Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday...

Oliver
My best friend and former neighbor, the one I used to watch thru our office window and who used to come over and talk to me when we were outside, the one that moved away. You may remember a few years ago he got hit by a car and ruptured his diaphram and broke his leg and had major surgery to save his life. Well, he came to visit me yesterday! It was super fun, Sadie remembered him and hissed hello then ran into the back room to hide. Speedy greeted him like a long lost brofur wif a sniff or two den he just laid down on his Gizzy and observed. I on the other hand was ankshus fur him to come out of da carrier and play and talk and lounge wif me. We had a nice afternoon together and it was over all to soon. I sure miss him. Mom misses his mom, Germaine, too. Dey hadded tea and talked and laffed and mom sniffled a little bit when dey left. In other news, it's been below zero here with really scary wind chills. Now Nick is a wonder with the feral colony he's taking care of but mom still worried about them so she went over there one very cold evening just to check. Her and dad stuck thermometers inside the shelters and guess what, it was 55 degrees inside da shelters! Dat heat set up dat Nick made fur dem is amazing! He told mom he had to "up the amps" on the water dishes to keep ice from forming but they were all still water and mom took da temp and it was 38 degree water. She also went to the other colony with their caretaker on Thursday morning and added "thermal wrap" (which is like a nylon blanket with thinsulate) to the shelters. Theirs were only 40 degrees but dat is better den da below zero it was outside! We worry about all the ones that don't have a caretaker or a warm home. We hope they found warm places to hide.

50 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

Is that butterskhotch I see?



Mom did put fresh water out on Saturday but it is frozen again - we'll put more out later!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Forever Foster said...

Oliver is GORgeous! Zippy, we are happy that you had such a fun playdate.

We are thrilled to hear how well the heating system is working. Nick sounds like such a wonderful young man.

Everycat said...

It's great when old friends come over for tea isn't it? Oliver is a lovely mancat and I'm glad you all remembered him and got on so well. Young Nick is doing a sterling job for the colony, keeping them so warm and safe - maybe there's a market for his feral house heating system so managed colonies everywhere could benefit?

Whicky Wuudler

Goldie, Shade and Banshee said...

Oliver is very handsome! That was nice to get some visitors.

It is bitterly cold up here! We are always worrying about the animals outside. Your colonies seem to be managing pretty good! Thank Heavens they have such dedicated caregivers!

Parker said...

How nice to have visitors! We remember Oliver and we are glad he is doing so well!
Next time your Mom sees Nick, can she give him a smooch from me?

The Island Cats said...

Zippy, it's nice that you have a furiend like Oliver that you can hang with...too bad you don't get to see him more often.

We're happy to hear the feral colony is doing well and they are being kept warm! Yay!

Eric and Flynn said...

Oliver is very handsome and it is nice that he came to visit you.
Hooray for Nick and his heating set up. The outdoor kitties must be very thankful that he is so clever.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

We are so glad your Mom and Dad are helping take care of the outside cats that do not have forever homes.
We worry about all of them, too.

~ Anna Sue

Hansel said...

wow me iz so glad yoo gotted to see yoor furrend agains! :)

Cheysuli and gemini said...

What a neat visitor you had. I am glad to hear that those shelters were nice and toasty warm!

Daisy said...

I am so glad you got to spend time with your old friend Oliver!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Zippy, that is just sooo wonderful that Oliver came to visit you! It is good that you two got to visit as well as your Mom and Germaine too. That makes us smile so big! And hearing that the feral colony's shelter is a comfortable place for them makes us smile too! Happy Sunday to you Sadie and Speedy!
Purrs and headbutts,
Sabrina, Sam and Simon

Everycat said...

Thanks for the info about the development of the heating/housing system. Nick has a very bright future ahead of him I think. To be able to come up with something that could solve one of the many issues surrounding TNR colonies is just mind blowingly good. We'll be following this one closely - European ferals could benefit too!

Big props to you all!

Halloween said...

Hi zippy, sadie and speedy. How nice Oliver came to visit! I remember when he got hurt and how he got healed up with lots of love and people care. He looks very handsome and healthy now.

Thanks to all of you and your mombean for the advice about Grey Cat. Unfortunately the Pink People are the world's worst neighbors and you never know how they will react to anything you say to them.

My People will feed the Grey Cat where I can't see it. I don't want an interloper cat in the house. I told them I've been reading Jeter's blog and know what to do if they try to let another cat in!

We send lots of love and warm hugs to you and your beans for all of the care you are giving to the outdoor kitties.

Purrs, Halloween

Sweet Praline said...

I am so glad that your mom and dad are taking care of the kitties that don't have a home.

MoMo said...

Nice to have visitors, especially ex-neighbour who is as handsome as Oliver.

Your mom and Nick are just the nicest caring beans around.

Lux said...

What a cutie Oliver is!

Oh man about the weather. Your mom & dad are wonderful to help with the kitties. Go away, wind chills!

Sunny's Mommy said...

That's great you had a nice visit with Oliver and his Mom :-)

Hannah Fanna said...

Hi! Thanks for commenting on me. It really lit up my day.

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Yoo had a wonnerful bisitor! We bet dat Oliver was so happy to see yoo all. Yur Mommie had a good heartwarming bisit an a good cry coz it's such a wonnerful feeling to catch up wif furriends. Luckily we gets to haf virtual bisits efurry day on da blogosphere.

Margaret Cloud said...

I pray that the kitties find a forever home soon, but thanks to your mum they are being looked after. I sure will be glad to see the warm weather come back, we are having very cold weather here also.

castle diva said...

We like to send purrs for the homeless kitties, especially when it's cold. Unfortunately, with the economy being as it is, more people are abandonning their animal companions.

Ms. P and Cinza

michico*Adan said...

I am very touching by your beans's doing, they are awesome~!

MaoMao said...

Awwww, that's wunnerful that you hadded so much funsies with Oliver. And how wunnerful how yur beans are takin care of the feral colony! You have a furry sweet and speshul Momma and Daddy to love and care fur the feral kitties and we're sendin all of you lots of snuggles.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

Camie's Kitties said...

We are glad you got to play with Oliver. It is nice when you are able to play with old friends. We are also glad the feral colonies are doing so well. Nick sounds like a great young man.

Tavi, Cody, Camie and Miss Jade

Tracey and Huffle said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Oliver! Nick is a clever boy too.

Huffle Mawson

jenianddean said...

It is so good of you to take care of those kitties. They are surely thankful to have you. And how nice to have a visitor.
--Jasper

The Crew said...

Hey, we gave you an award.

Katie and Da Katz said...

oh dats so nise dat ur mawmees frind brots Oliver wif hur! Bet u hads a reel goods time! u shouda sat in his carrier soh he coudnt leave!!

We iz purrin fur da feral babees in iz glad ta hear dey haf sumbuddees keepin dem warm.

we iz havin a bit warmer temps here for sum days. den dis Furryday its gonna be cold agin! We gots da same delimma in our house. dat its only bout 40 to 50 degrees cuz we only gots dis one heetur n dis house is furry old.

still dats bettur den nuffins degrees!!

Fanks fur votin in our silly sisfur contest! Our next post will be our hundreth bloggieversary! n Weze gonna hafs a silly fotoh n story contest fur all da babees ta entur!

Luv,
Katie Too
purr ess... Mawmee gotted sum helps ta get hur warm shoos! hurray!

Katie and Da Katz said...

ohhh more purr esses!

Weze chek out dohz athletik shooes fur mawmee and den dehr iz dr. sholls hims gots sum warm bootsies too.

luv,
Bootsie Woo.

JB's Big World said...

Oliver sounds like a great strong fun kitty.
--JB

jh an Mickey Mantle said...

nick izza hero ... jus like yer mom an dad.
mi dad'z feral food iz frozen ... so he jus puts owt hard food.
if he built a shelter ... he'd get arrested ... da peepul don't like him ware he feedz mi formerly feral family.
luv--jh

Cliff and Olivia said...

How nice to get a visit in the cold.

Cliff & Olivia

China Cat said...

My goodness, Oliver is a handsome one! I'm glad he came over to visit with you. And I'm really glad that the heater is working so well for those kitties!

Purrrrrrrrs, China Cat

Princess said...

*waves* Hi Oliver.
Oh you guys all had fun. Yay

Lux said...

Nope, not from Snap's mom ... ;-) Good guess, though!

Kimo and Sabi said...

Whut a nice visit you hadded!

Kiera said...

Thanks for visiting me!

Angus Mhor said...

Oliver looks like a real nice fellow. I'm glad you had a good visit with him. I'm also really glad to hear of how warm those kitties are and how their water is so fresh and cold! That Nick is a good friend to cats.

Shilgiah the Cat said...

Our mom worries about the poor outside cats in the winter even though it is warmer some in the high desert but still it gets below freezing some nights.

Your mom and dad and the Nick guy are so wonderful to help take care of feral colonies.

We have one organization in Albuquerque that helps feral colonies and does lots of other good that my mom contributes to and helps whenever she can.

Jennifer said...

Thanks for stopping by -- its so nice to meet you! I'm so happy to hear that those poor little kitties have a place to get out of the cold. You must have a really nice family...

-Tuck

LC and Ayla said...

Wow, that is so cool ya welcome a visitor kittie! Oliver seems like a nice cat...

Samantha and Mr. Tigger said...

Do you think if I was allergic to Samantha Mom would trade her in for a new model??? (hehehehe) Just kidding!!
Hi 5 paw,
mr. Tigger

Fat Eric said...

Thanks for your sympathy over the jacking of my blog by that evil intruder kitty who shall not be named.
It's good to hear about your good humans helping the kitties in the cold.

Milo and Alfie said...

We think your fambly are really kind and caring to look out for ferals and strays. That makes you all very speshull. We will purr for da ferals and strays too.

It warmed our hearts coming to your blog today.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

How fun that your friend came to visit!! I hope he gets to come again soon.

It is so nice of little Nick and your beans to care for the feral kitties. They are so lucky. It is people like them that make mommy get up in the morning. purrrs

MoMo said...

How are you all going?

Sweet Praline said...

Your mom and Nick are angels!

Kellie The Orange Cat said...

Ahh...Oliver looks like a beautiful kitty.

herecomesharry said...

I just wanted to stop and say hello to you! I am glad you had a nice visit with your friends. sounds like everybody had a good time.
Harry