Tuesday, September 26, 2006
  smile, dammit!

today turned out to be a good day.

i spent most of it quite worried for the grey kitten. buggin' people at work to take a cat. "c'moooon, everyone's doing it." by the end of the day, no one had responded positively to my email. a call to the humane society sent me into tears. blargh.

but then! i called animal aid. the lady there, tamera, actually talked to me and didn't brush me off with a "look, we all have cats in our bathroom" like the other rescue lady. she said, well, hopefully it's not a tabby or black cat as they are impossible to adopt out and she hates to sign up a cat for life in a cage. i said, no, it's grey. she said to try to find somewhere else for the cat but that she would take it if she had to. all she requested was that i donate enough for its medicals, $75.

i came home and sat with the cat in my lap as it purred and thought how much i didn't want it to spend another night and day in my warm bathroom. i called the lady. she said she'd wait for me at the office.

so now the kitten has been vaccinated and will be taking it easy for the next 10 days at tamera's house while the vaccinations kick in. then off to the petsmart adoption center!

i offered some assistance if she needed it (and it did seem that she needed it; that place was crawling with animals!). she said that if i could go to the petsmart store for a half hour or so every thursday night, i would be a lifesaver. and she'd make sure my kitten went to that location so i could keep an eye on him. :)

so today worked out pretty well. i came home feelng as if a weight had been lifted..

i have a definite feeling of responsibility for sad little animals when i encounter them. i couldn't just pass him onto the humane society and say, hey, good luck on the euthanasia thing. could not.

sometimes, this whole physical-impossibility-to-walk-away-even-when-it's-midnight-and-you're-tired-and-the-cat-ain't-goin'-in-the-trap thing is a pain in the ass. like today, soaked in dread all day long. but then it works out in the end. like today. :)

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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!

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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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