Thursday, August 19, 2010

All You Need Is Love

After my kitty passed away last week, a very wise woman on Facebook told me that I'd heal quicker if I rescued another cat. I took her advice. In fact, I took it an extra length and adopted a pair of brothers from our local shelter.

For ages, I've been talking to friends and family about buying a Siamese or an Abyssinian or a Bengal to commemorate my 40th b-day this Saturday. In the end, however, I couldn't do it. I knew there were cats waiting for me in the shelter and so I packed the kids in the car and off we went to meet some of them.

Wow, picking just two out of the fifty some beautiful kittens was tough! In the end, however, the cats chose us. These two tabby brothers stuck their paws out of their cage and nearly tripped me, drawing my attention to the bottom most shelf and to their beautiful gray faces and the rumble of their purrs.

It was over from that moment. And now Merry and Pippin (named after the hobbits from Tolkien's books) are home.

I am so in love!

Have you brought home a new animal this year? Have you ever rescued an animal from a shelter? Feel free to share names and stories. These will make us all smile!

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

So very cute! One of my cats, Equinox, suddenly died February. I had planned on adopting another cat but never could do it. Then my nephew rescued a cat from the side of the road. Now he's at my home, happy as can be. I love animals. I'd have a house full of cats if I could afford them. And if they didn't smell.

Linda McDonald said...

Merry and Pippin (great names by the way) are so cute. And I totally believe that they chose you. We adopted our white german shepherd almost nine years ago from the county animal shelter. When I looked in her kennel, she was very quiet, got up and licked me through the chain link. We had to wait a couple of days while she got spayed and then we brought her home and she has been a valued family member ever
since. Congrats on your new family members. They are adorable. Oh, and Happy Birthday Saturday! I'll be turning 40 in Sept. Cheers to us 1970 Gals!

Linda Leszczuk said...

When our little cocker, Sandy, died suddenly on Thanksgiving day, my husband and I agreed to wait until after the holidays before heading to our local shelter. We lasted until the first weekend in January. Brandi was there waiting for us and became part of our family that day. A couple years later, Chance walked into our lives (actually ran...he followed my daughter-in-law home on her morning run). Now Brandi is 14 and Chance is 12. She suffers from severe arthritis and he was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure, so I know we have some painful days ahead. But when the time comes for these two beautiful souls to head for the Rainbow Bridge, we will grieve, and then we'll head back to the shelter. Our family wouldn't be complete without a dog.

Maggie Sefton said...

What sweet kitties! I love it.

Yes, I've adopted my last two puppies (now beloved family dogs) from Lifeline Puppy Rescue here in Colorado.

When my dear Sampson passed at 15, Carl was lonely, and I found Katy, my Border Collie (short-haired) & Black Lab mix. She immediately started bossing Rottie Carl around at 12 lbs. Then---when lung cancer took my sweet, sweet Carl in 2008, Katy was bereft, truly. And I found my crazy boy, Max--Blue Tick Hound & Black Lab.

Our pets are pure love in our lives.

~ Babs ~ said...

Merry & Pippin are so cute. I am glad you found them and they needed you as well.

All of our pets are rescues. My husband was working out of town and one of the other companies that was working with his was there as well. One of the other guys was going to sit out a 8 week old siberian husky as his wife did not want him and he didn't know what else to do. My husband called me and asked if I wanted him he was so cute. We already had 4 cats and that was it and said sure I can not turn down a helpless animal. So, I drive the 3 hours down to get the little fellow which is now Winter and since then we have rescued 8 other siberian huskies and 1 extra cat. Fourteen pets and 3 kids now and trying to get a little girl.
We are a big rescue/adoptive family all my boys are adopted as well. I wish I had a big farm and house and I would take in all the animals and children I could. They all need loving.

tonya kappes said...

I'm so sorry about your baby. BUT YES I got a rescue schnauzer from the local police. Herbie had hernias where they kicked him, they cut the pads off his paws, distemper disease, they neutered him themselves. Needless to say he WAS the best companion ever. When he did die after having him for 10 years, I tried to wait, but got another schnauzer and it did help my bleeding heart even though I still miss him every day.

Sheila Connolly said...

I so agree with you! When we lost Felix last year, we were at the local shelter (which took some hunting just to find) within the month. I'd always wanted a pair of affectionate siblings, and that's exactly what we got.

There's no such thing as a "replacement" pet--they all have their own personalities. But I have to say that Dexter and Lila are the most people-friendly cats I've ever met. They assume only the best about the world and everyone in it.

One last note: when we were at the shelter, the cat section was overflowing, literally--cats everywhere--because so many people couldn't afford to feed them and were dumping them. There are a lot of wonderful animals in shelters who need homes.

Harbingerdc said...

All out fur babies have been rescues. Right now we have 2 dogs and 2 cats.

We lost 2 very dear cats last fall. One of which, Moonshadow, was a 6-week-old, black, long-hair with some Maine coon in his background. He did the same thing to me as you described - stuck out his paw and stopped me in my tracks. It was love at first sight and he was the head cat for 18 of his 19 years with us.

Rosangela Neres said...

Your cats are so cute, congratulations!!! I have a 4-years-old white male cat named Victor Hugo, and I love him so much!!! He's really special, so smart and very cute.

My cat was a donation from my sister-in-law and since then he has brought much happiness to hubby and I.

Enjoy your new friends :)

BJ Miller said...

Your new family members are adorable! I have rescued all of my dogs from my local shelter and what an amazing experience it has been. The first dog I rescued was a mix breed (we never found out what he was) his name was Sydney Oscar. Unfortunately, he passed away in January 2008 from a 9 month battle with kidney disease. 2 months before he passed I adopted a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua I named Phoebe Sue. Phoebe had been abused and was only 10 months old, we bonded the first second I saw her and she comforted Sydney during his last 2 months. In June 2008 I rescued another dog, this time a Cairin Terrier/Yorkie named Shelby Ann. Shelby has been a wonderful addition to our family as she is very protective of the "baby" Phoebe.

Enjoy your new additions, I'm sure they will bless your life in many wonderful ways.

Anonymous said...

All my kitties are rescues, two torties (sadly, now deceased) from the streets of Baltimore and the rest from my own neighborhood. I live in the city but there are woods across the street from my house. I am convinced that people drive by and dump unwanted cats, assuming they can take care of themselves.

Also, people have moved out and left their cats behind. That's how I ended up with Clyde. I have recently noticed two friendly dark colored tabbies wandering around the area so I assume the people who moved out last month left them. I plan to catch them soon and try to find new homes for them.

This spring, I rescued 3 kittens, a tortie, a tabby, and a black one, from the neighborhood. I kept the tortie, and my vet put the other two up for adoption at her clinic. They were both adopted by the same family.

Even though you are grieving the loss of your kitty, it was a good idea to adopt the two brothers who need you. They won't replace the one you lost but they will provide you with much love and joy. Maybe that will help ease the grief you feel.

Shirley in Baltimore

Heather Webber said...

They're adorable, Jenn! I'm so glad they found you.

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

I'm so happy for you, JB. They're beautiful boys. :)

This summer, a friend launched Kitten Palooza - an effort to rescue three (!!) litters of kittens from a nearby feral colony. One of the little dudes fostered with us. He only weighed half a pound when he arrived. We called him Peanut.

Last month, "Peanut" went to his forever home -- that of cozy author Melissa Bourbon/Misa Ramirez. Her five kids adore him. He went through a number of "test names" (my favorite was Optimus Prime). Now, he's Pablo Boba Fett Ramirez, and he's thriving on all the love.

Kate Collins said...

What a lovely story, Jenn. I wish everyone would adopt from shelters to put an end to unsafe breeding practices. My beautiful calico found us one rainy November day. She was bloated from hunger, covered with fleas, but amazingly had been neutered, so we assume someone dumped her. She was the best cat I've ever owned and my baby for 14 years.

Laura said...

So glad you could find your sweet babies to help you through your loss. My own sweet Pippin, a seven-year-old who could be a brother to your new family members, came home with me after being the only one left in a litter. The litter owners were going to take him to the animal shelter the next day, but he was too cute and I just had to have him.
I know you'll love yours as much as I've loved mine!

Avery Aames said...

I rescued our cute lab/chow pup (now 13 years old) Max from the shelter. Previously I found my red-boned hound mix Angel at a park, abandoned and skin and bones. She passed away last year at the ripe age of 17 and a half.

Love and hugs to you.

Avery

AveryAames.com
Mystery Lovers' Kitchen

Susan said...

I have two dogs, and while only one came from a shelter, they were both rescues. Princess, my little Boston Terrier, was brought into a pet shop I was working at in college along with her siblings by one of our breeders. She was a third the size of the others, and when I brought her to the vet (which we did with all animals that came in for sale) we found out she had a heart murmur and probably wouldn't live more than five years. When the breeder found out he couldn't sell her, he was going to put her down, so I asked to keep her. She and I have the same heart murmur, but hers healed itself as she grew, and she is living a full and healthy life now. Rocco, my Min Pin was a rescue from a shelter who had been abused and left in an abandoned house. When I got him, he was skin and bones, had a broken tail, ribs that had been broken, and scars on his face. He used to scream like someone was killing him if I left the house for anything, and it took us several months of work before he trusted me to come back home again. Both of my babies are four years old now, and the sweetest puppies ever...so long as you're not threatening me or my boys because then Rocco thinks he's a Dobie instead of a Min Pin.

Leann Sweeney said...

LOVE your new babies! So so precious! I found one of my cats at the grocery store (he was a skeleton and now he's gorgeous) and another one I rescued from a cat show. She didn't belong there--and to this day, 13 years later--it still freaks her out to be picked up. She will come to me, but was handled so much, it just scarred her for life. Some cats are not made to be spectacles. They just want to be loved.

Carole said...

Good for you for rescuing not one, but two precious kitties! When a beloved pet dies, I believes it honors him/her to take in another pet soon - and is very healing at the same time. We have three precious kitties who bring so much love and companionship to our lives.

Jan said...

Congrats. All of my furbabies are rescues, and It's so hard to lose a baby and bring another into the house. These boys look absolutely adorable and they are so very lucky!

Rural View said...

My last dog was a mixed breed who had been tied up and thrown into a pond to die. She managed to crawl up onto dry land and cried until someone called the humane society. All Melissa wanted was to be loved and she was a wonderful companion.

Helen Kiker said...

These posts are very touching and you are a loving group to have taken in so many shelter pets. I do not have any pets now but did get a cocker spaniel from a shelter when our children were young. We got her when she was 7 years old and she lived to 13.

Helen Kiker
hdkiker@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

We lost our sweet Tigger to cancer in Oct/07 and she sent us signs several months later that it was time to look for a new furbaby. Our two-year-old Westie Darby was part of a large group of Westies rescued from one of those evil dog auctions in MO by Westie Rescue Tennessee. She and her three brothers and her parents were all up for auction...the pups were only 4 1/2 weeks old! We brought Darby home on Mother's Day/08 when she was 6 1/2 weeks old as WRTN learned that two of the Westies they brought back were expecting and foster homes for puppies are few & far between

When we got Darby, our older Westie Pooh Bear was 13...yes, a 13-year-old & a 7 wk old puppy! Pooh was diagnosed with Diabetes in Oct/08...last October she developed pancreatitis and in less than 48 hours our beloved girl was gone.

It took a little longer, but in late May I contacted several Westie rescues to let them know we were looking for a puppy or young Westie girl. Westie Rescue Southeast went to another MO dog auction and sure enough, one of the females they brought back was expecting...and on July 13 seven puppies were born in FREEDOM.

On September 11, we'll meet our new baby (I'm keeping the name secret for now ;-) ) and bring her home. And more good news...her mom Iris will retire from breeding and find her own loving furever home!

Andrea C. said...

Cute cats and cute names! I have always found it amazing how animals at the shelter (or wherever you may get them) pick you instead of you picking them. That is how it worked when I rescued my cat as a child...and my other pets too! Enjoy your new bundles of fluff! :) I know adopting my new dogs soon after my former husky died helped a lot with my lonliness!

jbstanley said...

I love all the pet names and rescue stories. Between all of us, look how many animals we've saved! If only the rest of the world would spay and neuter their animals we might get a grip on the feral animal problem. Thanks for sharing!

Jenny said...

Taking rescue cats is a great thing to do. Up until a couple of years ago we always had cats, that's for about 35 years, and they were all strays or from the cats protection league, all were much loved and individual creatures. Your boys are beautiful, I wish you many many wonderful years together.

Kaye Killgore said...

What cute kitties. When my dogs both died, I waited about a year before I was ready. I went to our local no-kill cat shelter and came home with bonded, probably littermates, although they had been shelter kitties and that shelter did not have historical information. Oreo and Chocolate are about 6 or 7, and are very much their own "person", they are personality plus girls.

Anna said...

All our dogs have been shelter dogs thus far and probably will always be. My boyfriend and I love Australian cattledogs and have been fortunate enough to find some really special ones in our area.
Odin was my boyfriend's first dog. Rescued at the tender age of 10, Joe got Odin literally the day before he was scheduled to be put down at the pound. Would have been such a shame! I know everyone thinks this, but Odin was just the best, well-behaved dog ever. Hearing the story of his adoption, I confess, is what partly had me agree to go out with my boyfriend in the first place.
Our dog Loki, rescued in Cary, NC, was with us and Odin for only 3 months before a sudden escape. Fast forward exactly one year and the lovely addition of Medea (an adorable AC runt), we suddenly get a call from the Staunton Animal Control...they're found Loki! It was truly amazing, especially as Odin was suffering from kidney failure. We got Loki back after running wild for a year, only to put Odin down 3 days later. Some say miracle, I don't hesitate to agree!
Sum of it all: adopting shelter dogs is amazing :-)

Valerie Consoer said...

Tonya, it was so good of you to save your fur baby. Cruel ppl just amaze me sometimes. How can ppl be so cruel to animals? I'll never ever understand it.

JB, your fur babies are quite handsome gentlemen. I love it when ppl save siblings. I hope that next time we save anything at the shelter, we can save a pair of siblings. I love the names as well! You did a very good thing.

My mom and I just recently had to put our faithful friend, Ellie May, to sleep. She was the best little dog I had ever had! I had her from the time I was 12 to just a month ago. She was very entertaining and had the greatest little face! Anyway, my mom finally realized that she couldn't go without a dog. For a week, I looked everywhere imaginable for a dog for my mom. Honestly, I think I was just looking for another Ellie May. My mom looked herself and found a little chihuahua/yorkie mix that we call a yorkiwawa. His name is Kirby and he's the biggest little sponge we've ever met. All he wants is lovins! And he doesn't have the typical chihuahua yip. He makes us laugh and we were very lucky to find him. I'm so glad that my mom found herself a friend that needs her attention. It makes my heart feel good knowing that so many ppl save shelter animals!

Vickie said...

What handsome boys!
No rescue pets this year and won't for a while. DH wants to make sure one of us is retired retired and home to hang with the dog. It will have to be a dog and a terrier type due to DH's allergies. So no cats.
My two cats I've had in the past, Shadow and Whisper, both were from shelters and chose me the way your two boys chose you. Paws out and patting my arm to get my attention.

Aryn said...

What beautiful boys! Your house is going to be full of the kitten crazies for a while - I am jealous!

No new pets for us this year - but we already have 2 dogs and 4 cats. The dogs are Boxers, so their energy is limitless. The cats are at least all over 8 years old, so they pretty much sleep all day. Keeping up with so many pets is exhausting, as I scoop litter boxes every single day and constantly slean up hair and other mess so that our house doesn't smell bad (and I use the best HEPA filters). But I wouldn't trade any of them for anything!

I also love the names Merry and Pippin. I like it when names go together like that, although my cats are proof that you should never let your husband (who was 24-27 at the time) name your cats. Our brother/sister cats are Ike and Tina and then we have Marvin and Smokey. We have the most musical cats ever!

ozone3 said...

What beautiful kitties!! They look just like my kitty did.

I didn't rescue her from a shelter, but she just showed up on my back porch on a 14° day in February 1994. After a couple of days, she just wouldn't leave, so I knew she was destined to be mine. Loved that baby with all my heart for 11 years, until we had to have her PTS in November, 2005. Still miss her till this day.

Lover of Books said...

In the past, we have rescued two cats. The second one went back cause as much as we loved him, he needed to be an outdoor kitty and we lived in a two bedroom apartment. It just wasn't going to work but we tried.

The first one did go back now the only reason is because my oldest was a baby and I could no longer give him the attention he needed.

Right now we are looking at getting a sheltie. My oldest is 6 and my youngest is 1. So I get a little help plus we have a house and room to roam in it unlike a two bedroom apartment! I cannot wait to get a Shetland Sheepdog. We are looking at a rescue place but it may take awhile since we do have young kids. I am willing to wait!

Krista

Heather said...

Just read today about Leo. How very sad. I too lost a precious pet named Garfield. I still miss him three and half years later. However, other felines have come to my life that I can spoil and love on and in someway still feel that I honor Gar's memory. These new beautiful grey tabbys will fill your life with joy I'm sure.

Kelly L said...

Merry and Pippin are sooo cute! I'm so glad that they found you to adopt them. My husband and I took in a stray in our neighborhood in December and made her a house cat. We named her McLovin' since I love Gray's Anatomy.

mary kennedy said...

I'm very glad you adopted these adorable cats!! Love the names Merry and Pippin. I made a donation in Leo's name to a cat rescue group in your hometown. I have got to curb my "cat rescue" as I am running out of space (I have 8 cats, all rescues.) Somehow I always find wonderful cats who need my help. All 8 of them just showed up in my yard...

Judy Alter said...

Seven and a half years ago I rescued an Australian shepherd from the Humane Society where he had a bad case of cage fever. He is the sweetest, most lovable dog I've ever had, but there are some things about civilized life in a household that he will never get. Recently I read about a program called Mutt Makeovers that gives shelter dogs to professional trainers for ten weeks and then offers them for adoption. If Scooby had that advantage he'd be the perfect dog. My training took the rough edges off, but he could stand a lot more. Still I adore him.