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01:19 pm: Kittens, kittens everywhere!
Been meaning to do this entry for over a week now, so here we go:

As I mentioned in my previous post, I´ve taken to do some volountary work at the animal protection centre for cats here in town. Now, being a full-time working gal that I am, I unfortunately don´t have time to help as often as I would. I´ve only had two shifts so far (each shift is 4 hours, so you can see... it takes half a day) and I´m going back there this Sunday from 1-5 pm.
Of course I´m trying to help as much as I can, so in addition I´ve also bought an annual membership and you can also support one or several cats with a montly figure. So that means I´m paying over NOK 1,500 a year, that´s gotta be worth something, right?

So that means... I got myself an adoptive kitty (I want another one in time too)! Allow me to present Chili! Isn´t she a cutie pie?

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(Obviously she had to be approved by The Birman Prince who was very relaxed about it all. I don´t think he cares much for animals.)

In the intro letter I got it said that Chili is a kitty who´s not too outgoing, although she´s very cuddly and likes to chat. She does however get a bit frustrated when you don´t understand what you´re saying. I have to say I didn´t get to talk too much to her the last time I was at the shelter, she was on her way to take a nap as you can see from these pictures.

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Moving on to a diffrent cat, namely this one:

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(He needs to approve just anything, doesn´t he!)

Now, as a cat-lover, you must have been living under a rock if you haven´t heard of this bestseller, or I should say two, because there is a sequel. The second one came out in the UK this spring and had its debut in the US only last week.
And let me just open my review by saying that these books is a MUST-READ if you love cats!

So basically: Recovering drug addict and street musician meets stray and injured cat, man and cat become friends, cat follows man to work, the crowd is delighted, man and cat get fame and (hopefully by now!) fortune.

As I mentioned, this book is a bestseller and rightly so for three reasons:

1) The strong appeal to cat lovers. I mean, we could just happily read books and books about cats doing... well nothing, right? I know I enjoyed nothing more than reading about Bob munching away on his food, washing his face and then jumped up on the window sill to happily stay there the rest of the day. Or something like that.. but you get my drift.
The more dramatic events in the book, like Bob being scared by something on the street and runs away, I got a lump in my throat from.

2) An utterly perfect and heartwarming description of how strong a bond between human and animal can get and what a difference having a pet can make. I don´t mean to sound condescending in any way, but I´m not sure you can really understand it unless you´ve had a pet yourself. I really believe it is like having a baby and this book describes very well how the support, the affection and especially the feeling of responsibility of another individual´s safety and well-being can change and improve one single person.

3) The last and maybe the most important message of the book: It gives people living and working on the streets a face and a voice. As the author states in the book: When on the streets you become invisible. I´m sure most of us recognise it in ourselves, I know I do - how often don´t you rush past people playing on the streets or selling magazines thinking things like "I don´t have any change right now, I can´t afford to help them all, I don´t dare to stop and/or look at him/her in case he/she´s unstable and violent etc etc". I´ve been guilty of them all. And I´m proud to say this book has changed my aspect.

These days I try to have some change available, and even if I don´t I will at least acknowlede their presence with a nod or a smile. And the times I HAVE been in contact with them, I have found them all to be as pleasant and polite as any seller I might encounter in any shop. Just as pleasant as the writer of this book. Prejudice, all prejudice.

So there you go. I defy anyone who doesn´t fall completely in love with this book after reading it. It´s bound to bring both a smile to your face and tears to your eyes. Go buy it. GO. BUY. IT!!!

I´ll round off this entry with another picture of Murano The One Furry Frodo Cat:

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Date:August 8th, 2013 12:05 am (UTC)
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Date:August 16th, 2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
Nothing more adorable in the world than cats if you ask me :o)
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Date:August 14th, 2013 12:21 am (UTC)
That's so admirable of you volunteering at the cat protection shelter.
Congratulations on your adorable new adopted kitty too.
And it's nice to know that your little prince Murre is taking it all in his stride. :P
We sponsor a dog called Billy via the Dogs Trust. I'm so thankful that there are organizations that are doing their best to look after all the wonderful animals that need help.

When I worked in that bookstore over Christmas that Bob book was a massive seller. I can't read anything to do with animals (even happy stories) because I'm really highly strung and end up a blubbering wreck but from everything I've heard it is an amazing book.
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Date:August 16th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)
This summer the media has focused a lot more on pets being dumped by heart and thoughtless people (or white trash as I like to call them) and it just drives me crazy. I just felt I had to do something, you know?

So glad to hear you are sponsoring too! :o)

Aww, that´s a shame, I still wish you´d consider reading it though. I really do think it´s an eye-opener.
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Date:August 14th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
So cute! I admire your willingness to volunteer at a shelter. Part of me always wanted to do that, part of me knows that I would just end up coming home with waaaaay more animals than I need. :P I try to support it in other ways.

My auth was just telling me about that book the other day. I remembered seeing you write about it here, but I hadn't had a chance to post a comment yet. She said that it sounded really good too, so I might have to check that one out.
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Date:August 16th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
Well any way of supporting helps you know. I know how you feel, but I also know that I couldn´t bring home any of the cats at the shelter even if I could, because they are all outdoor cats, and they won´t let you adopt any unless you´re able to keep that. Which I don´t.

Oh, you absolutely MUST read the book! :o) Trust me, you´ll be glad you did!
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