Yes, Dana is an inspiration to those babies who have had a rough start...she had quite a few problems as a little one but turned out to be the true "ugly-duckling who became the swan" story
The little guy below is also a true inspiration!! Ari came to me at 2-weeks of age July 4th weekend...covered with fleas, emaciated and shaking with the likes I have never seen. Long story short, he was diagnosed with Cerebellar Hypoplasia...brain damage due to his mother most likely being exposed to feline distemper during pregnancy. After much thought, I decided to give him the fitting name of "Ari" -- Hebrew for "lion of God".
Ari is now approx. 10-weeks and has learned to lean when using his litter pan, has learned to eat & drink witihout falling over into his bowls and is an absolute delight!! Ari doesn't seem to know there is something wrong with him
He plays, sleeps & eats with my resident crew of 10 and although I have said loud & clear "10 is an embarassing number", I am finding it extremely difficult to imagine life in this crazy cat house
without him here. Today, a friend and myself will be building him some sort-of ramp so little Ari can get up & down from the couch...he may never be able to jump.
It's hard to even type without tears but watching Ari truly is an inspiration...this little guy has so much "heart"!! He has quite a lot to overcome and everyday is a challenge with no guarantee of his survival.
I suppose 11 is a good number too but I think I am going to just stop counting at this point