BlogPaws 2013: Day 1
LAX – DC
Up next: After the nap…
BlogPaws 2013: Day 1
LAX – DC
Up next: After the nap…
Today outside my window…
Yep. Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swann.
Check out this great video from Big Cat Rescue
(which I love)
that proves that cats of all sizes love boxes!
“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”
Jacob A. Riis
This quote about perseverance was Kobe Bryant‘s backdrop in the Lakers locker room last night, as dozens of reporters asked him about his injury during the final minutes of the game – which unfortunately has turned out to be a completely torn Achilles’ tendon.
Mom was just saying a couple weeks ago that Kobe was going to keep playing through every injury until he was a puddle on the floor and they had to scrape him off the court with a spatula.
Well, that’s what happened last night. Except that he walked off the court with a crazy painful achilles tendon injury that would have had anyone else carried off. Then walked back on and shot two free throws so they’d win the game, then walked off again. He scraped himself off the floor.
He’s already in surgery today with an expected 6-9 month minimum recovery time.
I have faith that he’ll be back on the court, though. I was a puddle on the floor, literally, paralyzed on the floor in the closet six years ago – the long anticipated result of my ’95 fall from an 80′ palm tree. Mom and Dad thought that was it. That they’d have to put me down. It was awful.
But Dr. Patrick Mahaney suggested they give a kitty neurologist a shot first. They did, she put me on some meds and we all refused to give up. After a few days I was walking again, though I never regained the feeling in my tail, which follows me around like a mop, and I’ve been quasi-incontinent ever since, which is why I wear pants.
As my readers know, I’m 19, I have a hitch in my giddy-up and have to wear pants whenever I leave my room. I’m hyper thyroid and take pills ground into my food every day, and Mom and Dad give me fluids a few times a month. I’m down to a few teeth and lying down takes a minute, but I’m still here. I’m still happy and I’m still scrappy.
I run (albeit a funny site with my odd gait and my black jeans), eat and drink (I just discovered a love of pork ribs), love wandering around the balcony at night, and jump in and out of the tub to drink from the faucet every day.
We love you, Kobe, and know you’ll work harder to heal faster than anyone ever. You’ll be an inspiration even in your recovery. You’ll coach your bros thru every game till you’re back on the court – & we’ll all be counting the minutes till you play again, when we can cheer you on, just like we have every game, no matter what. We’ll never give up on you, Kobe. You’ve taught us you can do more than seems possible, and that we can, too.
Even 19 year old cats like me.
Love you, man. ♥
Get some rest!
Click pic to watch our Easter “Jump” dance video starring Cokie the Cat, Princess Gwennie, MaggieTKat, Jazzydacat & Pepismartdog!
Double dog dare ya not to JUMP!
Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Our friend Sandy Marcal’s charity organization, Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., is nearing the end of another Groupon Grassroots campaign to raise money for protective bullet & stab proof vests for police dogs. Mom & I donated to their last campaign a few months ago where they raised enough money to donate vests to 53 dogs!
Law enforcement K-9 handlers all over the US have been contacting VIik9s during this campaign, & Sandy hopes to be able to outfit them all. She’s been updating their Facebook page every day with new totals and photos of dogs & their partners as they’ve been crossed off the waiting list & are sent measurement instructions for their vests!
The Connecticut Dept of Corrections had eight dogs on ViK9′s waiting list, & one of Officers said he was driving his wife crazy all day watching on Facebook to see if his K-9 partner had made the cut. ViK9s has raised enough for all eight to get a vest. : )
They’ve already surpassed their goal of $100,000, partly with a big boost from CA based VPI Pet Insurance, who matched the first $20,000 in donations! They are now striving to reach $150,000 in donations – one tax deductible $10 Groupon donation at a time. The vests cost $950 each & are custom made for each dog. As of this writing, they’re up to $136,000! Woohoo! =^..^=
There are many more dogs needing vests, though, that even if they do meet their awesome goal, please still donate if you can. We want every police dog in the US to be protected, just like they protect & serve us!
Just last Friday, Harrisburg, PA. Police K-9 Zeke was shot & nearly killed in the line of duty. After a three hour surgery & three days in Rossmoyne Animal Trauma Center – the costs for which the clinic covered in full – Zeke is lucky to be home with his human partner & his plush raccoon buddy, “Ducky.” Sandy – Let’s get Zeke & Ducky on the list!
This Groupon Grassroots campaign ends at 12 midnight on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. If you’d like to participate & help get a K-9 a vest, visit this secure website: www.groupon.com/k9. All money raised goes toward the purchase of protective vests for the dogs who protect all of us & their law enforcement partners.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was founded in 2009 as a 501c3 nonprofit organization based n East Taunton, MA. The staff is all volunteers – including their seemingly never sleeping President, Sandy Marcal. You can call ViK9s for interviews, to volunteer or for more info. at 508-824-6978. Their website is www.vik9s.org.
There are still copies available of the ViK9s 2013 Calendar for a $15 donation – order here: http://www.vik9s.org/.
Please share, tweet, email your friends & help us protect all these brave dogs!
Lo, these many times we’ve thought I might not make it this far, starting with me being a surrender at the Burbank Animal Shelter, falling from an 80′ palm trees after three days of wondering how I was supposed to get down – and the subsequent chronic back problems thereafter…
I’ve outlived Wynnie kitten princess girl, who they got so I could have my own cat, by more than two years now, despite my raging hyperthyroidism that’s made my virile mancat physique a bit more akin to Mr. Burns on the Simpsons. =^..^= I’m no longer the cat Daniel Craig, but more a scrawny, boney version of Paul Linde, according to Dad. Mom says I’m more like Larry David.
I do have a bit of the catzheimers… What was I just doing??
But I know I’m very lucky to be here and to have all of you still on this crazy journey with me.
I appreciate every one of you, and wish you all good sound health, and a life worth living.
Especially my darling sweetie Jazzy, who loves me naked – or with my Depends…
Mom & Dad are working on a new TV show called TWISTED that we’ll tell you more about later…
But you see I still have stuff to do, helping keep them organized
and being a muse is hard work, too!
(What to speak of being their own personal luck dragon…)
You left us a giant hole in our hearts, sweet boy.
This is me in my new Subaru on my way to the Oscars… on Mulholland Drive!
OK, Not really.
I could just walk to the Kodak Theatre from my apartment, but I do think this Subaru Facebook app to put your dog in a Subaru is cool.
I, of course, did it even though I’m a cat.
So Su-baru me!
I also love their drivers license app.
It didn’t get me into the Oscars, though. I thought just a photo ID would do it.
Whatever, I’ll watch the stars limos drive past my window tonight on their way home… ; )
I’m putting CONGRATS BEN in my window for Argo winning Best Picture!
If you haven’t already watched it, check out my fave Subaru dogs commercial.
Disclaimer: Mom works for BlogPaws and they’re doing a Subaru bloggers campaign
so I’m sort of indirectly compensated for this.
Thanks for all the fish!
Now you know I love my Lakers, and while they haven’t gotten into their groove with all their new players and new coach(es) this season, my hero and basketball brother from another mother Kobe Bryant is going to be setting records right and left at today’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston, Texas!
If he just shows up, he’ll set the All-Star record for starts! If he makes just two 3-pointers, he’ll have more than any player in All-Star history, and he already has the records for All-Star game field goals and total points.
You know what I’ll be watching tonight!
5pm Pacific Time on TNT & NBA-TV