Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Feeling The Burn

I left the house at 8:15 this morning with the other commuters to be at Petsmart as they opened.  I had to deal with a major mess there and was happy to see two of our other volunteers there with smiling faces to greet me.  They have no idea how their smiles gave me strength and support during a very difficult situation.

It's been a tragic couple of days.  I've been treading water and knew without a doubt that there would be days like this when I started the rescue.  Kitten season brings out the worst in me.  I'm watching our bank balance drop exponentially which only happens during kitten season.  Those little dudes are expensive when they get sick. 

I feel like if I had 24 hours without anything going wrong, I'd be OK.  But I never seem to catch my breath between each crisis.   I had an adopter call me this afternoon  and leave a nasty message, that he tried to call me last week about the kitten he adopted a two months ago that now has worms.  His vet bill is $400.00 and he wants his money and a phone call back.  "I didn't call you back because you're a moronic douche"  (But I'll call him back tonight).

There's something about these days that kick you in the head over and over again until you're finally numb.  I think I'm reaching that "numb" part. :)

I feel badly for the foster parents after a blog post like this.  I get emails that start with, "I know you've had a rough few days and I hate to bring this up but....."   It really truly is OK!  I signed up for this.  If I didn't rant and vent here, where could I?   

On top of everything else, our house still hasn't sold and we stand a very good chance to own both houses in another 30 days.  I've had to turn that stress mess over to David because I don't think I want to take on that problem too.  Those of you who have read my blog over the past 4 years know that with rescue brings periodic meltdowns. 

I'm not melting down yet....but am definitely feeling the burn.   


Anonymous said...

You are a good person Beth. As a nurse of 40 years I am a good judge of people so you can take my word for it.

Every job comes with it's own bag of sh** not just rescue. I have spent a fair bit of time reading rescue blogs over the last year. You may recall I took a weekend and read everything you have posted.

It seems to me that all the rescues have regular run-ins with nitwits. Because you are such a good person, Beth, you take their nonsense to heart. Remember they are not your peers or even living in "your world". Try to see the humour in it - what must their reality be to be that out of touch?

Harpurr's Mom

House of the Discarded said...

Harpurr's Mom: ((HUGS))) Thank you...


Lory & Co. said...

Hey Beth

Sending lots of good vibes and hugs from our way! "Novene" is doing well, so don't worry about her. :)

Rhonda said...

Good grief, what kind of idiot thinks a pet never needs to see the vet about something? I hope he doesn't take his nastiness out on the kitten.

Colleen said...

Hang in there, Beth. You're an awesome woman doing an amazing job and everything will work out, I'm sure of it.

In any event, I am sending warm fuzzy thoughts your way: feel THAT instead of the burn. :-)

By the way, I've just had some wonderful new adopters over to meet one of my two current foster kitties and they ended up being so smitten by both of them that they can't decide which one they want, but they are definitely going to adopt one of the two. They are torn between the two but expect to come to a decision on Tuesday. :)


Best regards,

Anonymous said...

$400 for worms treatment! Did that vet ever see that guy coming. He can use Diamataceuos Earth to the cats food and it will kill worms. Just sprinkle it on the food every day for a couple of weeks and worms be gone.

Hope the weekend is a good one!