My Greek kitty crew

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A unique chance of help for very feral girl



As promised, here's the story of one of the cats your wonderfully supportive donations and auction bids have helped me being able to offer help.  You can probably gather from these images that you are looking at a very feral cat - I had to use a zoom as she would otherwise be gone in an instant (hence the not so sharp images).


The two top images (and the bottom one) are all AFTER images, but last Sunday morning I found her in the very unfortunate situation of having gotten a very large and seriously prickly plant bit stuck deeply under her eyelid. I knew I had to get her to the vet but it soon became apparent that she had no itention of letting me in on her private affairs!! I tried leaving a trap which she causiously walked into - God knows how many times - only to slyly walk backwards out of the cage just before the trigger went off. I was dealing with a real pro escapist or should I just simply say - a real feral cat. I got another cat person involved and we patiently waited and waited... to no avail. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday passed and the eye did not look good. 

Late Tuesday afternoon I asked my vet for advice and was told that she most probably would go blind with the thing stuck in her eye. But as it always is with this incredible vet, he jumped to the task and came on three different occassions outside working hours! to try help catch her. He eventually managed with a huge net and we were actually three people involved at this stage getting her safely into a crush-cage where she shortly afterwards could be sedated.  Then off to the practise where the spiky bugger was pulled ironically very easily from under her eyelid. In these two clinical images taken by the vet she is under full anesthesia.


In this first image you can see the thing stuck under her eyelid...


- and a great sense of relief of seing the nasty thing out of her eye at last! Upon examination it did show that she had an ulcer on her eye apart from all of the scratching herself to distraction (I'm sure).  She spent the night at the veterinary practise to see if they were able to treat her again with eyedrops for the ulcer the next day. It simply wasn't possible as she is so feral so I took her back and released her into her known surroundings again.


All the big images are from today where you can see her eye looks quite fine and the scratch wounds which she inflicted on herself have healed quite well too. If I hadn't noticed this girl I really don't know what would have happened to the state of her eye long term. This for sure was a very unique chance for such a feral girl.

For auction results please scroll down to last post.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Auction results and...


Once again, thank you so much to everyone who has participated in the auctions and also for your kind donations. I also have to say a huge THANK YOU for all your immensely supportive words, emails, cards, offers of auction items, mentions on your blogs, Twitter and Facebook... I'm undone at your kindness, I really truly am. There is never never a dull moment here where the cats are concerned and I will soon write a post about a girl your kind donations recently helped me help.

But for now the results of the recent auction. Please place your winning bids as donations via the Paypal donate button on this page and please remember to add the shipping cost - $5 for the US and Canada and $4 for Europe. Also PLEASE REMEMBER TO EMAIL ME YOUR REAL NAME AND FULL POSTAL ADDRESS. You can mail it to me at joanbowell@mail.dk


Winning bid 30€ placed by Sandra (http://sandra-elephantlover.blogspot.com)


Winning bid $20 placed by Lis Høegh


Winning bid $20 placed by Lis Høegh


Winning bid  $20 placed by Mie Høegh


 
Winning bid $10 placed by Kay (http://505whimsygirl.blogspot.com)


Winning bid $24 placed by Carsten Høegh


 Winning bid $22 placed by Anya (http://catwhisperer.blogspot.com)


 Winning bid $15 placed by Cat (http://catscats-catrina.blogspot.com)


 
Winning bid $20 placed by Jane (http://swiftsuresongbird.blogspot.com)


 
Winning bid $11 placed by Lis Høegh 


Winning bid $10 placed by Old Kitty (http://ten-lives-second-chances.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A bit of my history...


 "A girl, her creative projects and her little helpers"


As you might have noticed I have just launched a second auction  - this time  a batch of handbags. Someone asked; "Did you make all of these bags?" and the answer is yes, I made them all from scratch. What many of you do not know is that I have been creating handbags and accessories for the last 13 years. I've been running my own little company which I thought was a dream come true. And in a sense it was. But there was something missing. Just a few years back I started having some great little successes internationally with features in major newspapers and prominent fashion magazines. My items were handpicked by a known celebrity hotel and a top London florist for her window display - and international online shop owners (who were stocking my items) were keen to have me featured in various places. Things were FINALLY really beginning to take off. And then the strangest thing happened. I started running away from the success! It was almost as if that the more I began to succeed the more empty I felt inside. It's difficult to describe the feeling really. It's not even that I did not want the succes...

Well... as I successfully mananged to sabotage my newly created successes I slowly began to wind up my little company (yes, can you believe it, but I actually did!!). After this I turned to animals - where my heart was really at.  I began writing this blog with no clue as to where it would lead (but just look at this my very first and in hindsight very serendipitous post and image) - back then I had NO clue where I would be today!  I just collected inspiring animal stories and I began spending my days reading about Greek cat rescues (I've had a special affinity with Greece for many years). My heart and soul ached deeply whenever I saw the images of discarded, sick, abandoned and cruelly treated cats (and dogs for that matter) - it left me feeling that I wished I could offer each of these little discarded souls a healing, loving and safe home for life. Fast forward... to cut a long story short of how I came to live here - but I very soon became caught up in rescuing cats. A bit daunting at first because they just kept coming, but I began to adapt to my new role. And I got a meassure of my own level of commitment this past winter when my infant colony got struck down by two deadly virusses. I cleaned, fed, played and cleaned some more - from the first step in the morning to the last one at night. My DH kept saying; I don't know how you do it... but with his unrelenting support and some truly amazing supportive friends from this online community it somehow became possible. I learned and I had my first painful lossses - I cried many tears. But... I cannot describe my hearts joy at seing each little rescued life gaining renwed confidence and blooming - and becoming beautiful and full in their rightful way. It's rich beyond words to sit at a distance and see them play and romp and strike up odd little friendships. It is very satisfying and makes my heart feel so full.


 My watercolor was inspired by this cute image from the peachy book

BUT now that my days are filled with my hearts purpose I've no longer got endless hours to spend in my creative den.  Recently I figured that I had to take up a new creative expression - something that could be fairly instant and not require too much fussing over. This is where a recent online class turned out to be just the perfect match... it made me come up with silly little sketching ideas and naturally cats somehow made their way into almost each little creation. Yes... maybe a future set of  fundraising cards might be in store!!

Anyhow... about the handbags - what you see is really the result of a girl on her way to somewhere, but only now the sale of them serve a purpose I can truly stand behind and be very proud of. ALL auction bids goes towards the much needed neutering projects and ongoing vaccinations of the cats I rescue.

I hope you'll enjoy a scroll down through all the images and maybe even want to place a bid. 
A HUGE thanks to everyone who has donated and placed bids in the first auction round to help cover Pestos's dental surgery. This bill has now been fully covered and I was proud to tell my vet about the amazing online support!!

THIS AUCTION CLOSES FRIDAY MAY 18TH AT MIDNIGHT PACIFIC TIME.
And as always, please feel free to share the news! 


Auction handbags - item 23

 Petite and feather-light shoulder bag made from beautiful turqouise cotton batik.

Combined with great gold leather features + genuine vintage Swarowski crystals + feather/wooden bead charm. Lined with turqouise acetate (internal pading) and has gold leather string closure.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 22

Cute beach bag/shopper made from a variety of turqouise fabric rectangles (lace, gobelin, cotton and leather) connected by gold lace trim. The senorita images are sprinkled with a few random Swarowski crystals. Lined with muslin and has great pockets for keys and mobile + gold clasp. A very spacious and sturdy bag with leather shoulder straps + cute feather & gold fruit charm.

Starting bid $20 + $7 shipping US & Canada and $6 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 21

 
Cute beach bag/shopper made from a variety of red fabric rectangles (lace, tulle, cotton and leather) connected by gold lace trim. The senorita images are sprinkled with a few random Swarowski crystals. Lined with muslin and has great pockets for keys and mobile + gold clasp. A very spacious and sturdy bag with leather shoulder straps.

Starting bid $20 + $7 shipping US & Canada and $6 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 20

Mother-daughter shopping totes in cute floral cotton stretch fabric. Mini tote is handheld with cute internal pocket for lollipop - big tote can be worn on shoulder and has internal pockets for mobile + keys. Each bag has a cute little bead & feather charm.

Would make a sweet mother-daugther present. 

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 19 - SOLD PRIVATELY - BIDS CLOSED!

Adorable messenger bag made from recycled jeans + genuine 70's fabric + pink/orange striped fabric. Full of cute little detials on the front + purple chiffon bow + gold clasp. Lined with orange acetate.

Would make a sweet present for girl but strap is also long enough to be worn over the shoulder by adult.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 18

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Adorable messenger bag made from recycled jeans + red/white checkered fabrics. Full of cute little detials on the front + red polka dot tulle bow + gold clasp. Lined with red acetate.

 Would make a sweet present for girl.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 17

Flat cotton tote with external pocket made from cute Japanese fabric with a little feather charm to match. Would make a sweet present for a little girl.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 16

Flat cotton tote with external pocket made from cute Japanese fabric with a little feather charm to match. Would make a sweet present for a little girl.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 15

Flat cotton tote with external pocket made from cute Japanese fabric with a little feather charm to match. Would make a sweet present for a little girl.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 14

Friendly little tote made from linen and genuine 70's floral fabric. External pocket + botton clasp + internal key clasp. Lined with sunny orange acetate.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 13

Sweet little tote made from Amy Butler fabric. Lined with muslin and has quality pocket features for keys and mobile. Handle, button clasp and detachable bow made from lime green leather.  Has a teensy black felt pen dot at the bottom (you'd hardly notice).

Starting bid $15 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Auction handbags - item 12

Black/white polkadot bag with PINK! blossom and black chiffon ruffle edge. Lined with black satin + gold clasp. Short shoulder strap + room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 
 

Auction handbags - item 11

Seriously cute pale blue/white checkered spring bag with pink cherry blossoms and pale blue chiffon ruffle edge. Lined with pale blue satin + gold clasp + short shoulder strap. Has very slight pink and black discoloration by right hand side of bag by the strap. Room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $15 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 10

Gorgeous coral colored clutch made from Armani chiffon. Features hand-sculpted and draped bow tied in a Swarowski gold crystal buckle. Lined with pale coral satin + small gold leather pocket for credit card + small gold clasp. Room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $30 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 

Auction handbags - item 8

Darling clutch made from tiny flower silk chiffon + ruffle edge and bow made from pale yellow silk chiffon. Lined with yellow silk + internal gold leather pocket for credit card + small gold clasp. Room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 7

Stylish clutch made from Gucci silk chiffon. Big bow and ruffle edge made from pale yellow silk chiffon. Lined with yellow silk + internal gold leather pocket for credit card + small gold clasp. Room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $20 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 6

Fun pink fluff - there's no other way to describe this bag! Made from pink chiffon and lined with gorgeous leopard print satin + edge of pink feather boa + gold closure clasp. Short shoulder strap and room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.

Auction handbags - item 5

Sleek and classic latte colored satin bag with short shoulder strap. Features a bow across the front + lined with gorgeous leopard print satin. Room enough for essentials.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.
 
 

Auction handbags - item 4

Dainty lavender embroidered chiffon shoulder bag with ruffle edges. Also lined with lavender material (unkwon description). Room for mobile + essentials. There's a slight variation in the color of these two images due to different light.

Starting bid $10 + $5 shipping US & Canada and $4 for Europe. With an extra item please add $2 for US & Canada and $1 for Europe.
ALL auction bids will  go towards neutering and vaccinations.