Friday, August 29, 2008

I'm awfully tired!

At about 4:30, the little kitties decided that I needed a bath. They licked my face, back, and arms!! I was way too tired to fight them, but it was too strange for me to sleep through!

Welcome, kitties!

Our two little girls came home today! There's so much to say about our first very stimulating day together! I think I'll try to stick to a few little points!

Both little girls are incredibly cute, and we're so happy to have them home! They both purr all the time, seriously. Even if they're sleeping, the moment you start to pet them, you can hear their little motors start.

First, meet Roxy. She's our siamese-looking-himalayan-light-haired girl. She's way playful and cuddly. She has a squeaky little meow and will get in your face to say hello and rub your nose with hers.

Now, meet Zoey. She's our dark-furred cutie. She's a little prissy, but very playful, super loving, and likes to help give her sister baths. She followed me around at night as I went about my business, and I heard her meow from downstairs when I ran down to get a water bottle and a snack.

Our game plan for getting the girls acquainted with our home and with Toby was to put up a little baby gate ($8 at target) at the entrance to my room, and keep them inside with food, litter, and tons of fun kitty toys. They got comfortable very quickly, and about 15 minutes after we got home, they were both conked out on my bed. It didn't take long for Toby to realize there were new kitties around. He liked sitting outside the gate and watching them play, but he was very anxious anytime they came to check him out.

The kittens hung out downstairs for a long while, exploring, meeting my Dad, and cuddling up with my mom for a nap. At one point, I carried Roxy upstairs to the litter box in the caged-off room. I returned downstairs for a moment to grab Zoey and my phone, and went back upstairs. Toby was sitting in the hallway, looking super alert. I turn the corner to see little Roxy sitting in the hall, on the very wrong side of the baby gate, with this look on her face that said, "I escaped the room I'm supposed to be in, but you're not mad cause I'm just way too pretty" lol

At one point, Toby jumped over the barrier to check out their food situation. I saw my plan failing fast. And then, a few hours later, while Kay and I were hanging out with Toby in Kay's room, the full destruction of my plan was evident as a curious little Zoey walked in after having been put in my room too. With a sigh, I removed the baby gate and let the girls roam free around the upstairs, since the gate was providing only the most superficial barrier.

It took a good while of testing the waters with each other, but somehow Toby and the gir ls were okay with this layout for a while. (left to right: Roxy, Toby, and Zoey up on the bed with Kay. )

There's plenty of other details from the day for anyone who wants them, but here's how the nights ending. The two little ones are on my bed, curled up sleeping. Toby is sleeping on the floor, like he often does. Come visit the kitties! They're waiting to meet you!

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Oh, and by the way.

I did this painting a while back, and forgot to post it.

Coming soon...

The past couple of years, our family has had to say goodbye to many wonderful pets. We loved the heck out of each, and we miss them all dearly. Most recently, we lost our pretty black panther-cat, Merlin. He was a great friend to my mom, and he loved to snuggle up and cuddle in her lap every evening. We'll all really miss him. Someday soon, I'll post about our past pets and include some pictures too.

That being said, our home is down to one pet, my kitty cat, Toby. For anyone who wasn't around my blog in September of '06 here and here are the first two posts about him. These days, he's about 2 years old, and acts pretty adolescent. He's kinda fat, which the vet has recently assured me is just because he eats too much but is otherwise healthy. He's still pretty playful, and I'm trying to play with him a lot to get him moving more so he can burn off some of his fat! We haven't been down to just one pet in a long time in our family. Even when I was very little, we always had a few cats, some birds, and at some point, we even had some rabbits. And of course, for 12 years we had our dog, Buddy. We are pet-loving people, and it just makes sense that at some point we'd add a few more animals to the family...

That being said, these two pretty little girls are coming home to us sometime this week. They're 8-week old sisters from a litter of 5. My mom and I met them at Petco, and I'll admit, I'm the one that instantly fell in love. They're super sweet, loving, playful little maine coon/himalayan mixed kitties! I'm hoping that Toby will take to them well, and maybe even play with them. These kitties are very chill about other animals, including a huge golden retriever at their foster house that licks their little faces with a tongue as big as they are.
I got to hang out with them and their littermates at their foster house last night, and it turns out the family taking care of them are LDS, so we had lots of stuff in common to talk about. Part of the adoption agreement is that they don't leave the foster house until they are spayed, which will happen this week. As soon as they're done with that, we get to pick them up! My mom and I are very excited to welcome them home. My dad is hoping that they won't ruin any furniture. Their foster family named the entire litter after yummy treats, and these two have the foster names "Hersheys" (the dark one) and "Skippy" (the light one). While my mom and I like these names, we've been coming up with a few alternatives in case we want to change them. Our top three at this time are Zoey, Roxy, and Dolce (dohl-chay; italian for sweet). If you have any other cute, girly names to suggest, feel free! We're so excited to have these little girls home to cuddle and play with! There will definitely be more pictures to come!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Words of Wisdom

"If you don't want to be rained on, you need to stop standing under dark clouds"

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Reoccurring Maladies

1. Ingrown toenails

2. Heartache