Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
Milk. Fresh water.
Niptini's for the adult kitties.
Some nice beds to sleep in when we get tired and need a nap.
And some cat grass and catnip to eat and play with if we want it.
Don't forget, the link to the party is here. And the password is camieskitties. We can't wait to see you all.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Mom said we could have a get together tomorrow, so she helped us set up a chatzy room, and we would like to invite you to come.
Where: Chatzy Room - Birthday Boys
When: Friday, June 27, 2008
Time: 2:00 pm PST until everyone goes home.
This is a come as you are party. We will provide refreshments. We hope to see you there.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Myspace Glitter Graphics
Happy 15th Birthday Boys. I love you very much!
Here is how my 2 boys came to live with me. About 15 years ago, I was the proud mom to 2 Siamese boys who were fast approaching their 20th birthday, and were in failing health - Tinkerbell - who turned out to be a boy and was renamed Tinker and Toby. Tinker was very skinny and his kidneys were failing and at the time, there wasn't much they could do for kidney failure, especially in cats that old. So, the very difficult decision was made to put Tinker to sleep. I still remember it was a Wednesday, and since I was in college and working full time, and still living at home, my mom made the appointment and went in with him since I had classes. Well, Toby could not live without his litter mate, and was absolutely devastated without his brother. They were inseparable anyway, and he spent the days after just wandering the house looking for Tinker. Toby had had problems regulating his body temperature for a couple of years and every once in a while would start to shiver, so I would wrap him up in a heavy baby blanket (like a baby) and hold him until he warmed up again. On the Friday after his brother went to the bridge, I had come home between classes and work, and Toby started shivering, so I wrapped him up, warmed him up, and tucked him into bed next to my mom. When I came home 4 hours later, he still had not moved, so I knew something was the matter, but as most young people who had already lost one beloved member of the family tend to do, I put it aside. I went to bed that night and when I woke up the next morning, I went looking for Toby because he always slept with me and he wasn't there. When I found him, I knew he had given up on living. He was sitting in a puddle of his own urine with a blank look in his eyes. I cleaned him up, and sat and held him and sobbed until my parents came home. My mom took one look at me and immediately knew what had to be done. This time, I couldn't not be there (it was hard enough not being there with Tinker). I held Toby as they helped him over the bridge, and then our vet wrapped him up in his baby blanket, and we took him home and buried him next to his brother that he couldn't bear to be without. (I still cry thinking about my first 2 boys who trained me).
It was a bit of a stressful time for our family because not only did we loose two babies within 3 days of each other, but my brother was getting married a week or two later, and we had lots of family coming in from out of state. I cried myself to sleep many nights during that time because of how much I missed my babies. The day all of the company left, I called my mom and asked her if we could get two more cats because I couldn't bear not to have any in my life, and her reply was that she was already working on it. In the midst of the craziness of the wedding (and I was thrilled my brother was getting married, but seriously, weddings are stressful) she was thinking of me too and how much I was hurting. That weekend, she took me to meet my boys. The breeder who owned their mother always placed the mother and kittens with foster parents so they could be raised "under foot." My mom and dad had already been to the house and picked out two boys, but she said I could pick any two I wanted if I didn't like her choices. My problem wasn't that I didn't like her choices, I just wanted a third to go with them. It was pretty much love at first sight. And home they came. They were 2-1/2 months old by then, but still rambunctious, and they found more ways to get into trouble than any human toddlers ever could. They figured out how to squeeze under the door and then eventually how to open it. They also quickly figured out how to open the food cupboard to knock down the dog food so they could all feast. They are by far the best gift I have ever gotten from my parents, and I have treasured every day I have had with them. I call to check on them every day when I have to leave them for my annual trip to Washington DC, and I am fortunate enough to get to come home during the day to take a short half hour nap with them at lunch. I don't think I could make it through the day if I couldn't come home at lunch for our snuggle. They have given me far more love and companionship than anyone who isn't a cat person could ever understand. So, Tiki and Tavi, Happy 15th birthday! I have loved every moment I have had with you, and can't wait to see what you have in store for me next. Love, Mom
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Tag other people
- What is your name? Cody
- If you could change your name, what would it be? Hmmmm - I kind of like the name Cody - kind of mancatly, not too fussy or exotic like some cats I could name.
- What is your pet's name? She actually has two names. We call her Mom, but most others call her Tara.
- What is your brother or sister's name? My kitty brothers are Tiki and Tavi, and my woofie sister is Camie. I also have a kitty sister/cousin named Dharma but she doesn't live with me anymore.
- If you could change their name, what would it be? Well, since they are getting older, they are kind of grumpy old men, but they really act more like they are part of the mob or something - so Tiki would be the Don because he is the one who runs the show, and Tavi would be the Enforcer, because he is the muscle. Actually, they are great brothers and after the first two nights in our house, when we were all a bit freaked out, they have been their usual great selves to me.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Here is a bed we kind of forgot we had, but we really like it. It is really comfortable to nap in.
Here we are trying to keep cool. It has hit over 100 degrees outside, with it reaching over 90 inside. So Mom got us an early birthday present.....
She got us our very own air conditioner for our room. It was installed last evening, and we slept so much better since we got it. It is a little bit loud, but we will take the noise in order to have it cooler inside. Mom is going to let us have a get-together Friday and Saturday for our birthday. It is actually Wednesday. We are going to be 15 years old. Mom will put up an official invitation on Wednesday with the date(s) and times. We've missed you all and can't wait to get caught up on everything that has happened.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Constance Jenkins, c. 1992 All Rights Reserved
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Tiki: Let your brother check out everything while you take a much needed nap.
Mom here: Cody is still a bit freaked out. When I checked on him this morning, he was hiding on the closet shelf. Tonight when I brought the other 2 boys over, he had gotten behind my TV armoire and was hiding underneath it. He has now had the opportunity to explore a bit, and seems to have calmed down, although I haven't seen him since I let him out into the rest of the house (at least he isn't crying anymore). Hopefully he will come back into sight tonight.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Mom left me alone for a while and came back with some more stuff and opened a can of food for me and then just laid down on top of the big thing on stilts. She would talk to me every once in while, and she kept trying to tell me how sorry she was for scaring me and how bad she felt, but that I would be okay. She would also get off the big thing on stilts every once in a while and look at me. She tried to give me Temptations, but how do I know that they aren't poisoned or something.
See, you can see she has scattered some around for me, but I am not going to fall for those again.
In other news, Mom made a big mistake. When she put me in the moving box and took me to the other room, she forgot to put the lid on our treat jar, and Camie helped herself. If you remember what this looked like in the after shot on Sunday and how it looks now, you can see that she needs to get us some more Temptations.
Mom here: I feel horrible. Cody was crying and hissing at me when I shut the door, but it was the perfect opportunity to get him. He got very calm once he was in the PTU and stopped crying, but as you can see from the top picture, he did cry a couple of times in my room in my new place. I put him in there because I do have roommates and there is a strange woofie he hasn't had the chance to meet yet. I will be moving the rest of us in tomorrow. I can't leave him alone longer than a night. He truly hates being shut up, but until I can be there to make sure everyone knows the rules about closed outside doors, it is for the best, and I will feel horribly guilty until then.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Our Rule: Treasure your friends, and get your own ham-mick, 'cause we aren't going to share.