4 furry paws melted my heart
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Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:59 AM
My maternal grandmother gave my sister a cat (young cat , but not a kitten) for Christmas in 1985 ; a pretty yellow-orange tabby .
By Spring 1986 , "Delilah" was looking a bit bigger in the belly (!!) , and on 12th April 1986 (four days before my 16th birthday) she gave birth to four little bundles starting at around 0700 HRS .
I was never much of an animal person until around that time . My family did have two Dauchunds when I was young ("Burgie" and "Pepper") . My parents got them in '68 ; they didn't think they were going to be able to have children and needed some companionship .
After Burgie passed away in 1980 , I was greatly saddened . I briefly considered adopting another dog , but never really followed through .
My outlook on animals changed forever when my sister got Delilah .
With the exception of a few brief intervals , I have never been without at *least* one feline in my life !
My two present "kids" are both shelter rescues :
Molly (full name : Molly Anne McCalico) is my first rescue . She'll be eleven years on 18th May ; I adopted her when she was six months . She's the most colourful Calico I've seen to date ; borderline Tortiseshell , as she's got very little white .
Her best patches are : an Africa-shaped black patch on her left side (a nod to her descendants , the African Wildcat ) , and the face of a bearded man right behind the Africa patch .
Her most easily recognise sound is her "Jake Brake" growl when ...
Oliver , my American Shorthair , tries to play with her . Oliver is shelter rescue number two . He'll be ten years this 4th of June ; I adopted him (actually , my mother picked him out ) when he was 8 months .
American Shorthairs (not to be confused with their Brighton relatives , the British Shorthair) are a stocky , solidly-built cat . Most of their features are shared with Brits ; the puffy muzzle ; the big round eyes ; the thick , tapered tail ; the canine temperment (they absolutely must be in the presence of someone , but conversely , aren't dependent upon anyone) ; and their overall stature . But , unlike their U.K. relatives , they're athletic !
American Shorthairs are typically referred to as "Ship's Cats" .
MNWildPunk : It please me greatly that you have recognised the wonderment of feline companionship ! These guys are like little angels !
One of the best things about kitties is that they're "self-contained" : they don't have to be exercised ; they don't have to be bathed ; and they don't have to solely rely on anyone for food sources (in es , if they are turned back into the wild , they'll adapt quicky , as they're still "feral" , regardless of their domestic stature) .
May your kitties bring you many years of absolute bliss and unwavering companionship
Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:41 PM
They are so cute, and you can tell they absolutely hate each other!
I thought I should show ya the other kitty too. Black & white kitty is my skipper and the other is scout.
Posted 26 January 2013 - 02:55 PM
I have a number of 'helper' cats!!! Thanks for caring for these guys!!!
Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:55 AM
2 dogs and a cat for me,, people could learn alot from aniamls, there always there for ya, no matter how bad a day ya had,,,,