For those of you following the story of Ladybird and her little blended family, here's an update!
As of today, both kittens are bigger and stronger. When Alison first met them yesterday, they were both small and fragile, and the smaller one was so weak that she could barely meow. Today, both kitties are feeling vigorous enough to jump up when Alison enters the room and mew for attention.
Alison has been offering raw goat's milk to supplement the kitten's feeding, because kittens are smaller than puppies and she wasn't sure they would be strong enough to nurse efficiently from Ladybird, but they have very little interest in the goat's milk today so it seems that they are nursing well. Ladybird has fully accepted them as her own babies. She doesn't like Alison to take them away for supplemental feedings, and tries to pull them out of Alison's hands whenever she picks them up, then licks them all over when she puts them down again!
Both kittens seem to be either calicos or tortoiseshells, which makes them most likely to be girls! With that worked out, who wants to vote on names?
To vote, click the link beneath your choice and donate. One donation of any amount equals one vote. Donations to Lee Shore help us to help more vulnerable creatures like ladybird and her family.
Here are the choices:
The lady warriors: Joan of Arc, who led the French army against the English as a young girl, Grace O'Malley a pirate queen from Ireland who rivaled Elizabeth I and won a battle on her ship the day after giving birth to her son, and Lozen, an Apache warrior who fought alongside Geronimo and who did battle for her people with compassion, protecting women and children from the violence.
The queens: Elizabeth I of England, Cleopatra of Egypt, and Catherine the Great of Russia.
The Superheroes: Nakia the Black Panther, Diana the Wonder Woman, and Natalia the Black Widow.
Check Facebook next week to vote for your favorite!
Joy Shanahan is a student at Appalachian State University with a passion for community service. She can be found in the dance studios at ASU or researching helpful animal tips for Lee Shore.