We here at Whiskeratti try very hard not to let the real world intrude on our blog, as do most of our fellow cat and dog bloggers. We regard the CB as a haven.
But, the situation with Florence and her destruction is breaking our hearts.
Until about 1.5 years ago, we lived in Fayetteville, NC, which is currently taking a huge beating. Massive flooding, winds, everything is just awful there. We are very grateful to no longer be living there, but we did during that October two years ago when Matthew came through, and we remember.
If you are following the stories, you will be hearing that name mentioned a lot, for comparison. The flooding was intense, for much the same reason as now - we'd already had too much rain by the time he came through.
However, what we really want to focus on are the amazing stories of people coming together, to help each other, and strangers, and most especially animals, get to safety. So many of them!
The Cajun Navy just saved over 70 animals from a pet shelter second floor with the roof caving in, and flooding, at the last minute; how can anything be more heartwarming?
People donated money to help a woman with 7 rescue dogs who was unable to evacuate and wouldn't leave them behind. They are all safe now.
Over 100 people came together to save the town of Lumberton, 20 miles from Fayetteville, from another horrific flooding, as it did in Matthew. They put out a FB call for volunteers to help with sandbags to shore up a low point. And they came.
We live in a time with too much contention, but times such as these not only try our souls, they also bring us together, as one. Bless them all, for doing what they could. No one will see their names in the paper, their pictures won't be shown, they will individually be unknown but what they did as a group will be to the benefit of many. Their reward will be the results of their labors.
And we would like to end with this message for the powers that be:
In the last week or so, Mom has noticed that I've been getting up on the couch, with the warm blankie Auntie Mary gave us for Chrissymouse last year. Normally I'm on the back of the couch, if I get up there.
Our temps are just barely below the summer temps right now, but you can see it and feel it anyway. Shadows are falling differently; sunset sets earlier; the sky is a deeper blue.
Fall officially starts on Sept. 23. But we kittehs do not need a calendar to know, do we?
So what is the bestest thing for any feline to do ??
Our purrayers and thoughts are with our furriends, and everyone,
in the path of the big storm out there. Especially Miss Madi.
Well, we've been asked to do a very special review today, because.... well.. the cats have absolutely refused to touch this one at all. And the Lady said we had to do it, so yeah... here we are.
Yep, it's a vacuum cleaner.
A Hoover WindTunnel Pet Steerable, UH72405.
You can see why the felines refused.... but we don't mind.
So let's take a closer look, shall we?
The Lady says this is a pretty nice machine, largely patterned on Dyson tech.
It has multiple tools, and it's the most complicated one she's ever used.
Comes with a HEPA filter, too.
Verdict - it works VERY well.
We have laminate and tile flooring, with one area rug,
but it does its job very nicely, thank you very much.
This is the Pet Turbo Tool. A word of warning... we hear some woofies like getting vaccumed but DO NOT do that with this tool. The Lady put her hand on it while it was running; it didn't exactly hurt, but that yellow roller thingie is hard plastic, so it definitely doesn't feel good.
So, yeah, if you are in need of a new machine, and want something pet oriented, this is a very good choice!
People who think we felines don't work. We TOTALLY work. Constantly. In fact, we do so much for our peeps, they would be completely lost without us.
Like this morning. I made sure mom got up. She kept hitting that darned snooze button, and I knew that wasn't good. (Ok, it WAS also annoying). So I left my comfy spot at the bottom of the bed and snuggled with her until she admitted she had to get up.
We made it to Friday!! Mom's very happy about that.
Awhile back I posted about how I liked to play with my toys. A few good whaps, and then I'd tuck them under me while I just relaxed. Mom doesn't believe that's actually playing but it was what *I* wanted to do.
And then last night.... Furriends, she TRICKED me! She brought out TWO wand toys and used them both. Totally drove me crazy. Just impossible to ignore the other one while I was laying on the first one.
This was the scene about 4am this morning. Mom is not feeling well, stuff is hurting, so both of us cuddled up to offer our special brand of feline therapy. You can even see Leia's tailio, and I let mom hold my paw.
She likes doing that, says it makes her feel better.
I was working last night too but purring, and maybe drooling just a bit, in mom's hair is really for me. Ever since I was a tiny tot, her hair has always been a big deal to me.
Enjoy your weekend, and remember to look after your peeps.