Friday, April 6, 2012

Pre-Easter Celebration Week in Review!

Just one more day until our big Easter Celebration!!  We are so excited about this upcoming event as we prepare the grounds for our visitors--no rain or torando is going to stop us from  having a great time!

Let's take a look at what happened this week:
On Monday, we provided an update on Okemo and Keenan and formally introduced you to Wobbles, our little special needs kitten.  We also released the names of the wild cats pictured in our Who Am I With a Twist contest!  The brave readers who took a guess at the cats' names were pretty accurate, which just goes to show our blog readers know their In-Sync Exotics cats!  

Our Tuesday's posting was supposed to be about the tigers running and playing in their pools. Sadly, no tiger wanted to play in the pool that day, so no video or pictures were taken.  Instead, we covered Franklin's trip to the vet's office to find out why he was losing weight.   X-rays revealed that Franklin's heart was enlarged enough to put pressure on his trachea causing him to gag and turn away from food--hence the weight loss. We also discovered that Franklin may have the early stages of congestive heart failure.  Blood tests were taken and at the time the blog posting was written, we had not learned the results of these tests.

What we learned surprised us!  The blood tests came back indicating that Franklin has parasitic infection in his blood that may be responsible for the inflammation of his heart.  He is on medication and we are hoping that not only will it destroy the parasites in his blood, but reduce his unusual bad heart murmur (cats don't normally develop bad heart murmurs). Franklin is scheduled to re-visit his vet next month, so we will keep you posted on his progress.
We also learned Tuesday morning that Cold-EEZE selected In-Sync Exotics as the Share Your Cause campaign winner!  Read HERE to learn more!  Go Sabu Go!!!

Wednesday's posting covered the severe storm we were under Tuesday.  We knew there was a chance of rain on Tuesday, but we had no idea that there would be a chance of multiple tornados hitting the Dallas Forth Worth area! We are about 38 miles away from the hardest hit areas, and yet we still received quite a bit of scary weather.  The exact number and strength of the tornados won't be known until surveyors have fanned acrossed North Texas, looking for clues among the debris that covered folks' yards.  But it is estimated that 10-18 tornados plowed through the Dallas metro area, tossing semitrailers in the air and pelting neighborhoods with golf ball-sized hail.  
At one point we thought for sure a tornado was going to touch down right in the heart of In-Sync Exotics.  Thankfully we had all the animals secured and we ready for the worst.  As it turned out, we were only pelted with three inches of rain in a very short period of time and high winds.  No tornado! 
We'd like to thank everyone for their outpouring support and concern for our animals and staff during this stormy event.  Good news is we are all okay and ready for Saturday's big event!
On Thursday, we paid tribute to Paul Butler whose sudden passing saddened us all.  Paul's love for In-Sync Exotics was evident as he helped us rescue the Poetry cats, cared for our wild ones, and took on important projects (such as stringing up our Christams lights every year) that made an impact on our sanctuary.  Thank you Paul for your service to the are missed by us all.
Easter Celebration 2011
We end with this blog posting with an invitation for you and your family/friends to attend our Easter Celebration tomorrow!  Our doors open at 10:30am and we have lots of fun scheduled throughout the day--two egg hunts, egg toss and bunny hop contests, face painting, games, crafts, a bounce house, PLUS you get to watch the cats get their Easter goodies that many of you sent our wild ones this year!
So make some "tiger tracks" to In-Sync Exotics this Saturday and join us for a day filled with fun, laughter, and lots of wonderful memories!

Easter Celebration 2011

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