands at six pugs and four cats. But I digress. In order to celebrate Luna’s Gotcha Day, Mindy and her mom CJ decided to do something nice for the kitties who have NOT yet had their “Gotcha Days”. Winnie’s Wish has received cat food and kitty litter in honor of Luna’s special day.
Jazzy was curious why so many boxes.
I hope you pop over and read about the celebration at *Pugs and Purrs.
Since this is the post of greetings from the MANY cats living here, I decided this would be the perfect time to mention the results of Andrea’s Christmas Fundraiser. Her toy FUNdraiser was such a success that she decided to do embroidered Christmas ornaments and toys for the holiday season. During such a busy time of year, Andrea spent A LOT of time at her sewing machine. The final numbers aren't in, but Andrea says Winnie's Wish will be receiving at least $300. THANK YOU ANDREA. And thank you to everyone who ordered.
I have a funny story to tell. A neat thing happened as a result of the auction held for Jeanne at Random Felines. I saw that there was an item donated by The Island Cats that included a cat cube. Knowing the cathouse can always use a cube, I bid on the item. Of course, my intention was to support Jeanne and all the great work she does - lots of it for me. I bid on it, and that was that. However, Virginia at The Poupounette came along and outbid me. Now here’s what happened next. Virginia ended up winning the item. However, she had intended it to go to my cathouse all along. She told me (after the fact) that she was quite nervous when she saw me bid on it but she didn’t want to tell me and ruin the surprise. When the package arrived, I emailed a thank you to Virginia and we had our chuckle. What I had noticed, however, was that there were lots more toys in that package than I remembered being in the auction. I emailed a thank you to Sue at Island Cats and she had a story of her own. When she saw that I lost the item to Virginia, she decided to send a box of toys my way for the cathouse anyway. Then she got word from Marg that her auction item was to go to me. She thought it was a mistake, but Marg explained that Virginia wanted the item to go to Winnie’s Wish. However, in the meantime, Sue had already gotten a box of toys together for me. So she put them all together and I received that box of love just the other day. I belong to the most wonderful group of animal lovers on the planet!
Jazzy approved the contents.
Then she tried to STEAL the contents.
I want to mention something that came up in some of the comments on the recent adoption posts. You guys really do “get it”. When the four cats were adopted - Mitts, Circe, Glitter, and Cashmere - EIGHT cats were saved. As I’ve said so many times, the four who received forever homes were saved AND that opened spots for FOUR more homeless cats. I was maxed out in my cathouse. Now if a little somebody comes along who needs me, I can scoop that little soul right up. Wonderful feeling . . .
We have six cats of our own. Winnie’s Wish is home to fourteen cats at this moment. So here are twenty cats wishing each of you the best holiday season ever.
Jo-Jo, Sallie, Truly, Hershey Bear, and Autumn
Shiloh. No good pictures of him in the cathouse. This is when he was still living in my house.
Tibby Bean, Cathouse Matriarch
Orange Juice and Sunshine
If you are interested in providing a wonderful forever home to any of the Winnie’s Wish kitties, just scroll down my sidebar to click on a pic and read more. OR email me and I will tell you all about anybody you might be interested in. firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a couple more quick pics.
Maverick in one of the tunnels in the cathouse. TOO cute!
An opportunity to show off my Christmas cactus. Jazzy likes it.
Before my own dogs take the page, I want to share a heart-warming story. Younger Daughter has done something wonderful this holiday season. (I have two great daughters - have I ever mentioned that? smile) There is this dog at the no-kill shelter where Older Daughter works. His name is Shorty. He is either nine years old or eleven years old. The records aren’t clear. We believe he may have lived his entire life at the shelter. He went into a foster home many months ago where unfortunately he was overfed to the extreme. The person fostering him suddenly could no longer do it, so Older Daughter and another worker went to pick him up and bring him back to the shelter. He was dramatically overweight. An exam by the shelter vet identified an enlarged heart. He was put in a tiny little indoor pen where he cowered and shook out of fear. After Older Daughter told his story, Younger Daughter went to meet him. After several weeks of “visiting” Shorty and taking him on some walks for exercise (he desperately needs exercise), Younger Daughter made a decision to permanently foster Shorty. He absolutely adores Younger Daughter and has stopped cowering and shaking. He will get exercise and meds twice daily now. Yesterday, I went to Younger Daughter’s place and we brought Shorty out into her fenced-in yard for a bit of exercise and some pictures.
I have a permanent foster dog myself. Gandy has many health problems (including lung cancer), but he has been especially playful and bouncy lately. I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to see him happy. He even jumped straight up off his feet and bonked Husband in the forehead the other day. Husband didn’t mind - he was glad to see Gandy so energetic.
We have ten dogs of our own (all rescues, of course). Here they are to wish you the best of the season.
Jack and Miracle
Rocky and Annabelle
Jane and Tarzan
Finally, a "calm" picture of Muffin and Mandy
Gideon and Bailey
Merry Christmas from The Dogs
See you tomorrow for Season’s Greetings from the cats.
Those of you who read here are wonderful people. It is amazing to me that so many of you find happiness in knowing that a Winnie’s Wish kitty got a home or that a homeless cat or kitten has been taken into the safety of our cathouse. From your comments on Mitts’ adoption post and yesterday’s post about Circe, Glitter, and Cashmere, I know that you found real joy in knowing that the Gray Girls FINALLY got their very own homes. Knowing you care that much about the cats here warms my heart more than you will ever know.
This week I’d like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the furry ones here at my place. Dogs and cats are part of my family. But there are also donkeys and a pig. The donkeys are not terribly cooperative when it comes to pictures so I went back and grabbed a picture of them from the past. Arnold is happy any time he is outside rooting around in the yard. This continuous mild weather we’ve had is pig-perfect. So here they are - a small group of our furries wishing you a wonderful holiday season.
Jenny and Radio about a year ago. (Jenny has filled out SO nicely since then.)
Merry Christmas from Jenny and Radio
Arnold getting some back scratches from Husband
Happy Holidays from Arnold
See you tomorrow when the dogs offer their holiday wishes.
Well, here it is - the post I alluded to last week.
At the time of the “adoption disappointment” surrounding Mitts, I was in contact with another person who was interested in Circe. As always, I started an email dialogue with this person. And also as always, I was afraid to get too excited. Certainly when the Mitts disappointment occurred, I tried hard to hold back my hope about Circe FINALLY getting a home. Circe (and unadoptable sister Tibby Bean) are the two cats who have been in the cathouse longer than all of the others. Circe has become a wonderful, friendly, VERY adoptable darling. But she just NEVER was “chosen”. You all know how many times I highlighted The Gray Girls in the hopes of finding even one of them a forever home. The Gray Girls were the sisters Mitts, Spritz, Glitter, and Cashmere. Then Tulip and Halo became residents of the cathouse and joined the group. And finally, Circe made her miraculous transformation and joined the ranks of The Gray Girls as well. The three LEAST likely to get homes were Tulip, Halo, and Spritz. Then lo and behold, Tulip received a home AND THEN Halo received a home! It was shocking and amazing and each of those adoptions was SUCH a cause for celebration. Then . . . nothing.
Until Mitts. What started as a deep disappointment became a Christmas Miracle when Mitts went to a wonderful forever home. (Did you happen to read the comment Mitts’ new mom left on my Christmas Miracle post last Monday?) There’s only one thing that could compete with Mitts’ adoption - and that one thing would be for ANOTHER of the The Gray Girls to get a forever home.
R and I continued our conversation about Circe. I discovered things about this woman that I REALLY liked. I knew this would be a great home for Circe. I directed R to my blog so she could see more pictures of Circe and read about her. Right away I got an email from R asking if Glitter was still available. I remember immediately thinking how it would be a bit of a disappointment if Circe didn’t get to go since she had been here the longest. But Glitter had been here a long time, too. So I would be OK if Glitter turned out to be the pick.
And then I read something in that email that stopped me in my tracks. If she (Glitter) IS still available, I’d like to adopt them both!
I sat there staring at the computer screen. R was telling me she didn’t want to switch Circe out for Glitter - SHE WANTED THEM BOTH. I stared. I kept staring. Joy started to bubble up. Circe and Glitter had been here SO very long. R explained that she and her husband were in the middle of a move, but she still thought we could make the transport happen on the weekend of December 15. We would meet halfway on Saturday or Sunday.
Then something happened. I got another email from R. Of course, with each new email I was holding my breath. Would she change her mind? Did I dare completely believe that Circe and Glitter would have a home by Christmas? This is what R’s email said: We (R and her husband) were browsing your pics and my husband saw Cashmere. Has she been adopted? He fell in love with her. So if she is still there, we would adopt her too.
Cashmere is the shyest of the group. The best thing that could ever have happened for Cashmere would be to get to go to a new home WITH A FRIEND. This couldn’t have been any more perfect for her. But how about FOR ME?!? Three Winnie’s Wishers all going to the same home - IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!!! R explained that she and her husband will consider their cats as children. Anybody out there think I might enjoy hearing that? Uh, YES!!
Yesterday, I met R and her husband and turned over Circe, Glitter, and Cashmere to their new parents. Did you happen to realize what this means? The Gray Girls are no more. The cathouse is no longer home to SEVEN Gray Girls waiting forever for a home. Only Spritz remains and that is fine. Spritz requires an extremely special home and if that doesn’t happen, she is not unhappy here. This time of year to say you are dreaming of a white Christmas sounds magical and exciting. For me - it is a GRAY Christmas that offers magic and excitement. What an adoption! What holiday joy!
The Holiday Season. It’s fun to try to find ways to make blog posts “holiday-ish”. Sometimes it requires quite a stretch - like yesterday when I told you about my three little piggie pups getting homes and I tried to use three little kittens who lost their mittens. . . But today, the title requires no stretch at all. Meet Jingle Bells:
This precious little girl is being fostered by Older Daughter. Her name is Jingle Bells, and when you’re around her for very long you start to understand why. She is such a little joy. She kind of just jingles around being cute until you find yourself smiling.
Jingles was observed being hit by a car. The person who witnessed this event called the pound. The person in charge at the pound called the shelter. Little Jingles was picked up, brought in, and immediately given vet care for a broken leg. She was also given her name.
Because of her cast, Jingle Bells needed a place to stay other than a shelter cage. Older Daughter is fostering her through her recovery stage. On Sunday, Miss Jingle Bells stayed with me for the day while Older Daughter was out of town. We played and talked and took pictures. I ended up telling Older Daughter that she is stronger than I am. I wonder if I could foster a Jingle Bell and then let her go as Older Daughter must. She carries Jingles around, takes her to work during the day, and home every night. Jingle Bells is receiving the care she needs and the love EVERY animal deserves. Another sad story with a happy middle. Now let’s all hope that Jingle Bells will get the perfect home when that cast comes off - to make for the perfect ending.
In trying to stay with a Christmas theme, I’d like to start off with
The three little kittens have lost their mittens . . .
Only today’s story is that the three little piggies have found their forever homes . . . (Hmmm, not much of a rhyme there.)
Do you remember Gwennie? She gave birth to four pups here at my kennel (three survived). She had been taken out of the pound by Older Daughter and it was discovered that she was pregnant. I have been fostering her here ever since. She gave birth, and after the one loss the other three quickly became fat little piggie balls.
These were the pups who were part of the Name Game. Mindy’s mom CJ (Pugs & Purrs) won the drawing and the piggies received their names.
Not too long ago the shelter posted Gwen’s pups on their FB page. One by one they have been chosen. Stephanie went to a home over a week ago. Then a few days ago, Ranger went to his new home. Yesterday Morelli and Gwen rode to the shelter with Older Daughter on her way to work. Morelli was going to a home, and Gwennie to the shelter with the hopes that she will now be seen and given a home of her own.
As always, it was hard to let my little piggie family go. But I am extremely happy that these babies were adopted straight from here into homes instead of growing up in the shelter. Now I’ll keep my fingers crossed that Mom Gwen will get a home soon, too.
This blog is about dogs and cats. It is also the home of Winnie’s Wish Cat Rescue & Shelter. Please scroll down and you will discover the pictures of the Winnie’s Wish cats and kittens available for adoption. If you have ANY questions about adoption, please feel free to email me (Chrystal) at either of these two addresses: email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOLLOWING CATS ARE LOOKING FOR FOREVER HOMES. Click on each picture to read about that cat. EMAIL ME with interest and/or questions about adoptions.
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