Sweet Labrador Retriever with her very own kitten

Matchmaker, Matchmaker

Make me a match. Sing along! By a show of hands, how many of you are matchmakers? I consider myself a matchmaker when it comes to relationships of all sorts, but primarily friendships. I’m not just a relationship matchmaker, but I match people with stuff. All kinds of stuff. Need a table? I know someone who has one needing a home! A lamp? Yep! It’s one of my many ADHD games, to keep boredom at bay. And this weekend I was able to play kitten matchmaker!

Sweet Lab with her very own kitten
Ellie the kitten in her new home with Aspen the Lab.

Last Friday I dropped by a friend’s house to swap organic wheat berries for peel’n’stick tiles. Long story. Don’t ask. My friend is a vet tech and was fostering a kitten. You have to hear this poor kitten’s story. It’s sad and funny and wonderful in the end. In fact, here’s what the foster mom had to say about the kitten.

Ellie was born around the middle of August to a large litter. Mama cat belonged to an elderly man who didn’t walk well and the kittens ran and played in his kitchen. On Friday Ellie got underfoot and her head got stepped on; when she tried to stand up she rolled in circles and couldn’t get her balance. The old man wasn’t sure what to do but he couldn’t bear to hear her crying so he put her outside. A maintenance work on the property heard her crying and brought her to us. One of the vets took her home and nursed her through the weekend. Ellie made daily improvements and was able to walk and eat on her own by Sunday. On Monday she was running, although sometimes she went in circles. She was vaccinated and dewormed. Her fecal test showed coccidia, a single-celled protozoa which is common in kittens and causes diarrhea. She takes a daily medication for that and has a few more days of treatment. She uses the litter box well and is currently a normal active playful kitten.

So, long story short, Ellie is fine and a normal kitten. Cute as can be. But here’s the funny part – according to Ellie’s chart, her real name is Ellipse. So named because of the way she walked the first few days, in an ellipse. Poor little dear. It cracked me up. And now you’d never know.

I played matchmaker this weekend, between a foster mom and a family with young children. Here’s what the mom told me, this morning, about life with Ellie.

She is the sweetest little thing! My kiddos never want to leave her. 🙂 … (from the weekend) I’m not sure this sweet baby is even going to have a chance to practice walking.

I love playing matchmaker. And I’d love to play matchmaker with YOU! One of the best things about my job as the official blogger for Jones Natural Chews is giving away treats every month! Until tomorrow night, we’re currently giving away the Bow Wow Boo Bucket, with nine scrumptious all natural, all grown and made in the USA treats! Your dog would love to win this bucket o’treats. So click this sentence to be taken to the giveaway post and enter to win a Bow Wow Boo Bucket! It’ll make your dog smile. Naturally.

And check back regularly for a chance to be a home for other foster animals. Because now that my fostering friends know, they’ll be sending photos of critters in need. 🙂

Until I write again …

Flea

5 thoughts on “Matchmaker, Matchmaker

  1. Oh Flea…Poor little kitten. It’s hard with animals and them getting underfoot, and being so tiny makes it that much harder. What I find the saddest about this story is that instead of helping her, the man just put her outside so he didn’t have to listen to her suffer. You know that right there says all kinds of WTF to me. 🙁 Still it’s probably best because she eventually did get the help. I’m glad she found the perfect home.

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