Charlene is a sweet and affectionate cat with us, but it takes her a long time to warm up to strangers. She is very present when we have folks over, and always makes an appearance, but she would really prefer it if strangers didn't walk right over and start petting her from the start. She needs time to get to know you.
Because of this, there's a very short list of people who have actually held Charlene
On this list, of course, is Craig. And me. We're always picking her up for a little cuddling.
There's Sarah, our dear friend, cat sitter, and Charlene's foster mom.
And Santa Claus
Our friend John just joined the short list at Thanksgiving.
Our Thanksgiving Day guests had gathered and Bean came to downstairs to survey the situation. Much to Charlene's surprise, John scooped her up right up to give her some love. John is a gentle human who has a real knack with cats, and Charlene was totally comfortable being held in his arms. She did not object at all.
John was surprised when we told him that not just ANYONE can pick up Charlene, and, I think, a little proud to have made her very short list.
Fortunately cameras were close so this moments occasion could be documented!
John may look familiar to you all because he and his wife Monika adopted little Jimmy Tipton. Jimmy's adoption tale is a happy one, and if you need a little lift, please give it a read.