I was so hesitant to ask Miss Robyn to participate, I don't know why, she's such a lovely person that I was pretty sure she would say yes but I didn't want to bother her. Now that we all seem to be in a fostering lull here in the US, I thought I'd take a chance and she said yes!! She blogs very regularly at Love-and-Hisses.com. I'm sure you all read her, but if you don't, go check her out.. you won't regret it.
Introduce yourself and where do you hail from? I am Robyn Anderson. I was born in Maine, moved around a lot as a kid (my father was in the Air Force), ended up back in Maine when I was in middle school, and now live in Alabama. I've lived in Alabama for almost 18 years, which is far longer than I've ever lived anywhere. I live on a small farm in the country with my husband, Fred (he's from Alabama, and is the reason I moved here). We have 50+ chickens, two Great Pyrenees dogs, occasionally a couple of pigs, and of course CATS.
What rescue group, shelter or sanctuary do you foster for? Challenger's House, located in Toney, Alabama.
What kinds of animals do you normally foster? Kittens, with the occasional older cat thrown in to make things exciting. We've had bottle babies and pregnant cats. Usually we get kittens when they're 5 weeks or older. They stay with us until they've had their vaccinations and have been spayed and neutered, usually between 3 and 4 months of age.
|Three of Robyn's current six foster kittens|
|Mia and her kittens|
What is most frustrating for you as a foster? The (what seems like) endless rivers of kitten diarrhea, especially when kittens are tiny and inevitably tromp through their diarrhea. I've been known to wail "Don't WALK through it!" helplessly as I shuffle-run toward the offending kitten. Cats being returned to the shelter after being in a home for years is frustrating, too, though I'm also grateful that Challenger's House will always take back cats. I know that sometimes life circumstances make it so that cats have to be returned, but it makes me sad for the cat and hurts my feelings a little.
What is most rewarding? Seeing a well-formed kitten poop in the litter box is like winning the Super Bowl. Getting a scared, shy kitten and watching him or her blossom into a confident, self-assured cat is amazing. Getting updates on my former fosters and seeing happy, pampered cats in homes with people who adore them is the BEST.
|Sugarbutt (winking) and Tommy, the first foster kittens we kept |
(one of Robyn's favorite pictures)
When you are not saving animals what do you like to do? I like to read, watch TV (I'm addicted to those stupid Real Housewives shows), and have recently picked up cross-stitching after a few years away from it. I occasionally sew, though I'm not terribly good at it. I keep saying that I'm going to learn to knit, but haven't done it yet - I'm really good at planning, not so good at following through!
And now the questions from Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Onomatopoeia.
What is your least favorite word? Moist.
What turns you on? A just-vacuumed, just-mopped, just-dusted house.
What turns you off? Kitty litter in my sheets.
What sound or noise do you love? The purr of a deeply contented cat.
What sound or noise do you hate? The "hrk!Hrk!HRK! HRK!" of a cat beginning to barf.
What is your favorite curse word? I have to choose a favorite? It's a tie between fuck and goddamnit. I have a potty mouth.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I want to be a singer! (But I suspect that would require some sort of surgery on my vocal chords, as I cannot sing on-key.)
What profession would you not like to do? I don't think I could handle being a vet.
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gate? They're waiting for you, first room on the left. I hope you brought Da Bird!
|I love this photo, I'm thrilled she sent it over ~Connie|