Tuesday, February 28, 2006
  If you ever want to feel like a jerk..

Torturing Elliot, originally uploaded by estacey.

Just bathe your cats.

Despite the $35 Frontline, I keep spotting fleas on my kitties. So before I gave them their next treatment, I decided I'd bathe the kitties and go over them with the flea comb.

Elliot: Was better than expected, even tolerating the post-bath blowdryer, but turned into a big, shivering pile of cat. He laid on his side when I put him there, stayed on his other side when I flipped him, and even seemed to cooperate when I was combing his little legs for fleas. After, I brought him into my bedroom. As I turned to leave the room, I turned around and said, "Hey, Elliot!" as I often do. He jumped off the bed and scooted under it. Hmpf.

Kitten: I was expecting to get some type of permanent scar from bathing Kitten, but she handled it surprisingly well too. She was scared of the water, but dealt with it, and also cooperated with the blow-drying. (Fluffy wanted NOTHING to do with the blowdryer and would have taken off my arm had I not let him go.) After the bath, I stood up with her and held her to my chest as I reached for the towel. She was clinging to me like a scared child would. Ahh, the guilt!

But now they both look beautiful and smell like baby soap and now have at least a few less fleas. Actually, the problem was much better than I had thought it would be; my Thanksgiving kitten was covered in fleas, so combing him down after the bath was pretty gruesome, but I only found a total of four or so fleas on both of my cats.

And both cats were sleeping with me this morning when I woke up, so I guess they don't hold a grudge. :)

aww, they be loving they mama :)
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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