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I originally joined TCS years ago, when I first befriended my cat Gypsy (a feral stray found living under my neighbor's porch), but so much in my life has changed, I'd better re-introduce myself. I've been lurking off and on for years, but recent health scares on my eldest cat have brought me out of the woodwork.

Since I first joined, and inspired by Gypsy's (now 5 years old) near death experience with a bad URI and a trip to the emergency clinic, I've become a vet tech. The technicians there were sooooo sweet and up until that point, I'd never really thought of it as a career choice. As a kid, I wanted to be a vet, but gave that up because I didn't think I could handle it. Or afford the education.

I spent a few months of "boot camp" working at an animal shelter (if I can emotionally handle that, I figured I could handle anything) where I picked up a souvenier named Gracie. I was supposed to only foster Grace for two weeks since she was too young to to up for adoption and would have been put to sleep otherwise. But I named her. And I think once you name them, you're stuck. She's my little (Little? Ha! She's a chunker!) space heater, and spends every night sleeping next to me.

I've had my eldest, Sheba (18 years old) since I was sixteen. She's my buddy. She helped me realize my ex boyfriend was a turd (he didn't like cats, and that didn't become apparent until I got my own place and had Sheba come to live with me) and later realize my husband is a gem. How could you not love a guy who, the first time he stayed at my place (we had a long distance relationship, and he was in the process of job hunting for something local), called me up at work to find out why the cat kept meowing at him? Is there something wrong? (She just wanted her water changed.) Or another time he called me at work in a panic because he "saw something weird and white" on Sheba's rear end and I should come home right now because something's wrong with her. Turns out he just never noticed that a black cat doesn't always have a black rectum. "Uh... honey? That's just her butt." He just dotes on her like you wouldn't believe. I've had her almost all her life, but he knew her six months before he was referring to her as "his cat."

Four months ago, we adopted a one-eyed Pekingese named Beavis. I originally wanted a Greyhound, but my hubby likes small dogs so we compromised. I couldn't have found anything less like a Greyhound. One has long legs, a long nose and a short coat, the other... well, you get the picture. Ok. So it wasn't so much a compromise as it was letting the husband get his way, but since he had no say in any of the cats (one I had, one I found, and one I brought home) he was past due.
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Good to see you found your way back! I'm sure some of the old-timers will remember you, and us newbies are glad to meet you!
post #3 of 10
Hello Welcome Back to TCS

And Congrads on going back to school and becoming a Vet tech. You are going to help out so many furrbies
post #4 of 10
Welcome, welcome from KittenKiya's Clan!!!
post #5 of 10
Hello and a warm welcome back from Spain !
Wow you have been busy, no wonder you didnt get chance to check back into TCS - but as you can see, theres still lots going on.

So your fur-family sound like real peaches Once you get settled back into the site, maybe you could post some photos

As you know - we love photos here

Enjoy catching up !
post #6 of 10
Welcome back! Can't wait to see pictures of your chunkers, Sheba, Gypsie and Beavis!!
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Hi Lorina, and welcome (back) to TCS! Your furbabies sound wonderful

If you have any questions, or need any help finding your way around the site, please feel free to click on my username and send me a private message
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Hi and Welcome to TCS!!!!

See you on the Forums!
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Welcome back!
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Welcome (again) Gypsy, Sheba, Gracie, Lorina, and family:

Glad you're here at TheCatSite, and know you'll enjoy being officially one of the family! I've read your story and visited your site; your portraits are wonderfully realistic and expressive! Want to thank you for rescuing, too -- it's something the best people do, I believe! We are 9! rescued, indoor-only, spayed/neutered of course! felines, ranging from 16+ Nicolas T. Cat all the way to "terrible two's" Baby Suha, and our loving and devoted servant, who stoutly denies playing favorites, but must admit to a particular weakness for little black ones, as evidenced by her posts in absolute and unabashed devotion to Anakat's Tolly (see Fur Pictures Only!)

Glad to hear you've found a good man, too. REAL MEN LOVE CATS. And they are the best judges of human character I've ever found. Any guy my cats didn't like got shown the door, plenty quick.
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