National Animal Interest Alliance

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Olivia's kittens- update!

Hi All,
Mombean finally gotten around to taking pictures of Olivia's kittens. They are quite cute. Enjoy the pictshurs!

Three kittens. Both blues and the black girl.

Three of the kittens. Both blacks and the blue girl. Black boy is in front with his sisfur behind him.

The two boys

Blue boy

Blue girl

Black boy

Black girl

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Easy like Sunday morning

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all my furiends. We hope that your overeating was minimal and your naps maximal. Our beans and grand beans went to see their relatives on Turkey day in North Carolina

In other news, kittens are growing like weeds! We will have some more photos posted soon. This is a photo from Mombean and Blu Cat Man's recent trip to Virginia.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Femme Friday and female kitten update

Hello all! Alexi here with Femme Friday and a repurrt on the female kittens of Olivia. We're happy to repurrt that the kittens are growing like little kittens!! Mom Olivia is beginning to have Mom's morning out and the kittens are moving faster. That means it's harder for Mombean to take pichers of them as they move fast! Anyway here are some photos for you to enjoy!

Please keep checking back for more kitten updates here or at Galletta's blog.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Olivia kitten update.

Oliva was not cooperating nor were the kittens. Mombean tooked a movie but could not upload it to blogger for some unknown reason. Alas, pictures of her kittens did not turn out well either. So no kitten update for this week.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Easy like Sunday morning!

Hello Efuury cat!
While we enjoyed LIVE STRONG day 2010 and being yeller for a day, Mombean thought it was time to change our bloggies. I gotted a nice green background and well let's say G gotted what he wanted too. Today the LIVING is EASY! You have seen this picture before but my basket is my favorite napping spot on the porch. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Live Strong Together Day 2010

Hey efurry cat! Today, October 2, is Live Strong Together Day 2010. We are acknowledging this day by going yeller on our bloodies. This message is from that bloggie:

Cat (and Dog) Bloggers around the World are working together to promote LiveStrong by going YELLOW on their blogs on October 2nd 2010. All bloggers are invited to join in! Our message is FOCUS, NEVER give up HOPE, Have a FIGHTING attitude, have COURAGE and know we ALL SUPPORT you. LIVESTRONG! We believe in the POWER of the PURR! Love Milo and Alfie xx =^..^= =^..^=

To all our furriends with cancer, esp. Kay and Larry, LIVE STRONG now and always!
From all of us kitties and beans at the Castle!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Olivia kitten update!

Hello Efurrycat! Mombean hazzs new piccys of Olivia and her babies. Since it is FEMME FRIDAY, we are concentrating on her two girls, one black and one blue. The boys will be featured on Mancat Monday. Enjoy the pics!!

All 4 kittens at one week old! MY how you have grown!

The two girls at one week old! Don't cry little ones! Momma is coming.

Momma is HERE! You are ok!

The two girls- 15 days old. What a pair of cuties!

Closeup of black girl.MY what BIG eyes you have!

Olivia and her kittens- 15 days old! Notice how the blues are on top of one of the blacks. Too cute!!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Olivia's kittens- Pictures!

Hi All, Mombean hahzed finally gotten to posting pics of Olivia and babies. Some can be graphic so perhaps young beans should not view some of the pics. Olivia's kittens are a week old today. Mombean will have pics of the week old kittens up tomorrow. Today enjoy the first moments of Olivia and babies together. Enjoy!

First kitten arrived wednesday afternoon! No more kittens were born for over 19 hours!

Then kitten #2, a blue, arrived on Thursday morning.

Then Olivia hadded two kittens, one black and one blue, to love and nurse.

Then #3 kitten, a blue, came along about an hour later and there were 3 kittens to love!

Finally, kitten #4, another black, came along on Thursday morning.

Olivia happily resting with her brood of 4 kittens!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Grand weekend!

Hi All,

While the beans did forgetted Galletta's puurrrrthday, don't let him fool ya! He enjoys those cat shows. Lots of time for naps and you get stroked and played with by several strangers. I nefur enjoyed cat shows much as I am a shy cat but G? He lovs for all beans to recognize how handsome he is! Pictures of G at the cat show are on his bloggie. Sorry, the piccys were taken by Dadbean with his iPhone so a bit fuzzy.

Here is the report from the TICA cat show:
There were 6 judges, 3 All breed and 3 speciality. He did well and getted an award in all 3 speciality finals. He gotted 2 4th best LH alter wins and a 3rd best LH alter wins. Mombean finks that he has enough points and mebbe enough final placements for his Grand Championship Alter title. So she will send off the form and wait and see what happens. She is about 90% certain but is not absolutely positive. Anyway, G did just grand on Sunday. Now on to the the Russians.

WELL....... Teddy and Katie did not do as well as their was another Russian Blue cat there at the show. And what a cat he is- a International Winner Supreme Grand Champion. Teddy was placed 2nd best of breed by 4 judges and 3 rd by 2 judges. Katie was placed 3rd best of breed by 4 judges and 2nd best of breed by 2 judges. Obviously the SGC cat was best of breed in all 6 rings. Even so the SGC Russian Blue male did not earn a final in every ring. Not such a good show for the Russians. Mombean and Dadbean were kept busy taking our 3 cats to the various judges.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Femme Friday!- OLIVIA

Hi All,
Mombean saided we have happy news to announce and since itz gotta do with one of the girlies, wez deeded to announce it on Femme Friday.

HAPPY NEWS! Olivia has kittens !!!1 YEAH we love bebeez ! Olivia hadded 4 kittens yesterday- 2 blue, boy and girl and 2 black. boy and girl. We plans on posting pictures of mom and cute babees soon.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The REST of the story.......

As we promised, today we tell the rest of Molly's story, Take it away Mombean!

Mombean: Thanks, Alexi. OK on to the rest of Molly's story. First thing we need to tell you is that Molly was pregnant. In fact she was near her due date when she died. Now, on to what happened.

Molly woke us up early that morning. We knew she was due soon.... so in anticipation of her giving birth, I moved her to the room we use as a nursery. I kept checking on her expecting her to deliver her kittens. She had had kittens before so we did not expect any problems. In fact I planned on just checking on her as I usually do because she usually has her kittens without any problems. Well after about an hour and an a half and no kittens, I began to think something was not quite right. She did cry some which she normally does not do when having kittens. I called the emergency vet and left a message. The emergency vet for this area is also our usual vet. The vet on call then calls back. Well, 15 mins. later there was a phone call but the person hung up. We checked the number. Hmmm? it was from our vets office. Fortunately, the vet called back about 10 minutes later. This time, Dadbean picked up the phone. He gave me the phone and I began explaining what was going on with Molly. It was obvious that the vet was not concerned about Molly. She told us that it would not be good to interrupt her labor. At which point, I said, I am NOT sure she is IN labor. She had had a few contractions but not like she normally does when in labor. The vet still refused to believe me. It was not until I held up the phone so she could hear Molly's cries from down the hall that the vet begin to realize that something maybe not quite right. So after 10-15 minutes of discussing the situation with vet, she FINALLY agreed to see us and told us to come to the vet clinic. So we gathered up Molly and drove to the vet clinic- about a 10 minute drive from our house.

We got to the vet clinic in about 5-10 minutes. We waited .... and waited .... AND WAITED ! We waited for a total of half an hour !!
When the vet drove up, she rolled down the window and talked to us through the window. She told us that she had tried to call us and we did not answer. Well, she had NOT tried to call us. [However, Dadbean did find two "hang ups" from the vet on his OFFICE answering machine as the machine saves the number. Why she thought a librarian would be at work that early in the morning ???? Who knows?? Must also say that there were NO messages on our home phone either!] We got out of our car ready to take Molly inside. She told us then that she could not see Molly as we "had not paid your bill". She told us that this was "policy" and she "had no choice. My hands are tied". We told her that Bill would gladly go to an ATM and get whatever money was needed to pay the bill. We really wanted Molly to be seen as she was in pain and was crying more. I KNEW something was NOT right by this time. Again, she said that her hands were tied and she could not see us. She told us to go to the emergency vet in Elgin. At that point she drove off like a bat out of h%$#. My last words to her as she drove off was that she had just lost a client.

Well, at that point we were wondering what to do as it was now about an hour later from when we first called the vet. We went home and called another vet in town that we knew. (He is NOT the emergency vet but does a have a practice in town). Called and got their answering service. He called us back within 10 minutes. I discussed the situation with him. He agreed that going to the emergency vet in Columbia was the best thing to do. SO off I go to the emergency vet with Molly. Dadbean stayed at home as he had to go to work. The drive to Columbia is about a hour and a half. I got to the address where I thought the emergency vet was located. Well, the emergency clinic had MOVED! Fortunately there was a note on the door with the new address. So off I go again with Molly. It took another 10-15 minutes to get the emergency clinic. When I got there, the staff took Molly immediately. They tried to revive her with CPR and fluids. Alas, to no avail. She died about 7 o'clock that morning- about three hours from when I first called our vet. When I talked to the emergency vet in Columbia, he mentioned the possibility of a twisted uterus (uterine torsion). He also recommended that a necropsy be done on Molly so we know what happened to cause her death. Well, it was agonizing coming home without our beloved Molly. It was also agonizing waiting on the results of the necropsy. The results of the necropsy came two weeks later. The necropsy showed that she had not just one but TWO twists of the uterus. The kittens were fully formed with hair (as we expected as she was near her due date). However the twists in the uterus had cut off their blood supply so they died in utero. We are sad that Molly had to die in this manner. We believe she could have been saved with a hysterectomy had our vet been willing to see her.

I must mention at this point, that this practice has three vets. The vet that refused to see Molly was one of the younger vets and is not very experienced being a recent vet school graduate. We did talk to the senior vet in the practice about the situation. To put it mildly, we are NOT pleased with the situation.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering September 11,2001

We will never forget Setembir 11, 2001. Mombean went to go teach her classes as usual that day. When she was done teaching her classiz, she checked an online rose forum (back when she was more into roses than cats!!). They were discussing what had happened in NY. Mombean could not believe that a plane had actually struck two buildings in NY. She tried going to a news website but it was so busy she could not get in. Anyway, the announcement came that the college was canceling classes for the remainder of the day. So Mombean drove home. It was eeeeeery to not hear planes flying overhead. Where we used to live and Mombean used to worked is in the flight path of a nearby small but international airport. Mombean spent the remainder of the day outside in her garden tending the roses and the other plants. She and dadbean watched the evening news as more horrid details came out about the plane crash at the pentagon and in Pennsylvania. What an oddly horrid day!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy birthday Mombean!

Yesterday was Mombean's purrfday. Blu Cat Man swept her away for a fun day in Charleston!! Wish we could have gone, too!!! They went on a boat ride and we don't like that much water. Mebbe it was a good thing we didn't go.

From all of us at Krasota Castle,


Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thank you so much!

All of us at Krasota Castle want to thank efurryone for the prayers, purrs, expressions of concern, and love that you've shown us after Molly left us for the Bridge. There is more to Molly's story than we can say now, but one day we will. We love everyone in the Blogosphere. Mombean and Blu Cat Man cried buckets, but are doing better. Thank you so very much.


Alexi, Galletta, Mombean, Blu Cat Man and the Castle Cats

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

RIP Krasota Oksana Molly-update!

RIP Krasota Oksana Molly, 20 February 2004-18 August 2010

Weez will haf an update about Molly's story on Monday. Now that we have talked to the vets and haf gotten the necropsy report, we will tell the REST of the story as Paul Harvey used to say- on Monday!

We share in the grief of all our friends who have lost loved ones today.

Her eyes so large and vivid green
Look in to my soul.
Through them I see her love.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Thoughts on Toosday!

Thoughts for TOOSDAY!!
TO: non-petowners who visit the Castle and like to complain about us kittehs:
FROM: The Krasota Castle Cats

1. We live here. You don't. IZ THAT CLEAR ??????
2. If you don't want our fur on your clothes, stay off the furniture. There's a reason why they call it 'fur'-niture :)
3. My beans like us a lot better than they like some beans like you. They iz smart for beans.
4. To you, we are animals. To my beans, we are young'uns who are short, furry, walk on all 4's and don't speak clearly in bean's language.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Last Ten questions on Toosday!

Hi All,
These are the last questions (41-52) from the list of questions about your pet.

41. Do you have pictures of your pet on your phone, in your wallet, etc.? Yes, on the iPhone and on the puter

42. Is your pet housebroken? Yes, absolutely

43. Has your pet ever gotten lost? NO.

44. How do you discipline your pet? She does not need much discipline. On those rare occasions, we use a firm NO or a water gun for a squirt of water.

45. Has your pet ever bitten/scratched you? Not often. Only when she is being bathed.

46. Do you have any friends who have the same kind of pet as you? Yes, we have friends that have Russian cats. They should. We gave them the cat!!

47. Does your pet like car rides? Alexi does not really enjoy car rides but she settles down and sleeps most of the time.

48. Is your pet smart or dumb? Russians are VERY smart cats. Alexi is no exception.

49. What do you do to groom them? Most of the time, they are quite capable of grooming themselves. We do bathe them before shows.

50. Does your pet like to take a bath? NO ! She hates being bathed. However, she will *endure* it if she has no other choice... She does love to watch us take baths... LOL

51. Is your pet well-behaved or naughty? She is very well behaved cat... of course.

52. Could you live without your pet? Live without cats???..... perish the thought !!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Easy like Sunday morning

Hey All,
It is sunday and we are taking it easy today !! We iz staying insider ' and lounging on the beans bed cuz it is HOT outside! Hope enjoy your sunday!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Femme Friday! Gabby

Hi All,
Alexi here, It is Femme Friday and time to showcase one of the girls at the Castle. Today is my daughter Gabby's turn. Gabby is 5 years old and a beauty as the picture below shows.

Hi, My name is Gabrielle Chaya but efurrybuddy calls me "Gabby". Those silly beans sometimes call me "Gabrelly" Or "Grabby" 'cuz they like to grab my belleh. We will start with some adorable kitten pictures.

I am one of these two cute kittens.

MOI as a slightly older kitten. I am sitting.

Even as an adult, I am very cute. Notice how well I pose. I hope you enjoyed my pictures. FANKS for stopping to visit!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ten keqshuns on Thursday!

These are questions 31- 40 of the original 52 questions.

31. Has your pet ever one any awards?

Yes, Alexi has won many awards at cat shows. She is a excellent example of her breed. She earned her Champion, Grand Champion, Double Grand Champion and Triple Grand Champion Alter titles in TICA. She was Best Cat once and was in the top 10 many times. She was best Russian Blue Cat in TICA'S SE region in 2003-2004, 2005-2006 and 20 th best Alter in ACFA's SE region in 2008-2009.

32. Where is their favorite place to nap?
Alexi loves to nap in her basket but any warm place suits her just fine.

33. What does your pet do that makes you laugh?
Alexi is still playful and it is those playful moments when she plays like a kitten that make us laugh.

34. What is your favorite way to spend time with your pet?
She loves to spend time curled up near me. She loves to be near me and then puuurrr and purrs.

35. Who takes care of your pet when you are away?
Usually we have friends come and take care of our cats while we are away.

36. Random fact about your pet?
Alexi loves to play with running water whether from sink or tub faucet.

37. Any special talents?
Yes, she is incredibly good climber and jumper as the picture below shows. She is perched on our shower rod.

38. What do you give them for a treat?
We have Greenie dental treats and dried salmon and chicken.

39. What is their favorite type of “people food”?
According to the Alexi, nothing beats a nibble from our meal esp. when we have salmon or chicken.

40. Do you have more than one pet?
Yes, we have several cats including Alexi.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordy Wednesday- Sorry!

The word of the day is SORRY!! To those who weere looking forward to "Ten kestions on Tooosday", my apologies. Mombean was out of town on a road trip. She gotted home to the Castle late yesterday afternoon and was tired ! (likely story from the beans!)

Anway, look for the ten questions on Tooosday, tomorrow ..... thursday ( ok it's thurdsay but at least it starts with a "t").

Now don't forget, check back tomorrow for the next ten questions and our answers.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Easy like Sunday morning!

Enjoy your Sunday! We are taking it easy by napping on the porch today!! I am nearest the camera with my daughters, Gabby and Tat behind me.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Femme Friday! Molly

Hi all, Mombean iz a bit late gifting our Femme Friday postie up. Today is Molly's turn to be The Femme Friday Cat of the day! Take it away, Molly!

Thanks, Alexi.
Hi All, My name is Molly. I am 6 years old. You may have seen pics of me and my babees. I iz Annie's daughter. So Mallory and I are half sisfurs- same momma, Annie, but daddy is not the same boy cat.

Here I iz as a babee kitten- just a few days old. I iz one of the two blue kittens in this foto.

Here I iz a slightly older kitten- cute, huh?

Eventhough, I am a Champion, my main dootie at the Castle is a mom cat! Here iz a picture of me with newborns. See how protective I am ?

Even with my mommy duties, a girl has to haf som fun. Here iz a picker of Alexi and myself all dolled up for a partay!

Hope you enjoyed my pictures !

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ten questions on Tuesday!

21. Has your pet ever been a mother or a father? Yes, I has been a mother. I is such a good mother that the beans called me "uber mom".

22. Is your pet trained? No, we cats TRAIN the beans.

23. What is the comment you hear most often about your pet? People always complement my emerald green eyes and soft, gray fur.

24. Does your pet like anyone besides you? Yes, I love my beans and most of the other kittehs except for Mr. G. He bullies some of the girls so we hided from him.

25. What kind of food does your pet eat? We eat Felidae- both dry and moist.

26. Do they drink tap, filtered, or store-bought water? We drink usual tap water from a Drinkwell 360 pet drinking fountain.

27. Where do they sleep at night? Anywhere we want to but we do love to sleep on the beans big bed wif them.

28. What is their favorite thing to do outside? We don't go outside. We iz not allowed.

29. Is your pet hyper? No. I iz calm kitteh as is most of the Castle Cats. Only G and the kittens get really hyper and energetic. Then watch out.

30. Do you dress your pet up? No, we iz not into fashion. What could be better than our usual velvety furs, anyway?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day, USA!

I Am The Flag

I am the flag of the United States of America.

I was born on June 14, 1777, in Philadelphia.

There the Continental Congress adopted my stars and stripes as the national flag.

My thirteen stripes alternating red and white, with a union of thirteen white stars in a field of blue, represented a new constellation, a new nation dedicated to the personal and religious liberty of mankind.

Today fifty stars signal from my union, one for each of the fifty sovereign states in the greatest constitutional republic the world has ever known.

My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.

My red stripes proclaim the fearless courage and integrity of American men and boys and the self-sacrifice and devotion of American mothers and daughters.

My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all.

My blue is the blue of heaven, loyalty, and faith.

I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity.

I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home.

I typify that indomitable spirit of determination brought to my land by Christopher Columbus and by all my forefathers - the Pilgrims, Puritans, settlers at Jamestown and Plymouth.

I am as old as my nation.

I am a living symbol of my nation's law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.

I voice Abraham Lincoln's philosophy: "A government of the people, by the people,for the people."

I stand guard over my nation's schools, the seedbed of good citizenship and true patriotism.

I am displayed in every schoolroom throughout my nation; every schoolyard has a flag pole for my display.

Daily thousands upon thousands of boys and girls pledge their allegiance to me and my country.

I have my own law—Public Law 829, "The Flag Code" - which definitely states my correct use and display for all occasions and situations.

I have my special day, Flag Day. June 14th is set aside to honor my birth.

Americans, I am the sacred emblem of your country. I symbolize your birthright, your heritage of liberty purchased with blood and sorrow.

I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity.

If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots.

Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom.

As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are - no more, no less.

Guard me well, lest your freedom perish from the earth.

Dedicate your lives to those principles for which I stand: "One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

I was created in freedom. I made my first appearance in a battle for human liberty.

God grant that I may spend eternity in my "land of the free and the home of the brave" and that I shall ever be known as "Old Glory," the flag of the United States of America.

- Ruth Apperson Rous

Friday, July 2, 2010

Femme Friday!-Mallory

Hi All,
Alexi, here. It's Mallory's turn to be featured on Femme Friday! Take it away, Mallory.

Thanks, Alexi. Ok here are some pics of me starting with some baby pics.

I wuz born in Annie's first litter in 2003. I iz the black kitten in the picture.

Me at about 2 weeks old. Wasn't I a cutie??

I iz the black kitten in the foreground. I iz a couple of months old in this picture. Mom, Annie, is the black leaning against the bear. Alexi is the blue cat and the blue kittens are Alexi's kittens.

An all grown up me cellybraing my puurthday. Photo by the Zoolatry hooman, Ann