Pet Bleg Funding Reallocation Request (Tripod Tex)

Remember calico kitten Miss Callie, who needed help getting from Minneapolis to Maryland? I’ve heard back from her special courier, Reilyn:

Alright, finally had a chance to sit down and run the #s. The total donations was $1,018 and expenses (flight w/ pet fee, carrier, harness/leash, and my uber to the airport) totaled $477, so the leftover funds total $541. :)

Fortuitously, longtime commentor and cat-rescuer Johannes just sent a plea:

I’m forwarding a request to help my cat sitter, Lori Doyle, defray the cost of having a kittens leg amputated. Lori does TNR work up in Albany, NY, is good people. Juicers helped my wife la Caterina and her friends rebuild the Brooklyn Navy Yard cat shelters, and, at the risk of coming a-begging once more, Tex is a kitty in need of help….

That’s Tex at the top, and here is his GoFundMe page:

This little cowboy, now named “Tex,” was born and living outside of a store on the outskirts of Albany, NY. Tex and his many siblings, mom, and several other cats were fortunate enough to be fed by the store owners, but the area around the store is industrial, with lots of equipment, pallets of supplies, and storage areas. Not really safe or cat-friendly — and somehow Tex hurt one of his hind legs during his first three months of life.

The store owners noticed Tex wasn’t using his back leg. All the cats and kittens seemed semi-feral in that they would come close to eat, but if anyone tried to reach out and touch them, they would run away. Even Tex, on his three good legs. There seemed to be no way to help Tex.

So, the owners started talking to people about Tex, and this is how things start to happen. Word of mouth…

Tex had three problems with his leg. He had an old tibial fracture that was in many pieces. He also had a wound on the inside of his hind foot and the X-ray showed that the foot bone next to that was infected to the point that the bone had already been eaten away by the infection. I didn’t even know that was possible. On the X-ray there is just a blank area where the bone used to be. And one of his toes had a problem (it just looked black), which could not be fixed… Anyway, Tex went in for a consultation with the surgeon and she recommended full amputation of his hind leg for the best recovery and long term result…

Tex did great! He stayed at the hospital one night. I picked him up the next day …. a technician carried him out, on his back, like a baby, holding a little toy mouse. How adorable is that? She said she didn’t want to give him back. ;)

By day three at home he was taking off his Elizabethan collar and scurrying around on three legs. Today is officially two weeks since I trapped him. Two weeks from his surgery he will get his stitches out and he will be ready for the rest of his vetting and will be ready to find his forever home…

Much more at the link. Tex’s rescuer has already collected $1,980 of their $3,232 goal. If it’s okay with the rest of you who chipped in for Miss Callie, I’ll tell Reilyn to redirect that $541 directly to Tex’s GoFundMe.

If you have questions / other suggestions, let me know. If you don’t want to leave a comment here, contact me directly at

85 replies
  1. 1
    Johannes says:

    Thanks so much Anne Laurie!
    Edited to add: I’ve chipped in myself—wouldn’t ask you folks to do so if I hadn’t!

  2. 2
    Dia says:

    I donated to Miss Callie, and I have no problem with the remainder of the funds going to poor Tex.

  3. 3
    Joy in FL says:

    Happy to see our overflow go to help another kitty.

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    hedgehog the occasional commenter says:

    Absolutely! Tex is adorbs.

  6. 6
    Josie says:

    It’s all good.

  7. 7
    Auntie Anne says:

    Sounds like a great plan to me!

  8. 8
    Geeno says:

    An MBA would be talking about synergies here.

  9. 9
    spudgun says:

    Look at that little face! :-) From someone who donated, YES – send the surplus to help Tex!

  10. 10
    satby says:

    Absolutely! Glad all that can help both Callie AND Tex!

    Makes me feel better for wasting my day hate tweeting and posting on FB because I was so incandescently angry about Shithole.

  11. 11
    b says:

    Just got home from the vet with Miss Callie – she was spayed today.

    Miss Callie is doing well. Even though she weighs all of 3 lbs, she is terrorizing my 3 golden retrievers that range from 65lbs to 86lbs. Last night she wrapped herself around the youngest retriever’s head and did her best to wrestle the retriever to submission. The poor dog was giving me the look – please get her off me!

    I am intending to send pictures for the morning post – everyone agrees she is adorable. Unfortunately, most of my pictures of her are just a blur. She is always running – chasing the dogs, shadows, dust bunnies, the dogs’ balls, the dogs’ tails, etc. She rarely is still.

    I approve the overflow going to Tex and will donate to Tex also.

  12. 12
    Mary G says:

    That was the deal

  13. 13
    Yutsano says:

    And what a ham too!

  14. 14
    Bookdragon says:

    100% okay with me to redirect my contribution.

  15. 15
    geg6 says:

    Sweet kitty.

  16. 16
    cain says:

    I was in sick in bed with a fever all day yesterday… spent the whole time asking for a furry creature to snuggle with so I can feel better. :P I hate being single w/o pets.

  17. 17
    eclare says:

    @satby: Posts like this do help!

  18. 18
    WaterGirl says:

    @cain: That would suck. Why haven’t you gotten a new furry guy?

  19. 19
    eclare says:

    @cain: Hope you feel better, sorry you don’t have a kitty/doggie with you.

  20. 20
    cain says:


    @cain: That would suck. Why haven’t you gotten a new furry guy?

    Not yet.. I need a bit of a raise first. :-) I really missed my cat that died last year.. she was my life co-pilot. Poor girl.

  21. 21
    spudgun says:

    @cain: You sound just like me! Lost my darling kitty-bo last year too – and I also need to wait until my financial situation gets a little bit more stable before adopting again.

    But I feel a little better helping out critters like Tex and Callie!

  22. 22
    satby says:

    @cain: @spudgun: Good luck to you both, because your next companions are out there waiting for you!

  23. 23
    spudgun says:

    @satby: Thank you! :-)

  24. 24
    Teddys Person says:

    Kicked in a bit for Tex. He’s a cutie pie:-)

  25. 25
    debit says:

    Totally cool with the extra money going to this little sweetheart.

    ETA: Callie’s sister Dani is also doing well. She is less playful towards my dogs, however, preferring to cuddle.

  26. 26
    Johannes says:

    @b: Glad to heat that Miss Callie is doing well.

  27. 27
    Emrys says:

    If you would like companionship but can’t afford it right now, please consider fostering.

  28. 28
    Mike J says:

    blog is b0rked?

  29. 29
    Steeplejack says:

    WTF? Something just nuked the “Weather Craziness” thread.

  30. 30
    efgoldman says:

    @Mike J:

    blog is b0rked?

    At least the link to comments for Cole’s weather post, is. Was fine ten minutes ago.

  31. 31
    eclare says:

    @Steeplejack: Yeah, I commented on that thread about 45 minutes ago, did some stuff (!), was going to check again, and now it’s gone even from Cole’s twitter feed. WTF?

  32. 32
    Ruckus says:

    I did it. I commented and as I hit post it blowed up!
    The post appears and shows the number of comments but when you tap the comments……. crickets.

  33. 33
    HRA says:

    I am glad I was not the only one who got that weird message trying to see comments on John’s post.

  34. 34
    eclare says:

    @efgoldman: I don’t even get the post. Nothing.

    Sorry, like you, I do get the post but no comments.

  35. 35
    hedgehog mobile says:

    Just donated for Tex.

  36. 36
    eclare says:

    @Steeplejack: Those Chinese again!

  37. 37
    Timurid says:

    And in today’s, other, other, other news… Trump was (at least) contemplating a Watergate style heist targeting a political rival.

  38. 38
    eclare says:

    Going to watch the new David Letterman show on Netflix tonight (My Next Guest Needs No Introduction) …his first guest, Obama! One show a month, others include George Clooney (swoon!), Jay-Z, Malala, Tina Fey, should be good!

  39. 39
    danielx says:

    OT but…..cannot access comments in next post, comes up with ‘cannot access’ or some shit like that. Did we say something to make the shitgibbon mad, or is the site bollixed?

  40. 40
    danielx says:

    Message sez:

    Sorry, the post you are looking for is not available.

    Never seen this before on da blog.

  41. 41
    ET says:

    I get a 404 on the next post but see that some are commenting.

  42. 42
    Amir Khalid says:

    Trump’s choice of operative was, how do I put this delicately, not likely to succeed.

  43. 43
    middlelee says:

    I say, give it to Tex and I’ll hit his Go Fund Me too.

  44. 44
    chris says:

    Somebody pushed the wrong button.

  45. 45
    Another Scott says:

    @chris: I blame GG and Vlad.


  46. 46
    Yarrow says:

    @chris: I can see the “Weather Craziness” post from the home page and it says it has 75 comments, but when I click on the actual post itself it says Nothing Found, post not available.

  47. 47
    Mnemosyne says:

    All right, which one of yinz borked the blog?

  48. 48
    stinger says:

    Cole’s out there a-twittering away as we speak, so maybe somebody else who tweets can get his attention?

  49. 49
    ByRookorbyCrook says:

    Fat kid in a basement working his magic obviously.

  50. 50
    Ruckus says:

    I started to watch and it strikes me how much we lost a year ago. I mean I already knew but this is like being hit with a ton of bricks. We went from a man with grace, intelligence, wit, humanity, to a fucking dumpster fire. And not just any dumpster fire, one that is constantly burning, that reeks of shithole and despair and keeps getting worse.

  51. 51
    Ruckus says:

    I admitted at #32 that it was me. I’m not sure what I did wrong but all things considered I did hit post and everything went dim. And considering my luck that seems appropriate.

  52. 52
    Mike J says:

    Senate Republicans are having a hearing on Wednesday to blame the opioid crisis on Medicaid.

  53. 53
    Timurid says:

    Help us, Alain OnTheRoadGuy, you’re our only hope…

  54. 54
    chris says:

    @Another Scott: Hillary strikes again!

  55. 55
    Beeb says:

    At this point, I can’t remember whether I donated to Callie. I pretty much always do to the pet blegs, but I could have missed her. Anyway, I think giving the surplus to Tex is a fine idea.

  56. 56
    Gvg says:

    @Timurid: yeah sure I believe O’Keefe….not. Sure Trump is obsessed with Obama, but O’K is a self promoting small time loser liar. With no evidence to support I would blow that story off.

  57. 57
    stinger says:

    @Ruckus: Don’t blame yourself, might just have been bad timing. I only meant if Cole knew about it maybe he could fix it.

  58. 58
    cain says:


    @cain: You sound just like me! Lost my darling kitty-bo last year too – and I also need to wait until my financial situation gets a little bit more stable before adopting again.

    So glad that there are others out there! :) I need to let my stuff stabilize a bit before adopting..

  59. 59
    cain says:


    @cain: @spudgun: Good luck to you both, because your next companions are out there waiting for you!

    Thank you!

  60. 60
    CarolDuhart2 says:

    Weather and Blog Craziness, indeed. In any case I hoped this wouldn’t have been needed: The January Fund

  61. 61
    Baud says:

    Blog is borked. I blame Ruckus.

  62. 62
    Mnemosyne says:

    The bartender at this hotel’s bar is very smart — she’s figured out that middle-aged women traveling alone on business tend to be good tippers. She is correct. 😄

  63. 63
    danielx says:


    And it just get worse every fucking day. Comparing Obama with the shitgibbon is like comparing a jewel to a turd.

  64. 64
    Another Scott says:

    @CarolDuhart2: That’s rough. :-( And it’s infuriating that you’re going through that.


    Hang in there.


  65. 65
    MoxieM says:

    All money for all animal critters everywhere good stuff with me.

  66. 66
    Sab says:

    @Mnemosyne: This is so like us jackals. Somebody borks the blog (we even have a term for it) and we mention it, and just carry on at a different thread.

  67. 67
    Gin & Tonic says:

    I want to know how the comment count on the “Weather Craziness” post is increasing if nobody can get to that page.

  68. 68
  69. 69
    Yarrow says:

    @Gin & Tonic: That is weird. It did go up to 76 comments. It was stuck at 75 for ages.

  70. 70
    raven says:

    @Sab: It don’t mean nuthin!

  71. 71
    Another Scott says:

    @Gin & Tonic: I think if you were on the comments page and didn’t leave it, then you could read them. Once you moved away, then it was borked. So, the 76th comment was posted by someone who had that page open for a while. They’re probably locked out like the rest of us now.

    Just a guess.


  72. 72
    eclare says:

    @Ruckus: Did you watch til the end? Both admitted, especially Dave, that they just got lucky. The part with John Lewis was very touching. But yeah, an intelligent, compassionate, president…how we ended up with the POS is beyond me. But I liked the show. It was relaxed, some might find it too relaxed, I did not.

  73. 73
    eemom says:

    We’ve been Russiaed.

  74. 74
    Yarrow says:

    @raven: How’s the cough?

  75. 75
    Another Scott says:

    It’s a good thing JC reads his own blog, huh. :-/


  76. 76
    Another Scott says:

    Hey, it’s fixed upstairs now!


  77. 77
    Yarrow says:

    @Another Scott: No kidding. He’s tweeting away, so if someone’s on Twitter lets him know maybe he’ll do something.

  78. 78
    eclare says:

    @cain: Nothing wrong with that, you have to be ready, your kitty will be there. Somehow they always appear at the right time. Took me over a year for me to adopt after a cat died, it just took a while.

  79. 79
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    What the fuck did Baud do now?

  80. 80
    Sab says:

    Tex is adorable. So much for the myth that ferals are irredeemable. We took in a semi-feral (people fed him but he was nobody’s cat) about ten years ago. He was about seven or eight months old. He had apparently been living on birds at our bird feeder. Late in November, in a sleet storm, he came up to us screaming to be let in. He was thin as a rail and drenched to the skin. We let him in, fed him, toweled him off, and he has been with us ever since. He utterly refuses to go outside. Sweetest cat ever when he isn’t opening cupboards and breaking things.

  81. 81
    Mike J says:

    New threads above.

  82. 82
    chris says:

    @CarolDuhart2: “Surprise retirement” happened to me too. Ain’t much but I’m in.

  83. 83
    Anne says:

    Donated. Purring next to me right now is a cat who needed a $3k+ surgery of his own when he was a 3mo new adoptee 10+ years ago. Here’s hoping Tex recovers swiftly and that he thrives as thoroughly post-surgery as this purrball next to me has.

  84. 84
    Ruckus says:

    Haven’t finished it. Commented after the start, planned to get back to it, walked to the store then sat down with the property manager and talked for nearly 3 hrs about all kinds of stuff. Long enough that my train of thought ran off the rails about 3 or 4 times. But I’m so used to that I just keep right on going. I’d bet it’s off putting to someone not used to it.

  85. 85
    Tenar Arha says:

    Sure, I donated, go ahead.

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