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Colorado on the Web: Boots the cat captures hearts of animal lovers

By Dalton Walker, dalton.walker@gazette.om - Updated: June 5, 2014 at 10:03 am 0

Go, Boots, go.

A nine-second YouTube video of Boots the cat darting down a set of stairs has captured the hearts of animal lovers in Colorado and across the nation. Boots isn't your everyday cat. She's a double amputee orphan living in Colorado. The video shows Boots speeding down each step on her front paws with the back of her body in the air. The video was posted May 29 and had more than 290,000 views as of Wednesday night.

Boots was only 2 weeks old when she and a sibling were dumped in a night box at Life is Better Rescue in Denver, according to an article on the animal shelter's website. Boots was found with back limbs amputated, which wasn't a result of a birth disorder or happened naturally.

"Our best guess was that she was either closed in a garage or perhaps caught in a recliner as it came upright - not intentional - but certainly being dropped in the night box . was not a humane solution either," the article reads.

Boots was fitted with blue prosthetics, known as "house slippers" by those that care for her. Boots lives with Megan Brocato, who posted the YouTube video. In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, Brocato said she started caring for Boots when the cat was around 5 weeks old and Boots received her slippers when she was 6 months old.

"It was tough as she relearned how to walk," Brocato said.

"But as you can see from our video, she has no problem now. Now that she is finished growing, she will need surgery to correct and smooth out the bone from her injuries."

Best of luck in your recovery, Boots. We hope to see more videos of you soon.

To read more about Boots, how to donate to a Boots for Boots campaign and to watch the YouTube video of her darting down the set of stairs, visit my blog at blogs.gazette.com/ontheweb.

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Here's what else is happening on Colorado on the Web.

Make sure you know how much to consume if you ever try marijuana edibles. Why? Just ask Maureen Dowd.

A New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Dowd visited Colorado recently to write about recreational marijuana and to apparently try a weed edible. Her column, which details her edible high, has been picked up by numerous news and blog outlets, some making fun of her. Popular websites like Huffington Post and Gawker have mentioned the column, which was published online Tuesday. The column is titled: "Don't Harsh Our Mellow, Dude."

Here are a few headlines that caught Colorado on the Web's attention.

"Maureen Dowd Tries Edible Marijuana And Has A Really, Really Bad Trip" - Huffington Post

"New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd is Very Bad at Getting High" - Gawker

"Maureen Dowd on pot candy bar: 'I became convinced that I had died'" - USA Today

Dowd wrote that she tried a caramel-chocolate candy bar edible.

After not feeling a thing, she kept eating it. This is where the column gets interesting.

"What could go wrong with a bite or two? Everything, as it turned out," the column reads. "Not at first. For an hour, I felt nothing.

"But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn't move to get water. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn't answer, he'd call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy."

The next day, Dowd shared her weed experience with an edible professional in an interview and was told that "novices" are supposed to cut the bar into 16 pieces.

". but that recommendation hadn't been on the label," she wrote.

When in doubt, check the Internet, I say.

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Have a Colorado on the Web idea? Send me an email to dalton.walker@gazette.com or tweet @GazetteDalton

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