Friday, July 09, 2010

Cleaning Up

The less glamorous part of rescue is what I call the "clean up". I wish every time I rescued cats all I had to do was rescue, deliver and bask in the glory. I've spent the past 48 hours in the car a total of 6 hours delivering cats and meeting with volunteer drivers so that they can deliver cats. Between the heat and the enormous amounts of traffic, it's left me feeling icky and tired.

Yesterday, after a VERY long day of cat-related stuff I was pulled over by a police officer about the age of my son. The kid still had acne on his face, bless his heart. I was feeling all warm and fuzzy about him, (because my son is studying to be a police officer) when he started yelling at me about speeding. My mind was fuzzy, but I heard things like... a roadside suspension....50 kms over the speed limit...what's the matter with you...blah blah blah..

In my younger days, a smile would've wiped away his hostility, but I went with what I knew - menopause and exhaustion. I found myself telling him that the heat was making me want to puke...I had hot car smelled like cat poop...I'm sorry, but I just want to go HOME....blah blah blah.

He tipped his hat and said, "Drive safely" and left. Maybe the old gal hasn't lost her touch, eh?

I received a wonderful update on "Skippy" a very cute orange guy that was adopted directly from the shelter:
"Hi Beth,

A few weeks ago my mother and I met you at the shelter to adopt "Skippy" who is now Gus. I just wanted to update you and let you know he is doing great. He has settled in, gained weight, and been health cleared by the vet. He is really a wonderful boy and I am so grateful to you for the work that you do that brought him into our lives. I initially wanted to adopt a cat to give my puppy a friend and I have attached a couple of pictures to show you how wonderful that worked out (for Gus and Annie)!!

Thank you Beth!"

This picture was attached:

Thank you for making this old gal cry. :) I can't think of a better way to begin my weekend than with a picture like this one. It's all worth it, isn't it. :)

Happy Friday all!


Brian said...

Yep, that picture was purrfect and I am so happy for both Gus and Annie!!!

Cat said...

Hi Beth, what a wonderful pic of Gus and Annie!

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I hope it helps :-)


House of the Discarded said...

Great idea, Catrina!

Allison at Novice Life said...

How heartwarming!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Beth,

You haven't written about your neighbours lately...have they been quiet ???

Anonymous said...

I wish we could all forget our differences and get along like Gus and Annie!

Kea said...

That was quite funny re. the young officer who pulled you over. I can imagine that he wouldn't have wanted to deal with a hot, tired, nauseous, menopausal woman. ROTFL!

Hurrah for Gus and Annie--a happy "ending" for them both!

House of the Discarded said...

Anonymous: Ahhh...the Squirrel-Killing-Animal-Hating Neighbours! I guess that's another blog post, eh? :)


Deb said...

Yep, it is all worth it, Beth. That saying, there are only a few special people like yourself who will give their time to help cats. Your time, patience (with people) & your emotions. I'm sending you a hug. Deb