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Wonder Cats!

The photos keep coming in to cheer me!

 

Chuck also sent his get well wishes along with a photo of Rasputin. “He’s 7 and weighs about 14 pounds now. He’s the best cat ever.”
‘Sweet Izzy says hello Ms. Nancy”

This is the girl that loved to get into our refrigerator! Brenda, is she maintaining her mischievous ways?

Linda sent this beautiful photo of Nadeah along with her well wishes.
Linda says “She is such an amazing and comforting companion. She still insists on getting chased from one end of the house to the other, daily! And, she has been perfecting her “baseball” talents with a crumpled paper ball. I’m still trying to grab a video of that but a little challenging one-handed (as I’m the pitcher). I’ll send it along when I’m successful! 
 
‘Sly says hi! Ed and I are praying for your good health to return.” Sent by Kathy
Andrew and Jennifer selected these two beauties from our litter born on 11/12/13 and named them Tasha and Ivan.

I remember that day well. We had two litters on the same day! The mother of Tasha and Ivan is Zhaklin (Jackie) and she patiently waited until Tatiana was done giving birth. I walked into Zhaklin’s birthing room, sat down on the floor with her and she immediately went into labor. She knew it was now safe to proceed!

Okay, now are you ready for this? Dogs have nothing on Siberians! Watch this training session sent in by Jane.

Jane says “Isn’t Garsha the most attentive student you ever saw? Luckily Madame Sabina has her good looks to get by on!”

(For those of you viewing this post in an email, you have to click on the post to bring it up in a window so you can see the video.)

Thank you to all Semper Fi Siberian families. Jim and I wish each of you a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. 

More Healing Photos

Thank you to all who sent good wishes and more healing photos in response to my last post regarding my positive result for COVID-19.

(If you want to send additional photos, please read the note at the bottom of this post.)

Christy says  “my babies are thriving!💜 Juliet and Gingie love Alana’s bed, they even share sometimes.”

Ginger and Juliet

Kelly’s sent a photo of her beautiful black Siberian, Goose, to help in my recovery!

Goose

Lynn says, “Not a bad habit between them, and very smart, in addition of course to  stunningly beautiful, and amazingly loving.”

Pavlo and Petya

Robin sent these charming photos along with a note saying “During our recent yearly visit the vet said they were the healthiest animals he had seen all day!”

Hatch and Cholula

Kathryn says “Thank you for your post it reminds me of the great Siberian family that we are part of. We just love our girl, Saffron. She has really acclimated to our move to the Pacific Northwest! Surrounded by woods, Saffy is constantly looking outside at the mule deer and squirrels that visit us daily. She even acts as our “nightwatch-man” alerting us to racoons that pass through in the night. This past year brought another change for Saffy, she got a “little” brother! Archie, our Rough Collie is indoor entertainment for Saffy. They are a hoot to watch as they investigate and antagonize each other – safely of course.”

Nikki sent a photo of both Nikolai and Samara along with well wishes and love for a speedy recovery.

Nikolai and Samara

Mimi says “Below is a picture of Katya fulfilling one of her daily responsibilities: supervising me in the shower Or maybe guarding me , in case I might slip down the drain? In any event she is a bit unclear on the concept of bath mat.”

Katya

And from my very dear friend, Pastor Mary Alice, “Oh my friend, I just saw your email. I am so sorry you’re having to go through this. But I do know when we are at the lowest of low whether it’s illness or otherwise, our feline family really helps us. I’m sending you a picture of mine they’re saying hello get better.”

These beautiful cats are not Siberians but are very special to me so I know they will be to you also. Pastor Mary Alice wanted to adopt two kittens and I was honored she asked me to go to the shelters to help her in the selection process. I am trying to remember, was that 7 or 8 years ago? Look at them now!

Comet and Kiernan

Having viewed all these beautiful photos, is it any wonder my follow-up test on Thursday showed I am now NEGATIVE for COVID-19!

 

NOTE: To send a photo to me, send it directly to my email which is nanb41@comcast.net.  If you do it through the comment section of the blog, you need to attach the URL of the photo; you cannot imbed the photo in your message. Now if you understand that, PLEASE explain it to me! This was the instruction I received from WordPress when asking why I was not receiving your photos.

Cats’ Healing Powers

October 31, 2020

I am sitting up in bed, where I have been for the past five days after testing positive for COVID-19. The first couple of days were spent non-stop sleeping. I now have more waking hours but still have to be confined to my bedroom. (Jim tested negative so confinement is necessary.) Jim brought one of the TV’s in here to help pass the time. But there is only so much time one can spend watching Netflix. I don’t know if it is a symptom of the virus but I can’t seem to concentrate on anything that takes a great deal of thinking. I have a stack of books just waiting to be read but the impetus to actually pick one up is nonexistent.

Sophie and Maggie are my nurses, always close at hand to butt my hand to wake me or purr loudly to comfort me.

What better way to pass the time than looking at photos of our Semper Fi Siberians! Thank you to our pet parents who recently, lovingly shared their cats with us through photos, videos and stories. They are having a healing impact! Tonight is the first time I can actually say I feel almost back to normal. Thank you!

Fiona and Felix had a visit by the neighborhood rabbit.


It is only natural for you to wonder where did Nancy come in contact with the virus. The truth is I do not know for certain but I have my suspicions. I do not go out much but when I do I always wear a mask and use hand sanitizer. I have our groceries delivered. A few days before my symptoms began we attended church where extreme caution is taken. After services we went to breakfast at a small open concept restaurant we used to frequent. When we walked in I immediately noticed that none of the wait staff or kitchen workers were wearing masks. We should have turned around and walked out but 7 months into the pandemic we find ourselves loosening up on our resolve to follow the rules.

And that is my main reason for writing this blog, Please continue to wear masks, practice social distancing and wash your hands! I love you all and want you to be safe!

If you want to send photos, please send to my email nanb41@comcast.net. If you attach photos to a comment on this blog, they do not come through.

Lily, our retired mama living with Ann

Just This Side of Heaven

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.* We had to help our beloved Zoe cross the bridge today.

Zoe Bathurst 17 September 2004 – 12 October 2020

Zoe was a 7 week old baby kitten residing at Hamblem Humane Society Animal Shelter (Morristown, Tennessee) in November of 2004. She was designated a Siamese Mix and had the most beautiful blue eyes. We walked in and fell in love.

She loved us but was never too sure of other people. A very few were honored to pet her. When we decided to begin raising Siberians, Zoe was highly indignant. This was her home and all those little kittens running around did not make her too happy. She eventually accepted but mostly ignored them. After we closed the cattery, Sophie and Maggie stayed with us and became her pals – well maybe, pals is too strong of a word!

But Zoe was very happy because she knew she was No. 1 and everyone in this household respected her designation, even Zeke our Australian Shepherd. She slept on our bed every night.

Saturday night we had just returned home from my birthday dinner. We got ready for bed and Zoe was already there waiting for us. Before we had a chance to go to sleep she had a seizure. It didn’t last long. Jim googled cat seizures and after reading, we felt comfortable in waiting to take her to our vet on Monday. Sunday afternoon she had a second seizure which was more intense. We took her to Blue Pearl which is the emergency veterinarian center in our area. Shortly after she was admitted she had another seizure. They did all kind of tests, gave her anti-seizure medications and tried to up her calcium levels which were very low. She spent the night and proceeded to go down hill. She was unable to move her back legs. We took turns holding her for a long time. Much discussion and praying followed. It was the general opinion she had a stroke. In the end, the veterinarian and we decided it was time for our Zoe to leave us.

Saying good-bye – October 12, 2020

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don’t they understand? Asked God
That you’ll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is….forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am….forever and ever and ever.

Author Unknown

*https://www.rainbowsbridge.com/poem.htm

WARNING

https://www.facebook.com/Siberian-kittens-cattery-103075134847573/

Since I still have people contacting me for recommended breeders, I feel it is my responsibility to let you know when a breeder or site is not recommended.

The above site on Facebook is a scam.  Remember if it seems to good to be true, it probably isn’t true!

Memorial Day Mansions

To remember and respect those brave men and women who gave their last full measure for our freedom and for their families who grieve but still find it in their hearts to love God and country.
http://worriersanonymous.org/Share/Mansions.htm

Easter Blessings

Jim and I are stopping by to say “Hi.”  Each of you are in our prayers during this difficult time. We hope this Easter season gives you hope. You may be feeling like this is the “Friday” of your life and sadness is almost too much to bare. But remember, “Sunday” is coming. This is a personal message to you: Jesus rose again and He loves and cares for YOU!

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If you have a minute, write us a note in the comment section below to let us know if you are okay. And if you are not okay, will you allow me to pray for you?

Please remember:

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Great Companies!

A message to all our loyal Life’s Abundance customers:

I belong to several cat related sites on Facebook. Today I read about the trouble several pet parents are having with orders to Chewy and other on line ordering companies regarding delays and “out of stock” pet food items.

We all are thankful for the way Life’s Abundance is handling orders for us as 
we go through these uncertain times.  Last week I listened to a conference call conducted by the CEO of the company notifying us they would limit new customers, giving priority to current customers.   I placed an order on Wednesday and it was at my front door on Thursday!  I didn’t overbuy because he asked us not to, letting us know that current customers will always take priority.  A letter was sent out to all current customers asking them to do the same. 

And because everyone cooperated, the company will now take new customers BUT you will read that there may once again be a time when they restrict new customers. That should make you feel comfortable knowing you will be able to get food for your beloved pets.

If you are reading this and are not a current customer, you can order at this time by going to lifesabundance.com/semperfisiberians or by contacting me if you have any questions.

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Restrictions On New Customers Now Lifted

In a special call last week our CEO, Lester Thornhill, spoke to you about the trend of customers over-buying. This pattern, combined with a massive influx of new customers, caused us to restrict the number of first-time buyers we would accept each day.

After that conversation with you, we decided to simply ask customers not to over-buy. On Friday evening we emailed this request to your customers, along with assurances that they will be able to continue getting our products (you received a copy as well).

It worked! Since then, we have not had to turn away any first-time buyers! In fact, we have resumed our online campaign to further raise awareness of the Life’s Abundance brand.

There may come a time when we have to once again restrict new customers.

We value your support and that of your customers. From all of us at Life’s Abundance, best wishes to you, your family and your customers for the very best of health.

 

The second great company I want to mention is Meowingtons.  When I posted a photo of Sophie and Maggie on their new cat tree, several of you wanted information     about the cat tree.  Since I had purchased mine when they had a sale, I told you to hold on until there was another sale because the cat tree is a little pricey (but worth it). I decided to write the company and ask about any coupon codes they might have. They were nice enough to give us our own coupon code to get 20% off. They asked what code I would like to use so, of course, I said Siberians!  So if you want this great cat tree, go to http://www.meowingtons.com/?aff=297 and put the code Siberians to receive your discount.

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Catster’s 2020 Photo Contest

Some of you are great about sending me the best photos of your Siberians. When I received the announcement of Catster’s photo contest, I knew I had to let you know so you could enter.

Purrrific Photo Contest

Here is a recent photo of Sophie and Maggie in their new cat tree. I had to close the blind because the sun was shining in which is not good for photo lighting. But when the blind is open, they love looking at the birds. Jim has hung a bird feeder right outside the window.

 
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Gracie and Kazmir

Gracie and Kazmir are in their new home.

Thank you to everyone who responded to my last post.  It is heartwarming to realize the Semper Fi Siberian family is alive and well!

The very first person who contacted me about adopting Gracie and Kazmir ended up being the perfect person.  I approved and most importantly, after meeting Annette, John approved. The following pictures show them in their new home in Bull Valley.

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