Sunday, September 1, 2013

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Interview with Christina

Snickers:  Hiya, BCR-ers!  We've just added the newest member of the BCR family!  I'm so excited!!  Aren't you?? No Pressure though!   Please make a warm welcome for Christina!!  Many of you may be familiar with her from the box openings but I thought we would interview her in a little more detail.  First things first..

Snickers:  Where is it that you live, Christina?

Christina:  I also reside in St Pauls, NC.. not far from you and the other furbabies at all!! 

Snickers:  You do seem to have a lot of love for, as you say, furbabies.  Do you have any babies of your own?  furry or not?

Christina: I'm a mother of two wonderful girls, ages twelve and ten, and they are thrilled about my new job at BlindCat.  Our family as a whole are huge.. no, wait.. HUGE animal lovers!!  My first day out to BlindCat, my girls yelled from the porch as I pulled away "you make sure you do your best so you can be with the kitties!" So sweet those girls are! I also have my own furbaby.  Her name is Princess FiFi.  She is a beautiful long hair, black and white with big bright wonderful eyes.

Snickers:  Maybe you could give her my number but I digress.  How are you enjoying being here at BCR?

Christina:   I've been at BCR for about a week now and it's so great.  The people here and all of you are amazing and so welcoming.  Then there are the cats, oh the cats!  They are fantastic!  So many sweet and loving guys in one place!  I'm having a great time at BCR even if it's chasing Mickey all over.. that scamp!

Snickers:  That Mickey is something!  Aside from Mickey, how are the other cats treating you?

Christina:  Since I've been at BCR, I've felt nothing but warmth and love from sweet kisses from Ms. Zoe to my latest hairstyle from Chester.  I could go on for days about each of those fabulous babies.

Snickers:  Well, you're doing a pretty okay job so far...  we'll see if you can handle it or not.  ^.^

Christina:  I'm so tired and sore but oh my gee golly, it couldn't be more rewarding.  I'm so lucky to have gotten this opportunity and I hope to make all these guys and you happy I was chosen!

Snickers:  Christina, i'm so glad that you have taken the time to sit down with us and introduce yourself to all of us and the wonderful people that help us everyday.

Christina:  Thank you for having me, Snickers.  I hope to be around for a very long time!!

There you have it.  Our newest gal, Christina.  She is our newest night helper and look for her during tour time.  Time for me to go!  I have official kitty business to attend to..  Bye, all!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Snickers Open House interview with Marla

Hello Everyone:



Snicker here and I got to spend our August open house with so many great people. Thank you EVERYONE !!!  It was great to visit with Baron, Jill, Robin and so many others.



And, I got to interview two of our human visitors and a fellow blind cat visitor.

Welcome Katherine and Seth, and Marla.

Katherine:  Thank you, Snicker!

Seth:  Thank you, Snicker!

Snicker:   If I remember right, this is your 2nd visit to us?

Katherine:   It sure is.  We came last summer for the first time.

Seth:   Right.  We came last year just for a short visit.  We love it here.  Especially meeting you, Snicker.  You’re a rock star!  We also loved meeting Riley and all the residents.  As we left, we knew we’d come back.


Snicker:   So how did you find us?

 Seth:  Marla gets to tell this story, but I found BCR before we adopted her.  I was looking for information and Alana was a huge help advising us on adopting and caring for what I call “a unique quality cat.” Alana told me “Marla is a cat, she just can’t see.” 

Katherine:  Like a lot of people, we had the total wrong idea about blind cats – that they were handicapped.  Alana set us straight and our visit to BCR just reinforced the truth, which is that blind cats are cats, they just can’t see!  That’s been true with Marla all along.  She’s amazing.

Snicker:   So Marla, welcome to BCR!  Nice to have a fellow BC as a visitor – especially one that lives with such cool humans!



Marla:   Thank you, Snicker.

Snicker:  So Marla, I believe that you are the first “outside” blind cat to visit us here.  I hear you came from Annapolis, Maryland.  That’s pretty far.  How do you like it so far?

Marla:   First, I want to say thanks to everyone for making a place for me to hang out while my humans visit you.  This is my first big trip and I’ve been all the way to Blowing Rock, NC!  My folks didn’t want me to be alone in a strange hotel (even though I always figure out what’s what in the rooms) so they brought me here.  Thanks for finding me such a comfortable place and for all the toys!  I heard LOTS of stuff going on.  Chance and Snicker greeted me and I figured out that there are some new arrivals in this room too.  I’ve only really been around one other cat, my adopted older sister Sophie, so I will admit that all the sounds and smells do have me a little nervous.

Snicker:  Where is Sophie?

Marla:  She stayed home with my other adopted brother, Gus.  Sophie went to Blowing Rock in June but she didn’t really enjoy the travel.  So, my folks decided I got to come on this trip to visit where mom’s parents live and then to here for a few days.  I loved roaming around the house and sitting by the screen door listening to the birds and smelling all the mountain air!

Snicker:  So how did you find your parents?

Marla:   I didn’t have such a good start in life.  I was sitting in a street in the rain and a car was coming toward me.  I didn’t feel good at all so I just sat there.  The nice lady rescued me and I ended up with a volunteer who worked with a rabbit rescue in Maryland.  It took them a while to figure out that I can’t see.  I had some really bad breathing problems and a runny nose.  But they made me feel better and I started thinking things might be ok.  My foster mom placed an ad in Petfinder.   Dad said he took one look at my picture and he was gone!   They came to meet me in town close by and a couple of weeks later, I moved to my house!  I am very happy now and I feel good, too.
  
Snicker:  How long have you been there?

Marla:   Three years now.

Snicker:  How are you and Sophie and Gus getting along?

Marla:   Well, Gus doesn’t come in the house, he has something called FIV and diabetes.  But he has his own little house in our garage and hangs out in our back yard.  He came when his owner, our neighbor, passed away.   Mom and Dad love him a lot.  He’s been an indoor-outdoor cat all his life.  Dad rearranged the garage to Gus can live in there, with a radio, bed, ac and even heat!  I hear that there’s a video camera so they can make sure he’s ok.  Sophie and I are still working on getting along.  She hisses at me a lot and sometimes it startles me so I jump to get at that sound.  This is my first real home and I want to be in charge so I’m adjusting to Sophie being the “bigger Sister.”  She’s still getting used to me, too. 

Snicker:  So, was Sophie alone before you were adopted?

Marla:   No.  I hear that she had a bigger brother and sister, but they both crossed the Rainbow Bridge in 2010.  That made her very sad.  Mom and Dad, too.  She got to say goodbye to her brother, Rooney, who she loved a lot.  I think she’s still sad.


Snicker:  Sounds like things are working out pretty well, Marla!  I’m happy for all of you and I hope you’ll come back soon!  I’m glad you and your folks came to Open House!


Friday, August 2, 2013

Snickers Exclusive with Edward

SNICKER: Hey everyone! I'm back and I'm here to do an exclusive interview with Edward! Recently we found out that you have Lymphoma. How have you been handling the news?



EDWARD: Well, I'm not exactly happy about the diagnosis. I'd love to live a long life with the people I love and who love me in return. I'm not depressed and worried, because I know I'll get to see Bella again, but the thought of an impending death is awfully unsettling.

SNICKER: Who is Bella?



EDWARD: Bella is my beautiful sister. She died of FIP about 4 months ago. She was such a sweet and gentle soul. I do miss her very much and I can't wait to see her again. Everyone loved her. When she died a few months ago everyone was so sad. Unfortunately for us, we're FELV+ cats. It's really just like having a time stamp that says when you'll pass. We're lucky to make it past 3 years. Most of us don't.

SNICKER: That's so sad! 

EDWARD: Yeah, kinda I guess. If you had FELV you would understand that it's not as scary as you might think. We comes to terms with our immortality. We realize that everyday is special. We do what we can with what we have. We know that we need to love as strongly as possible. When we are given love, we soak it up and relish it, in its entirety.

SNICKER: So you're ready to pass?



EDWARD: I don't think I'm "ready" to pass, but I have lived an amazing life, and if I passed away today, I would have no regrets.

SNICKER: Wow, you sound so strong and sure of everything. 

EDWARD: I have to be. I've had time to think about it. Besides, I still have friends who count on me. Liza, for example, is my best friend. I want to be happy and spend as much time with her as possible. She's just such a great cat, and she's made my life that much better.





SNICKER: So I hear you have to go to the doctor every 2 days, what are they doing to you there?

EDWARD: I am having fluid removed from my lungs. The lymphoma is producing liquid and it has to be drained.

SNICKER: Does it hurt?

EDWARD: It feels like a small pinch I suppose. Not too bad. I stay calm because I know they're doing everything they can to save me and make me as comfortable as possible. 

SNICKER: Wow. You're such a brave cat! You are an inspiration. What would you like to say to the people who will miss you?


EDWARD: Live your life to the fullest! Do as I do, and live in love and light. Be as happy as possible at all times. If something doesn't make you happy, don't do it! It's just that simple! Life is the longest thing you'll ever do, but it's unbelievably short. If you love someone, tell them. Do you best to never be sad and don't fret over me when I'm gone. I know it's sad to lose someone you love, but never forget the ones still living. They need you now more than I do. I want you all to know how much I love and adore you. I will be watching over you. 

SNICKER: You are such a great cat. I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to me today. Thank you so much Edward. I wish you the very best.

Looking outside at the vets office before dying in my arms,  7/30/13
Good bye Sweet Edward,  you were loved and will be missed!



Written by Snicker
Edited by Jennifer

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Holly Dolly

SNICKER: Today we've got Holly here to talk about how she came to be here at BCR! Holly, it's great to see you girl, how are you today?





HOLLY: I'm great! Just got done soaking up the sun and rolling in the grass. 

SNICKER: Great! So tell us your story! I want to know everything!

HOLLY: Okay, well, I was with a family for about 11 long and loving years... before they dropped me off at the pound.

SNICKER: WHAT?!!? They dropped you at the pound? Oh my gosh! After 11 years?

HOLLY: Yeah. I was just as shocked as you, believe me. I was heartbroken. I couldn't believe they'd just leave me at the pound. I was such a great cat to them. 

SNICKER: Oh wow. I'm so sorry Holly. What happened next?

HOLLY: Well, since I'm a purebred Persian, a local rescue group was going to pull me out of the pound. Unfortunately for me, I tested FELV+...

SNICKER: Wait... Then why aren't you in the FELV room?

HOLLY: Well, I'm not actually FELV+.

SNICKER: Wait, I thought you just said...

HOLLY: I tested FELV+ on an unreliable test. I was tested later after I arrived here and I am not FELV+

SNICKER: Well, I bet that was a relief for you!

HOLLY: Well, not really... At the point I wanted to lay down and die anyway. I was so depressed...

SNICKER: Oh no...

HOLLY: Well, anyway, BCR was contacted about me and I was sent here. 

SNICKER: Great!

HOLLY: At the time it wasn't for me. Like I said, I wanted to die. I had just lost every single thing I had known. 

SNICKER: What happened when you got to BCR?

HOLLY: Well, after I got to BCR, my blood pressure skyrocketed and I lost my eyesight after I got here.

SNICKER: Woah! You weren't always blind? So what is it like to be able to see? That's so amazing!   (Alana's note,  sadly the only picture we have of Holly with eyes is a very bad copy of a copy picture on a piece of paper.  She lost her eyes the day after arriving)

HOLLY: Well, seeing is great, but absolutely not necessary. I do just as fine without as I did with.  It's kind of hard to explain what seeing is like. Everything has a shape or a color. It's like a picture in your head at all times. Instead of seeing things with our whiskers and our hearing you things take shape. They look more vivid than your imagination. 

SNICKER: Well, I'm not sure that was a good way to describe sight, but I suppose I understand what you're saying. So what happened next?



HOLLY: Well, like I said, I lost my sight. I don't think things could have gotten any worse. I lost my family, my eyesight, and my will to live. I just wanted to be left alone to die in peace. Didn't I at least deserve to die in peace? Apparently not, because Alana wouldn't give up on me. At one point I had a feeding tube because I stopped eating. I didn't want to be touched. I was a complete mess Snicker. I really let life get me down. At this point in my life, I'm actually a little ashamed at how depressed I was.

SNICKER: No need to be ashamed. You lost everything. I totally understand being depressed about that. 

HOLLY: So... I was a mess. Well, it was around fall and I was still depressed but it was a beautiful fall day. It was a nice cool 70 degrees out and the birds were out like crazy. I went to the door and just sat there, looking pitiful I suppose, I love the outside. Alana looked at me long and hard and decided that it would be a good idea to let me out. So she opened the door and I ran out as fast as my little legs would carry me!

SNICKER: Oh my! What happened next?

HOLLY: I ran to the grass and started rolling around! I love being outside!!! I was so happy. I couldn't believe it. I've heard people say that being out in nature can really cure depression, but I never really believed it until that moment. I felt all my pain and despair start to dissipate. It was such an uplifting moment in my life. 

SNICKER: Oh wow!!!

HOLLY: Yeah! It wasn't long after that, that I started eating and the feeding tube was taken out.



SNICKER: That is so amazing! I'm so happy for you!

HOLLY: So, now I'm a lobby cat, and I have a way to get into the backyard whenever I feel the need to decompress. 

SNICKER: That was such a great story! So, what do you think of Blind Cat Rescue.

HOLLY: BCR saved my life. If it wasn't for Alana, I would have completely given up my life a long time ago. She's an angel and I love BCR. 




SNICKER: I agree! Well Holly! I am so glad everything turned out so well for you even after having such a rough life. We're glad you're here. We love you! Thanks for coming in for this interview! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Introducing Maggie & Angel

Maggie & Angel are BCR's longest residents. They arrived in 2006

Maggie started out with a loving owner who, unfortunately for Maggie, passed away. The family of the deceased owner decided that they didn't want the responsibility of this beautiful baby, and sent her to their local humane society. 

While in this humane society, Maggie contracted an upper respiratory infection and lost her eyesight. Just think, losing the one you love, being put in a humane shelter, and then losing your eyesight. To make matters worse, the humane society decided that because couldn't see, they were going to put her down.

Picture when she arrived  in 2006

Thankfully for Maggie, a very kind volunteer was watching the entire incident. She told the humane society that if they didn't fix her and hand Maggie over to her, she would go to the press. They did just that and Maggie was now on her way to a foster home that this amazing volunteer found for her.

Angel was born blind and found herself in the SAME humane society as Maggie had been in. Angel was pulled from the humane society and placed in the SAME foster home as Maggie. This is where Maggie and Angel first met.  Unfortunately for them, their lives aren't easy yet.

Angel 2006


The man who was fostering our two beautiful girls was only supposed to have two pets in his home. He was fostering nine cats! The landlord came in and told him to get rid of seven cats or to find a new home. The man had to call the rescue back up and tell them he couldn't foster Maggie, Angel, and five other cats. 
The rescue had to do something immediately! It's not easy placing one cat on such short notice, let alone seven. 

Blind Cat Rescue was just getting up and running when we received a call from the  rescue saying that they had two blind cats who desperately needed a home. Of course we said yes. Maggie and Angel have been with us the longest and we're happy to have them in our lives. 

Angel is a sweet loving girl with long fluffy hair. She just wants to show you how much love she has to give, and if you're lucky enough to meet her, I guarantee her loving heart will change you for the better. 

Angel Now 


Maggie is a slightly over weight kitty who was recently diagnosed with diabetes which we are working on getting under control. Despite everything she has been through, she's still as sweet and loving as ever. She doesn't care much for other cats, she really loves to be left alone unless you're a human willing to give lots of loving. She is a lobby cat and loves it that way. 

Maggie now


Angel loves soft things, especially the fluffy fleece blankets and the beds that she can curl up in. She loves the new Weruva  Cat's in the kitchen  wet food that we've been feeding her.
You can find it on our Amazon wish list  :)   http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/14VUTQST8F5XH 



Maggie loves things that surround her. She loves to sleep in the Fish, pineapple and strawberry beds that people send. She is not a big fan of wet food, and because she has diabetes we are trying out a special type of low carbohydrate dry food. 




If you'd like to send our cats something special you can go to our Amazon wishlist.


They love getting new things and especially love box opening. We open boxes  at 6:30pm EST live on Ustream.  http://www.ustream.tv/blindcatrescue     The cats absolutely enjoy it, so feel free to check us out!


Friday, July 19, 2013

Interview with some employees!

SNICKER: Today is a very special blog entry. We are interviewing the employees of BCR!! Let's start with Jennifer! Jennifer, how are you?





JENNIFER: I'm great! Thanks for asking!

SNICKER: So tell me, how did you hear about BCR? 

JENNIFER: Well, I know a great woman named Robin! She loves BCR and brought me to an Open House last November. I was hooked.

SNICKER: Oh! I love Robin. She does all of our great pictures! 


JENNIFER: Yep, she's very talented!

SNICKER: So, what did you like most when you came to BCR for the first time?

JENNIFER: I loved the fact that the cats all have a forever home, are well cared for, and very loved. It just seemed like a place I really wanted to be. I feel in love with Meadow the first time I came. She was so sweet. 

SNICKER: Aww! So how did you hear about an opening?

JENNIFER: Well, Robin told me about an opening. I immediately emailed BCR! I had an interview and the rest is history!

SNICKER: Awesome! I'm glad you got a job here. We love you!! 

JENNIFER: Thanks Snicker. I love everyone here!

SNICKER: So, tell me, who is your favorite  cat?

JENNIFER: Well, I don't have just one favorite. 

SNICKER: Well, give me your top 10!

JENNIFER: Hmm... Okay... Boots, Noah, Felix, Kellar, Candy, Mickey, Socks, Scotty, Edward, and Sierra. In no particular order. I have lots of others though!!!

SNICKER: Well geez! You do have a lot of favorites. So, what do you do here at BCR?

JENNIFER: I do chores like laundry, dishes, and feeding. I give the night time medicines. I play with the kitties. I write the Blind Cat Rescue blog, open boxes at 6:30pm EST, post Instagram pictures, post on Facebook and chat with the Ustream and Youtube viewers. If you'd like to check out some of the things I do you can check them out on these links.

SNICKER: Wow! Awesome. Thanks for all the links! So tell me, what's your least favorite chore here at BCR?

JENNIFER: I would definitely have to say my least favorite chore is cleaning the litter boxes. I definitely do not enjoy that. 

SNICKER: Well, let me say, I appreciate you cleaning out my litter box!

JENNIFER: Well, thank you Snicker! I'm glad you appreciate it!

SNICKER: Okay Jennifer, I have to go interview other people, but I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me. 

JENNIFER: No problem! Have a great day!

SNICKER: Next we're going to talk to Stephanie! Hi Steph! How are you and can you tell us how you heard about Blind Cat Rescue?



STEPHANIE: I heard about BCR online and I'm doing fantastic, thanks for asking!

SNICKER: Great! I'm happy to hear that! So you heard about us online. What made you decide that you wanted to work here?

STEPHANIE: I liked the fact that BCR adopts cats that no one else would adopt. It just seems like a great organization to be associated with. I love animals, especially cats and I was just so happy with the work that goes on here, I just felt like I had to be a part of it!

SNICKER: Yeah, a lot of great things are happening here at BCR. Lots of love!  So, I know you have to have a favorite... Who is your favorite cat?

STEPHANIE: Well, I have a lot of favorites... Can I pick a few?

SNICKER: Sure. 

STEPHANIE: Well then my favorites are Hermes, Candy, Smudge, Sierra, Honey, Felix, Pixie, Sandy, and of course YOU!

SNICKER: Aww. You're just saying that because I'm the one interviewing you! You're just being nice!

STEPHANIE: No way Snicker. I definitely mean it! I love you! You're awesome!!!

SNICKER: Aww, well that means a lot to me! I'm glad you love me so much. I love you too! So what do you do here at BCR?

STEPHANIE: I clean, feed, and medicate. I also play with the kitties and I give awesome tours at 12 p.m  and 3 pm. EST!!! 

SNICKER: Oh yeah, I heard you give awesome tours!!!

STEPHANIE: I do give awesome tours! The chore I dislike the most has definitely got to be dishes. I hate washing dishes! 

SNICKER: Ha ha! I bet. I hate water, so I bet I wouldn't like doing the dishes either! Okay Stephanie, I've got someone else to interview, so I'll talk to you later. Have a great day!!!

SNICKER: Now I'm here with Sydney! Glad to have you here Sydney! So, can you tell me how you heard about Blind Cat Rescue?



SYDNEY: Thanks Snicker, I'm happy to be here. I heard about BCR through Robesonian website. 

SNICKER: Okay, cool. So what, you say the job ad and thought, heck yeah, I'd love to have a job with cats?

SYDNEY: Pretty much. I thought it would be great to play with 90 cats everyday! I was correct! This job is fantastic. I love the cats!

SNICKER: So, who is your favorite?

SYDNEY: I have a few favorites. Bear, Meadow, Candy, Smudge, Jager, and Felix.

SNICKER: Great! So, what are your duties here at BCR?

SYDNEY: I medicate, feed and water, clean, and play with the cats.

SNICKER: What is the chore you hate the most?

SYDNEY: Cleaning up hairballs, they're squishy! I hate hairballs!

SNICKER: Ha ha ha!!! I hate hairballs too! I bet you've never had to hack one up. You get a whole new perspective on them. Very gross. Okay Sydney, we've run out of time. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I hope you have a great day and I can't wait to see you again. Bye everyone!!!

Written by: Snicker
Edited by: Jennifer

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Raffle

SNICKER: Hey! I'm back! Today we're going to talk about the raffle. I'm especially excited to talk about the raffle, because, well, I don't know what the heck a raffle is! Our special guest is... 

ALANA!!!!! Or mom as most of us here at BCR like to call her. So, uhh, what the heck is a raffle? It sounds like some sort of fluffy toy!

ALANA: Ha ha ha. No, not a fluffy toy. A raffle is a drawing of tickets that everyone buys.  Each ticket that we draw out of the box we will give someone a prize.


SNICKER: So... It's like a lottery, but you win stuff instead of money?

ALANA: Yep. 

SNICKER: So what are you raising the money for?

ALANA: For you of course! You and all your brothers and sisters. The money from the raffle will help cover vet costs, food, cleaning supplies, toys,  the roof over your head, the employees that come and keep your house cleaned, the power that gives you nice cool air conditioning and much more that all of you need to be happy and healthy kitties. 

SNICKER: Wow! Really? That's awesome. I know we have a lot of vet costs here. Especially with the surgeries and all. Like Candy's ear surgery for example. How much will that cost?

ALANA: Last year we spent over $81,000 on vet costs.  Candy's operation was over $3,000!

SNICKER: WHAT?!!? Wow, that is alot of money!!! :)   So this raffle will definitely come in handy! That's great! So, what kind of prizes can someone win in this raffle?

ALANA: Well, we have all sorts of things! We have a trip to BCR Airline ticket max. price of $500. 1 night pajama party at the shelter, and one night at the local Day's Inn. 32 GB Black Ipad with Wifi. 4 One-Day Disney Park Hopper Passes. Valued at $124. each. We have a bunch more prizes. If you'd like to see what you can win, you can go to this website:
http://blindcatrescue.com/2013Raffle.html    It also has all the rules and regulations.



SNICKER: That's awesome!!! I can't wait to see who wins the trip to BCR and the pajama party! It's going to be so much fun! What about those of us who like to sleep au natural?

ALANA: Ha ha. You can sleep nude all you'd like Snicker, but I think every human attending should be wearing clothes! Can you imagine being naked and having Chester try to climb up your back? That would not be fun!



SNICKER: Great point! How much are the tickets?

ALANA:  Only $10 for each opportunity to win one of these great prizes!!



SNICKER: $10? Wow! That's cheap! Especially for all the really cool things you can win! Like the trip to BCR!!! How long is the contest running?

ALANA: The contest started at 12:01 a.m. EST 07/01/2013 and ends 11:59 p.m. EST 8/31/2013.

SNICKER: Oh! It ends on Jennifer's birthday! Random facts!

ALANA: Happy early birthday Jennifer!

SNICKER: How do I pay for a ticket?

ALANA: If you go to the link that I gave you, you will see where you can buy a ticket, all the rules and regulations, the date of the raffle, and all the great prizes. I'll give you the link again:
http://blindcatrescue.com/2013Raffle.html



SNICKER: Thanks Mom ! I am super excited about this raffle and I know everyone else is as well! Thank you so much for explaining it to me! I can't wait to see who wins what! I appreciate you letting me interview you!

ALANA: Thank you Snicker! Bye everyone!