Thursday, March 31, 2016

Throw Back Thursday

Since Leo just had his birthday, I thought I'd share something from the first week of blogging about him. Specifically, about why I got him!

This is from April 19, 2011
It was called:

So Why Leo?
Surely there have to be many gray kitties much closer to home, no? Yes, there probably are. But I wasn’t looking for a kitty, remember, gray or otherwise. Star, supposedly, is happy being an only kitty. Although I did wonder if the attacks she’d been leveling on weren’t because she was lonely. My mother had a cat that attacked her ankles in sneak blitz attacks when he did not have a furry friend. She lost many cats, we assumed runaways, until it was discovered that foxes had moved in closer due to new housing in the area.
You see, when I was a kid, we had woods on three sides of us and a field across the street. Now there are houses where the fields were and a few more in the woods. Anyway, between foxes and chicken hawks, she had a problem. Her current kitty, Sir Moose-a-lot Roadkill Goodyear Thunderbottom, is not allowed out at night and that seems to have solved the issue. But I digress.

Star’s attacks on me might have been a cry for furry friendship, or it might have just been her cranky personality getting crankier as she gets older. But it made me think that a new kitty might be the solution. I still have that hope. The attacks on me have stopped anyway. And Leo’s too fast for her to lay a paw on really. I have high hopes that they will be cuddling someday, though I concede that it might take a little more time.

So you know that I fell in love with that furry gray face when Chrystal first showed the little feral kittens she was catching. The fact that he was gray was only one factor. A huge one, but coupled with another huge one. And that huge one was his name. Someone asked, I think on Chrystal’s blog, if I was going to keep his name. I have to! His name told me that he was mine.

My gramma, the one who got my first gray kitten, Misty, was the sweetest, most wonderful woman on earth. She and I were very close. Though we don’t believe in astrology, we both have the same astrological sign. Leo. A cat. Which we thought was perfect since we were cat people. I stayed with her a lot and we played cards a lot. With a deck of cards with a Leo on them that we joked only Leo’s could play with! We even made a show of changing decks when my grampa would join us for a hand or two.

I loved that woman more than anything, and I lost her about a year and a half ago. It left a huge hole in my life that I still struggle with. And then one day, a gray cat that looks like my gramma’s cat, and looks like my cat, shows up with THAT name.. Well, I’m not superstitious, but I have to think maybe there’s something to it. Did she find him for me? I don’t know. It would be nice to think so wouldn’t it?

So Why Leo? Because he’s got a name that reminds me of a special bond with my special gramma. Because he looks like her kitty. Because he looks like my kitty. Because he was scared when he showed up. Because I understand scared. Because everything added up to him being the perfect cat for me.

Thought you might want to see Moose
aka Sir Moose-a-lot Roadkill Goodyear Thunderbottom

My mother's cat. He's sporting a shirt sized for 18 month olds.

Can't go out at night, Moosey, predators!

And my sweet Leo!
Mom, I need more toys!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Spring Sprung the Door Open

We've had a few nice days, not many yet, but enough that we can tell Spring is here! And with it, the door is sprung open! I don't have to tell you that the kitties LOVE that!

Leo is to the far left, Cashmere in the middle and Glitter on the right.

Glitter: I don't see anything good yet..
Cashmere: I see birds.
Leo: Far away birds..

Cashmere: Squirrel!
Glitter: OOoo! Now we're getting interesting!
Leo: I can't see it from here...

Cashmere: Here he comes!
Leo: I see! I see him!
Glitter: Ooo a bird!

Saturday, March 26, 2016


Oh my gosh! I cannot believe it's been five years!!! Seriously! Five years! Five short years since I got my sweetie pie, my heart kitty, my Leo the Chinese Lion!

Sometimes it feels like he's been here forever, sometimes like he's only been here a little while, but I'm glad he's mine, glad he's here!

Want to read my first blog post about when we got him? It's HERE

Not only did I get Leo five years ago, but Chrystal's readers encouraged me to start a blog so they could keep up with him, and so I also got all of you! I am very thankful for all the friendships and blog buddies we have because of Leo's adoption! We love you all!

Here are some of my favorite, cute pictures of Leo from over the years!


I know that was a LOT of pictures, hopefully you scrolled fast! I had a hard time just picking a few favorites, there are so many!

Just two more, these are new ones!

Testing out a bed that's supposed to be for an upcoming fundraiser!
Leo: I give it 24 toes up! Not sure you're gonna get to sell it though..

And here's the end!
Leo: I'm glad I got gotcha-ed! And I loves my mommy! But all this partying and picture looking is exhausting, so it's nap time now! Turn out the lights please?
Happy Gotcha Day darling boy! We love you lots!

If you can, if you would, dear friends, would you go over to Daily Dose and see the adoptable kitties? This is where Leo came from and we would love for more kitties to be adopted from there! They are over full at the moment and really need help. So if you could share the kitties and ask your friends to also, you might be the person who helps get a great cat into a wonderful home! Thank you!
Oh, and if you buy her book, available on her sidebar, you can read about how she found Leo! He's in the book! (Donations and wish list items always appreciated there too, every little bit helps!)

Friday, March 25, 2016

Footsie Friday

I love Cashmere's feet. For all her silver and gray and black mixed fur, her feet are solid black. They're like little soft mink feetsies!

Cashmere: zzzzzNoTouchieTheToesieszzzzzzz
(Actually, she will allow toe touching, but only when she wants to)
Here's where I usually wish you all a great weekend and will see you again on Monday. But tomorrow is a big important day here! So we'll see you then!