Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day to Fur-Baby Moms!


By Ellery Adams

Mother's Day is tomorrow and I've been thinking about my mom and how I never realized how much she did for me until I became a mom.

But moms of two-legged creatures aren't the only moms. Here's how I know this:

At five a.m. yesterday, two of my cats were play-fighting and took things too far. They started yowling and hissing and I had to get out of bed and scold them. Sounds like a mom breaking up a fight between to human siblings, right?

At sixty-thirty, two of my four cats were crying for breakfast. They were quite insistent and wouldn't stop complaining until I served them their Fancy Feast.

At seven, a third cat wanted to help me make the bed. He loves to play hide-and-seek in the sheets, and I laughed out loud while making a tunnel for him with the comforter.

Before taking my other kids to school, I had to clean up a cat puke, received a nice rub on the calf and a host of purrs from another cat, and promised that cat that sits on my printer while I write that I'll be home soon.

And I realized that while I had two biological children, I also had four, furry adoptive children. So here's to you moms of furry and feathered children. Because you give all your tender love and care to animals who can't say "thank you" with words, I'll say thank you for them. You're an amazing mom and you're doing a great job!

 If you're an animal mom, tell us the names of the animals you love so well!

29 comments:

Jamie L. said...

Emmy is my black cat. Layla is my calico. Pepper is my black cat with a dab of white! They are my whole heart!

Barb Goffman said...

You know my fur baby, Scout, who sends wags and woofs.

Lynn Stadel said...

First I just had to ask is sixty thirty cat for six thirty? lol

My cat's name is Harlowe I only got him 2 months ago when his old owner told me he was not getting along with her other 2 cats, luckily I was looking to get a cat so this worked out great for me. Until this week he was constantly attacking me and only me (I guess this was a test to see if I would throw him to the curb, I apparently passed the test.) :)

Janie Mathis said...

We have Angel, Ginger, Lily and Mister. All are beautiful and loving, and each one has a definite personality.

Lynda said...

Thanks Ellery. You are so right - being a mom to fur kids is a lot of work and not a lot of "thank you's", but it is rewarding. My curent Siamese kitties are Socrates (Socks) and Princess Isabella (Bella). My polydactyl Maine Coon (who I lost after 20 years together) was named Mittens (not real creative, but her big ol' paws looked like mittens). I currently have 3 fosters from the County shelter. I named the momma (who's an Abyssinian) Abby Rose (nod to Leann Sweeney's character). Her 2 babies are a little young to be positive what their sexes are (I THINK they are a boy and girl), so I'll wait a week or two more before naming them. I have 5 outside feral/stray cats. The family of 3 in the back yard I just call Momma Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. The front yard strays I call Baby Girl and Greyson (the backyard ferals won't allow the front yard strays back there, so we have some noisy encounters occasionally - often under my bedroom window at odd hours). Yep - it can be as much work as taking care of human kids.

Melissa said...

You know my Tara! She runs my life and I wouldn't have it any other way ;) Wonderful post!!!

Harbingerdc said...

We have one dog left and all of our cats are waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. But, today, we are going to pick up two little kitties from a local rescue group.
I can't wait to be a cat mommy again!!

Moira said...

Lovely post ! I have my precious kitty Chopin (he enjoys playing the "piano" on my computer LOL, getting me up at 5h30, licking yogourt off my finger and he gives the best kitty hugs). Then I am auntie to two other kitties (who spend 2 weeks here twice a year and I with them for one month in the summer) - Sophie, who is Chopin's girlfriend, and Cali who unfortunately does not really like anyone but my best BIL. And of course, we have our wonderful great big goofy retreiver Oliver

Ellery Adams said...

There are some great names on here. I have to jot some of these down for future books!

Kristin said...

I have a Beagle mix named Rosie. She often nudges me in the middle of the night to go out to do her business. My husband said once that she was preparing us for when we had our biological children. Right now she's curled up on the bed with my husband, but she usually tries to follow me around everywhere.

Sue said...

I have Sadie, a cocapoo who was adopted from the shelter, Brat the cat who was given to my daughter in 2000, and Lucy the budgie who was named after Lucille Ball. Phoebe the crazy dog, who learned to chase her tail on command and jump up on her hind feet when I yelled "Touchdown, Tennessee' and Jass who was my tiny toy poodle and babysitter for mentioned above daughter are both waiting at the rainbow bridge. Happy mother's day to all of you, be it furbabies or other babies.

Jeannie D. said...

What a cute post! I have two fur babies. My big old black and white boy Persian, Scooter. My little diva Maine Coon Polydactyl, Clawdene Girlie Girl. Scooter is getting old on me, he will be 10 this year. Girlie is 2, a big kitten really. She gets into the biggest messes. I had to laugh at the 6:30 Fancy Feast, that sounds just like her. She will actually come pat my face with her big paw, like Hey! Hey! you gonna get up? Happy Mother's Day to you!

Anonymous said...

Darn, tried to post an lost my entry. I have 6 furbabies, one of the "benefits" of pet sitting, but my family is complete. Bernie is the latest entry,a PyrMix clocking in at 88lbs, who has managed to pass muster with Gracie the Cattle Dog (mom didn't give me a job so I have taken up the role of dominatrix of the pack!) and Charlie the Cocker who gets the memo 10 minutes after everyone else. Tiger Lewey the Bengal thinks he is part of the dog pack, except when he has to visit his two girls who have taken safe haven in separate rooms since Big Bernie showed up- which is fine with TL cause he loves him some Bernie(85lbsvs11lbs). Happy Mother's Day to you Ellery(my guys are jealous of Havilland since he distracts me from them sometimes).Georgete Thaler

Karen Candee said...

For Mother's Day each year my husband gives me a card and flowers from his two dogs - Lucy and Poochi.


Annette Johnson said...

What a nice post!!! We have two senior cats-Joey and Gracie and within the last two weeks my son brought home a kitten named that I named Lucy, my husband wants to call her Sweet Pea but I think she looks like a Lucy.

7LucyP said...

The names of my four furry cat children are: Maybelle, Lucy, Joie, and Phoebe.

Sue said...

Thank you for thinking of those of us that only have furry kids. I have 2 spoiled beagles - Angie and Benton-- and two cats - Malachi and Jenny MuffTuff. Malachi, even though he's a male should also be celebrating mother's day because he "raised" the 2 beagles when they were babies.

Sara said...

I proudly admit to being " Westie-whipped" here in Ohio. We have 5-year-old Darby MacKenzie, saved at a dog auction at only 4 1/2 weeks old ( thank you Westie Rescue TN!) and soon-to-be 3 Caleigh Elizabeth MacGregor, rescued " in utero" at another auction by Westie Rescue SE. They are 100% terrier... active, mischievous and loving and our lives would be empty without them. I have to include our furangels Pooh Bear & Tigger as they live on in my heart.

Anonymous said...

I have a new fur baby, SusiQ, a Shorkie. She is 9 weeks old, got her when she was 6 weeks. It is amazing how she has taken over our hearts and TV room, toys everywhere. We have two other pets, Brandi a poocock and Samantha our peek, waiting at the Rainbow bridge since September waiting with our other dogs over the the years. They give us so much love and ask so little in return. Thank you for this lovely post and Happy Mothers day to all fur baby Moms.

Diane said...

I have Jennie, a 12 year old (at a guess)whippet or mix I adopted when she was 9, and a sweet, very small (when I got her, she was a bit over 6 lbs) about 11 year old cat, Mackenzie, I adopted from the SPCA last August. Mackenzie is blind, deaf and has had a passel of health problems that seem to come up one at a time. But we're tackling them as they come. I have had many, both cats and dogs over the years and they are - except for these two - waiting at the Rainbow Bridge. I have never forgotten a one of them because they were each special, loving and very much loved.

Rachelle21 said...

Our fur babies are (Miss) Skittles who is a beautiful orange cat, Snickers (male) who loves to go outside (I take him to our back fenced in area and watch him when the weather allows.) Reese is a polydactyl and almost a year old. She is my lap cat and has been my baby since we became her parents when she was about 6 weeks old. She likes to rule the roast which has forced Snick to be more active and Skittles to act like a mommy cat at times. We usually add their names to cards to each other.

Anonymous said...

I have ten cats: Natalia Louisa, Nathan Louis, Carlton Edward (Chip), Boston Blackie, William Wayne, Casper Rudolph, Coco Chanel, Meisha Lee, Timothy Tyler, and Lucas Lorenzo - all rescues. And one Maltese: Nicole Lynn. Yes, quite a houseful!

Anonymous said...

I have 3 dogs & 2 cats, I love with all my heart. Devon is my Wheaton Scottish Terrier, Reba is my red headed Cairn Terrier mix, Lily is my Jack Russell Terrier Mix, Cassie is my 17 y/o grey/white cat & Tiki is my all grey cat, they were all adopted with lots of love!!!

SueAnn said...

We had Molly and Abby, for about 20yrs,,,til they passed on,,they were half sisters,,Goldens.Then came Curry and Maggie, rescue Goldens, for about 16 yrs and they are gone.Now we have sassy Bella! A mix we THINK of german shephard, and terrior..cute as can be...hell on 4 legs ! she is 7 mos..we got her when she was 6 weeks...she is coming into her own..FINALLY!! I hear you on the 5 AM stuff...Bella thinks that is when I am supposed to be awake!!!! I have loved all my girls with all my heart and soul..and even tho some are gone..they are still with me...they were my girls, after all!!!
What a great post! Happy Mothers' Day ladies!!!

Anonymous said...

I have five furbabies. A dog named Snuggles, he's a cockapoo. Two cats one named Garfield and the other named Sammy. Two robo hamsters named Scooby Doo and Shaggy. We rescued my two cats, one from the pound and one from the side of the road, he was so young and not ready to leave his furry mama either. I've always been a hamster person so, i've had hamsters throughout my life. I've gotten my cockapoo when he was only five weeks old and not ready to leave his furry mama, he is now six years old. He's my baby boy, I love him to pieces. I'm an animal lover through and through, I will always put my furbabies before humans. I love all my four legged children <3!!

Anonymous said...

3 cats...female seal point Siamese, male Blue Point Siamese, male Champagne Tonkinese...Memphis Belle, Presley and Elvis. I am 69 and never had children...so thanks for the Mother's Day Wishes for fur baby meowmommy!

Dru said...

Puffball was my favorite who is no longer with us.

Melissas Eclectic Bookshelf said...

I'm a mom to the wonderful Piper...he's a sweetheart...even now when he won't let me blog but insists on meowing and calling for me to come "love" ie brush him in the living room!

GladysMP said...

My baby is a Yellow Lab named Buddy.