Monday, February 11, 2019

Mancat Monday

So Rusty and Flynn went to the vet last Thursday to have their gums checked out.
Rusty sang the entire trip over and announced his presence to the receptionist when we arrived!

Flynn jumped right out of his carrier, once we were in our room, and tried to find an escape route.  Sorry bud, that window doesn't open!

Both boys were walking around when the vet came in.  He asked, who wants to go first, and right on cue, Rusty went back into his carrier!  So Flynn went first.  He is not a good patient, so he had to be wrapped in a towel.

Rusty went next, and doesn't mind being examined.

Once Flynn was done, he was just as friendly as normal, hanging out waiting on brother to be done.

All of the results are not in yet, but I expect to hear this week.  They both need dentals because their guns are very irritated and painful around some teeth.

They will get x-rays while under to check the roots of their teeth.

They are doing quite a bit of blood work looking for possible causes of this early gingivitis, because they don't have any tartar or calculus on their teeth.  The vet wonders if it is a virus or bacteria causing the inflammation.  He also took some swabs of Flynn's gums to see if anything shows up.

I imagine they will go on the 21st for their cleanings and possible extractions.

Well, there you have it.  Two young boys with dental issues :)

What age did your cats start showing signs of dental problems?

Monday, February 04, 2019

Mancat Monday

We are back to our regularly scheduled program featuring the mancats...They are all doing well and living life to the fullest!
Strings became the new favorite this week...

Flynn chirps every time you walk by him to play with his string!  It's nice to have found something he loves.

Oliver still enjoys this wool and yak fur mat...

This cute chicken toy lasted about 5 minutes!  Harrison chewed the end off and all the catnip spilled out.

Rusty and Flynn enjoying the spoils...

Rusty ended up being a little territorial over the pile and would slap anyone that came near!  We had to have a lesson on sharing. 

Auntie, with Flynn and Rusty helping mixed up some more hard food.


Flynn in his hole on the couch...look at those cute toes!

Harrison in his hole...he sits so funny!

Flynn and Rusty will be going to the vet on Thursday.  They both have a red line around their gums and I want to make sure we don't need to be doing something about it.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Mancats Interrupted Monday

 I haven't posted in a few weeks because I've been in Kenya again.  This post has a lot of photos.  
Our team went to a new village this year, called Irigithathi.  It sits at the base of Mount Kenya, near the equator.  The area is arid and water is scarce most of the year.  The community was recently able, due to the partnership with 410 Bridge, to install a bore hole (or well).  

Our job was to help them get started on laying pipe to connect the homes to this water supply.

We were all digging and shoveling dirt.  The trench needed to be 2 feet deep.

Finally, a section was complete and the pipe was going down.  We helped get 10 pipe lengths laid, and the villagers were going to need to dig for another 140 pipes for this first line!  They gave themselves 10 days to finish.  Everyone in the town helps to install the pipes, or they will have to pay more for the water down the road. 

Another day in the village, we divided into groups and visited homes.  In my home we were able to hold the baby bunnies, feed chickens, and helped cook and work in the garden some.

Peeling potatoes...
Stirring the finished dish...mashed potatoes, with corn, beans, and greens.

Digging in the garden...trying to get the bed ready for planting.

Our home visit group...this trip was fun because our church teamed up with some members of our Kenyan church and we went together to help. 

We stopped on the equator for a photo op!

Later, back in Thika, we visited a ministry called Street Hope.  This is one our church started and it helps rescue women from survival prostitution and gives them a job, or helps them start a business.  At the center, we helped cook lunch.

Later, we went to the former Ark Orphanage.  The Ark has moved to another town and we missed seeing the children.  The property belongs to our church though, so we were working to convert it to a community center.  Starting with a fresh coat of paint.

A highlight of the trip was meeting my Compassion child, Peter.  He was quite shy, and wasn't sure about me, but I know he will remember this day.

Here's Auntie with Peter and her girl, Veronica.

If you zoom in, you can see Peter smiling!  He enjoyed jumping on the trampoline.

We took a quick trip through Kibera slums.  This was overlooking the slum.  Once inside and walking around you can't take photos. 
Lastly, we went to the Elephant Orphanage.  We were able to see them feeding the elephants before they went to bed.  It was nice because this was a private event for people with sponsorships.  There were very few people, and we could talk to the keepers, pet the elephants, and spend time just enjoying their beauty.

The youngest elephants wear blankets to keep warm.

Here is a video of the babies running in for the night...


That's our trip in a nutshell.  The boys are doing well, and will be back to posting next week.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Mancat Monday

This will be a random post with a hodge podge of photos!
For anyone that did not see or receive our Christmas card, here it is.  I am holding a baby Wallaby, and no, he is not mine :) 
Rusty was spooked the other night.  Auntie was making a noise, and he saw Oliver pop up over the kitchen ledge...he thought Oliver was making the noise!

Your drink is ready at the cafe!

Let the fun begin!

Rusty did pretty well wearing the hats...

Reindeer head...

Santa hat

The boys were great with the presents until Christmas Eve.  They broke into this one during the night!  I guess they figure Santa had already come, so they could stop being good!

Flynn is ready to open presents!

Oliver loved his catnip toy from his Cat Scout friend...

Flynn was excited about all the boxes that have been arriving at the house!

Harrison (back) and Oliver enjoying some sun and stretching...

The boys playing on the couch.  Harrison is in his cushion hole, while Rusty tries to get the string.  Flynn watching and waiting for a good time to join in the fun!

We hope you all had a nice holiday break and are ready for a wonderful new year!

Monday, December 17, 2018

Mancat Monday - Flynn Edition

Flynn is a goofy boy.  He tears around the house like his pants are on fire where ever he goes!  He doesn't realize how large he is, or how long it may take him to stop when running at full speed.  He slams into walls, slides on rugs, and is a slight danger to himself and others!  I wouldn't want him any other way.
He enjoys hanging out in the Christmas cubes.  There are two cubes connected by a tunnel, so they don't venture around the house like his single igloo does.

The bed on the ottoman is his favorite.  He sleeps hard when he lies down.  We laugh at him on Sunday because he seems to be wiped out the whole day!

He loves lettuce!  He will help himself to it too.

Here is a video of him stealing a piece...he eventually ate the whole thing.


Flynn is a big helper, and know it is important to help wrap the gifts.

Auntie couldn't do it without you buddy!

This one is finished, but Flynn knows it doesn't belong in the middle of the floor.  Thanks Flynn, we'll put it under the tree.

As I mentioned before, Flynn is a large boy!  Take a look at those arms!