Saturday, June 29, 2024

Cat Report

I’m a little late getting this posted, but so it goes.

Cat ROOM.  June 28th   Two o'clock Friday


'starved we are Precious, yes.'


Still five cats (and the same five) as last week: 



and JANE MARIE (our semi-seniors)


They ate as if not fed since day before, and this seems to have been the case.

So after they gave due attention to their food bowls they wanted out and wanted attention. 


We had many viewers. Janice shared information to several about volunteering.


As for the individual cats,

JANE MARIE wanted OUT.  And Attention. And Games, esp crinkly paper and string. She and I were buddies today, and spent a lot of time together.  She let me know the string game met with her demanding standards. I'd say she has an ounce of pounce for every pound of cat.




Our young and lively pair liked the string game and also as much of the crinkly as they had time with. Smokey bites paper (some cats do, but it's fairly rare). Late in the shift, Smokey and Jack showed great enthusiasm for the laser pointer.





Jane (and Jack) showing an interest in Outside. Unfortunately too many dogs in the store today and we decided to err on the side of caution.


Chatted with one visitor who identified herself as a fellow volunteer from the Tukwila cat room.  Didn't think to ask her name.



HEALTH concerns.

Jane Marie: spilled cat litter all over the place. Despite this there didn't seem to be much of it.

We worked on her ears some more; think  they look much better now.


--John & Janice 

Friday, June 21, 2024

Mass Shooting in Arkansas

So, I heard today* about the mass shooting in Fordyce, where we lived the year I was in third grade and my sister in seventh and my father the high school principal.  We left after only a year later and didn't keeping in touch with folks from there, but I still have some good memories because there we were all back together again as a family for the last time.

The shooting took place in the parking lot outside The Mad Butcher, a local grocery store (actually a small southern chain), only about a block and a half from where we lived in the Delcro Apartments (#7). 

Not much reporting re. who was the shooter, and why: just what have become the standard in such cases: the number killer and wounded, a closing comment about some bill, currently before Congress or some other legislative body (say a state government) that wd place some mild restriction on gun ownership or pious comment on computer games,  Occasionally some particularly heinous details of this particularly or that murder comes to light (like shooting small children). 

For those of us who remember, it's reminiscent of the Quagmire that was Vietnam, where we cdn't win and wdn't lose.

--And so it goes

--John R. 

*thanks to Pam R. for the news