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Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

Marcy To The Rescue

Artwork by Vivien Wu for sale here

Cynthia:  Marcy and I are so thrilled to announce our very first donation to animal rescue with money we earned from affiliate links on our blog!

Marcy:  Hmpf. It was only $50.

Cynthia:  Hey! That’s fantastic! That’s what we made and it sure helped out a couple of cats.

Marcy:  Hmpf. I wanted that money to go towards my trip to Paris.

Cynthia:  Oh Marcy.  Look who we helped get out of a bad situation and into a new home!

Lily and Baxter

Cynthia:  That’s Lily and Baxter. Word got to our friend, Dylan Kendall, that they were losing their home immediately and were headed to the high kill North Central Shelter in Los Angeles. They wouldn’t stand a chance there since they weren’t kittens. And, even if they weren’t put down, the possibility of this bonded pair staying together was next to nil.

A new home was needed fast, as well as money for transportation and vaccines. Time was of the essence.

Dylan was able to get the cats before they entered the shelter but quickly discovered they were in bad shape and needed vet care too. Lily was way too skinny.

Lily is too skinny

Marcy:  Gasp! That’s terrible!

Cynthia:  And Baxter had a painful abscess that needed to be taken care of. Poor Baxter was miserable.

Baxter not feeling well

Marcy (shuddering):   I hate those cones. They should be outlawed.

Cynthia:  Our $50 along with other small donations from sweet Samaritans got them fixed up and spiffy. And being fixed up and spiffy means that a home is way easier to find.

Marcy (anxiously):  And was a home found?

Cynthia:  Yes! And with a family that will take great care of them. A wonderful family that won’t forget to feed them or let abscesses fester.

Marcy:  Yay!

Cynthia:  Shall we?

Marcy lifts her Friskies can and Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to our wonderful readers who not only don’t mind the affiliate links, they click on them to make purchases which in turn goes to save cats!

Cheers to Dylan Kendall for putting in the hard and emotional work to save Baxter and Lily!

Cheers to all the sweet Samaritans who donated a little to create a BIG difference for two cats!

Cynthia:  By the way, one of the reasons I was so frantic about Baxter and Lily was because they reminded me so much of a bonded pair that live in my home – Penelope Kitten and her best bud, Hamlet.

Penelope Kitten and Hamlet

Marcy:  Ugh. Those two.

Cynthia:  Hamlet wants to be on the blog too, you know.

Marcy:  Fine. He can be my unpaid intern. He’ll fetch me Friskies, pick up my dry cleaning, and do my social media tasks.

Cynthia:  Uh… unpaid internships are illegal in the United States of America.

Marcy:  Yeah, but not in the United States of Marcy.

 

 

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Feline, mostly me, by penelope

Black Cat Appreciation Day

penelope kitten

Cynthia:  Hey Penelope! Come pose for a picture for Black Cat Appreciation Day.

Marcy (pouting):  I can’t believe it. Penelope kitten gets her own day?

Cynthia:  Yup.

Marcy:  We have to appreciate her all day? She’s going to be so full of herself.

Penelope Kitten very solemnly perches on the red pillow and poses very seriously for the camera.

Cynthia:  It’s okay Penelope. You can smile.

Penelope Kitten continues to look very serious.

Cynthia (taking photos):  Smile P! click click click  C’mon. Smile! click click click Why so serious, Penelope?

Penelope Kitten pulls out a crumpled piece of paper and begins her speech.

penelope kitten (clearing her throat):  ahem… ahem… ahem…

in honor of black cat appreciation day i appreciate many things. they are…

my pink paper ball
my dry crunchy treats
my big brother, tabby cat Hamlet, who is always nice to me and gives me his food
my mom, Cindy, for failing to find me a home even though she tried really hard
my dad, Freddy, for giving me belly rubs
my big sister, Marcy, for giving me advice and sharing her sunspots

Marcy:  Gasp. I never share my sunspots. You take them.

Cynthia: Ah, Marcy…

Marcy:  It’s true. And Hamlet doesn’t give her his food. She takes it from him.

penelope kitten:  and so. in conclusion. i am the luckiest kitty in the world to have such a wonderful family who loves me too.

happy black cat appreciation day.

Marcy:  Plus, she’s so stupid she got the meaning of the day backwards.

Cynthia (teary eyed):  Ah, Penelope… instead of us appreciating you – you are appreciating us! You are just the sweetest…

Cynthia rushes over to Penelope and gives her kitty smooches. Penelope Kitten gloats and purrs.

Marcy (grumbling under her breath):  She’s so manipulative. And everyone falls for it. Hmpf.

penelope kitten:  i’ll give you a kitty kiss, marcy.

Marcy:  Yuck. Keep your kitty spit away from me!

Marcy races off to the other room.

penelope kitten:  i win. #blackcatsrule.

 

 

*You might also like:

Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!
my post from last year about the origins of Black Cat Appreciation Day.

mostly me, by penelope (#blackcatsrule)

 

 

 

 

 

Feline, Marcy To The Rescue

A Cat In The Hat Rescue Story, or cappy and his juliet

Juliet and Cappy

Marcy:  What’s that?

Cynthia:  That’s my friend’s little girl, Juliet, looking completely adorable in her Cat In The Hat costume with her best bud, rescue kitty Cappy.

Marcy:  It doesn’t sound like Seuss. It sounds like Shakespeare.

Cynthia:  Actually, this is a kind of Horatio Alger rags to riches story. Cappy was an older kitten living with his colony on the mean streets of Los Angeles back in 2008.

Cappy and his semi-feral siblings

Cynthia:  I worked with The Kris Kelly Foundation to TNR (trap/neuter/release) the colony. We found homes for five of the littlest kittens but the teenage kittens (the ones pictured) were really too feral to find homes for. Except Cappy. Kind of.

Cappy and his brother living on the streets in Los Angeles

Cynthia:  He was very scared but curious.

Marcy:  Curiosity killed the cat ya know.

Cynthia:  In this case, curiosity saved Cappy. He would linger a little longer after he ate to see what I was up to. Eventually, he started brushing up against my legs. And that was when I knew I had to at least try to find him a home.

Marcy:  Who wants a semi feral cat? No one.

Cynthia:  That’s what I thought. No one. I put out a plea on Facebook anyway, and lo an behold, my friend Heather asked to meet him. She fell in love, took him home, and spent a tremendous amount of time taming him. She also spent a lot of money on vet bills since Cappy had health problems I wasn’t even aware of…

Marcy (admiringly):  I bet he was bad. Feral cats are so bad. Just like the Cat In The Hat. He’s such a bad kitty.

Cynthia:  Yes. It was quite challenging. Taming a semi-feral cat is not for the faint of heart. But Heather and her husband, David, are extraordinary people. And now look at him!

Cappy at home
Cappy performing Neighborhood Watch duties

Cynthia:  Instead of living on the streets, he is living in house with people who love him and take wonderful care of him. Plus, he has a new friend – Juliet – a cat lover and future cat advocate. I mean, did you take a close look at her sneakers?!!

Juliet and Cappy

Marcy:  That Cat in the Hat is so bad. He’s transforming little kids into bad kitties. He’s my hero. He’s so bad.

 

*It is very easy to get depressed and feel hopeless as an animal rescuer. The problem is so immense. Someone compared it once to trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. So when a cat I have rescued has such a happy ending as Cappy and his Juliet, it makes me so incredibly happy.

 

Feline

Dear Creatures And Their Darling (Rescue) Cat, Mouse

Mouse the Cat of Dear Creatures

Cynthia:  So, I realize that this picture is well over a year old. It’s from the Dear Creatures Autumn 2012 Lookbook. But, it is new to me and I just love it.

Besides the super fab 1960’s airline stewardess mod vibe (with cat ears!), the cat in the photo was gallantly rescued by the Dear Creatures team when it showed up at their offices in Los Angeles. They named the lucky guy Mouse and now look at him – he’s a  fashion muse AND super model!

 

Dear Creatures Cat Sweater 2012

Marcy:  Mouse! What kind of a name is Mouse for a cat? For his sake, I hope it’s short for Mouse Killer.

Cynthia:  I think it’s cute. Gosh, I wish I would have got my grubby little hands on that sweater last year. It’s darling.

Dear Creatures clothing is delightfully quirky, wonderfully whimsical, and eternally optimistic. Zooey Deschanel is practically their spokesperson since she wears their clothes all the time on TV. Think smock tops, peter pan collars, short sleeved secretary blouses, pleated skirts, and mod mini dresses.

Marcy:  It sounds like cat lady couture.

Cynthia:  But what really won me over is that an abandoned cat in Los Angeles is off the mean and desperate streets and now has a warm home and lots of love. Shall we?

Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.

Marcy and Cynthia:  Cheers to Dear Creatures for living up to their name and proving just how dear our dear creatures can be.

 

Feline

Beautiful and Immense

“photo of man rescuing two cats in a flood”

This picture smacked me in the face as I was scrolling through my Facebook feed.

Yes. Smacked me in the face so hard I lost the ability to breathe and my face got puffy and my eyes welled.

Kind of like when I saw the Grand Canyon for the first time. Ya ya I thought … whatever… trees… rocks… a big hole in the ground…and then … BAM… SMACKED in the FACE.

(Please note that I have never actually been smacked in the face.)

Most of the time I feel insane for loving my cats as much as I do and then I see this and am relieved to know I am not the only one out there with this sort of insanity.

Although, looking at the picture I am not entirely sure if I would really be that guy.

I am a flight type of person – not a fighter. When the electric wires above my apartment caught fire a few years ago and threatened to engulf the entire complex, I got the hell outta there. Fast. So fast that I completely forgot about Marcy and our other cat, Scooter. So really, I will be the frantic sobbing wailing person on the side of the road –  who other people look at with disdain – screaming about her cats.

Kind of random moral of the story:  Microchip your pets. That way, if you can’t be your cat’s hero in the 2nd place, you can be her hero in the 1st place. (she said in her best wise Oprah voice)  Found Animals states it perfectly with their handy dandy infographic!

 

 

https://www.foundanimals.org/blog/infographic-why-microchip/

 

 

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