Thursday, September 28, 2006
  First night on my own
So it took like 1.5 hrs. I worked pretty steadily, but did take some time out to do extra things (give wet food as treats, pick up cats as they ran by to give belly rubs, etc.)

Last night, we let two cats out of their cages. Tonight, I freed seven. The former strays really have a hard time with cage life, and I can't digest the crying. So I let them out. It actually got quite a few people by, watching the kittens as they tore apart my paper towel and chased one another.

I got my first dumbass, ignorant question. Does the $75 adoption fee include declawing? I started to explain what declawing was (basically cutting their fingers off at the first knuckle) and the guy said, "Yeah, I know," in Yes-of-course-I-know-this tone. So if he knew, I find it strange he'd think that we would offer that as an included service. Dumbass.

Poor Athena:
She sits and faces the wall. If you pick her up, she'll sit quietly and purr... It makes me sad; no one would think to get her; she's not outgoing and engaging like the other cats but, wow, what a good pet. Quiet & sweet. Appreciative of affection.


So now I feel awful, allergywise. Worse than yesterday, though I didn't realize that was possible. Me being allergic to cats is just so, so, so unfair. I'll try with a dust mask next week.

Oh, ha, I always wondered how the cats in these places got their names.. You know, you see some with weird ones. Well, last night I found out how. They stand there with a marker in hand while they try to figure out what to write on the sign. I helped name a brother and sister pair of kittens last night. I suggested Sadie & Sebastian. They already have a cat named Sebastian, though, so it's Sylvester, which the cat lady thought was clever. Sylvester. For a cat. Clever. Heh.
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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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