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Dale S Eggers
A Cat;s Will...
Posted April 22, 2012 by Dale S Eggers
A Cat's Will

Before humans die, they write their last Will & Testament, give their home and all they have to those they leave behind. If, with my paws, I could do the same, this is what I'd ask...

To a poor and lonely stray I'd give:

- My happy home.
- My bowl & cozy bed, soft pillows and all my toys.
- The lap, which I loved so much.
- The hand that stroked my fur & the sweet voice which spoke my name.

I'd Will to the sad, scared shelter cat, the place I had in my human's loving heart, of which there seemed no bounds.

So when I die, please do not say, "I will never have a pet again, for the loss and pain is more than I can stand."

Instead, go find an unloved cat, one whose life has held no joy or home and give MY place to HIM.

This is the only thing I can give - The love I left behind.
Dale S Eggers
I wrote this for my dear boy last Saturday...

For Moozer ~~~3 months without you... angel

How well i remember that day in September of 1994 when our oil delivery man showed you to me.
How could i say no? You had just been captured after being dropped off at a park. You werent even
neutered. No doubt your former family had no idea why you sprayed all over the place so they dumped you.
They dont deserve to know what an incredible cat they missed having in their lives.
You might have been 2 or maybe even 3 or 4, its hard to say because you were already a full grown handsome
Tomcat. We had you neutered as soon as we could but not before you went to sow your wild oats one more time.
i was so scare that day you escaped...you were gone for 5 long days. i looked for you every day but not until the
5th day did you drag yourself home. To this day, on that street where the feral cats live, i still see cats that look like you.
im sure they are related to you after all these years.
You were always there for me when i came home from a long day of house painting or tile setting.
You knew it was hard work but i didnt mind because you and your brothers needed to eat. There were nights
when you 3 ate and Daddy and i didnt. i didnt mind. It was for you.
Seventeen years somehow went by and you were my constant rock. You came to me when i cried and slept on
my feet as we watched TV. You never minded letting me watch what i wanted to watch!
In the winter you slept under the covers with me...we were almost connected..joined at the hip.
Then old age set in for you but i must not have been able to notice because you were always my handsome mancat.
i didnt notice when you no longer slept with me. i now realize it was because you couldnt be that far away from your
water bowl during the night...or was it to somehow prepare me for the inevitable...the day you would be gone.
About 4 days before i knew your time was near, you stopped purring. This broke my heart as your purr was always so
loud and content sounding.
Did i wait to long? Were you in terrible pain?
i will never know but i know that you are no longer in pain and for that i am grateful.
My heart is still broken and i suspect it will always be but in my heart i know it was your time to go on to your
tenth life.
i dont know when, but i do know that when the day comes that its my turn to cross that Bridge, you will be leading the
pack and we will be reunited.
i live for that day.
Happy Easter in Heaven, Moozer, my forever cat. Love is forever.
Neil Corwin
Dale Nightingale
Posted February 29, 2012 by Neil Corwin
Something really amazing happened here...the sneezing stopped!For the last week and a half,there has been lots of sneezing coming from just about every cat in every corner of the rescue ship Archangel.I credit the demise of this siege of the cat flu (cold virus and various respiratory problems) to whom I am now referring to as "Dale Nightingale".Please keep in mind that no medical treatment or medicine is ever administered without consulting with our vet(including necessary examinations and blood tests).We refer to treating a large group of cats such as ours,as "herd"medicine.
Although Dale has an uncanny ability to remember every cat's treatment needs(emotional,medicine,dosage,etc)she keeps a notebook to insure correct dosage as well as administration times.
Another advantage for multiple cat furmilies,especially when some or all have been,or occasionally go outside,is L-lysine,which keeps the symptoms of feline herpes (which a high percentage of all such cats have)to a minimum.We include trace amounts of it in our cats' daily food and/or water,and increase the dose slightly when such symptoms increase.L-lysine,in my opinion is nothing short of a dietary miracle supplement!
When all the cats started sneezing we were concerned.But when Jasper (eleven mo.)began breathing with a congested sound and was drooling (late night,of course),we took him to the ER vet.We had no idea if he ate something he shouldn't have or if he was having respiratory problems.The vet checked him out and ran some tests.His air passage was unobstructed,but he seemed to have developed a respiratory infection after being weakened by the virus that was being passed around.There didn't seem to be any signs that he ate anything toxic,so she gave him a little something to settle his stomach (which helped to ease the drooling)and an antibiotic(Cefa drops)to help the respiratory infection.
Of course,the next day Dale packed up Jasper and a few other sneezeers and what ever information we had,and we went to our furmily vet.He continued to prescribe the antibiotic for the cats that had breathing difficulty along with a high temperature(above 102).He also told Dale that the cats suffering from the flu-like virus (which can not be cured by antibiotics),and had uncontrollable sneezing could be given .4 ml of children's liquid Benedryl (diphenhydramine HCL) allergy medicine for relief as well as reducing the spread of the virus.Dale also told him that we would probably increase the L-lysine dose,and he agreed.
For about a week,Dale Nightingale conducted a cat healing marathon.This involved administering scheduled medications,taking temperatures,and making sure that everyone ate their L-lysine laced food.Some of the cats had less desire to eat their food because they couldn't smell it.In such cases,she warmed it up in the microwave to increase the aroma,and in some extreme cases,she gave them baby food.All of these techniques worked wherever necessary!
During the first few nights,she isolated the sickest cats and kittens in two large cat-condo cages in case of unexpected worsening of conditions or emergencies,and slept nearby.To support healing,we kept everything extra clean,and changed their water more than frequently.
Now...a week and a half later...you really have to pay close attention to hear the less than occasional sneeze.For myself,as well as all the rescued cats of the Archangel,I say..."Thank you",Dale Nightingale!sailor
Milo Blues Wilmering
Posted February 23, 2012 by Milo Blues Wilmering
I'm struttin' my striped coat fur... with leopard spots
Heidi Dietrich
HI. I'm new
Posted February 1, 2012 by Heidi Dietrich
Hi. I'm new. Dale Eggers sent me the link. I'm teacupsmommy, mom to ten cats. Some are rescues and I took them in to save their lives. Jake was abandoned on my doorstep, Lexus was almost starved to death, Daisy was thrown out of a car, Marleigh's owners were going to put her down at seven months so I took her in. The rest are were planned but I love them all. Please check out my photos that I'm adding. If any one out there knows of a place where I could live to take care of these ones so they can live out their lives, please let me know?
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