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  1. Nine Dark Moons
    August 18, 2016 @ 9:54 am

    You are wonderful and your foster cat and kittens are adorable! I am so happy you are fostering a kitty who needs medical help, that is so much saner than just putting her to sleep 🙁

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  2. FERN BENSON
    August 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am

    you guys are so great! As soon as I get back from my three day escape, I AM going to get a cat. Spookie passed some 6+ months ago……………..it’s time.

    thanks

    Fern

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  3. Laurie
    August 18, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    Love Berla’s toes, and the kittens are so sweet. Great decision.

    Lauri

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  4. Kathy
    August 18, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    That Berla (though I think this is a misspelling of Purrla) has the fanciest feet on a cat I have ever seen. How can you not fall in love?

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  5. miggiepdx
    August 18, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    The best morsel in this story is the love and acceptance you have for yourself. You knew what to do, and you defied conventional wisdom, plus the concern of a loving spouse, to do it. That’s the big gift, likely passed down for many generations, and it’s why we love hanging out at your blog. Your life is your example. Rock on!

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  6. Jay
    August 18, 2016 @ 11:52 am

    Love them tender . . . love them sweet . . .

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  7. Loran Watkins
    August 18, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

    TNR ROCKS!! If anyone needs assistance/support I’m happy to discuss via email.
    Congrats on ALL your kitties, kitten love is the best 🙂
    And the internet was conceived solely for sharing cat pictures and videos so we totally understand your decision.

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  8. Elizabeth Aton
    August 18, 2016 @ 1:58 pm

    You’ve given Berla the means to heal–clean bed, safe surroundings and love. You can see it in her relaxed smile as she rests. That’s a wonderful gift. And of course the box of kittens is beyond cute. We have a very elderly and fading senior cat in our household that we know we won’t have much longer and the cycle we’ve had for so many years in our marriage will continue. With our two younger cats we’ll welcome some new rescue who needs a home and enjoy their special personality too. Thank you for making this good thing known in Elvis’ memory.

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  9. Hayley
    August 18, 2016 @ 2:31 pm

    So happy to see this! It really does help fill the empty spaces. It doesn’t make up for it, but it helps. These four are lucky cats!
    I have four rescue cats myself and a rescue dog that was badly abused and abandoned as a puppy. Varying ages and circumstances when I brought them in but they’re all amazing. I took them in at various times over the year after my old and much-loved dog passed. If he had to go, I’m glad he left an opening for these furry loves behind.
    I really wasn’t sure I’d keep them all long-term but I have no regrets! Whether you rehome or keep, you won’t either 🙂

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  10. Rosemary
    August 18, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

    I think you have no choice- only three kittens (who look like they could Elvis’s babies) can replace one amazing cat. When our one dog died I said, and even Mr. Stephen (who isn’t big on pets because he always ends up being the one walking them when it rains) agreed, next time we are going to have two dogs… and we do!

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  11. carole
    August 19, 2016 @ 7:50 am

    Thanks for such an informative blog post. I’m sure you saved some lives today.

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  12. kmkat
    August 19, 2016 @ 2:12 pm

    As a board member of our local humane society and a life-long cat owner and current staff for two cats and owner of two dogs, I say… go, you! I especially love that you went to a non-non-kill shelter. There is so much bad-mouthing of them — our shelter has been under attack for a couple years by one person — but they fill a need. It is a sad truth, but not all animals can be saved. There are simply too many animals and not enough resources. Our board is currently considering beginning to import dogs from the South, where there are too many adoptable dogs and not enough homes; in the North we seem to have the opposite problem. (Cats, not so much. There are still way more cats than homes, although the new effort to find *jobs* for feral cats in warehouses, nurseries, etc., is a hopeful trend.)

    When our two sons were still at home, we fostered kittens every summer. Those kittens were all so well-socialized when we returned them that NOTHING would faze them.

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  13. Katy
    August 19, 2016 @ 3:44 pm

    I didn’t think I could like you ( a complete stranger) more, but I do.

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  14. Michelle Anthony
    August 19, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

    This week was a particularly bad one for me, as well, as I had to put my beloved Australian Shepherd, Maisy, to sleep. Two days later, I woke up to one of those “here’s what you were doing three years ago” messages from Facebook, and it was my post about the death of my black Lab, Tessa. That really was the cherry on top of the s**t sundae. As sad – bereft and inconsolable – as I am, I too immediately wanted another dog. You see, I don’t have anywhere else to put all this love and if I don’t have my animals to shower it on I may pop. I haven’t yet broached that subject with the husband, who may not share my particular way of coping with loss, but it’s not going to be long and I hope Maisy, or Tessa, send another member of the family my way soon. I’m proud of you, VEB, for fostering and using your grief to do good. I get too attached, so fostering isn’t much of an option as I would have to keep them all (which is why I have five cats). So I support some recue organizations other ways and try to be the best pet parent I can be. Strength to you and I hope you find, not another Elvis, but another whoever that will make you feel whole again in a way only they can.

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  15. Rachel
    August 19, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

    Thank you for writing this post and for fostering. I volunteer with my local humane society and we need foster homes more than anything right now. We provide all vet care. Fosters provide food, love, socialization and transport them to adoption events. We also need people to help set up and take down crates, etc. at adoption events and help cleaning cat cages at our local Petsmart. There are so many opportunities to volunteer and help the animals.

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  16. Katharine Virginia
    August 20, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

    I wanted to write you a little thank-you letter. Your blog has been a delight and small highlight of my days for the past several months, ever since I was turned onto it by the kingdom mirror post. I am 23, and I recently got my first real GFT all thanks to you: your style, ideas and advice lead me to hunting down and correctly pursuing a gorgeous dining room set and hutch on Craig’s List. This lovely man had just settled his grandfather into a nursing home, and needed the furniture out of the then-sold house. I (and a small troop of strong and loyal pals) hauled this amazing collection of furniture out of that house and into my apartment, and it cost me $75.00. Oh, and another $75.00 for the entire 12-person china set which was in the hutch, which astoundingly matches the china set I had inherited from my mother. This is all thanks to you for the following reasons:

    – I would never have thought to look for quality furniture on Craig’s List if not for you
    – This seller chose me over 5 other offers he received because I followed your advice on how best to transcend the pile: he said I was “the most confident, forthright and direct,” …and because I do not sound 23 over the phone. All you. Thousands of dollars worth of furniture and dishes, $150 total. Bless.
    – Honest to goodness, I have learned an enormous amount about how to move and ship things from reading and watching what your posts. I did my own research too, but I was able to get this stuff home without a scratch thanks to you.

    Thank you. Your blog is so wonderful. I aspire to be as earnestly and unabashedly glamorous and energetic someday. I caught up reading right with Elvis’s passing. I was thoroughly in tears at the end of the video, went to click onwards to the next entry, and was hit harder again by the knowledge that though I had been binge-reading, I had finally caught up at a moment of deep personal tragedy. I am so sorry. I have lost a cat to cancer, and it is devastating. I hope with these new fosters, you are able to heal through love and service and new life.

    Be well, and happy fall.

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  17. Patricia Eimer
    August 20, 2016 @ 6:20 pm

    We fostered and then adopted an 8 year old dog who’s owner had passed away 7 years ago. What was supposed to be a few weeks until a home was found has been 7 years. He’s a part of our family that I didn’t know we needed (that I needed) and bringing him home will always be one of the best decisions we ever made (I say as he lays on my feet licking my ankles between loud snores).

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  18. Debbie
    August 21, 2016 @ 12:49 am

    I’m almost in tears reading your post today. I’m a part of a very small, foster-based, cat rescue group in South Carolina. We do adoption days every Saturday at a pet store. Today the store manager said someone left a box of 4 kittens at the entry door before they opened this morning and he asked if we could take them in. Later in the day, a man came in with 2 little baby kittens he had found in his yard this morning. In total, we adopted one young cat today, and gained 6 kittens. We are busting at the seams in our homes with foster cats. If it wasn’t for the folks who help our rescue by fostering, we could not continue, in our small way, saving these lovely and loving animals. Thank you so much for sharing your compassion for these little treasures.

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  19. ccr in MA
    August 21, 2016 @ 4:11 pm

    What an amazing thing to do; whether you foster them or keep them, you are helping them, and hopefully yourself in the process.

    I can’t foster, as my old man Carlos (also a poly!) is not much of a fan of other cats. But he’s a rescue, my previous babies were, and the next ones (sigh, hopefully not too soon) will be too.

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  20. Lori Terceira
    August 21, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

    Losing a pet is never easy but a wonderful way to honor Elivis’s memory by giving more cats an opportunity to find a forever home.

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