The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 3, 1997 · Page 7
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THE SALINA JOURNAL PETS SATURDAY, MAY 3, 1997 A7 T CARING CAT Mello Jello's ministry Friendly feline cheers up patients at California hospice agency By MARY BAKER Scrip/is Howard News Service MONTEREY, Calif. — Sister Judy Seefeld leans down, tucks the curves of her thumbs underneath the cat's armpits and gently hoists it up to shoulder height. The soft-spoken Catholic nun then begins to refine the somewhat precarious art of nuzzling cheek-to-cheek with yet another self-sufficient member of the feline family. A couple of carefully placed chin-scratches and the cat's green eyes close contentedly. Judy, 58, follows suit. They call her Mello Jello, this cuddly collection of pastel calico and Persian. There's some other mix in there, too, but Judy and the cat's veterinarian have yet to figure out what it is. Part godsend perhaps. Every week Judy, a third-grade teacher, and her always-willing accomplice take a traveling serenity show on the road. Curtain call is about 6:30 p.m. at Hospice House in Monterey, Calif. And you never saw such a two-hour span of heavenly joy. The patients cry. They smile. They remember. They get Jello to stay — sometimes 25 minutes at a stretch. They pet her, allergies be damned. Even the disbelievers begin to believe. "Sometimes, they'll say, 'Well, I'm a dog man myself, but I guess it would be OK (to put Jello on the bed),' " Judy says, pushing her chin down near her chest and making her voice deeper for effect. "Then Jello just T NEW TOY Scripps Howard News Service This pastel calico and Persian mix spends about two hours weekly cuddling with patients at Hospice House in Monterey, Calif. falls down and soaks it all up. She warms up to almost everybody. It's a ministry for her." Come June, it will be going on a year now that this one-time outcast has been snuggling with the most grateful of souls. "I have been right in my thinking that there is a great need for this," Judy says. She remembers visiting MaryAnn Tringali, a 17-year-old high school senior, who died in March of a brain tumor. When Judy and Jello came by in February, Tringali's vision had deteriorated. "She (MaryAnn) would say, 'What color is she? How big is she?' " Judy recalls. "I would say, 'She's looking right at you,' and MaryAnn would be smiling. It's so heartwarming. That's all I can say." There's never been any fussin' from Jello either. This particular cat, it seems, was meant for precisely this sort of mission. Properly bedecked in her work clothes — a blue tag reading: "Jello, Hospice Volunteer" and a red collar with hearts — Jello jumps in the car about 6:15 each Monday evening, puts her back paws on the seat, her front paws on the dash and settles in. "When we turn on the road going into the Hospice, her eyes get bigger," Judy says. "It's like she really knows where she's going." The pair met in 1989 at the local SPCA. Jello had been deliberately left behind in an apartment when the tenants moved. Judy had just put her ailing cat to sleep. Jello was curled up in the back of her cage and didn't even hear Judy open the lock. "I pulled her out and picked her up and she just stayed (in my arms)," Judy says, smiling. "I said, 'This is it. This is the kind of cat I want.' " Actually, there are two others who share the Monterey apartment with Judy and Jello. Puddin' Pie and Zach, in fact, are the reason Judy now has a double bed instead of the twin she used to sleep on. The trio pretty much runs the house. Judy, she just pays the rent and fills the food bowls. It's only fair, what with all they give back to her, she says. Especially Jello. Virtual pets ready to invade U.S. Cyperdogs return to home planet if owners don't treat them right By JULIE HINDS San Francisco Examiner Scripps Howard News Service Nora Agbayanl, an employee at FAO Schwarz, displays a collection of Tamagotchis, the latest toy rage from Japan. The small electronic devices beep when they need to be "fed" or "changed." They're supposed to teach children about caretaklng. T MISSOURI WILDLIFE REFUGE SAN FRANCISCO — Watch out, Beanie Babies. Don't laugh, Tickle Me Elmo. A new toy — "the virtual pet" — could turn you into yesterday's playthings. The concept already is a sensation in Japan, where 4 million egg- shaped, mini video games on a chain have been sold in four months. Now Tamagotchi, loosely translated as "lovable egg," is coming to America and sales predictions are sunny side up. On Thursday, Tamagotchi got a splashy debut in San Francisco. The store FAO Schwarz rolled out a red carpet for the first shipment, which is supposed to be delivered by an armored car. If it lives up to the hype, the gadget, which will retail for between $15 and $20, could make the Tickle Me Elmo phenomenon look like kid's stuff. "Apparently, it's going to be the pet rock of the '90s," says Abigail Rosenfeld, human resources and operations manager of San Francisco's FAO Schwarz. "All morning for the last week and a half, every call has been about Tam- agotchi. The buzz has started." Why is Tamagotchi so hot? Maybe because it's the next best thing to having a real pet — or child. The game begins when a tiny egg is hatched on a miniature video screen. Just like any infant, the new creature needs to be fed, played with, disciplined and (when ill) given medicine at regular intervals. It even requires the electronic equivalent of a diaper change, which can be done with the push of a button. Tamagotchi can grow to be happy and cute or rude and bloated, depending on how you care for it. "If you give it too much candy and not enough exercise, you can get a fat, lazy Tamagotchi," says Gene Morra, vice president of marketing and sales for Bandai America Inc., a division of the Japanese company behind Tamagotchi. "It teaches responsibility." Real pet lovers, however, doubt that virtual pets are anything more than a video game with a gimmick. "If you get bored with something like this, you can turn it off," says Lisa.Hockins, an adoption counselor at Pets Unlimited, a nonprofit veterinary hospital and shelter on Fillmore Street. "It's not that easy with a real pet. And when you live with an animal companion, you form a real bond. It's not like that with a toy." Another difference between real and virtual pets is what eventually happens to them. In the Japanese version of Tamagotchi, a neglected pet could actually die. That was a little too realistic for the American version, which will merely have the creature return to its home planet in cyberspace. Give her Heritage Lace! S he'll cherish the gift of lace for years to come. Choose Alpine Table Lace in several patterns and sizes. For a gift that will bring a glow to her face, try lace — Heritage Lace. FOREVER OAK ' HanJcrafUd Oak Furniture & Accent! Elmore Center 619 E. Crawford 1-800-864-4429 M/F10-6 823-9729 Sat. 104 Oasis encourages fowl play Urban sprawl rings chemical company's habitat far wildlife By CONNIE FARROW TheAssociated Press CHESTERFIELD, • Mo. — A chemical and drug maker may seem an unlikely place for a wildlife habitat. But outside Mon- sainto Co.'s Life Sciences Research Center, white-tailed deer and mink play. The biotechnology research center, located in this western St. Louis suburb on 210 wooded acres overlooking the Missouri River flood plain, is an oasis amid suburban sprawl. The view from the bluffs reveals a huge shopping mall to the west and new housing developments with manicured lawns and freshly planted shrubs. Monsanto employees have taken it upon themselves to preserve the forest as a pristine playground fpr birds and animals. "Most people look at land as something to shape into what they want," said Simon Davies, a restoration specialist who helps with the project. "We're working tp return it to what it was." The project began four years ago with employees Anna Stevens and Mary Smidt. Both are research investigators for Searle, Monsanto's pharmaceutical division. Stevens, who was active in a recycling program, learned about an in-house grant for projects that would support Monsanto's pledge "to manage all corporate real estate to benefit nature." Employees monitor bluebirds She and Smidt teamed up to write a proposal to monitor bluebirds — Missouri's state bird — and to create a native prairie. With a $4,200 grant in hand, they formed a land stewardship team of about a half-dozen employees. More than 125 "closet environmentalists," as Smidt calls them, have since gotten involved, volunteering on their lunch hours and after work. "We all count ourselves very fortunate to have this neat setting and have worked hard to improve it," Stevens said. That included tilling two acres and hand-planting grass seed to create their first prairie. The site now is covered by Indian grass and Big Blue Stem reaching 8 feet tall — certainly high enough to hide buffalo, as the original prairie grasses did. Employees later used Monsanto's prized Roundup herbicide and controlled burning to convert another eight acres into prairie. They installed 13 bluebird boxes along a hiking trail'and organized volunteers to monitor them weekly. The state's bluebird population has declined partly because the birds like to nest in cavities such as in dead trees, which are cut down in the suburbs, Smidt said. The bluebird project has had limited success. Employees have recorded three fledges, meaning baby birds were successfully hatched and flew the coop. Today, the property has about 20 nesting boxes for wood ducks, screech owls and purple martins. But more than 125 species of birds have been spotted and catalogued. Workers have added a butterfly garden, a flowering meadow and a wood duck pond. Happy Saturday Good news! The Security Savings Bank Ohio Office lobby hours have been extended to include Saturday from 9 a.m to noon! ^L Security Savings Bank JlP^ 317 S. Santa Fe • 1R30 S. Ohio, Salina, KS 825-8241 ^^ With offices in Salina, Garden City, Olathe, and Wichita EOUUWUIWt LENDER sjnewsdsaljoumal.com *< Sttlina Journal The best burger in town just got bigger. ^tor •••^ ^mim^^^ -^^ — ^— aS gOod after. . . Double Features Double Hittevs Double Bogies >-|-»| Double Dates Doubles Tennis I hp Double Weddings Double Hernias COZY INN , imported teas & candies. r _,-. Foods ? 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