2008-02-07 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Love is in the air as we approach St. Valentine's Day.

And, what greater love than that between a 3-year-old and her new feline, a young cat with a very unusual name that up until a month or so ago was living under unusual conditions in South Carolina.

Newport resident JennyLyn Redner was at a rest stop on 95 in that southern state when she spotted the young cat. Pat Heller, director of development at the Potter League for Animals, said that Jenny- Lyn "couldn't resist this sweet little kitten's personality and decided she just couldn't leave her there." The janitor at the rest stop said that the cat had been hanging around the place for several days. JennyLyn named the vagrant "95" and when she returned to Newport brought her to the Potter League.

Meanwhile, across the East Passage in Jamestown, Antonia Bunaes had been searching for a cat for her 3-year-old daughter, Mia. She had hoped to have one by Christmas, but no luck.

The cat had to be the "right one." One that would give Mia company but also one that could get along with and keep Bacchi (little kisses) under control. Bacchi is an 85 pound, 6- year-old female German shepherd that Antonia and her husband H.P. adopted from Barbara Szepatowski's Paws and Claws last May.

When Antonia and Mia met 95 at the Potter League, they thought she might be the right one. And, as it turned out, Mia and the small black cat with white markings were made for each other. First thought to be a kitten because of her size, the veterinarian, upon examining her teeth determined that 95 was closer to a year old. That put her in the category of "cat."

Then there was the name. All thoughts of a new name were abandoned when Mia reminded her mom, "But her name is 95."

Antonia said that 95 has adapted easily and is "funny and sweet." "She is super with my daughter; they play amazing games. And, 95 will swat the dog if she thinks Bacchi isn't playing right and let's her know when she's had enough."

Sounds like a perfect relationship. Welcome to the island, 95.

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The Potter League for Animals is having its largest fund-raiser of the year next Monday at the Hotel Viking in Newport.

The 35th annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Silent Auction kicks off at 5 p.m. with a wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres and a chance to check out the auction items. The main event is from 6 to 8 p.m. with the auctioning off of hundreds of items plus more hors d'oeuvres and desserts. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

The auction includes a six-night stay in exotic Thailand; a one-week visit at Bonefish Barbie's in Eleuthera, the Bahamas; local golf outings; yacht charters; spa days; works of art; jewelry; and gift certificates; plus much more.

You don't have to leave empty handed. You can always take a lonely pet home with you.

To purchase tickets online visit www.potterleague.org.

WOOF!

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In the spirit of the season, Mc- Quade's has "with love from Mc- Quade's" on its paper bags.

Right back at cha!

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In the Super Bowl buildup last week, BankNewport was giving away cake to its customers and Jametown Wine and Spirits was raffling off a Tom Brady jersey.

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Speaking of BankNewport, an islander and a former islander have been presented 2007 BankNewport Employee Citizenship Awards.

Matt Clarke has volunteered for over six years with the Jamestown Community Farm. His award of $250 will be used for seed, fertilizer and fuel for the farm's tractors.

Mary Leach Murphy was recognized for her volunteer work with the Davisville Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization. Her award will be used to upgrade playground equipment for the school.

Great job, guys!

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Matt Winton asks, "Who sang the National Anthem at the opening of the Newport Bridge on June 28, 1969?"

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Rose Fraley, Ed Silvia, Bob Kinder and Helen Richardson were all in with the answer to the poser, Hey, good looking, whatcha got cooking? How about cooking something up with me.

Ed and I sang a duet on the phone, and Helen commented that at the time of the song's popularity she was a food editor at a newspaper and "so that was a theme song for us gals."

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Kudos to B.J. Whitehouse, Sally Schott and Larry Lewis who came to the column's rescue with the correct answer to John Murphy's poser.

Larry wrote, "I must rise to defend my fellow readers' honor! My response to the gauntlet thrown down by the honorable Mr. Murphy is: 'Blowing In The Wind,' by Bob Dylan.

"On certain occasions over these past decades, those Jamestown residents with good ears and a favorable breeze might well have heard Mr. Zimmerman himself singing his 'Yes'n's in this tune from across East Passage during some editions of the Newport Folk Festival."

John added that the song was perhaps made most famous by Peter, Paul & Mary. He opined that the greatest poetry in song lyrics were those written for The Ink Spots and gave "Someone's Rockin' My Dreamboat" as an example. "Just a beautiful song, and very poetic lyrics."

Thanks again, everyone, I had no idea what the answer was.

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Help your pup through his teething woes says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"Just like kids, puppies have a teething phase as their baby teeth fall out at about 3 to 6 months. Many pets lose their teeth while eating and owners may not notice the loss of the teeth. Other times you may see a loose tooth or even some blood along the pet's gums or on toys. If your pet seems uncomfortable or is chewing items like shoes and furniture then you should find them more appropriate chew toys. Something soft or rubbery that you can put in the freezer or coat in a small amount of peanut butter will help divert their attention to the toy and not to your shoes.

"Another option is to freeze a wet hand cloth and let your pet chew on this frozen treat to help soothe sore gums. Just be sure to take it away when it starts melting and make sure it is big enough that your pet can't rip off and swallow small pieces."

ARF!

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Trips to my Funk & Wagnalls:

Soughed - To make a rushing, rustling or murmuring sound.

Ineluctably - Incapable of being evaded.

Persiflage - Light, bantering talk or writing.

Adumbrated - To produce a faint image or resemblance of; to outline or sketch.

*** ...................has me in its spell,

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Tomorrow, the day after the start of the Chinese lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, island children ages 5 and over are invited to the Jamestown Philomenian Library from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for a dragon paper bag puppet workshop.

Materials will be supplied and registration is not required for this free program.

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Tomorrow marks the day in 1910 that the Boy Scouts of America was founded.

Tuesday is President Lincoln's birthday.

*** Be true!

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