The new member of the family

Just three months ago, my daughter and I visited the local shelter and adopted two grown cats. One, Alley Anna, had been at the shelter the longest, about 4 years, so my heart went out to her. She is a very sweet cat, about 6 years old, a dark tiger with beautiful emerald green eyes (I should have changed her name to Cleopatra since it looks like she has heavy black eyeliner on the way pictures of Cleopatra do). The other is a gorgeous cream point Siamese mix with powder blue eyes (slightly cross-eyed). He’d only been at the shelter a few months and is about a year and a half old.
Well, it took them a while to settle into our house. They were very scared and hid in my closet together most of the time. But a couple of months later, my daughter and I were driving out of the supermarket parking lot when she pointed out something in front of her in the middle of the lot. A small, dark thing. A huge black crow was hovering above it. Well, it was a tiny kitten, shaking with fear and meowing piteously. So, we scooped it up and brought it home. He became “Oreo,” as you can see in the photo, because of his coloring. He is the most loveable, cuddly kitten imaginable and is already about 3x the size he started out.

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4 Responses to The new member of the family

  1. Carla Gade says:

    Oreo is adorable! Congrats on your new family member. We're looking for a new kitty. Would love to find a Maine Coon Cat, without paying the big bucks. Hopefully we can find one in a shelter.

    I've a question for you, if you don't mind. A story I'm working on takes place on an island downeast. Since it is a small community, I wondered if it might be best to make it fictitious though based on the real place OR if I can dare keep it real, but add fictitious elements. Any thoughts?

    I'm reading Bride of Honon right now and enjoying it so much!

  2. Hi Carla,
    Oreo really is adorable. We think he might have a little Maine Coon, b/c he is quite furry around the neck.

    I think you can do either with your Maine Island. I used “Swan's Island ME” just as a reference of where the hero had grown up, in Lilac Spring, and I got an email from a teenage girl who thought it was great to read about where she lived!

  3. Elin Lee says:

    Hi, Ruth, and Carla!

    Hmmm… Darling kitten. He also looks as if he could have some Siberian Forest Cat in him. If he's getting a large ruff around his neck, his fur grows to about four inches long and is very silky, and his paws stay huge, I'll bet he has some SFC in him.

    We have one imported in 2000 for breeding. She was flown over from Moscow when she was only four months old and three years later, was given to us when her owner, a man I worked for, decided not to breed her anymore. She's jet black and beautiful, and such a hoot. Very Russian!

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