Archive for June, 2012

Princess Arianna…..

It’s taken me a bit to get to a place where I could write this Princess’ tribute. It was June 2, 2012 around 1pm that Princess Arianna left her earthly body for The Bridge. I will miss her so.

Arianna was brought to HELP Humane as a 3 week old kitten needing to be bottlefed. Anyone that has bottlefed knows that a single bottle fed kitten is a total brat. Because they don’t grow up with siblings, they don’t really learn how to “be good”. They believe it should be their way or no way. I looked at the crossed eyes of this little charmer and I was in. Now, I have to say that I am the worst bottle feeder there is because I just panic when they don’t eat well and that is not a good energy to send when a baby is needing a mama to comfort them. But how could I say no to this?

So, her and I survived her bottle feeding and she went to a home shortly after appropriate weight for spaying. There were a couple of times in her 5 years out on adoption, her family called saying that she was a biter and they were going to bring her back but they never followed through. (ALOT of single bottle babies are biters)  In February 2011, they did return her, but not for the biting but because she had some bad potty habits.

After her return, we tested her (again, we always test all our cats for Feline Leukemia and FIV when they come in), she tested Feline Leukemia positive (she was NOT when she went out on adoption). We felt like we had been punched in the stomach. Sometime while out in her home she was exposed to and contracted Feline Leukemia.  This would mean a shorter lifespan for this Princess. After discussing her return with the family, we found out that their vet was pretty incompetent and never even did checks for urinary tract infections. So, off to the vet where we found out that she had all sorts of issues with her booty. *sigh*

We have an awesome foster family that adopted a Feline Leukemia positive cat from us a few years back and fosters them for us also. This family decided to foster the Princess. She was never really a big fan of other cats as she really thought she should have a queendom of her own. So, she made her place in the bedroom of the youngest in her foster family. Arianna would watch over her at night sleeping above her head.

About eight months ago, our vet did a procedure on Arianna’s booty that corrected most of her issues with her booty and she was so happy not to be missed with every day in that area 🙂 and life was good.

Earlier this year, her foster family began noticing her not wanting to eat and their fears were confirmed when visiting our vet with the weight loss. Tests were done and meds were started but our Princess Arianna likely had lymphoma which would take her life. Many Feline Leukemia positive cats end up with lymphoma 😦

So Princess Arianna spent her last couple months training a new Princess. Princess Pammy. Princess Pammy was brought into a local Animal Control Shelter with an injured eye. We pulled the kitten into our shelter and got the injured eye removed and then found out she was also Feline Leukemia positive. The young daughter in our above foster home always wanted to foster a kitten, but since they had to be Feline Leukemia positive, she hadn’t gotten the chance at that. Well, this time she did, in fact, this awesome family took on 2 kittens that were positive.

Princess Arianna trained Princess Pammy to take over the throne when her time was up and Princess Pammy was like glue to Princess Arianna. Foster family went on vacation right before it was Arianna’s time, but she apparently decided to wait for them to return before she was leaving. In her last few days, she had given up eating and on the morning of June 2, foster family wasnt even sure she was still “there”, her eyes were glazed and she just looked past everyone. She was telling them it was her time.

So, foster family surrounded her with love as she left us behind. Even foster daughter was there for her Princess and it was her first time being there while putting an animal to peace. Her passing was peaceful and full of love. Princess Arianna went on to her next queendom and left us behind in tears. We are not sure that she received much kindness in her lifetime between the times we had her but we know she knew it the first and last part of her life. I am quite sure that as Princess Pammy took over her crown that Princess Arianna was proud of her own work. And we also believe that she still watches over her little human Princess at night. Godspeed Princess Arianna……….

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What a ride, even if you didn’t!

Saturday, June 2, 2012 was our first “2 Wheels 4 Paws” Charity motorcycle ride for our shelter. It had been in planning for right at 6 months. I had always wanted to do this type of fundraiser but not being a “biker” person, it just wasnt happening. Then Diana (her and her husband David love riding) decided to take on the challenge, and boy what an amazing job she did!  Thank you Diana for stepping up to the plate and hitting it out of the park!

Now, anyone that knows me knows that I am a big ball of emotions most of the time but it’s just me 🙂 I always love seeing the big biker convoys all riding for a cause. There is something about seeing that that brings a lump to my throat. Well, it was definitely more than a lump with our ride!

The craziness of planning a big fundraiser is full of ups and downs and adrenaline, and the closer you get the more things go wrong and the knot in your stomach gets tighter. Up until about the last week prior to the ride, we really didn’t have a lot of riders that had signed up. We learned some lessons as in all 1st time fundraisers and we didn’t get the word out enough that people needed to pre register for the event (the registration included catered food and we obviously didn’t want to order more food than we needed and the caterer needed notice.

Jump to June 2, 11am and there are 43 bikers lined up to leave Rawhide Harley in Olathe for a 80 mile (a long scenic route) trek to the shelter. Yes, 43!! I was at the shelter getting ready and set up there, so Nicki filmed them leaving there and I was going to film their arrival. When the riders were 2 miles out, we all awaited alongside the road they would pull in on at the shelter. My heart was racing and my eyes were welling. It was such an amazing and heartwarming sight to watch these 40+ bikers pulling in to the cheers of us “non bikers” waiting at the shelter. Each rider chose a HELP Humane resident to “ride for” and tied a picture onto their bikes showing who they were riding for. Could there BE anything cooler?!

So, I wept as they pulled in trying to film it and clap and yell at the same time. I will attach the link to the video at the end of this blog. Animals don’t get choices in their lives, some end up with fantastic lives, others barely get to live at all and still others never even know love. There was something powerful about all these people in their tough guy/gal garb thundering down the highway together to help homeless animals. Most of the riders wanted to meet the animal they rode for, how special is that?  

So, I dabbed my tears and watched them get off their bikes and just savored the moment of awesome people helping awesome animals. A few minutes later, I gave Diana a big hug saying “awesome job”. What an incredible event, can’t wait until our 2nd annual ride!

Thank you to all of you that rode, our fantastic sponsors, those that donated raffle items. all the volunteers that helped it go incredibly smooth all day, the non riders that joined us for the after party, Scratched Vinyl, the band that performed during the after party for free(!), Tracy who designed our adorable logo for the ride, Lisa who donated the sponsor banner, if I left you out, it was certainly not intended, I plan to send personal thank yous to everyone. It was a day that will live in my memory, even though my brain is overflowing most of the time, there will always be this special memory there. Thank you to all that helped create it for our babies, you are all ROCK STARS!!

Enjoy the videos! From them leaving Rawhide Harley in Olathe and then arriving at the shelter, there are 2 different links to the videos 🙂 departing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9V2cEc7SoE  and arriving video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8DWXwrGpn4&feature=relmfu

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