Saturday, July 29, 2006

A New Face With An Ouchy Problem!

This sweet face belongs to Swope, a kitty first on the euthanasia list at the Grayson County Humane Society in Kentucky. He arrived in California last week on Monday evening, and I picked him up Tuesday afternoon. This is his first photo opportunity since he's been here.

How'd he get cross-country? Does he know where the cheap gas prices are? Does he have a secret transporter device? Kentucky Beth (there are 2 Beths - 1 in Kentucky, 1 in Florida) and I have been e-mailing back and forth about this guy trying to figure out what's going on with him. I told her if there was ever an opportunity for him to come to California, he'd be welcome here. She found one! It turns out that her family friends Robert and Carla had a direct flight from Nashville to Los Angeles, so Swope packed his bags for a whirl-wind day of adventure! They kept him overnight until we could meet the next day so he could come home to the sanctuary.

Swope has inflamed gum tissue and a tongue ulcer that makes it really difficult to eat. He's a senior citizen by all accounts, with a (low) estimated age of 15 years old. He's had lab work and a cardiac ultrasound since he's been here to make sure it's safe for him to have anesthesia ~ and he can!

He's pretty handsome, isn't he? He's not particularly attached to his name either ~ any ideas for a new name?


Anonymous said...

Orville or Wilbur (Wright)
Chuck (Yeager)?

Granpa Jones?

Buck Owens('cause if his mouth gets better he'll be "a pickin' an' a grinnin'")

Maybe Banjo?


Anonymous said...

You know his face has always reminded me of Shiloh and all the other bobble headed oranges that we had been getting in. I was hoping that he was the father of the pride and the kittens would slow down with big man neutered in the shelter. No such luck.

Anonymous said...

How about Segunda? It is Portuguese for Second.. as in Second chance.