Saturday, February 9, 2008

Watch Her Grow Before Your Very Eyes !

charlene (left) and her brother (right)
No,,, we didn't get kittens. I am sorry to mislead you with the photo. You may not recognize her, but that cute girl on the right is itty bitty Charlene Butterbean! That's her brother on the left. They were probably around 7 to 10 days old here. Sadly, brother didn't make it. You can see he was just a frail little thing.

Kim and her roommate at the time, Sarah, were their foster moms and the baby beans came to them when they were just a couple of days old. Charlene looks so different now, but when I look at that tiny face, I can see her in there.

In addition to the baby beans, there were lots of big cats and other critters for the babies to mingle with. Charlene was awfully found of this bunny.

baby charlene and the bunny

I fell in love with Charlene nearly the second I saw her and I knew she just had to be ours. Craig wasn't sold on the idea of a second cat. To give her a test run (and Craig the hard sell) Kim dropped her off so we could "baby sit". Craig was in the shower when she arrived, and when he came out of the bath room, I immediately handed Charlene over to him. He said "I know what you are up to" as he took Charlene. He held her in front of him and kissed her on the nose. Then he carried her into his office and sat down at his desk. Charlene spent the morning napping on his lap.... and the rest is history.

If you scroll down through the pictures below, you can watch Charlene grow before your very eyes !

charlene at four weeks
Four Weeks Old ( the first day at our house)

springtime charlene
Six Weeks Old

charlene in a stocking cap/sleeping bag
Seven Weeks Old

belly shot
Ten Weeks Old

charlene at 3 months
Twelve Weeks Old
Three and a Half Months
Five Months Old

charlene butterbean
Seven Months Old
Ten Months Old
One Year Old
charlene butterbean lounging in the livingroom
Charlene Today ( nearly two years old)


  1. Awwwww! I wouldn't have been able to let Charlene go, either.

  2. She is so cute! especially in the early pictures where her eyes can't seem to focus. They are adorable at that age.

  3. The changes are amazing! Certainly because the marking does not appear at once.
    She is an adorable lady.

  4. Charlene is a beautiful, distinctive cat and reminds me of Maddie. What breeds are in Charlene's heritage?

  5. She's a beautiful little girl! I just love her markings and blue eyes :)

  6. I love how her "mask" gradually makes its way up her face as she grows.

  7. Awwww... Charlene and the bunny. Thanks so much for this post :)

  8. Such a gorgeous kitty! She looks like my Bou. Aww. :)

    Also, I believe she's got some Birman in her (

  9. Charlene is a little homely in the first picture.. but after that she just gets cuter and cuter!

  10. Cute as a button from the start!!!

  11. Such a beauty, right from the beginning! Your home and Charlene - a match meant to be.

  12. Oh what an awesome review of a pretty-kitty's life!

    I think she knows how lucky she is in EVERY image.

    I makes me think of the first day I met the kitten who ended up mine a few months later.

    Awww, such memories
    signed, the forgetful KatBoxJanitor

  13. She was an adorable kitten and has grown up into a stunningly beautiful Ladycat. I can see why she stole your heart! Since I was adopted as an adult cat, there are no kitten pictures of me, which sometimes makes my human very sad.

  14. All I can say is stunning and gorgeous!!!!

  15. Oh my goodness, cute, cute, cute! I wish I could see those pictures, now. :)

  16. o wow!!she really got more and more beautiful as she grew up. shes GORGEOUS=)

  17. Charlene is a gorgeous, GORGEOUS cat. What a looker!

  18. What happened to Charlene's mother, that she and her brother were left alone so young?

  19. LOL "I know what you are up to."

    I'm glad he accepted the theft of his heart so graciously.


  20. Hey thanks everyone,, Because of you and all your nice comments, Charlene will never have self esteem issues.

    Jeanne, i don't know who her mama was. they were dropped off at the humane society. no one knows.

  21. What a remarkable kitty, especially since she turned out to be so nurturing. Meezer-related breeds often are, though.
    I love your blog. The "Cornelius Shuffle" is priceless. We call that a "War Dance."
    Keep up the good work.

  22. I'm totally falling in live with Miss Butterbean! She has white paws like my Momo. I dream of fostering kittens and finding good homes for them like you do. Until then, I will read your blog often.



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