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Oct 10, 2014


This is Georgie, our current foster.  He came from a really lousy shelter in NJ, and before that, he was a stray for god only knows how long.  The poor thing had fleas, is still suffering from a skin infection related to that.  He lost a lot of hair from it as well.  His ears are infected, and he's about half the weight he should be.

But he is such a sweet and happy kid!  Georgie let us bathe him with no problems.  He made the vet do the entire exam while rubbing his belly.  And he's sweet to the kitties.  Eva hisses at him to no end; he just cries and looks to me for an explanation.  Sorry Georgie, she's a grumpy kitty where dogs are concerned.

He is only with me temporarily, and I'll be devastated to see him go.  I was just asked to foster him until he gets adopted, but unfortunately, I cannot do so.  Heart --> broken.

(That's Laceigh in the background, being super derpy.)

This weekend we're taking all three dogs to my parents house so they an run around on the large property.  Georgie was stuck in a cage for awhile, so I know he will appreciate stretching his legs and running as fast as he possibly can.  And he will have more people to love him.

Oct 3, 2014


It's Friday!  Tomorrow we are getting a new foster kid (yay), and dropping three back off at the SPCA (boo).  Our new guy is a dog from the Springer Spaniel rescue group I work with.  He's coming from a really crappy shelter in NJ.  This is his first stop on the road to a new life.  We're going to show him how great it is to be loved and spoiled!  I just can't wait to meet him.

Pictures soon.

Oct 1, 2014

Summer recap

I stopped blogging in late July, needing to take a break from life for awhile.  Because the last few years have been hectic, and this was the first summer I wasn't required to do anything, I really needed to drop everything.

And it's just as well that I did, because I got tapped to help a neighbor from the next 'hood over with a cat problem.  They had a hoarder at the end of the block, and when she died or was removed from the home, around two dozen cats bolted from the house and scattered around the neighborhood.  We focused on a cat with four young kittens.  After much drama in trying to catch and trap them, we finally made it happen.  Mama cat and her one kitten, Rinald, got loving homes through the SPCA (who generously took them even though they were pretty full).  Those guys got adopted within a week!

The two girl kittens were a little harder to deal with, since they were all but feral.  Dorothy had long-ish white hair and was super pretty, but obviously had some mental issues.  When I had them spayed through Best Friends Rescue TNR program, I found that she has cerebellar hyperplasia, which means that her motor skills didn't fully develop, and that she would be unstable as far as walking/jumping goes.  The woman at the rescue asked me if I would be willing to let her keep Dorothy - she had a great home lined up for her.  Of course I said yes, and I still get updates.

Merida was a handful, but she got sweet quite quickly.  The woman with the rescue taught me how to socialize feral cats, and it worked like a charm.  We became fast friends.  I asked my parents to babysit all our animals while we went to visit Ben's mom in Boston, and when we came back, they didn't want to let Merida go.  She had gotten along very well with the resident cats, especially the younger male.  So they kept her, and have fallen hard for her.  I'm so glad all these kids have good homes, and that I get to still have Merida in the family.  I'm also grateful to Becky at Best Friends Rescue for helping this happen.

Some other things happened:

  • I sprained my stupid foot.  It healed, but I don't think it did so entirely properly.
  • I was driving home from Johns Hopkins when I was hit by a woman having a seizure.  My front bumper fell off, but that was the extent of the damage.  She tried to claim it was my fault (wat) but my insurance company told her to cram it.  She didn't have a real license, and was driving someone else's uninsured car, so she is in big trouble with the city.  Not my problem.
  • UMBC finally accepted me to their Post-Bacc Certificate Program.  It is unbelievably awesome.  More on that later.
  • My migraines are back in full force.  I'm currently on a steroid regimen to stop the brain swelling.  I hate it, it makes me tired and weird, but at least I'm migraine-free for the first time in about two weeks.
  • Thursday we are getting a temporary foster dog from the Springer Spaniel rescue group I work with.  He was in a horrible shelter and is in pretty bad shape, but we will fix him up and spoil him rotten.
  • I've been doing a lot of work with the SPCA, including fostering baby kittens (as I've written about before).  Now that Merida and Dorothy are no longer holed up in my spare room, SPCA foster kits have moved back in.  One has been adopted by our friends in NJ, Jeff and David.  She's another one I'm glad will remain in the family, because we got very attached.
  • I finished my Goodreads 50-book challenge for 2014.  And I'm still reading.

I'm bound for bed, because these steroids really take their toll on my energy level.  Tomorrow has to be another easy day, and will include one trip to the doctor.  And Thursday, I'm back in school.  I hope to feel like a normal person by then.

Jul 23, 2014

More animal things

Because Ben and I are crazy committed to animal welfare, we went to a fundraiser for No-Kill Harford two weeks ago.  It was a lot of fun.  I sucked at golf and got a t-shirt for my efforts.

Here we are being goofy on the red carpet.  Ben had no idea what was coming.

Tomorrow and Friday I have some boring cleaning to do, but this Saturday we're talking the pups to the park.  Bucky has a therapy gig at the library also.  AND we're getting a new foster kitten to keep our current foster baby happy.  His name is Chaplin, which leads me to believe he may have a Hitler stache?  Are we getting a Kitler?  I'm excited.

Jul 21, 2014

Happy pups

Last week was terribly busy, but I managed to take the dogs to the local historical farm-park.  We had such cool days, and I wanted to take advantage of them before the temperature shoots back up into the stratosphere.

We walked a small trail, then stopped under a large tree for a breather and a drink.  The stone wall behind the pups is actually the slave graveyard - the park used to be a working farm in the 17 and 1800s.  I've never run into a slave cemetery before, probably because I'm from the north and we didn't pull as much of that slavery crap.  The cemetery is inside those four stone walls, and is terribly overgrown.  It is considered abandoned, and no one is sure who is even buried in there.  I think that's terrible.

I just finished a book called The Restorer and it's about a woman who restores abandoned grave sites.  It's fiction, but people like that do exist.  I wish someone would come here to document who is buried, install markers, and clean up the site.

The dogs had a great time, and I really needed a break.  At one point I simply tied their leashes together and let them walk each other.  Hey, they're both old and neither one of them are going anywhere.  This was our second trip to the park: the first experience was marred by one of Laceigh's nosebleeds.  Thankfully, we were spared that on our walk.

Don't they look happy?  I can't wait to go back.

Jul 7, 2014

Fiddlesticks and Flambeau

Fiddlesticks came to me with a slight case of pink eye, and developed a mild upper respiratory infection.  Both ailments required medicine, and both have cleared up nicely.  This kitten absolutely loved my dog, and would likely do well in a home with dogs.  She was curious and not the least bit afraid of my old pooch.  And my sweet pup was nice to the kittens in return.  Fiddlesticks enjoyed chewing on my dog's tail, lightly patting her on the face, and jumping all over her.  She is, in general, an outgoing kitten.

Flambeau was such a sweet girl!  She was very well-behaved when being weighed, and was sweet to the dog.  She didn't interact much with her, but was not afraid.  Flambeau would also likely do well in a home with dogs.  Like her sisters, she liked to be picked up and cuddled.  She was not a bit shy, and would play with whatever came her way.  All four of these kittens were fairly mellow.

Jul 2, 2014

Farm update

I took these last week, and they're already somewhat out of date.  My herb trough has been overrun by the spearmint, which I knew would happen should it actually grow (I'm a bit of a black thumb).  The corn is coming up, though one pot needs to be moved into a sunnier spot.  Those spots are tough to come by, so I'll have to be creative about that one.  Cucumbers are already twice as tall as they are here!  I added a cucumber fence, and they're loving it.  I have one more cuke plant to add, but it's been too hot for gardening lately (or too rainy).  Most everything I have is doing quite well this year.

Tomorrow I have to post about my other two kittens - they went back to the SPCA on Monday and I miss them terribly!

Jun 27, 2014

Foster kittens Florian and Firecracker

Florian is one of two Tortie kittens that I have been fostering.  She is now back at the SPCA.  While she was here, she was not afraid of anything.  This little girl was eager to explore every inch of her space, and played with anything she could get her paws on.  When introduced to a large feather toy, she immediately tackled it.  Some of her sisters were more shy with it.  She is very sweet and enjoys being held.  We worked with her on getting her used to having her paws handled and her tummy rubbed.  She is a great little friend!

Firecracker is at the SPCA with her sister, Florian.  She is black, but may develop some Tortie coloring.  Like her sisters, she enjoys being held.  This one even fell asleep in my arms.  She plays very well with her tiny mouse toys, and will amuse herself for quite awhile.  Firecracker is slightly more shy than Florian, but only takes a second to warm up.  These two girls really like playing together, so please consider adopting both!

Jun 20, 2014

Animal things

One of the major things I'm going this summer is animal rescue volunteering.  Bucky is signed up at the library, and at Ronald McDonald House.  Sick kids need Bucky therapy!  We're still doing transport for MAESSR, and emergency fostering as needed.

I recently started volunteering with the local SPCA.  I'll be bringing dogs to their satellite adoption center on various Saturdays.  I'll also be spending various afternoons taking dogs to the park, or wherever they'd like to go.  But right now, I'm fostering!  I have four baby tortoise shell-print kitties living in my guest bedroom.  They're terribly cute and sweet.  I actually think I'm making them too needy, but I suppose that's what people will want.  Who wouldn't love a sweet, loving kitty?  I even had one in a make-shift papoose today.

My pictures of them are lame.  Ben will have to get in there and take better shots.  This weekend we will be trying to get individual photos so I can write about each kitten and provide information for their eventual adopters (and post them here!).  Jeni from NJ did such a great job with pictures of, and info about, my Eva, and I want to do the same.  I should post come Eva baby pictures.  She was just adorable.

Two weekends ago we pulled a dog from the shelter for MAESSR and transported him to meet his foster mom.  She was concerned about his size (we weren't told how big he was), and almost gave him to me to foster instead.  The president of the rescue happened to be in the area though, and she took him.  Oh, I would have loved to love him for awhile until a more permanent situation could be found!  He's in great hands with our president.

He spent most of the ride with his head on my lap.  It's so difficult to go to the shelter and see all the poor animals, but that made it worth the discomfort.

Jun 18, 2014

Dry sink stays dry

I was able to work on this dry sink today, but of course, it's 90 degrees out and this isn't easy work.  Isn't that pink delightful?  Barf.  The orange is the paint stripper, bubbling up and destroying that pastel nightmare.  I imagine that this was in a baby's room at some point.  Perhaps it was used as a changing table?  I'm sure it was delightful for that purpose, but it's high time it got a new life.  I'm hoping to have all the stripping done tomorrow so I can start on sanding.  I'd love to start staining on Friday, but we will see how it goes.

We narrowly avoided disaster with the dry sink this evening.  It was just so hot and clear today that I didn't think we were due for rain.  I wrapped the main unit in the tarp but left the drawers sitting out, meaning to cover them later (just in case).  Ben came home and we went out to dinner.  Can you see where this is going?  As we're ordering dessert, I happen to look outside: torrential downpour.  I was devastated!  All the money, time, and energy put into this thing only to have it ruined by the rain.  

The rain only lasted a little while longer, and had completely stopped by the time we left.  On the way home, the radio beeped with storm warnings: apparently this is a bad one.  Thunder and lightning for sure, but really nothing we didn't see last week.  I get home expecting the worst, but it hadn't even rained here!  We were at dinner only two or three miles up the road, but home was bone dry.  We scurried to cover everything, let the dogs out, take out the trash, and generally hunker down.  Only after we were completely finished did it start to rain.  I'm pretty sure that counts as a miracle.