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change.org

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There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be…Continue

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Saving Number 90 - From Seth Andrews (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 1. 9 Replies

Seth says himself that the following is a departure from the usual fare his YouTube channel features.  Personally, I think it's a positive and constructive move, because it demonstrates that no, we are NOT just about atheism.  We're also very much…Continue

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Human Rights for Atheists, Agnostics and Secularists

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jun 27. 11 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2014 at 12:38pm

Potato, potatoe.  Desert, dessert.  Gate, gait.

Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2014 at 5:38pm

Purr-Dee is 12 as far as we can figure from the spca's paperwork.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 4:51pm

Patricia, how old is Purr-Dee?  Most cats start getting that high cheekboned look at around age 15...depends on if they are shorthairs or not, and most Persians never get that look because of their facial bone structure.

Little Pumpkin turned 15 in January of this year, and has always been small and skinny...his totally feral mother was not even a year old when she had Pumpkin and his 2 litter-mates.  Mr. P and one other had birth defects; Pumpkin's was correctable, and Tripod's was not.  (Pumpkin's umbilical didn't seal up, and he was so tiny that Dr. Mullen couldn't help him till he was about 3 months old...so he peed through his belly-button, and we had to wash him as often as possible to prevent skin damage.)

The mobile vet I spoke of in a previous post adopted Tripod..

Their mother was too feral to be adopted, and we found a place for her at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Comment by booklover on June 12, 2014 at 2:48pm
I will Patricia!
Felaine, Jerry was beautiful! I don't know what type Molly's cancer is, it's just a pretty big mass on the side of her face. She is black, but it still could be what Jerry had, I don't know. The vet just said cancer in her jaw. I hope this very lo- fat diet at least stops her symptoms from Chronic Pancreatitis, and she's able to have a limitless more quality time with us!
Comment by Joan Denoo on June 12, 2014 at 1:33pm

In honor of the cats and dogs in our lives and the joy they bring, here is a little photo I found (from stock). 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 1:30pm

Carl, I think that quote about science, or a paraphrase of it, is MUCH older than Neil de Grasse Tyson.  BUT I can't remember where or when I first read it....could have been something Asimov or Heinlein said/wrote back in the late 1940s, for all I know.

BUT Tyson put it out there for the knuckle-dragging mouth-breathers to think about, and freak out. Science doesn't need their approval, it just IS.

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I just wish there was a way to keep the TP crowd, and people who need to expose their semi-automatic people-killers in retail stores from breeding. 

Just remembered something from one of Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City novels...a young woman yelling at a chubby past-middle-age man driving an expensive sports car on Wilshire Blvd.: "Sorry about your penis!"

Comment by Patricia on June 12, 2014 at 1:27pm

Purr-Dee isn't sick but has lost quite a lot of weight with the aging process. He's eats a lot more soft food now rather than the dry stuff, & he's a little snarky at times.

Give Molly a tummy scratch or something for me, Melinda.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

Comment by sk8eycat on June 12, 2014 at 11:23am

Mindy, I've been thinking of you and your Molly, and remembering what we went through with Jerry-Cat last year.  He also had a squamous cell carcinoma on his jaw, but was determined to keep on keeping on.  MUCH too long! 

The vet gave him an Rx for trans-dermal Prednisone cream that I could rub inside his ear (instead of trying to shove a pill down his throat), and it seemed to help for a while.  But I kept him too long, and had months of guilt afterwards.  He was such a loving cat, and beautiful.  The vet told me that cats and dogs with white or pale-colored fur, are much more likely to develop that type of cancer from exposure to the sun. 

Last month's issue of The Pet Press had an article on treatments by a veterinarian oncology specialist...I didn't even bother to read it.  Too painful, and how the *bleep!* do you explain to an animal that something as ghastly as chemo might help.  Just might.

We went through that with my Mom in 1984, and it did work, but she was aware of the risks, and gave her consent.  Animals are different.

Keep Molly as comfortable as possible, lavish love on her, and I think she will tell you, in her own way, when it's time. 

Having access to a mobile vet helps enormously.  We had one 20 years ago, and she was wonderful, but after serving in Bosnia with the Army K-9 corps, she'd had enough of everything, came home and sold her practice (to someone I didn't like much), and retired.

Comment by booklover on June 12, 2014 at 10:43am
Beautiful picture of you and Plinius, Chris!!!! Thank you for sharing that. <3
Well the vet called with the blood-test results, and it's a little better news I guess? She thought Molly wasn't feeling well because of the growth on her jaw, but it turns out Molly also has Chronic Pancreatitis! That sounds bad, but completely switching her diet to low-fat should greatly improve her quality of life, at least for a while. The vet is hoping Molly will be able to have a good summer with us. That would be wonderful to have a couple of extra months. If she shows pain though, I won't hesitate to call the vet.
 

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