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One Year Ago…

07/11/2011

Exactly one year ago today my husband and I made a spur of the moment decision and went to visit an adoption fair!

There were so many puppies and kittens, of all colours imaginable. I’d guess there were approximately 50 kittens there in total, snuggling in boxes, on tables, in arms…

We said hello to a some, picked up and cuddled a few…but how can you choose from so many?

Then I saw one…a special one…one already being cuddled by someone else!…

…I bided my time…waited until that tiny, pale fur-ball was returned to the table…then I swooped in!

kitten in hand

As soon as I picked that kitten up the decision was made. It crawled to my shoulder and sat there like a purring parrot, completely content. I think we bonded instantly – a year on and his favourite pillow is still my left shoulder!

I wanted to get a companion for the little guy so we went back to the tables to find him a friend. But every kitten that we looked at was female, and I really wanted to get him a brother.

…And so we found Spock (eventually), white socks, huge ears, bright eyes, an obvious rascal! 

bat eared kitten

We signed some papers and set off (kittens held tightly) to find something to transport them home in. We’d assumed that there would be ‘stuff’ at the fair. Some stalls with pet supplies, at least. But it was just a group of shelter volunteers with piles of kittens and puppies. They’d set themselves up in a pick-nick area in a small road-side park. I thought it was a great idea. Getting the animals out of the shelter and into the city centre where passers-by could be tempted (hopefully) into going home with a new friend.

So, across the road we prevailed upon a kindly waitress to let us have a couple of cardboard boxes from a Temaki restaraunt. Zé and Spock came home with us in noodle boxes!

It had been hard to pick just two. Each one I put back tugged at my heart. It’s lucky that I found Zé so early on. If I’d chosen a female cat we’d have been there all day trying to pick out her companion. As it was, Spock was one of the only males we could find.

We could never have known, though, just how brilliantly they would both turn out. We’d picked out two of the funniest, cuddliest, most companionable cats we could have wished for. They still make us laugh every day:

; the cat who bleats like a goat and has to be escorted to his food bowl (he insists! Well, who wants to go to dinner alone?).
Spock; a great conversationalist, chatty, smart and so, so cheeky!

Happy Adoption Day, Boys!

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/11/2011 3:27 pm

    They are indeed precious!

  2. 07/11/2011 3:34 pm

    WHat a nice post. And what a year it has been–right?

    • 07/11/2011 4:15 pm

      Thank you. Yes, it’s been a good year. They are such great company.

  3. tata permalink
    07/11/2011 3:53 pm

    they are so lucky to have been chosen by you guys!!!! : )

  4. 07/11/2011 4:14 pm

    Happy gotcha day, Ze and Spock! You guys chose such good pawrents.

  5. 07/11/2011 4:18 pm

    They are adorable and it’s so good to know that you love your kitties as much as I love my cat and 3 dogs. I loved the images. Thanks so much for posting them.

    • 07/11/2011 4:33 pm

      Hi TiTi. Oh yes, I do adore them! And the ‘baby’ photos are great, aren’t they? It’s hard to imagine they were ever small enough to sit in my hand.

  6. 07/11/2011 4:30 pm

    Your kittens look very much like Siamese and Oriental shorthair breeds, but you probably know this already. What you said about their characters is again very similar to the Siamese – Oriental group.
    I know what it feels like to live with such creatures.
    Thank you for the story. It must have been such a magical day – to go to a place with so many cute creatures and get yourself two cats just like that. I’m smiling, imagining this.

    • 07/11/2011 4:47 pm

      It was a wonderful day – so many lovely, friendly kittens and it was great to see that some of them were being adopted – A few went while we were there.
      I thought they both looked part-Siamese, too, when we got them (I adore Siameses!). Then as Zé grew and his markings came out I wondered if he (and possibly Spock too) might be part Bengal. I wrote a post on my musings a while back: Bengals?
      I’m sure they both have some Oriental blood.

  7. 07/11/2011 5:11 pm

    Wow, one year, Eleanor?
    Time really flies!
    My female cat – Cookie – is like Zé. She doesn´t like to eat alone – even at 4 a.m… But I do understand her, also, just like you! Hope someday they give up inviting us.
    😉

    • 07/11/2011 5:17 pm

      You have one too! 🙂 I’ve never had a cat before who insisted on having company at meal times. It’s such a funny character trait – it’s great to know that there are others like him. Even when there is already food in his bowl he comes and nibbles my feet until I get up and walk with him to the kitchen. Cats can be so funny!

  8. Helen permalink
    07/11/2011 6:04 pm

    A certain ginger and white cat of your acquaintance not only likes company when at his food bowl, he likes to have the food hand held while he bites chunks off it!

    • 07/11/2011 6:33 pm

      lol. And who’s lucky enough to have that job? This is a recent quirk, I guess. I don’t ever remember him being like that.

  9. Helen permalink
    07/11/2011 6:49 pm

    🙂 Tis not me for sure!

    • 07/11/2011 9:38 pm

      I imagine it’s his personal butler – the same person that lavishes him with honey roast ham and turkey slices!

  10. 07/11/2011 10:09 pm

    A purring parrot, bleating like a goat! Species confusion! Hoots. Wonderful post. So lighthearted.

    • 08/11/2011 11:00 am

      Yes, serious species confusion! I’m sure there can be no other cat quite as peculiar as him. He’s a very special Zé Bear!

  11. joltster permalink
    07/11/2011 10:50 pm

    Wow, Ze and Spock look so cute as little kittens. What a wild year it has been. Happy Anniversary! Makes me want to go looking for the photos of Sparky and Bandit as kittens 🙂

    • 08/11/2011 11:05 am

      You definitely should. It’s fun to compare the ‘then’ and ‘now’. This was the first time I’d taken so many photos of my kittens and it’s really lovely to have them to look back on. When my last pair were tiny kittens I only had access to a Polaroid camera (and the film for it was hideously expensive!) so I don’t have many photos of them at that age.

  12. 08/11/2011 1:37 pm

    Happy, happy Gotcha Day Ze and Spock!!!!

    What a beautiful tribute!!!

    I am sure if they could REALLY write, they would honor YOU as well!

  13. 11/11/2011 4:20 pm

    A whole year! They were too adorable as kittens and now they’re too adorable at 1. Congratulations to all of you on sucessfully navigating the year. Best wishes for many many mores.

    Lizzie & 3 kitties

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