Tuesday, June 29, 2010

It's Hot on White Wordless Wednesday!

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Chica on Tortie Tuesday

Mom! You didn't tell me I was blogging today! Let me freshen up a bit please....

There, that is better. I just want to thank all of you so much for coming to my 19th Birthday Bash and making it such a special celebration. We cats have all enjoyed getting to know you this past year or more and feel we have learned a lot and have made many caring friends.

Have a wonderful day and remember to help cats everywhere find their forever homes! Please visit Gattina for Cats on Tuesday!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Princess and the Pea??

When Mom takes the bed down at night she piles all the quilts, pillows and stuff on the chair next to it. Darby thinks this is the purrfect spot to nap. Sometimes you can't see her all hidden in the pile!

Doesn't she remind you of a fairy tale....which one is it...the Princess and the Pea? Go back to slepp Darby, sorry we woke you!

Happy Napping wherever your favorite spot is!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Forever Friday - Big Boy and Winners!

This larger than life boy is from Catman2, a private, no-kill cat-only shelter. Conceived in 1996, Catman2 is managed by Dr. Harold Sims, a retired college biology professor and his wife,Kay, a retired school social worker. The cats live in a large shelter adjacent to the Sims’ home in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

If you like large cats you will love this older cat, Big Boy, He is around 25 pounds of love. If you adopt him he NEEDS to be put on a diet. He needs a home and lots of action. Check him out. He had a home. Good home. two good but owners fell on hard times and had to give him up. They left the shelter crying. He was loved and he needs love again. He has a microchip. Click on Catman2 to see more of Big Boy and the other cats available for adoption.

Thank you all so much for the great turnout for Chica's 19th Birthday Bash! She had a great time and is still going strong - not one to wimp out on a party! We have some winners for the quiz questions altho Mom should have Googled the answers better herself - you guys got one up on her!

The oldest living cat, according to the Guinness Book of World Records was Creme Puff from Austin, TX who lived to be 38 years - and Grandpa, the Sphynx, (who Mom thought was the oldest!) was 34 years and 2 months. So we have two winners - Artemisia, Socks, Scylla & Fenris for getting Grandpa's age correct first and The Monkeys for guessing right first about Creme Puff. Both you guys get a fun cube to play in!

No one got the first quiz about what you call a cat over 22 until Mom added another hint - cats over 22 are considered to be in their 100's - so the answer is centenarian. Both Creme Puff and Grandpa were considered to be 120 plus years old! Cat of Nine Tails won this quiz for guessing correctly first so they get a copy of the Cat High Yearbook!

Thanks so much for playing and all the good wishes. Let's hope Chica is around another 10 years! Don't forget June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

Happy 19th Purrthday Chica!

Mom found Chica in 1992 around the Christmas holidays outside a strip mall in Florida trying to get into a shop. No one knew who she was or where she came from so Mom took her home. No one claimed the cute little tortie and the vet said she was about 6 months old - making her birthday sometime around late June so we picked the 24th - six months from Christmas eve!

Here are a couple of shots from her early days. Chica is Mom's first cat! Chica has been a feisty cat from day one but loved her Mom. She would have preferred to be a only cat but Mom had other ideas - Chica rolled with the punches and because she is sooo crabby to other cats still kept her senior kitty position. She walks around he house grumbling, muttering to herself and swatting anyone who gets in her way. No one messes with Chica!

She was diagnosed four years ago with Chronic Renal Failure but with holistic treatment is doing fine. Last fall she had a bad spell and the new vet (also an animal communicator) said Chica wanted Mom to know she plans on being around for some time, not to worry!

Happy Birthday dear Chica and may we have you for many more years! To celebrate we will have a few prizes to give away to the beans who know the most about senior cats!(for those who live overseas we have a special prize of five cat themed note cards by a New Hampshire artist)

Aren't they great notecards? Some are cats, others have woodland animals but all are so lovely - frameable even.

Quiz #1. Since cats live longer, you can't use the seven year to one year ratio on their ages like we do with dogs. Cats have their own human/cat age equivalent chart. Under 6 months for a cat is equal to childhood in human terms. Eight months to two years equals teen age years, 1-2 years is young adult, 4-8 years is middle age, 17-19 is elderly and so on. What do we call cats over 22 years of age? (Hint - cats are in their hundreds after this age....)

The first commenter to answer correctly wins a copy of the cool book Cat High, The Yearbook - a complete yearbook only all the photos, activities etc. are of cats and about cats. It is an out of print book so this one is used but in good condition! Plus a bag of kitty Temptations !(Overseas winners get the notecards)

Quiz #2. How old was the world's oldest cat? This cat was Sphynx who was originally born in Paris but imported to the US. He passed away of a ripe old age in 1998. The first to answer this question right will get a new great kitty cube for fun playtime! Only is modeling the cube for you. Plus a bag of kitty Temptations! (Again notecards for the overseas winner)

Please enjoy the tropical themed party (since Chica was born in FL) and have some cake, turkey (Chica's favorite), nip, treats and enjoy all the toys!

Thanks for coming and please stop by Fuzzy Tales to wish Derry Happy 3rd Birthday!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Suspended Anticipation

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Solstice and World Peace and Prayer Day!

Today marks the Summer Solstice - in the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2010 at 7:28 AM EDT

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + "to stand still." As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.

It is also World Peace and Prayer Day for Native Americans and all of us on the planet.

World Peace and Prayer Day was founded in 1996 in the Black Hills of South Dakota by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th generation keeper of the sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Sioux Nation. Arvol Looking Horse was led by a vision to honor sacred sites and to invite all nations and all faiths to do the same, to heal our relationship with our mother, the Earth. World Peace and Prayer Day is held annually on the summer solstice, a powerful day to pray for peace among all living beings.

Let's all do something to honor all creatures and Mother Earth on this very special day. It can be as simple as a moment of silence. Below is a request for prayer from Chief Arvol Looking Horse.

To All World Religious and Spiritual Leaders
My Relatives,

Time has come to speak to the hearts of our Nations and their Leaders. I ask you this from the bottom of my heart, to come together from the Spirit of your Nations in prayer.

We, from the heart of Turtle Island, have a great message for the World. We are guided to speak from all the White Animals showing their sacred color which have been signs for us to pray for the sacred life of all things. As I am sending this message to you, many Animal Nations are being threatened, those that swim, those that crawl, those that fly, and the plant Nations. Eventually all will be affected from the oil disaster in the Gulf.

The dangers we are faced with at this time are not of spirit. The catastrophe that has happened with the oil spill which looks like the bleeding of Grandmother Earth, is made by human mistakes, mistakes that we cannot afford to make.

I ask, as Spiritual Leaders, that we join together, united in prayer with the whole of our Global Communities. My concern is these serious issues will continue to worsen, as a domino effect that our Ancestors have warned us of in their prophecies.

I know in my heart there are millions of people that feel our united prayers for the sake of our Grandmother Earth are long overdue. I believe we as Spiritual People must gather ourselves and focus our thoughts and prayers to allow the healing of the many wounds that have been inflicted on the Earth. As we honor the Cycle of Life, let us call for Prayer circles globally to assist in healing Grandmother Earth (our Unc I Maka).

We ask for prayers that the oil spill, this bleeding, will stop. That the winds stay calm to assist in the work. . Pray for the people to be guided in repairing this mistake, and that we may also seek to live in harmony, as we make the choice to change the destructive path we are on.

As we pray, we will fully understand that we are all connected and that what we create can have lasting effects on all life.

So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer. Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children's future and well-being, and the generations to come.

Onipikte (that we shall live),

Chief Arvol Looking Horse
19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Saturday, June 19, 2010

A Father's Day Tribute

"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad." -- Anne Geddes

Not a lot of guys like cats like women do but Pop does. We would like to thank our Pop for all the loving, care and snuggles he has given all of us over the years. He does so much for us.....he shares his food with us, has driven in snowstorms to feed feral cats, shoveling the snow to make paths for them to get around, has taken injured strays to the vet, built shelters for us when we lived outside, dug graves to bury the cats who went to the Bridge and every night before he goes to bed goes around and says good night to each and every one of us.

He helps Mom take care of us in so many ways and even though he kept saying "No more cats!" he accepted and loved each one of us that was added to the growing group!

He has his favorites...whether they pick him or he picks them...Yoko has always been his kitty and can do no wrong in his yes. She will lay on his chest with one paw on his face all stretched out like a furry tie!

Sweetpea loves to snuggle on his lap and seeks him out over Mom.

And Al is Pop's boy..he gets extra scritches and lap time from Pop. Al knows he is
special with Pop. You can see the love in Al's eyes.

Thanks Pop and Happy Father's Day from all us cats! Happy Father's Day to all the great dads out there!

Check out Camera Critters this weekend for more critter posts. And Pet Pride too! Mr Bear was back to visit us this week...read all about it here.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Forever Friday - Beatrice

This lovely cow cat is Beatrice and she is at the Asheville Humane Society. Uunfortunately it is not a no kill shelter but all the more reason to help find homes for the loving cats and dogs that are confined here.

Beatrice is about 4 years old, a large girl and sadly has been declawed. She could really use a forever home so let's send her purrs, prayers and lots of vibes that the right person finds her.

For more info on adoptable pets please go to Asheville Humane Society.

Au and Target from Katz Tales gave us this fun award. It comes with three rules....

Rule #1 - Thank the person who gave it to you.
Big thanks to Au and Target.

Rule #2. - Share 9 things about yourself.
We will share 9 secrets of us cats......

1. Lots of folks wonder about our name Wildcat Woods. Well, Mom's friend Emily is an artist and wanted to know what we were going to call our new home which sits at the edge of 8 wooded acres. Emily called her abode Hobbit Hill and created a lovely sign that sits beside her long driveway. Since we are all feral and wild (not really) Mom decided on Wildcat Woods. Hopefully Emily will paint us a really cool sign with the name on it one day!

2. Joey, our mancat tabby in the house, gives love nips, especially to Mom. He once bit her nose when she was holding him in her arms. She has to be careful if he gets that look in his eye...a nip is coming.

3. Sweetpea falls alspeep in the weirdest place and then falls off! One time when we had company, she was asleep on the shelf by the door. We were telling our friends about how she falls off things and the next thing we hear is a thump and there she is on the floor. Most times she does land on her feet even asleep! Everybody laughed - she didn't like that.

4. Mamacita thinks her name is "Lookout" That's cuz she always runs in front of Mom when she is putting food down or getting ready to feed us and Mom has to keep saying "lookout" or she will step on Mamacita!

5. Al, our deaf cat, loves to use his paw to push small things off the table, shelf or counter and watch them fall to the ground. He doesn't hear the crash things make when they break. All the other cats run away from the noise. Mom stopped putting breakables out - Al doesn't mind - it's the falling he likes!

6. Georgie is really the most perfectly proportioned cat we have. Mom thinks she is the most beautiful. The shape of her head, eyes and everything is just right. Isn't she lovely?

7. Chica plays catch with the cage balls - when Mom throws one to her, she stands up on her hind legs and catches the ball with her two front paws. Even now at 19, she still plays.

8. At feeding time, Snowball and his three brothers - Norm, Sam and Woody - gather around the dry food bowl and eat. Pop uses this time to love them up and they get so excited. He is petting everyone and they are all rubbing up against each other and him all the while munching down on dry food. Feeding frenzy for sure! (We need to video this one time!)

9. Mom thought Smidge was a boy - even up till she was neutered. She is Only and Two Spot's litter mate and acted tough and bossy and rough like them. Even tho she has a sister Tabitha, Smidge played rough with the boys. Mom was sure surprised when they told her he was a she!

10. Sam is the only one of the cats that had his ear tipped when he was neutered (what they do to ferals in colonies so they know they got TNR'd). Mom had the vet do it cuz she couldn't tell him apart from Norm. Now we know who Sam is by his ear.

Rule #3 - give this award to 9 other bloggers.
We hope you enjoyed this tell all and would like to invite anyone else to take this award and join in. So many of you already have it.

Please keep June 24 open - our Chica is 19 this year and we are having a huge celebration for her that day plus a give-away too. Come on by!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Happy Flag Day!

Only tips his hat to our flag!

Today, June 14th is Flag Day, a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!

Here are some interesting tips about how to properly display our flag -

The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It's called "half staff" on land and "half mast" on a ship.
When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or "union", is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
Never let your flag touch the ground, never...period.
Fold your flag when storing. Don't just stuff it in a drawer or box.
When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.

Did you Know? There is a very special ceremony for retiring the flag by burning it. It is a ceremony everyone should see.Your local Boy Scout group knows the proper ceremony and performs it on a regular basis. If you have an old flag, give it to them. And, attend the ceremony.

Happy Flag Day fellow Americans!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Forever Friday - Franzia

Meet Franzia...

I was a mom with kittens that was dumped at the shelter. All of my babies have found homes and now it is my turn. I am very sweet and loving, and just want my forever home. Please adopt me today! If interested call Sarah at 828-713-0325

I met Franzia at the local Petsmart and she is beautiful, very loving and sweet. Please help find her a home.

Remember June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month...so help her out. You can find her and many others at Brother Wolf Animal Rescue - a great no-kill shelter in Asheville, NC. Just click on the tab Adopt for a list of all who need homes.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing......

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Kool Seniors Kitty Club Members....

We have lots of senior kitties at our house. Mom says it is like a nursing home for cats here...we all need special care, food and monitoring but she doesn't mind. We give her lots of love, cuddles and lap time in return. A big thank you to Sam and Andy for these cool badges!

Yoko is 17 this year and little Sweetpea is 11.....

Minnie and Joey who are littermates are both 11.......

Ivy is 12 (could be more but we don't know for sure) and Darby is 10.....

And last but not least is Chica who will be 19 this summer. Since Mom found her in the winter we don't know for sure when her birthday is so we are going to pick a day in the next few weeks to celebrate! Make sure you come back for the party!



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