Jim and I have only one cat, Zoey the Cool Cat. Looks like this:
Up until late 2007, I had always considered myself a dog person. Cats seemed too, well, aloof.
In late 2007, though, a stray black cat adopted our home. Could have something to do with me giving it food and water….
She stayed around, and we named her Sophie.
Sophie was a dog trapped in a cat’s body. She used to follow me around, inside and outside, never more than a few feet away.
It was funny when I went for a walk because I had a cat by my side walking with me, although occasionally she would stop to, uh, smell the roses, and then have to run to catch up with me.
We tried to make Sophie into an indoor cat because we lived in a rural area with black asphalt roads, no street lights, and rapidly moving cars (that’s a polite way of saying “speeding”). She loved the indoors, until dusk came. If she was still in the house an hour after dusk, she would howl until we let her out.
On the morning of September 20, 2007, a neighbor called with the inevitable news. I went to pick up the body and gave her a proper burial, in the yard just feet from where we first met.
That afternoon Jim and I went to the El Cajon Animal Shelter to get a cat, a 100% indoor cat. We saw several we liked but some were already spoken for. We settled on an American short hair ginger tabby cat, but she wouldn’t be ready for adoption until 10:00 a.m. the next morning. We were there at 9:30, and came home with Zoey. After just a few hours with us, she knew she had a forever home:
That was when I renamed her from “Zoey” to “Zoey the Cool Cat.”
During these past 7½ years with Zoey the Cool Cat, I have taken a significant interest in cats, big and little. I find them fascinating creatures…. Still love dogs, too!
For several years I have been wishing that I could have another cat, or two…. maybe three…. why stop at three? four…. five?…. six…
Recently I discovered that I actually can have another cat, and here he is:
His name is Boots. Click on the collage to see a larger version.
Boots won’t be joining us in our home, though. We are merely sponsors, to the tune of $20 a month, so that Boots can have the love and care that he needs.
You see, when I decided to sponsor a cat, I decided that I wanted to sponsor a special needs cat. The only special needs I knew about were the wobbly cats (CH), tripods, and pirates. I really wasn’t thinking about all the other afflictions that our little feline friends can have.
In the case of Boots, he occasionally has seizures, and during those seizures he loses bladder control, thereby wetting on himself (and probably anything nearby). So Boots is getting care, attention, food, love, and play at The Cat House on the Kings up near Fresno, California.
Sponsoring Boots, or any of the other cuties at The Cat House on the Kings, is only $15 a month. I decided to use the advertising revenue from WordAds on my blog right here to sponsor Boots, to the tune of $20 a month.
If YOU would like to sponsor a little cutie, see their sponsor page here:
You can sponsor dogs, too, since they have some. They also have goats and peacocks, but I don’t know if you can sponsor them. Heck, just donate to The Cat House on the Kings and tell everyone that you are sponsoring a dog, goat, or peacock at a cat sanctuary! As my wise old grandmother would say: “That will throw ’em for a loop.”
Now if I can just get an animal shelter or sanctuary somewhere to offer me a job. I think it would be the coolest thing in the world to work with animals all day, every day.
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