Sunday, March 15, 2009

Birthday Wishes for Butterbean

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Today Charlene Butterbean turns three years old. We've got a big day planned. The kittens will be sprung from their room and allowed to roam freely about the main floor of our house. They will share a birthday "cake" with Charlene, and maybe even help her open her gifts. Weather permitting, we'll take her out for supervised stroll about the yard. Anything she desires, she will have.



In honor of this day, I thought I would share a few Charlene fun facts with all of you. Happy Birthday, Butterbean!!

25 things you may or may not know about Charlene Butterbean.

1. She was originally named "Amelia" by her foster moms, Kim and Sarah.

2. Craig and I went back and forth for a very long time before we decided on the name "Charlene". A gas station attendant named "Carlene" was the inspiration for her name.

3. One of the reasons she's named Charlene is because many words rhyme with Charlene, so it's easy to make up songs about her. Many of which, are sung to the tune "Jolene" , by Dolly Parton. For example "Charlene, Charlene, Charlene, Charleeeeeeen,, you are a kitten princess, but Drewey is the queen"

4. She had one brother, who looked just like her. Sadly, he didn't make it.

5. Charlene is a major talker. She always announces her arrival in a room. Often it sounds like she's saying "mama", but I might be imagining that.

6. Charlene has really floofy feet. It looks like there are miniature troll dolls stuck between her toes. She does not like her toe fluff touched.

7. Charlene needs a LOT of attention. If she doesn't feel she's getting enough, she will do naughty things.

8. Charlene isn't always nice. She's quite moody, in fact, and some of our friends fear her.

9. Charlene does like people, she just needs some time to get to know you.

10. Charlene is an excellent leaper and can jump seriously high. See for yourself by clicking here and here.

11. If Charlene wants to play, she'll roll over on her back and wait for you.

12. Charlene catches house flies between her two paws. (and then she eats them)

13. Charlene likes string cheese. It's fun and tasty.

14. Charlene really wants to be Drewey's friend. She also wants to chase Drewey, which is why they're not friends. They do get along well around dinner time, and often greet each other by bumping noses.

15. Charlene will wake you up in the morning, if she thinks you're sleeping too late. Often it will happen just moments before the alarm goes off.

16. Often, in the middle of the night, Charlene will start making biscuits on you while purring quite loudly. It never happens during the day.

17. Charlene also goes by: Butterbean, The Bean, Beanie, Double B, Butter Bee, Char Char, Charlie B, Charlemagne, Charlener, Charleenie, and Beautiful Girl.

18. Charlene thinks it's fun to go in the basement, but if you turn off the light, she'll run upstairs. I think she gets scared.

19. For a cat, Charlene doesn't sleep much. I think she doesn't sleep enough because she always needs to know what's going on. If she's sleeping, she could be missing out something big.

20. If you leave your water glass unattended, she will drink from it.

21. Charlene loves all kittens, but her favorite ones are the round, fluffy boys. Wendell was one of her favorites.

22. Charlene loves kitten food more than kittens.

23. Charlene is listed as a mail recipient at our house. I filled out the paperwork at the post office.

24. Charlene also has her own email address. She gets a few fan mail messages each week.

25. Charlene gives excellent hugs. There's nothing better than an armful of her floofiness.

61 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Charlene! Hope you have a fabulous day. (I know your humans will see to that...)

    Red

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  2. Happy Birthday Charlene. You are the best foster mom we've ever seen. Hope you have a very good day and get lots of yummy treats.

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  3. happy birthday Charlene!

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  4. Happy Birthday, Charlene Butterbean! I loved reading all about you, and I hope you enjoy all your birthday treats. Most of all, I hope the kittens and you have lots of fun.

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  5. Happy Birthday to Charlene! Hope you have a great day meeting the new kittens. Take lots of pics and share your toys!

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  6. Happy Birthday Charlene!!! Hope you like meeting the new kittens.

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  7. Happy birthday Ms. Butterbean!

    My long-haired black cat has grey fur between her toesies and she hates having it touched too! I wondered if any other cat had toe fur, too.

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  8. Happy Birthday Miss Butterbean.

    You are an adorable floofy cat, may you have many many more birthdays.

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  9. Happy Birthday Charlene!

    Sounds like a full, happy day ahead. Have a great time with the babies!

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  10. Oh, Happy Birthday! Ms. Charlene Butterbean!

    You get to meet the kittehs! YAY!

    My Mr. Cattingham has touchable toe floof - but, if you touch it too long, he feels the need to Grab & Bite!

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  11. Happy Birthday Butterbean!! I hope you get all that your heart desires today!

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  12. Happy Birthday Charlene!!!!
    You are a beautiful girl!

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  13. Hippo Birdie, Ms. Butterbean! I hope you have a fun-filled day and enjoy playing with your new batch of kittens.

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  14. HBD, you phenomenal kitty princess! I'd say that's a list of 25 more reasons to be in absolute awe of the birthday girl.

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  15. OH, Miss Charlene, i hope you have the purrrrrrrfect birthday! I have a feeling you will make sure that you do :).
    That list is hysterical! It reminds me of so many of my own cats' quirks and in particular, my best friends' cat, Bailey, who looks much like Charlene Butterbean. He has those toe "toonces" and he doesn't like them to be messed with.

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  16. Happy Birthday Charlene! It's my darling Jack's birthday today too. He is 4 years old today. I think Jack takes all of Charlene's unused sleep because he sleeps all the time.

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Charlene. Hope you have a wonderful day filled with floofy kittens, kitty "cake" and anything else that makes a good kitty birthday.

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  18. Happy Birthday Charlene! I wish you a fun day, good food, lots of love, and many more days like today.

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  19. Happy birthday, Charlene!!!! We hope your day is fantastic.

    With lots of love and purrs!

    -Daltrey and Jonah, and their mom, Darin

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  20. Happy Birthday, Charlene! What a pleasure to get to know you better.

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  21. Happy Bırthday, Ms. Charlene! Many more happy years of kıttens and the occasıonal snack of kıtten food for you!

    The truly sad thıng ıs that I'm postıng thıs whıle on vacatıon ın Turkey--when I logged on to send mom my usual 'I'm stıll alıve' I couldn't resıst checkıng for updates!

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  22. Happy, Happy Birthday oh wonderous Butterbean!

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  23. Happy Birthday to the blue eyed girl!

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  24. The Ides of March now have a whole new connotation to me - the birth of The Butterbean, a day for rejoicing and celebration. Happy, happy birthday Baby.

    I loved the "25 Things." It's so much fun getting to know more about you, imagining your day-to-day life more fully. You and Queen Drewey touching noses, being serenaded by your parents (I sing to my babies, too), your midnight baking skills, your excellent eye-paw coordination and taste in snacks. You are indeed, the, erm, well-rounded girl.

    Thank you for bringing so much joy to your family, your tiny charges, and your legions of fans. Rock on, Beautiful Girl.

    Now, let the grooming begin.

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  25. Wising Charlene the happiest of birthdays.

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  26. The 25 things cracked me up, particularly the image of tiny troll dolls between her toes.

    Happiest of birthdays, Miss Butterbean, and many, many more!

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  27. A happy day for ALL of us! Just think - we'll have pictures of Our Heroine and the Ashbys, that's our present! Oh, sweet Charlene Butterbean, Bestest and HAPPIEST birthday ever! (I didn't realize she's younger than my precious Evangeline, but she is.) I hope Laurie makes it clear to how adored you are by world-wide fans!

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  28. Happiest Birthday, floofy Charlene! You look glorious in your picture! We loved the videos!
    Purrs, Siena & Chilli

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  29. Happy Birthday Ms. Butterbean, you beautiful ball of floof :) Hope you have a most wonderful year, full of treats and toys and little foster kitties to groom.

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  30. happy birthday, charlene!! you are such a beauty!

    i have a real soft spot for ms. butterbean. my sister in law was named charlene, she always had siamese kitties. she was definitely my second mom and i loved her very much.

    thank you for sharing your kitties! i can't wait for photos of the new babies with their second mom.
    hugs,
    puglette
    :o)

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  31. Happy Birthday, Miss Butterbean!! I loved reading all about you. What I think is so amazing is that she has never been a mama herself...but she is the most loving mama any of these beautiful foster babies could ever want. She does such a wonderful job of socializing them and preparing them for their Forever Families. **big snorgles to you Miss bean!**

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  32. HAPPY BIRTHDAY,Charlene!!Hope you are having a great one with the new kitties... - Jeanne

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  33. Charlene, my boys in Wales want to wish you a happy birthday in Welsh. Penblwydd hapus! Have a lovely day, whiskery kisses from Morgan, Salem, Simba and Jack (and their Mum).

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  34. Happy Birthday Miss Charlene Butterbean! You may only be three years old, but you are such a wise and magical kitty person.

    And yes, you will always be my favorite kitty on IBKC.

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  35. Many Meowy returns, Miss Butterbean!

    I celebrate your loving nature and the care you give to those lovely young kittens.

    Thanks for all the joy you and your humans bring to us out in the world!

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  36. Happy birthday to yooooou
    Happy birthday to yooooou
    Happy birthday Mizz Butterbean
    Happy birthday to yoooou!

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  37. Happy Birthday Charlene! Today is our cat Lola's birthday too, but she is quite a bit older (10). She sends a happy birthday to you too!

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  38. The happiest of birthdays to you, Charlene!

    If you like little round fluffy boy kittens, you are going to LOVE the Ashby boys! But don't forget to give Josphine Bunny some of your fabulous baths, too!

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  39. Happiest Birthday to you, Miss Butterbean!
    With love ~ Shana, Jim, Blixa, Rudy, Marla, Tyler & Lofa Bun

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  40. Happy Belated Birthday Charlene! I love all your nicknames! Have a wonderful day.

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  41. Happy Birthday Sweet Thing!

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  42. Happy happy b-day, beautiful Miss Bean! I saw your videos on youtube; you are indeed quite the acrobat.

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  43. Happy Birthday Charlene Butterbean!!! Have a wonderful day, enjoy your presents, cake and meeting the kittens. Hope to see some pics of the day >^..^<

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  44. We love you, Charlene Butterbean! Best birthday wishes from me and divamama, and headbonks from MoonPie!

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  45. #6...we call those toehawks.

    Happy Purrthday Charlene!!!

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  46. Happy Birthday, beautiful Butterbean!

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  47. Happy Birthday Beautiful Butterbean! Only free-years-old,
    still quite a kitten, and continues to get more beautiful every day.
    I'm glad to hear she has met the new kittens and looking forward to Charlene/Kitteh pics to come!

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  48. Our Mom (Maureen) is honored to share her theme song, Jolene, with the beautiful birthday girl!!!

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  49. Happy Birthday Miss Butterbean! Why you are little more than a kitten yourself! My kitteh Henry doesn't like his toe floof played with either, but I have to admit it's almost irresistable. I hope you have a very happy day! Enjoy those new babies, too!

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  50. After reading the list, it's pretty easy to see where Maddie learned all her tricks!

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  51. Is Miss Charlene a Ragdoll? Cause she sure sounds like one....

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  52. Happy birthday Charlene! Much, much love to you, floofy girl. The 25 things cracked me up too; could there maybe be a 25 things about Drewey somewhere down the road?

    Love and purrs and scritchies!

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  53. ShortWoman:

    She might be a Ragdoll! I asked some breeders what they thought, and a couple said Ragdoll:

    http://www.cat-world.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=94034&st=0&#entry1206562

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  54. What a beautiful girl! Love your blog. We love cats, too.

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  55. I love this photo.
    our most loved cherished cats have always been the siamese mixes.
    I hope this photo goes into one of the post card collections.
    she is gorgeous.

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  56. i love the facts about char char :) she reminds me a lot of our floof atze. seriously, this made my day!

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