Our feline buddies are in charge of the indoor space of the Meadow.
Teddy and Rufus grew up here together – Rufus arriving in 2006 and Teddy in 2007.
Rufus was my shadow. Where ever I was … there he would be! I often felt guilty even getting up to go to the washroom … as sure enough he’d wake himself up and follow me. We were very sad to have to say goodbye to Rufus in January of 2017.
We didn’t want Teddy to end up being a solo cat – believing they are much healthier when they have a buddy to chase and wrestle with. So Oz found his way to us. At first Teddy wasn’t sure he could manage a young’n!
It seems though that Oz is working his way into Teddy’s heart as quickly as he has worked his way into ours.
And then in the summer of 2018 a mother cat showed up on our front porch with four kittens. They were all little tabby cats. We helped them through that summer and then with the help of a local organization that fosters feral cats found them homes … all but one little gaffer. He was the most friendly when they lived here and we had called him Smoke. Couldn’t leave him out there waiting … so we scooped him back up and brought him home.
It has been wonderful. Somehow little Smoke has totally endeared himself to us all – big cats included. He has upped the energy level and there is a lot of wrestling and racing going on.
And … as is the way with pets … who often leave this world before we do … we had to say goodbye to Teddy the fall of 2019. Oz and Smokey now carry on the feline tradition on their own.