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Updated on October 5, 2011

Smoky and her babies and Puppies, too

The ever so small Smoky
The ever so small Smoky | Source
Nursing..forever nursing hungry kittens
Nursing..forever nursing hungry kittens | Source
Such a good little mama
Such a good little mama | Source
Pups in their new dog run
Pups in their new dog run | Source
Pups | Source
This is Little Darling.  She is the smallest of the 5 and very shy.
This is Little Darling. She is the smallest of the 5 and very shy. | Source
Beautiful kittens
Beautiful kittens | Source
Eyes open....seeing the world
Eyes open....seeing the world | Source

Smoky Mama and her Kits Plus Pups

The sweet little kits are nearing 3 weeks old. Fat and healthy, these babies are a joy to behold. Daily, their antics entertain me as I watch them behaving like beginner acrobats, tumbling over each other and rolling onto their backs. These kittens walk around with their eyes wide open, taking in all the newness in their young lives. Everything is worthy of an extra sniff while trying to fix gazes upon the sight or sound of interest. I love these babies. Soon, they’ll be under foot and in the way as they continue to grow and explore this big life which is about to unfold. We’ll make sure no harm comes to them and that every experience is a wonderful, loving one.

Candy, the in town rescue of over a week ago, has recovered nicely from her entire dental extraction surgery which was necessary because of massive infection and illness caused by her bad teeth. We walked her through those hard days when everything she ate hurt like crazy, giving her mashed up “pate” by Friskies and either chicken or beef broth. Now, she is able to handle more solid food. Her dissolving stitches are all but gone so, that annoyance has ceased. This little girl was so frail and sick that we weren’t sure, the day we found her and rushed her off to the Veterinarian, whether she would survive or not. Thank God, all has worked out wonderfully. Candy is rooming with Basil, our 21 year old man who has become a permanent member of the feline family after 2 years as a “foster.”

Pups are in their new digs. A nice, big dog run next to the original run where our other 5 dogs live…everyone has indoor shelter, protection and lots of room to run. All’s well in the Animal House.

This is just a very short and simple update on the beautiful new family members of the Feline Funny Farm or, aka, The Crazy Cat and Canine Club. Take your pick.

More to come soon…I promise…


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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Bluebird. Smoky Mama is now in California with me, along with her kittens; all grown now. All are doing very well. Thank you for visiting .

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      bluebird 5 years ago

      Very nice hub. I am excited to read more of your adventures with animals. Welcome! So good to meet you here!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Mollymeadows...I agree with you...and you should see them now...almost fully grown. I brought mama and her babies w/me back to California...the first group w/many more to come. Thank you so much for visiting and the kind comment.

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      Mary Strain 6 years ago from The Shire

      Lucky, I loved the title of this hub. Every house that has a cat in it would qualify lol! The babies are adorable and you're doing an admirable thing. Strength to your arm.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you my dear Ken..these babies are all growing so quickly. I have pics of them at 3.5 weeks and some taken just recently....and they are so big! And, now..the kittens are feisty as can be and the pups have fattened up nicely. Love them! And sincerely appreciate that you have a space in your heart for animals..that speaks volumns to me!!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      They are all darling kitties and pups. I love anyone of them, plenty of hugs and tenderness is all they need. They know when a human touch loves them and you are doing a magnificent job of showing all of your love to them. Thank you for the update, pictures express a thousand words, they are beautiful. Hugs

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you Maren Morgan M-T....there are more to come...heading back to SE Kansas today and I'll be taking many photos of this beautiful little family. And, hopefully, have some time to visit your hubs as well as those of other wonderful writers. Thank you for visiting.

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Gorgeous photos.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Oh are so cool! Aren't these the most wonderful little ones, though!!? thank you, my dear...youn know, I am in Calif. on my way back to Kansas tomorrow morning...I feel like a jet setter...running back and forth all the time 1/2 way across this country. so, I am so far behind that I had to discontinue my HP alerts via email because there were hundreds that I could not respond to...yikes! Loveya


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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      So happy for my overdue catch up with you and your magnificent menagerie! Love the pictures!

      Voted UP & AB- hope all is well in your beautiful world, mar.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi TK and both are so incredibly appreciated and I am humbled by your words. We find, in life, what gives us the most happiness..each and every one of us has our own, unique and individually suited, calling. This is mine. It is like breathing...I say this so that you'll know that I, almost, have no is just what I want to and must do, along with Al. That you value the love and caring for our companion animals is more important to me than you know..and very much appreciated. thank you!! Your friend, Kathy

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi kathy,

      You have a heart that is bigger than houses!! You care for so many plus a few more and a few more agian.

      Your warmth shines through from each hub you write,each photo that is taken ,plus from the beautiful comments that are so sincerely meant in your comments.

      You are what Hubpages is all about,and I am so proud to call you my friend.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      TKs view 6 years ago from The Middle Path

      Truly amazeing. I don't know how you do it. How can there possibly be enough hours in the day. And still you write. So aware and connected to an infinate power source, I'm guessing.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Angie! Aren't they just wonderful!?! Thank you for loving them as I do...this is so very important to me. Your friend, Kathy. The move...ugh and yikes...leaving in a week from now to drive that darned 2000 miles...again! But, it's not over yet...there is so much here, including the, I'll be jet setting for a long time, I think.

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      Angie Jardine 6 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

      Oooo, I'm sooo jealous ... I can almost feel them ... I adore kittings! Keep up the wonderful work, Lucky ... and good luck with the move!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hello Meredith, subRon, Flora, Rosemary, Makusr, Leslie, Helen, Catgypsy, Ruby, Amy, Colin, Reprieve, and Augustine!

      I am very happy to see so many who relate to this story and appreciate the love and value of our companion animals. The heartfelt comments and kindness is so very important..and it gives me so much more determination to continue on in this 'calling.' (Ok...who's the wise guy? Who called me to do this? don't you know how utterly time consuming and emotionally stirring this particular "calling" is????? LOL)

      Anyway, I wouldn't have it any other way...couldn't actually...and, somehow, I've been given the space, time and resources to do this along with Al (I could NEVER do this w/out him...and his feelings/drive and determination is equal to mine..thank God)...Somehow, we keep on keepin' on.

      Little Darling is so very sweet and shy. She was the last one we rescued that day..,.so weak and yet, she kept on walking away..very slowly and we did not chase or pursue but, rather, allowed her to finally decide that going with us was the best option. When these babies were all loaded into Al's truck, it was "THE BIG EXHALE" X 5 !! Five pups spread out all over the cab of Al's truck.

      Watching Smoky nurse her kittens is like watching a wrestling match...a big kitty pile on top of Smoky Mama...too cute!!

      Away we shall all float on a sea of love, Augustine...that's what "floats my boat."

      Leslie and Helen..all I can say to you and Colin and Amy and Reprieve and Cat Gypsy, Augustine, Ruby, Makusr, Rosemary, Flora, Meredith, Subron and Sunnie!!!!! Thank you 1000 X's + 1000 more!!!

      Well, thank you each and every beautiful one, for the visit, the support and soothing words. Your friend, Kathy

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Smoky looks unique with the golden eyes and jet balck fur. Little darling is my kind of dog. A mutt with a shy personality. Are you building an ark soon?

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      Reprieve26 6 years ago from Oregon Coast

      Great hub! I agree with the other commenters that it's wonderful that you take in so many stray animals and give them a loving home. I especially loved the photos of the kittens nursing-- it's like a huge pile of warm furry bodies. LOL :)

      Thanks for sharing!

      Oh! I love your 2 names for your home "The Feline Funny Farm" or the "Crazy Cat and Canine Club"-- both are great. Me, I just tend to think of my home as the "Crazy Cat House." ;)

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ....nothing funny about this farm dear Kathy because you make it beautiful ..... like you do with everything else in life. lake erie time ontario canada 10:09pm

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I have to admit "Little Darling" is so adorable, if she wandered into my proximity, one dog apartment rule or not, she'd be with me. She is too cute. Thank you for all you do for every animal you meet. You change the world for better, Kathy, one critter at a time.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Hello Kathy, My how the little Kittens have grown and the Puppies too. I like them all but the little white puppy with the black eye is special, you can see her shyness in the picture. Thank you for sharing pictures.. See you soon...Cheers

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      catgypsy 6 years ago from the South

      Thanks for the pictures! What a bunch of cuties!

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hi Kathy,

      Isn't it one of the most beautiful sights in the world to see babies - of any species - enjoy life and explore! And they are getting so big!! As long as we have sights like this, there will always be hope for this old world. All the animals are just adorable - I have to say my heart melted just a little bit more when I saw the beautiful photograph of Little Darling! Oh she is so sweet!

      The photogragphs and the hub has just filled me with joy and awe for the hard work that you and Al are doing! I've said it before but will say it again - I thank the spiritual powers for wonderful people like you and Al!

      Voted up beautiful and awesome!!

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      Lesleysherwood 6 years ago

      I absolutely love yr hubs account Lucky Cats. You're pics make me feel cosy all over and it inspires me and gives me hope to see the way you are with them. The human race do have people who truly care Kathy and you are up there in the TOP TEN. Number one me thinks:D

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      Manoj Kumar Srivastava 6 years ago from India

      Lucky Cats,

      Greetings from MAKUSR. It seems that cats have put this as the name of their group for all that you have done. We all serve God in myriad ways and you have chosen this one to be your calling. Thanks for sharing.

      Lots of Love,


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      Rosemary Sadler 6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      You are truly a wonderful caring person. Where would they be without you.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      Great news all of them. Beautiful photographs and updates. I see you are two hubs from #100.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Kathy, I "am" glad there are people like you, who will care for and about animals of all kinds. The storybook farm I grew up on "I" was much like that. No animal was not welcome, wild and tame both. But that farm no longer exists, and I have changed. I do still "care," but that's all, so that's why I'm glad there are people like you.

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      Meredith Clarke 6 years ago from USA

      I love your pictures but I'll bet they are even more wonderful to hold and love in person. You are wonderful to be there for them and they are lucky to have you!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Sunnie, thank you so much. It means a great deal to me that you have visited this little hub...and the kind words you've written...believe me, I have a big smile on my face right now. And, CONGRATULATIONS!!! for the wonderful thing you've done for Eiddwen, illustrating her book which is soon to be published. I just read about it just now and I am so thrilled for both of you! YEA!!!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Kathy you truly are our angel for saving these wonderful animals and the committement you give each and everyone is so beautiful. The kittens and pups are so adorable.Thank you for sharing and can not wait to see more pic's as they grow..




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