By: joealaska , 6:14 AM GMT on February 20, 2013

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Just when I needed help, I got it. My appeal in the last blog was answered.

Long-time regular blog participant OSDIANNA to the rescue. THANK YOU.

I knew this was asking a lot for whoever would agree to it, and I was running out of time. I could not buy tickets or make plans.

Today I bought tickets. I rented a car. I looked into pet friendly hotels.

I leave Dutch on April Fools Day. Arrive in Seattle around 8 PM.. Pick up the rental after gathering up the girls. Then straight to the hotel. The cats will be hungry. Next morning we take a nice 2.5 hour ride southwest to the Pacific shore.

I introduce myself to OSDianna, then I introduce my cats to her cats and dog. Hopefully no fur will fly. She has been through this ACCLIMATION process before, sounds like she will do just what I would do. Segregate the cats for awhile, maybe a few days or a week. It will be obvious when it is time to let them mingle. Keep them inside.

I will stay in town for the night, then back to Seattle next morning. Catch a plane at 12:30 to Chicago, then to Louisville at 10 PM.

I fly back May 31st. Leaving Louisville at 7 AM, I get to Dutch at 5 PM. Almost unbelievable. No marathon this time, thanks to minimal layovers (1 hour in Anchorage) and one LONG flight from Chicago to Anchorage. Usually you have to see Portland or Seattle.

Yesterday we had bright sun most of the afternoon, temps around 50. I joked that we could be in a hurricane within a couple hours, such is the weather here.

I woke up last night with the sleet blasting my window with 65 mph winds. It was another slush blizzard.. Temperatures above freezing, but close. 6 inches of slush. Heavy and wet, easy to get stuck in it with any vehicle. It slowed down a couple times today, then re-started. A couple periods of bright sun, blinding with the snow.

Very odd right now. We should be very busy, but I had only one business phone call today. A decent day off. Same with this past weekend. Plenty of incoming freight to unload, but NO boats waiting. No late night crap. We left around 5 PM on Friday. May be the only time that has happened in my five years here.

Thanks to all the notes and emails regarding an interest in helping with the cats. And THANKS again to OSDIANNA.

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
7:15 AM GMT on February 25, 2013
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18. dotmom
9:12 PM GMT on February 24, 2013
What's cookin' out there today? Beautiful sunny day here in KY - maybe about 50. Staying inside - resting - trying to get rid of my winter cold. Much better. Sounds like there is plenty of weather around us and it may come in here later tomorrow or so. We have been fortunate this winter so far. Lots of robins around, so that is a good sign. Come on Spring!!!
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17. Ylee
5:03 PM GMT on February 23, 2013
That's great news! At least the it won't take much for the kitties to get used to the weather!
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16. osdianna
4:52 PM GMT on February 23, 2013
I drove a friend into Aberdeen for radiation treatment, 25 miles; we had heavy rain, then cleared to enough sun to produce some bright rainbows, then on the trip home we had big hail. 3 hrs later we had thunder, lightning, and enough hail to cover the entire ground in white! We rarely get thunder & lightning here; my cats are grateful. 1.04" of precip in 24 hrs.

Lots of new snow in the Cascades; skiing will be BIG this weekend. Enjoy your skiing, cybersuze.
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15. cybersuze
4:00 PM GMT on February 23, 2013
OSD that same storm (which probably started near JA) gave us 5 fresh inches of snow for skiing!
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14. osdianna
4:40 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
Dotmom..I grow nearly everything in big pots set against the south side of the house (painted a dark green) for maximum heat, so I have some luck with cherry tomatoes, kale, lettuce of various kinds; sugar snap peas and beans do well. I even have three rose bushes given to me by well-meaning friends, and I have had at least three roses off those three plants!

We are having a Big Pacific Storm today, with nearly an inch of rain since about 3am, winds 20-25 mph gusting to 30...seas running 22ft; nothing like Joe gets, but pretty substantial for us. The biggest difference is we have all these big spruce, hemlock, and fir trees surrounding us. Makes for an exciting day!
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13. dotmom
2:10 PM GMT on February 22, 2013
OSDiana - sounds like a little piece of Heaven out there. Here in KY, we have dirt and still the tomatoes the past two years (at least in our backyard) were not pretty (or good). Dry!
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12. osdianna
4:47 PM GMT on February 21, 2013
Lol cybersuze...it suits me, but after 14+ yrs here I do miss sunshine and heat sometimes...and real dirt; I miss my homegrown tomatoes, just picked off the vine, still warm with the sun (Burbank, Ca). The word here is we lack the proper "heat units" to success-fully raise tomatoes. The tradeoff is I get to walk the dog on the beach (about 1/4 mile from me) any time I want...dressed appropriately of course. My clothing budget is nearly entirely invested in outerwear of various weights and rainproof-ness.

Due to the Pacific storms from Joe's neck of the coast, the beach changes all the time. Most of us who chose to move here are storm fans, and we love to stand on the top of the dunes and watch. I feel pretty blessed to live here.
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11. cybersuze
3:04 PM GMT on February 21, 2013
now that's cold! I just saw where Ocean Shores is and I think I want to be a cat!
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10. joealaska
6:44 AM GMT on February 21, 2013
Just heard that it is -68 with wind chill tonight in Anaktuvuk Pass. Coldest spot in Alaska. I lived there five years ago, before moving to Dutch via Anchorage.
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9. BriarCraft
11:24 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
So glad you found a nice resort for your kitties to spend their vacation. I've spent some time around Ocean Shores and Westport. It's really nice there, though I don't think they have much of a fox population. Regardless, it sounds like OSDianna will take excellent care of them.

You're very lucky, Joe. OSDianna came to the rescue and she's not even located that far from where you've got to go anyway.

OSDianna, you're the greatest!
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8. DHaupt
9:26 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
I too am greatly relieved and glad that osdianna could take on the kitties. Muriel and I would love to have, but we already have four that we claim and another three that claim us. Every one of them are foundlings; one is totally blind to the point that she doesn't even sense light and dark. We have no dog which seems to suit the cats just fine.

Our latest prize is an extremely affectionate BIG kitty, black with white trim, that must weigh in at 25 pounds. She was obviously someone's very pampered pet. She had been stopping by for food regularly starting about a year ago. Her original "owners" moved away, abandoning their house. They left the doors and windows open for the benefit of their two cats. "Baby Black" as we call her found our front door open one day, walked in, hopped up in Muriel's lap in the den and went to sleep. Muriel picked up a brush after kitty had a nice nap. Baby Black just lay there lifting an arm or leg as required to aid the brushing.

Her mate is a very tough looking genuine back-alley tom cat. We call him "Snake" because he can't meow, he only hisses.

Again, very happy about Fluff and Dutchie.

We had a very smart little storm come roaring through yesterday bringing a fair amount of wind and 0.40" of rain in just a few hours. The mountains south of town were very white; they must have had at least two inches of snow to look like they did. I couldn't see the higher mountains north of us such as Mount Diablo. It is now clear and cool with no rain in the ten day forecast.

Got to get ready for a Physical Therapy appointment.
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7. calpoppy
8:55 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Joe, you have some really great blog friends!!!
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6. miyuki
7:15 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Bless your heart OSDIANNA !! :)
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5. osdianna
4:30 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
You are all welcome! I too have been in this spot, with the hardest part worrying my "kids" would be accepted into another multi-pet household. While there were some "When is she going to come out of hiding? Did she escape and she's out there wandering lost?" moments, all that worry was for nothing. But we can't help it...it's in our genes. It shows we care.

My parents really disliked cats, so of course I had to have one as soon as I left home...and then I needed a second to keep company with the first; I have been hooked since then...46 years of multiple cats, and three dogs. You have seen the video of Dutchie and the foxes? I expect she will let my lab Maggie know who is in charge too.

I'll keep all informed.
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4. cybersuze
3:03 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Here Here Osidianna! We've been losing a little sleep ourselves over the whole thing! Thanks for your help!
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3. dotmom
1:57 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Thanks to OSDianna. Who knows, her menagerie may grow by the time this is all over if Dutchie attracts some fox along the way. Thanks again Dianna, this is one mom that is relieved. You are a good spirit.
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2. cholla
1:51 PM GMT on February 20, 2013
Kudos to OSDIANNA for agreeing to be the caretaker of Joe's cats! Maggie and I are the "named inheritors" of six felines here in our retirement area. And in this aging community, "inheritance" could come at any time. Hopefully our two young kitties (Obsidian and Mona Lisa) will happily accept the strangers whenever the time comes.
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1. insideuk
11:51 AM GMT on February 20, 2013
Good on Osdianna. It is a walloping great responsibility to provide a caring foster home to another persons beloved pets. I’m not sure I’d be willing to hand them back after creating a bond over so many months. He’d have to shoot me through the bathroom door first…

Ask questions later.

But that’s OK because Joe wasn’t ever going to pay out the $18,000 it would have taken to get them all over here in the first place, what with the flights and immunisation jabs – not to mention the 6 months strict segregation in anti-rabies quarantine.

For Joseph.

He’s been living in wild isolation for 5 years, I doubt even he knows what is currently incubatory about his person.

Though the girls and I would have promised faithfully to visit him in his small cell everyday to slot fresh nuggets of charcoal through the bars for his small grill. We shan’t see him starve, there are some very good deals on processed ‘beef’ burgers trotting in from the European continent just now.

Neigh galloping in.

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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!