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Home2Cats.org - Winter, 2011

THE  SCRATCHING  POST

Issue #46, by Barbara Stanley, home2cats@aol.com

Home 2 Cats, P. O. Box 752671, Memphis, TN  38175-2671

 

Endangered Species

In Loving Memory of Leo Meyer
March 22, 1922 - October 29, 2010

Embedded deep within my DNA molecules is a segment that contains a gene labeled ‘animal lover and rescuer’. Scientists may not agree with my theory and would probably credit that this attribute was obtained through parental teaching and guidance. I believe in both.

Both my parents were animal lovers but their views on animals differed due to the differences in their upbringing. My mother grew up on a small dairy farm so caring for animals was a way of life. All animals, including pets were housed outdoors. My Dad, on the other hand, being the twelfth child, grew up in an active household filled with plenty of people and pets. Dad had the greater influence on me, ingraining within me his approach to nature and all God’s creatures.

Dad was a World War II veteran, sheet metal worker, educator, consultant, author and publisher, and these constituted just the tip of the iceberg that was this incredibly talented man. He drew on his sheet metal background and artistic talents to create metal sculptures and beautiful woodcarvings incorporating his love of animals into many of his pieces.

His artistic and creative talents were also very apparent in his beautiful Japanese style garden with ponds filled with Japanese Koi he had individually named! His garden contained many feeders to accommodate the many species of birds ‘tweeting’ in the yard. (‘tweeting’ – old term used ‘back in the day’ for a pleasant sound a bird makes not a function on the internet!) No bird left his yard with an empty stomach.

Occasionally, his Japanese garden appeared picture perfect with the rare visit of a crane. Even though the crane was a beautiful enhancement to the garden, he wasn’t a welcomed guest when his dreams of ‘sushi’ and the use of his excellent fishing skills became apparent.

I don’t recall Dad raising his voice often but one time really comes to mind. Anyone that has or has had a Labrador Retriever, knows they are just happy-go-lucky goofballs. One day we arrived home to find our ‘goofballs’ proudly displaying their handiwork of a shredded sofa. In retrospect, the scene was comical as Bo and Baron bounced around with tails wagging, pink tongues flopping back and forth and sofa-stuffing hanging out the side of their mouths. I can still recall how angry Dad was at his two ‘faithful’ companions. But, like I said, Labs are goofballs and you can’t stay mad at them long, even if they ate the family’s one and only sofa. In the years that followed, we could always make Dad laugh bringing up the sofa story.

In the evenings Dad would unwind by taking Bo and Baron for a run. One such evening, when Dad returned he quietly sought me out, which didn’t take long, by using the "modern" device of that era. Back in the "‘dark ages"’ before cell phones, family members actually shared one phone (attached to the wall for heaven’s sake!!). Those phones had an amazing tracking device called a cord, which made it easy to locate the person using it. So Dad followed the cord to my bedroom, slowly opened the door and, with a sly grin on his face, reached into his jacket and then gently placed a piece of furry ‘fluff’ on the floor.

The tiny ‘fluff’ walked into my room without hesitation and took over my room, my heart and, within what seemed like mere minutes, the whole house and every creature residing there. Bo and Baron had found the kitten in a field during their evening run and this tiny creature had kept two large dogs at bay. Pooh Cat, as he came to be known, never forgot the control he had over dogs and he took full advantage of that bit of power the rest of his life. I can’t begin to convey (or even remember!) how many dogs of every size this cat intimidated just out of shear pleasure.

When Larry and I married, Pooh Cat was part of the ‘dowry.’ Larry, Pooh and I moved about 60 miles from Dad and the dogs. Shortly after the move, Pooh refused to eat, was listless and began losing weight. A trip to the vet yielded no definitive explanation or diagnosis. My heart was breaking as I watched my buddy decline. We decided to take Pooh back to Dad’s. If Pooh was going to die, we wanted him to be with the dogs he loved and in a house that was familiar to him. We drove to Dad’s that night. Our trip was rushed, as Larry had another work shift in a few more hours. Tears flowed as we said our goodbyes to Pooh Cat, and I feared I wouldn’t be seeing my precious companion again.

Back home, the phone was ringing as we walked through the front door. We were informed that Dad had been sitting on the kitchen floor a good part of the hour, hand feeding the ravenous cat prime rib. It seemed, shortly after Larry and I walked out the front door Pooh Cat planted his furry little bottom in front of the refrigerator and meowed non-stop until a feast was served. Pooh had simply been homesick for Dad and the dogs and things that were familiar to him! (Note: If Larry and I had known there was prime rib in the refrigerator rest assured we would have planted our behinds down and meowed also!)

Pooh eventually adjusted to his new family structure and home. He trekked back and forth for a while between households until he decided that the long car rides took the fun out of the visit.

Dad enriched many lives, two-legged and four-legged. A special person in Dad’s life would often refer to him as an "endangered species." And that he was!

When Dad left his physical body on earth, my heart was comforted as I was certain there were Labrador Retrievers anxiously awaiting his arrival - their tails-wagging, ready to accompany him on his final journey and rejoin him for eternity.
 

 

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Cat Tails

Words to Love By

Two cats are a circus, three cats a coup, and six a revolution.

 

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In Memory of Leo Meyer

March 22, 1922 - October 29, 2010

Beloved father of Larry & Barbara Stanley
George & Linda Bond

In memory of Leo, a friend and animal love
Tom & Miya Nakao

Beloved father of Larry & Barbara Stanley
Jim & Shirley Redman

Beloved father of Larry & Barbara Stanley
Jo Levy

In memory of Leo Meyer
United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers (Washington D.C.)

Beloved father of Steve Meyer
Margo Smith

In memory of Leo, who was such a great lover of animals
Carol Markos

In honor and remembrance of Leo Meyer, an educator and a true man-for-all-seasons
William & Rita Vandenburgh

With Leo’s death we have lost a very dear friend and colleague. He was a fine man, and we will truly miss him.
Jo-an & Art Larson

Leo was a dear friend, much admired for his many talents and loved for his gentle ways and sense of humor…we shall miss him.
Peg & Bill Moore

What a great man-really a Renaissance man-he was. I feel lucky to have known him and to have met such an amazing person who was not only a teacher & author, also an artist in his own right.
Suzanne Lawlor

 

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Animal and People Recognition

While losing a companion is one of life's greatest sorrows, never having one is to miss out on years of loving companionship.

 

In Memory Of People

Elizabeth Stanley
Beloved Mother of Larry & Barbara Stanley
George & Linda Bond

Barbara Dowdy
My precious wife of forty-seven years
Gerald Dowdy

Harold W. Pate
Beloved Father of Hal Pate. He was a gentle, kind man who was the example of a generous caring dad.
Sue & Frank Domian

Laura Louise Young Cantrell
Beloved mother of Dick & Nancy Cochran
Laurin Gregory

 

In Memory Of Animals

Huck
A source of strength and love for Laura and John for many years
William & Rita Vandenburgh

Felicity
My sister’s, Elaine Theisen, beloved cat
Carol Markos

Buck
Beloved cat of Mr. & Mrs. I. Freiberger
Jo Levy

Megan
Our family cat we found as a stray in May of 1985 with a litter of kittens.
Laurin Gregory

Buddy
Beloved cat of Robert & Nancy Rodd
Rosemary Rodd

Tina
For Kimbrough & Susan Gregory and Lyn Greer
Laurin Gregory

Holle Noel
So lonely without her being into everything
Ruth Blann Cartledge

Rex
Home 2 Cats’ beloved mascot cat
Ruth Blann Cartledge

Maggie
Beloved cat of Karen Farley
Nathine Stark

In honor and memory of Phoebe & Holle
Ruth Blann Cartledge

In loving memory of Remington aka ‘Remmy’
Walter & Michelle Estep

 

In Honor Of Animals

Katie
Happy 16th Birthday
Kimbrough & Susan Gregory

Katie
In honor of Katie’s 16th birthday for Kimbrough & Susan Gregory, Lyn Greer, Emily Bucy, Madeline & Jacob Haines
Laurin Gregory

 

In Honor Of People

Larry & Barbara Stanley
I am thankful for all you do for the cats (and dogs). I am thankful for your caring and friendship.
Ruth Blann Cartledge

Sue Domian
Merry Christmas
Hal Pate

 

In Honor Of People and their Animals

From Hal, Suzanne, Elyse & Andrew Pate, & Ki-Kitty --
In Honor of our wonderful neighbors:

Bob & Dody Cordes & Guiness, Ozzie, Harriet & Mr. Murphy.
Mike Mauk & Scraps & Milo.
Sandy, Garry, Nicole & Michael Albrecht & Tiger & Snickers.

 

From Bob & Dody Cordes --
It's the time of the year to honor friends & family who mean so much to us. Particularly:

Hal, Suzanne, Elyse & Andrew Pate (Ki-Kitty).
Garry, Sandy, Nicole & Michael Albrecht (Tiger & Snickers).
Jens, Michele, Hannah & Hayden Brewer (Budha).
Kelly Cook (1st Christmas for Esme & Rafe! Thanks for stealing Kelly's heart).
Mike Mauk (Scraps & Milo).
Chris & Maria Tarrant (Seamus & Zinge).
Ann Sharp (in Agnes Suzanne's memory).
A special thanks to Barbara & Larry who have touched so many lives -- both human & critter.

We love you all.

 

From Mike Mauk --

Hal, Suzanne Andrew & Elyse Pate & Ki-Kitty.
Bob, Dody Cordes & Guiness, Ozzie, Harriett & Murphy & In memory of Beans & Simon.
Garry, Sandy, Nicole, & Michael Albrecht & Snickers & Tiger.
Ms. Kelly Stoll & Aurora & in memory of Grayboy.
Ms. Kelly Cook & in memory of Pedro & Conchita.
Marlene Mauk & Igor, Sylvester, Scraps & Milo.
Michele, Jens, Hannah, Hayden Brewer.

 

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A Word From Home (2 Cats!)

The Mid South Cat Fanciers Show

Our spring fundraiser is in the works and we will once again be attending the Mid South Cat Fanciers Show, April 9 - 10, at the Agricenter in Memphis.  This show has lots of cats strutting their finest furs for the judges and is always loads of fun.  You know cats, they love to do as they please, especially in the spotlight, which always adds up to spontaneous entertainment.  Please come and join us and help support our cause by stopping by our booth and purchasing an item for your cat and/or yourself!

Sometimes feeling a bit overwhelmed, I seem to be falling further and further behind on the business end of our organization – things like bookkeeping and paperwork. This, unfortunately, includes our newsletters. In addition, the above-mentioned fundraiser is requiring my current attention.

In an attempt to get back on my mark, we are going to take a ‘spring break’ from our newsletter. Our next issue of The Scratching Post will be our summer issue. During this short newsletter hiatus, please know that we have not forgotten you and we hope you will not forget us as our survival depends on you and your donations. The summer issue of The Scratching Post should be right on target, so be sure to watch for it in July. Stay tuned – we’ll be in touch soon!

 

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Our mission is:
To provide food, medical care, love and sanctuary for injured, disabled or abused animals.
To educate the public in what constitutes responsible cat care and ownership.
To engage in other activities related to animal rescue and public education about cat care and responsibilities.

 

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