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Sherrie Holmes
Word Wenches is a blog featuring seven authors, plotting in the present, writing about the past. . .and inprovising the rest. Authors include Jo Beverley, Edith Layton, Mary Jo Putney, Patricia Rice, Sarah Gabriel, Susan Holloway Scott, and Loretta Chase.
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Hi, HJ. Thanks for dropping by. Yes, it *is* wonderful that Sparky continues to improve. When I discovered she was blind, it was such a shock! I was so afraid she would be permanently blind. This cat leads a charmed life. She has overcome so many obstacles in her first year of life, and it is a testament to her free spirit and will to live. Sparky Tabasco is one awesome and special cat, that's for sure!
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Kathy, I've had limited success trying to pop the pill into Sparky's mouth. It's a real struggle, making me wish I had three hands. *g* When I do manage to get the pill in, I then hold her mouth shut and blow on her nose. That's supposed to make a cat swallow involuntarily, and it works. But as I said, it's a struggle. Right now, I'm having better success using baby food. Her favorite is beef and gravy. I don't mash the pill into powder, because I believe she can taste it in the food. But if I break the pill into teeny tiny pieces, then mix it into her food, Sparky will usually eat it. If she doesn't, I remove her free-choice dry food and replace it with the unfinished wet food with the pill. She generally gets hungry enough to finish off the wet food sometime during the day. I've tried mixing the crushed pill with liquid and squirting it into Sparky's mouth with a syringe. I've used a "pill gun," but like so many things, it was made for a person with larger hands and longer fingers than mine. I've tried the old poke-the-pill-down-the-throat-with-a-pencil-eraser trick. I've tried wrapping the pill in cheese and popping it in her mouth. I've tried mashing the pill to powder, cutting it into tiny pieces, coating it with butter, mixing it in cream, etc. So far, the baby food seems to work the best. I'm now off to give Sparky her daily pill. Wish me luck!
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Today I come to you with a humble heart full of gratitude and thanksgiving. Sparky continues to improve, thanks to your many prayers, good wishes, healing energy, Reiki, financial donations, emotional support, and the wonders of modern veterinary medicine. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I say it takes a village to heal a cat. A village of compassionate Sparky fans and friends. After posting the GoFundMe donation page for Sparky, I sat back in wonder as the donations began pouring in. You guys mean business! Sparky and I thank you from the bottom of... Continue reading
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Awww, garsh! I've never thought of myself as a terrific mama, but if it means loving your cat to bits, and caring for her as if she were my child, then I guess that qualifies me! I can't imagine life without Sparky, and I certainly can't imagine such a vibrant animal going blind. You're absolutely right about so many of Sparky's fans working together toward the common goal of Sparky regaining her eyesight. No matter their beliefs or personal philosophy, each prayer/positive thought/Reiki etc. has worked to bring back Sparky's eyesight. I know she will never take her sight for granted ever again. (not that she did in the first place!) A huge cyber hug to everyone, with gratitude for your continued support and encouragement!
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on THE SPARKY REPORT #41 at Word Wenches
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Thanks for thinking of Sparky, Artemisia. Now you know just how well she's doing. I see tiny improvements each day, and thank The Powers That Be for her return to good health. Eyesight is so very important, and to lose it is just . . . well, just awful. Sparky has been granted a miracle.
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That makes two of us, Faith! Nowadays at the Holmes household, everyone is smiling. Suddenly, the future looks very bright indeed!
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"Sparky the Indomitable." A new nickname for Sparkers (my own nickname for her). Love it! The name sure fits, doesn't it? Heh heh!
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HJ, I'm delighted that Sparky has been such a joy to her fans. She certainly is to me! I can't imagine a day without her antics. Right now, she's hogging the dog bed and tormenting Shona, my Boxer, who is just trying to sleep. Hard to do with a small cat attacking your leg. *g* Yup, I'd say Sparky fast on the road to recovery!
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Oh boy, a thousand hair ties! Sparky will be in hog heaven. She loves those things and steals them whenever she can. It's so wonderful to see her playing again, and now that she can see better, no hair tie is safe!
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Hi, MaeLou. Yes, everyone's so happy that Sparky's meds are working. Having her sight partially restored has been a miracle, and Sparky is taking advantage of it. She's poking her nose everywhere, getting into drawers left open, inspecting the clothes in the dryer, sampling the dogs' food, and stealing everything on my desk that isn't nailed down. It's so heartening to see her having fun again. We'll see how the meds go. They have reduced her meds to half the usual doseage, so I'm not spending as much for her meds as I used to.
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Thank you for the hugs, Suzy. I passed them on to Sparky, and gave her a skritch under the chin for good luck. I do hope this is the end of it all. It's been a trying time, filled with both despair and hope. But Sparky is a strong-willed girl and she will overcome.
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It is indeed good news, Tracey. Deliriously wonderful, in fact!
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Oh, Shannon, no apologies needed! You have been so supportive during this crisis and I appreciate that very much! (So does Sparky) I'll gladly accept your prayers and/or good wishes.
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Great news, indeed, Gail! Both Sparky and I are doing the happy dance and sending up prayers of thanks.
Toggle Commented Jul 20, 2014 on THE SPARKY REPORT #41 at Word Wenches
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Elaine, how tragic for your co-worker's family! I don't know them, but I will send up a prayer that they'll get closure for this so that healing can begin. I'm so glad that Sparky's good news gave you a mental boost today, since you've been dealing with a bleak week. Hang in there!
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This is the best possible news, isn't it? Thank you for your support, gail. It means so much.
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Thank you, Donna! You know how much this means to me. I am beyond excited. I know this is a direct result of all the prayers, healing light, Reiki, and other good things practiced on behalf of Sparky. We are so blessed.
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SPARKY CAN SEE!!!!! It's a miracle! The prognosis for regaining her eyesight was poor, but Sparky is Sparky. That same indomitable spirit that saved her as a tiny 9 ounce orphan when she was only 3 weeks old has come to the rescue again. She beat the odds. Sparky is regaining her eyesight. She's not 100%. Far from it. But she gets better every day. We're hoping for a full recovery, but even if she stabilizes in her current condition, it is enough. She still has trouble seeing things directly in front of her, but the rest of her vision... Continue reading
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Hi, Karen. I've calmed down a little, and I'm trying to be rational, but I've always been an emotional person, so I'm probably fighting a losing battle. *g* That said, I'm feeling better about the things I can do for Sparky if she remains permanently blind. I have PLANS for that cat! All good, I assure you: a completely enclosed outdoor playpen; a cool new scratching post/climbing tree. I should be able to build those myself. (I'm one of those women who loves tools!) You're right about Sparky being courageous. When I found her crying piteously in someone's barn, obviously starving and dehydrated, she was only 3 weeks old and weighed 9 ounces. (mama kitty probably ran afoul of a pair of nesting eagles nearby.) So I took the orphan home, got her checked by a vet immediately, then began caring for her, feeding her every 4 hours. She was so determined to live! Even as feeble as she was, she had a mind of her own and wasn't afraid to let you know her mind! Feeding was often a hilarious wrestling match. She wanted the bottle so badly that she often snatched it right out of my hands. She was a greedy feeder and if I took too long to prepare her formula, she squalled at me. So yes, Sparky is courageous. She's a survivor, and she'll get through this, whether or not she regains her sight or becomes totally blind.
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Welcome to a fellow Sparky! So delighted to meet you, and to know that there are other Sparkys out there. I'll bet your middle name isn't Tabasco, like my Sparky Tabasco. *g* Love that you are a writer AND an auto electrician! Must be how you got your Sparky nickname. Thank you for the good wishes. We're all hoping Sparky T. regains her eyesight. All the prayers, good wishes, Reiki, healing thoughts help. I swear Sparky is seeing better now. I hope it isn't wishful thinking. Thank you for stopping by. We have a lot of writers visit regularly, and you are always welcome.
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Glenda, coyotes are a real threat to domestic cats. I plan on building a large outdoor play area for Sparky, fenced on all sides and on the top. She'll be able to safely go outside to her "catio" and enjoy the outdoors. I've been taking inventory of fence posts and fencing in the barn, and drawing plans (with much erasures!). She'll want for nothing, and I'll rest easy knowing she's safe!
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AJ, I've been reading Homer's Odyssey as my bedtime read and it's adorable. (And funny!) Homer could be Sparky's twin brother. Talk about mischief! I have also found out who sent the book to me: it was Mary Jo Putney! What could be more appropriate than one of the Wenches sending that book for me! Sparky is so blessed to have 8 wonderful godmother's, and I'm so blessed to have Sparky. I know you feel blessed to have Flower, even though her eyesight is going. I've added her to my prayers, because I believe in the power of prayer.
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Of course! St. Francis of Assisi! The patron saint of animals. How appropriate! Thank you for the reminder, Annette. Sparky has a whole army of friends and fans praying for her. Surely this will help her as she travels the road to recovery.
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Sparkinator??? I love it! Must add that to the repertoire of nicknames I use for her: Sparkster, Sparkmeister, Sparkaroonie, and (embarrassinly) Baby Cakes. As far as Sparky is concerned, there is no problem! Just something different. She's doing better now, not tripping over things like a rug or one of the dogs. In fact, the dogs are bemused by the fact they have become part of the pavement under Sparky's feet. Instead of walking around them, as she used to do, she walks over them. It's hilarious to see a 100 lb. dog lying in the hall, and a 13 lb. cat walk across the dog's neck.
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Hi, Karen. Yes, animals do have their other senses to rely on when one sense is damaged. I know cats use their whiskers (touch), ears (hearing) and nose (scent) when in near-total darkness. Sparky is certainly getting around the house just fine, even carefully patting an object first, before jumping onto it. She hasn't fallen off anything for days now. I swear she's seeing better. A funny: I thought I was being helpful when I added an extra "step" for Sparky in her bedroom where I keep her food and litter box. To reach her food and water bowls, which are on top of a dresser (to keep them away from the dogs) she has to first jump onto a multi-tiered cat tree, and from there, onto the dresser. I added a sturdy box at the base of the cat tree so she wouldn't have to jump so far, getting up and down the cat tree. Well, THAT was a mistake! It was something new, something she was unfamiliar with, and instead of being helpful, it made her put in extra effort to avoid the box altogether, sailing over it instead of using it as a step! The box has been removed.
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