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RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Well, his chip is registered, and the photo was of him and a little girl. So I initiated a "found cat" notice, and five minutes later, they called. His name was Oliver, he lived with four dogs, and they were pretty desperate to get him back. So Oliver will go home on Friday. Czarny will be most relieved...
Wanderlost 07/01/20 09:45pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Don't Panic

Our county had the 4-H animal show online. Not sure exactly how they did it, but the kids still got to "show" their critters and get ribbons.
Wanderlost 07/01/20 06:21pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Randolph came through the surgery just fine. He's being rather subdued right now, as his backside is a mite sore. I made a napping spot on the floor in front of one of the sliding glass doors, but he's insisting on laying on the door mat in front of the south door. He does have a chip, and the vet gave us the number. I'll do a little research to see if it's been registered. If not, fine. If so, we'll think about contacting the previous folks. Wasn't incline to at first, but since Randolph didn't seem bothered by the harness, maybe he was an indoor kitty who only went out on harness, and slipped out one day. OTOH, no apparent shots, not neutered, was sick -- not good. Thinking, thinking.... Czarny had another lovely day outside. Now that he's not being swooped, he's bouncing up and down from the deck to the garden and back, dashing about crazily, and in general really enjoying himself. Not so much fun coming back inside, though. We closed the laundry room door to keep him from hiding behind the dryer. That's also where the Litter Robot is, but Randolph's box is in the spare room and Czarny has no problem using it. We'll open it at night after Randolph is closed in that bedroom, then close it in the morning again. It's past time Czarny learned to deal with the new cat. Well, it's dinnertime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 07/01/20 06:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Thanks, Stephany. Will send that to SF tonight. We were in the swimming pool a bit ago and saw something rather large crawling up the side of the garage. WLToo got out, grabbed the binoculars, and saw it was a tarantula hawk hauling a paralyzed tarantula to its lair, wherever that is. Huge wasp, that one definitely does not want to be stung by, although it is not aggressive. Tarantula Hawk One website said if one does sting a human, just lay on the ground and scream for three minutes, then the pain will go away. Just sit down and start screaming! I'll watch my step... Randolph goes in for neutering in the morning. We have to put away all his food at 2200 tonight, but since we don't go to bed until midnight normally, we'll have to put away Czarny's, too, until we shut Randolph into his bedroom. Then first thing in the morning, we have to take up Randolph's water and prevent him from coming out to the main room, where the water fountain is. Going to be a mite complicated. At least Czarny will have an entire day in the house without having to be paranoid that the little guy will run up on him and disturb his relax. We haven't had to do this in nearly ten years, and Spotacus was actually pretty laid back about the whole process. Czarny and Rudy came to us already fixed. I need ice cream. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/30/20 08:06pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

TF went to his GP today, as the UTI meds don't seem to be working. He'll see his cardiologist tomorrow about the heart rate. He's not doing near as well as he had been before the UTI. I kind of wonder if the UTI meds are what set off the elevated heart rate, considering how strangely he reacts to so many meds. Czarny had a pleasant day yesterday. He has finally noticed the barn swallows are not swooping on him anymore, as the babies have fledged. He can sit on (or under) the deck now, or on the sofa with me. He spent most of today outside and seemed to enjoy himself. I put a harness on Randolph for a few minutes. He promptly marched over to the food dish and ate. Didn't seem particularly bothered by the harness at all. After about five minutes, I took it off and gave him treats. Czarny heard the treats jar and came running. He managed to eat his treats before Randolph noticed he was there. I have to wonder if Randolph's previous people put him on a harness. We'll add a bit more time each day until we're sure he's fine with it. Then after he recovers from being neutered, we'll start going outside with him. Leoghaire and her two-year-old came by yesterday. We haven't seen them today yet. One of the hummingbirds is sitting on the wire holding the feeder. Territorial little buggers... Czarny's now under the bedcovers, and Randolph is sitting in the dining area window. Suppertime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/29/20 06:29pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Randolph slowly crept up the side of Czarny's tower, reached up, and diddled Czarny's butt. He screamed bloody murder and the chase was on. I'm not sure if Randolph is trying to play or intimidate, but Czarny is not having it. Early this morning, Czarny noticed Randolph sleeping (or staring) less than a foot away. He snarled, struck out, and managed to claw me rather thoroughly. Today, Czarny's outside, under the RV, where neither the birds nor Randolph can bother him. Poor guy. So we scheduled Randolph for neutering next Wednesday morning, in hopes that he'll calm down and stop bugging Czarny. Meanwhile, a movement in the corner of my eye this morning revealed a large gray squirrel trying to get a drink out of the swimming pool. First squirrel we've had that appears to be taking up residence on our property. WLToo is not happy, since that means it will get into the garden. This will be interesting to watch: squirrel vs human. Barn swallows have taken up residence on the south porch, too. It gets awfully hot in that nest, which is why it's not been used the last few years. Hope the hatchlings survive the summer heat. Leoghaire came by yesterday. Had a big grass belly, looked like she was still pregnant. I do miss the does' movements around the property... It's pretty hot, so I'll go get Czarny. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/25/20 02:28pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Without getting political....

I gave up on all NFL games when they stopped showing high school and university marching bands at halftime. Haven't missed watching them at all.
Wanderlost 06/23/20 06:42pm Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

executive mansions
Wanderlost 06/23/20 06:40pm Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Tall Friend is back in the hospital, in ICU. Short Friend is not allowed to visit, and they are not being communicative, so she's about to head back to the warpath. They will regret it... Czarny and Randolph sniffed noses right in front of me this afternoon. Czarny strolled away, and when Randolph tried to continue with a butt sniff, he dashed back to his tower. Randolph loves to play, but he has very little stamina. Don't know if that's because he just took his last dose of medication today, or being a stray for over a month (or longer), or both. But I expect he'll improve nicely, now that he's living with us. Well, it's nice outside, so time to swim. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/23/20 06:20pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Parasite control issues help

Based on veterinarian and brother (also a vet) recommendations, we use Advantage Multi. It protects against heartworm, fleas, sarcoptic mange, intestinal parasites and ear mites. In some animals, they feel a little punky after application. We apply it at night, so they can sleep it off.
Wanderlost 06/21/20 06:53pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Short Friend came over for Sunday lunch and WLToo's early birthday cake. Said Tall Friend's UTI medication isn't working too well, so he needed to stay home. We chowed down on stuffed tomatoes, peaches and cottage cheese in raspberry Jello salad, green bean salad in balsamic vinegarette, and loaded mashed cauliflower before diving into the birthday cake: Keto Texas Sheet Cake with ice cream and whipped cream. Sounds heavy, right? It was not. Four hours later and I'm feeling a bit hungry. Randolph was more than happy to have SF rub him over thoroughly. Then Czarny demanded she escort him outside, where he re-inspected her vehicle, then headed to the RV. The hummingbirds, meanwhile, announced loudly that the feeder I filled up yesterday was empty already and why wasn't it filled right now?! The barn swallow babies are big enough to see all three of them. Still probably three weeks or more from flying. As WToo said, they don't have their game faces on yet. Leoghaire came up yesterday by herself. I fed her the last of the carrots. She looks okay, but I think we do need to water something so she'll have fresh greens to eat. All these clouds and just barely a drop of rain. You'd think it was summertime around here or something. Well, there's some Jello calling me. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/21/20 06:26pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Texas Wildlife sent a guy to take samples from the corpse. WLToo had mentioned seeing an adult doe looking bad in the same way, so they'll be testing for Chronic Wasting Disease and several others. Meanwhile, the vultures have almost cleared things away. Just enough left for any four-footed predators to come by and haul it away. Randolph is a nag. He prowled from door to window to door, etc. howling. He really, really wants outside. Not happening. He's getting medication. Then he'll be stuck inside while he heals from being neutered. Then he'll start getting a halter. Only then will we consider letting him outside. Like Rudy and Bobbi Socks, he's braver than smart. Not taking a chance on him going missing, too. Czarny needs an escort to go outside these days. I walked with him from the house to the RV, where he ducked underneath. I think he'll be quite relieved when the barn swallow babies fledge and become independent... It's too pretty to be inside. There's a swimming pool calling me. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/20/20 01:29pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Good news: Tall Friend has a UTI, which in elderly people can cause very weird symptoms. WLToo will go sit with him tomorrow so Short Friend can have some time to herself. Here's a photo of Randolph Scatt: https://i.imgur.com/woSlz3Ll.jpg I moved Czarny's tower next to my recliner. He's asleep on the top, after being outside all day. We'll see in a little bit if he's still outraged that Randolph is here. WLToo opened the spare bedroom door, Randolph looked up, said "Mrrr," and went right back to sleep. Looks like we'll have a peaceful dinner... The fawn died. WLToo notified the game warden, in case they want to take the brain for testing. Then he dragged it away from the RV and down into the meadow. If the warden doesn't get here toot sweet, there won't be anything left to test. Our black-headed vultures are very, very efficient. We almost never smell dead stuff. Wow. A squirrel just toddled across the north porch. Squirrels don't normally hang out on our property. Big, fat one, more black than gray. It's dinnertime. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/18/20 04:13pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

It appears Tall Friend may have had another mini-stroke or two in the last few weeks. He's gone from active and alert to pretty much asleep all the time and muddled in thoughts. He was scheduled for a CT today. Other than keeping up the support to Short Friend, I don't know what else to do for them. Meanwhile, WLToo thinks he might have had a TIA last week. He's had a couple before and recognized the muddled thought process, so it's back to the doctor for him, too. Luckily, his thought processes are back to normal. This aging business is a serious pain.
Wanderlost 06/17/20 05:23pm RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

We met another couple in a Class A years ago. She did all the driving and everything else because her husband was going blind. He had a work related condition that caused his blindness, but they wanted to RV so they bought one and they go anyway!. Since WLToo's Parkinson's Disease kicked in, I do all the Class A driving. He's still an excellent ground guide when we need to back into a tight space. Richard, hope you're feeling better soon.
Wanderlost 06/17/20 05:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

We do have a kind of deer predator. It's a disease. Leoghaire's fawn from last year is dying in front of our eyes. She became skinny, despite the abundance of feed, and this morning was laying on our porch until WLToo walked outside. She managed to get up and walk between the house and garage, where he got a lot of photos to send to the game warden. We know it's not Chronic Wasting Disease, but we don't know what it is. Couldn't see her face, so I don't know if she's suffering from the same virus that killed Lassie, her grandmother. Poor thing probably has a matter of days left, unless something comes by and puts her out of her suffering. Sister asked us to come see a stray cat that had just walked into her neighbor's house. Kitty had been reported on NextDoor over a month ago, looking for his people, but no one ever responded. Apparently, he had been going through neighbor's doggie door and helping himself, from the way he was perfectly comfortable in their house. We met him and he was as mellow as can be, skinny, unneutered, and very friendly. So yesterday, we brought him home. He was pretty chatty until I smelled poop, and then he got real quiet. I guess he'd been telling us he had to go. When we got him into the RV, I saw it was really loose stool, so we sanitized the carrier and blanket and arranged to get him to the vet early this morning. WLToo and he spent a pleasant night in the RV. At the vet, he got a full range of shots, checked out as not contagious with anything really bad, but he does have a dose of Coccidiosis and is under medication for the next week. After that, we'll schedule his neutering. Czarny's not likely to come into contact with Randolph poop, as the Litter Robot cleans everything out between cat uses. Vet said he's about 11 months old. He only weighs 8.9 lbs and is very long and long legged, so I'd say he's under-nourished. Well, he'll get good food here. Sister suggested we name him Randolph, since he was wandering near Randolph Air Force Base. WLToo noted that he's long and lean and quiet, and likely scatted away from his former people, so he's now Randolph Scatt (after the AFB and the actor). Czarny met him this morning. So far, they have confined themselves to loud catcalls. Randolph wandered around the house and decided the spare bedroom was just the place for a nap. Czarny was very unpleasantly surprised when he jumped up there for his midday nap, so we moved Randolph to the cloth recliner from our old Itasca, which Czarny doesn't much like. Randolph spent the afternoon asleep there -- after all the shots and that nasty liquid medicine, he's sore and feeling out of sorts. I bought a new cat tower, so they'll both have high places to go, when they calm down. Randolph seems to like pretty much everybody, like Alexander the Grrreat did. That means he's happy to have WLToo pet, hold and fuss over him (when he's not sore anymore), and Czarny can continue to have his dedicated human (me). When he's feeling a bit more perky, I'll post a photo.
Wanderlost 06/17/20 05:07pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Song Post - Part Three

The AIR That I Breathe -- The Hollies
Wanderlost 06/04/20 10:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

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Wanderlost 06/04/20 10:20am Around the Campfire
RE: Homeless Cat -- Now Spotacus' Legacy

Recliner's back, but so far, Czarny's not interested in sharing it with me. He jumps up here, stomps all over me, then leaves. We have opened the spare bedroom door again, since Czarny was not the one peeing in there, and he spends a lot of time in the east window or on the afghan at the foot of that bed. Leoghaire showed up a couple days ago, looking a whole lot less pregnant, but we've not seen a fawn yet. Could be she did not have it in our meadow, or it did not survive. I fed her some carrots and she was happy. Yesterday, WLToo bought some good size tomato plants, with blossoms already on them. He's still hoping to have a tomato crop before the summer heat destroys any chance of them making fruit. The cantaloupe are doing very well, as are the Blue Lake green beans. Too late to plant anything else, though. We'll have to wait until September now. Time to get back into the office and do some paperwork before the heat drives me back out. We really, really need a new air system in there. Sigh. Later, y'all.
Wanderlost 06/04/20 10:10am RV Pet Stop
RE: A very old stray {The Old Fella Story}

But Terry is driving the cars a bit, so he will be able to help. He wants to do the "tail of the dragon." It will be s . l . o . w for us oldsters, but will still be fun. I rode the Tail on my motorcycle about 12 years ago. I found it to be a pleasant ride, not near as challenging as the mountain roads I regularly rode back in Virginia. Speed limit is 30 mph over the entire 11 miles. Drive the speed limit and you'll have a lovely, leisurely drive, where you can wave at the nice highway patrol officers who dot the road, especially in the summer, when so many motorcyclists like to run the Tail. If you have the time, please drive the Cherohala Skyway, too. The views up top are magnificent. Tail Of The Dragon
Wanderlost 06/04/20 10:00am RV Pet Stop
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