Sunday, January 18, 2009

That's Right, I'm TRASH!

Actually my whole family is TRASH.

Becky at In The Trenches posted about animal rescue and asked if we had any rescue stories of our own. If we did, we should grab the button and post the stories.

Both of our cats are rescue cats, and here are each of their stories.


Back in the spring of 1998, my father received a visitor in his backyard. It was a small brown and grey striped tabby cat. She looked hungry, so he gave her something to eat. After a couple of days she would venture into the house. She wouldn't stay very long and when she left she would go over to the neighbor's garage. They went to go look for her, but couldn't find her.

One day, Tiger (that's what they named her) was scratching at the back door. My father let her in and noticed she had something in her mouth. It was a kitten! She ran to the front hall closet, deposited the kitten and ran back out the back door. After a few minutes, she came back with another kitten and took him to the same closet. They were pretty new, their eyes weren't even open yet and it appeared that their father was a Siamese cat. There was a male who was all white and a female who was white with grey stripes. Every time we opened the closet door, the female would get up on her hind legs and try to hiss at us. She thought she was so fierce!!

After a few weeks, we took the female and named her Isis. My father kept Tiger and his friend took the male.

Tiger proceeded to have 5 more litters. Every time my dad would take her in to get fixed, he would find out she's pregnant again. We found homes for all of those kitten except for one. My dad kept him, his name is Matt.

Isis is a very petite cat (just like her mom) and has beautiful blue eyes that are completely crossed. She insists on sleeping with my every night and LOVES Arby's roast beef.


Back in the summer of 2003, I was at a garage sale at my old house that Kendra owns now. Her neighbor Val came over and told us that she found a stray cat who apparently had kittens in her raspberry bushes. I called Matt right away and he asked if their was a black one. Val said that she was sure that she saw a black one, but it was really hard to get them out of the bushes. That evening, Val called and said that all the kittens were out and running around her back yard if we wanted to come over and see them. They were all adorable but it was love at first sight when we saw Jedi. He's what they call a tuxedo cat because he looks like he's wearing a tuxedo jacket with a white shirt underneath. It also looks like he's wearing a cloak, hence the name Jedi.

When we brought him home, he followed Emerson all over the place, and instantly became her cat. They are best buddies.

Those are our rescue stories, but we almost had one more.

This week I received an email from my friend who had a friend who found 6 black lab puppies on the side of the road. She was emailing around to see if anyone can take them because the no-kill shelters were completely full. I called Matt and I could tell he really wanted one. I was going to talk to him later that evening, but as it turns out, all the puppies found good homes.

I am just so glad that those puppies are going to be well taken care of now, but I can't help but think why would someone just leave them on the side of the road in the snow and cold???!!!! It only took a couple of emails and a couple of days to get all of them adopted!! It makes me sick!

Sorry the pictures aren't that great, no one wanted to model tonight.
Update on the diet doctor, I lost a pound!! ( I am just so glad I didn't gain any weight) so now the total is 25 lbs. But my arm is all sore and swollen where they gave me my B12 shot. That never happened before.


Anonymous said...

We are TRASH too. Both of our dogs are from the pound and wouldn't have it any other way.... Support your local SPCA! Woot Woot...

The Blue Ridge Gal

Cammie said...

We are trashy cat owners but snobby pure bred dog owners. My first cat Snickers came to us when his owner was going into a nursing home. Later that year my husband was leaving a bar in BFE and almost stepped on a kitten the size of your hand. She was full of it back then to all hissing at him. He was able to catch her and brought her home. The next day we took her to the vet. She was only a few weeks old, covered in fleas and fly eggs and had a nasty eye infection. In order to save her life we had to bottle feed her milk every few hours...we were not sure what to do with her during the day since we both worked and the next thing I knew we were experiencing our FIRST daycare...the vet's office let us drop her off every morning and pick her up after work free of charge. 7 years later Kallie is a beautiful long haired kitty with the prettiest tail. Of course her and her cat brother hardly ever leave the basement because of the evil pure bred yorkie that guards the basement door.

Wow. This became a blog post

Call Me Cate said...

We're trash as well. I planned to get a kitten when we moved after college and a coworker gave me Tonya as a going away gift - her neighbors had moved, abandoning two pregnant kitties, Tonya was one of the babies.

Then a few years later, Joe spotted Rusty at PetSmart - a local shelter was having an adoptathon.

Just don't tell Tonya she's a trash cat - she's convinced she's some sort of purebred royalty and demands to be treated as such.

Jamie said...

We're trashy too. Actually my whole family is trashy....We all have rescued pets. This will become a blog post later that's for sure.

Tori_z said...

We've had a few rescue pets, (including a couple of fish). But the only pet we have now is Kero, and he was brought and paid for from a breeder (he was a 1st wedding anniversary present to me from hubby).

Tori_z said...

Btw, congrats on the 1lb weight loss! It may not be much, but it's a great start! :)

Becky said...

Great Post! I am so glad you are TRASh too! Thanks for joining Lacey and I:)

LadyStyx said...

I have a history of being TRASH. Shoot I've had TRASH and second generation TRASH too. Long story, but it amounts to 7 rescues (from the street) an adoption from another family and 6 total kittens from the original rescues ...this was my fist marriage. This marriage it's 1 feline that we got from the shelter.

Lacey said...

I love this story! And your cats are the cutest guys ever!

I'm glad to hear that all the puppies found good homes. That just turns my stomach to think that someone could be so cruel to something so defenseless, especially when there are so many people who would gladly take in a puppy!!! Thanks SO MUCH for playing along! :D

Rebecca Jo said...

I'm totally TRASH!!!! Any shelter that isn't no kill drives me INSANE!!!!! Having 4 dogs... I love me some animals... would rescue more if my hubs would let me!!!

heathersister said...

Jedi looks like he has attitude! I love that your dad named his cat Matt. That is cute.

I always knew you were trashy.

Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the great work.

Nana said...

My cat is a rescue cat too. I love her. A few years ago I went to a church function and there in a box was a momma cat and 2 babies. I could not believe someone would do that.

Intense Guy said...

I always get my pooches from the SPCA. Enough pets in this world now - we need more responsible owners.


R Susanna said...

WoooHooo! Congrats on the weight! We are TRASH too, two dogs from the animal shelter.

ChicagoLady said...

Congratulations on losing a pound, it's better than gaining it!

I had a dog that wasn't from a shelter, but it was headed there. A friend of mine knew of a dog that was owned by a family that was moving out of state. They left the dog in the care of their neighbors, who were also in the process of moving. They didn't really want the dog, so she was kept at their "new" house before it was livable. The house was infested with mice. The dog was locked up in one room with only periodic food and water.

Shadow was given to me as a birthday present after my first dog died. She was a black and tan German Shepherd mix, with a beautiful temperment. She was fully grown when I got her, maybe 4 or 5 yrs old, and I had her for about 7 years.

Heather said...

Michelle called you trashy. Want me to take her out? 'Cause I will if you want me to :)

We have two rescued cats as well, but we paid for our puppy. Tried the pound, but none of the dogs suited our family...

Minxy Mimi said...

We are trash too.
I thank goodness for all of us out there in the world. Your kitties are beautiful.

Jen said...

Great stories!
You're a good person..

Like me!


anyone who would harm
or abandon an animal
should be beaten to death
with baseball bats

just sayin'