Meet Boots (or, How to have another cat without having another cat!)


Jim and I have only one cat, Zoey the Cool Cat. Looks like this:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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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 the Black Cat

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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.

Sophie the Black Cat

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:

Zoey the Cool Cat

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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:


Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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.

BootsYou 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:

Sponsors Needed

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.

Cat House on the Kings

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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31 thoughts on “Meet Boots (or, How to have another cat without having another cat!)

  1. philosophermouseofthehedge

    Very cool place! Boots is a doll. Glad he’s found his place
    I never had a cat until husband came with 3 strays. Somehow the ones who seems to be dogs trapped in a purr body find us. We always walk dog(s) in the afternoon. We had one cat who followed along parallel to us on the sidewalk strolling from bush to bush up against the houses along the way. Guess he was embarrassed of us…or wanted to make sure we we found our way back home. He did this for years.
    Happy paw waves to Zoey

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  2. smilingtoad

    Too beautiful, Russel. Boots is one fortunate fine feline to be sponsored by you. We live with a couple cats with special needs. One cat is not really a special-needs cat, but she is lacking an eye after an unfortunate tussle with cancer that she happened to overcome. She is a cinder-black, tiny-voiced cat named Annie Cinder Patch, or Siddy for short. She looks just like your dear old friend Sophie, and also went everywhere with me on my walks (including to the cafe down the way) when we first met. She was adapted to the indoors successfully but it did take a very long time and a lot of work. Other neighbourhood cats were getting vicious and we just had to make the transition though it was hard on her, she eventually stopped pining for the outdoors (and I still take her out on a leash). So sorry about Sophie’s end…but glad that brought Zoe the Cool Cat into your life, a very charming feline indeed! Just a beautiful post indeed, with excellent links to follow making it easy to begin sponsoring. Thank you so much for this. Brightened my evening considerably. Jubilant cheers to you,

    smiling toad

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  3. operasmorg

    Awesome!! And what a cool cat Zoey looks like indeed. 😀 I’m afraid I actually don’t have a cat, though the next door neighbor’s part-Maine coon cat seems to consider me and my bike her personal properties… and she prefers my bike furry. 😛 I’ve also been adopted by Ally the alley cat (she really was an alley cat… Her owner used to live a couple of buildings over but he moved away without her, so she hung in the alley. Got nabbed by the animal control folks for a few months before one of the neighbors rescued her so now she technically belongs to him, but she still hangs in the alley and is always ambushing me at the alley entrance and then walks me all the way home. 😀 I wish the folks that say that cats are antisocial and don’t care for people could see these felines…

    Anyhow, Happy New Year a bit late! 🙂

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Alley cats were naturally attracted to my wise old grandmother, especially the tripods. We had so many tripod alley cats when I was growing up, and that’s what made me think about sponsoring a special needs kitty.


  4. colltales

    I’m an irremediably cat person, and I still miss my two cats, Boconcini and Margareta, who humored me with their love for over 20 years. Sometimes, I confess, it hurts a bit too much and I get desperate. I won’t recommend my ‘fix’ to anyone, though: I go to a pet/adopt a cat or dog store, and spend some time with the saddest creatures on earth. It also hurts, so I find not much of a relief in these pathetic visits. But I simply can’t commit any longer, not to be able to offer an animal the dedication that it deserves, in exchange for giving me a temporary high, all for the sake of my egotistical feelings, and to the cost of their (and our own) species. A sad story, I’m sorry, but once I started telling it, I simply couldn’t stop myself. A possible solution, I’m told, for those unconsolable souls like me, would be to host a pet over the weekend. Often, it’ll be their last time with someone who cares, before they face a most likely complete rejection of no one wanting to take them home for good. And most shelters can’t keep them indefinitely, even when they say they can; the rising inflow of unwanted pets that stupid people adopt only to give them up after a few years, when they’re all but unadoptable (what a doubly ugly word) is just impossible to manage. Not everyone is Jane Goodall, and I’m particularly even less than perfect than the most imperfect people I know, but that’s another story. Hosting would be swell but I’m afraid that I’d grow immediately attached to the poor kitty, and may decide to keep it, only to leave it behind when my time comes. I simply can’t do it, we have to respect our own expiration date, which by itself makes us all very busy indeed. So sorry, Russel, your posts are always so full of life, and I’m leaving a stain of sorry commentary here. It may be the new year, I don’t know. Can’t even go to zoos these days, and some people, well don’t get me started, but they shouldn’t be allowed to have pets. Not you. Actually, not everyone can be like you, so I thought about sharing this little requiem with you. and your loyal readers, and Jim, and Julian, and Zoey, of course, the coolest cat. Please give her an extra hug on my behalf. She’s so huggable. Anyway, Happy Wednesday.

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