Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Kitten Stack

These three are at the shelter. Aren't they too much? Wouldn't you want to take all three? Their names are Whimsey, Willow and Wisper.

This sweet kitten with a personality just as you see her, was found somewhere, hungry and scared. She is very happy to be at the shelter, cozy and safe and well fed. I'd take this one if I could.

We just finished the final touches to the shelter video. I will try to put it on the web at some point so you all can see it. Whew. Now I need to do the re-writes on my children's book and get it off to the editor who said I could send it to her when I met her last March.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Update on the Walk

No more dog photos because this is, after all, a cat blog. I added Tilly and Toby to the flag which will go on display at the shelter and I will add a photo of it with its purple ribbon given to all team members. I think our total for the team was 1750.00 which is pretty good if you ask me for a first time team. The Power Paws came in at 5.334.00 but they are experienced and well connected. Ramona wasn't at all disappointed at not winning, she likes the purple ribbon.

The whole even brought in more than 24,000. It was a lot of work but a lot of dogs had a lot of fun. It is funny to see that the dogs really enjoy all getting together. I only saw a couple of short disagreements.

Bruce, the blind pitbull from the shelter was there with his person who adopted him and it was wonderful to see how happy and relaxed he was. He couldn't see all the commotion around him but he was having a great time and Jean obviously loves him and he knows that.

I have added Tilly and Toby from MA to the flag and Gabby and Katie. I will soon be back in the photo blogging mode but I am really trying to finish up my shelter video. Olof is in Sweden and right now should be on his plane back, which he emailed to say was going to be two to three hours late. And my mom was here visiting for the last ten days or so (she actually came to see Harper, Ramona and Brendan, but I happen to be here too), so our days were full of just visiting, going out and watching movies at night. She put in a lot of hours taking on a big task that I am thrilled about, she took the huge pile of shelter news clippings and put them in the large books I had bought for that purpose.

Just in time for the Fryeburg Fair, where the shelter has a booth.

Brendan is sitting here purring, he knows his own person will be home soon. He always knows.

The little guys have a new toy. The cat door. It is open to the enclosed yard and they learned it quickly. Big excitement yesterday when a chipmunk was spied on the other side of the fence and Harper pushed his way under it. I have weighed it down and will pin it down but for now I am keeping an eye on their antics.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Walk

Here are a few scenes from the Walk for the Animals. Hope shows off our flag, the first ever Cat Team. After the Walk the Barkin the Park took place with hundred of happy dogs playing games and in contests.

I'll find the fundraising total soon and let all know how it went!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Ramona and Her Flag

More additions
Copy Cat, Carmel, and Cinnamon
and BK

Note: I have just added to the flag
Boo ( my mom's cat)
The Divine Miss Marilyn
Bing ( from the Blog Pound)
Varuka and Violet

I will check my emails tonight and add anyone else

It’s Feline Friday at The Modulator

Here is Ramona with her flag with the names on it. Please let me know if I missed you or your cat! And if you want to be included there is still time. I see people on the list whose cat's names I don't know. Thank you for all your support!

Ramona, Harper, Brendan
Fat Eric
Bucky (from Conway Area Humane Society)
Uncle Sid
Finnegan and Buddy
Mokie and Ozzie
The Meezers, Sammy and Milo
Aeriel, Allie, Buster, Dustin, Player and Lola,
The House of Mostly Black Cats
And of course,
Fiona Bun

This is Ramona's Bag. She will bring it down to the shelter and give it to the kitties there.

Thank you all!

Ramona's Online Page RamonaÂ’s Top Cats

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Who Fell in the Pond?

Is that your flag sister?
It is, brother. Only a few more days!

Ramona likes her flag. I am going to add some fabric to it so I can write her team name and the names of all feline contributors that I can find. Hope will carry it in the Walk and I will shoot photos and video.

Oh yes, I was sitting in the sunroom yesterday keeping half an eye on the kittens in the yard when I heard a loud splash. I looked up and saw a drowned rat on the shore of the pond.

Yup, Miss Ramona went swimming.

I ran out and picked her up, she was soaked, and I brought her in and rubbed her down with a nice dry, fluffy towel. She gave me a big purr. I don't think she will try that maneuver again (slipping around the gate on the bridge when it is closed).

She is loving having her tree back.

Monday, September 11, 2006

In Which Ramona Gets Her Tree Back And..

She goes wading in the pond while Harper falls in.

The things we do for love. We spent yesterday reshaping the back yard for safe kitty fun. I dug up and replanted the day lilies while Olof ran the deer fencing from one side of the house to the pond and from the other side all the way to the original Secret Garden. I can put the board across the bridge and have just the house side garden open, including the well-loved apple tree. Both kittens spend most of yesterday outside and were wiped out by TV time. Next year we will expand the fencing to cover all of the back yard which will look much better. At the moment, the yard is split in half.

Yes, Ramona goes wading up to her belly and this photo is proof. And Harper did fall in, probably while reaching for a delectable frog.

The Walk for the Animals fundraising is going along quite well. I doubt we'll make five thousand but Ramona can't count (yet) so she is happy with our efforts. There are some other teams that are well connected and experienced and they will hit that number so if a lot of people turn out on Saturday, it will be a success.

Her page is RamonaÂ’s Top Cats and you can see our other team members pages or start one yourself if you want to join in. She does have a lovely flag that I will post a photo of and I am figuringg out a way to put the names on it. Hope will carry the flag on the walk and I will be shooting video and taking photos to show you all later. The Walk leaves from downtown North Conway and winds through Whittakerr Woods and then back to Schouler Park where the 9th Annual Bark in the Park will be held with games for dogs (who like that sort of thing).

Sunday, September 03, 2006

She is My Sister and I Love Her

It is such a blessing that I got the idea to adopt Ramona along with Harper. He can't bear to be without her. We would have had a very unhappy boy cat on his own. When I take them out to the Secret Garden I carry them one at a time (we are going to dig up the day lilies and extend the garden so I can open the back door and let them run safely). Whatever side of it he is on without her he will start crying from and I have to run and get him. He can't handle being alone. He's a New Age Sensitive Boy Cat. Right now they are cuddled up together after a mutual face wash. Ramona can handle being alone, she's a cool little princess.

The fundraising is going along quite well I think. We may have set the bar too high thinking we could raise 5,000 but Ramona says that is fine. She is happy with what people can give. We know you all help your local shelters too. I have an idea for a flag so next week I will get materials and work on it and put every cat's (and Fiona Bun of course) name on it.

A short time after we adopted Ramona we decided that her motto was "I really care." Maybe it's those big green eyes or maybe the way she comes running to Brendan. One evening he sneezed from the bedroom and she hopped down from her perch in the living room and ran to his side to be sure he was allright. Last week, he came in one morning and she ran to him, gave him a kiss on the mouth and then laid her head against his cheek while closing her eyes. It was the sweetest gesture I have ever seen in a cat, so loving there is no way it could be anything but love. Then she gave him a couple of licks between the eyes. I swear he is doing so well at almost seventeen because of her.

To sponsor Ramona in the Walk for the Animal go to her page Ramona’s Top Cats