A number of you have inquired about Annie, so I'd better take a break from the Goodalls and respond lest anyone thinks there's reason to worry. Her healing process is coming along very nicely, and she's just as lovey dovey and purr-y as ever!
She took a little trip with me to see the Humane Society vet the other day. She was due for vaccines, so while she was there the decision was made to briefly anesthetize her to get a good look inside her mouth.
Her tongue has completely healed, although it's a little jagged on the side of the burn; there is a lesion on the roof of her mouth that is nicely diminishing in size; and due to the extent of the burn on her gums, she may need a tooth extraction or two before all is said and done.
There is no reason to think that any of these things will result in long-term issues. Everything is healing, and kitties can do just fine without a tooth or two.
I continue to be amazed by her steadfast refusal to let this experience get her down. Her spirits have been nothing but upbeat from the start and it's only getting better. She's gained several degrees of spunkiness and trots around here like she owns the place. If I somehow retire for the night without her realizing it, she'll come flying into the room in a blur, leap onto the bed and burrow under the covers before I can pull them under my chin!
As much as I love every kitten I care for, I know I can't be tempted to keep them. Five permanent residents is plenty. But every now and then... Well, you know where I'm going with this. If I had 'a few' fewer, this one might be staying.
But she's not. Something tells me that I'm going to be choosing among a few interested parties for Annie. She's a special girl who deserves the best.
And there's little doubt that she'll be spit-shined when the time comes.