Recently, I thought Spooker was quietly passing over to the Rainbow Bridge. She'd stopped eating and was so weak she could no longer climb the stairs to get onto the bed. I set up a blanket for her under the bed, with her own food and water, and shut the bedroom door so no one could bother her. I said my good-byes to her, and let her know that if it was her time, I just wanted her to go peacefully. After several days of just sleeping, she started getting back up to drink water and use her pee pads. Now, I want to share with you that Spooker has had yet another miracle bounce-back. Her fourth since last New Year's Eve. She's lost a great deal of weight since this picture above was taken, but I want to have memories like this of when she was healthier. She doesn't seem to be suffering or in pain. I believe she's on her tenth life now. Every time she bounces back, she's a bit weaker, but I never expected her to do any recovery this time. The past two nights, she's been back up on the bed with me, purring and demanding Temptations whenever I get up to go to the loo. Every minute with her is a gift, and I am thankful that she seems to be making the most of her Tenth Life.
Today is Movember at the Tabby Cat Club, and this is our own Sonora's first time hosting an event over there, so we do hope you'll stop by and see all the kitties in their photo-shopped mustachery. Here are our own tabbies of Purrchance To Dream, participating in the event. Chili Pepper is pictured above, and then below are Bella, Daphne, and Sonora.
Just like October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, November highlights testicular cancer and prostate cancer for men with a movement called Movember. We hope you enjoyed our stache-tastic tabbiness today, and remember that there are many types of cancer out there, and while we love pink & pink ribbons in October, we do love a good mustache in November, too!
Here are our two newest fosters at Purrchance To Dream: Butterscotch and Salem.
They were part of a litter of four kittens who were abandoned at Petco in a backpack! There were two orange tabby kittens and two black kittens. Butterscotch and Salem's littermates, Toffee and Licorice, are in another foster home here in Orlando, and we get to see them on adoption day Saturdays at Petco.
All four of these little dudes go this Wednesday to get neutered, meaning that next Saturday, they will be available to go home for adoption. Simply by judging people's reactions to the kittens while they've been at Petco so far, we predict that Butterscotch and Toffee will be adopted soon. The sad fact is that there is little adoption interest in the black cats, like Salem and Licorice. We think this is very sad, and wish more people loved black cats and would open their hearts and homes to adopting more House Panthers.
All four of these kittens, as well as others available for adoption now, can be viewed on The Way Home's adoptable pet page. An online adoption form can also be filled out on the organization's website. We hope that all four of these adorable, friendly kittens find homes soon, while they're still kittens!
Yesterday, Doodle Spooker kicked off our Halloween week at Purrchance To Dream with her version of a witch. Here's Sonora dressed up in her bewitching best, to cast a cuteness spell on you! Make sure you come back tomorrow to see Sonora in a more scary Halloween image. Have a safe & spooky Halloween season, my pretties!
A few years ago, it was Doodle Week in the blogosphere the same week as Halloween. I came across this doodle of Spooker, and thought it was still bewitching. Hoping everyone has a safe & happy Halloween season!
Spooker is nineteen now, and was diagnosed with CRF a couple of years ago. She's given us a scare a couple times so far this year, but each time we think that it's her time to pass over into the next life, she bounces back. After spending a few years sleeping on her own pillow on top of our bed, she now has taken to hiding under the bed. She came out last night and was shaky and walked hesitatingly. Yet she still goes to drink and use the litter box. This morning she didn't want treats, and she stayed under the bed. I left some treats under there for her and told her I love her. And that it is okay if it's her time, I understand and will always love her. She's bounced back so many times, I know she has used up more than nine lives, I swear it's like she has ninety-nine lives. Then, this afternoon, she was on the bed, demanding Temptations. She ate a few, then went back under the bed. I just want to hold her and whisper in her ear, but she's never been a cat who likes to be held, and wants little physical contact now except for ear scratches when she wants them. I selfishly want her to hold on just a little bit longer, but I have to face the reality that it won't be much longer now. I just pray that she goes peacefully in her sleep when she uses up all of her ninety-nine lives.
Sonora and Chili have a big announcement over at The Tabby Cat Club today, and it's more than just them being numbers 99 and 100 in the TCC First 100 members! Make sure you check it out for the big news!
Ann from Zoolatry did such a fabulous job scaring up a Halloween photo for our own Little Isis. We love how she turned her collar orange and put a little jack o'lantern tag on it! Zoolatry is having guest kitties for the holidays on their blog, won't you click on over and check them out!
Daphne is our alpha female kitty at Purrchance To Dream, and while she has to deal with so many kittens now (much to her disdain), it's good to remind her that she was once a rambunctious rapscallion of a kitten, too!