Friday Guest Cat Blogging

Thanks to Ninabi for today’s guest cat of honor:

Hi Chris-
I wanted to share a picture of Chief- I was wondering if he could be a guest cat on your blog.

A friendly tabby cat appeared at the doorstep of my husband’s aunt and uncle years ago. Every day, he showed up for petting, ear scratches, laps. He didn’t appear thin so they never gave him food figuring he had an owner, but they did give him lots and lots of love and attention.

They were finally able to identity of the cat’s owners, indifferent people who let the cat fend for himself outdoors in mountain lion and coyote territory.
To their surprise, found out that for years, Chief had walked two miles one way- to eat out of his bowl of dry food- then hike back, even through deep snow, to be with the people he loved.

When he was found to be suffering from a serious sinus infection, our relatives begged the owners to give Chief to them so they could get him medical attention and they finally agreed.

Chief lived a life of luxury these past 2 1/2 years, in a warm house close to the people he chose. He was old and his days of long walks were behind him.

Walking two miles every day for love over food says something about this cat.

A massive tumor was found yesterday and they are going to ease his pain today.

I still can’t believe this incredible cat made a long trip every day, for love.

Montana and Vermont Attempting to Establish Universal Healthcare Program

From ThinkProgress:

As ThinkProgress previously reported, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) made history earlier this year when he signed into law legislation that would make his state the first state to lay the groundwork for a single payer health care system. In order to enact this system, the state needs a waiver from the federal health care law, which it will be able to obtain in 2017. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has introduced legislation to move the waiver date up to 2014, an idea President Obama has endorsed.

Now, another governor is looking to take advantage of flexibility in Obama’s health care law in order to establish a single payer system. Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) announced yesterday that he will be seeking a waiver to set up his own universal health care system in his state modeled after the single payer Canadian health care system that began in the province of Saskatchewan:

(via Poor Mojo)