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Following Polly . . . .

Rick C
July 12th, 2007, 10:12 AM
Polly has no back feet, although she does have her back legs.

Nevertheless, when outside with constant human supervision, she is quite a mouser, in spite of her handicap.

Abby, always calculating and always working on the angles if it can benefit her, has figured this out.

When Polly is in mousing mode, Abby is quite intent on watching her, following her, hoping to nab any caught mice for herself.

Below, Abby watches Polly intently:

The lunge!!! With Abby right there waiting.

Nothing this time, Polly moves off but Abby moves in to make sure.

Keeper emerges ghost-like from her tall grass pursuits . . . .

Keeper swamping in the forest . . . . but the sky was blue through the treetops.

First cut of hay . . .

Infinite Canola below . . . . reminds me of the time I was at a Tanya Tucker concert in the village of Hythe, Alberta in the early 80's. She'd flown in and asked the crowd, "Hey, what are all those yellow fields?" to which 3,000 people immediately yelled "RAPE!!!" Staggered and confused, Tucker didn't know that "rape" is the local colloquilism for "rapeseed," more commonly called "canola" today.

Rick C

Jim Hall
July 12th, 2007, 10:27 AM
too funny!!
I uaed to have a lab and a hunter cat they would go down to the lake
the lab would jump in the water and scare the liitle suniies to shore and the cat wuold grab them and eat em up
My job was to go down and pick up all the carcasses and bury them in the garden needless to say we had a hell of a garden

July 12th, 2007, 11:00 AM
Beautiful pictures once again Rick:cloud9: I love the lunge :lovestruck: :laughing:

Dog Dancer
July 12th, 2007, 11:23 AM
Rick great shots. Polly's too cute for words. Love the lunge shot. Dogs have it all figured out don't they!

July 12th, 2007, 12:32 PM
Oh my, what beautiful pictures!!! Polly is adorable and it always moves me to know that pets do not get half as uptight as we do about so called "handicaps" - a word I detest but it comes to mind,. It is clearly not one for her!! Kids do well too I have to say - it is just us adults with our preconceived notions who screw things up!

And your labs are gorgeous as usual!!! Was this congenitally with Polly or diod something happen? I ask this as someone who was born with a congenital "deformity" myself -tho it is no longer that much of an issue for me. I was born with kyphoscoliosis and it became more pronounced when I was 13 or so and thus I required surgery that took me out of school for a year. (I'd had other health issues and had already decided I was going into medicine and curiously, my time in the Children's Hospital in Boston - this surgery had only been done 3 times in the world before so we were being cautious! - one child had lived, one died and one had paralyzed so I was hoping to be in the best 33% and I was - for the most part, lol) - sorry to digress but I just wanted to emphasize I did not have an ulterior motive for wanting to know about Polly. I thin she is an inspiration!!

As an undergrad, I volunteered at the School for Hearing Impaired Children - we do have inclusion in the Maritimes (Thank God!) but kids still need special training in how to navigate without sight, something that is not taught in regular school. Those kids were so great!!!

Rick C
July 12th, 2007, 01:53 PM
Was this congenitally with Polly or diod something happen?

Thank you for asking about Polly.

Polly washed up at a pet store in a small town with five kittens a few years ago . . . . the 16 year-old girl who owned Polly didn't want the responsibility.

The pet store owner was trying to treat Polly for mites but she wouldn't stop scratching her ears so the owner put little bags on Polly's back feet and tied them there with elastic bands to keep them on.

Too tight.

We had an interest in Polly because she is Dru's (more on that later) natural sister . . . . . but Carol saw the gradually deteriorating condition of Polly and confronted the pet shop owner, a lady, and we offered to pay for Polly and her kittens but, probably sensing she was in trouble, she gave us the whole kit and kaboodle for free.

But, by then, Polly's back feet were hard as rocks. They would go "clunk, clunk, clunk" when she walked on a hard surface.

Within a day of us acquiring her, we had Polly referred to Western Veterinary in Calgary and the choice offered by the specialists was amputation or euthanization . . . . . and she was required to be an indoor cat if we chose amputation.

Two days later Polly had her amputation operation . . . . the operation was $1,600, which I signed off on without comment but we found out on our way home the surgeons had donated their time, cutting the bill in half.

So, Polly had lots of friends.

Eventually, we found good homes for all but one of the kittens. Skyler remains with us.

We do take Polly outside but there is always a human near her.

Postscript was that Dru and Polly were trying to kill each other . . . . although Dru had a right to our home because she was there first, we eventually found a great home where she is very, very happy - deliriously so - with Carol's brother in another town.

Our veterinarian reported the pet shop owner to the SPCA and she is on some sort of watch list now. Not mean-spirited, just very dumb in this case.

Wishing you the best as well . . . .

Rick C

July 12th, 2007, 02:05 PM
Wonderful photos and a wonderful 'happy ending' story. Thanks for sharing Rick C.

July 12th, 2007, 03:07 PM
What a great life you guys have given her,never seen her before.:thumbs up

July 12th, 2007, 04:08 PM
Aww Polly,a wonderful little cat,she certainly was lucky the day you came along,but I am sure she's payed you back thousand-fold:cat:
Beautiful pics as usual:thumbs up
I remember seeing all those beautiful Canola fields when we visited Pincher Creek outside Calgary.

July 12th, 2007, 06:38 PM
Great pics again, Rick. I also love the lunge shot. :lovestruck:

Allso thanks for posting Polly's story.....I always wanted to ask about her but somehow never did. :o What an amazing little girl. :thumbs up :cat: :love:

July 12th, 2007, 08:25 PM
Thanks for that explanation Rick - how wonderful that you took her and the kittens!! And it is also a relief to hear the SPCA is watching this pet store!! I do not want to say Poor Polly because she is one lucky girl!! It IS horrible that the owner was so uninformed and well, stupid (I try to be pc - in more ways that one, lol - but in this instance, stupid is what describes that individual best. I can think of worse but they are not suitable for publication!

In my own case, I was fortunate I came from a family who could afford a couple hundred thousand dollars for medical bills (this surgery was not being done in Canada at that time though my main surgeon ironically IS a Canadian - from Sask, and more ironically yet, the son of Justice Emmett Hall. I am sure you, like me, will understand the irony in that! We also had a surgeon from Switzerland and one from Toronto come to Boston to observe and assist because it was such a new and delicate procedure. ) I am as normal as I'll ever be now, heheh I do think that experience has helped me a better physician -or at least I would like to think so! (None of us is perfect!!) Anyway - I don't usually talk about it - sometimes at the Premier's Board on disabilities but rarely elsewhere. I DO talk to young women (the kind with etiology unknown tends to rube predisposed in certain families and affects women 10:1 re males tho the congenital type affects everyone equally since it can be caused by a variety of etiologies) with scoliosis to assure them that after surgery, they too will have normal loves and can do almost anything they want. Obviously, many sports are off limits but that's OK, lol (There are still some sports even I can do, lol)

There is actually a web site - or used to be - of a woman with a cat who had scoliosis. I should try to find that.

At any rate, sorry to go on about me when we need to talk about Polly bravery and cuteness!! And you and your wife - and those vets and others are her angels!! :angel:

July 12th, 2007, 09:07 PM
i really admire Polly that she's not giving up on life just cos she's missing some feets.:lovestruck:

July 12th, 2007, 09:32 PM
Beautiful pictures once again Rick:cloud9: I love the lunge :lovestruck: :laughing:

I just love that picture so much ! If you'd never told us about the back footh, I would never had guess. That's animals for you, they never give up ! Don't know why but I always tought she was a tripod. She is a pretty lucky kitty to have been adopted by such a wonderful family (both 2 and 4 legged members !) :)

July 12th, 2007, 11:11 PM
I love the teamwork! :lovestruck:

And the shot of Keeper coming out of the grass...she looks like she's fantasizing about being a lion after some gazelles. :D

Great pics, as usual, Rick! :thumbs up

July 13th, 2007, 02:13 AM
Wow, awesome pics again Rick :thumbs up . That shot of Polly lunging is wonderful and I love how she has her own groupie :laughing: .

Rick C
July 15th, 2007, 08:54 AM
A few more from yesterday . . . . . blistering heat, about 34 Celcius.

Abby and Keeper go into alert status after hearing something in the forest on a trail along Upper Kananaskis Lake:

Very hot day for Abby and Keeper, even walking on the shady side of the lake:

. . . . . but the pool was fine . . . .

Rick C

July 15th, 2007, 08:55 PM
I just love your threads. It's like a little vacation escape every time! And I love seeing more of Polly too! The lunge picture with Abby right behind is too perfect! And it was nice to hear about Polly's story again as well. Such an inspiring little girl. :lovestruck:
Abby and Keeper in the river is gorgeous!!

July 16th, 2007, 12:52 AM
I love the pic of Abby and Keeper in the lake. :cloud9:

July 16th, 2007, 01:08 AM
It's so sweet that Abby is looking out for Polly. And the view of Upper Kananaskis Lake is gorgeous, so lucky to live near by to take the doggies for a swim:)

July 17th, 2007, 12:56 AM
I love the pic of Abby and Keeper in the lake. :cloud9:

Me too :lovestruck: .

Rick C
July 17th, 2007, 08:49 AM
A few more:

In the pool on a hot day of gopher chasin', Abby and Keeper cool down before the storm.

After the storm . . . . . at sunset, forest fire smoke adding to the ambience.

Below, a boiling thunderhead drops tennis ball size hail on High River, about 25 minutes away from our house. Lots of tornado warnings all around us . . . although we're probably just a few miles too close to the mountains.

Rick C

July 17th, 2007, 09:58 AM
Allso thanks for posting Polly's story.....I always wanted to ask about her but somehow never did. :o What an amazing little girl. :thumbs up :cat: :love:

I Thank You as well for the story. I wouldn't ask because I thought you had already told it, and I thought I had missed it :o
What an amazing story.
Everyone involved, you, Carol, the vets at the clinic all deserve big pats on the back for doign what you could for the kittie :angel:

July 17th, 2007, 10:00 AM
Wow. That sky looks scary :o
Since I am so terrified of thunder and lightning I love to look at pictures like this when they are far away from me:o :laughing:

July 19th, 2007, 09:27 PM
Are you retired Rick? You and the doggies hike alot, I don't think I could hike that much and hold down a job!!:laughing: Great pictures yet again!

July 19th, 2007, 10:12 PM
Beautiful pictures! Polly's story is sad (that she lost her back feet) but what a wonderful continuing life she has with you and the Goldens!

Rick C
July 20th, 2007, 11:24 AM
Are you retired Rick? You and the doggies hike alot, I don't think I could hike that much and hold down a job!!:laughing: Great pictures yet again!

Not retired . . . . . mountains are close. I can be standing next to a mountain stream with no prairie in sight within 40 minutes of leaving my house . . . which stands on the prairie.

Speaking of the prairie, windy, windy, windy and hot, hot, hot yesterday . . .

Abby runs through the prairie as the wind blurs the grass around her.

Keeper does likewise.

Everyday life for Abby and Keeper in the summer, in their yard.

A moment in the life of the pond down the hill . . .

Keeper loves her mountain streams . . .

Rick C

July 20th, 2007, 12:03 PM
I didn't know there was new pics :o I just love Abby and Keeper in their pool , they are both looking at the camera, looking very content ! :cloud9: gorgeous !

July 20th, 2007, 12:18 PM
Beautiful animals who have a wonderful life! All pets should live like this.

July 20th, 2007, 01:07 PM
That first pic is gorgeous...I would frame it:cloud9: :thumbs up

July 20th, 2007, 06:53 PM
I love all those last pix! They almost scream "Prarie Life!" :)

July 21st, 2007, 12:18 AM
I love the pic of Abby running through the prairie. :lovestruck: