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28 June 2009 @ 07:44 am
Hi! My kitten Haze recovered full from her accident just over a month ago! She can see! She's out and about, being a normal kitty and having lots of fun. She and Sky never co-operate when it comes to taking pictures anymore, though. Always eyes closed or looking down, darn it! Thanks everyone for their good wishes for my Hazy. (:

Haze, just hanging round with my neighbour, Dawn ... Hazy loves to climb into bags and burrow round! June 2009
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12 June 2009 @ 11:42 am

hey all! sorry about the crappy phone pics, but meet Rhodesia, my calico feral (:

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30 May 2009 @ 10:07 pm
and she's not very happy about being cooped up in a cage! Has been knocking things off my bookshelf, trying to scratch the couch and whinging a bit. She's happy to be home. This morning I noticed that her pupils are dilating and contracting, which could mean that she's starting to perceive light. It's hard to tell how much she can see, if anything. Sometimes she appears to be tracking movements, other times she's clearly not. It can be confusing at times.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and supportive advice. I'm sorry I haven't replied to you yet. I have a take home test and an assignment to do for University, plus work and wee Haze to think of. I will try to catch up with my comments during the next week.

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Current Location: Dunedin, New Zealand.
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27 May 2009 @ 11:21 pm
My kitten Haze was hit by at least one car this Monday at 5.50 pm. As the vet notes included below indicate, she is blind. She will have to be kept in a cage for two weeks because an any accidental knock to the head could kill her. Then the vet(s) will reassess her. At this point, they don't know whether or not she will regain any vision at this point. I'm wondering how to keep her quiet and comfortable, as well as entertained whilst caged, because she's a very active sociable little cat and I think it could be quite stressful for her. Also wondering about the practicalities of living with a potentially blind or partially blind cat long-term in a medium sized flat, and whether or not I could make it bearable for her. Took these pictures whilst visiting her this afternoon. Feedback welcomed.

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Haze's Patient Clinical History

Cat: Female, Dlh (Domestic Longhaired) Tortishell
Age: 0 Yrs 6 Moths, Desexed

Major Problem: HBC (Hit By Car)

25/5/09, 5.50 pm, hbc (hit by car); Resp rate 120, colour and CRT ok; HR increased; no palpably broken bones; small graze on chin; pupils different sizes (left large; right small) neither responsive to light direct or consensual; anal tone reduced - some faecal incontinence; can support weight but very wobbly.

26/5/09 pupils now both dialted (so even now) more even cat may have some vision?? and is more responsive continue with Dexadresson. Eating well urinating and defacating well.

27/5/09 Haze is active and eating well. Urination and defecation is normal. SS examined Haze and thinks lesion in the visual cortex and that she is bling. Steroid and rest are the treatment and prognosis cant really be given for another 10 days or so.

Treatment; Dexadresson 0.75 ml plus tengesic - reassess in AM.
Current Location: Dunedin, New Zealand.
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14 May 2009 @ 04:55 pm
Haze was six months old yesterday. Got her some fresh fish and sardine treats to celebrate. Sky didn't like either. Haze scoffed hers.

Haze, 13/5/09
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04 May 2009 @ 12:32 am

Justice for Tengteng

Target: Faculty of the University of the Philippines, Diliman
Sponsored by: Ted Teodoro

There are over half a million stray animals in the Philippines, and this is the story of just one of them. Tengteng was a month-old stray kitten who lived precariously on the grounds of the University of the Philippines at Diliman. Those who knew her spoke of a kitten who benefited from random acts of kindness including handouts of food, water, even a new collar to make herself look pretty. She enjoyed fleeting but happy moments with students who gave her a scratch or two, a tummy rub, and  pats on her head. The only known photograghs of Tengten are the ones you see on this site. One can say that Tengteng was not as hard up as other strays in the Philippines, but she was without a regular source of food,  a home and a family to protect her.

Tengteng, like all animals, was God's child. But her life came to an abrupt end when on April 13th a second year physics student named Joseph Carlo Candare took her life and bragged about it on the web. On his blog entry for that day, Mr. Candare mockingly called Tengteng's death " an accidental Crime." However, by other accounts, Tengteng's killing was a deliberate and blood-thirsty attack fueled by Mr. Candare's visceral and sadistic hatred of cats.

How much hate, you might ask?

Mr. Candare was described as taking a running start, leaping into the air, and then landing on Tengteng with the full force of his weight and momentum. Tengteng, who could not have weighed more than two pounds, was crushed under the grown man's weight. This was a conscious act, and Mr. Candare had ample opportunities to change his mind. Whatever life was left in Tengteng's body, the last few ounces of strength she had, enabled her to seek shelter in a hovel where she ultimately died moments later, alone.  The imagery is horrifying, but we have been spared the deathly sounds that must have been blood-curdling. The agonizing scream of a kitten, the crushing of her bones, the taunting of the victor over the vanquished, it was a triumphant moment for one but unnecessarily tragic for another.

Why should we care?

Some have argued that we care too much about a kitten who did not belong to anyone. Some said tha there are many strays; why care about this one? All animals deserve respect. When we disrespect an animal, that says more about us than the animal. It is not how many animals are abused, but it is the knowledge that a most heinous crime was committed on a defenseless and sentient being that behooves us to act. Such acts, however singular, offends our sense of decency and righteousness. If there is one abused animal, then that is one too many. When we are confronted by cruelty, we must address it. Acts of abject cruelty towards animals, like Tengteng's killing, are simply unacceptable.  It is up to the enlightened and the compassionate to stand up and speak in behalf of those on the receiving end of humankind's brute  force.

Why take my word for it?

You do not have to. I am reproducing Mr. Candare's blog entry for your perusal. Here, you can read his own words, his self-confession as a serial killer of cats, his disingenuous pang of conscience, and his not-so-veiled threat to kill more in a month ( English translation in brackets) :

"An Accidental Crime. First day sa supercon. Lunch time came. On our way out of old NIP I saw the cat I almost killed last Tuesday. Now everyone knows I hate cats. It's an unexplainable feeling towards them. Like some internal hatred. Hindi ko talaga alam kung bakit pero anumang pagpipigil sa sarili ay hindi sapat upang mapangibabawan ang panggigil ko sa mga pusa. [ I don't really know why my self-control is not enough to overcome my hatred of cats ]  I pulled it on its tail and threw it. Then like some pro wrestler I jumped on it and my feet landed on it's torso. Slam! Felt good! But the cat didn't die, well not yet. It ran for its life and just as I was about to catch up on it somebody yelled: " Pwede bang pabayaan mo yung pusa?!" [ Can you leave the cat alone? ]. It was instant and involuntary. I stopped on my tracks. Nobody ever stopped me when assaulting cats. Well I guess there's always a first time for everything. The cat got away. Or at least that's what i thought. So we went to lunch Mel, Jayson, Tracy and me. After lunch, balik na sa kung anumang naiwang gawain [ we went back to whatever unfinished work we had ]. Then Tracy and Mel told me " Hui Jc napatay mo yung pusa" [ Hey, JC, you killed that cat ]. Hours later, habang abala sa XRD [ while busy at XRD ], a guy came in. Tanong niya: " Sinong pumatay dun sa pusa?" [ He asked, who killed that cat? ] Bang! Dat was me boi. Guilty as charged. I didn't see it die pero sabi ni Myles [ but Myles said ] it coughed up blood or at least something like that daw. Didn't realize I gave it a fatal hit. This isn't the first time I've killed a cat but this time it's different. It didn't occur to me back then that the cat had a leash. So I think somebody owns it. Well it's very well loved in NIP from what I heard and I just ended it's life. So there you go I'm sorry. And I wont be striking another one for maybe about a month. It feels good when your beating it(a cat) up but you suddenly feel something strange when it turns off permanently. That's how I feel right now. And maybe for the next days. Dang, am I a cat serial killer? "

To Whom Should We Appeal?

We are appealing to the high officials of the University of the Philippines at Diliman (U.P.) namely Dr. Sergio Cao, Chancellor of UP, Dr. Arnel Salvador, Director of the National Institute of Physics at UP, and to Dr. Caesar Saloma, Dean of the College of Science UP.

These gentlemen, in their respective capacities, have the authority to set things right at the university. They can condemn, reject, and punish those who practice animal cruelty within the ranks of the university. They are gatekeepers to the long and illustrious history of the university. The conduct and safety of the student body are under their purview. We, therefore, are calling upon these gentlemen to apply the only just and appropriate punishment for Mr. Candare which is immediate expulsion from the university and to assist in seeking proper medical attention for Mr. Candare

I am asking for one thousand signatures. If you agree with the spirit of this petition, please sign it and offer your opinion for the benefit of these learned gentlemen. I will post updates when new developments occur. I thank you for helping engender a more compassionate Filipino society.

Addenda: There were questions about criminal charges. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is in the process of gathering affidavits from eye-witnesses. Yes, Mr. Candare violated the provisions of the Philippine Animal Welfare Act, Republic Act 8485. PAWS' volunteer lawyer will be mapping our their legal case against Mr. Candare.

05/02/09 I had Mr. Candare's name as John C. Candare in the initial post because he presented himself as such on another blog, but someone corrected me. His real name is Joseph Carlo Candare.

05/02/09 You may express your outrage but please no personal threats against Mr. Candare. I have to submit this petition to UP officials, and I want it fair and clean. Substantive comments will greatly help the impact of this petition. Thanks.


Tengteng at play

02 May 2009 @ 08:53 am

Wasn't me, Sir, honest! I was at home cleaning me date!
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23 April 2009 @ 06:37 am

Haze & (neighbour's cat) Jasper, 22/4/09
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18 April 2009 @ 09:49 am
I'm taking wee Haze to get her stitches out and the darned Elizabethan collar off in a minute, and not a moment to soon, as she's been literally climbing the walls and has even learned how to partially open the window latch! Scary stuff!

Now, obviously she's pretty damned smart, so I'm thinking of trying to clicker train her, and maybe Sky too, but I can't afford the books just yet ... so I'm wondering if any of you know of some good websites I could use? Also like to find some new games and homemade toys to keep her busy and entertained. So if anyone knows of any useful sites, please let me know.

Thanks in advance! (:
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Unfortunately, my wee calitorti Haze has to wear this collar until 21/4/09 because she was trying to pull out her stitches. She's not happy and very clingy, but visits from her little friend Lucy help to make the days pass more quickly, and my neighbour 'Aunty' Dawn is going to kitten-sit during the week to help out. Lucy let me pat her today! (:
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