Monday 28 July 2014

RIP Thatsit ( 29/4/1998 - 28/7/2014 )


Thatsit joined Oimo and Ginga, earlier on today..

Her slow downhill started from the spinal injury, last year.. She went through so much, with those leg sores and everything, and it was ironic that the leg sores had completely healed since, so well that you couldn't even tell that there were ever any sores..

But her walking got worse, and it had come to a point where she couldn't really find a comfortable position, most of the time, and she was only having good moments in the garden, on sunny (or at least dry) days.

I am so grateful, that her final day was mainly sunny, and she got to spend it in the garden where she was the happiest.

She also got as much roast chicken as she wanted, and loads of spray whipped cream, which was usually a very rare treat..

For most of her life, Thatsit did not tolerate being picked up for cuddles - she wanted cuddles when SHE picked the moment, and after a little while, she'd had enough, and she could make it very clear..

Just before the vet arrived, Thatsit allowed me to pick her up and hold her for a long time.. That was beautiful..


Thatsit is buried next to her brother, Oimouttahere, and close to Ginga, the garden cat..

I wrote her a letter, I gave her some of my hair and I took some of hers (my cat funeral ritual..), and I buried her with my "mini me" - the doll I made of myself, some years ago.. That way, she'll always be hugging Mama.. She was wrapped in two pillow cases, one of which spelled LOVE..

I find it beautiful, that Thatsit and Oimo can rest together, forever - they were from the same litter, after all..

Sunday 20 July 2014

Some pictures from my route to work


I love the early mornings and country roads.. These pictures are from last Thursday, on my way to work, from Leshamstown (Co. Meath) to Ballycoolin.


These sunrise ones are just a walking distance from home.. I had to stop and take a few snaps..



The second stop was at a spot where I've stopped before, to take an early morning picture of that same horse =) This time, there was a cow for company..



As I was taking these pictures, I suddenly felt like someone was staring at me.. I turned around, and there was a curious horse across the road, wondering what I was doing =D I took a picture of him/her as well;


Tuesday 1 July 2014

Done with June

My ShutterCal - June 2014
June, in my ShutterCal

June briefly;
Spending more time in Co. Meath, eating lots of Rubik's Cube Pizza while in Bray, found an injured cat on the road in Kilbride (Co. Meath) and took her to Brayvet, no owner was found and I found myself with a new cat (=cats in two counties now..), lots of extra driving between cat and cats, playing with several cameras in Bray, new cat (Cara) in weekend Herald, new Firestone tyres for Esmeralda..

Saturday 28 June 2014

Cara in today's weekend Herald


Cara is featured in today's weekend Herald, in Pete the Vet's column - like Thatsit, last November =D


Early last week, Cara had to stay at the clinic for two nights as I was in Bray. She was microchipped while there, and I have since registered the microchip. Not that she should ever have a chance of going missing, but you never know..


Her favourite spot is the bed. She spends most of her days and nights there =)


Here's one picture from earlier on today =D She was very interested in my camera..

She had to be home alone, last night, because I was in Bray again, but my lovely landlady had dropped in to check up on her, and given her a pouch of wet food in the morning - she had plenty of dry food available all the time, and water, of course. She did great, and didn't even sulk when I came home again =)

Next week, her stitches will be taken out, and she will be vaccinated as well. There is no way of knowing if she has been spayed or not, so I'll just have to wait and see if she will show any obvious signs of not having been spayed.. (After all, she won't be in contact with any male cats who haven't been neutered, so there's no chance of her getting pregnant.)

Sunday 22 June 2014

Cara the cat



Last Tuesday, I was driving to work through Dunshaughlin, Ratoath, and Kilbride (Co. Meath), and just after Kilbride, I saw something on the road.. As I drove closer, I found that the "something" was a little cat, whom someone had injured and just left there to die slowly..

Well, there was no way I could have left the poor baby on the road, so I stopped and picked her up - glad that I had a soft blanket in the car - and put her on the passenger seat. She had blood on her, but didn't seem to have any obvious massive injuries. Still, I was handling her very carefully..

(Soon after, the poor thing fell off the seat, when I had to stop suddenly to avoid killing a hare! Luckily, my bags made it a short and soft fall, but still..)

I was on panic mode as I had about 30 minutes until I was supposed to start working, it was so early in the morning that nothing was open, and I couldn't have just left the little one in the car. So, I went to work, and managed to get the day off.

It was still only about 6am, so no veterinary clinics were open (and I couldn't have afforded to take her to the 24h vets at UCD). I googled on the phone, and found a nearby clinic that would open at 8am, but I decided to take her to Brayvet instead as I know them, and have such good experience with them treating my other cats.

My little friend was very good on the way to Bray (from Ballycoolin), and as soon as Brayvet opened, I took her there. After the first examination, I heard that she had a very badly fractured leg, which would require surgery, and there was a possibility of brain damage, which would be known after the first 24 hours.

It was bad news as I knew I wouldn't have that kind of money, but I didn't want to give up on her as I'd promised her that things would get better.. So, I said I'd cover the first 24h pain medication, and see if I could find some help towards the cost of treatment.

And this is where a real online miracle happened..

My friend, Teemu started a fundraiser page almost instantly after hearing about Cara (whom I'd named by now.. it's an Irish word for "friend", and of course, works in the Italian meaning as well, for a female cat..). And not only that, Teemu also worked for hours, posting the link all over the place, asking for donations.. And by the following morning, we had enough funds to get Cara her surgery and post-op. treatment! (Swedish Delights Malta donated €400!!!)


On Wednesday, after work, I went to see Cara at Brayvet. Andrew the vet showed me the xrays, and it was decided that amputation would be the safest option for Cara, because the fracture would have been very awkward to fix, the leg would never have been "back to normal", she would probably have needed more operations, and maybe even that amputation, if things didn't go right, so instead of putting her through all that, it was a better idea to just amputate the leg (especially as it was a front leg), and let her get on with life. Also, no brain damage, which was great news!


Cara was still drowsy, after the xrays..

On Thursday, I went to Co. Meath again, after work, so didn't visit Cara that day, but she had her amputation surgery, and I phoned a couple of times to ask how she was doing. Everything had went well!


On Friday, I had a day off, so I went to buy some kitty supplies to Co. Meath home. (Thatsit and Pushy are in Bray, so all my cat stuff is there.)


On Friday afternoon, I drove to Bray, and went to see Cara at Brayvet. (Below, a little video..)


Then, I spent the evening with Thatsit and Pushy =)


On Saturday, I collected Cara from Brayvet, and brought her to Co. Meath.

I've sent email to Scoil Bhríde in Kilbride, so they could ask around if anyone in the area is missing a cat, but I have to admit that I'm kind of hoping not to find any owners as I'd love to keep Cara..


As soon as I took her out of the cat carrier, she went to a corner behind the bookshelf, in the living room. She stayed there for hours, and I just stayed in the room, watched telly, facebooked, talked to Cara, and allowed her to stay in her little safe spot..


I have all her basic needs covered in the living room, for now, so that she can see where everything is, and won't have to walk so far for anything while she's still finding her new tripod balance..


Eventually, I managed to lure her out from the corner. First, I brought her some food, and she ate it all. Then, when I was stroking her, I pushed her blanket towards her, and she immediately liked the comfortable softness of it, and little by little, came out and went to sleep on the blanket.


When I went to bed, I left her sleeping on her blanket. Soon after, I heard her using the litter tray for the first time =D And then, about 2-3 hours later, I woke up to her meowing downstairs.. I went to check up on her, and she was feeling lonely as she calmed down when I picked her up and gave her cuddles - awwww..

When I put her back on the floor, she went upstairs on her own =D I followed her, and helped her up to the bed, where she slept on my duvet for the rest of the night =)


Good morning.. (and a video, below)


She stayed in bed for ages, until I went to get her - climbing down all those stairs might have been a bit much, this soon after her amputation.


I've made some "steps" for her to get up and down to sofas and bed..


Little grooming session on the smaller sofa, where she is napping now =)


Check out Cara's page on Facebook: Cara the cat =)

Tuesday 3 June 2014

Yesterday evening, in Co. Meath


If you always wanted to see me dead and taxidermied...


The Savage Eye death episode (S4, E5) is on RTE Player for the next three weeks.. (I think it'll be visible in Ireland only, but I'm not sure..)



Pat got all excited while touching me.. LOL


I also attended a competitive funeral..


..and a lethal stand-up comedy evening..


Yay! =)

Sunday 1 June 2014

Done with May

My ShutterCal - May 2014
May, in my ShutterCal

May briefly;
Spent my day off in Co. Meath, building a cat run.. Work, work, work, etc.. Had a Eurovision evening with Maaria, and spent my first night in Leshamstown (btw, I voted for Conchita Wurst, so my ESC favourite won!).. Went to Vikings casting, although probably couldn't even take the work, if offered.. Had to call a taxi, one morning, to give jump start.. Awesome Saturday (Bray-Leshamstown-Dunshaughlin-Blanchardstown-Kilcormac-Birr-Leshamstown, with one near-death experience, and late-night cat run netting!).. Another day off in Leshamstown, stayed the night, and really enjoyed the toll free country roads to work, in the morning..