Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Game Night with the Girls

My sisters recently came over for a rousing round of Racko!  (Fun game.  You should try it.)

Mookie enjoys the company, but isn't much for playing games. She'd rather spend the evening dozing in a warm and comfy spot.

I may be a little slow on the uptake, but I think I'm catching on as to why Jean always wears a hoody when she visits.  She's a cheater.

But I won the game.  ;-)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Alice Found Her Pot of Gold

Alice's story has been quite a while in the making. It wasn't easy holding back on you for as long as I did, but I had to. And here's why.

Katie and Dave had been looking for a kitten to adopt for their daughter, Lihla. As we know it's the slow season for baby cats but they'd had a few leads, only to be disappointed when they fell through. It was a little discouraging, but they soldiered on. Enter Alice...

Katie found my blog and sent a very sweet message asking whether they might meet Miss Pugsley. They live about 45 minutes from Tacoma, so we agreed to meet on a Saturday. They arrived at the shelter with their two little girls - Lihla and her sister, Bella.

I took an instant liking to them all. Mom and Dad spoke softly to the girls about handling the kitten, and they were both very gentle and careful to pet Alice and hold her "just so".  It was a pleasure to just sit back and watch.

And so Lihla met Alice.

...and fell in love.

It couldn't have happened on a better day.  This was Lihla's 5th birthday!

The decision was made that Alice was definitely her kitten, but unfortunately she still had several ounces to gain before she would be ready to go home.  I knew Lihla was a little disappointed, but we gave her lots of time to cuddle her kitten.  

I asked whether she would be keeping the name Alice or if she thought she might name her something else.  Either one would be just fine.  She didn't miss a beat and softly told me that her new kitten's name would be Rainbow Alice.  Oh, sigh...  Rainbow Alice.  Best name ever.

It was decided that since they would likely have to wait another two weeks, they would come back the next weekend to visit her again.

And so they did.

Rainbow Alice was a very slow-growing girl, and it was becoming clear that they wait might be longer than we'd hoped.  Lihla was just so sweet.  Never a complaint; never a tear. 

We set up an area upstairs at the shelter where they could spend as much time as they liked with their kitten without using one of the visitation rooms.  They'd driven so far, and the wait was getting longer.  I wanted to accomodate them the best I could.

Rainbow Alice grew so s-l-o-w-l-y.  By this time her brother had been adopted two weeks before and she still had a few ounces to go.

So we arranged for visit number three.

Isn't Lihla precious?  So patient, so loving. 

The silver lining to these extended visits was that Rainbow Alice came to know her new mama and was quite comfortable with her.  By now Lihla was able to sit on the floor with her outstretched hands and say, "Come here, Rainbow Alice!", and she did!  I don't mind telling you, that brought a happy tear to my eye.

Finally, Rainbow Alice was scheduled for her spay surgery and the family made plans to once again make the 45-minute drive to Tacoma to pick her up the following weekend.  We were all so excited to finally see the pot of gold!  This time when they left, Lihla had the faintest hint of a tear in her eye, but the smile on her face never waned.  The next time she saw Rainbow Alice she'd be taking her home!

And so the day finally came.

At long, long last.

So is the story of Rainbow Alice and her Lihla.  I so wanted to tell you long before it was over, but as you can see I had to keep a secret.  It's better to have told it all at once.

Mom contacted me right away:

We are home safe and sound with Miss Rainbow Alice.  We put her carrier in Lihla's "fort", the space between the sofa and recliner with pillows and blankets where Lihla likes to go when she wants to be quiet. 

Rainbow Alice explored for a few minutes and then went back in for a nap.  Lihla and Rainbow Alice are watching Disney's Tangled (the fort is the best seat in the house for movies), and Lihla is eating some macaroni and peas :).

Thank you again for choosing us to care for this special little lady.  It is such a privilege to have her as part of our family and "kitty soul mate". I will keep in touch and make sure to send plenty of pictures as Rainbow Alice grows!!

And again a little later:

Rainbow Alice is doing fantastic!!  She sleeps with us every night and is finding quite a pal in Dave. She will make the rounds purring and rubbing everyone once lights are out as if tucking everyone in before finding her spot at the foot of our bed. 
Rainbow Alice is eating well, playful, and getting use to Bella's spontaneous excited outbursts.  She is definitely the light of our lives!

That's it for now.  It's a good one, huh?  This adoption tale made me very, very happy.  I know I'll be hearing more from Rainbow Alice's family, and when I do you will too!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

They're Brothers From Different Mothers!

I know, I know.  I'm way overdue with Arlo's adoption story.  But actually, I'm glad I waited because I just got the best photo to wrap it up!  You'll agree.  Trust me.

You remember sweet Eugene.  He was adopted a little while ago by the family of a nice young woman who'd been waiting much too long for a kitten of her own.  You can brush up on the story here.

When her mom first contacted me about a kitten, she'd been referred by my friend Kim and wasn't sure who might be available.  I told her that little Eugene would be available very soon, but she wasn't at all sure that her daughter would be interested in a black kitten.  But there was no harm in meeting him at if nothing else, eliminating him as a possibility.  True that. 

They soon met and seemed to love each other right away, but mom encouraged her daughter to come back to the HS when she had more time to look at other kittens - just to be sure.

Mom later wrote:

She visited the Humane Society but I think her heart is with Eugene/Theo. I think they picked each other. She's counting the days until he comes home.


But...  mom had also seen photos of those Pugsley babies and couldn't help but comment that their markings were so much like their Bernese Mountain Dog, Mattie.  They were only interested in adopting one kitten, but could I bring them along to the meet and greet so she could see them?  Puh-leez?  "Okay", says I.  "I don't normally introduce the kittens to adopters at such a young age, but since you're so nice I'll provide a little show and tell."

I think you know where this is going.  After our visit, it seems they suddenly wanted to adopt two.

"I must say I truly adore them both. Since I am technically calling this my husband's cat (and by default, our son) would it be possible to see them both again when we pick up Eugene/Theo? We cannot take 3 cats but do think that two of them will be happier together."


Alice was still so tiny, so Arlo was the chosen one.  His new boy was so kind and gentle with him and wasted no time dubbing him Lionel.  This is an animal loving family.
So Eugene/Theo and Arlo/Lionel are happy little brothers with an extra large big sister pup.  I've waited until all was said and done before making the announcement, so I hope you forgive the delay. 

I think these might help.

"I should have had my camera when she was snuggling. She was tucked in bed with Theo tucked in around her neck, she smiling with her eyes closed and Theo purring contentedly.

I think we should have named him Motown (cause his motor is always running and well, the color of his fur). I grew up in Michigan and love Motown....but Theo is a purrfect name and her girlfriends love him too!" 

"Lionel is doing very well. He initially did NOT like Mattie - Lionel swatted her when she sniffed him or when she simply looked at him. Apparently today my daughter got both kitties to sit on top of Mattie." 

"Lionel and Theo are now playing and sleeping together. Theo looks a bit like punk cat and tends to get the upper paw on sweet Lionel.

Lionel is funny - he growls like a dog and still lets us hold him like a baby. He also likes to lick which is funny and annoying (at 5:30 am). We adore them both."

And they will all live happily ever after.  There's not a doubt in my mind.