Friday, May 29, 2009

What Just Happened Here?

Leon and Everett - I mean Evvie - have always snuggled together.

They pounced together..

They happily shared toys together..

Well, most of the time.

And they snuggled some more.

Yesterday, they got the news that they were headed to their new home. Together!!

And what a loving, wonderful family they have. I've already heard from mom that Leon took about 10 minutes to make himself comfortable - even with the miniature schnauzer! Evvie's going to need another minute on that one, but they both love the two kids and rub against their legs as they walk by.

Leon was on mom's lap helping her type. He said, "01111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111". Thank you, Leon. It's good to hear from you.

Bye bye my sweethearts. Be good kids and send me some pictures from your new home. You will always have a place in my heart.

So I guess it'll be quiet around here for a bit. Or wait a minute... Who, pray tell, is THIS?!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hey All You Right-Coast Animal Lovers!

There's a new blog in town!

The Adventures of Space Paws has just set up shop in the Baltimore area. This great outlet for homeless animals was just started by a long-time fan of The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee and more recently, this blog.

Go check it out! All you folks out that way who wish you could adopt from Tacoma can now be tempted by critters much closer to home.

Thanks Lisa and Sonia! You're doing a great thing!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Oh Boy. . I Hope You're Sitting Down

Uh.. er.. well.. Okay, here goes.

When the little Ducharme family arrived at the Humane Society, they were booked in as two boys and a girl, with Everett being the latter. Well, mistakes can happen when things are very busy and kittens are very tiny. No big deal. It's always noticed and corrected before long.

The day I brought them home, Traci was checking that everything was in order, and said, "Wait a minute.. This is a boy! (I think.)" So the paperwork was changed and the three boys came home with me.

During his return visits to the shelter for vaccinations, microchip and general check ups, it became clear that Everett was a mystery kitty. There was no obvious indication of either gender. He was peered at, poked and prodded by a vet, a vet tech and Traci, a vet assistant. There were no external boy parts, but he didn't look quite right for a girl either. We'd just have to wait until he was big enough for surgery and see what they found inside that fuzzy belly.

I saw no reason to bring it to your attention as the thinking leaned toward him probably being a boy whose external parts simply hadn't descended. That also happens sometimes. No sense muddying the waters. (Although Laurie did suggest we call him Mr. E. .)

It was decided that he should weigh a bit more than is typical for surgery, since it wouldn't be a routine procedure. He'd have an incision in his belly like the girls do, and his true identity would be revealed once they had a look at what was inside. And so we waited for the magical number of 2 1/2 pounds.

Well, today was the day. I dropped him off this morning, and the surgery vet tech who hadn't seen him yet took a look for herself. She turned him this way and that, and thought that perhaps there was a tiny "boy part", but she couldn't be sure either. They'd know soon enough and I could pick him up at 4:30.

When 1:00 came I could stand it no longer. I called Traci to see if she'd heard any news. Yep, you guessed it. Everett is a girl! There were all the requisite girl parts inside that sweet little kitten.

The wait for 4:30 was unbearable! I went to get her and she was bouncy, energetic and ready to come home. All went very well, there were no complications.>

And so, without further ado, and with a slightly more glamous name, I give you Miss Evvie Ducharme! (Honestly, it's what I called her when she was a boy, anyway.)

Hey, pretty girl!

Baby Blues

Perfectly round and classically beautiful..

Siamese-y pointy and pointedly exotic.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Because. . It's There

Yes, the summit has been reached.

My dear Everett, when you tell this story (and I know you will), please don't neglect to include the invaluable support and guidance of your sherpa as so many before you have done.

You're very welcome.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

R-e-l-a-a-a-x . . .

The girls, the Ducharmes and I would like to wish you a restful, happy weekend. And please do take a little time to remember the meaning of the holiday.
Be safe. Come back and see us next week!
~Sue and kitties~

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Have I Mentioned That I Love These Boys?

Everett Gets a Lesson in Misbehaving. From the Pros.

The other day, I pulled out the junk drawer to do some purging. This was interpreted by Rosie as an invitation to explore, which in turn piqued the interest of one Everett Ducharme.

But something else has his attention...

" Uh, Rosie? Minnie wants to know if there's enough room for her, too."

Well, not really.

Lesson learned. Laws of space and physics do not apply to a determined kitty.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

How the Wes Was Won

It was around a month ago that I got an email from a previous adopter who brought Miss Patty Cake home just about a year ago. She has a young daughter and the new kitten had been such a success that she was asking if she could refer a friend to me that has a little girl as well - about 5 years old. Knowing what a loving home Patty Cake has, I was happy to meet this new family and see if one of the Ducharmes was right for them.

I sent the mom a photo of my three boys. She responded right away that her daughter (who I'll refer to as P) had hung the picture on her wall, and almost immediately pointed at Wesley saying, "I think I love this one."

I hadn't had the boys for long at this point, so wasn't yet sure which might best for a little girl. But after a little time, it was clear that she'd chosen the perfect kitten. He's sweet, gentle and more likely to venture out on his own than this brothers. He'd do fine being adopted as a single, and would have two grown up kitties in his new home as well.

So I contacted the family to say that I hoped P still loved Wesley, because he would be perfect for them. Mom said, "Oh yes!" In fact, Wesley had already been dubbed "Robin"!

Mom, Dad and Miss P came to meet the boys. She was so excited and I knew it was so hard for her to be calm and quiet with the kittens. The bonus babies were here at the time, so there was a lot of stimulation for an excited little girl. She did great and so did the kittens. After some time, it was decided that Wesley was indeed their boy and they would adopt him once he'd had his surgery.

There was another visit before he was ready to go, and by this time his name had been through several more revisions. But P had finally decided on Milo - her cousin's name! "Are you sure you want to name him after your cousin?" "Yes!" A phone call was made to the original Milo to ask if it was okay, and once permission was granted, the decision was final. Milo it is!

So the day came. Dad and P came to pick up their boy. Milo was in the kitchen sleeping in a spot of sunshine. P gently petted him while her dad and I wrapped up the paperwork. We put his pretty red collar on him, I smooched his warm, beautiful face and off they went!

P paused for a second on the front porch to peek into the crate and whisper quietly, "I love you."

I love you, too.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I've Got Some 'Splainin' to Do

Unfortunately, I've learned that even with keeping the blog as simple as I can, there are still some bugs that defy extermination.

I've been told that not everyone who would like to is able to leave a comment. (Sorry, Andrea.) I wish I knew how to remedy that. I just love reading the nice things you have to say. The blog settings tell me that anyone can leave a comment, so I haven't a clue. I do know that sometimes if you "try again" you'll have success, so please give it another shot if your comment isn't posted the first time.

I have also set the comments so that I need to approve them before they're posted. This is an extra step I'd like to eliminate, but the feature that would allow me to delete a comment once it's posted isn't available to me for some reason. I can't imagine I'd have much need for it, but you never know. And I don't want spam-type things popping up, either.

And finally, I've had an instance when I approved a very sweet comment, but it never appeared on the post. (Sorry, Mari.) I don't know what happened there, either. It was just the one time, so I hope it was a fluke.

So thank you all for continuing to check in. It seems these bugs aren't going away any time soon, so I appreciate your understanding.

Now it seems Rosemary has some 'splainin' to do, too...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Bare Naked Belly!

At first she pretended to be shy. (I know better.)

Then it was coy. (Oh please. You're not fooling anyone.)

Then the giggles started. (That's my girl.) And...

FLASH! What a pretty nekkid belly!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bonus Babies!

Oh yes. It's been a kitten extravaganza around here!

My friend Lois was fostering a litter of five who were not quite ready for surgery when she was leaving for vacation. She could have returned them to the Humane Society where they would have been just fine, but preferred that they be in a home. Would I take them for a bit? Yes, I would.

They arrived about a week ago much to the delight of the Ducharmes. The newbies were a bit apprehensive at first, but it didn't take long for them to decide that having three more brothers was actually a blast! They've been tearing around here like the hilarious thundering herd that they are.

These two puff balls are the only ones remaining of Lois' brood. Three have gone on to their new homes and the little buff boy and his sister with the fabulous white eyeliner are being adopted together on Tuesday. It's a wonderful thing.

Things are getting quieter now... We've had a glorious time and are very happy to have met them. Bye-bye little bonus babies! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


The Ducharmes, their surrogate mamas and I wish you peace and the company of those you love on Mothers' Day and every day.