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  •  oh, he is beautiful! and thank you for the brush (5+ / 0-)

    technique!

    that would have helped with RC (short for ray charles), our little blind kitty found by our neighbor (a musician).

    he was just shy of two weeks and had trouble suckling (now he is onto solid gruel...

    due to a herpes viral infection behind his sealed eyelids, one eye will have to be removed when he is a bit bigger and the other has limited sight.  but, boy does that boy have a set of lungs!

    this is rc when we found him the first day (my roommate has been "licking all the color" off the kitten so i think i won't stand a chance of getting to claim him... 8^)

    RCs first day

    and here is a pic of him a few days ago... being "mothered" by patches...

    patches rc i got this

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Sat May 25, 2013 at 10:37:24 PM PDT

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    •  edrie (1+ / 0-)
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      Just to reassure you that the loss of an eye does not seem to be a big impediment.
      Our cat Milo, rescued by the side of the road, the only surviving litter member of a coyote attack, had his eye ripped out.

      Over 15 years later, this simply amazing cat passed away.

      Milo ruled!!

      GOODBYE, MY FRIEND DSCN4361

       MILO DSCN9815

      I`m already against the next war.

      by Knucklehead on Sun May 26, 2013 at 06:20:40 AM PDT

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      •  oh! milo is so very very handsome - (0+ / 0-)

        he was so fortunate to have you find him!

        and, thanks for these wonderful words that will inspire others to realize the fear of "blindness" is human, not for animals.

        i, too, have had the joy of living with a totally blind cat (peasblossom), a blind dog (mr tee) and a blind horse (nimbus).

        nimbus and i rode until a month before he crossed the rainbow - walk, trot, canter, gallop, trails and even small crossrails.  i was his "seeing eye" person.  i ran into one of our former trainers a few months back who i'd not seen in years - she said she had JUST told one of her students about him a few months earlier!  she would forget he was blind when she sat on him.

        for animals - that is the way it is - they do't worry about whether or not it should be.  

        thank you for sharing milo with us.  we're just waiting for rc's surgery until he can be "fixed" at the same time.  so far, so good.  the eye doesn't seem to be bothering him at this time.  if it does, then he will have the surgery sooner.

        EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

        by edrie on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:26:53 AM PDT

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          I can understand the blind dogs & cats, but what a show of confidence to mount & ride a blind horse.

          A funny.

          A robber whose horse was exhausted stopped at a farm & offered $100.00 for a fresh horse.
          The farmer said he had one but it didn`t look too good.
          The robber said he didn`t care, gave the farmer $100.00 & off he went.
          A half hour later he came crawling back covered in scrapes, scratches & bruises.
          He confronted the farmer for selling him a blind horse that had run headlong into a deep ravine.
          The farmer said, "I told you he didn`t look too good.

          Good luck with the little kitty`s surgery.

          As for the little bird that my wife Teri was hand-feeding, it passed last night.
          She has a big sadness today, but one has to take into consideration that we don`t always succeed.

          I`m already against the next war.

          by Knucklehead on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:01:56 AM PDT

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          •  oh, i'm so sorry the wee one didn't make it... (1+ / 0-)
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            in these times, it helps to remember all that did... for if we never try, none of them will survive.

            please give your wife hugs from all of us who appreciate what she did...

            as for riding a blind horse, it is a sobering experience to learn what we are saying with our bodies!  our first movements looked like a snake had traversed the arena - a very BIG snake.  that was when i realized that my balance and movement on nims affected him as much as that fly on his haunches.

            i learned stillness thanks to him and i learned that we don't have to "shout" to be heard - better a whisper on the wind than the loudest protestations and demands to achieve our heart's desire!

            EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

            by edrie on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:31:07 AM PDT

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