Sunday, January 6, 2013

My New Christmas Baby

by Leann

Last week I offered pictures of my granddaughters, including the new Sweeney, Meika, born to my son and daughter-in-law on November 30th. But there is a new Christmas baby at our temporary house in Greenwood.

Here's the deal. When we came home from visiting our family in the Pacific Northwest after Christmas, our first stop was at the kennel to pick Rosie the dog and Wexford the cat. It's a new kennel to us. Back in Texas, I always used a petsitter for the cats and the dog went to a kennel (where she had a great time). But since I only had one cat, I couldn't leave Wexford home for long hours between petsitter visits.

Rosie was happy and fine when we picked up the pets, but Wexford was another story. He must have lost 2 pounds and he didn't even look like he'd been grooming himself. I felt horrible! I had been looking for another kitten for a while but Wexford is so shy, I was looking for the right match. (He has ALWAYS been shy since the minute he arrived in my life. Just his nature). The kennel stay convinced me I had to get a new kitten right away. We are planning a trip to NYC in May and I cannot leave poor Wexford there again.

The shelter cats I looked at (and they're weren't many kittens thanks to Christmas, which is not a bad thing!!) were not the right fit. Too aggressive or too shy--and neither of those personality types would be a good fit. I found a woman in northern South Carolina who had ONE KITTEN left from a litter of ragdolls. Since Wexford is a ragdoll, I called and then visited. I liked what I saw. A confident and yet sweet little boy cat.

Yesterday I brought him home. I have been debating on a mystery-related name and took into consideration all the names my facebook friends have suggested. But when I had a chance to really meet him and see how he handled walking into a new home, I knew he was Marlowe--for Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. My new baby is a cool customer with a curious mind. He has been exhausted from the travel, but I can offer one picture of my sweet new boy!

As for Wexford, he's not a happy camper right now. For the first time ever I have heard him hiss and growl. But I suspect one day soon, he will be very glad to have a new friend. I know I am!

What about you? Did you get anything extra-special for the holidays?





12 comments:

Karenmomofthree said...

Oh I am in love, what a cutie! Thank you for sharing him!

Kate Midnight Book Girl said...

He's gorgeous!! We brought home a new kitty this summer because we'd lost our girl cat (it was a year last month) and Riley(our big orange male cat) did not take too kindly to Alabama (our new girl kitty). There was much hissing- mostly on Riley's part, but within a few days they were fine. Riley occasionally still gets grumpy, but he's almost 10 now, and he's pretty good at keeping the kitty entertained most of the time. :) Good luck with yours!

Aurian said...

Ooo he is gorgeous! I hope your Wexford will get used to him soon Leann.

Dru said...

Congrats on the new kitty and I think Wexford and Marlowe will get along soon.

Booklady said...

My husband gave me a baby hedgehog (8 weeks old) for my birthday which is in early December. I've adopted a number of hedgehogs over the years - always older - an apparently with health problems. Olivia (I name them all after children's book characters) is the youngest and healthiest one I've had. AND she doesn't prickle up when I hold her. I can actually pet/hold her without gloves. My husband also right after Thanksgiving - received his service dog for PTSD and other military related ailments. She's the same age as Olivia, a beautiful black lab named Sapper. So our holidays have been spent getting the new family members settled in. Marlowe is gorgeous. Congratulations!

Beverly aka Booklady

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks everyone. I must say Marlowe is not the least bit intimidated by Wexford's dramatics. He keeps trying to make friends and has already won the dog over. Cute!

Booklady, how wonderful about your hedgehog AND Snapper. Service do great things!

Jeannie D. said...

He is gorgeous. Your story reminds me of how my Husband and I decided to get a friend for our then 7 year old male Persian, Scooter. We found a little reacue Maine coon girl who was 6 months old. She is polydactyl. I will never forget the look Scooter had when "it" crawled out of the carrier. I felt so sorry for him. Now they are 9 and almost 3. They love each other most days but somedays our lovely little Clawdene Girlie Girl decides it is time to shake up Scooter's world and it is on!

Katreader said...

Congratulations on your new family member. I added a kitten, Licorice, to the family in September. The other cats are still not too pleased. probably because he runs along and tackles them! The dog doesn't seem to mind too much.

Leann Sweeney said...

Wexford's dramatics have waned a little. Rosie the labradoodle is fine with it all. Marlowe is eating like a horse. Being the runt, he had to make up for lost food! :-)

ANNETTE said...

No new pets, but your new baby is a heart stealer.

Rachelle21 said...

We had trouble when we brought Reese home. Our male (Snickers) and Ms Reese alternate between play and fighting, it seems. Miss Skittles will put up with a kiss from Reese but that's about it.
Our newest addition was a camera so now we both can take pictures.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Annette! And Rachelle, I love your candy themed names! SO cute!