Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I'm Back!

And back into the swing of things.  I want to thank Kristin and her husband Darrin for taking the ‘front nine’ for me on Sunday and Monday.  I also want to thank Laura for taking the ‘back nine’ for both mornings also.  What an totally unselfish act it is to volunteer to fill in for someone who goes out 365 mornings a year and feeds at 17 different spots in the inner city where over 50 cats await her for their only meal of the day.  I will never be able to repay you, nor thank you enough, because that show of gratitude cannot be expressed.  Hopefully it warmed your hearts to see the cats sitting there waiting for their empty bowls to be filled.  My next big project is to get their spots ready for winter.  I won’t need to do this until September, but by then, I will need more plastic tote shelters, heavy duty boards, and heavy tarp, as I used up my last two tote shelters at my newest spot, on Central, where all those females have recently had kittens, and two were just spayed last week, and I am getting another two done this Friday at the new clinic on Bay Street.  I placed two totes down this morning, with straw filled inside, and a board over both to cover the food from the rain that we are supposed to get, again, later today.  I pray when I return tomorrow, these are still there and intact.

I also want to thank Maree, Mary and Jacqueline for taking care of my home kitties – They loved them like their own.  And the kitties were very grateful to see them when they arrived.  I know this because they told me.  The cats did.  J  Yes, I have talking cats.  Right.  Also, Cricket, the kitten that I rescued almost two weeks ago this Thursday is doing well.  He was well cared for by my neighbor Tracy, who took him to her house for the weekend.  I brought him in for his first check up the day before I left on Friday, and it was confirmed that he is a boy, weighs just over three pounds – and he got his deworming and first distemper shot.  He is a good boy in need of a home.  Very sweet, cuddly and loving!

I travelled to a small town outside of Boston this weekend, where family lives - a town that has an old New England feel. White-steepled church fronts the town green, which is bordered by black-shuttered white clapboard houses.  Old colonial homes and neighborhoods with the town center you see in old movies. The town center is adjacent to walkable neighborhoods that lead into the center. The center has small shops, restaurants, banks, post office, town offices, churches and a middle school nearby.  Very quaint, very New England.  At my Aunt’s house, I couldn’t get away from cats, because each and every time I go to her house, which is near a town square, there are a multitude of cats.  One beautiful long haired calico hung around the back deck most of the weekend, where my niece Brenna instantly fell in love with it.  We fed it all sorts of yummy things – and couldn’t help feeling sorry for it.  Cats should be indoors, where its warm, cozy and safe.  We hoped it had a home to go to.

"If you don't like something, change it.  If you can't change it, change your attitude."


  1. Wonderful to have you baa-ack Janine, and I just love todays quote :) I am sure the kitty's missed their real muma, but "if you cant be with the one you love, then love the one your with" seemed to work for them on the weekend. May God bless, you are awesome Jay, and so are your kitty loving friends ! xoxox

  2. I'm so glad that you're back! Hope you enjoyed your trip. It sounds like a beautiful area.