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Brrrrr. What more needs to be said?

Posted Sunday, January 3, 2010, at 10:14 AM

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Frost crystal on the windshield this morning.
As I sat with our adopted cats this morning I noticed that even the birds were not in a hurry to get moving in the 15 degree weather. I can't say that I looked forward to it but it was a dry, still cold and it did not seem as bad as days earlier, at first. The cats seemed to be doing fine.

In fact Sable was sitting on top of an old recliner that was dumped in the woods years ago and seemed quite comfy. Ever since I caught her to check her sex, (over a month ago ) she has always waited for me to back away before she comes to the food.

Why was I so curious about male or female? The Humane Society was going to help me neuter them ad wanted to know the count. That never came about, so I betrayed her trust for nothing, but.....

After I got back to the house and filled the bird feeders without gloves, I appreciated just how cold it was this morning. Talked with one of my eBay students down near the base of the mountain and they had SINGLE digits. Her husband was trying to thaw out some water pipes and I certainly wished them well. I can vividly remember laying under a house I owned in Murfreesboro to replace all of the pipe under the house and a few places in the outside walls. NO FUN!

Wile I was out feeding the birds I also ran across a "doogie doodoo" from our newest arrival. It was right in my walkway on a patio stone, so I figured since it was frozen, now would be better than later to remove it. Simple, just knock it loose. Not quite. I hit I with a stick and kicked it with the heel of my boot. I figured stronger tactics might brake the patio stone, so...... it is still there.

The birds certainly appreciated the refill. Between those on the feeders and those on the ground, I would guess several hundred answered the chow bell. As you might guess, the grass grows real well below the bird feeders. I am thankful that the Lord allows me to be able to feed them, when I know there are families scrounging for something to feed their kids. We help the best we can, but that makes it even tougher when we see people abusing the food stamp programs.

OK, enough with the social consciousness. I could REALLY go off on a tangent here and I try to refrain from using these blogs in that manner. There are plenty more out there who will, so I will let them carry the load. Occasionally I get out-of-hand but not today.


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"Wile I was out feeding the birds I also ran across a "doogie doodoo" from our newest arrival. It was right in my walkway on a patio stone, so I figured since it was frozen, now would be better than later to remove it. Simple, just knock it loose. Not quite. I hit I with a stick and kicked it with the heel of my boot. I figured stronger tactics might brake the patio stone, so...... it is still there. "

Haha I am just imagining that.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 7:08 PM

Later today I had to get some more wood in, so I quickly removed the now softer doodoo. BUT, I let my guard down and stepped in some other "deposits" anyway.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Jan 3, 2010, at 7:55 PM

Steve,

Will the new Spay and Neuter Clinic be able to help you? I don't know what their criteria is for their fees, but certainly there must be something they can offer. After all their goal is to reduce the number of abandoned cats and dogs. Surely the neutering and spaying of already abandoned animals fulfills that goal.

There are states that have programs where they will spay or neuter feral cats (even those that are deemed not adoptable)for free to reduce the number of animals that will reproduce indiscriminately. These animals are spayed and neutered and released back into the territory they were taken from.

It isn't much consolation to those of us that believe all creatures who depend on man for food, warmth and comfort should be re-released and not find a home. Surely the new Spay and Neuter Clinic will work with you.

-- Posted by amalphia on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 4:19 PM

I have been talking to them for about two months. Get promised to be put on the list, but never hear from them again unless I call, so I do not know where that will go.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Jan 4, 2010, at 6:51 PM

The MTSNC is open every Tues. now they are doing surgeries today. They have openings for this month, give them a call.

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 12:25 PM

Thanks. Do you happen to know their number?

I believe I have to catch them the night before so I can restrict food and water and it would be good if I place them in a restricted area for about 2-3 days afterward to heal.

Is that correct?

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 10:43 AM

931-684-5353

All that is correct and you need to see if you qualify, it is a low income clinic but many who think they would not qualify do. It is also for shelter rescues. Definitely worth a call. If you don't qualify Anderson Vet. in Christiana is a low cost spay and neuter clinic for anyone. Humane Association sometimes has grants available age or income based that helps pay for all the surgery so check with them also. 684-kind

The MTSNC 738 B. North Main St. is having an open house Jan. 28th open to all. 4-7 pm

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 11:25 AM

If it goes by how I feel, I am ooold.

We also have a daughter in college so you know any disposable income is already disposed.

The Humane Assoc. was supposed to schedule a time, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside. These would definitely classify as rescues, but I am starting to think that is very subjective.

My choices are narrow. Feed them or let them wander off and meet their fate.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 6, 2010, at 2:58 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.