Teri's been wanting to post these 'Fashionable' photos all week! These pix were taken at the cat show last weekend and prove, without a doubt, what Fashionistas we are!
There was also a 'Costume Contest' at the show, and here's some photos that might make you smile (and be glad you didn't have to dress up, too!!)
Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
We have so many photos of adorable toes, that it was hard to pick one...but we decided on this one...titled "Smell my Feet", MOL
That's Bubba (he's the white one, and lives in New York) and Phoebe (she lives in Washington state). They are two of Furrydance's extended family.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
For a change of pace, we thought we'd show some of Teri's cat themed fashions for a change! Hahameow! We think we are the stars of the 'catwalk' though...
Now, there are only certain places where she can wear these rings without people rolling their eyes...She wore them at BlogPaws and got lots of comments on their fun cuteness! She will wear them at the cat shows too, although may get a few of those 'Crazy Cat Lady' looks...
She got them on Etsy, after seeing them featured on Moderncat! And here's the link to the Etsy site for Finger Food Delight, hahameow!
In the photo above, she was at BlogPaws, featuring our very recognizable 'avatar', Nani.
The above photo was at a recent cat show, and you might have to biggify the photo to read the shirt, but it says Rexhibitionist. That gets lots of giggles from people!
Though Sammy might not appreciate it, we thought you'd like to see him in his new stud pants (aka Underoos, hahameow). Teri special ordered them from Granny Bell's and they fit perfectly and seem very comfortable for Sammy. Even though he is neutered now, he will still spray ocassionally.
Here's a pix of him in a not-so-stylish pair, which he sometimes managed to wriggle out of! Which defeats the purpose of 'containing' the spray! So out would come the black light...
First, a truly embarrassing shot of him in...Doggie Diapers!! They worked well, but Sammy always walked around like he was 'carrying a full load' in his diapers and the tape wasn't too secure, either!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Cute as a button, this little brown mackerel tabby kitten, one of Coco's mommy's kids from way back in 2003! This was the litter he was from, 2 brown tabby boys and a black and white girl...Ricky, Simba and Sadie. Simba and Sadie live with the same family in Connecticut and Ricky lives in Pennsylvania with another Cornish Rex buddy!
Teri has plans to go and visit Simba and Sadie in Connecticut in late October, even though the fall leaves may be gone, she will have a wonderful visit no doubt!
What is a turtle doing on a cat blog? Well, our followers might remember TurToo, our backyard turtle that has a fondness for the kitty kibble we put out for TomTom and Mama Katz (who we saw again last weekend (sigh of relief).
Well, when Teri opened up a can of Tuna to hide deworming pills in for TomTom and Mama Katz, next thing she saw was TooToo with both 'paws' in the tuna bowl! Who'd a thunk?! And here's the photo to prove it!
Monday, September 19, 2011
We come lookin' fer buried treasure 'n tasty lovely booty, Catnip 'n Cream t' be exact! 'n treats galore 'n feather beds, too!
Friday, September 16, 2011
In fact, that happened to me once but luckily the story has a happy ending, but part of it was because I pursued finding this kitty...The original owner had two kitties from me, a mother and her daughter. The daughter kitty developed a urinary tract disease called FIC (Feline Interstitial Cystitis). The owner kept in touch with me and cared for her cats well, with help and advice from me.
Then she suffered a series of nervous breakdowns and was hospitalized on occasion and eventually moved in with her son and daughter-in-law. Through all of this, she had friends take care of her cats when she was unable to.
But on the last time she was hospitalized, her son took the kitty with FIC to the shelter and just dumped her. He didn't tell them of the FIC or give them any information as to how to get in touch with me (as I would have arranged for them to come home to me).
When she got out of the hospital, she was devastated and afraid to call me as she knew how much my cats meant to me. But after many months, she got up the nerve to contact me. She told me that they had adopted them out, but of course they couldn't tell her to whom.
I was sad though could not be angry, except with her family, but fortunately in the town she lives in there was just one shelter. But it had been over a year since she was relinquished to the shelter and I wasn't even sure if she had really been adopted or if that was some story her son made up to make her feel better.
I wrote to everyone on the shelters contact list...AND one of the veterinary assistants at the shelter hospital had adopted her and she called me! My heart rested easier! We talked and talked, and she is happy and healthy and her new owner now knows how to get in touch with me should they have problems! And the other kitty this woman had from me, passed away a few months later from congestive heart failure, and in a way I was relieved, as I didn't have to worry about her any longer. She didn't have a easy life either...
...And the next two kitties could have just as easily ended up in a shelter, too, as their owner was having their home foreclosed on and was having to find someplace to live. But she contacted me, saying she was needed to give up her cats to be able to afford to live and finding a place that accepted pets was difficult.
She flew Skiddy and Trevor back to me and they were both older with health issues and I thought I would have them for the rest of their lives, as I couldn't ask someone to take on caring for their heart and asthma issues.
But a woman contacted me a year or so after they came back home to me, and she was looking to adopt a Cornish Rex through rescue and I told her about them, not really thinking she'd want 2 old cats with major health problems...
But she came to meet them and me and decided to adopt Trevor, but I was reluctant to let Skiddy go as she was frail and I thought Trevor could still have some good years left...As it turned out, about 6 months after she adopted him, he was diagnosed with nasal carcinoma (he had lived most of his life in a home with heavy smokers!) and had to be euthanized before a year had passed.
Skiddy remained with me and lived out her days in comfort and ease (she was painfully shy, so she was my 'guest bedroom kitty' and she was happy and content there).
Then everyone who has been following Curlz and Swirlz for a while knows of Nani...Nani of the Pink Kitty Wig fame and who will always be my 'Avatar'...
Nani has a rescue story of her own to tell, too. I did not bring her into this world but brought her into my home to be a future momcat. She was a very successful show cat but when she retired to become a mommy, we found out she had developed HCM, the inherited heart disease that took Pixie and Luxor and Kismet from us.
Her breeder did not accept responsibility for her, and so I spayed her and was fortunate to find a young man who was willing to adopt a second Cornish Rex and care for her health problems...but 12 years later I get a call from this man, now married to a woman with multiple dogs and cats and he said Nani was aggressive with the cats and he needed to give her up.
Again, I was glad he contacted me, instead of turning her into a shelter. I didn't bring her into this world, but I was there for her, this time paying for her flight home to me as he refused to accept that 'penance' for not giving her a furrever home.
When I got her back, she had multiple setbacks--she developed fatty liver disease and was difficult to treat due to her severe heart condition. But she pulled through that, and was happy taking 'Skiddy's' place as the guest bedroom cat, because yes, she would stalk and fight with my cats, too...but I wouldn't have given her up because of that!
As it turned out, a couple nearby that have a cat from me, had a friend who was looking to adopt a Cornish Rex, but because of her involvement with small dog rescue, she wanted one that no one else would adopt...
Oh my, could I let Nani go? Knowing her heart problem was so severe that she could succumb to it at any time. Could I feel ok about her living with kids and dogs and would she be happy?
But they lived close by, and they came to meet her and fell in love with her. I said ok, we'll give it a try, but that they would just be 'fostering' her and I would take care of her medical care. Nope, they wanted to take that on, too!!
They gave Nani a loving home for over a year, before her heart gave out, and they found her lifeless at the bottom of the stairs one morning. We all morn her loss, but we all feel glad that we 'made her acquaintance' and that she had a happy life in her 'golden years'...
Here's some links to posts about Nani, including her Memorial post:
So, there are my 'Rescue' stories on four kitties I accepted lifelong responsibility for. I kept my promise to be there for them their whole life. It is part of my contract that if for ANY reason, someone has to give up a Furrydance cat, that they contact me so I can bring her back to the home they were born in.
I think most people who have filled out my 4 page adoption application and waited many months for a kitten and I have gotten to know well BEFORE they get their cat, know how much my cats mean to me. But people change, lives change, divorce happens etc etc and oftentimes the pets come out on the losing end, too!
I have lost track of 2 cats due to divorce, and I still keep looking for them, googling names, searching facebook, calling the references they listed on their adoption applications...to no avail. But I will never stop thinking of them or checking on Petfinder and craigslist and stay active on all the Cornish Rex Yahoo groups just in case they show up there...but in 21 years of breeding cats, those have been the only 2...
I always get sad when I see Cornish Rex in rescue, because to me it often signifies that the breeder was not there for that cat, either because the person giving it up did not notify them, of they had no interest in taking the cat back, or did not keep in touch with the person they sold the cat. I have also been involved in rescuing 3 cats that I did not breed, because the breeders were not 'there' for their cat. And I was able to rehab and rehome all three and keep in touch with their families still!
Once I started looking around on Petfinder, looking for just one special needs kitty to talk about, one that kept being overlooked...it was pretty overwhelming how many kitties in need there are!
So, I narrowed my search to Cornish Rex, and while there were 8 Cornish Rex seeking homes, these two boys, Ringo Starr and Bravo Zulu , touched my heart with their story (10 years old and with dental issues and with a known history but with a breeder 'not there for them'...) and thought I would 'present' them here on my blog as so many of our followers are taken with this breed, and just because they are purebreds, doesn't make them any less needy of a furrever home.
If you think you might be interested in these Cornish Rex in need of a furrever home, here is the link to their Petfinder page:
CLICK HERE TO MEET Ringo and BZ!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Another one of Furrydance's extended family, Jake, along with his buddy Elliot,
show you what they are purrin' about!
...notice who is always on the bottom of this kitty pile!