I wanted to share a cute, quick story of how we obtained Happy, our 4th kitty and his crazy unusual markings (and to wish you a happy new year)!
|Introducing Happy - the kitty
FYI - I'll post our four-kitty back story at the end of this post for those that are interested),
but now onto the mysterious little story how Happy became ours.
So my middle child loves leopards. She loves cats. She loves animals! Two years in a row she had a cat-themed birthday party. One year was a leopard party, one year it was a kitty cat party.
|All the kids adopted stuffed kittens and dressed like kitties, and made collars for them
|A Bengal cat... adorable, very leopard like, and often pricey!
As it got closer to her birthday, we though maybe we could find a kitty on Craigslist or somewhere local that needed a home, looked like a Bengal, but of course without the hefty price tag. After days of searching my husband found a very good candidate.
|What's not to love about this tiny little face?
The very next day, she called us back and said the other people never showed up, would we like to come see him. We said YES and she gave us her address.
Check this out, she lived IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, down the street,
like SIX houses away! (practically on our doorstep).
We told the girls and took a short walk down the street to see the kitty. He was SO adorable.
Here he is looking so sweet and tiny.
|Look at that leopard tummy!
My middle child named him "Happy" because she was so very happy! (Plus, our other cats all have 'H' names (Hemi, Haley, Henry - and now Happy)
|Eva and Happy!
So Happy became a part of our family. He lived up to his name and made everyone a little happier!
|Smiles all around!
|Hello world! Live, from the super soft blanket.
|See the "got"in the center of his body?
|His right side spells "got"
|We actually couldn't believe it!
That's right, this random kitty who practically landed on our doorstep, who looked like a little leopard, whom we named Happy because he brought my Eva joy, has the words "Got Joy" on his body!
|Happy - meant to be a part of our family
So I thought this would be the happiest of stories to start off the 2019 year with, and I wanted to wish a happy HAPPY new year to you and yours!!!
Wishing this new year brings you happiness!!
*Here's the four-kitty back story for those that are interested:
We lived in a town house when we were first married when a feral kitty showed up at our back door. I fed him tuna because that's all I had on hand, he was hungry, and of course (well I know now) after the tuna, he never left. He was mostly an outdoor kitty and so I didn't have to worry about my allergies (he didn't want to come in). After we moved to our new house, we took the kitty with us but sadly one summer night a few years later, he didn't come home. Heartbroken we searched for weeks around the neighborhood and all the shelters with no luck. While we were at the shelter, about a month later, we did look at some other cats that needed to be adopted. In box #2 was a little kitty that we took into a room and he instantly loved us. We decided to take him home. He purred like a little engine and so we named him Hemi. I also thought it was a sign that he was in box #2, he was cat #2 for us.
|Hemi and Vivian when she was a baby
|Hemi - all grown up and regal looking (we think he's part main coon)
|Haley - fluffy and so so soft.
|Haley two days ago, sleeping on my hip
So two kitties is way more than I ever planned to own. We were good. Then a few years later a very pale orange kitty followed the girls home. They kept calling him "orange kitty" but he was so pale, I joked he looked like the ghost of an orange kitty. He literally camped out on my doorstep, curled on our front mat like he owned the place. I'm not sure if there was an invisible sign outside our house that said "these people are suckers for cats" or "cats welcome" or what, but it was freezing outside and he stayed right on our front mat. I felt so bad, he was so skinny. I gave him some tuna, because I was making some for lunch (see my pattern) and then bam. He was ours.
|Eva taking care of Henry when he first adopted us and came inside. He was very grateful.
|Henry and Eva are still great pals to this day.
So make the most of this year ahead! Adopt a pet, add a friend to the family, love each other and treat each other with all kindness - all year through!