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  • How Facebook is Killing the Little Guy

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday February 22nd, 2015 at 12:16 PM

    There are so many stories to tell, but the will to tell them has diminished over the past few months. Ive been writing this blog for nine years. Doing so has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I never expected that writing, in the hopes a publisher would magically find me, would turn into a labor of love that spawned the creation of a non-profit cat rescue called Kitten Associates . Though the publisher never found me, my rescue has helped over 350 cats since KA opened in...

  • Squee-Overload. Felted Kitty Artistry from Japan.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Friday January 30th, 2015 at 12:39 PM

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    I honestly think the Japanese have a handle on all things cute, especially cats, that always takes my breath away. I just discovered Watakushi Campanella, a amazingly talented felting artist from Japan who grabbed a lot of attention recently over a felted cat headband she created. It was meant to be "for fun" for her and was not something she intended to be for sale which seems to be whipping up frustration around the net with cat-lovers trying to find out how they can get one like it.

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  • 2014: The Year in Review

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Thursday January 1st, 2015 at 10:12 AM

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    January

    The year began with our litter of chronically sick orange kittens nicknamed The Clementines. Theyd arrived from Kentucky, months before, supposedly after being in quarantine, they arrived to my home covered in fleas and with bad eye infections. A kitten named Sherbert got so sick we thought hed lose his eye. What I couldnt have known then was that 2014 ended up being The Year of the Vet Visit with so many sick and injured cats. What I thought was a lot of vet runs in January was...

  • Angels Walk Among Us.

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Wednesday December 24th, 2014 at 06:55 AM

    Im not even sure what words to write to form the perfect telling of recent events, but I must try with shaky fingers as they clumsily tap out another few words. I just finished crying and suppose I will do it again soon. My tears arent inspired by loss, rather by gain; but this kind of gain cant be seen, only felt in ones heart.

    Last week I wrote about my nail-biter road trip to Boston with little foster kitten, Freya. Though the arc of the story revolved around her surgery and whether or not...

  • Give for the Holidays without Breaking the Bank

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday December 22nd, 2014 at 09:55 AM

    Nothing makes me happier than when I can help others, especially cats. During this season of giving, of cherishing your family and friends, its the perfect time to think about giving to the cats and kittens who are still in shelters, dreaming of their forever home.

    While giving during the month of December can provide a big lift to small rescues who depend on donations to make ends meet, Id like to ask you to consider a longer-term way to help your favorite animal charity, but it won't break...

  • Freya 2.0 The Price and the Curse of the Pink Underpants Part 12

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Tuesday December 16th, 2014 at 04:34 PM

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    continued from part 8 and part 9 and part 10 and part 11.

    At 10 AM, barely 24-hours after Freyas surgery, I was back at Angell ready to bring her home. I walked into the building as the automatic doors parted. The place was filled with people and their pets. It was controlled cacophony so I made my way over to Reception, checked in, paid the remainder of Freyas invoice and waited to be called.

    A young woman came out, calling Freyas name. She talked to me about the discharge instructions, then...

  • Freya 2.0. The End and the New Beginning. Part 11

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Monday December 15th, 2014 at 01:12 PM

    continued from part 8 and part 9 and part 10

    I was so tired I was loopy. I didnt know what to do with myself so I took a shower. The flow of water was meager, but hot enough. I really wanted to blast my back pain away, but it wouldnt work. Resigned to this being an affordable (meaning zero frills) hotel I couldnt expect much. It was very clean and I was grateful for at least that much.

    I put my pajamas back on and closed the drapes. I laid in bed but I couldnt sleep. I shut my eyes, listening...

  • Freya 2.0. 12 Little Words. Part 10

    from Covered in Cat Hair

    Sunday December 14th, 2014 at 07:53 AM

    continued from part 8 and part 9

    When I got back to the hotel room I looked around. Freya hadnt made a single mark on ANYTHING in the room or on the bed. Even though there was no sign of her little butt prints, I couldnt stand to see her toys strewn about. I had to put all the towels away, hide her toys, scoop the litter pan one last time. Freya wouldnt be coming back here, at least that was the plan. Id be picking her up the following morning and heading home, but seeing her things really...

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