I’ve mentioned my kitties on here a couple of times now, so I figured it was about time for a more formal introduction. You’ll likely be hearing about them off and on around here. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll probably be seeing them even more often! I can’t help it, they’re just so darn cute (smile)! So without further adieu I give you –
Oxford and I found each other in Miami during my first semester of law school. I grew up on a small farm and there was always an animal nearby. When I finally made up my mind that I could handle a full time companion I went to the local shelter looking for a female kitten, preferably not white. But like so many things in life, you don’t always get what you want so much as what you need. With Oxford it was love at first sight. He was a 4-5 month old kitten/cat, solid white except for a black mark on his neck. He’s traveled the country with me; seen boyfriends, friends, jobs, and apartments come and go; and loved me through it all. We’ve been together for 8 years now (it’s so hard to believe it has been that long!) and he’s still the love of my life.
Some of Oxford’s favorite things: feathers, bells, sunshine, kitty treats, anything black, and napping (preferably on or as near to me as possible).
Some of Oxford’s least favorite things: vacuum cleaner, plastic bags, and water.
Sadie is her own special story. I’d been thinking of adding another cat to the family to keep Oxford company/active. My boyfriend/roommate at the time was looking for a dog. When we found a litter of kittens in the bushes outside my office the debate was settled. The kittens ranged from white to gray to one little black ball of fur. Sadie was supposedly the “runt” of her litter, but her personality was (and still is) much larger. She came home in a box hissing and spitting the whole way. I’d forgotten what a challenge it can be to raise a tiny little kitten! But with a little extra care and attention she grew up just fine. Technically she was my boyfriend’s cat and they had a great love for one another. He was a decided dog person until Sadie came along; now I think it’s safe to say he’s equal opportunity. When we broke up he moved into a place that wouldn’t allow Sadie to go with him, so she came with Oxford and I (don’t worry, we’re still friends and he has “visitation”). She is Oxford’s opposite in every possible way – he’s white, she’s black; he loves to cuddle, she generally does not; he listens and then sneaks around to do something, she just blatantly does it. It’s been a different experience with Sadie, but she’s really become part of the “family” over the last two years and now I can’t imagine home without her!
Some of Sadie’s favorite things: kitty condo, twist ties, super soft blankets, snuggling with Oxford and canned tuna.
Some of Sadie’s lease favorite things: heights, being told no, and being carried.
P.S. And Turtle too…
As previously mentioned, I also have a little box turtle. He & I have been together for well over a decade now and he has logged some serious cross-country mileage. His official name is Mortimer, but he usually just goes by Turtle. Sadie and Turtle have a love/hate fascination with one another; Oxford gave up on getting into the tank years ago thankfully!
Do you have pets at home? If so, give me details – what kind, how many, etc. I’d love to hear about them!!