Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Too many sad things

There are just too many sad things going on at the moment.

I think most people in the world would know that there have been some terrible, terrible bushfires in Australia over the past weekend. They've mostly affected the state of Victoria, which is where my friends Huffle Mawson and Gypsy and Tasha live (but they're in the city, so they're ok). So far, these fires have claimed at least 173 human lives, and no doubt the lives of countless pets, feral animals and native animals. At least 750 homes have been destroyed, and thousands of people (and probably lots of animals too) are homeless.

At the same time, there have been big floods up in northeast Australia, where the Forever Foster cats live (but they're ok too). Many beans and animals have been affected.

Australia can be a very extreme place to live sometimes.

Meanwhile, My friend Momo's SS lost her dear aunt yesterday afternoon. And last week, the blogosphere lost some dear friends, including Jake, Huffle's brother Salvador, and Bear. It's all too sad.

So today, I'm sending purrs to people and creatures everywhere who are injured, hurting, or missing someone they love. Please join me.

*** If your beans are able to help those who have suffered in the Victorian bushfires, they can make donations to the Australian Red Cross Victorian Bushfire Appeal or to the RSPCA in Victoria (I'm not sure if these online donation facilities will work overseas. It's worth a shot!)***

Cheers,
--Pabs

26 comments:

Lux said...

I will definitely join you in those purrs. And in sending good thoughts and energies,
Luxie

catsynth said...

We're very sad to read about what has been happening with the fires in Australia, and the floods too. We're glad that so far our friends in Melbourne and elsewhere are OK.

The Cat Realm said...

We are purring. When it rains it pours, they say, and sometimes it seems to be true. We are still in Limburg with Ruis whose sister Taylor had a stroke....
Let's hope for the best for everybody!

Country Cats said...

Sending lots of purrs to everyone who is having a hard time right now.

The Island Cats said...

We are purraying for everyone who may be in harm's way in Australia...it's so very sad...

michico*Adan said...

Really Really very sad :(

I am praying and purring for our friends~~ Hope they are rest in peace.

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

We have been purraying fur those affected by da fires and dat dey gets dem unner control soon...we is so sad dat all dem beans and aminals is suffering.

Poppy Q said...

Pabs, Nick and Kate, we too are shocked at the fires and the devastation and loss that has occured.

We have made a donation, through the New Zealand Red cross, by giving up our grocery money (mum bought a loaf of bread, and she will have toast this week instead).

We know that our Aussie mates would help us out if anything so sad happened in NZ.

Hugs
Julie and Poppy Q

Eric and Flynn said...

It is a terrible tragedy. Mum has been watching the news, and every time she sees it, the death toll has gone up. We are relieved that all our friends are safe, but so very sad for all the people and animals who perished, and all those who have lost everything.We are praying for all of them.

Tracey and Huffle said...

Thanks for thinking of us Pabs. It has been a bad week hasn't it?

Huffle Mawson

Daisy said...

I have been so very worried about the terrible fires and floods over there. Harley and I are going to link paws and send our very best purrs.

Parker said...

We have been purring very hard for them Pablo.
Smoochies...

Forever Foster said...

We're purring our best, Pabs. It's all just too horrible to properly comprehend. Mum registered tonight to donate blood. The website said that lots of others have had the same idea, so that is good.

(((hugs)))

Zoolatry said...

We have been praying and purring for so many of our wonderful friends "down under". Such tragic and terrible times for them all. But we were very pleased with your update on some we know, as we have been worried about them - so thank you for sharing.

ML said...

O, Pablo, fanks fur tha wonnerful update. It is just too sad, almost too much to take in.
We Sherwood kitties -- and beans -- are purring and praying for effurryone there.
And praises to you fur keeping us updated.
Love,
KC

Derby said...

Pabs thanks so much for the updates on everyone. We have been worried about all of you 'down under'. It is sad, especially if they think some of the fires were sent on purpose. Very sad.

SophieKitty said...

What a wonderful sentiment, Pabs. Count me in. I'm purrin' hard for all those who are in need.

The Whippy Curly Tails said...

Pablo ... Stay safe & thx for the kind words. Our Mom has been sad too.

You are a very pretty kitty!

Purrs,
The Whippy Curly Tails
=^..^=

Axel and Manny said...

hey there pabs ol' friend.
long time no meow. well, things are crazy where i am. we just got power back on, so am catching up on my c-mailing. i will have to get daddy to pass on some pics to you to share to everyone. he was up here on the weekend, and will back again from friday arvo to help clean up.
gotta go, but i will have to tell you a meow-by-meow account of what happened.

The Crew said...

Yes, there's so much sadness and trouble. Sometimes life gives the humans almost too much to deal with. We're glad to hear our Australian friends are OK.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

sigh, we are purring and praying for everyone in Australia. So many are effected and they all have family and friends.
We mourn the loss of the wildlife and trees too. purrrrrrrrs

Christine and FAZ said...

The human's family have had floods up North but they are secretly glad because they were so desperate for water. We are so sorry for all the people in the bushfires though and all the other critters who have had sad times.

Thank you for entering our Name the Wabbit competition. We made £29 for the Hillside Animal Sanctuary the the winning name was Hopkins entered by Sunny's Mommy.

FAZ

Grrreta said...

We're very sad for those that have been harmed. We are sending lots of purrs everywhere they are needed.

MoMo said...

Thanks Pabs and Kate for the kind words and thoughts. We are very sad for the people and animals in the devestated areas and keep them in our prayers.

The Cat Realm said...

Happy Valentine to you Pablo.

Monica said...

Oh dear! We have missed some sad things going on.