Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's all good!

PATTY:  I'm reading this now and it's good--very, very good.  Here's a quote I want to capture:

Moneymaking doesn't satisfy the artistic yearning, doesn't satisfy the search for meaning, doesn't equal the personal reward of discovering tiny gems among stones.

That pretty much sums it up for me.  I'm always a little squirmy when people start talking about their houses and furniture and possessions because none of that means much to me.  I don't drool when the conversation turns to personal wealth and I don't aim my energy in that direction either.  But if I hear a tree frog in the dusk, I am in ecstacy.

Daffy is doing better than well!  She runs the operation now, of course.  I will be posting more news about her soon and hope some of you are still interested in the goings on at the Skypants B&B.   xoxo

Saturday, March 11, 2017

THE NEXT CHAPTER

Meet Daffodil, who we brought home from the Humane Society yesterday.  She's quiet, shy but definitely not going to put up with any garbage, and doesn't seem to like us too much (but she doesn't hate us, either). 

She's a little over three years old and had some gorgeous green eyes and glorious muff furs.  Unfortunately, her former pawrents had her declawed, which is okay for an indoor kitty.  We're taking her to the vet next week to make sure she doesn't have any after effects that are causing her pain.

Daffodil will have her own blog Daffodil and Patty and we hope you will visit and subscribe. 

Patty xoxo

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Day After

Beautiful graphic by Ann Adamus.  xoxo

Life is so different without Bhu: not so rich, not so fun. But this morning as I was making coffee I looked up out the window and saw big, huge, puffy white snowfluffs! A message from Bhu; he knew how much joy the first snowfall brings to me. He is saying to me, "It's okay mom; I'm good!" 

Reading the comments on yesterday's post, I'm really challenged to find the best words to communicate just how grateful we are for your love and sympathy.  So many of you have gone through this at least once and you know the deep sadness.  I love that we have this community that cares and supports each of its members, human and feline (and canine).  xoxo Patty

Saturday, December 3, 2016

au revoir, doux chaton

We loved him and he loved us.
PATTY:  We had to say au revoir to our sweet kitty this morning, just about an hour ago.  Some of you are very familiar with this particular kind of sadness and grief; it's a heartbreak.  I will miss my bud.

Everything that could possibly be done for him was done, but he was just not going to get well.  There were too many issues.  We were so lucky to live close to a major veterinary hospital where the absolute best state-of-the-art care was given.  We had the chance to spend time with him, give him noms of chicken,  and bid farewell before he proceeded on his journey.

Thank you, furrends, for your purrayers and concern.  It made a difference and we love you!  xoxo

Friday, December 2, 2016

Today: Not So Good

Bhu wants to know "Why you takin' my picture?  Take me home!"

Poor Bhu appears to be tethered on both sides.  He is not having a good day.

Getting lots of attention, but none of it feels good.


Lance, the Vet, holding Bhu while his bedding is being replaced.
PATTY:  I think a picture is worth a thousand words.  Today Bhu is getting a transfusion and if he is not feeling better after that, we don't know.  We visited today and he is just sort of in a stupor, but he did respond to pets and ear scritches.  If you can, please keep him in your heart and purrayers!  xoxo

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ICU Update

PATTY:  We were able to visit Bhu today and it was quite comforting to be able to see him and touch him.  The ICU is a noisy place and he was the only feline there. 
Bhu in his ICU "Suite".
He has some very impressive medical bling to which he is attached and while we visited he was intently grooming himself.  I guess he knew Poppy was going to take his picture! 

Hooked up to all his medical "bling"
But the story is not so rosey.  Bhu has severe diabetes, severe kidney damage, and certain heart damage of unknown severity.   He will be there for at least two or three more days while they perform additional tests and attempt various treatments.  But, it's only a matter of time.

 
"Hey, mom, that's some amazing static in your hair!"
We'd like to bring him home, but the doctor tells us if that happens he will need a feeding tube and he will have to wear a collar to keep the tube in place and possibly a cone.  He will need insulin twice a day and who knows what else.  But, in the meantime, we can visit him every day and see how he is progressing.   Bhu is an amazing boy and I wouldn't put it past him to rally and get better. 

Your good wishes help a lot!  Purray if you can; we would do the same for you!  xoxo


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bhu in ICU Tonight

PATTY:  Bhu hasn't been doing well for the past few days and what was supposed to be just an appointment to get his claws clipped and his mats removed turned into an overnight stay in the ICU!  The vet says he has diabetes and he is in Stage 4 of CRF, plus he developed a heart murmur and that's the reason for the ICU.  He had to have an EKG so they could determine how to treat him without killing him.  Hopefully, we can buy him some more time with us and let me tell you it isn't cheap.  Nevertheless, we love him tons and don't want him to go yet.  I don't think he's ready to go yet, either.
If you have time, please say a little purrayer for him.  I'm sure he's gonna be lonely for us tonight, as we are so lonely for him.  xoxo

P.S.  Pet your cat!! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BHU!!!


PATTY:  Well, Sab and I are so thrilled to be celebrating this BIG birthday with Bhu!  We love him with all our hearts!  Here are just a few photos of Bhu through the years.  Unfortunately, I lost one of my jump drives that has most of the photos from the first ten years. 

BHU:  Stellar work, Mom! 

In the beginning:  just a little kitteh with a happy future!! 

The Adolescent Bhu was just as confident as he is today!  Quilts make the mancat!

In the spotlight:  in his Purrfessional acting role from As the Paw Turns!

Demonstrating one of his many yoga positions.

His favorite place and constant companion.
BHU:  What a long, strange trip it's been!  The nips on me!!  xoxo

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Catching Up With Bhu!

Howdy!  Just hangin' out with my peeps today!
 PATTY:  Hi, effurryone!  It's hard to believe it is already September! Fall starts this week!  Anyway, it's been a long time since we posted so I thought I would interview Bhu to see what he's been up to lately.  I see he is awake, so let's go for it!  Ahem, so what's up Bhu?

BHU:  Well, my poppy's been home a lot this year and so I've kinda switched over to having him be my primary pet provider.  Not that you're a slacker, but he's more likely to pick me up when I yowl in the hallway.

PATTY:  Yes, let's talk about that a bit.  I remember when no one could keep you from jumping on the beds and the chairs and the counters and you would go just anywhere that was HIGHER.  Now, you stay pretty close to the floor. 

BHU:  True.  These old bones just aren't as resilient anymore.  Hurts to land, so I just stay on the carpeting and when I want to go higher I yowl.  You've heard me, right?

PATTY:  Um, I think they can hear you in Stockholm, frankly.  You're really loud! 

BHU:  Duh, for a reason!  If you responded quicker I'd stop.  When are you gonna catch on??  Poppy gets it . . . just another reason why he is  now my PPP.

PATTY:  Yeah, well you know how I hate to be manipulated.  I have to say I'm very impressed by your repertoire and your vocal range.  I've often thought about recording your "songs"; I think there's at least an album's worth.

BHU:  I am pretty talented in that way.

PATTY:  Let's also delve into your diet.  While you were once a very finicky eater who had favorites and rarely deviated, you have turned into an unpredictable experimenter!  You seem to get bored with your food quickly.  We're running out of choices!

BHU:  I don't see you eating the same thing every day, day after day; why should I?

PATTY:  So, what's a typical day for Bhu?

BHU:  Sleep, eat, pee, poo, get pets.  Sometimes I let you brush me and I'm okay with that now. 

PATTY:  You will be 19 years old in one month.  Are you excited?

BHU:  It is what it is.  Time for a nap!

My new Primary Pet Provider.  He does a good job!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Poison Ivy -- WHY?!?

I'm such a happy-looking plant!  Why do I cause such misery??
 PATTY:  Yes, we have a poison ivy patch in a most difficult place:  the ditch at the edge of our yard.  I won't use toxic chemicals*, so I'm going to use this recipe made from kitchen ingredients:

3 cups vinegar
1/2 cup salt
1 tbsp dish detergent
Mix, spray, repeat in a week

Bhu doesn't have to worry about the poison ivy because he never ventures beyond the walls of this abode, but if your kitteh likes to wander in the open air and you are concerned about what plants (s)he might be cozying up to out there, check out this blog post "Cats and Poison Ivy." 

P.S.  Bhu is sleeping, but I can tell he wants to say "Hi!"
*The over-the-counter brands of weed killer will kill everything, including enormous trees that will cost over a thousand dollars to have professionally removed.  Just sayin'.