Friday, July 28, 2017

Foster Friday

We are back at fostering.  We waited a couple of weeks after our trip to start up again, just so we could spend some extra time with the boys.
We ended up with a group of 4, 6 week olds, without a mom.  None of them are solid black...those two black ones have white feet at least!  Whew.  We have three girls and one boy. 
They are 6 weeks, but only weigh a pound, so they are rather thin.  We are working on fattening them up and giving them the nourishment and love they need to thrive.  Here's Eloise and Leon hanging out on the condo (laying on it's side for safety) 
Before our trip, we got a frantic call from a friend saying she had found a kitten in a parking lot.  She waited around for about an hour but never saw a mom. 
Lilly was soon at our house getting fed.  She could slurp up the canned food if you made a slurry out of it with extra water.  She also enjoyed a bottle a few times a day too.  Here's Oliver checking her out.  I think he remembered the bottle too!

Lilly was moved into another home the day we left so she would have other kittens to play with.  I have since received a new photo of her and she is growing and doing well!

We should have our current group a couple of more weeks at least.  They have to reach two pounds before they can return to the shelter for their surgery and find new homes.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Thursday Travels - Day One

Our trip to Kenya started out with a lot of travel.  First flight left at 6pm from Raleigh and went direct to London.  
We had about 4 hours of waiting once we arrived.  Plenty of time to walk around, shop, and get a good breakfast.  We finally boarded for Nairobi and of course the flight was delayed.  In addition to being delayed, it had to have been at least 90 degrees in the cabin!  We were all sweating and miserable.  Thank goodness we had packed cooling towels, so we survived.  I refilled my towel each time I went to the bathroom, so it stayed cool.
Because of our delay, we arrived in Nairobi at 11pm.  Thankfully, all of our personal luggage, plus most of the extra bags arrived. Two odd sized boxes decided not to join us, so time was spent filling out lost bag forms.  Here is the team waiting for the lost bag folks to finish so we could be on our way to the hotel and bed! 
Our first night was spent in luxury at the Fairview Inn.  It was a beautiful property with wonderful food and people. 
A water tank...these are seen pretty much everywhere in Kenya. 
We met up with the Kenyan pastors, Street Hope leaders, and the founder of the Ark Children's Home for breakfast.  It was so nice to see friends and catch up!  Here are Pastors Joshua, Gloria and Peter. 
These ladies are Carol, who runs the Ark, and Susan, Peter's wife. 
After breakfast, our time of luxury ended and we were thrust right into intense poverty at the Dandora Dump.  From my reading on Wikipedia, the dump is 31 acres and has been considered "full" since 2001.  Over 2000 tons of garbage is still dumped there daily though from all over the city and airport. 
There were many people picking through the garbage and large Marabou Storks scavenging as well.  The dump is a dangerous place because people are desperate for food and the recyclables they collect to sell.  We were escorted by armed men at all times.   We spoke with one of the pickers and she said that a bag of plastic bottles would bring about fifty cents, and it may take 3 hours to fill the bag.  Just imagine.
Here is a better shot of the storks...they stand about 5 feet tall!!

Rita and her siblings walked with us through the dump.  They live in Dandora and the trash helps to provide for their family.  I also read that many of the kids in the area have respiratory problems because the dump is always burning.  They also have high levels of lead in their bodies.  The very thing that is helping them survive even a meager existence is the very thing that is slowly killing them all.
This river separates the housing in Dandora from the dumpsite.  

There has been discussion about closing the dump, however it is a tough subject because so many individuals rely on it for life.

The words for today were Overwhelmed and Helpless.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's Catch Up!

So a lot has happened since I last posted in early June!  This will be a start at getting you all caught up...
The Mancats are all doing well!  
Tanner had fun in a new box! 
Tanner has gotten one of the PetPatch Loops to try and help with his stiff hips.  At his annual visit his back right hip was extremely stiff and painful.  We agreed the loop couldn't hurt! 
Oliver is as goofy as ever...he loves to talk up a storm 
Flynn is tolerant enough to wear he is on the 4th of July. 
Harrison can't get enough bird watching time.  He loves to chatter at them.  He is a big talker too and goes around the house just squeaking away! 
Tanner has had plenty of playtime with his girl! 
Flynn ended up at the vet because he seemed to be in pain.  The vet couldn't isolate the pain, but felt he had probably strained/sprained his back.  He was given pain meds and seemed to improve.  This was in mid June.  In mid July, he went to the vet for his annual visit and caused quite a scene when his stomach was being palpated.  The vet still thought it was a pain response and decided to x-ray him just to make sure nothing structural was going on.  Everything came back normal, so again it is thought that he has sprained something and that it will take time to heal.  He is acting fine at home, but we are doing dasiquin every day for 6 weeks to see if that helps the inflammation/soreness. 

We got a new foster girl, four days before we left for Kenya!  It was a mad scramble to find her another place to go...she was still taking a bottle some, but could eat on her own.  Harrison loved to sit on her heating pad! 

Auntie and I left for Kenya June is all the food the boys were going to need while we were gone!  It's 12 cans a day plus dry food.  They were well taken care of, but happy to see us return.  I will start a Thursday Travels series for anyone interested in what we did and saw this time.

Well that's about it.  We now have a new group of fosters that will be posted on Friday.