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Jack Tripper the Amazing Eyeless Kitty
Meow ^ | 12/2/2010 | Meow

Posted on 12/02/2010 3:03:27 PM PST by Dallas59



My mom and I were actually looking to adopt a new cat when we got Jack. I have a friend who boards her horse at a local riding stable and one of the barn cats gave birth to a kitten. It seemed that spaying didn’t work on the cat, so she gave birth to a single, deformed kitten and was not able to produce milk. Luckily the owners recently had her fixed, so I’m hoping this doesn’t happen again.

Jack (at the time he was known as Stevie Wonder) was born without eyes. He’s very lucky with his timing. He grew up having other kittens to play and socialize with, and was used to people from the moment he was born since there are always kids hanging around the barn. He was a favourite amongst the students at the barn. However, when it came time to find the kittens homes, no one knew where Jack would end up. Although some of the kittens already had homes, the ones they couldn’t find homes for would go to the local vet’s to be put up for adoption. They didn’t want to do that with Jack. There was no doubt any of the “normal” kittens would find homes there, but Jack was special.

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TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: blind; cat; kitty; kittyping
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1 posted on 12/02/2010 3:03:32 PM PST by Dallas59
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To: Dallas59


Another Story....Kitties Rescued by US Marine Soldiers in Afghanistan



2 posted on 12/02/2010 3:09:01 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Dallas59

Gosh, what a beautiful story...and pictures. I have tears in my eyes.


3 posted on 12/02/2010 3:09:31 PM PST by truthkeeper ( God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: Dallas59

HOORAY for Jack the kitten!

Thanks for posting this.

I’m mean to most everyone but not kittens.


4 posted on 12/02/2010 3:12:04 PM PST by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Dallas59
It's a good thing that Jack can't see what has become of Janet...


5 posted on 12/02/2010 3:13:22 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo

??? Is that a mug shot or what?


6 posted on 12/02/2010 3:14:13 PM PST by truthkeeper ( God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: truthkeeper; All
DUI mugshot.

I'm sorry for hijacking the cute kitty post. I love kittens and this was just wrong of me.

7 posted on 12/02/2010 3:15:16 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Yo-Yo
Janets Flikr Page...for shame!;-)
8 posted on 12/02/2010 3:17:10 PM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Yo-Yo

No prob with me. After all, the thread is about Jack Tripper. :-)


9 posted on 12/02/2010 3:17:21 PM PST by truthkeeper ( God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: Dallas59

He has beautiful markings. Thank you for the day-brightener!


10 posted on 12/02/2010 3:18:59 PM PST by truthkeeper ( God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy.)
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To: Dallas59

All I can think to say is “Awwww....” :)


11 posted on 12/02/2010 3:25:20 PM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Attn. GOP: Deliver the goods, or we'll do to you what we did to the Dems!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Awwwwww, kitty” alert!


12 posted on 12/02/2010 3:50:23 PM PST by whinecountry (Semper Ubi Sub Ubi)
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Jack the kitteh bump. What a special little kitten. I’ll bet his little nose and little ears work overtime, but he can still get himself around ok. So great that he is obviously loved and also has a pal in Bear. GREAT story!!


13 posted on 12/02/2010 4:45:37 PM PST by FlJoePa ("Success without honor is an unseasoned dish; it will satisfy your hunger, but it won't taste good")
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To: whinecountry; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; ...

14 posted on 12/02/2010 5:10:38 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Cute kitteh adapted well to his forever home. Heartwarming story.


15 posted on 12/02/2010 5:56:46 PM PST by TheOldLady (The only way to run our country is conservatively.)
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To: Dallas59

I heart Jack Tripper....the kitteh, of course! What an great story!


16 posted on 12/02/2010 6:06:27 PM PST by kerbear413 (Socialism breeds Mediocrity)
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To: Dallas59

Thanks for the feel good post....


17 posted on 12/02/2010 7:48:10 PM PST by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: Dallas59

Absolutely wonderful post. Thanks to all for the delightful stories.


18 posted on 12/02/2010 8:09:23 PM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Dallas59

Wish they didn’t let a blind cat wander outside....it will get lost or killed... :(


19 posted on 12/03/2010 6:16:19 AM PST by Fawn (CANCER SUCKS)
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To: humblegunner; Slings and Arrows

I’ve got to post my Thanksgiving kitten story later. I think you’ll like it. Thanks for the ping SA.


20 posted on 12/03/2010 12:07:29 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

Please ping me when you do.


21 posted on 12/03/2010 9:21:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I surely will. Just haven’t had the time to write it up yet.


22 posted on 12/03/2010 11:40:55 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
Hi SA--my mom got sick on Dec 4th and was in hospital for a week and then my dog got sick with a potentially life threatening illness on the 7th and is back at the vet for an overnight stay to get some IV fluids and meds. Just didn't have time to write anything up.

So I wanted to tell you about my rescue kitten story over Thanksgiving.

Some Thanksgivings we like to go on a few days road trips to nearby locations. This year we chose Northern AZ and NM. Saw the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest in AZ and the Petroglyphs just outside of Albuquerque.

This turned out to be the homeless cat vacation. On our way to the Painted Desert on the 25th I noticed a stray/feral calico cat around the Super 8 motel in West Albuquerque. I put out some of my dog's food for it and we left. On the 26th coming back through Albuquerque, my son and husband noticed 4 stray cats in the same area on the roof of the Furrs cafeteria--probably because it was warm on the roof from the day's sun. I put out some more bowls of my dog's food for the kitties. Here's a pic I got of one on the roof--probably the same cat I had seen the day before:

Continued below...

23 posted on 12/13/2010 7:52:25 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
So Saturday, the 27th, we are heading back to Colorado. Husband doesn't have to be back to work until Sunday afternoon and I convince him to make a side trip to Bent's Old Fort in Southern Colorado. We hadn't been there since 2006, and I didn't want to go home just yet.

We get to the parking lot/restroom area of the Fort and we notice there is a young orange tabby kitten going up to every visitor that is heading down the trail to the Fort. He has a collar on, kinda skinny, and is super friendly. I grab him up to ask the Ranger if he belongs to the Fort as I seem to remember that they had Fort cats. He doesn't really like me holding him so he jumps out of my arms before I make it very far down the trail.

The Ranger at the door said the cat had been hanging around for a month. Another Ranger told me he figured he had probably been dumped. We look around. Take pictures of the Fort and the "government" cat working there and head out. We got there kind of late in the day--just after 3 and they close at 4.


Fort Cat on the stairs
soaking up some last
rays of afternoon sun

Continued below...

24 posted on 12/13/2010 8:08:55 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
At this point in the day, it's just us and another family heading up the trail to the parking lot. They get ahead of us and the orange tabby is there again, wanting to be pet and rubbing all over their kids.

The family was kind of lingering a bit at the rest area, and I thought maybe they were contemplating taking the cat. Still, I grab a couple of styrofoam bowls and put out some dog kibble and botled water out for the kitty.

We've got our dog with us and no place to put the cat and husband is strongly encouraging me to "leave the cat".

Here's the picture I took as we headed out...


25 posted on 12/13/2010 8:17:46 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
So we get on the road to make the 3 hour or so journey back home to Denver. Stop in Colorado Springs for a meal and make it back to Denver--probably around 9 or so. I keep thinking about the cat out there living in the plains' grass. It's getting down in the 20's there at night. I get up late the next morning, shower, and keep thinking about him. Husband gets up and starts getting ready for work.

I'm road weary, but decide to give my mom a call and see if she wants to make a trip down to La Junta with me and the kids. Normally she's at my brother's house on Sundays--if she hadn't been there I probably wouldn't have made the trip without another adult. She immediately says yes. We take an alternate route down there--first to Limon and down South from there to La Junta on a lonely two-lane road. I'm trying to make good time as we get a late start. We don't get to the Fort until after 3. No visitors' cars are in the parking lot. The wind is blowing strongly. The cat is no where around.

We decide to go into the Fort again as I have a National Park's pass and my mom has never seen it. We head down the trail looking for the cat. No kitty. I decide to call him. "Here kitty, kitty!" Nothing. One of my sons shouts out, "There he is!" He likes to fool around so I thought he was joking and I get mad. He points, "There!" The orange tabby is coming toward us out of the tall golden grass, meowing. He was hard to see in the grass and afternoon sun. At that point, we forget about Bent's Old Fort.

My oldest grabs the cat. The kitty hasn't changed his mind about being held from the previous day and jumps down and bolts. I've got a can of moist food in the car and entice him over with that. Grab him and the bowl up--he's eating as I'm holding him and shove him into a carrier in the trunk of my mom's car.

So to make a long story even longer, he appears to be healthy. Never had any diarrhea since we've had him. No signs of respiratory illness. Eats well and started gaining weight immediately. I still don't know if he's a male or female and we haven't come up with a name yet. I was going to get him to the vet on the 15th, but my dog's illness has delayed that some. He and our buff tabby aren't best buds, but they are tolerating each other some. I'll post some more recent pics of him below...

26 posted on 12/13/2010 8:43:23 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows


New, no name, Orange Tabby Cat


Old, Alfie, Buff Tabby Cat

27 posted on 12/13/2010 8:52:47 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: humblegunner

Ping if you are interested in my Thanksgiving kitten story in posts 23—27. I finally got it typed up. Sorry it’s long—I’m long winded on the internet.


28 posted on 12/13/2010 9:01:25 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..
Awww! What a way to get a furbaby!

KPL'ers, ping to posts #23-27, and many congrats to beaversmom on her new feline family member.


29 posted on 12/14/2010 12:59:55 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: beaversmom
Since you found him in a national park, why not name him (her?) "teddy" after Theodore Roosevelt, who founded the parks system? "theo" works well, too. Just a well intentioned suggestion. I know naming a cat is a sometimes personal thing, good luck.

CC

30 posted on 12/14/2010 2:58:22 AM PST by Celtic Conservative (Good heavens Miss Takamoto, You're beautiful!)
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To: beaversmom
What a wonderful story! I found myself cheering for you to find the kitty at the end!

What a lucky kitty to have found you!

31 posted on 12/14/2010 4:20:00 AM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Heartwarming kitteh story on this dreary 10°F late-Fall day. Thanks for the ping and all your pings; I don’t say it enough.


32 posted on 12/14/2010 4:58:21 AM PST by TheOldLady ("Face it, Obama: You, too, were a useful idiot." - Lazamataz, who would hit it...with a brick.)
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To: beaversmom

New kitty seems to have made him/herself at home quite nicely. :)


33 posted on 12/14/2010 7:25:11 AM PST by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: beaversmom
What a great story and such a nice-looking kitty!

And I'm partial to orange tabbies. :)

34 posted on 12/14/2010 10:04:09 AM PST by Allegra (I painted fuchsia stripes on my elbows.)
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To: TheOldLady

You’re very welcome.


35 posted on 12/14/2010 11:34:21 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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Thanks Allegra.

And I'm partial to orange tabbies.:)

Me too. Just about every orange/buff/yellow tabby I've known has been a great, friendly cat. I hope we have him for a long time.

36 posted on 12/14/2010 8:27:21 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: ninergold3

He didn’t waste any time making himself at home.


37 posted on 12/14/2010 8:28:10 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: CAluvdubya

Thanks CAluvdubya. I questioned my sanity driving a 6 hour plus round trip to go back down to get him. Didn’t even know if we would be able to find him, but I think we made the right decision.


38 posted on 12/14/2010 8:30:56 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Celtic Conservative

I kinda like your idea of Teddy as a name. When I told my mom and kids, they all really liked it too. Unless he turns out to be a girl, I think that’s the name we are going to go with. Thanks for the suggestion! :) I certainly was at a loss for coming up with a name.


39 posted on 12/14/2010 8:33:39 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows
...many congrats to beaversmom on her new feline family member

Thanks SA. I hope we are lucky enough to have him for a long time.

40 posted on 12/14/2010 8:35:42 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows; Celtic Conservative; CAluvdubya; TheOldLady; ninergold3; Allegra; Silentgypsy
When it rains it pours. I feel like I'm running a vet hospital. After dealing with the after effects of my little dog being sick with pancreatitis (she just got out Wednesday and is still pretty sick), my husband tells me on Thursday that he felt under the new kitty's chin and it was very swollen--like his lymph nodes were swollen.

My heart sank because I was already super bummed about our dog. I start imagining that he's got some horrible disease and will have to be put down. I get him to the vet that afternoon after the kids get out of school. The vet stuck a needle in it and pulled out infection. Thankfully only what appears to be an abscess. I'm not sure how he got it as he's been an indoor cat since we got him at the end of November from Bent's Old Fort--unless he and Alfie cat really got into and I just wasn't aware.

The vet put in a "drain" under his chin and he is on antibiotics. It looks pretty ugly, but he doesn't appear to be in pain and hopefully it will do the trick.

Also, he went into the vet with the name Teddy, but came out with the name Thea. I'm still not used to calling him a she. And now, tonight, the name has changed once again. My 2nd boy said he couldn't remember the name Thea and said he liked the name Cleo after a cat in the Tut Tut book we just read for his schoolwork. So Cleo it is. She's eating, drinking, purring well. She now has all her shots and will hopefully be a healthy kitty from here on out. Big knock on wood!


41 posted on 12/17/2010 9:46:24 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom; Slings and Arrows; Glenn; republicangel; Beaker; BADROTOFINGER; etabeta; asgardshill; ..
More rescue kitteh story at post #41.


42 posted on 12/18/2010 12:14:39 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; beaversmom

I’ve never heard a better kitteh story in my entire life, deserves to be published!

The Adventures Of a Ginger Cat with Three Names.


43 posted on 12/18/2010 12:52:03 AM PST by Fred Nerks (fair dinkum)
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Thanks Fred Nerks—that’s very nice of you to say. Growing up in a pet friendly family we’ve had LOTS of animals over the years—strays, shelter animals, newspaper ad animals, neglected neighbor’s animals, box in front of the store animals, but this is about the craziest way I’ve ever acquired one.


44 posted on 12/18/2010 1:15:57 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thank you for your cat pings, I love them!


45 posted on 12/18/2010 4:37:09 AM PST by crazy aunt in the attic
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To: Dallas59
Garfield's girlfriend wearing her Christmas gift! I wonder what Jon is going to buy Liz?


46 posted on 12/18/2010 5:33:40 AM PST by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: crazy aunt in the attic

You’re very welcome.


47 posted on 12/18/2010 5:38:42 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Dallas59
Garfield's girlfriend wearing her Christmas gift! I wonder what Jon is going to buy Liz?


48 posted on 12/18/2010 5:50:20 AM PST by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: Dallas59

This is truly a Merry Christmas story! :)=^..^=


49 posted on 12/18/2010 7:26:08 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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To: Young Werther

Ready for the Christmas party tonight! :)=^..^=


50 posted on 12/18/2010 7:30:08 AM PST by Biggirl (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! GO UCONN!!!!:)=^..^=)
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