The Unexpected Value of Blogging

I started this blog in 2011.  Didn’t know a thing about blogging, but for a few posts on another blog which was connected to a small business I had at the time.

My cats were the incentive, and I took photos and posted them.

This blog has become my memories, which I can look in on whenever I feel the need to see how far they’ve come and how far I’ve come along with this chosen avocation.

Now that I don’t have Romeo with me anymore, I can look back on all the happy times and his shenanigans and his interplay with Rusty and Patches, that I so much enjoyed!  Better than framed photos on the wall or on a shelf!!

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The Loss of a Friend: Saying Goodbye to Frogger

We, as animal lovers, are joined together in this very special experience.

Update On Romeo’s Situation

I’ve had a very heavy heart lately.  Wondering and worrying about what has happened to Romeo.

If you’ve read my “Hello Everyone!” posts (4 parts), you’ll know that my life has changed (these things happen as we grow “older”).  Rusty is back, but Romeo is not.


Miss you, sweet boy.

I hadn’t heard from Linda of RU4ME rescue organization in the last 3 weeks (the amount of time since I re-adopted Rusty).  So, it was my assumption that Romeo was still being fostered.  I had to find out for sure about what has happened to him.  I called her this morning, and she apologized for not calling me.  The rescue “business” is a very demanding one, and fitting in personal responsibilities – well, she is very busy, for sure.

I started off my call by telling her how heavy my heart has been every day since I last saw him in that cage, looking at me as if telling me he was very disappointed that I wasn’t taking him back, and that he needed to be back home.

Was I imagining it or was it for real, that his expression in his eyes was full of sadness and fright?

The tears were streaming down my face as I spoke with Linda, and she finally, with happiness and excitement, told me he was adopted.

The boyfriend of one of the young women who fostered Romeo adopted him!  And it was a wonderful placement.  I asked her if Romeo was the only one in the house, and she said he was.

I told her to give the adopter my phone number, and if there is anything he wants to know about Romeo, I would love to speak to him.  I thanked her for all she did for me and Rusty and Romeo, and for all the hard work in making it possible for kittens and adult cats to find new, loving, responsible homes.

At this moment, I still feel sad.  Romeo was my baby for 10 years, and there is a space in my heart (one of many) where he still resides.  But, knowing he has been re-homed in a good place, has lifted some of the weight I’ve been walking around with, for these many weeks.

Rusty Has A New Toy (video)

Rusty belongs to the “Exotic Shorthair” breed – “Exotic,” for short.  In “layman’s” terms, he’s also called a “short haired Persian”; however, the two breeds are recognized separately by the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).

The breed is very laid-back; in other words, they are not usually active in general.  When thinking of the breed standard behavior, one could imagine a cat that just lays around, catching “40 winks” most of the day (and perhaps also night), and is very content.  The occasional petting session is a bonus.

Rusty, I believe, is an exception. He runs around a lot, and is always coming over to me wherever I am in the house, and asks for my attention.  I follow him and he usually takes me to where I can understand what he wants, looking back and talking to me, making sure I’m still following.  What a guy!

Toys are a mystery – to me – because it is difficult to find a toy that will create an interest so that he will actually attack and play with it.  I found a new one just recently that got him excited.  See video below: