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  • 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

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    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...

  • On the Eve of the Birth of Freya 2.0. Part 7.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday December 8th, 2014 at 07:16 AM

    In writing the last post about Freya before her surgery, I realized after it was proofed and ready to share that I forgot a very important bit of news. Freya's life was saved because our friends at Animals in Distress offered to have her family sign her over to their rescue, then I stepped in to begin providing care and do fundraising until they could sort out a foster home for her. As you know Freya's never left my home since arriving in September. With AIDs help I was able to have them do...

  • A (Wo)man's Search for Meaning

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Saturday December 6th, 2014 at 02:54 PM

    I dont know where the time has gone. It seems like it was only just September a few days ago and here we are at the door to December. I find myself frustrated, not effective, not getting things done, but if I rated myself at how good of a job Ive been doing at putting things off Id get a gold star. Ive been eating like a starved hermit and I can see my belly growing from self-soothing myself with food. Id been on a good run over the summer, cutting out sugar and cutting down gluten. I felt...