hope everyone got a chance to come visit the new web site now that John,
our wonderful new web-master got it up & working ! For those of you
that didn't notice-we have a new address now - www.fluffypaw.com.
We have a new feature also- Pet Of The Month ! Every month we will select
a dog and a cat as pets of the month and the owner will have to write
a small story about their pet. So start submitting your stories now !
Did everyone have a great holiday season?
I was able to visit many of you and I had lots of fun. I am so glad that
the weather stayed nice because not only was I able to get to all my visits
but your people went away so I could see you ! On
Friday night before New Years I was visiting with Max
as my last visit of the day. I had given Max his insulin injection and
was quietly petting Kit and relaxing when Kit got overstimulated, turned
quickly and bit my little finger. Usually I move pretty fast but she managed
to catch me. Now normally I wouldn't even mention this except Kit now
has the distinction of being the first kitty bite that put me in the hospital
! It wasn't until Saturday night that after I finished all my visits I
decided since my hand looked like a balloon and the red infection had
gone up my arm past my wrist that I better go get treatment. Thankfully
I did not have to be admitted but I spent a couple hours there and had
to have an IV antibiotic. Then I was sent home with oral antibiotics.
For those of you who don't know- cat bites are very serious. Cats carry
certain bacteria that can be deadly to humans if infected and not treated.
If you ever get bit by a cat, wash the wound immediately with an antibacterial
soap, treat with hydrogen peroxide and/or Neosporin and go see your Doctor
or the hospital, especially if you see any redness. It is definately not
something you want to take lightly.
Since we are on the medical subject-guess
what ? In the recent newsletter I recieved from The Animal Service League
I learned that there is a pharmacist that makes customized medications
! He is Bill Winkowski at the Twelve Corners Apothecary.
He prepares compound medictions in easy to give flavored biscuit or
treat dosage forms. I was thrilled to hear that we do have a pharmacist
that will do this for our pets ! I have heard that there are other cities'
residents who are offered this service but until now I didn't know there
was one local. I definately will be contacting Mr. Winkowski to see if
he can help me with Shaney's
medication and maybe I will not have to be crawling under the waterbed
every day anymore! My thanks to The Animal Service League for printing
a well written informative article & to Bill Winkowski for his help
in preparing that article.
I also received an interesting article from
Cornell Feline Health Center regarding Anthrax and our pet cats. Briefly
the question answered by Dr. Richards states that anthrax is very rare
in cats. He says "in contrast to herbivores, carnivores are relatively
resistant to the disease--". " Most, if not all cases resulted
from cats consuming air exposed, uncooked tissue from livestock that had
died from the disease--" . You can read the complete answer at http://www.vet.cornell.edu/public/fhc/anthrax.html
Sadly, the holidays were not completely
happy for everyone since many lost a special buddy during the season.
First, I want to say a special goodbye to one of my best buddys-Tessy.
I have been walking Tessy and her sister Fenway during the day while Chris
& Bill work for over 3 years. Tessy was one of the sweetest most well-behaved
precious dog I have ever met. She has given me so many laughs over the
years. She has dragged me over to eat the goose-poop, she has fooled
me into "seeing" something so she could pull me smack down into
a snow pile, I've been pulled into a pond, made into a Gumby as Tess goes
one way & Fenway the other, I have racked up more belly rubs that
I can imagine and we have met many people along our walks since Tessy
believed all people were put on earth to pet her. I think my all time
favorite action tho was a game we played where I would be petting Tessy
& she would walk through my legs and when just her tail was left she
would stop. At that point I would start to wonder out loud-"where
did Tessy go? She was right here a minute ago" Then she would-without
a step more- turn around along my side and of course I would excitely
say-"there's Tessy" while I grabbed her around her neck and
gave her big hugs and smootchys. Tessy would be so thrilled and her tail
would wag like crazy and then of course she would line up to repeat the
game over & over ! I am extremely saddened by the loss of our wonderful
buddy who left with the angels just after New Years at only 7 years young.
Tessy- I know you are waiting in Rainbows Bridge and someday we will see
you again. I Love you bunches & you are terribly missed.
Another very sad loss is Rambo
and my prayers go out to Pat. Pat has lost 3 of her cats in a year and
as one who also lost 3 cats very quickly I do know how horribly painful
that is. Rambo is an especially hard loss since around Thanksgiving Rambo
went through radiation for his hyper-thyroidism. Pat couldn't visit with
him for a couple weeks after the procedure since Rambo was Radioactive!
He recovered well from the procedure and was on his way to a complete
recovery when he somehow got an unrelated liver infection. Rambo left
for Rainbow Bridge
on Christmas Day. Rambo-my tough guy- don't be too much of a bully up
there! I miss you & so does Max ! We also say our goodbyes to Velvet
and our thoughts and prayers go out to Jerry & Ellen, to Mandy
& her saddened people Diana & Mike, and to Saber
who waits now for Sylvia & Andre.
We do have some good news too! Pat, yes-
Rambo's mom, has opened her door to a lovely 1.5 year old cat that desparately
needed a home. Poor Rascal has been living in a cage at a Veternarian
office for 9 months! She now has a happy home & she and Pepper are
getting along fine. Diana & Mike, yes-Mandy's parents,
have a new kitten Frankie. I can't wait to get Frankie's picture up on
the web site as he is a Chinchilla White Persian and he is absolutely
beautiful. Peco along with Dave & Anna have a yellow Labrador with
them-Charlie. Our first Cat-pet of the month, Rocco joined Doreen &
John last November after they were heart-broken by the sudden loss of
Murphy. Max is totally enjoying his new brother Rocco & even carries
him around by the neck like "Mom-cat" !
I now will leave you with a Pet Sitter Jill
most embarassing moment- compliments of Abby & Brandee. These 2 Persian
cats are quite the characters and really kept me on my toes. They live
in an apartment so the thrill of my visits was when I left the door open
so they could roam the halls of the building. One night as I arrived the
ladies in the upstairs apartment were coming home at the same time. The
one lady had gone up & the other parked the car and was coming in
so I was standing guard at the door so Abby & Brandee didn't get out.
briefly with the lady and then she went ahead up the stairs. As she got
to the top of the stairs she commented that her daughter had left the
door open to their apartment. I knew immediately and sure enough- Abby
& Brandee were making themselves quite at home in their apartment!
For the next few minutes I chased the 2 girls all over this apartment
trying to get them out-apologizing the whole time! The following morning
I arrived to visit the girls at 6 AM and they went straight up to that
apartment and sat in front of their door meow-ing at the top of their
Take Care everyone. New Year can bring lots of new resolutions and changes
but one thing will always remain the same---that: