Welcome ‘Oz’


Before I introduce you I want to say thank you to Rufus whose friendship taught us again that love comes in many shapes and sizes. We were terribly sad to say goodbye to him last week. His love paved the way for another family member to come on board … as a buddy for us and for Teddy.

Did you know that you cannot walk into a pet store in our area and buy a cat? They may have cats and kittens in the store – just not to be purchased on the spot. We were caught a little off guard. We haven’t gone looking for a cat for over ten years. Times have changed. I think for the better! You can adopt a cat after applying to one of the agencies that look after stray cats, feral cats, or abandoned cats. The cats in our local pet stores are wards of these groups. We met some great people from the Spay Neuter Kingston Initiative. They had this little guy in their care. He was born into a feral cat colony in the Napanee area. Kim and Dale came out to our place to meet us and to be certain that our home would be a safe and caring place for him. How great is that? This afternoon we went down to the city to meet up with them and to bring him home. His foster family sent his bed with him and a delightful gift bag of goodies – some to eat and many to play with. He is not at all shy and has spent the day racing from one room to another – playing with toys – being captivated by birds outside the windows – and hanging around his new big brother Teddy. I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

Meanwhile, the outside critters spent much of the day in the woods. I think they discovered that there is much less ice up there. It was a beautiful sunny day with next to no wind. I love looking out the windows to see them snoozing on the hillside. When I was out doing chores Darby and Bella were playing a great game of ‘Made You Look!’ They get me every time.

It was good to enjoy this weather. There is an ice storm wreaking havoc across the American midwest that is heading our way tomorrow night and Tuesday. I have never seen our paddocks look so much like skating rinks! I’m hoping we get enough sunshine tomorrow before the storm to first melt some ice away. Here’s hoping!

6 comments on “Welcome ‘Oz’”

  1. Oh, he looks like a sweetie! What a doll. Yes, it is good that the adoption agencies take care to place the animals well. I know he has found a good home with you and your family. The donkeys, as usual, look happy! Good luck with the ice storm. I have never seen a winter like this one, with our donkey’s paddock almost sheer ice for a time. It’s not a good scene.

    1. I have sure learned a few tricks about making safe trails!! I’m usually fastidious about picking up manure. I even get teased by neighbours and friends as they figure I must just stand behind them with my rake. It makes a great trail gripper if you can get it fresh and plop it on the ice! Go figure! Ha!

  2. Welcome Oz. You have been lucky enough to be adopted by a great family! I am sure you will settle in quickly(and so will your new family members)

  3. Mr Midnight and Sir Winston, my two furry friends over at the “Gilmours Nice Place” blog, say “Hi Oz!” and hope he soon fits into what appears to be a great family. 🙂

  4. I was talking with Betty – Lou today and learned that she too has some new feline additions to her family.

    I forward your email about Oz to her as well.

    Love #9 😄😄😄😄

    Sent from my iPhone


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