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Odin is an amazingly special cat. Named for the one-eyed God, Odin has a journey of a story which I feel compelled to share with those of you who are interested to listen.
Odin had a hard life at the beginning, born to an abusive, neglectful family, he was an outside cat who got more than his share of beatings from both animals and people nearby. Scars are apparent on his ears, and especially his nose, of past battles. However, Odin wasn't brought into the shelter until his eye was shot out with a pellet gun, possibly by his previous owner or a neighborhood kid.
The shelter removed the pellet successfully, but unfortunately his eye was lost. Our shelter tried their very best to fix him up, however, his stitching hadn't healed correctly. Also, they had left in his right tooth, which was fractured from impact, to abscess.
I saw images of Odin (called "Winky" by the shelter) on their website in March of 2008, and something about him pulled me. I begged my husband, who at the time didn't want another cat, to at least let me go and take a look at him. He was about a year old at the time and still had the stitches in his eye when he was brought out to us. The woman handed him to my husband and he laid his head against my husband's chest.
Call it love at first sight, the next day we were taking him home. He was clearly hanging on. A strong cat, he pulled through another surgery to remove the abscessed tooth and we discovered through the vet that his blood work returned with his blood sugar through the roof, meaning that not only was he suffering from his ordeal, he was diabetic.
My husband worried for ages that he wouldn't make it, but I kept hoping, kept praying. I applied medicine to his eye to help it heal and kept a close watch on the spot where his tooth was.
Now nearly a year later, he's gained to a healthy weight, his eye has healed marvelously, and his blood sugar is still maintained through insulin shots. He's well behaved, never once fighting me while giving him shots. He sleeps on my legs at night, and purrs nearly every time I touch him. I believe that love, more than anything, kept us going, and has allowed him to be this part of my life.
Even after everything he's been through, he's still beautiful in my eyes. Some may cringe, but I look at him and see an angel.
Edit 5.10.2009: Thank you all so very much for all the sweet and heartwarming comments! I can't possibly reply to all of them, but I greatly appreciate everything said, and I have taken time to read every single one. Odin thanks you too, I'm sure. You've all been so sweet and accepting; and I feel I just can not express my gratitude in words!
Edit 11.19.2011 - Good News! After a trip to the vet today to check his glucose, they've told me that they suspect Odin is in remission from his diabetes! All your sweet thoughts and comments have been amazing, and I greatly appreciate everything. I will update again once they have completed the tests and he is officially deemed in remission!
Edit 1.5.2012 - A Daily Deviation! Oh thank you, thanks to all of you! I'm so surprised! Odin and I appreciate every single comment and favorite (and we read them all). Thank you again, everyone, for sharing his story! I am so touched by you guys.
Edit 1.24.2012 - No more diabetes, it seems, for Odin!!!! We're all certainly thrilled! Also, by request, I have made Odin a facebook fan page. www.facebook.com/pages/Odin/37… Come give him a like and share stories and fanart! Also see new pictures posted here!
Edit 3.7.2015 - Odin is taking donations via a gofundme for the shelter who took him in and brought us together to help promote the importance of adopting shelter pets! Please take a moment to help us give back and show them the difference they make! www.gofundme.com/d48udw
---Sade Soldier of Love--- "You've lost the will of your heart But your still alive Still looking for the life The endless pool on the other side It's a wild wild west Your doing your best" -------- :thumb166420041::thumb183039958:
"In Greek mythology, Chronos (Ancient Greek: Χρόνος) in pre-Socratic philosophical works is said to be the personification of time. His name in Greek means "time" (and can also mean "year" in Modern Greek) and is alternatively spelled Chronus (Latin spelling) or Khronos. Chronos was imagined as an incorporeal god, serpentine in form, with three heads—those of a man, a bull, and a lion. He and his consort, serpentine Ananke (Inevitability), circled the primal world egg in their coils and split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea and sky. He is not to be confused with the Titan Cronus. He was depicted in Greco-Roman mosaics as a man turning the Zodiac Wheel. Often the figure is named Aeon (Eternal Time), a common alternative name for the god. Chronos is usually portrayed through an old, wise man with a long, gray beard, such as "Father Time". He is also depicted with wings, as "time flies". Some of the current English words whose etymological root is khronos/chronos include chronology, chronometer, chronic, anachronism, and chronicle." [link]
Update: OMG another DD!!! Thank you so much *AssassinM for recommending it and to ^hellfirediva for featuring it! So freaking AWESOME!!!
And THANK YOU in advance for all the 's and comments! I promise to answer all comments as soon as possible... However I may not be able to thank everyone for the thousands of I'm now receiving... hope you understand
Update #2: For those of you who are interested in knowing how I did this... please read the tutorial that I created (just click on the thumbnail image):
Update #3: Background images have been created for all to download... Enjoy!
New series "Bubble Drops"
This particular image is my favorite from the series... but I have more to upload soon... many, many more
This is NOT Photoshopped, the color is from different cloth in the background, and colored water.
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OK. Thanks to all for the comments and the favs, it's nice read that things (:
Now, I update the version to the 2014 version wich includes 31 popular websites/cms and browser's icons in PNG format.
The icons that are included in this set are: Blip.fm, Blogger, Del icio us, Digg, Facebook, Firefox, Flickr, Foursquare (new), Gmail, Google, Hi5, Instagram (new), Lastfm, Linkedin, LiveJournal, Meneame, Myspace, Netvibes, Picasa, Pinterest (new), Reddit, RSS, Skype, StumbleUpon, Technorati, Tumblr (new), Twitter new version (new), Twitter old version, Vimeo, Wordpress and Youtube.
The icons are available in the size: 24x24, 32x32, 48x48 and 64x64
The use of this set is totally free with Creative Commons licence.
I think do a third part and if you have an idea of more sites for this style I can add it to the list.
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