Monday, December 13, 2010
Meet Georgie Bartlett
Georgie Bartlett and his family moved in with us late Friday afternoon. There are four in this family and they are a special little litter who had kind of a sad start. Let me tell you though, they are fine and I promise their story has a happy ending.
The Bartletts were abandoned at a bus stop in Roy, Washington. They were found crammed inside a filthy carrier by a kind soul who brought into the Humane Society.
They were crusty, thin, flea-infested, with ear mites and signs of upper respiratory infections (runny eyes and noses). They also had little bald patches on their lower back legs - signs that they had been contained in a space with a hard surface beneath them.
The fine folks in Vet Treatment took care of the ear mites and fleas, put them on antibiotics, and got them on the road to good health. Traci, foster care coordinator, called me Friday to let me know they mine if I wanted them.
OF COURSE I wanted them.
I set up their quarters, and went to pick them up at the shelter later that day. They were tearing around their kennel when I arrived. They were a tiny bit scared when I packed them into their carrier, but did fine on the way home.
Once I got home, I took them into their room and one by one, placed them into the large, collapsable kennel I had setup for them.
I thought for sure, given their start, that I would have some fraidy-cats on my hands. But, within seconds, and I mean SECONDS, I had two of them on their sides letting me scratch their bellies. They were purring strong and just as happy as could be.
Shortly there after, kitten number three was purring and by the next morning, number four was too!
By Saturday morning, they were napping on my lap, content and comfortable.
And today, they are romping, wrestling, playing, eating, drinking, bouncing, pouncing, poofing, purring, cuddling, snuggling just like any kittens do. They are happy, happy little beings filled with life and love!
Now, back to Georgie Bartlett. He looks like a bit of a little ragamuffin, but he's the sweetest little boy. When he came into the shelter, his nose was all crusty with food and runny eye and nose goop and when they cleaned off the crust, a little fur came with. Hopefully that will grow back soon.
This little video illustrates the little love that he is.
He's got a funny little tail, too. It's just half the length of a normal tail, and if you feel it, it's all kinky. It's pretty funny when he puffs it up in excitement. Actually, it's pretty silly. : )
This is a special little batch of babies, and I think we're all going to enjoy spending time with them.
Why Bartlett, you ask? Well, because they are all pear-shaped! Once these scrawny little babes got a good meal inside their bellies, their middles got quite round. Hopefully the rest of their bodies will catch up soon!
Welcome, Bartletts. I'm so happy to have you here!