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Sunday, March 09, 2008

My son Jamie and his Cat Crew

My coworker Jamie is the kind of son I would have wanted if I had ever wanted to have children. So I unofficially adopted him. This is a great way to get a son, because he was already grown up, working, smart, kind and all-around wonderful.

Jamie was a copy editor when I first came to The Leaf-Chronincle, and he helped to train me. He was a great, patient and understanding teacher. I might have run out of the door screaming if not for him! Now Jamie's a reporter, and a fine one at that!

Here is Jamie's cat story: "To say my cat, Lucy, is needy would be a definite understatement.In July of 2006, I took Lucy off the hands of one of my friends who just couldn’t handle the little rambunctious ball of sunshine, and I’ve been her best friend ever since.

"That works both ways, too, I think. We were so close, in fact, that she didn’t want to leave my side — if I did have to leave her I was met at the door with loud meows of 'Pay attention to me, fool!'

"She had never even been around another cat after her birth until my former roommate brought his kitten, Toby, into the mix. Boy, was she hateful towards him. I think she thought he was taking over her territory, but eventually they went from all hisses to sleeping right next to each other.

"After my roommate moved out, he took Toby with him, and at first Lucy seemed relieved — she could sleep soundly now without tiny paws batting at her head, ready for play. Then, my new roommate and I noticed she was acting kind of strange — she would climb and crawl in places she never would before letting out deep “meows” as if she was saying, 'Where the heck are ya?'

"To make matters worse, she would meow at my door every night when I went to bed, keeping me awake — she was lonely.(I can’t sleep with a cat in the room — she startles me as she’s wandering at all hours of the night.)Of course, we paid plenty of attention to her — my roommate, Holly, even picks her up and she will wrap her paws around her neck as if she’s hugging her.

"But we couldn’t stand hearing her lonely meows any longer.So we paid a visit to Cats Are Us, and upon arrival we noticed a cat that had just been brought in — a male cat with soft, cream-colored fur who didn’t mind being held and loved. We knew he was perfect for us, so we adopted him and named him Jude.(See the Beatles references? “Hey Jude” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.)

"I was careful introducing Lucy to Toby, but we kind of just let Lucy and Jude get to know each other on their own terms — Jude was big enough to handle himself if things got intense. The first few days were a lot of hissing and hiding, but after a week I caught them giving each other kitty kisses, or nuzzling noses with each other. Of course, they still have their rolling-around-on-the-floor” playful fighting moments, as evident by the tufts of hair I’ve vacuumed out of the carpet, but they’re getting along better than I had hoped.

"Even when Lucy has finished with her wet food, leaving a quite a bit behind, she watches as Jude finishes all of his and has a few bites of hers, too, and she doesn’t seem mind.

"Needless to say, Lucy’s too busy to be lonely, and now after we show them both how much we love them with a few kitty hugs here and there, they go on their separate ways playing and eating, and repeating the cycle all over again. Actually, I think Lucy may have found her new best friend, but she still thinks enough of me to climb on my chest while I’m laying down to rub her face against mine as if she’s saying 'I still love ya, man.'"

Another happy ending for a Cats Are Us cat! One thing I must say about Lucy, the cat on the right in the picture. Watch the weight girl! The last time I saw her she was a thinnish cat, and now, she looks like a .... shall I say ... BIG girl! I love Jude's expression here. He seems to be saying, "Okay, there's a new Sheriff in town and I'm taking charge!"

Several of you have met Jamie during our Pet Party gatherings and hopefully we can all get together again soon.

UPDATE: I hope to soon have an update on Golden Huggs pup Bruiser that will truly amaze you, but I want to wait until it's official! It will be a very happy story. I can't WAIT!!! As you know, CJ is happy in her new home and Baby will be leaving for New England on Thursday and has a good home lined up!

posted by Sandy at 3/09/2008 03:11:00 PM


Blogger Skeeter said...

Both babies are beautiful! Love seeing new babies and hearing their stories on here... Hey Jamie, I enjoyed meeting you at the Fur Ball Bash at Halloween. Look forward to seeing you again some time on one of my TN journeys...

Sunday, March 09, 2008 4:32:00 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I just wish the picture of Lucy showed her beautiful face. Lucy is the most unusually colored cat that I have ever seen. And I have to say that I agree with Sandy, unless the angle of the picture creates an optical illusion. She definately looks bigger than the last time I saw her. Granted that was a long time back, but watch it Jamie! A fat cat is a hard thing to overcome. Believe me, I've been getting pounds off mine for years! My cat, that is.....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 6:07:00 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

I agree Jamie, great story and it was great to meet you at the Black Horse on Fur Ball night. I have to also put my two cents in on the weight thing as I have been working on helping my Courtney to lose weight for two years. She has finally dropped some weight but still has a way to go. She is on the Hills W/D with high fiber and she loves it. I still have to really watch how much she gets or she would baloon right back up. She was on the Hills R/D first but seems to have actually lost more on the W/D maintenance diet. Also watch how many treats and how much canned food she gets. Just a little will pack on the weight fast.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 4:55:00 PM  
Blogger B said...

We have cut back on all the babies intake--Lucy has lost almost ten pounds!!! We wanted to make sure that Hines dind't fall into our bad habit of over feeding. My little Pearl is a still a fat cat. BUt since she can't got outside and has very little activity that doesn't involve getting her belly scratched, I guess food is all she has. Still, she doesn't get but 1/3 cup.

Thursday, March 13, 2008 7:47:00 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

It will go down, B. Ranger was the same way. Once we started regulating the amount he gets to eat daily, over time you can see the result. But, it doesn't happen overnight. It's not like the dogs. Cats by nature are more sedintary, and without another cat to play and romp with, you will have to be patient to see the results. But, it will come. But, yes, you must nip it in the bud now. What did I say a couple of weeks ago? "Look how porky Hines has gotten!!" So, good job on setting limits!

Thursday, March 13, 2008 9:21:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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