Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Ruth Anne

When it Rains, it purrs?


Wow, I didn't realize Rain had grown up so much. Is his personality the same?


Yes -- extremely playful, extremely affectionate. He's only becoming a wee bit distracted by his hormones. We have put off neutering him because he has (or at least had, at age 6 months) a heart murmur AND one undescended testicle -- a bad combination, because the heart murmur (if he still has it) may come from a condition that makes anesthesia riskier, and an undescended testicle will likely require abdominal surgery, therefore longer, deeper anesthesia. We waited till both he and my bank account were bigger and stronger, and now we have to wait a few more weeks until my preferred, experienced vet -- the clinic owner, who's practicing less -- is available. If he still has the heart murmur, then he has to have a cardiac ultrasound to diagnose it before anesthesia can be risked.



What a fine bunch of felines! They all look terribly content, Annie.

And I'm utterly enthralled by how much Rain has grown. So majestic, so beautiful.


Oh, and something else: Two of mine, Grendel and Loki, were given early diagnoses of heart problems. Both turned out to be asthma--one early onset and the other late onset. In cats, heart problems and asthma tend to look quite similar (one playing against the other in both cases). Let's hope Rain enjoys a similar, less severe finding when you get him tested.

Ruth Anne

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of pets. I'll talk to him for the Rainy pain [which stays mainly in the vein.]


Jason -- I had never heard of that! Fascinating. We'll see what turns up when I take him to the vet next month.

Ruth Anne -- thank you!!

Randy (Internet Ronin)

They all look so happy and content. And Rain has grown so quickly!

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