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Look into these ten weepy eyes and…ummm…pick two


I know it’s a real long shot, but if anyone reading is near Colorado Springs and catless, commenter Scubafreak got hisself stuck with these five crusty hobgoblins and sure could stand to unload a few. The Humane Society was going to gas them. Yeah. There’s a title mismatch for you.

I know those goggle eyes and bony, stretched faces; that’s what all-but-starved looks like in a kitteh. Charlotte looked worse when I pulled her out of the squirrel trap: gray with filth, one eye crusted shut, a kink in her tail and no fur at all on her belly. She was the most repulsive little beast I’d ever touched with my bare hands. But she cleaned up real good…eventually.

You will — seriously — not find a more faithful cat than one you pulled from the brink when it was small. Charlotte is seven this year and still trails me everywhere like a shadow.

I make this two all black ones, two all gray ones and a gray-and-white, gender to be determined, age about eight weeks. I promise you, these babies will outgrow the knobbly look and be proper sleek and imperious kittehs in no time.


Comment from apotheosis
Time: June 4, 2009, 3:28 pm

faithful cat

…I know what those words mean individually, but they make no sense in that sequence.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 4, 2009, 3:44 pm

It’s true. But first you have to starve them until they look like praying mantiseses.

Comment from Pupster
Time: June 4, 2009, 4:28 pm

*hackles up*

Scubafreak must have a heart as big as all outdoors. Good luck from way-the-hell far away from Colorado.

Comment from mongo
Time: June 4, 2009, 4:37 pm

I’ll take 5…does he deliver to Missouri? Loff teh kittehs!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: June 4, 2009, 5:36 pm

Anyway to get this on the sidebar over at AoSHQ? They sure seem weasel-friendly, and more chance of finding folks in CO.

I’m in CA, so can’t really help, but going to get a pound kitteh for my Daughter’s 6th in a couple weeks. My 15 Y/O cat “Punk” needs a small terrorist to add a couple years to his life.

Comment from Allen
Time: June 4, 2009, 5:38 pm

Hey scubafreak, I can’t take a cat (I have 5 now) but I can spare some coin for their needs.

Comment from jwpaine
Time: June 4, 2009, 6:17 pm

I’d take one, but I already got adopted by two cats, both of which showed up at our door way the hell out here in the official Geographical Middle of Nowhere.*

* you could look it up

Comment from Pisio808
Time: June 4, 2009, 6:57 pm

Try contacting Wendy LeBree… she is a radio personality who helps with this kind of thing: wendylabree.blogspot.com

Comment from Dawn
Time: June 4, 2009, 6:57 pm

OH my goodness. Sweasel mascots. They’re even in grayscale.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 4, 2009, 7:28 pm

Yup, they’re not as desperate for food today. They’ve got easy access to canned pate’ and Kitteh formula to drink. They’re ALOT more active today, too. Gender count so far (as I can catch the little twerps) is 2 girls and 1 boy, the boy being the grey and white. I’ve taken to calling him Pigpen, since he is the most apt to get himself dirty.

Shy, but betting more outgoing by the day…….

Oh, and, before I forget, thanks for the post, Stoatie….

Comment from scubafreak
Time: June 4, 2009, 11:08 pm

Mongo, I’ll see what the airlines say….

Comment from Rodent
Time: June 4, 2009, 11:16 pm

That’s a good deed done there, Scubafreak.

If it comes down to it, we’re a ways south of Albuquerque, so not that far away. While we do already have a few adopted strays (*cough*fourteen*cough*) we could always offer a good home to a few more.

Your’s look a bit like Squeakers did when I snatched her from the middle of a rural highway, and while she took a few days to recover (and a year before she could say “meow”, thus her name) she has been the one who most clearly appreciates having a nice home and not being a little white furry pancake.
Most of the others, who weren’t actually staring at the light at the other end of the tunnel, just sorta think that free crunchies, a bottomless can and sleeping in the middle of the bed (under the damn covers, too) are the way a cat’s life is supposed to be.

Anyway, if you can’t keep them all or find homes closer to you, give a shout and we’ll see if we can arrange to get them here.

Hey, you can always come dive Elephant-Butt Lake…

Comment from scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2009, 12:42 am

Rodent, I might just take you up on it. 🙂

Comment from Roman Wolf
Time: June 5, 2009, 2:35 am

I’d probably take up this offer(I’m in Denver currently) but I’m stuck living with my parents who arn’t really cat people…and my mother’s dog(who really really isn’t a cat “person”).

And I really should lay off the video games. They’ve been consuming my life for the last few days.

Comment from JuliaM
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:07 am

Awww, cute!

And off topic, but you’ll love this:


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2009, 9:17 am


We could use a stoat or two here, you know. There’s a little gap in the hedge out front so I can look into the next field, and I counted EIGHT runnybabbits just in the gap last night.

Comment from Weasely
Time: June 5, 2009, 12:07 pm

EIGHT runnybabbits just in the gap last night.

AND giant rats in the attic! Now’s time to shine that stoat silhouette into the night sky.

Comment from Pupster
Time: June 5, 2009, 12:18 pm

“a baby stoat found drowning in a water butt”


butt – a large cask (especially one holding a volume equivalent to 2 hogsheads or 126 gallons)

water butt – a butt set on end to contain water especially to store rainwater

So, if I understand correctly, 1 butt = 2 hogsheads ?
Wow, the metric system is a lot more interesting than they told me in grade school. 

Comment from Allen
Time: June 5, 2009, 12:25 pm

Rodent, TorC woohoo! I haven’t been to the butte in ages. I used to work in Socorro at NMT, many, many, moons ago. Every weekend I could I would take my catamaran down there, damn that’s some mighty fine sailing when the wind gets up.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 5, 2009, 1:01 pm

Those are some really scuffy lookin kitties but I know from experience they grow up big and fluffy and beautiful and very kindly when you take care of them. They need food and shelter and love and they’ll look wonderful in a couple days.

Comment from Rodent
Time: June 5, 2009, 4:04 pm

Weasy, can you send my email address over to Scuba, just in case?

Scuba, if you can’t find homes for the little ones up there and you really wanted to visit the lake, then you could stop by here on the way. Otherwise, well, send me a note and we’ll see. I can certainly make it up Albq, maybe farther toward you.

Allen, I’ll be visiting NMT next week, I think, but I only get down that way every couple years. About 20 years ago I was spending a fair amount of time in Socorro, much of it at the Capital, lol. (Nowadays I’m up nearer to Mountainair.)
Every now and then NMT adds a new building, but for the most part nothing really ever changes in Socorro.

Comment from Allen
Time: June 5, 2009, 4:35 pm

Rodent, I have many fond memories of The Cap. Too many. I left Socorro in 1988, and only go back for 49ers once in a blue moon.

Mountainair, cool. I used to have a ladyfriend who lived near the exit of 60 from I-25. After you got over the river you took this little road south. She lived in this strange house in the middle of nowhere. Lots of great bird watching though, it was similar to Bosque del Apache.

I truly enjoyed living in NM, but it’s not a lot different from where I live in CA. I’m up on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas, in the middle of a whole lot of nothing.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2009, 7:03 pm

Heh. I thought, “why would I have Rodent’s email?” I forgot that I have everyone’s. Well, whatever they tell me it is.

I passed it on, but it sounds to me like the Rodent Cattery is full up.

Comment from Glen
Time: June 5, 2009, 7:48 pm

Fair Weasel, Uncle Badger and Britainly-located folks:

What’s the political news? Nothing’s being reported here in the MSM, but I’ve heard there’s been quite a rout…

(Sorry for thread-jacking)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2009, 7:52 pm

Yeah. Kinda. I mean, yes…the Conservatives steamrollered Labour in local elections. We won’t know about the Euro elections until Sunday. Brown’s cabinet is deserting him right and left.

But so far, he refuses to budge.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:28 pm

Well, Gordie’s got to go.

Good luck with the outcome……

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:34 pm

Unless you listen to the BBC that is, Glen.

In which case our heroic leader is manfully struggling on against a sea of ingratitude, beset by class traitors and enemies of the glorious proletariat.

There were two elections running simultaneously here: one for local councils, one for elections to the fantasy parliament in the EU. where hundreds of elected porkers trough on finest Belgian truffles to preserve an illusion of democracy, while the unelected grown-ups get on with passing laws no one wants.

The local council election results in the UK show a Labour wipeout.

Not that they matter, but the EU elections (results due on Sunday) seem certain to show the same.

Meanwhile the fleas are leaping from the flaming dog, as Gordon Brown’s cabinet members resign, rather than be tainted with the stench from the sea of sewage that rises, hourly, about his flabby hocks.

The man is a dysfunctional monster of almost Shakespearean dimensions – shambling, autistic, delusional, egotistical in a way previously the exclusive territory of Albanian despots – completely and utterly without even a shred of experience, ability or talent.

This a man who has never had a real job. He went, in effect, from student politics to student politics with a police force.

If this were China, he would be shot. But no one would be willing to pay for the bullet that put the vile wretch out of his misery.

Still, on a happier note, England lost to the Dutch today. At cricket.

And the Dutch don’t play cricket.

If I promised to be very good and not bite anyone, do you think you could all shuffle over a nudge and make room for a badger?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:36 pm

Huh. Wow. Note to self: make something nice for dessert.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:50 pm

LOL… Stoatie, you could always feed him a Bacon covered Chocolate cake….. 😉


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2009, 8:51 pm

LOL… Stoatie, you could always feed him a Bacon covered Chocolate cake…..

http ://9.media.tumblr.com/i2dw5nf19jttpc6lboPZ2liio1_r1_500.jpg

Repost due to spam filter. Personally, I doubt that spam could be considered a desert…..

Comment from Cyndi
Time: June 5, 2009, 9:57 pm

Hi Scubafreak! You are sweet and I wish you and the kittens all the luck in the world! It was fate that you walked into that shelter. Only good will come from this! You have a HUGE heart! God Bless you!


Comment from Jessica
Time: June 5, 2009, 10:59 pm


Place all five in a box and ship to the Cape of Cod, please.

I rescued my sweet Imelda at four weeks old from the side of the road. I thought she was dead, and the vet said she wouldn’t make it. Broken bones, missing piece of her tongue, pneumonia – I had her for 16.5 years, and she never left my side. Sniff.

Hey, can you set up a kitteh cam?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 5, 2009, 11:50 pm

Jessica, I’m not set up for a kitteh cam, but I will keep stoatie updated with pics…

On a high note, All of the Kitteh’s are full, fairly clean, and taking to the new low-sided litterbox like bears to the woods. They seem to be putting on weight and are ALOT more active and outgoing right now.

I’ll be checking on airline regulations and prices in the next week or so, just in case ………

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 6, 2009, 10:57 am

The man is a dysfunctional monster of almost Shakespearean dimensions – shambling, autistic, delusional, egotistical in a way previously the exclusive territory of Albanian despots – completely and utterly without even a shred of experience, ability or talent.

This a man who has never had a real job. He went, in effect, from student politics to student politics with a police force.

So… like the President of the United States, then.

Comment from Rodent
Time: June 6, 2009, 10:12 pm

“Heh. I thought, “why would I have Rodent’s email?” I forgot…”
Hrmmph. No wonder you never write.

We do have more cats than any normal people ever would, but of course that (“normal”) has nothing at all to do with us.
Still, we could have a few more if needed. I know that three or four of them would love new kittens, at least until they grew up. The rest would just pretend they don’t exist.

Allen, I don’t know when you last visited the Capitol, but sometime in the mid-90’s the younger generation took over the day-to-day management of the place. You know what they went and did? They. Swept. The. Floors. Now, I’d just always thought the place (or at least the front room) had a dirt floor, like dirt all the way down to hell. No, it turns out there was black and white linoleum tile under there the whole time. Who’da thunkit?
Since you left in ’88 we missed each other by a year or so, but we probably know some people in common. Rather than pester dear Weasel with email forwarding again, I’ve put a url in my name if you want to chew the fat without us filling Weasel’s blog with odd NM recollections.

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