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Asking for help [19 Jun 2010|08:44pm]

Sorry if this post isn't allowed...let me know and I will edit / delete.

I'm never one to ask for help but...

I found out today that my cat, Simon the Siamese Wonder Cat, needs to have nearly a FULL extraction of his teeth. More than likely, yes, a complete extraction; there's a possibility of a few that can be saved, but, it's marginal at best. There was nothing I could have done to prevent this as it appears to have been viral and the erosion of his gums and teeth began prior to my adopting him. What bothers me the most is that every vet I had taken him to stated that he just had bad breath and to change his food, which I have done several times to no avail. The vet I took him to this morning basically pried his mouth open all the way so I could see the yellow and green discoloration and also see that he was already missing several of his kitty teeth. Because of this situation, he is having difficulty in eating and because of this he has lost a little more weight than he should. If you know anything about Siamese cats, they are thin and lanky, but he has lost about a pound and a half on the wrong side of things.

Needless to say, this made me feel like a horrible feline parent all the way around.

The procedure itself is going to cost anywhere between $600 and $850; IV drip, anesthesia, X-rays to ensure no tooth fragments are lodged in the gum, extraction, cleaning, pain medication, steroids, blood work, etc.

These are funds that I don't readily have available at this time, but, this is my cat...he's more than a pet, he's seemingly a person unto himself with an awesome personality, demeanor, and intelligence, as well as one of my friends. In light of not having these funds, but, also wanting to help out my cat, I'm asking (Probably for the first time in my limited existence) for a little bit of help. He's an awesome cat and I can't bare the thought that I couldn't take care of him the way he should be. And I also can't bear to think he might be in any pain.

So I'll sell prints from my photography catalog to help offset the high amount

PRINT SALE from the online galleries HERE and THEN HERE AGAIN...

ALL monies to go to the "Simon the Siamese Wonder Cat" and his teeth extraction payment fund!

Any image that is listed from the links ABOVE will be made to the size you wish, at high resolution (.tiff, .jpg, etc...) and emailed to your inbox, and for your printing pleasure, for the low low price of $20. If you prefer to have it printed from the lab I use, the cost would be a little bit more. If you'd rather not purchase a print and would simply like to donate, well, I wouldn't mind that either!

More images of the cat you would be helping this way!Collapse )

Please help out if you can...I would appreciate it AND Simon would too (More than I could express)!

By clicking on the DONATE button below, you'll be purchasing an above mentioned piece of photo art. Leave a comment below on which image you would like and what size resolution you would like AS WELL and I will happily send it to you THRU THE MAGICAL POWER OF THE INTERWEBS!

Again, you have no idea how much you'll be helping!

A world of thanks,

-Dusty and Simon the Siamese Wonder Cat.

PS - THE FIRST FIVE PEOPLE who simply donate or order a print will receive an authentic extracted tooth from Simon himself accompanied with a letter of authenticity!


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Flickr Oregon Dog Group! [27 May 2009|12:19pm]

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Since there wasn't a flickr group for Oregonian dog lovers, I decided to make one! If you live in Oregon, use flickr, and take dog photos, please join us!

Oregon Dogs on flickr, all dog lovers welcome!
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[18 May 2009|11:52am]


Hahaha had to share these pics of Lucy in the bandanas! The expressions on her face crack me up!
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[06 Dec 2008|01:16pm]


We finally figured it out! The snuggly warm dog hat and scarf is finally here! After some long, hard, tedious work, we finally got them past production! We made them in 3 sizes, XS, SM, M/L. We're also almost done with the slotted hats for the ears to poke out of. I'll post images of those when they're finally ready as well!

Thanks everyone for all the feedback and suggestions! You flippin' ROCK!

(modeled by Stewie & Lucy wearing the size M/L)

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[18 Oct 2008|12:20pm]


So last night I was going through last winter's bag of ideas for winter dog hats and I found this funny red corduroy one which Stewie just loves to wear. I always laugh so hard when he wears this one but it poses a good question for this season's line of winter-wear....

What is in more of demand by the customer???
a) Dog hats with cute lil teddy ears on the side or
b) Dog hats with lil slits for the pet's real ears to poke out of?

Help me out here... Let's put it to a VOTE!
Reply to this post and tell me your opinion.
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...and for dog lovers: [23 Jun 2008|02:08pm]


In case you weren't aware of it yet:

A Dog-Lovers Social Network in the Portland area.

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Public Forums on Animal Services - tonight and tomorrow [23 Jun 2008|02:05pm]

Sorry for the short notice.  Thought some of you might be interested:

Multnomah County, which currently provides animal services countywide, including for the City of Portland, can no longer fund the level of animal services that will keep pace with the growing expectations and demands for those services in Portland.

The Animal Services Taskforce is chartered by the Portland City Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to study and evaluate options; make recommendations for appropriate and viable service levels and service priorities; and identify sustainable funding methods to insure continued services into the future.

The Taskforce is holding a series of public forums to solicit feedback and how to fund those services from the public about animal services in Portland and Multnomah County. Please plan to attend one of the forums to have your feedback included in the Taskforce's recommendations that will be submitted to the City Council and Board of County Commissioners by November 2008.

Public Forum Schedule

Monday, June 23
10301 NE Glisan

Tuesday, June 24
Mulnomah Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy
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UPDATE: Stubby's surgery scheduled for July 2nd! [21 Jun 2008|03:27pm]

[ mood | thankful ]

Because of the overwhelmingly positive response and generosity of family and friends old and new, and the fact that we are thisclose to reaching our goal, I've scheduled Stubby's surgery for July 2nd!

So, the last day to donate via PayPal will be June 27th! Donations made directly to the vet's office can be made all the way through July 2nd.

If you've already donated, THANK YOU!!
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby

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UPDATE: Reaching out for support... [17 Jun 2008|10:20pm]

[ mood | grateful ]

What a wonderful day today! Not only did Dr. Crocker's office agree to accept donations on Stubby's behalf (see my earlier posts for that info), we raised $250! Much of that $250 came from the support of the LJ communities, so from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!

Since the fundraising is going so well (we're only about $250 short of our goal!), I was able to go ahead and schedule Stubby's surgery for July 2nd. He's having his bloodwork done next week, and I'm hopeful that we'll have a reason for why his teeth are in such bad shape.

I'm very grateful for and encouraged by all the positive feedback I've gotten...even the negative feedback has helped me to improve the way I'm doing things, so that's awesome.

So, if you've already donated, THANK YOU!! And if you haven't, please consider it...if you're unable to, prayers and well-wishes are accepted, too :-)

♥ Ria
Visit www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby for more info!

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UPDATE: Reaching out for support... [17 Jun 2008|11:47am]

I recently posted a fund-raising request for donations to help cover the costs of extensive dental surgery for Stubby, a sweet little guy I'm fostering. Several folks suggested that they'd feel more comfortable donating directly to the vet's office than to me, which I understand completely. I thought that was a great idea, so I contacted my vet's office today, and they've graciously agreed to accept check and/or credit/debit card donations on Stubby's behalf.

Checks can be made payable to Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic. Please be sure to reference 'Account #30919' in the check's memo field.

Credit/debit card donations can be taken over the phone by calling (937) 435-3262. Again, please be sure to reference Account #30919. Their mailing address is:

Bigger Road Veterinary Clinic
5655 Bigger Rd.
Kettering, OH 45440

Thank you so much to those who have already donated!

Ria Kapluck
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Reaching out for support... [15 Jun 2008|02:00pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

My name is Ria, and I've created an LJ on behalf of a sweet little guy named Stubby. A friend asked me to provide a temporary home for Stubby, as well as try to find him a forever home, and I was happy to oblige. I knew that Stubby hadn't been to the vet in a few years, and would need to be caught up on his vaccinations and receive a clean bill of health before I could find a forever home for him.

However, when I took him in for his exam, the doctor determined that his oral health was deteriorated to such an extent that Stubby would need to undergo extensive surgery to extract all of his teeth and repair the damage to his gums and jawbones. As you can imagine, that kind of surgery is very, very expensive, and I if I had the means to pay for it on my own, I would do so in a heartbeat. That's where you come in...

I've created a website called www.freewebs.com/surgeryforstubby, where you can learn a little more about Stubby as well as make donations in any amount to help cover the cost of the surgery. For every $5 donated, you'll receive an entry in the Thank You Raffle for a chance at the Grand Prize of a $50 SuperCertificate to www.GiftCertificates.com

My fundraising goal is $1,200...any money raised that exceeds the goal amount will be donated to SICSA (The Society for the Improvement of Conditions for Stray Animals, which is a wonderful no-kill shelter here in Kettering, Ohio.

I'm asking for your support as I try to improve Stubby's life. Several people have told me to "just put him down, it's not worth it"...as far as I'm concerned, this is not an option. He's only four years old, and with this surgery, will lead a long, happy life. Please consider donating...even $1 will help! Even if all you can do is share the website with your friends and fellow animal lovers, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time, and thank you for all the work you do to help our furry friends! If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.

I want to make it very clear that my one and only goal in creating the website and corresponding LJ is to raise the funds necessary to get Stubby on the road to health and happiness. I am not affiliated with any shelter or rescue group...I'm just one person trying to make a difference in one animal's life, in any way that I can.

Ria K.

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blehh [11 Jun 2008|02:52pm]

My cat keeps throwing up. Not more than once a day, but usually a few times a week. Yes, I've got an appointment for him next week. Overall, he seems very healthy, and very energetic (which is why at first I thought he was just riling himself up too much right after he'd eat).

So I'm thinking: Worms, of some sort?? I just want to know what to anticipate at the vets. Any ideas?

x-posted to catsgalore
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Found Yellow Lab in Hillsboro [17 Mar 2008|08:12pm]

Link to dog information (with pic)
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[19 Dec 2007|02:18pm]

[ mood | inquisitive ]

This morning my roommate told me she found a wet spot in her room under her desk. She thought it might be from outside at first but thewindow/walls were dry so she thinks it might be my cat. He's never done this before so I am kind of freaked out. He's 3 years old, nothing stressful has happened to him recently, he's normally really well behaved except that he's very vocal, but I don't think that has anything to do with peeing on a carpet. There haven't been any other pet smells in there as far as I know, because we don't have other animals.

I kind of think it must have been something else, because she locks her door at night to sleep, so I don't see how she would have noticed this just this morning. She doesn't want to blame him but she can't come up with any other explanation.

Would my cat just randomly pee on her carpet? He's neutered and I scoop his litterbox every day.

Thanks in advance!

x-posted to catsgalore

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Advice on an FIV+ stray [08 Sep 2007|02:39pm]

Hello! My roommate and I recently took in a stray who turned out to be FIV positive. We already have a cat who is FIV negative, and we'd like to keep him that way. We were all set to vaccinate our cat and keep the stray, but calling around at some local vets indicated the vaccine was not very effective. It's transmitted through bites, and although it looks like the two of them will get along (they're being kept in separate rooms right now), I find it unlikely that they will never, in the 10 years they may live together, bite each other. I'm not frightened by the false-positive it will create if he's ever tested; he's microchipped, so he'll be sent back to us either way.

We feel a certain responsibility toward the stray, but obviously have a greater responsibility to our cat. I'm not confidant that we'll find a loving home for the stray; the animal shelter will euthanize him. I'm tempted to send the stray to go live with my mom in San Diego, although her two geriatric cats will probably fare much worse if infected than my 4 year old cat will. Right now we're hoping Cat Adoption Team will have an opening soon, and we can send him there.

The vet we took the stay to gave us a drug called Interferon and told us that it might turn the cat FIV negative, which I find a little hard to believe. My research indicated that if a cat is just bitten, it might prevent the virus from taking hold, but for a cat who was likely bitten months ago (as this cat as been homeless since at least winter), it probably won't make a difference. I don't really know that vet well enough to trust him, so if you have a vet you trust, I'd love to hear about them. We're in Beaverton, but a good vet is worth a long trip.

Also, could it be a false positive? I've read that a positive test should be followed up with another test called a western blot, but I don't know if the dual-test procedure hearkens from days of yore when tests had to be sent away to a lab.

I'm just sort of at a loss for what to do, and hoping to get some advice or experience. Thanks for all your help.
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Have you seen just one? [12 Jun 2007|08:06am]


Bayley, 2 1/2 YO Redbone Coonhound adopted from SWWHS at 7 months. "Have you seen others like me? Only one?"
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Pet Community [10 Jun 2007|09:00am]

Forgive me for promoting a community, but I just wanted to let everyone know about "fancypets" Its for people who like putting their pets in clothes. There are only four members so far so I'm hoping more people will join and post. Thanks

My cat Star loves getting dressed up :)
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[07 May 2007|03:22pm]

My cat has had fleas for about two and a half weeks now. I bought some generic Hartz flea treatment which did absolutely nothing. When I spoke to my mom about finding a better flea medicine she told me I would have to wait until 30 days after I applied the Hartz or else I would "poison" my cat. I don't think I can wait much longer and am hoping for some advice. Got any? (Btw she's a very fussy cat who would scratch me to death before she let me give her a bath)

Thanks in advance!

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yay!! [09 Apr 2007|07:50pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Dogs May Soon Be Allowed Into

Oregon’s Bars And Restaurants


Fido and Fifi will be allowed into Oregon restaurants and bars if House Bill 3521 passes the legislature. The dog must be well-behaved, on-leash and with its owner. If the business chooses, it may designate a portion of the facility for dogs and their owners. (Of course, this won’t affect service dogs, whose access cannot be restricted in this way.) Express your support to your legislator. Send him or her a message through the State Legislature’s website at www.leg.state.or.us.


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IMPORTANT: Pet food recall expands to dry food [02 Apr 2007|09:27am]

Pet food recall expands to dry food - USAtoday.com
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