Penny, spreading Christmas cheer (see the not so cheerful)...Pumpkin apprehensive about the
first snow...Gil and Marlin enjoying an indoor snuggle in the kitten
room, which is always full of activity!
Gil and Nemo hanging out near the ceiling...Wybie jumping from the tower...Gil trying to get in on some kitten play with Alex and Salem
When the bigger kittens aren't snuggling in their warm buckets, they use the kitty door to come inside to enjoy the heater.
The little kittens have also started venturing out into the enclosure during playtime.
kittens sure do eat A LOT! Thankfully, we received some nice food
donations this month...2 cases and several bags of Friskies; 4 big
boxes packed full of an assortment of adult dry cat food, kitten milk,
and canned kitten food; a ¥12,000 donation from a fisherman,
targeted towards food for the biwako kittens (we shopped the Nyan-Nyan
sale on the 22nd, and got an additional 20%!), and a couple of bags
full of canned cat food that Gina brought us when she and her mother
visited. We also received several cash donations this month, which we
used to place a big online kitten food order to be delivered in
Newbies from Biwako, Bruce and Nigel...good news about an orphan kitten rescue that we helped with...our once a week cleaning volunteer makes the enclosures sparkle.
We Saw Yumi on one of her rare out and abouts. She's a semi-feral cat of ours that
was adopted by a local woman, who is working hard to socialize
Wednesday, Hansel, and Josie found new homes...Josie was adopted by our super foster mom, Gina, who stopped by to visit Alex!
Rose and Daisy (Poppy's sisters) came back for a visit, while Amanda was traveling...Tricky
returned from his long stay at the vet's clinic (the one on the left is
his pretend friend and bunk mate, while at the clinic!).
We lost Seagull, our poor little sick one from the lake...we loved her so, while she was with us.
We also lost dear Birdie to Chronic
Renal Failure related to FIV. With us from the early days here at
JCN, she looked a lot like a little baby bird when we found her--long
wobbly neck and round little belly. She continued to live up to her
name by "chirping" at visitors, from her special perch in the garden.
FIV is a particular problem among Japan's stray and abandoned cat
population, but we are working to wipe it out with spay/neuter
our ARK Christmas visit...This is Cheek, a very sweet poodle rescued
from a sad inbreeding situation...these are ARK's newly rescued
made a big Christmas dinner at her place, which we enjoyed with our
animal welfare working friends. We had a really nice time!
ate our dinner by candle light and played Scrabble afterward--Elizabeth, an avid crossworder as well, won! Sherri and
Takashi dropped me off and kindly brought some cat food by on their way back. They
ended up leaving ARK with an extra poodle (guess who!).