It's 12:30 am, and I'm usually an early-to-bed kind of gal. But rescue comes with a price and I'm either exhausted or too wide awake and worried to sleep. Tonight? It's the latter.
Cats and kittens are coming into shelters with such velocity that rescues can't keep up. Usually, I don't lose sleep this early into kitten season, but I'm looking at our foster list and realizing that we have a lot of foster parents out on holidays and some with circumstances where they can't foster for another month or two. I'm sinking - but I'm not drowning :)
I've been working with a really sweet family who adopted two kittens from us over the big adoption event 10 days ago. Sadly, one of the kittens has become extremely ill with some unexplainable symptoms. It's awful when a kitten is this sick and worse when I'm trying to console a new adopter. "I promise, the kitten was FINE when he was adopted....these things sometimes happen...What did the vet say?....how can we help you?" What's worse? They just lost their beloved elderly cat a few weeks before the adoption. Kids are crying, parents are upset... I guess this family is on my mind tonight. They're going to an A+++ vet and he's doing all the right things. I'm just praying this little dude turns the corner soon.
When David and I bought our house, we truly fell in love with the HOUSE. The yard was another story. We are not gardeners, but this yard is like a frickin' football field, so decided to give gardening a try. I've never had a REAL garden and I was getting excited about the prospects. I bought books. I cultivated the soil, and got my hands muddy and it felt great! I started with strawberries. I lovingly planted sprouted strawberry plants - 10 of them - in my little garden.
I felt like Martha Frickin' Stewart, and I was proud of myself.
Then I woke up the next morning....
My little strawberry plants were GONE! All that was left were some stems. I stood there. Incredulous. I didn't know what could've happened to my beloved little strawberry plants. Then I heard a voice from behind me. It was my neighbour: "Rabbits. Ya got rabbits. Didn't you see them in your yard?"
I dropped the handful of dirt and stood up. "Bunnies? I..I.. have Bunnies??"
Hell with the garden. I have bunnies! Probably bunnies having...(dare I say it?) BABY BUNNIES! I'm going to give them all names and feed them every day.
I didn't want that damn garden anyway.