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  • 2014: The Year in Review

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday January 1st, 2015 at 10:12 AM



    The year began with our litter of chronically sick orange kittens nicknamed The Clementines. Theyd arrived from Kentucky, months before, supposedly after being in quarantine, they arrived to my home covered in fleas and with bad eye infections. A kitten named Sherbert got so sick we thought hed lose his eye. What I couldnt have known then was that 2014 ended up being The Year of the Vet Visit with so many sick and injured cats. What I thought was a lot of vet runs in January was...

  • Angels Walk Among Us.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday December 24th, 2014 at 06:55 AM

    Im not even sure what words to write to form the perfect telling of recent events, but I must try with shaky fingers as they clumsily tap out another few words. I just finished crying and suppose I will do it again soon. My tears arent inspired by loss, rather by gain; but this kind of gain cant be seen, only felt in ones heart.

    Last week I wrote about my nail-biter road trip to Boston with little foster kitten, Freya. Though the arc of the story revolved around her surgery and whether or not...

  • Give for the Holidays without Breaking the Bank

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday December 22nd, 2014 at 09:55 AM

    Nothing makes me happier than when I can help others, especially cats. During this season of giving, of cherishing your family and friends, its the perfect time to think about giving to the cats and kittens who are still in shelters, dreaming of their forever home.

    While giving during the month of December can provide a big lift to small rescues who depend on donations to make ends meet, Id like to ask you to consider a longer-term way to help your favorite animal charity, but it won't break...

  • Freya 2.0 The Price and the Curse of the Pink Underpants Part 12

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday December 16th, 2014 at 04:34 PM


    continued from part 8 and part 9 and part 10 and part 11.

    At 10 AM, barely 24-hours after Freyas surgery, I was back at Angell ready to bring her home. I walked into the building as the automatic doors parted. The place was filled with people and their pets. It was controlled cacophony so I made my way over to Reception, checked in, paid the remainder of Freyas invoice and waited to be called.

    A young woman came out, calling Freyas name. She talked to me about the discharge instructions, then...

  • Freya 2.0. The End and the New Beginning. Part 11

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 01:12 PM

    continued from part 8 and part 9 and part 10

    I was so tired I was loopy. I didnt know what to do with myself so I took a shower. The flow of water was meager, but hot enough. I really wanted to blast my back pain away, but it wouldnt work. Resigned to this being an affordable (meaning zero frills) hotel I couldnt expect much. It was very clean and I was grateful for at least that much.

    I put my pajamas back on and closed the drapes. I laid in bed but I couldnt sleep. I shut my eyes, listening...

  • Freya 2.0. 12 Little Words. Part 10

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday December 14th, 2014 at 07:53 AM

    continued from part 8 and part 9

    When I got back to the hotel room I looked around. Freya hadnt made a single mark on ANYTHING in the room or on the bed. Even though there was no sign of her little butt prints, I couldnt stand to see her toys strewn about. I had to put all the towels away, hide her toys, scoop the litter pan one last time. Freya wouldnt be coming back here, at least that was the plan. Id be picking her up the following morning and heading home, but seeing her things really...

  • Freya 2.0. In Search of Peace. Part 9

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Saturday December 13th, 2014 at 03:20 PM

    continued from part 8

    I lived in Minneapolis many years ago and drove in blizzards in whiteout conditions. One late spring day my car stalled out driving across a flooded road during a once in a hundred years severe thunderstorm that dropped 10" of rain in 4 hours, while tornadoes buzzed nearby. But this trip to Boston was one of the most difficult and terrifying of my life. By the time the sky was fading to black, I was grateful the traffic jammed up and we were forced to dribble along at 15...

  • Freya 2.0. Neither Snow, Nor Rain, Nor Gloom of Night. Part 8

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Saturday December 13th, 2014 at 08:05 AM

    My father grew up with a fairly serious case of Italian Guilt inherited from his father; Every good thing always comes with a price. hed tell me. Of course that rubbed off on me over the years and a few days ago it became the theme of my journey to Boston with Freya.

    Freya had run out of time. Her colon was loaded with so much stool that fairly soon shed start vomiting because her stomach was pushed too far out of its normal position and she couldnt hold any volume of food inside it any...

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