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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Catfish Missed His Vet Appointment!

So much for the new, pink-flowered pet carrier!

I usually don't post twice in one day, but I had to tell you about our trip to the vet. I had both carriers in the apartment. I called the cats in. I closed the door behind them when they came in. I picked up Tarzan and put him in his carrier. The God-awful squalling started the minute he was inside. Catfish was on alert, but I caught him and put him in his new, top-zipper, pink-flowered carrier. All set to go. Ha.

The Boss was on the front porch. I opened the apartment door and called for him to come and carry one of the cats to my car. I turned around to get Tarzan, who was still doing his Tarzan yell, when I hear the pet door slam. It was Catfish running lightening speed out to the cat fenced-in yard! The mistake I made was NOT zipping closed both zippers on that new carrier! Catfish was out in a flash, and under the porch. I knew he was onto me and wouldn't come out from under there any time soon.

So I ended up taking Tarzan alone. He squawked the entire way, but was good once there. He was a bit further traumatized along the way, when I turned a sharp corner and his pet carrier, sitting in the middle hump of the back seat, turned over.

I have a new appointment for Catfish on Friday morning. A Friday I was going to spend at home, ALONE, relaxing. Yes, this has been a WONDERFUL vacation. At least I have Saturday to look forward to!

posted by Sandy at 5/30/2007 02:49:00 PM


Blogger Stacey said...

Well, I just have one thing to say about that. Catfish was giving you what you deserved for DARING TO PUT HIM IN A PINK FLOWERY carrier!!! HELLO!!! Catfish is a manly cat, and should not have been subjected to pink flowers. Get a grip.

GEEZ! Polo shirts on dogs, pink flowers for male cats, dogs and cats living together--MASS HYSTERIA I say!!!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:33:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

OH SANDY! Bless your heart and poor little Catfish. We'll be giving lessons in zippers later on in the summer--I'll sign you up--and yes, thats a sissy carrier. LOL

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:46:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

But I have to admit, the picture is totally cute.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Catfish is not a he-man. He is very sensitive and mannerly. He likes to do my hair. He jumps on the back of the couch and licks, licks, licks my hair until he gets the do just right. So he had NO PROBLEM with the pink flowers! Only the insecure male would avoid pink. But he does have a problem with going to the vet! He was traumatized by all the people trying to catch him at the RiverWalk when they saw him with the fishhook in his mouth. He must work on trust issues, but that has NOTHING to do with pink flowers!:) :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:24:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Larry, senior cat, has a quick and easy solution to being put in the carrier. He poops in it. Then, we have to let him out immediately so that he doesn't step, sit or lie in it and create an even messier mess!

I have a question about the fundraiser.. does anyone know the timing of events? I am think I can come, say about 4:00pm and then go to dinner with everyone. But i don't want to miss the silent auction. Is there a schedule or something? Hubby says he will drop me off at the fundraiser and pick me up from dinner but I may need a ride from the findraiser to the dinner place if it is too far to walk.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:36:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

I checked the web site--it doesn't really narrow any of the times down. I guess it'll be the last thing they do as to give everyone a chance to bid on the items-right?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 4:59:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

One hopes, Brett. Say... what web site?? I'd like to take a look!



PS. Sandy, I had problems with the bogger account thing too. I used to be Alice. But I tried to log in once and I couldn't so I registered with my email addy.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:06:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Solution to problem---- put your cat carriers in seat belts. We always put the girls carriers in ours. A few years ago we had a blow out with my daughters cats and the dog in the SUV, the cat carrier went flying and scared them all silly so after that we started securing them with the seat belts.
Pearcehart, Fly Boy is going to the fund raiser and to dinner with us so you can ride with us. Like you I have to get a ride home from the play, it will all work out. We take care of each other.
Oh one thing I just hought about and am a but stressed over people, I am highly allergic to smoke, seriouly I mean really allergic ( reallly get sick from it ) so how bad do you think the Ice House will be? Does anyone have a problem sitting in non smoking at dinner? Please let me know because I don't want to spoil anyone else's fun either but I can't handle smoke. If I get sick early in I won't be able to enjoy the play. Sorry if this makes me a party pooper but I honestly cannot help it.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:09:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

Pam, I have never been there so I don't know about smoke. I am fine with a no smoking table. I do smoke... I swear, it's my ONLY bad habit. I have to have one otherwise, I'd be perfect! But moving from California, I am used to not smoking indoors at public functions. I don't like to smoke around children anyway. I just looked up the location of the Ice House and we live SO close to it! I'm really looking forward to meeting everyone and helping the Humane Society too. And Brett... doh... It's the Humane Scociety website. I found it! Sheesh.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:14:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Pearcehart, good deal, It is good that you are so thoughful! I really wish the smoke didn't bother me so much but I can't control it. The doctor said said my allergies are for sure real and not just a senitivity, it sucks! After I have been around it I am still sick through the next day, it's terrible. Bless you for being such a good sport.
As for the ride to the Black Horse with us it will be nice getting to know you more. We are going to have such a good afternoon and evening, I just know it, Looking forward to meeting Brett and Jeremy too.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:19:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, we use the hard carriers with the seat belts so if yours are in the soft carriers maybe putting them in the floor would be safer?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:20:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Sandy, Bad cat mommy!!!
You should have known better and zipped up that kennel! Like Brett says, I think you need a lesson in Zippers 1-0-1....
I agree with Pam, you should have had Tarzan king of the jungle strapped with the seatbelt as well. The Saint was bad about tossing Skeeter around in the car so I learned to strap him in…

Well Sandy, I guess the saying is true, you learn something new every day!!! Darn fun vacation huh...

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 5:26:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I will email Amy and ask her if she knows more specifics about the schedule of events on Saturday. I've never been to the Ice House either, so I can't say about the smoke there. Being in the afternoon, I would think it shouldn't be a problem. Not like at night when people are drinking more. But, Pam that brings up a problem with after play drinks. The Pub is very smoky. When Sandy and I ended up at the OTT that one time, it was because the Pub was so smoky we couldn't stand it and had to leave. So......

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 6:22:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

OK Sandy, I have one thing to say... Call the vet to come to your house! I swear every time I take everyone to the vet that's what I'm going to do next time, but then think Nah, I can handle everyone by my self. NEVER AGAIN!! I will pay for the convience! I have never had anything good from putting a cat in a carrier, so now they ride free in the car. I figure that if anything happens they are better able to catch themselves anyways. The only one we try to secure in the car is Stella as she is so big and a klutz.

Update on Jazzy... sad to say that he goes to a new home on Friday. He wigged out on the drugs. One minute he would be calm and the next he was freaking out. The look in his eyes was weirder than when he was on kitty pot. Oscar is so afraid of him that I have to keep them completely apart all the time. The person who is taking him, works with me and has been looking for a cat for a while. He will be an only kitty with her. I think he needs that. She is very excited about having him and I feel pretty good about it. She has had cats in the past and usually only gets her cats from the ASPCA. She knows that if she has any problems with him, that I will take him back. My only other option is to ship him to my moms, but he would have to be a barn cat and he would not like being outside all the time. I think this will be best. It's sad that it had to come to this, but The Foreman was ready to shoot him.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:13:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Stacey, thanks for letting me know about how bad the Pub is later on. That really does make a difference as far as me being able to stay for the after the play drinks. I will just have to go on home but hey that will not spoil the earlier events in any way. I'm sure we will have enough fun to make up for me leaving after the play and there will be other get togethers in the future so not a problem.

Adrienne, I'm sorry you have to give your Jazzy up but sounds like he will be going to a good home and be loved. I sure hope it works out good for all of you. It is definetely better than making him live outside after having been living in a home . That's like putting someone out in the street. I really do think it sounds like he may have developed the Hyperesthesia. Did the vet not mention that at all? My Brittany gets such a wild look when hers is acting up. It's worth looking into so maybe Jazzy's new owner might be interested in checking that out. Good luck to all of you.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:13:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

Oh, Sandy. That visual of the carrier turning on its side still has my eyes watering from laughter. I can SOOOO relate. It was my first-ever doggy transport back in 1999. I was new to everything doggy... including carriers. I had a Border Collie named Faith that was heading to Maryland, and I was the first leg of the transport. I had her in a carrier in the back end of my vehicle. I didn't strap it in because if it tilted, there wasn't room for it to lay completely on its side (not that I even thought it would tilt). I guess I just figured her weight would hold it steady to the floor. Wrong! I turned a corner & saw it tip over in my rearview mirror. And, I could hear her nails scraping frantically against the side of the carrier. I wasn't in a position to reach her carrier though AND wasn't where I could pull over either anytime soon, so I had to make a judgment call. I shamefully admit it... I jerked the wheel in the other direction to force the carrier right side up. Faith forgave me. I hope you all do too. :)

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:05:00 PM  
Blogger k9rescue said...

Sandy, that cat looks PI%%ED!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 11:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

In my defense on the carrier, I have had it in the back seat before with no problem, but that was when I had the TWO carriers together to prop each other up. This time, I put Tarzan in the middle, his face facing me in the front seat so he wouldn't be as traumatized. Well, you know the middle has a bit of a hump, so....when the turn came....But I was on a country road, so I could stop and turn it back over.

It seemed like everything I did to make things EASIER and BETTER for the cats just made things worse! So now, instead of having to take apart the hard carrier to get Catfish out, I have a whole other trip to the vet! I'm the one traumatized, not the cat!

Adrienne, I know it's hard giving up Jazzy, but you are doing the right thing and you found it a HOME, one where she can rule the roost. Please keep us updated on his transition.

Alice, I am so glad you will make the event! What time is everyone planning to go to the Ice House?

Thursday, May 31, 2007 6:38:00 AM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Pam, When I took him to the vet a few weeks ago, he testd him for the Hypertensia and said everything was OK. I know all about it since I have it and I can tell when mines up. I get moody too. I just think he has become physco kitty. My co-worker has already scheduled an appointment for him for Monday, so maybe her vet will find something mine didn't.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 7:08:00 AM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

We had a kitty named Smudge. She was all white with a little black *smudge* on the top of her head. When she grew up, it disappeared. Smudgie was the meanest cat ever! She attacked my other cats and picked fights. When she finally chased one of my favorites out of the house who disappeard never to be found again, I asked our vet to find a new home for her, one with no other cats. We moved here and one day my hubby got an email from the vet tech there who was a friend. She said that they had removed a tooth or two from smudgie and now she was calm and friendly as can be. The tech took Smudgie home with her. All that time Smudgie had been in pain from her teeth and had lashed out at everyone. There didn't seem to be an visible injuries so it never occurred to me to look in her mouth. Of course, at that time, she probably would have bitten off my finger! Anyway, all is well now, and I know what to look for when a cat becomes aggressive for no apparent reason... there may be pain somewhere and that is just a reaction to it.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:31:00 AM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Adrienne, I am glad you found a home for Jazzy instead of letting the Foreman shoot first! Jazzy may decide that being an only baby is the way to go…

It is a sad thing when a cat or dog is in pain. They don’t show it and cannot talk to us to let us know when they hurt. We as the humans have to figure out the problems. Now just who would think to look into a cat’s mouth to find out why the cat is being ornery? Not me but after hearing that story Alice,, I guess I would now know to look at teeth as well as blood, etc…

I never pass the big curve coming down the Mont Eagle Mountain that I don’t think of the Saint flipping poor ole Skeeter over in his kennel. I gave him one heck of a cussing over that one and bring it up every time we take that curve headed to Clarksville!

Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Adrienne, I think we might have a misunderstanding with the wording on what I suggested could be wrong with jazzy. Did you think I said Hypertension ( high blood pressure)? Because what I am talking about is Hyperesthesia and it isn't a human disease, it's Feline. Cats develope it between 1 to 6 years old usually. My Brittany has it. It is similar to seizures yet has different symptoms. Well will talk to you more later, Fly Boy is yelling at me to come on since we have some things to go do.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:25:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

P.S. Another name for the Hyperesthesia is "Rolling Skin Disease" look it up on the internet, there is a lo9t of information on it. I go to www.dogpile to type it in.

Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:26:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Sandy, I too, would run and hide up under the porch if you tried to put my red thong butt in some girly girl carrier like that!!! You must remember, I am President, Chief Justice, and Enforcer of S.A.F.E. For you newcomers to the blog, I introduced this bunch to S.A.F.E. a while back. It is Save Animals From Embarrassment. To put a male cat in a girly girl pet carrier definitely constitutes a violation of articles under S.A.F.E. A cease and desist order has been placed on you and any further usage of the pink flowery carrier. Any future violations will result in fines and/or imprisonment in my dungeon. (I provide ALL the entertainment in my dungeon). I would suggest you donate the offending carrier to Cats-R-Us so that they can use it for a GIRL cat.

And also, since I have been away from the blog for a while, it seems other Pet People have also been violating articles under the S.A.F.E. act. Shannon O'Malley, the usage of pink polo shirts and purple striped garments on any dog is a strict violation of the S.A.F.E. act. These pictures appeared on the blog recently, and they have caused irreparable harm and possibly permanent psychological damage to your poor, innocent, trusting, precious puppies. Again, a cease and desist order has been placed on you. Any further violations of dressing your dogs in public will result in me dressing you up for public view. Hey.....that sounds like a good idea. Can we say orange Hooter's girl shorts???

Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:35:00 PM  
Blogger jdt said...

Okay Dragon, first of all you are accusing the wrong person for the shirts on dogs. Those are my little monsters all dressed up (Jennifer). Second, the dogs LOVE their clothes. I am really not making this up. We keep thier clothes in some drawers and cabinets at home. (They have more outfits than my hubby) When they see one of us go to the clothing storage area, they go nuts for them. Zander always has to be dressed first, because he tries to butt in when we dress the others. Abby only has to have the shirt put over her head. If you hold it after it goes over her head, she puts her own arms in the holes. Annabelle always walks taller once she is dressed, and Jake, well he is still adjusting. Jake was rescued and probably did not have such fine attire in his prior homes.

Now, if you try to take their clothes off them, they get ticked off. Zander will actually bite and try to run away to keep from getting it taken off.

Friday, June 01, 2007 2:21:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Jennifer, you have some serious divas there,ha! That is just too cute. I'd love to see them do that, you must have a blast watching them.
Dragon, I like that idea of being in the dungeon and you providing the entertaiment. I do recall you saing how you and wifey poo provide live entertainment for the animals. Remember we talked about the videos? It all sound like ti could be very interesting.

Friday, June 01, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Can I watch? Can I watch???

Friday, June 01, 2007 5:31:00 PM  
Blogger dragon said...

Skeeter, you sure can! You sure can. Also bring a camcorder. If you don't have one I will provide one. ☺

Saturday, June 02, 2007 5:15:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Sandy, the more I look at Catfish in this photo, the more convinced I am that he is saying "come near me to go to the vet and die"!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 9:39:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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