Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Anniversary Dinner

It was the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. She set out their best bird of paradise china, as she did every year. It looked so nice with his favourite dinner of breaded pork chops.

She knew he would no longer be here for the celebration. What mattered was that she celebrated their love, just as she always had.

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Monday, August 21, 2017


Clyde & Bonnie have had more time with Dad lately.

Dad is interesting and different than Mom.

Both minions are amazed by Dad.

 Bonnie gets sleepy and cuddles into Dad's blankets.

Clyde tends to be silly and more playful.

After a while, it fades into sleepy-time for everyone.

Goodnight, Peeples!

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Bonnie loves to eat...her way. She's got this.


That was really good!

Bonnie needs a nap, now.

Clyde has a big appetite!


Clyde gives his compliments to the chef.

Now, Clyde would like seconds...please.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017


At four weeks, the minions suddenly realized, "We haz toys!"

Clyde had chosen his favourite one. Then, Bonnie wanted it!

But, Clyde said, "Mine!"

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 67

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. The first two fill-ins are always provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, even more people can share!

It has been a very busy week here. Doctor’s appointments for Clyde have kept me busy. If you have not read my post Kitten Nightmares, I hope that you will. It may surprise you. The post has some important information for those who love cats and share their lives with them. I am thankful that Clyde was in my care and I knew what was happening. It breaks my heart to think of all of the kittens (and cats) who suffer these horrors. 

The day that I posted about Clyde's nightmare, he was in the hospital. It was his third vet visit for the Cuterebra. Because of the severity of the wound, it had to again be flushed thoroughly and packed with medication. He has become very much loved by his vet team. Bonnie stayed with Clyde for moral support, and she is a little cheerleader there.

Bonnie and Clyde both are growing and learning quickly. They are weaning, now. In fact, they are pretty happy about food, in general. They have finger-painted some unique impressionist artwork and are trying to write their names with the kitten gruel. They never cease to amaze me.

Now that the outlaw minions are actually playing and doing things, there will be more pictures. They are very sweet and funny. With very different personalities, they certainly keep us all entertained.

Bill will be off next week. He begins his new routes at the very end of the month. We plan to start getting the yard and garden ready for Autumn. There are many end-of-Summer chores that need to be done.

I hope the weather is good to you as Summer settles into the final dog days. Savour those nights of cricket songs and lightning bug shows. I also hope you are able to enjoy the eclipse on August 21st 

Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. If someone were visiting my area, I would recommend a visit to the Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum, and Brookfield Zoo. For various reasons, these are places of both interest and real pride for Chicago. We are actually on the IL/WI border, about halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago. But, since I was born in Chicago and grew up there for half of my childhood, I would proudly recommend these places. I know them all well.

2. My favorite room in my home is the family room because it is the heart of our home. We all gather there together. Our easy chairs, several pet beds, the cat tree, the window seat, the TV/stereo, my books, and Bill’s guitars are all there. We are just thankful to be all together in one place.

3. Back-to-school time makes me think of simpler times. Childhood is a time of unshakable hope, blissful innocence, and joyful anticipation of the future. Kids still have the opportunity to become all that they want to be. The possibilities are endless.

4. My favourite year of school was seventh grade, because I felt that I was finally on track with school. Moving so often, I had seemed to never be in the right place academically. But, I worked hard and my grades were always good. By seventh grade, I was finally on the Dean’s list and had a handle on school. It gave me perspective for the work needed in high school.

 It's a great day to learn something new!
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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fill-in Statements: Week 67

My co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements each Thursday. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with yours. We hope you will copy and answer these on your own blog, but please remember to link up here.
If you need help, please let us know!

Here are this week's fill-in statements with the blanks:

Week 67: August 18, 2017
1. If someone were visiting my area, I would recommend a visit to ___________.

2. My favorite room in my home is ______________.

3. Back-to-school time makes me think of                               .

4. My favourite year of school was                      , because                       .

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kitten Nightmares

Having been born in an old abandoned house had exposed the minions to many dangerous, scary, unhealthy things. They came to me at one week of age. When the outlaw minions were two weeks old, they went to visit the vet for the very first time. Bonnie was really there as moral support for Clyde. Tiny little Clyde had a very big, serious situation to confront. He had a Cuterebra.

Cuterebra are botflies. The adults seek hosts in which to lay their eggs, using any opening in the host to do so. The eggs are hatched under the skin of the host, where they grow and evolve in the warmth and safety of the host. Cuterebra hosts are usually rodents, such as mice, chipmunks, and squirrels. Rabbits are common hosts, as well. Since cats frequently stalk areas with these animals, they often ingest or pick up the botflies and their larvae.

The larvae (maggot) itself can be picked up, in which case it will find an opening in the skin to complete its life cycle. This opening may be a wound, the nose, ear, eye, or any orifice. The Cuterebra larvae will migrate through the host's tissue until it chooses a suitable place to grow. As the larvae grow, a welt often becomes noticeable under the skin of the host animal. This is a warble. Eventually, a hole will appear in the skin. This is an air hole for the larvae to breathe. Often, it can be observed as it pokes through the hole for air.

The safest way to treat this situation is to seek help through an experienced veterinarian. The warble must be treated with a local anesthetic, usually through the air hole. The hole is enlarged to ensure full, intact removal of the larvae with hemostats. The complete area is then flushed thoroughly. An antibiotic ointment is used to help faster healing. Sometimes, an oral antibiotic is given, as well.

     Cuterebra being removed from a kitten 

Unfortunately, where there is one Cuterebra, there may be more. This is the nature of flies, including botflies. Clyde was a good example of this, as he was an easy target for the evil Cuterebra. As he turned four weeks old, he spent the day at the vet for Part Two, or Cuterebra Revisited.

This time was a bit more involved. The second warble was next to where the first had been, leaving one long, gaping wound. The first area had begun to heal but became re-infected as the second Cuterebra was taking over. There is not much room on a tiny kitten’s left shoulder. This was a serious infection. Clyde is now cleaned out, stitched up, on an oral antibiotic, and is now recovering well. Clyde is a real trooper. Thankfully, I was able to get Clyde the help that he needed.

Not all animals get assistance with Cuterebra. Wild animals, such as rodents and rabbits, suffer these horrible infestations. Many die slow, agonizing deaths. Horses can also become hosts because of their availability to botflies. While Cuterebra rarely infests dogs, cats often become targets because of the rodents and animals they stalk or hunt.

Sometimes, warbles are thought to be abscesses, injuries, sores, or “bug bites. Cats that spend a lot of time outside are at risk for Cuterebra. Naturally, cats that live outdoors are at a considerably higher risk. Strays and feral cats, like Bonnie and Clyde’s mother, cannot avoid this exposure.

Cuterebra infestations cause many secondary health issues. These parasites can attack various systems of the body, eventually shutting them down. Infection can be localized or widespread.

One system that is noticeable when compromised is the respiratory system. Cuterebra can cause visible breathing difficulty, coughing,  wheezing, or shortness of breath, along with fever. There may be any combination of these symptoms.

Another serious consideration is the neurological system. Symptoms of an affected system include dizziness, paralysis, and blindness. More unusual symptoms include odd movements such as pacing, circling, or twitching.

If the eye becomes the area of the parasitic infestation, a lesion may be noticeable. This will lead to blindness and loss of the eye.

I am not an advocate of cats being allowed to roam, even after they are altered. I have seen too much, and know too much. It breaks my heart. This is the down side of rescue. It is a reality that most never speak of, because of the nightmares the Cuterebra (and creatures like them) invoke. And, it should invoke those horrific scenarios. If the Cuterebra is ignored, it will continue on its evil, self-serving mission.

There are too many dangers outside. In my opinion, they outweigh the benefit of being there. Traffic is a serious concern. One of our feral cat rescues (Chanel) had been hit by a car and dragged for blocks. After three surgeries, we were able to rehab her enough to get around the house, though she remained disabled.

Dogs, wildlife, people, and other predators are obvious dangers. Our aging feral cat, Echo, had been shot with a hollow-point bullet, shattering her rear leg. Again, we were able to rescue and rehab her. We gave her a permanent inside home with dignity. But, she lived her golden years on three legs, never quite understanding she was safe.

Now, add to all of these seen outside fears the unseen parasites from hell: Cuterebra. It is one more very real reason to keep pets, especially cats, inside the safety of your home. May your pets never meet a Cuterebra. May their dreams always be sweet. 

~Sweet Kitten Dreams, Clyde~

CatDad & Minions