It’s November – Thanksgiving Time!
Happy November Tabby Cat Club Members! This month is one that those of us who are BURD-fanciers, get to have our dreams come true when our families make Thanksgiving meals with turkey. If we’re lucky we get a share of the burd…..not just burds are prepared though – hams, roast beef, all kinds of delish people food is available – nobody wants to leave out the family kitty right?
Special Days This Month
NOVEMBER 1 – Halloween Aftermath Photo (full tummies, resting up after trick or treat, costumes, treats you got, etc.)
NOVEMBER 6 – Caption This (note we moved it from third Wednesday to FIRST)
NOVEMBER 20 – What Are You Thankful For? A celebration of family, food or home (note every month the THIRD Wednesday will be a different special photo day – we’ll let you know in the newsletter what each month’s photo should be)
November 28 – Thanksgiving (stop by the TCC for a feast!)
Featured Cat – Gracie (a continuation of her story)
Gracie and Mom July 2009
It is an interesting story about the day I picked out my mom and dad. Yes, I picked them out. I must say I had a lot of work to do when I decided that they were the ones.
It was way back on the 7th of July 2009, when I was wandering around the countryside. I heard a lot of laughter and talking, and smelled the aroma of good food. I immediately headed in the direction of all of the commotion and suddenly came upon what looked like a family picnic. This was a great find indeed. I immediately made my presence known and a few of the folks noticed me and “made up” to me really fast, but I found that the mom there wouldn't have anything to do with me. You see, I have since learned that she had her heart broken many times by outside cats. She would offer them food, water, play, anything that an outside kitty would want. But several of her cats, Sassy, Punkie, and Guy, just left and didn't come back. I didn't know at that time but she told the dad that she didn't want to get attached to anymore outside cats because of the sadness that she felt that they would wander off and leave again. I'm glad I didn't know all of this because I might have decided not to even give them a try.
I decided that I liked this family and that I would hang out and try to mooch some food off of them. The mom wouldn't pay me any attention but I didn't care because there were plenty of other folks there who did. After the dad noticed me he started petting me, then he would kind of play with me, and the best yet was that, before I knew it, he brought out some food and water just for me. Well, the mom wasn't happy. She said that now that the cat was fed, it WAS HER CAT! My ears perked up when I heard that and I tried really hard not to smile. When she questioned why food was brought out for me, which I kind of thought was really rude, he explained that I was starving and pointed out that my little ribs were sticking out through my skin and fur. She noticed he was right but still wasn't sold on the idea of me hanging around. She didn't want to get attached to me. I was hoping that it was already too late for her and that she was hooked on keeping me around.
It took me several days to really know that I was a shoo in and they were going to let me stay. The mom did have some rules, which included a visit to the vet, surgery so I wouldn't bring any more little kittens around once I grew up, shots to be given, and a chip put in so if I ever got lost they would have a chance of finding me again. Yes, life was good but guess what? It got better.
After my surgery, on October 15, at the vet's office they told the mom that I couldn’t go outside for ten days. When I heard them say that I tried to keep the smile off of my face. This was the “in” that I needed. During the day I had the run of the house and at night was put in a special place so I wouldn't get into trouble. Well one thing led to another and before they even realized what was happening I was sleeping in their bed at night with them. As I mentioned before they never saw it coming. I guess you could say I have two Gotcha Days! The one when I got them and the second one when it was official and they got me . . . I would be their inside kitty.
After I had spent all this time inside, the mom didn't ever want me to go outside again. Many tears were coming out of her when she would think about me being outside. Also being inside gave me plenty of time to “work” the dad and we now have a special relationship! I have him wrapped around my cute little paws. I would like to think that the dad fell head over heels for me, but maybe he just got tired of having the mom crying about me having to go back outside. Anyway, whatever his reason was, he gave the go ahead and I officially became their inside kitty!
The rest as they say is history! I don't miss being outside at all and when the doors are open I don't try to run outside. I was so young I have forgotten about the outside and am happy to watch the outside from the inside.
I think I came along when the folks needed someone to heal their hearts from being sad about the kitties they had known but had gone missing. They still miss them but I like to think that I am filling the little empty place they feel with happiness. You never forget the ones you loved when they leave you. You always remember them and go on.
Who wants to be next month’s Featured Cat? Let Gracie know if you’re interested in being the December Feature OR another month in the new year. She will put you in a special banner at the TCC for that month and YOU will get a chance to tell your own story!
What’s Coming Next Month?
I know one thing that’s coming next month – SANTA CLAUS! Yes of course there will be a party here at the TCC and we’ll be sure and keep you informed about that. The festive season means making lists for Santa, having family and friends over to share YOUR house, holiday decorations that are fun to pull down (!) and presents of course for the fabulously adorable family kitty cats. Not everyone celebrates Christmas of course but one thing we can ALL agree on is that the very best present EVER would be PEACE ON EARTH and GOODWILL TOWARD ALL ! “What the world needs now is love – sweet love – no, not just for some, but for everyone”…..
When you post your photos at the Club, you can use SMALL or MEDIUM, or LARGE photo settings on size but please don’t use EXTRA LARGE because your photos won’t fit in the borders of the page! Thanks…………….
Until next month, enjoy every day and live every moment being happy you have a forever home.