Wow! It's hard to believe we've been living at Miller Creek RV Resort for nearly a year now. It's an easy thing to do, as there are so many wonderful people and activities here. We meant to blog more, but we were busy doing the familiar things we blogged about before on our last stay here, life got busy with our other interests, and the blog encouraged us not to write by having a few months of technical issues. The blog is working again, our other interests have gotten calmer, and August 18th we are setting our wheels into motion for some new adventures to blog about!
Sooooooo, what have we been up to since our arrival last August? Roy decided to workkamp to earn our keep and enjoy being part of the crew. Our original intent was to be here 2-4 months, but when a construction accident put the park owner's right hand man off his feet for what was going to be several months, we decided to stay on to help out. We also decided to suspend our travels into more expensive locations until our funds increased with a glorious 62nd birthday!
The Texas hummingbirds are keeping me busy working for them! I've counted at least 9 that are daily visitors to our 3 feeders. They will drink 12 cups of juice which is the contents of the 3 feeders in less than a week! They love my cooking! Here is the recipe. We use the local store brand bottled drinking water. Bring it to a boil. Stir in 1/4 cup of sugar per cup of water (i.e. 1 cup sugar per 4 cups of water). Turn off the heat and let the water cool. I tend to make it late in the day and let it sit on the stove to cool overnight. No food coloring is needed and it is said to keep a week in the refrigerator.
You may recall that shortly after our arrival at Miller Creek RV Resort we stepped outside one evening to find a very thin sickly cat at our doorstep. He is a trap and release cat. In areas where they don't have an animal shelter there will often be volunteer groups that trap feral cats, spay/neuter them, and then release them back to where they were trapped. Some cats are placed in homes, barns, or become part of managed colonies. The cat's ear is notched, so it can be noted at a distance as having already been trapped and altered. Gonzo, as we named this black and white cat, has one crumpled ear from untreated ear mites. We have steadily been improving his health and have invited him to live with us. Everyone was good with that idea except our youngest and most spoiled pet/cat, Odie. If you follow Odie's FB page you know it's been a long battle to get him to accept Gonzo. We're happy to say our mission is finally accomplished!
I'm still volunteering via the Internet for the Chippewa County Animal Shelter. It is a county/community operated no-kill shelter in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan recognized for a 97% save rate. Life got real hectic for awhile with my volunteer work, as we worked on a millage campaign for the medical care of the shelter animals, started a prison program for socializing and teaching dogs commands, as well as, the normal daily promotion of the dogs and cats for adoption.
Our next big project is to raise $50,000 to furnish the shelter with these amazing cat condos. The condos are amazing for a number of reasons. The portals you see can be opened or closed horizontally and vertically to expand the cats space when the shelter population is lower or to allow more room for kittens to live as a group with increased space for play. There is a shelf in each cage that provides extra room. The center lockers provide health benefits by housing the cats litter pans with some separation from their living area. The walls between cages are also a health benefit, as upper respiratory infections are a common occurrence in cats housed in close proximity. Cat colds are spread to other cats through sneezing and coughing, as well as, contact between a cat coming down with a cold touching the healthy cat in a wire cage nearby. The smooth walls of the cage allow for better sanitation than the wire cages currently being used. The wheels allow for the cages to be rolled away from the wall for cleaning. With all this said, I'm going to ask anyone that has the means to donate to this cause to please consider doing so. We're going to do all we can to achieve the goal of acquiring these cages for the Chippewa County Animal Shelter. You can make your check out to the shelter and mail it to 3660 S. Mackinac Trail, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan 49783. Note on your check "For Cat Condos". Check out my animal promotion stories on the shelter's FB page Chippewa County Animal Shelter on Facebook and track our progress in acquiring these beautiful health oriented cages! One day during your travels you can stop by the shelter to see what your donation helped achieve! The upper penninsula of Michigan is a wonderful travel destination! If you would like to speak with the shelter manager prior to making a donation, call the shelter at 906-632-2519. Thank-you!
Prin our black/white Malamute mix and Sugar our golden shepherd mix met a young male friend, named Rusty. Rusty is a 2 year old Rottweiler. The girls got to spend a few months playing with Rusty daily. A lot of fun was had by all!