Monday, July 18, 2011

Swinging, Back In The

Thank you for all the well-wishes of great-grandparenthood!  It's certainly not where I had planned to be at 49 years old, but I'm madly in love with this baby and am thrilled that the little man is part of the family.  I can only hope he's not allergic to cats so he can come visit often.  :)

I've fought the blues over the past week and have found that as the adoption calls are becoming more regular, my mood has also lifted!  I was supposed to have major surgery this Wednesday, but I postponed it for a few reasons, but mainly because I just couldn't face being "down" for several weeks.  There's just too much to do and lots of people and cats counting on me. 

I had my first foster parent leave in a huff a few weeks ago.  Normally, I wouldn't mention it, except when she left she also stiffed me for an adoption fee and accused me of all kinds of horse crap.  Who takes adoption money from a cat rescue?  What's next - stealing the poppy money from the veterans?  I knew I was in trouble with this gal from the get-go.  Next time, I'll let my intuition be my guide.  David said, "If you got rid of her for the cost of an adoption fee, count your blessings."  I love that man . 

We have such an awesome group of loving, wonderful, and supportive foster parents now - I couldn't be happier. 

It was an exciting day to meet a foster Mom at the shelter today.  It's her birthday today and she couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than to rescue a couple of cats.  (And she did!)  She rescued a fluffy black and white 8 week old kitten (rowdy little monkey), and a completely docile, sweet orange 4-5 month old kitten.  Loved helping her choose!

The "vet day" was cancelled again!  (Say what????!!!)  I'm over-the-moon happy that it's going towards the end of July and the shelter isn't as crowded as it usually would be this time of year.  Each room has a HUGE fan blowing in it and the cats seem relatively comfortable despite the heat. 

I have a new favourite at the shelter named "Ralphie":

His shelter picture on the Petfinder site is awful, but I found this one of him.  He's 10 months old with white feet.  He kneads in his cage and licks your face like a dog.  I *LOVE* him!!!  He has THE BIGGEST FLUFFIEST tail I've ever seen!!! He looks like a squirrel and purrs the minute you pick him up.   He's been in the shelter for OVER a month.  He needs out - NOW.

I feel like I'm back in the swing of things again.  My lack of passion lately is part of the "Rescue Rollercoaster".  But my passion for rescue is slowly coming back although I still have another month and a half of slower adoptions.  I need to accept the fact that there will be weeks (and months) like this.  Allowing ignorant  people to get me down isn't a good plan either. 

But hey...I'm human, right? 


Random Felines said...

First - Ralphie is adorable.

Second - they say growing up with animals helps with the allergies, so you should be fine with visits from the kid.

Third - LOVE your husband - what a great attitude. And I agree - if that is the least of good, I say don't let the door hit you on the *** on the way out.

We all ride the roller coaster - which is why I feel so lucky to have local rescue friends and my friends here on the CB - they get it and are there no matter what. Chin up!!! You are doing good work!

House of the Discarded said...

Random Felines: Well said, (as always!)


Devon said...

Terrible about what has happened, we're all in it for the cats, aren't we? You live and learn!

Congrats on being a Great-Granny! You're the hottest great-granny I know! ;)

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry you were cheated by a foster parent. I think I know who you're talking about and I'm not surprised. The woman was a menace and probably mentally ill. But how were you supposed to know that? I feel sorry for the rescue that takes her on after you.


Anonymous said...

Don't let the weirdos get you down, Beth.

Keep up the awesome work!!!!!

turtlegirl406 said...

Has the Himalayan kitty been rescued?

House of the Discarded said...

Turtlegirl406: YES! Thank you for reminding me to say something! Olive was rescued. :)


Emsworth Girl said...

Hey Ms. Beth big hugs!! Miss Hannah is getting well and running amock with Maggie!
Again your a hot mama cat rescue great grandma!
David is a blessing!! You should make a calendar of his saying!