Friday, November 17, 2006
  A cat lady with only two cats. How sad.

Oreo at PetsMart, originally uploaded by estacey.

But they are again two HAPPY cats, so that's good.

Oreo got spayed yesterday, went to PetsMart after hours last night to recover and today will be up for adoption! She is going to HATE it in the cage, but it needs to be done. I just hope she finds a loving home right away.

I need to make up an information sheet about her this weekend and bring it in.

The volunteering is so rewarding. Two of the really sweet cats are going to a new home, pending adoption approval; that news made me so happpy last night! Dawny and the cat in the cube whose name I don't know. They are both adult cats, both well past full-grown.. I was worrying about their chances for a new home. I have to stop worrying so much; it seems most of these cats get new homes! This is proof.

They were the ones that, last week, I was inspired to make up little About Me signs because they were both so darn sweet but both too shy to request attention from people coming by. I doubt my bit of marketing actually helped get them homes, but it just is cool that the two of the four I was concerned so much about last week ended up being the ones that got the good news this week. :)

I also had to set out a live trap last night for the cat that got out of its cage and has been LIVING IN THE PETSMART for the past month. They leave out food, water, and a litterbox. It actually uses the litterbox! It likes to hang out behind the aquariums. I kinda hope we don't catch it; I think he's enjoying himself. :)

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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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