Friday, July 18, 2014

Friendship Friday Memorial ~ Queen Dizzy

One of Kitty Tales favorite readers, crossed over Rainbow Bridge, earlier this week. We love Queen Dizzy, as if she were our own. Our hearts go out to her human mama, Diane. Diane is writing a book, and this is an excerpt of the chapter called "Dizzy". All praise the Queen!

This is a part of the chapter called Dizzy for a book I am writing. I thought it was the best way to share about my little Queen. One day, I thought long and hard about adopting a cat. I used to train in martial arts at a studio which was located a few blocks away from the Calgary Humane Society in their former North West location. Before practice one day, I visited and was allowed to go into their enclosure where a mommy cat had been abandoned with her 4 kittens. I feel in love sitting there playing with mom and her babies and one of them, a little cutie playing nonstop completely stole my heart. She was so cute. She was multicolored like her mom and a little kitty that seemed to somehow act like she was a bit dizzy. She would fall over for no reason, spin around like mad and again fall over and repeat the routine. It was then I felt she has picked me. The only problem was, her little collar was blue, meaning she was a male and he was already spoken for. I couldn’t believe it. Just when I thought I had felt a smile on my face for the first time in months, the wind got knocked out of me in sadness and yet, I couldn’t let go of the thought of adopting this little creature. The next day, I went back to visit. I wanted to adopt them all, including mom but I knew 5 cats were never going to be allowed in my building, although management had been willing to accept one.

It was while I was in the play area with mom and her kitten that I notice how very “female” looking my favorite little one looked. I’m not sure if this is true in hindsight, but I guess all I knew was that I wanted to adopt her, or rather, she wanted to adopt me. I spent a lot of time with this mini calico baby and I started arguing the fact that she was a female with the staff on duty that day. I knew she had already found a home and would be going to her new family as soon as she was medically released but there was something in me that couldn’t let go. After speaking with the staff relentlessly, I managed to convince one of the ladies to take her to one of their doctors to have her checked over. Sure enough, she was a she, not a he. As it turns out, her new family didn’t want to adopt a female cat. They wanted a boy and they picked one of her brothers. She was then available for adoption and that day, I became Dizzy’s mom. The name came easy to me. She did look dizzy with her funny playing ways and it was just when we filled out the paperwork that her name became official. I had no doubts. I had no reservations. Dizzy had picked me. We were going to be heading home the next day, for the first of many years to come. When I first took Dizzy home, I stopped by the martial arts studio to visit Mark, my instructor. With her beautiful looks, I introduced him to Dizzy and he smiled so bright, I knew she would be a little cat who would make everyone happy. I still don`t know why all of it was so magical, but it simply felt like I had just won the lottery.
I was proud of my new status as a pet parent and I was determined to help Dizzy be healthy, happy and a content pet. Our first walk together in my apartment building was a proud moment. I carried her in a pretty little cat carrier I had just purchased that day. As we entered my condo, there was, to the right, a front entrance closet with mirrored doors. This was the first time Dizzy saw herself in the mirror and she may have just found her best friend. She played with her reflection for a long while before she realized there were 900 other square feet she could explore, and she explored them all. It was an event to watch go so fast, and yet still interrogate each and every room as if she was putting them all under a very lengthy audition. She was already the boss of our home. She was the Queen of her new castle. Queen Dizzy was home. 

July 17th, 2014 

This morning, 20 years after adopting Dizzy, she passed away peacefully in my arms. We spent the last few hours of her life cuddling and I’m blessed I had time to look into her pretty eyes and tell her about everything she means to me. It has been my privilege to be Dizzy’s mom and I will miss her... most of all....R.I.P Queen Dizzy.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday ~ Katie

Today is Thankful Thursday and we give to you Katie.  Here, in her own Mom's words, is her story  

I rescued Katie from our local high kill shelter on July 7th. She appeared sick with a URI so I demanded they turn her over to me before the 3-5 day wait period. She is a 14 year old long haired Manx. What a love of a lady....and quite the motor boat. She loves pets and is very gentle and extremely sweet. She was an "owner surrender". I can't understand why, but I guess the saying is man's trash is another one's treasure....I will be happy to spoil her and make her golden years extra special!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday ~ Bon Bon and Boo Bear

Kitty Tales has started putting the winner of our Facebook page's Cover Cat Contest on Wordless Wednesday.  We hope that you like the change.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday Tidbit

Last week was fun.  We gave you the tidbit in the form of a question and you gave the answer.  Let's try that again.  Ready, here we go!

 How many muscles control a cat's ear outer ear?  (A human ear has 6)

We will be accepting answers until Wednesday @ 12 midnight (pacific time)

Source is shown below, as we do not want to steal someone's research.  We know it's tempting, but DON'T CHEAT! ;)


Source: Cat Facts and Trivia

Monday, July 14, 2014

Miscellaneous Monday ~ You Named Your Cat (Part 2)

You Named Your Cat (Part 2)


This poem follows number one,
but it isn’t second best.
I couldn’t mentioned every cat,
no more, I won’t digress.

Off we go!

From a child’s imagination,
comes Tooga’s quirky name.
Tim Tam is a cookie,
and Cadbury, much the same.

Cyril, Max and Archie,
are boys who get a shout.
Molly, Boo and Candy,
gorgeous, there’s no doubt.

Smudgeus Daler Linicus,
is a name to cause a stir.
The Emperor Cuddlez Maximus,
a title with a purr!

Lolly, Polly and Lilleman,
conjure up a smile.
Merlin is just magical,
he takes us back a while.

Hamlet seems quite thespian,
Crackers is a hoot.
Marmaduke is good and strong,
Treacle seems so cute.

Precious things come wrapped in fur,
so that is her true name.
Thor just sounds so masterful,
a heartthrob and a flame.

Chickie, Dottie and sweet Sam,
those felines sound just great.
Elvis has not left the room,
he’s just a little late!

Mississippi is not a river,
instead he is a cat.
The same applies to Hudson,
we now know that as fact.

Dora the explorer,
rather says it all.
Pandora’s full of mystery,
Swanky has a ball!

Wallace B sounds elegant,
befitting to a queen.
I’m sorry if I’ve got that wrong,
or somewhere in between!

Look out for number three!!

Written by Teresa Harrison-Best of Catawall
pictures provided by Catawall Facebook Page

Saturday, July 12, 2014

KT Mom ~ Why?

Mom's Yearly Rant

I was thinking last night about my Kitty Tales Facebook page and this blog. The response on both is almost nil. I asked myself, why do I do it?  Why take 2-3 hours a day (sometimes longer) do to something that no one seems to care about, or at least, not half as much as I?  Why do I feel obligated and so guilty when I miss a day?  Oh sure, there are a few people who seem to miss me when I am gone.  For those people, I am grateful.

So, I asked myself, why?  Then, I looked down at my cats and I realized, there are two reasons...BoBo and Mi-Mi!