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Last weekend, I traveled down south to visit my Mimi!
Isn’t she adorable!! The best! Sadly, this blurry awful photo is the only one we took together. Pathetic isn’t it! I’m going to be better about that next time.
The just under 4 hour drive was uneventful enough. Gorgeous weather permitted us to roll the windows down and enjoy the breeze – or 70+ mph winds. Abbi loves the wind in her face … she just plops down, gets cozy, and rests her head on the door where the vibrations lull her to sleep. Pebbles, on the other hand, suffered from car sickness as a puppy so nowadays, her spot is directly behind the driver. Anywhere else and she panics – climbing over anything and everything to get to “her spot.”
Angus and Piper also got to go. As Angus is about to have to undergo heartworm treatment, he’s living up his “last days” to the fullest. The Ranch was a perfect weekend for him and he was so anxious to get there he never sat down. Seriously, he didn’t! Piper got her own personal space and security in a crate in the back. She was more than happy to not be crammed in the back row between frozen-stiff P and pacing A.
It’s an awesome place – the weekend was going to be full of memories.
We arrived, well I did – to freshly baked chocolate chip cookies! About 4 dozen that would barely last us the weekend 😉
Mimi has three pets – Maggie, a loveable, pleasantly plump dauschund (VERY pleasantly) and then there’s the two kitties – Ginger, and Tigger – neither of which were all too happy to have us there. Ginger is the Bubbas mommy and Tigger their brother!
Okay, while I haven‘t hadn’t really experienced much pain and suffering in the world of fostering – I knew it was out there. I’ve heard horror stories, read blogs about the struggles pups and kitties go through (along with their foster parents), seen the commercials on TV (you know the ones where you frantically search for the clicker so you can flip channels before you see it!). But I’ve been a pretty lucky foster mom for the past almost 8 months. That is until yesterday!
I had three fosters at the vet – Angus, Mattie, and Massimo (formerly Maceo – just couldn’t pronounce it!!).
Angus: 1 year old, happy-go-lucky black lab
General Health: FANTASTIC – couldn’t have gotten a better report. shiny coat, white teethies (save a few missing and some blood in something I don’t care to talk about – yuck – prescription meds will clear it right up. Just something that happens when you switch food and have a big change in life.)
Family History: unknown (he’s a country boy – sing with me now: everybody knows everybody – everybody calls you friend – says alot about the dog world.)
Symptoms: none visible. eats well, plays often, snuggles best.
Diangosis: Heartworm positive! (doesn’t that make you want to scream!)
Next Procedure: A long 6 week process of painful injections and treatments, 2 day hospital stay, 2 day boarding stay, and then spend the rest of the time 24/7 in his crate. (how miserable for an active, young, gleeful boy!)
Mattie: 3 year old, small black kitty
General Health: overall healthy. Only likes hard food. Shy
Family History: unknown – course.
Symptoms: large lump on side of neck
Next Procedure: surgery – happened yesterday. Now her neck’s shaved all down her left, with a long, deep incision and three massive stitches. She must stay in a kitty suite, alone, for 7 days until the stitches come out. (not good for a shy girl who finally showed improvement just last week!)
Massimo: 7 year old, HUGE black cat (18+ lbs)
General Health: come on, 18 pounds! gotta be healthy
Family History: grew up in a home with a family who unfortunately wanted a dog – he didn’t agree. Was well cared for and loved but given up for quote – man’s best friend.
Symptoms: is hissing and growling at me when I try to pick up & cuddle a symptom?
Diangosis: positive for Feline Aids (nothing you can do about it either! boogers)
Next Procedure: let him hang out in a kitty suite, alone, because he’s a grumpy one and can pass the disease on to other kitties with a mere nip. Get adopted by someone without any other kitties. With his health and age – he’ll live quite a while longer!!
In the end, I’m VERY glad that each of these ebonies came across my path. Without Frisco Humane Society, Angus would have died from heartworm disease, Mattie’s cyst would have grown and attached itself to her throat ultimately killing her, and Massimo may have infected others. Each has a better future, a HOPEFUL future and I’m blessed to be a stepping stone to get there.
So, it’s come to my attention that though I have 4 orange and white pets of my own – I have a natural affinity for black pets!! In the last week, while I’ve been celebrating the FIVE adoptions I had, I quickly filled their spots with THREE un-adoptables (at this time). With that – los tres are black – ALL black – not a single hair of another color. Black cats and dogs are some of the hardest to place – did you know that? I didn’t – oops!
But goodness, I’m already in love. Mattie has been fantastic and these two – well, of course they are!
ANGUS: black lab
What an excited boy! You can’t even tell he came from the same place Piper did and that’s such a blessing. He loves people and has already done great on his first leash experience. At just under a year old, he’ll bring a lot of life It can only get better from here.
MACEO: black cat
Maceo is a 7 year old who was very reluctantly surrendered by his owners so that he could find a home where a big old dog wouldn’t stress him out too much (hmmm, maybe I’m not the best foster). He’ll be spending time up in the kitty suite until he’s comfortable enough to hang out … though he’ll probably never come down the stairs into the dog dungeon. He’s so neat and I’m excited to have him around.