So I know extreme couponing has absolutely NOTHING to do with a blog about love, happiness, animals, and shelter stuff, but…I stumbled across the tv show last night, and I was enthralled. Perhaps enthralled is not the right word. I was watching it the way one would a bad car accident, or an escalating bar fight. With much curiosity and a lot of disbelief. These women they showed on tv are highly knowledgable about things such as what time of year peanut butter goes on sale, and how many times a year. They literally buy tons and tons of whatever they have coupons for. Then they store it all in organized, pantry-like fashion. Usually it seems they have to store it in their garages. The whole concept kind of blows my mind.
Obviously the idea of getting something for nothing or highly discounted is exciting, but the things they end up buying are mostly junk food. I don’t mean to be negative about this, but, these women spend upwards of 30 hours a week finding and cutting coupons, organizing them in binders, finding them online and downloading them onto their savings cards from various stores, and so on and so forth. It is very time consuming, and they end up with say, ten or twenty boxes of cake mix, or ten boxes of 100 calorie cookie packs. Or a cart full of sports drinks. I noticed that everything they are buying comes from the center aisles of the grocery store. This may sound like a useless observation, but considering that the healthiest things in the supermarket are on the perimeter of a supermarket, stocking up on a bunch of free junk food just doesn’t sound like the best laid plan.
My first thought was, if they are spending this much time cutting coupons for crappy processed food, they could probably spend the same amount of time growing a garden with healthy, home-grown, organic produce. But who am I to judge these people with my lofty organic ideals? Then I thought, perhaps they don’t have the space for a garden or small farm. Not everyone has a yard. Still, I cannot imagine that feeding your children this crap is good for them. I mean no wonder we have an obesity epidemic, the cheapest often times free-with-a-coupon food is the processed food in the middle aisles. Perhaps If these people were feeding the homeless it would be more sensible. Not that homeless people deserve to eat crappy processed food, but, it is better than not eating at all. It just seems that the women that are doing this are usually mothers of several children, and trying to stretch what they have as far as it will go. Perhaps their husbands give them a certain amount each week for food, and thus they want to make it last. I do not obviously know each person’s situation, but the whole thing is definitely “extreme”.
Last night I took an 8 month old kitten who had been living outside his whole life to the vet. He was so friendly and constantly purring, even when a thermometer was jammed up his butt and then he was poked and prodded and jabbed with a needle. He purred through the whole leukemia test. Leukemia testing can really be a pain. The cat must be held down, the back leg extended and sort of karate chopped at the thigh to get blood. Then you put the needle in their leg, and more often than not, it takes more than one try to get a vein, and to get the vein to give blood. Meanwhile the cat is usually trying to squirm away, making horrible noises, or wiggling around and making quick jerking motions in an attempt to escape this horrible torture we must inflict upon them..Many times it is some ones job to tap the cat on the head with a pen as a method of distraction. This kind of works.. but not really.
Anyways, while we do leukemia testing at the shelter, since he was already at the vet for a runny nose that turned out to be feline herpes ( not transferable to humans), we figured they might as well test him for leukemia and fiv, feline aids. He came up positive for leukemia. Since we have 3 leukemia positive cats isolated but living out their lives at the shelter, I didn’t realize just what a crappy hand this lovely cat had just been dealt. When I brought him back to the shelter and told my boss, she looked at me and then said, “ I wish you had called me, we would have had him euthanized there”…OH shit. But he is such a nice cat I kept thinking. and so young. apparently also an issue riding against him. He was likely born with it..Leukemia is degenerative and lives in the bone marrow I believe. What a bummer.
So a few days later, I went into the shelter for my cleaning shift, and asked about the leukemia kitten. Unbelievably he had been adopted/permanently fostered by a nice girl who is related to a volunteer. Ha! Amazing! So glad I didn’t call my boss while at the vet and have him put down. He still has a life he deserves to lead. Hopefully and probably a very happy one until the disease gets him. And that is the true underlying belief behind the no kill revolution. Every animal deserves the chance to live out their life, without animal shelters being a reason for them to die prematurely.
foster kitten climbing the screen for the first time
So I was trying to come up with ideas for a name for this blog..”Tall tails, Short tails and everythng in between? “. Yikes! Oh boy do I have a ways to go… I started with some basic internet research, googled cat blogs, and stumbled upon some interesting findings..One girl keeps rescuing cats that keep getting sick and dying. It’s kind of depressing. Another one took me to a religious, bible quoting site, and yet many more are written from a animals point of view. One of the cats seemed to have been speaking with an asian twang, the writer had softened the rrs.. I swear this is true!
This put me off blogging for a few weeks, I am not going to lie. When I first decided that googling cat blogs would be a good research tool, I admit I was wary..I mean we have all seen the extent to which some people are crazy about their animals. Dressing them up, getting bows in their hair, getting their nails painted…not letting their dogs outside their apts except while being carried or in a stroller..
But I want this blog to be about more than just cats. I want it to be about love, happiness, health, human and animal connections…I have a bunch of ideas! (extreme couponing?)
Its funny how things happen. Someone sent me a link to funny animal videos on the Huffington Post site. Well when I clicked on it I couldn’t find the link, but ended up on the Huffington Post website and started reading. Eventually, I found a girl who writes a blog about being homeless. long story short it inspired me and she published a book…
“A Girls Guide to Being Homeless” I think its called.