Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
How perfect is this? Less than a week before Halloween, and look, LOOK, who shows up on our doorstep.
One absolutely adorable orange girl kitten and one absolutely adorable black boy kitten!
And who are these Halloween treats?
They are Marigold and Poe Starling. Marigold is on the left, and Poe is on the right.
BUT WAIT! It gets even better!
WHAT? How can it get any better that this, you ask? Are there more of them?
No, it's just the pair of them. But there is more of them, sort of...
BECAUSE THEY BOTH HAVE EXTRA TOES!! Each paw, both front and back, sport an extra toe, making a total of 22 toes on each kitten.
Nice mittens, kittens!
This is exciting, friends. Halloween kittens WITH EXTRA TOES!
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Shortly after we found a home for Cleo and Posey, I put up a post on my personal Facebook page letting my friends know that Enzo still needed to find his people. He needed a special family --- patient people that would understand that he might be a little shy and scared at first, and need some help getting acclimated.
Enzo's soulful eyes had caught Christy's attention , and she had been crushin' on this kitten ever since his arrival. The post was the nudge she needed, and seconds after I shared it, Christy commented, "I want him". And seconds after that, "I'm serious."
It was Christy's birthday on this day, and Enzo would be the sweetest little gift from the Universe.
Christy is a dear friend, and if you've met her, you know how loving, warm, and wonderful she is. Her heart is huge for animals. She's the force behind Liberté du Monde Gourmet, and each year during our FUNdraiser, she donates a portion of her sales. She's good, good people, and knowing our precious Enzo would be a part of her family, which includes her kind partner, Jensen, his lovely daughter, and a senior French Bulldog, made me awfully happy. I knew without a doubt that this family will provide this kitten with exactly what he needed -- patience and love.
Christy was out of town at the time and was scheduled to return on Oct 18th, which meant that Enzo would be staying a little longer than his sisters. This extra time was great for all of us -- he got a little braver and was able to show his sweet self a little more, and we got to understand him better, and enjoy this time with him. We all bonded tightly, especially Wylla, who LOVED having this little guy to chum around with. Charlene enjoyed the boy, too, and they shared many good naps together. She even let him takeover her favorite bed upstairs.
His goodbye was a little harder than others -- he had our hearts. But like I've said a squillion times before, including yesterday in his sisters' adoption tale, what makes saying goodbye bearable is knowing our kittens always land where they should, and where they will be loved.
And because Christy is a dear friend, there will be opportunities to see our dear Friend-zo again, which also helps.
I couldn't possibly be any happier for this kitten and my friend, too. We wish you a long, happy lifetime together!
Monday, October 24, 2016
As I sat down to write today's departure tale, I was thinking about how much everyone will miss this litter. They're such a special batch, and I know they tugged on the heartstrings of many.
And then it dawned on me, I had these very same thoughts with ever single litter we've hosted. Every single litter.
I remind Charlene and Wylla at least once a day of how special they are.
"Out of all the cats in the world, how is that we are so lucky to have YOU as our cats. What are the odds of us having two such special cats in our life?"
Sometimes Craig will offer a response to my question.
"Because all cats are special," he says.
It's true, they are. And this steady parade of kittens that runs through our house sure proves this theory. It's not a matter of whether they're special or not, but in what way they are special.
With the Framboise Family, I suppose the little tongue thing is what makes them stand out. But also, their journey from scaredy-kittens to trusting cats. I'm proud of this batch and so happy they were able to let go of their fears and become the sweet, loving things they are today.
We only had them for a month, but in that short time they became big, healthy, social, and ready to move on.
And so they did.
Dan and Erin are longtime followers of the blog, since 2008, I think, and recently moved into our area. After spending a little time setting up their home and getting settled into their new town, they decided they were ready to bring a pair of sweet, fuzzy babies into their lives, so they sent me an email and introduced themselves. They sounded like wonderful people, so we were very excited to be setting a meet and greet with them once quarantine was up.
They wanted to adopt all three Framboises, but their apartment complex only allows two pets per unit, so they had to settle on just two. Posey and Cleo caught their eyes initially, and once they met them in person, it was confirmed that these two would be their kittens.
The Framboises were scheduled for surgery the following week, which gave Dan and Erin some time to do some shopping and pick up every single thing a kitten could possibly ever need. Yes, they had plans to spoil these girls.
Bellies were shaved, parts were snipped, kittens mended, and it was time to say goodbye.
It was sad to do so, but like all other adoptions, knowing the girls were going to a wonderful home where they would be loved, made it all bearable.
I've gotten several emails from Dan and Erin, and the girls are doing great! Here's a bit from the latest update:
The girls are doing exceptionally well, and have acclimated far more quickly than we'd anticipated. They've really opened up since yesterday, and we're just tickled to see it all unfold, especially watching their kitten personalities compliment one another in the cutest ways. They're just deadly cute. We've seen the gamut of awesome kitten behavior, from full-tilt zoomies to lots of snuggling with plenty of purring and kneading happy feet. Even though they have a zillion toys the sparkle balls are still their favorites.
They've been eating and drinking well, and adapted to the new litterbox situation quickly (with only one minor mishap, which of course happens). Our only "sad" moment so far was watching the girls notice their reflections in our glossy entertainment center, and meow at themselves, perhaps thinking of Enzo. Hopefully that's just our own projection -- and my goodness is Enzo a cutie, speaking of which. We'd have so happily brought him along if we weren't living under a 2-pet restriction. So glad that he has a great home too.
There have only been two tiny tongue-out moments so far, and I wasn't fortunate enough to capture them, but they'll always be the Framboises to us even if the habit (predictably) passes.
We wish you all the best, Dan and Erin. We're so thrilled you adopted Posey and Cleo -- I know they're going to bring you a tremendous amount of happiness. Have fun spoiling your special kittens!
Friday, October 21, 2016
I had planned to share an adoption tale this morning, but I thought I would save those for Monday, and instead share with you one giant all-blep post.
Here they are -- every blep ever blepped by our precious Framboise Family.
Well, every blep I managed to capture with a camera, that is. There were many, many undocumented bleps.
And if you think there's someone who might need a little lift today, please share this post with them!
Have a great weekend! We'll see you Monday!