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

For more wordless photos visit Wordless Wednesday! Be sure to stop by Thursday for Chica's 19th birthday bash!

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



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