The Pettibones were a diverse and lovely set. There were six total: Two buff Tabbies, a Flame Point, a Seal Point, a Torite and a Dilute Tortie. Though their colors were varied, the one thing they shared in common was their tender, loving ways. We’ve had some very dear babies, but honestly, I don’t think I can recall a set that was as sweet from the start as this crew was.
We’ve stayed connected all of their adopters over the years, and it’s always nice to hear what these kittens are up to. Here’s the report from Matt, Rosalie and Renatta’s dad.
Rosalie and Renatta Pettibone are now 8! They are sisters to 3 dogs. Two are just about the same size as they are. The third-Porter- is MUCH bigger! They both show interest in him, but do it quite differently.
Rosalie was so "puppy-like" she earned a lifetime nickname. We call her "Rover-Lee". She likes Porter, but only if he is lying still. She will sneak a sniff of his paws and tickle his ears with her whiskers. It's enough brother-sister bonding for her! I guess she only wants to "play puppy" with people.
Renatta goes so far as to nuzzle Porter. They are pals, but between you and me, it's a lot more important to Porter. Renatta knows how I prize family harmony so she puts up with more "love" than she really prefers.
Rosalie was loving from the very first moment. In fact, I wasn't planning to adopt her at all. She just purred and ambled toward me. "I guess you are here for me" was the look she gave me! So she came with Renatta, who I loved BEFORE I even saw her in person. I just saw her photo and that was the feline for me.
Renatta was devoted to me but not all that friendly to other people. That started to change a few years ago. Her sister often loved on her, acting like a mama with a kitten. This must have touched her Siamese heart. Slowly she started interacting with my housemate Kenny. Now she joins him in his room, often "kneading" him gently and napping with him. He has been battling a lot of health issues and this is a real comfort to him.
As far as tricks go, they are content to let the dogs handle those duties.
Here's one of their puppy siblings, Porter!
Thanks so much for the update, Matt! The girls are such beauties, and I love that they’re able to live harmoniously with all your pups! How special they (still) are!!
PS.. I know we had some issues with yesterday's videos. I'll figure out a way to make those work as soon as I can. I'm on the road with limited access to the internet right now! Sorry!!!