Dear Santa Paws,
It’z Lexi, you know Dezi’z big sisfur. Well, she’z purrobably bigger than me wiff all dat floof, but I’z older. She wanted to write her own letter thiz year so mommy sed we kuld each give ya’ a holler. I know you’re pawful bizee at thiz time of year so I won’t keep you long, but I do have a few requestz. Dezi mentioned dat a lot of our furiendz have had a ruff year and a vizit from you wuld really cheer ‘em right up. I know all our kitty furiendz wuld enjoy sum nip and treatz and maybe even a few new toyz. Those nip nana’s are at da top of da lizt. We fink mommy lozt ourz, but they sure are great. Several of them don’t have a cat tree and az Dezi purrobably told ya’, we really lubz ourz. A good cat tree goez a long way to makin’ a cat happy. Our doggy furiendz like to chew; and let me tell ya’ they can never get too many chew toyz. Anywayz, mozt of them will purrobably write ya’, so I juzt azk dat ya’ take speshul notice, cuz they’ve all been real good thiz year.
Ya’ know we never met till a kupple yearz ago so maybe you don’t know ‘bout my beginninz. I waz born in a back yard and lozt my kitty mommy at da same time. Ifin not fur mommy I wulda been dead or at bezt a shelter kitty. Ya’ know it’z juzt not fair dat sum of us get furever homez and sum don’t. I sure hope you can help find furever homez fur all thoze amazin’ shelter anipalz. None of them belong in cagez and all of ‘em deserve to be lubbed. They ain’t in shelterz cuz they’ve been bad. They juzt got dealt a bad hand thru no fault of their own. Da shelterz kuld all uze sum extra green paperz to help take care of all their chargez, and food and litter and treatz. They even need thingz like paper towelz, real towelz, cleanin’ suppliez and volunteerz. Shelterz and rescuez alwayz need more volunteerz. So ifin you kuld sprinkle sum of dat holiday cheer duzt on sum folkz and give ‘em da idea to help out, dat wuld be purretty pawsum.
Then there’z thoze kittiez what have to live outside all da time. Again, it’z not their fault. Truzt me, no kitty truly wantz to be outside in da freezin’ cold or burnin’ hot. They don’t like starvin’ and bein’ afraid all da time. There’z a lot of pawsum peepz out there what do a lot fur da feral and stray kittiez, but like everypawdy elze, they need green paperz, food and more help too. And so many communitiez still don’t recognize dat TNR iz da beztezt way to deal wiff da feral pawpulationz and juzt wanna kill every kitty they see. Maybe sum of dat holiday cheer duzt wuld do them sum good too. We don’t have any money and we know peepz gotta pay fur da giftz you bring; but ifin you kuld make an exception just thiz once and give all thoze peepz what help da feralz and strayz a little sumfin’ extra and a meowzy big fank you from us, I wuld be extremely grateful. Those peepz go out to tend their coloniez no matter what be goin’ on in their livez or wiff da weather and rarely get even a nod.
Like Dezi sed, we don’t spect you’ll be stoppin’ by our place, but I’ll be out wiff Dezi wavin’ at ya’ as you pass by. I don’t know ifin it’z sumfin’ you can do, but I have da beztezt mommy in da univerze and she duz so much fur Dezi and me and we wuld so like our mommy to feel special fur a day. I really hit da jackpot when I found mommy. Now dat I have dat kidney diseaze mommy worriez all da time. I sure wish you kuld stop dat, but I don’t think that’s your department Santa. Mommy getz me and Dezi da beztezt food she can afford and offen goez wiffout herself to do it. She sez she duzn’t mind and I can tell ya’ she duzn’t. She wuld never complain cuz she lubz us too much. Cuz of her I don’t really have need of anything. I iz blezt and I know it.
We had sum tuff timez thiz year and needed help getting’ to da VET or getting’ thoze nomz, and sum of our pawsum furiendz stepped up to help. I sure hope you can give them all a little sumfin’ extra. We sure do purreshayte ‘em. We don’t know where we’d be wiffout all our amazin’ furiendz. We sure hope you will fill up their Christmas wish listz. I’ll be signin’ off fur now, but be sure ya’ take a second and third look at our furiendz listz and do your beztezt to fill ‘em. We’ll be sendin’ purrayerz to all and wavin’ at ya’ from da porch. I’ll be da one wiff da green eyez by da crazy Southern Belle Ragdoll. Juzt kiddin’, I’z hit da jackpot wiff minez sisfur too. Dezi iz da beztezt. Anywayz, give minez lubb to everypawdy there and take care.
Laramie Alexandra (Lexi)
According To State Law sed…
Meowllo evewypawdy, hope all is well wiff ya’. And yes, me will splain da title of meez posty, don’t worry. Altho’ weez hope weez not get kicked outta da Bloggin’ A to Z challenge we can’t pawlogize fur missin’ yesfurday. And once you hear why, weez guessin’ quite a foo of ya’ wulda dun da same fing. Anyways, furst let me say dat da letter fur today be K. Well now ain’t dat special. Sis Lexi and me be grown kittens. And wuldn’t ya’ know it, kittens stawts wiff a K. Yep dat’s wight meez gunna do a little talkin’ today ‘bout kittens. Me wuz born in November but sis Lexi wuz born in Apwil almost 16 years ago. Yep she’ll be havin’ a Meowday (birffday) this mumff on da 29ff. Udder than makin’ an announcement ‘bout hers Meowday what duz dat have to do wiff anyfin’ yous ask? Well a lot ifin yous work in a shelter or kitty wescue. See kittens can be born any time of year these days cuz mowe and mowe of us live inside where wedder is conducive to year wound bweedin’. But ow outside counterpawts swing into high gear duwin’ this time of year and da wesult is sumfin’ wescuers call Kitten season.
Yep a season full of kittens. Shelters and wescues awe gunna be ovewflowin’ fur da next little bit cuz so many cats wemain unaltered (spayed/neutered). A kitten can stawt wepurrducin’ as early as 4 months. And yes me sed kitten, cuz at dat age they still be kittens. And they have no business havin’ babies. A litter can consist of any where tween 3 – 12 kittens. Sissy wuz 1 of 3 and me wuz da last of 11. And even tho’ weez boff pure breeds still we ended up needin’ wescuein’. See it dusn’t matter how purretty we awe, or what twaits and attwibutes we might have, ny of us can end up in a shelter or wescue. And at this time of year, these organizations whose wesources awe alweady stwetched to da limits, must deal wiff a pawpulation explosion evewy year.
Shelters and wescues can use donations of gween papers and supplies year wound, but specially this time of year. They need food and litter, blankets, toys, medicine, cleanin’ supplies, and volunteers just to name a foo. So we encourage you to check wiff yous local shelters or wescues to see how you can help. Maybe yous finkin’ ‘bout fostewin’. Mommy sez it’s vewy wewardin’ to know dat you saved a life and helped it to get a furever home of it’s own. Or maybe yous can help clean cages or purrticipate in spay/neuter clinics. Or maybe yous a fantabulous fotogwafur and can take fotos of da kitties up fur adoption to put up on websites. There’s sumfin’ dat evewypawdy can do. And ifin yous adoptin’ a kitty to shawe yous luv wiff, member to spay and neuter. It not only cuts down on da overpawpulation fing but also helps to keep yous furry furiend healffy.
Now fur da weason we wuz absent yesfurday. As weez told you afur we live in a vewy small town and doon’t have a shelter here. What we have is mowe of an old fashioned dog pound. Da peeps here be so backwards they still fink a bullet is da appwopwiate way to euthanize an animal. Many peeps and gwoups have twied to make changes to these purractices to no avail. Anyways, we do have new weaders, so me had to give yous a little back stowry afur we continued. Ow town has city council meetings evewy couple of weeks to discuss da goin’s on in ow town. Da last meetin’ wuz last week. Well ow neighbor mr. W bwought da newspaper down fur mommy to wead on Caturday cuz hims wanted to see ifin hims kuld get her all wiled up. Fur sum weason peeps like to get meez mommy all outta sorts. Anyways, seems dat duwin’ this meetin’ a discussion awose ‘bout kitty cats and how peeps not be keepin’ ‘em confined to their house. Well da city council sed dat ow towns “shelter” isn’t equipped to house cats, never has been and never will be. And dat accordin’ to State law all cats awe classified as FERAL and must be dealt wiff diffewently than dogs.
What’s dat? Oklahoma state law classifies cats as FERAL? Hmmmmmm Why is it then dat we have to have vaccinations? Or be licensed? And just how come there be shelters fwuout da state that house, and wehome cats evewy day? And why is it a cwime in this state to abuse a kitty cat? Well mommy wuz livid!! Her wuz angwy at da ignowance of city council members and da newspaper. Awen’t newpapers posed to investigate and weport facts? Cuz they didn’t even put quotation mawks wound dat statement. Well altho’ weez lived here in Oklahoma fur quite a foo years now mommy sed she knew she didn’t know all da laws and maybe she missed sumfin’. So she ‘cided to find out da twuff. Awe we of da feline purrsuasion classified as FERAL in this here state?
Mommy spent da entire weekend lookin’ up laws. And da only feral animal evew discussed wuz hogs. Yep we have feral hogs in Oklahoma. But nuffin’ ‘bout cats bein’ feral. So when Monday wolled wound, mommy got on da fone and hers search continued. Mommy is now discussin’ this ignowant statement/belief wiff members of da Oklahoma State Senate; cuz nopawdy else in da state has evew heard such nonsense. And da Senate wuz quite innewested in just why ow town still be usin’ bullets to solve their “stway” purrawllem. We don’t zactly have an answer fur ya’ today, cuz they’ll be getting’ back to us once they wesearch and look into this matter, but weez can purretty safely say dat da species Felidae is NOT classified as FERAL by da state of Oklahoma. Weez’ll keep ya’ updated and mommy’s gunna be writin’ a letter to da editor and contactin’ da city council ‘bout this. Mommy fawt settin’ da wecord stwaight wuz mowe purrtant than visitin’ or a posty. But weez back now and as soon as we get da word weez’ll tell ya’ zactly what da Senate sez.
Till da next time…………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Dezi and Lexi
Meowllo everypawdy, it’s almost da weekend again. And dat means sum good news fur us. (paws cwossed) It’s posed to be in da low 50’s. Dat ain’t what we call warm…but at least it’s above fureezin’. Well anyways, on to today’s posty which be ‘bout bein’ da change fur da anipals of da world, or at least yous awea of it. You know there be so much yous can do to make a diffewence in da lives of da animals in da shelters. You can donate munny, items fwum their wish list. Twust me all shelters hav a wish list. They’re always in need of food and litter and blankeys, and all kinds of udder supplies. But what ifin yous like us and don’t hav no munny to giv or fings to donate? Dat’s okay too. Yous can giv of yous selff and yous time. Fink ‘bout volunteerin’. Again, shelters awe always in need. Cages need to be cleaned and anipals need to be fed and socialized. You know what? Ifin you live sumwwhere dat dusn’t allow you to hav pets (we can’t magine why), volunteerin’ kuld just be yous answer. You kuld go and play wiff da anipals and luv on them and giv them tweats and all just like they belong to you. And hopefully all yous helpin’ ‘em out will get them furever homes even quicker. Fur sure it’d make their stay a little bwighter.
And then there’s always da stway and ferals. Ifin you hav any in yous neighborhood you can make sure they be altered so there’s no more unwanted litters. You know TNR. And of course they always need food and shelter. And we just posted sum weally cheap ways to make a shelter out of a cawdboard box. And you can get those fur da furee fwum local gwocers ifin yous not hav any hangin’ wound. And purrlease member, they be skeered not mean, so they kuld also use a luvvin’ and carin’ voice.
As fur us, now dat last year is behind us and we fur sure awe hopin’ all da bads be over, mommy plans to go back to hers volunteer work. Altho’ headin’ off duwin’ this cold snap isn’t weally hers idea of havin’ fun. We hope da wedder clears up soon. We hope you enjoy ow cutesy cover fotos, and lets all band togedder to make this year da best year fur change. It’s fur da anipals. Everypawdy can do sumfin’, no matter yous financial status, yous ability or disability, or anyfin’ else. We, da anipals want you.
Till da nex time………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Dezi and Lexi