500 miles. 4 wonderful Uppityites. 3 states. 1 kitty. 1 pie. And one rescued kitty safe forever.
We are live-blogging the joyous transport of one of PM Mom’s rescue kitties from PA to CT today! Story below.
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Note: See updates below and additional fun information and photos in Comments – as our troopers check in. Lurkers! Come talk to us during this most auspicious relay to save a kitten. See pics along the way in the comment section! And remember to do something nice for a lonely animal. They have no voice, they have no choice. Karma will reward you!
Well here we are, with another Live Blogging first, right here at Uppity’s Place.
As you all know. our own PMMom took in a pregnant abandoned cat and has seen Smokey through the birth and weaning of her six kittens. This all couldn’t have come at a better time for Mom, as she really took the death of her cat Kozmoe hard. She saved the life of another cat named Jack– and then she was called upon to help Smokey.
Smokey was close to emaciated when Mom took her in. She fed her and nurtured her and Smokey was able to have her kittens in a safe and loving environment. These kittens have never known pain, starvation, parasites, predators or the elements, thanks to Mom. Kudos to Mom!
Enter, our own SophieCT. Sophie zeroed in on Tiger Lily from the photos Mom posted– and today, the rest will be history as a little grey kitteh crosses state lines twice to go to her new home.
Enter our own Karen for Clinton, who agreed to transport and nurture little Tiger Lily through the second leg of her trip to her Forever Home.
Enter, our own Pamela Of The Poconos, who will oversee the third leg of Tiger Lily’s trip to her forever home. By then, little Tiger Lily will become either a great little traveler or the kitten from hell. Just kidding. Haha.
How will Mom, Karen, Pam and Sophie recognize one another during this relay, you ask? You are asking that, right? Well the answer is very simple:
They will all be wearing Hillary T-Shirts, of course.
Uppityites are truly the very best of the very best, are they not??
Here’s today’s planned Itinerary. I say “Planned” because you never know what antics these four lovable goofballs and their cargo might come up with along the way. I have not disclosed the names of the meeting places for security reasons, of course. We met enough nutbags and psychos in 2008 to know better. Here goes:
6 AM – Mom and Tiger Lily leave the temporary cat farm and begin the first leg of the trip. ETA 2.5 hours–8:30 AM. Karen will have left her home @5:30 AM to reach the meeting spot with Mom.
8:30 AM – Mom relays Tiger Lily to Karen. Hopefully Mom will also give Karen a pie. You know how Karen will do anything for food. The pie is to be shared by Karen, Pam and Sophie, each having their share when they take possession of Tiger Lily. But don’t count on it happening that way, because Karen….well, you know..
Location of the Relay Meetup: A restaurant, of course. Let’s hope she doesn’t get arrested for stealing food. Karen will begin her next leg of the trip to hand off Tiger Lily to Pam. Estimated time 3.5 hours — ETA 12 PM. This means Karen will have spent a total of at least 7.5 hours on the road.
9:10 AM: Mom reports:
“The hand off has been completed. Let it be known that there was only one piece of pie missing when I handed it over.
Tiger Lily did fine- she cried for the first ten minutes or so- but then went to sleep and stayed that way til just about the exit I pulled off at- she got to play in my car for a bit and had a bite to eat.
karen was right on time and just as wonderful in person as she is online! Tiger Lily went right to her no problem.
Stage one of the Great Tiger Lily Relay is complete!”
Woot! Nice job Mom and Karen. And only 1 piece of pie missing! I am sure that story will get worse now that Karen has possession of the pie.
And of COURSE the kitty took to her right away. Just like we here at Uppityville did!
12 PM – High Noon (more or less) Karen will introduce Tiger Lily to Pam and will begin the final leg of the trip Connecticut. There may or may not be pie. Meeting place will be a restaurant, of course. Gotta keep Karen fueled. Pam’s ETA to give Sophie to her new and forever Mom: (2 hours) 2:00 PM.
Update: 11:41, Karen has arrived ahead of schedule and passed Tiger Lily to her Aunt Pamela! Kitty doing great! No mention of pie!
Karen’s Words now that she’s back home:
“Tiger didn’t want to stay in her carrier. She carried on. I let her out and she was as calm and sweet as could be. She curled up on my lap and napped during most of the ride, cept of course when we stopped for the pie break. The pie was a mess but it tasted like chocolate covered strawberries so it was a beautiful mess.
The kitten got antsy and I realized she might want her litter. She quickly took a big stinky dump in her litter pan and I scooped it right out. She played with her balls and her mouse and was having a good old time. She didn’t eat or drink while she was with me. She was happy though, the whole time. I changed her water and she put her paws in it and then swatted me through the bars to let her the hell out.
I did. She was no bother at all out of the cage. At the rest stop while I ate pie, she explored my car and went straight back to the back seat rest area and onto the rear window flat area. She curled right up in the sun and was quite cute as I watched her from my rear view mirror.
She loves to snuggle. What a mush! I miss her. AWWWWWWWWW.
Sophie got a keeper.”
2 PM – Sophie and Tiger Lily, together at last. Meeting place with Pam: a donut shop. Karen will be so J that she missed the donuts.
2:50 PM, Pam ran late because she stopped to hug and feed the fidgeting kitteh! And now, Lily is with her forever person and on her way to her forever home!
And Karen left some pie for Sophie!
Pam’s words on her leg of the trip:
“Tiger Lily had a serious lunch, vigorously downing about a tablespoon of meat. At that point I was still determined that she ride in the kennel; thought if I opened the door, she’d get out. So I shoved the food to her through the door & it dropped into her food dish lol. Added a second helping because it seemed necessary. But it was not enough to convince her to lie down and sleep. The two of us were hardly underway. So I did what I knew I must – stopped and put her on my lap. She curled up in a ball there, with nose tucked under a bit. I turned down the AC. She continued sleeping but after awhile turned on her side and stretched out long. Head on my thigh, body surrounded by my legs, her hind legs “flying in the breeze” so-to-speak. She spent a lot of the trip like that. I kept my hand on her and sometimes boosted her up a bit when her bum came close to the edge of the seat.
We spent our first half hour or so on a curvy, bumpy narrow road. But that gal held her lunch. I told her about the doe and fawns that crossed the road just ahead of us and I mentioned the passing freight train as we waited for it to go by.
As we approached the state line, I decided to stop. There was a welcome center, and I planned to stop at it. However it was further in than I’d hoped, so kept on going until I saw a shoulder which would serve. Since it was I84, this was not my best move and I would probably not mention it at all except I wanted to tell you how a big truck whooshed by making quite a noise & rocking the car. Scared the bejezus out of our little girl – 4 legs extended out in 4 directions. Felt so bad. But she recovered composure quickly and that is what I wanted you to know. I think given her makeup, she will make the transition very well. Of course, Sophie has given you even stronger reason to believe this. Tiger Lily simply does not know how little she is!!!!!”
Sophie’s words from home:
“She is such a tiny bit of a thing!
Anyway, to fill you in… Pamela and I made the hand-off. We put Lily in the carrier with some of the wet food. She ate it and then complained about being in the carrier. We put the carrier in the shade and sat under a tree and conversed for awhile. Lily stretched out in the carrier and promptly fell asleep and slept while we talked.
On the road, she complained bitterly about “the cage” for the first 15 minutes. Apparently, her two aunts let her ride on their laps while they drove. I’m way too neurotic for that, so I got cussed out for 15 minutes. After she was bored mewing, she slept for the rest of the ride.
She is climbing up the back of the sofa. She is really doing her best to make friends with the big cats–brave little thing. Now she’s on my lap.”
Bless the beasts and the children! And PM Mom, Karen, Pam and Sophie!
Note: See more updates, antics and photos of the trip here and in the comment section. All have promised to post comments if they can, and of course, Aunt Uppity has commissioned a spy to watch the whole show. This means you will be getting all the information our four Uppityites may have left out, due to embarrassment.
If you would like to donate to the rescue Mom is helping out, here is the address:
Kitten Care and Rescue
PO Box 804
Andover Ohio, 44003.
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