Saturday, January 27, 2007
This first cat is neither Russian nor homeless. The photo was taken in Lowell, MA in October of 2006. We were out for a walk when we spotted this cat and took it's picture. We enjoyed the photo and thought that we would include it here
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Here is the home of the pastor. A large room at the back serves as the church.
We had a group cookout one evening. This guy was one of the uninvited guests.
Here he is, drinking for the bucket of water which we used to brew tea.
One morning, we got up early, took a walk through the village and Karen snapped this photo.
The cat below actually lived in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere. The whole village consisted of 6 cabins.
We have taken two trips to Tallin Estonia this year. Both trips where taken in order to renew our visas for Russia. On one of the trips we came across this street musician. As he played his accordian we gave him some money and then snapped this photo. This cat obviously is not homeless but we thought that our readers would enjoy the picture. We were suprised to see no homeless cats in Tallin.
Below is a really friendly and pretty cat we met on a walk one day. She seemed well fed.
The next two photos are of another cat. She probably lives in the building she is standing in front of, but she may be homeless.
We met this cat the same day. She was very hungry and looked like a street cat.
The next three photos are not actually in Nizhny Novgorod. They are from a trip that Mike took to attend a conference in a small tourist town called Loo, in southwest Russia in the coast of the Black Sea. This cat lived in an open air restaurant. She was very freindly and very hungry. Mike shared his meal with her every time he went to eat. There was another cat there who was very skinny, sick and probably infested with mites.
In July we isited the historic small town of Suzdal, which is about 1000 years old. We took a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir and the a bus from Vladimir to Suzdal. At the bus station in Suzdal we found this little kitten. She was extremley hungry and thirsty. We were able to give it some food (Karen usually carries a bag with her), and some water which she drank from the bottle cap.
We considered rescuing this kitten but as we were 200 miles from home and staying with friends it just would not have worked out.
When we went back to the bus station in the evening she was nowhere in sight.
Here is a photo of an abandoned dog which lived at the bus station.
In August we attended a wedding at an Orthdox Church in Nizhny Novgorod. Orthodox Churches usually have several resident cats. This one was no exception. here are a few photos.
This old guy was sitting on the steps of the church. No matter who entered or how many people were around, he wouldn't move
The yellow and white was another cat that lived at the church. He was younger and more outgoing.
Here are a couple of photos of the church and wedding.
Sunday, July 30, 2006
There are probably as many homeless dogs in Nizhny Novgorod as there are cats. Cats are favored by Russian grandmothers and you will often see bowls of cooked cereal, fish heads food scraps and whatever, left out for cats to eat.
Homeless dogs don't get as much sympathy. They tend to run in packs and are a public nuisance. I saw one pack which would have attacked a small child if the parents hadn't been watching. It is a sad fact also that homeless dogs often hunt, kill and eat homeless cats here.
Despite this we are sympathetic to their plight. Here a a few photos of some dogs we regularly see close to our apartment.
Recently, when we were walking home, we had a small bag of dogfood with us. We came across another dog which runs in this same dog pack. She was really thin and looked as if she were starving. We opened the bag a dogfood and poured it out for her. She walked up to it, sniffed it, turned her nose in the air and walked away! Hopefully some other deserving dog got the meal instead.
This guy is difficult to see. He was on a hillside and sitting on a manhole cover. He was very worried as we photographed him. We couldn't get him to come close.
Both cats seemed clean and may not actually be homeless, but they were certainly underfed.
We came across these two in the bottom photo as we were closer to home. They are probably feral. One would come close for food. The other one did not trust us at all, and would come out from under the car.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
This is Vyera (which is Russian for Faith) relaxing on top of our slippers. She was our first adopted Russian cat. We found her in August 1994 when we first moved to Dzerzhinsk, Russia. We were walking home from church one Sunday and as we walked through the tall grass Mike kicked this tiny little kitten like a soccer ball. We felt horrible when we realized what he had done and we picked the little thing up to make sure that she was OK. All the neighborhood kids who were watching us said, "It doesn't have a home," so we adopted her. Vyera has lived with us for 12 years now. Her primary person in our family was our daughter Erin, but when Erin married her husband Paul, Vyera became completely ours as Paul has severe animal allergies. Vyera moved from Dzerzhinsk, Russia to Massachusetts along with her people in 1996, when we returned to America. In 2004 Vyera moved back to her motherland with Karen and Mike. She now resides with us in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.