Keli came up with the name Mogul. She was looking for something white and strong, so she thought of the white bumps on a ski slope.
What happened to Mogul?
He was brought into Halteman’s Haven by a woman that supposedly found him on the road. Keli took him to the vet and found that his face was detached from the muscle on the right side of his head and his tail was badly damaged. X-rays proved blunt force trauma to the head and multiple stab wounds to the tail. His tail gould not be saved. The only thing that was holding his face on was fleas, matted fur and scar tissue. He has permanent damage to the right side of his face.
I do not believe anything is known about his abusers.
There was a false report of a story of him being rescued from abusers, but that has since been corrected. When Keli (founder of Halteman’s Haven) found out the story was false she promptly printed a retraction and offered to refund all donations that were made for Mogul’s care. Not a single person asked for that money back. The validity of the story wasn’t as important as giving this little guy the medical attention he needed.
That is as much as I know at this point about his past. I will concentrate on his future and making it the best that he could ever have. He deserves it all, and more
What are the plans for Mogul’s future and continued care?
I am a holistic therapist so Mogul will be treated with natural therapies in addition to his ongoing medical care. He does need one more surgery to remove the remaining shattered teeth. He has already had his face reattached, some teeth removed and his tail completely removed. Mogul is FIV and FeLV positive, so he will need constant medical care. He appears to be only a carrier at this time which is a good thing. If we can keep it that way, he can live a long and healthy life. We just need to keep his immune system up.
Will he be kept away from other animals since he has FIV?
Since he is only a carrier, he may have limited contact with the others. I also have one that’s FVR and one that’s FHV, so I am very used to dealing with special needs kitties.
FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. It’s a lentivirus, meaning that it progresses very slowly, gradually affecting a cat’s immune system. It is passed through blood transfusions and through serious, penetrating bite wounds – mainly by stray, intact tom cats. The most well-known lentivirus in humans is HIV. But the two are not at all the same, and you can’t get FIV from a cat. In fact, the only thing about FIV that you can catch is a bad case of the rumors.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is an infectious disease caused by feline herpesvirus type-1. As with other herpes viruses, the virus is very species specific, and is only known to cause infections in domestic and wild cats. The virus can infect cats of all ages.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is a major cause of upper respiratory disease in cats, and is the most common cause of conjunctivitis (inflammation of the tissues surrounding the eye, especially the lining of the lids and the third eyelid).
What is FELV?
(taken from http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/brochures/felv.html)
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a retrovirus, so named because of the way it behaves within infected cells. All retroviruses, including feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), produce an enzyme, reverse transcriptase, which permits them to insert copies of their own genetic material into that of the cells they have infected. Although related, FeLV and FIV differ in many ways, including their shape: FeLV is more circular while FIV is elongated. The two viruses are also quite different genetically, and their protein consituents are dissimlar in size and composition. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused differs.
How did you get involved with animals?
I have been doing unofficial small animal rescue for about 15 years now. I’ve nurtured everything from cats and dogs to squirrels and racoons. I just have a soft spot for critters of any kind. I would love someday to become a licensed rescuer.
This post is dedicated to the loving memory of Mogul and those who fought for, cared, fostered and loved him unconditionally.
Fly free little one. Know that you will forever be loved and missed.
I would like to thank Miss Keli Halteman for answering my initial questions about Mogul as well as all the time and effort she has put into Mogul’s care. I would also like to thank all those who donated for Mogul’s surgeries and to get him sent to his new home. Final thank you’s go to his new guardian and cat mom who will be spoiling him for the rest of his cat life. Photos were used with permission.
“Dust In The Wind” by Kansas was playing when we bought him-thus the name!
How did Kansas come into your life?
Kansas was purchased from a pet shop here in Tucson, Arizona.
Have you had bunnies before?
No, this is our first bunny-bunnies are actually very intelligent, they can even be trained to use a litter box.
Does Kansas have any siblings?
He has siblings-amount unknown.
What kind of bunny is he?
Kansas is a mini-lop.
Here are some bunny facts:
Male bunnies are called “bucks”
Female bunnies are called “does,”
Baby bunnies are called “kits.”
A bunny should be neutered to make them less wild and they will live longer.
Bunnies live 8-10 years.
Bunnies don’t bark or meow so you need to learn their body language to know what they are trying to communicate.
What are his favorite activities?
Kansas enjoys entertaining peeps with little poems on his facebook page. He also loves, fresh water, celery, parsley, hay and pellets. He also campaigns for rabbit rescue organizations on his facebook page.
The pet shop is making me drool Because this is, oh, so cool I’m yelling you now my friends That hay is on sale again!
They say it’s the sale of all sales So I’m buying twenty bales You can even pay them in yen ‘Cos hay is on sale aagggaaaiiiiaaaannn!
A tribute to Robert Burns
I dinnae hath nay hay! Dinnae! Dinnae! Nay hay hath I! Dinnae! dinnae! Stoatin’ cross yither floor Chewed on yoned ‘lectric cord! I dinnae hath nay hay! Dinnae! Dinnnae!
How did you bunny proof the home for Kansas?
We bunny proofed the home by trial and error-we had to close the bedroom doors because he liked to hide under the bed. We also had to move any temptations like books out of reach.
What advice do you have for a first time bunny owner?
A first time bunny owner should make a “warren” a place for the bunny to eat, drink and relax. They should realize that bunnies need attention and can’t just be thrown in a cage. Bunnies need floor time with you and bunnies need hay cubes to keep their teeth good-and since their teeth keep growing throughout their lives-they need these cubes to trim them-or they will have health problems. Bunnies also need their nails trimnmed every 5 months or they may get injured or deformed feet.
I would like to thank Kansas and his guardian for letting me ask them millions of questions about bunnies (not really millions of questions, but close enough) and their patience in answering them. Pictures were used with permission.
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Her feline momma “Puss”, who is one of the feral cats we feed, gave birth to four kittens under our house, actually in our sub-floor (we could see them through the air-conditioning intake vent). She finally moved them out and weeks later my neighbor Amanda called to tell me two kittens were on the side of the road. I met Amanda outside and when we went to check on them, one took off running and one hunkered down. As soon as I picked that one up, I knew right away by her eyes that she was blind and she froze due to not being able to hear which way her sibling went. I took her right to our Vet (Dr. Jim Bader, Mapleview Animal Hospital), he confirmed my suspicions and said we’d do a recheck on her in two weeks. Phaedra never hissed, spit, growled or bit, like most feral cats do, so we started taking care of her (and Amanda became her Auntie Amanda as she has helped with kitty-sitting, bathing, snuggles, etc.)
What caused Phaedra’s blindness?
She is diagnosed with “Micro-Opthalmia”, which technically means tiny pupils, however on her second visit to the Vet, it’s confirmed that her eyeballs are smaller than average and that she actually has no pupils at all! Some people think her eyes are creepy looking, however I absolutely love looking at them because to me they are like looking at two beautiful white/blue opals. It’s said that “the eyes are the windows to your soul”, well… looking at hers, you see how pure her heart and soul are.
Where did the name Phaedra come from?
It comes from Greek Mythology: Phaedra’s name derives from the Greek word φαιδρός (phaidros), which meant “bright”. We call her Phae, for short, which in mystical legends (and a video game), the “Fae” are mystical fairies that have special powers.
Phaedra fits both names as she is very bright (both in personality and intelligence) and being “special” (not handicapped, as most would refer to her as), she uses all of her other senses and touch to get along like the average cat (hence the special powers).
(“thank you Wikipedia for definitions”)
On a side note: We did have 6 cats (“Brady Bunch” of cats actually with 3 boys, 3 girls), Hades & Purrsephone, Comet, Pooh Bear, Clover & Hera. We lost Pooh to Renal Lymphoma on 9/19/11. We always referred to our cats as “2-P’s, 2-C’s & 2-H’s” or “PCH squared”. With losing Pooh, it broke the flow, so my husband, Fred, decided her name should start with the letter “P” in Pooh’s memory.
Have you ever been a guardian to a blind cat before?
I’ve never dealt with a blind cat before but have dealt with many other feline issues:
Hades, has hip and urinary issues, Purrsephone has immune issues (Hades & Purrs are siblings that I’ve had since they were 3 weeks old). They both have sensitive stomach’s so I am careful with what food they eat.
Comet has Feline Diabetes and gets insulin shots twice a day (he was on the table to get euthanized at the shelter I volunteered for because he was “mean”, when my friend grabbed him, stuffed him in a carrier and said as she handed him over, “I know you can teach him how to love!”). He also suffers from head tremors, which is why he drools and his tongue sticks out 95% of the time.
Other than being just plain fat and lazy, Clover has skin allergies as well as a touchy tummy.
Last, but not least, Hera is claustrophobic (yep, I said claustrophobia, I know she’s weird).
Side note: My husband, Fred, is legally blind (nope, not kidding), so for us not to keep a blind animal, would be hypocritical of us!
What are some of the challenges you faced when bringing her into your home?
At first, we needed to keep her “quarantined”, so we set up a crate in the bathroom for her to stay in until she was old enough to get tested for FIV, etc and be cleared by the Vet.
Next, most of the toys I had around the house were toys without bells or squeakers, so I immediately set out to find toys that she could hear and/or had different textures, so she could learn from them and be able to follow them. She has a lot of human baby toys that rattle, crinkle and squeak (thank you thrift stores). Her favorite is a stuffed ducky that has a rattle in the tummy and a crinkle tail
Most importantly, I wanted her to learn where things were, so I regularly showed her the litter box, food dishes, water bowl, kitty condo, but she has an amazing memory and learns quick! She conquered the couch all by herself and when she knows she’s up high, she will take a “leap of faith” to get down.
Lastly, I’m bit of a “pack rat”, so I moved a lot of things to give her the most space, however she was plodding ahead at full speed before I could carry out most of it.
Does Phaedra have any fur siblings?
She now lives with 5 older cats. Hades & Purrsephone will be 13 years old on 10/01, Comet will be 12 years old on 9/15, Clover will be 11 years old on 10/29 and Hera just turned 7 years old on 3/17. (Coincidentally, Hera showed up at our door on Father’s Day 2005 & I rescued Phaedra the day after Mother’s Day this year, so my husband & I got special presents)
Hades and Hera both love playing with her! She plays a bit more rough with Hades than she does with Hera (as she doesn’t like to be backed in corners, hence her claustrophobia). Purrsephone and Comet both share a common “tolerance” for her. She hears them as they walk by and will chase them from one end of the house to the other. Purrs has figured out if she’s quick enough and jumps high enough, she can do her “chicken hawk” imitation and watch Phaedra try to find her! Comet lets her chase him, but then (like Purrs) will hide on her, however he’s not as stealthy as Purrs and often gets caught.
Clover is too fat and sassy to have any patience for Phaedra, but has been seen sharing dinner and a drink or two. I believe it’s the endless amounts of energy Phaedra has that intimidates the slow moving hairball that is Clover, and she just can’t understand why she has to bounce around like Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.
Phaedra knows her boundaries and can tell by scent who’s who and how much she can get away with… usually. The big cats all know what to do and where to go when they’ve simply “had enough”, as I have “safe zones” for them that Phaedra is unaware of… so far.
Side note: The kitten sibling that we saw her with outside, has since been rescued and lives 3 doors down and goes by the name of “Bootsie”. The last two kittens in her litter were also rescued and sent to find “forever homes”.
Have you always been involved with animals?
Myself, I have ALWAYS loved animals and tried to get involved with them in some capacity. I dreamed of being a veterinarian, but being asthmatic and allergic to all animals, I thought it would be too big of a risk. I was a volunteer at our local shelter for a few years, have done animal photography, did animal sitting and worked with local Greyhound rescues.
My husband has always considered himself a “dog person”, however I think he’s slowly changing his mind (or crossing over to the dark side, as I put it)
~sorry, Phaedra just crawled up and stood on the keyboard, apparently wanting to put in her 2 cents worth or just say hello!!
Is Phaedra a part of a shelter/organization?
She’s not part of any shelter or organization, but the inspiration for our Phaedra & Phriends Facebook page, where we welcome others that have “special” animals and animal lovers to share theirs stories and watch Phae grow.
We do want to get her registered as a “therapy cat”, as she has an awesome temperament and very tolerant of children. What better way for a “special needs” child not to feel different or ashamed of how they are, if a blind kitty can do anything!
She regularly goes over to Auntie Amanda’s and plays with her three boys (Paul, Bentley & Chance, all under the age of 3) and even though boys are a bit rough, she let’s them and has not even scratched them! She’s already visited people at the Grand Pines Assisted Living facility in Grand Haven, MI, where my parents are residents. Everyone loved her and she loved them!
How can people give funds towards Phaedra’s care?
(I noticed you were asking for help)
We would love that! Everyone knows that sometimes taking on “special” fur babies comes with financial burdens. Besides her blindness, Phaedra has a large hernia that will get repaired when she gets spayed on 8/14 and then she will receive her “big girl” shots. I would do anything for my babies (including bread and water or Ramen noodles for life, if I had to), so I vow to take care of and spoil her, as I do my others. Her eyes do tend to get runny, but not from infection, so that is something we are watching closely.
On top of my own animals, I feed the feral cats around our house and if they need medication, I treat them. So far this year, we (including help from my neighbors) have rescued, treated and/or found homes for 9 kittens. Sadly one passed away due to infection, while being treated at the Headin’ Home Pet Rescue, which is connected with our Vet. I’ve also had to bury 3 more kittens I was unable to help. I take their loss very personally and shed many tears for them for my failure to help them. So I do not forget why I need to help more, they are buried in our yard with a memorial plant.
Phaedra’s “Chip-in” Fund:
There’s 2 ways to help out!!!
#1 – A PayPal account is set up under the email name of: Phaedraandphriends@gmail.com
#2 – Donations can be sent to:
Mapleview Animal Hospital (for Phaedra & Phriends)
185 Panther Drive, Holland MI 49424
The funds donated will go towards her surgery is to fix her large hernia, along with getting spayed is scheduled for August 14!! They will also check her heart murmur to see if it is clearing up and examine her eyes (hopefully, no future surgery on those). 🙂
Any words of recommendation for someone thinking of becoming a guardian to an animal with a disability?
Plain and simple: DO IT!
There is nothing more rewarding than to help something as amazing and as innocent as animal in need. Yes, there are always challenges but what you get in return… their unconditional love, that’s make it all worth it. Whether you’re married, single, whatever… a fuzzy face to greet you when you walk in the door, snuzzle you at night, make you laugh when you’re sad… there’s nothing better.
Anything else you would like to add?
Phaedra is an amazing creature! She spins in circles and charges ahead full speed, not even caring if she runs into anything. Every once in a while, she stops, makes a chirping noise (hard to describe as it’s not a full meow), and then waits for us to let her know where we are. She doesn’t coming running, when we respond, she was just “checking in”. She also loves listening to a recording of our late Pooh Bear purring! She gets all schmooze and rubs on the cell phone when my husband plays it for her. We joke that he has been “ghost whispering” in her ear, as she does a few things that only Pooh did.
Even though it drives my husband crazy and he wishes I wasn’t always so “animal consumed”, like moving turtles off the road, sitting next to a dying deer in the middle of winter, while waiting for police to come put it down (true story, we were driving past it, it looked at me, and I had to stop), or just plain stopping to look at the tiniest things. I’ve been referred to as a “pied piper”, “the kitten whisperer”, an “angel”… I always just say I’m more like the Grinch who stole Christmas “when his heart grew three sizes that day”. I was an adopted child and what I got was my heart growing three times that day.
I want to thank Phaedra and her guardian/mom for answering my endless questions about Phae and introducing me to the other cats in the family. =^.^= All pictures were used with permission including the kitten burrito picture.
Actually, the rescue chose her name. Since it was probably the only name she’d ever been given, we kept it. She had gotten to know her name as “Gracie” and it really seemed to fit her.
Is Gracie a full pit bull or is she mixed with another breed?
Gracie is likely a pittie mix. No idea if she’s a full pit bull, but she sure is adorable!
How did Gracie come into your life?
Gracie was called in to Animal Control as a dead dog on the side of the road. When Animal Control showed up, they found her very much alive, but unable to stand on her own. She was taken to BARC in Houston. Her intake photo made its way to Treat ‘Em Right Rescue & they sent out a plea for an immediate foster, as she was set to be euthanized within the hour. Her picture tore at my heart & I emailed to see about fostering her. Every bone was showing, hardly any fur… We are currently undergoing heartworm treatment right now. She weighed 31 lbs at intake. Less than a year later, she currently weighs 76 lbs!
Does Gracie have any training?
Gracie has not been formally trained. Luckily, her rescue group offers basic training with with CGCC at the end of the 6 week course. We plan on signing her up.
Does she have other furry siblings, if so how do they get along?
She has 2 sisters that are both Dachshunds. Gracie is bossed around by our mini Dachshund. Overall, they all get along very well with each other. They snuggle together on the couch.
How is she with people?
Gracie LOVES people! If we are walking and we pass someone who doesn’t stop to acknowledge her, she will stop and stare, almost willing them to turn around and pet her. She loves the dog park; she loves meeting other dogs.
When did you get involved with animals ?
I grew up with dogs and cats, so I’ve always had a love for animals. I honestly had never been around a pit bull before Gracie. We had our Dachshunds and that was it. Gracie totally changed our perceptions. Not just mine and my husbands; but both of our families and friends.
What research would you recommend someone to do who is looking to adopt a pit bull from a shelter?
If someone is looking to adopt a pit bull, do the research. Make sure that if you live in an apartment, that they are ok with it. You don’t need a large yard, but you need to be mindful that any dog regardless of breed and size need space to run & to play. Training is also important. Many that own pit bull try to be great examples of responsible owners and ambassadors of the breed. Treat ‘Em Right Rescue in Houston loves volunteers! (http://www.treatemright.org/)
Almost any and all rescue groups appreciate any aspect of volunteering. From adoption events, fundraisers, helping walk the dogs, cross-posting information… If you fall in love with a pit bull online, meet your love first. Sometimes, it may not be a match. Keep looking. There’s a pit bull out there for everyone.
Anything else you would like to share about Gracie?
Gracie was also fostered by Kathy Smith & her awesome family. Treat ‘Em Right Rescue is amazing. We are truly lucky that everyone stepped up to save her. She’s wonderful!
What are your thoughts on BSL and why do you believe it should end and what would you say to those who are scared of pit bulls?
Pit Bulls are not evil, bad dogs. Quite the opposite! BSL serves to only punish innocent animals, rather than dealing with irresponsible owners. If someone is scared of pit bulls, try volunteering with a local pit bull rescue. They deserve a chance, home, love… They just may change your mind.
What is BSL ?
Breed-specific legislation (BSL) is a law that bans OR restricts certain types of dogs based on their appearance, usually because they are perceived as “dangerous” breeds or types of dogs.
**It is a common misconception that BSL refers only to breed bans. BSL is seen in two forms: bans and restrictions.**
American Pit Bull Terrier (Note: Laws dealing with “pit bulls” also state any mix of the 3 breeds AND the MOST important line, anything that has the characteristics or appearance of these breeds. There are 20+ breeds that are commonly mistakenly identified as “pit bull” dogs. ) (Denver, CO)
American Staffordshire Terrier (Note: Laws dealing with “pit bulls” also state any mix of the 3 breeds AND the MOST important line, anything that has the characteristics or appearance of these breeds. There are 20+ breeds that are commonly mistakenly identified as “pit bull” dogs. ) (Denver, CO)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Note: Laws dealing with “pit bulls” also state any mix of the 3 breeds AND the MOST important line, anything that has the characteristics or appearance of these breeds. There are 20+ breeds that are commonly mistakenly identified as “pit bull” dogs. ) (Denver, CO)
Breed specific ordinances are quick fixes and not a sufficient long term solution for the following reasons:
1. Dog problems are generally problems with owner responsibility and are not limited to breeds. When breeds are singled out as dangerous or vicious, responsibility is removed from the dog owner which is where it belongs. Irresponsible people are also less likely to follow the law – and as a result, everyone has to suffer.
2. By limiting the ability of citizens to own certain breeds, responsible law abiding citizens will shy away from those breeds. These are the types of owners that communities need to encourage, not drive away.
3. Communities that have instituted such bans often find that the irresponsible owners and the criminals who use dogs for illegal purposes simply switch to another breed.
4. Breeds and mixes are hard to identify and often dogs are mis labeled and destroyed based on paranoia and prejudice and also punishes those that are good canine citizens. Many breeds function as assistance dogs for handicapped owners, search and rescue dogs, drug-sniffing dogs, police dogs, etc. and drives them out of the community.
The American Veterinary Medical Association and several state veterinary medical associations oppose breed-specific legislation for just this reason.
5. The dog most restricted is the “pit bull.” A pit bull is a type of dog, not a recognized breed. See the breed information page for more detail.
6. Passage of laws that are only enforced through complaints cause two problems: 1) they create disrespect for the law if authorities require compliance only upon complaint, and 2) they provide ammunition for neighborhood feuds.
To the loving memory of Lennox and other pit bulls that have been wrongfully killed thanks to BSL.
The author would like to thank Gracie & her guardian for answering my questions as I was writing this article and for providing me with lots and lots of links about BSL, petitions and educating me further about pit bulls. Photos were used with permission.
On a more personal note, for those that don’t know, as a child I was petrified of dogs, little ones, big ones, medium ones, didn’t matter. I was able to get over my fear thanks to some wonderful dog owner friends of mine. Not only do I love dogs, but I’ve had the chance of being the guardian to several, I currently have cats now as I don’t have the yard for a dog, but I am a strong believer in educating people it’s not the animals that are a problem, it’s the owners.
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