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post #31 of 179
You know there was book written just recently about Huntington's disease?

Where in Arkansas does your mother live?

Also, if you check on catster.com, they have a "cat railroad" that sometimes can move cats.

Too bad we aren't still doing our dedicated run from Dallas to Phoenix and back. We could have bypassed the return run and taken your stuff to Arkansas. We actually have a house up there in Waldron.

I feel really bad about your cats; I hate to see anyone give up something they have put that much love into.

If you could find a place to store your stuff for a little while, would that help out? Or would you be willing to sell it at a pretty steep discount? I have a number of friends in the Tucson/Phoenix area in my hot rod club.
post #32 of 179
Oh my, I just read this thread and don't know what to say...

I knew something was up from your other thread, but GEEZE-you are having a tough time of it! Just know that now that things can only go up from here. I pray that everything works out and that someone on TCS like laureen227 can foster your babies until you get back on your feet.

MEGA VIBES!
post #33 of 179
I'm so sorry to hear about all your problems.

I'm not far from Phoenix. I could take your kitties if you don't find a better place, or find a way to take them with you. However, I'm not sure it would be any less stressful than the place you already found for them. I still have six cats in the house: my original two plus the stray who wandered in last summer and her three kittens who are almost 14 weeks old.

It never occurred to me to keep Goldy separated from the other two once the had checked her out. I'd have to do some rearranging to make a space for them that can be closed off, but it could work temporarily.

I really hope somebody can help you move your kitties to Arkansas so you don't have to give them up.
post #34 of 179
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Originally Posted by GoldyCat View Post
I'm not far from Phoenix. I could take your kitties if you don't find a better place
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Originally Posted by laureen227 View Post
ETA: hey, i've already got 5 in a 927 square foot house... but if you want, i'll take your cats! [dfw metroplex area].
Oh how sweet are you two!! You know, if i had no one at home to look after my cats and i had to choose someone, it would be a TCS member
post #35 of 179
JT, are you absolutely sure you're going to give Tinker and Wilbur to the shelter lady? Do you know her personally? Just in my opinion, I'd feel a whole lot safer entrusting them to a TCS member first as a temporary arrangement and then letting that TCS member look for someone who is 100% suitable to take your kitties in (meaning no other cats) and maybe even adopt them for life if you definitely can't come back for them.

I know you love your two very much, and I think that finding a good place for them would ease your worry to a great extent.

I really really hope someone with the right "conditions" will show up and lend a helping hand with Tinker and Wilbur. Do keep us updated. You are constantly in my thoughts!
post #36 of 179
Thread Starter 
While I cannot thank you guys enough for the geneerous offers to help, i'm kind of in a bind right now.

here's the status. The lady said she could pick them up tomorrow. I've been scrambling trying to find a flight or bus fare to get to little rock (then have to get to hot springs which is where i'm going). Well I found yesterday on southwest I could fly for 189. Delta for 380. Saturday southwest is 380 (delta same). Bus fare for 3 miserable days is 200

So this morning I was looking and NOW if i fly southwest tomorrow it's $89.00.

There's no way I can avoid that difference in price. i HAVE to fly out tomorrow. So what I'm doing is having the lady pick up my family tomorrow morning before I go.

My options are so limited. THANKFULLY i sold most of my stuff on Craig's list yesterday. I was selling my tv. I paid $2500 for it 6 months ago. I sold it for 950. The guy came to get it and saw my camera, and a LOT of other electronics i have. My laptop, my hd vid cam (which i got fixed), a 400 electronic dewalt drill etc.

I sold the whole lot to him for $1800.00. It was a gift from god that he came here. And for him it was a treasure. every single thing I sold him was mint. not a scratch on it, and nothing over 8 months old. it was at least $5000 worth of goods. But at this point I couldn't ship it or pack it, so i had to sell it.

I am spending my last day with my cats but damnit they know something is wrong. They keep hiding under the bed, and Wilbur started spraying EVERYTHING. the stove, the fridge, the cabinets, the couch, my bed, the little tv, the desk, everywhere. I used the last of the urine gone, but thankfully walgreens is open so i can buy another bottle. Just so it doens't get so bad. It's not fair for me to leave this place a mess for the landlord, but I can't do much.
post #37 of 179
Ah, Hot Springs. I worked there for a summer in 1969, and we lived there for 3 years or so back in 1987 or thereabouts.

Sounds like things are going a little better for you. Any chance of getting the kitties back later?
post #38 of 179
Thread Starter 
Well I can get them. but the problem is my mother has alergies (asthma) and I can't keep them there.

I have to figure something out. I'm going to see about renting a really cheap place there just so i can get my babies back. I'm a full grown man that's been crying for two days because I'm so distraught to get rid of them. If this were just me and my stuff I could easily handle it.
post #39 of 179
Yes, it is hard when you have responsibility for other beings. On the other hand, that's one of the things that gives each of us "value," what we do for others. You did a great thing in bottle raising them, something that I would be reluctant to take on, knowing the labor and love involved.

Rents are pretty reasonable in Hot Springs, if you don't want to live on the lake. And you can get just a few miles out of town and get really reasonable.
post #40 of 179
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I'm going to see about renting a really cheap place there just so i can get my babies back.
Excellent!! Whatever you find, if it's dirty it'll easily clean up with hot water and soap. As long as you've got your babies you'll do ok!

Keep us updated.
post #41 of 179
Here's another to get you through the next days, and a for future luck.
post #42 of 179
Just renewng and praying that things at least happen smoothly, and that you can get your babies baack soon.
post #43 of 179
Wow, JT. Should I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving? I think I will anyway.


Maybe you can get yourself right and then use the cat railroad to get Wilbur and Tinker back. Think of it as a temporary separation.

I also have a couple of links in my PM inbox that someone here sent me with other cat transpo networks. I can send them along when the time is right.
(something to keep you afloat!)

post #44 of 179
I'm glad to hear that you at least have a few options going. Here's another big to get through the next little while and plenty of good luck that things work out as soon as possible.
post #45 of 179
Thread Starter 
Well I sure thank everyone for the nice replies. I knew I'd get positive feedback here.

I decided the way I'm going to do this. Tomorrow at 9am they'll pick up my cats. I'll spend the day whining to myself i'm sure.

I managed to sell my 30 inch monitor today. The reason is this. it's HUGE. it will cost a LOT to ship it and have someone pack it. So I sold it for 400 (new it's going for about 1300. it's a dell 3007wfp). I'm going to order two 22 inch monitors to replace it when I get back. I priced two i like and it'll be about 350 with free shipping so I lucked out. I'll actually get close to a wash and end up with 2 22 inch monitors. I made a little money if you take into account the cost i'd have had to pay shipping, and i was 50 bucks to the good anyway. So i probably make 100 bucks.

I also decided I really need a day of peace. A couple years ago I worked at a 4 month job in Louisiana. They paid hotel expenses and I didn't go home. I stayed the whole time in one hotel room. I got the points . So I've got about 40,000 points still at the Mariott. I reserved a room at the Phoenix Mariott For Saturday. I'll ship my PC off Saturday morning, take my time and pack, have a shuttle pick me up and take me to the hotel. I'll try to unwind a little and relax. I think this whole thing has really taken a toll on me. IF i can manage to relax, i'll get a good night's sleep and catch the plane to arkansucks. Actually I got a break there too. Sunday flight for 390 OTD. Same price as coach but I got first class. so the flight will be relaxing. Well to Atlanta anyway. From there to Little Rock it's a puddle jumper regardless of airline. I get home sunday afternoon. I'll take a shuttle from Little Rock to Hot Springs and be done with it.

I'm hoping that stretching this a little and taking the free day at a nice hotel will allow me to put things in perspective. Selling the monitor takes a big burden off me so all i have to ship is my PC and some personal stuff. I'm a pack rat so I've got boxes and packing material all over the place.

I think I'm doing the right thing.

EDIT: Keep in mind, the hotel is for a good reason. I've been without electricity since Tuesday right? no air conditioning, hot water, no fridge, no oven etc. I'm using a single outdoor extension cord that's plugged into my computer, a lamp and a crappy tv i had in the bedroom. Cold showers do NOT feel good.especially in the dark
post #46 of 179
I don't blame you, JT. I think it's a good move. A little decompression.... you've been through a lot in a very short period of time. Take heart... we're thinking of you and rooting for ya!
post #47 of 179
So sorry for all you are going through. Better times are ahead.

My daughter has asthma along with severe cat allergies. I understand your concern for your mother. Can you have your cats live in your room and NOT the rest of the house. Your mom would never have to come in contact with them. This works very well for my daughter.

Wishing you and your babies the best.
post #48 of 179
Everytime I try to reply, my internet fades away and I can't post! So finally... I'm sorry to hear about the crappy situation and I hope that everything comes together and you're able to get your kitties back. Good luck!
post #49 of 179
what a painful thread this is. i just wanted you to know you are in my thoughts too. i think you are a very brave man.
post #50 of 179
For what it's worth, JT, I actually like Arkansas. It's just a tough place to get a job for someone like me, unless I drove a truck. Which I did, and made very good money at it, thank you.

Get settled in, and maybe we can come up and go to Coy's for a steak some evening.

I DO like Hot Springs, by the way.
post #51 of 179
I'll be thinking of you today, because i can only imagine how heartbreaking it's going to be for you so see the babies go
post #52 of 179
I've been following this post for the past couple of days, and was heartened as I read along, to see you gradually making plans. I have found that when the crap hits the fan, making a plan eases the situation. You definitely have some pretty clear plans now, and that's a good thing....and you actually sound more at ease with the situation as you've developed plans to handle it.

Good for you!!!

Wishing all the luck in the world to you. I really have a strong feeling you'll come through this safely at the other end.
post #53 of 179
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. Things are a little hard right this moment. it's 1.5 hours until I have to say goodbye and I am sadder than I ever remember being.

I'll get through it. hopefully it'll be easier once they're gone, but boy does this suck
post #54 of 179
Hold them close TJ, and tell them you'll be back for them soon
post #55 of 179
Thread Starter 
They definitely know. They're staying very close to me and trying to cuddle. they never do that.

If anyone knows a good priced place to look for tranporting them to hot springs or little rock let me know. i think that would help, knowing i could get them back shortly
post #56 of 179
Are you sending along an old tshirt or something with familiar smells on it? It could help them in their transition in the new place.
post #57 of 179
JT, you are in my thoughts and prayers this morning. I can't imagine what you're going through having to give up your babies, even temporarily. I hope someone can come up with a way to get them back to you very soon.
post #58 of 179
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If anyone knows a good priced place to look for tranporting them to hot springs or little rock let me know. i think that would help, knowing i could get them back shortly
That would definitely lift your spirits!
post #59 of 179
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They definitely know. They're staying very close to me and trying to cuddle. they never do that.

If anyone knows a good priced place to look for tranporting them to hot springs or little rock let me know. i think that would help, knowing i could get them back shortly
maybe we can set up a TCS relay? i'd be glad to take a DFW area to OKC or East Texas run [something around 3-4 hours, one-way]...
post #60 of 179
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maybe we can set up a TCS relay? i'd be glad to take a DFW area to OKC or East Texas run [something around 3-4 hours, one-way]...
Wow. What a fantastic idea. If I lived in the area, I'd definitely join in.

If this could work out, it would be one of the coolest things I've seen happen because of the internet.
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