Sunday, June 28, 2009

Miss Aggie, a little Peggy Sue & family, and a big bunch of catch up

Forgive me, I'm going to be very wordy here. There's a lot to catch up on.

This weekend I've been working on updating the blog. I've put up links to two more MD adoption blogs to which Martin referred us. My apologies... I meant to do this a month ago, but work and family (including my feline family), not to mention the fosters, have kept me busy. 50 Kittens and Elephants Upstairs are now listed with Catonsville Cats. All of these folks have been fostering and volunteering lots longer than Space Paws so, as with reading IBKC and Pitter Pats, I've been learning from them. Go on over and see what a terrific job Martha, Ted, Jamie and Caroline have been doing (and most of you know Laurie and Sue, having come here from their blogs!).

Now for the main event: Poor, photographically neglected, Miss Aggie has been doing well. She's housed in the den & spare bedroom so she's got plenty of run room and I automatically spend time with her here. :-) She is socializing with the other cats very slowly, but she and Bitty (one of my 4 residents) are amicably sharing the living room as long as Aggie is on my lap or in the crate. No more hisses or growls, but they are keeping a respectful distance of at least 3 feet. The other residents (Chester, Annie and Winnie) won't even come down if Aggie is out because of her early aggression. As you might recall, when #1Son was alive, she escaped the confines of her quarters, under the influence of maternal hormones, a couple of times, and went after the residents. Those hormones are finally calming down.

Aggie is very, very active - she's not much more than a kitten herself and it's hard to get her to slow down long enough for a good shot (I have got to learn how to use all the features of this camera soon!!) or even, as I learned today, for a video. But here are a couple of stills, one while she was cuddling (have I mentioned cuddling is her favorite thing in the whole world) and a couple while she was resting. I'll shoot for more next week! (Hannah, do you recognize the shirt in the first pic?)

The last pic is Miss Aggie, monitoring to make sure the kitten name selection is on the up and up. Yes, naming the kittens is actually going to happen this week, and part of it involves putting all names into contention, so stay tuned!!!!

I've also had a chance to catch up on the blogs of our visitors... I just want to take a moment to tell you what a truly amazing group of folks you are! Thank you again for all the support, especially at the sorrowful times!

I haven't known quite how to share this additional piece of news (or even if I should) since I just wasn't strong enough to mention it on the blog when it happened. Sorrow seems to come in waves. As you know, #1 Son died on June 4th and my wonderful Aunt Margot passed away 10 days later. The piece I omitted on the blog was that my precious Morticia slipped away, here at home, 24 hours after Aunt Margot - just before I left for Florida to be with the family. Tisha's death was not unexpected, as she had health issues, but it was earlier than Doc Andrew and I thought. Doc A was keeping her comfortable and content and was watching her carefully. We were blessed that the end came quickly and I was able to be with her at the last. Tish was a joy in my home for 14 years. I'm sorry I didn't share at the time but processing it all was difficult. Laurie posted a piece today that somehow said I should share - especially now that the pain is gone and good memories of all three of these special friends have replaced it.

Keeping busy with family, work and the fosters has been good therapy. This week I'm going to start working on local print publicity (fliers and cards for vets offices, churches, etc.) because Miss Aggie will be ready to adopt in 2-3 weeks, after spaying, and the kittens in only 4 weeks!! Time is flying! Momma Peggy Sue may be with us about a month longer in order to have her spayed before she goes.

So here's signing off with one shot each of Peggy Sue and the kittens to leave you smiling!!



  1. It's so great to see Aggie again. She seems to be doing better after the loss of her son. She's such a sweetie. I wouldn't mind taking her home if I didn't already have 3 furballs eager for attention. She deserves a really good family.

  2. I'm so glad to see pictures of Aggie and to hear that she's doing well...she sounds like such a sweetheart (all your kitties do), and I hope she finds a wonderful forever-home soon.

    I'm so sorry about your beautiful Tisha...losing a beloved companion is so heartbreaking, but I'm glad that the happy memories are slowly replacing the sorrow.

    Hugs from me, and my kitties send purrs to you and all your resident and foster kitties :)

  3. I'm so sorry to hear about all these losses in your life. Having to say goodbye to one special being is difficult enough... It's a comfort to know that your family (human and feline) helped to soften your grief in some way.

    Thank you for all the good that you do!

  4. Oh condolences on Tish's loss. Nothing can ever replace our beloved animals in our hearts. Best wishes to you, and chirps and purrs from the Misanthrope zoo!

  5. ,

    I am soooo sorry to hear about Morticia. Words fail at a time like this. We are all sending you all hugs and headbutts .


  6. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I know how heart breaking it is to lose a companion of so many years. Hugs to you and I'm glad the Maples and Aggie are helping you in this time.

    Hugs & comfort to you

  7. So sorry to hear about Morticia. Losing Jack or Kate is one of my biggest fears.

    I'm glad Aggie's doing well and the Maples kittens are just as cute as can be. Hopefully their warm snuggles help your heart a bit.

  8. First, let me say the pictures are wonderful - it is tough to photograph young cats that are active because they run around so much. Next, let me say that I understand how tough it is to talk about loosing a loved one - cats are like one of the family and sometimes it is tough to talk about. I know that I dread that that time will come for me. I am glad you have the kitties to help you out through that tough time.

  9. knowing how hard it is, you really do capture great pictures! seeing Aggie sure does make my day! she wants so much to be loved! and i can tell she's getting plenty from you. hopefully, we will find Aggie a forever home who wants the love attention as much as she wants to give.

  10. Awww, Ms. Agnes is such a pretty girl! Is she going to be up for adoption, or are you in kitteh lurve with her? Is she almost all white?

  11. Oh Lisa. Such a difficult time in such a small space of time. I'm so sorry you lost your kitty. There's just no way to get through it other than time.

    But having lost one myself earlier this year, and knowing the sweetness of having little ones here when he passed, I'm hoping you found some of the same comfort in the new little lives you're caring for.

    My heart goes out to you..

  12. Thanks everyone! I felt I needed to honor Tisha's passing and I just knew you'd understand. Yes, Aggie, Peggy Sue, the kittens, Winifred, Annie, Chester and Bitty have kept me busy and heaped on oddles of love. It helped a lot! Only good memories now!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about Tish, especially coming so fast on the heels of your other losses.

    Another IBKC pledge, in her honor and yours for being so good to the strays.


  14. So sorry for your loss. Like you said...Only good memories now...

  15. Oh guys, you are just the best! And AnnF, how perfectly sweet... thank you so much!
    Hugs to everyone!

  16. Aggie is a real smiler, you have caught her really well in these pictures. We send you big rumbly purrs for the loss of Tish and a hug from our ape too. Loss is a hard call. The love you give your fosters is a great healer and it makes the world a better place. Big props to you.

    Whicky Wuudler



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