|Blackie - was the undisputed
neurotic king of our domain until
He was the runt of the litter so I
raised Blackie on a bottle. To him I
was Mama, which led to some identity
issues about his true species.
He would come on command just like
a dog and loved to ride on my
shoulder hanging onto my neck. His
favorite position was upside down so
you could rub his belly...
very un-cat like!
|Bobby - the barn cat King
|Bonnie - passed over the
Rainbow Bridge in 2004 after 14
years of love.
|Patty - Bonnie's sister who also
passed in 2004. She spent the
last few years totally blind but
was able to manage very well by
using Bonnie as her guide dog.
The smarter of the two!
one of Velvet's first litter.
A sweet but timid longhair.
|Freckles - a La Mancha goat
who liked to head butt Russell
|Russell - a Lancashire/Suffolk
|Only *Some* of our Critters
|********* Some of our pets that have crossed the Rainbow Bridge **********
|Annie - our jumping goat
|Sheba - a rescued standard
|My Dad feeds the "wild" turkeys
that come and go.
|Terri - came to us as a kitten with her mom, both strays. For several
weeks we fed her mother, never knowing there was a kitten with her.
One day we happened to see a little tail sticking out from behind a box.
Once we caught her, she was terrified... probably never having been
held by a human before. So "Terri" became her name. Terri is still shy.
She gets so easily spooked that once she ran away when chased by a
neighbor's dog. I had to trap her to get her back and since then she has
become an inside cat. Less stress for her and me!
|Velvet was Blackie's biomother. We never figured out why
she loved the bathtub so much (?).
Velvet arrived as a stray with two nursing kittens in tow and
gave birth to six more on our kitchen floor almost
immediately. Once spayed, she ruled as "The Queen
Mother" for many years.
|Pookie - Aunt Flora's cat who has deigned to cohabit with us in his twilight years.
|George - was another stray who wandered in from across the road. He went back and forth daily for awhile, but slowly
decided to stay put at our place. We named him after my friend Kay's childhood pet.
George was huge and had a fighting life until he was neutered. He sported a "cauliflower" ear from getting chewed on.
But his rough appearance was deceptive - he was a quite gentle guy. He was Dave's favorite lap buddy. One day we
noticed he was acting somewhat lethargic and suddenly he collapsed. Rushed to the vet, he was diagnosed with saddle
thrombosis and there was no saving him. We still miss him a lot.
|Fuzz - this little puffball literally blew in the door one night
during a rainstorm. Just a tiny starving kitten with dysentery
and scared of everything. Now she thinks she owns the place.
Her long black fur can be found just about everywhere in my
house... so she earned her name honestly.
|Harry (tuxedo) and Snowy -
Harry was found trapped in an old mobile home tangled in a venetian blind cord. He was a sight to see
and desperate, so we thought him a feral. Once cut loose he melted into a lap puddle so there was
nothing to be done but bring him home with us. Snowy came with Dave and was adopted from a shelter.
He had the most gorgeous ice blue eyes.
|Bobby arrived as a stray. He was shy but once he learned
to trust us, was our outdoor greeter. Every morning he'd
meet me at the garage door and say good morning walking
with me up to the barn. He lived in the Barn all his years
with us, keeping Gray kitty company. He lived a good long
life, slowly aging until his heart quit on him.
|Gray Kitty - Gray was a little feral female that took up residence in our horse barn. She was probably about a year old when I first
spotted her and was a true feral- she would never let us get close. She gave birth to 5 kittens up on the hay pile. I knew I was in for
a feral population if I didn't do something, so I trapped her and moved them all into a spare bedroom. They lived there for 10
weeks. During this time I tamed all the kittens and found them homes but Gray would never relent. I had her neutered and then
returned her to the barn. She has lived there for many years with her buddy Bobby. Bobby has now passed and she is alone but
she has stayed. She will talk to me and allow me close but I have still never been allowed to touch her.
|Alvin and Leo - both tom cat strays who wandered in. We neutered them and they
lived with us for several years each.
|Montana - is a standard donkey who came to live with us when his former owners
lost their place just down the road. They kept him for 18 years, since he was a foal by
his dam's side. When he lived with them his pasture was adjacent to the community
mailboxes, so everyone greeted him each day as they picked up their mail.
My Mom especially adored him and would keep carrots in her car so she could talk
to him and feed him. As you can see, he really doesn't need any extra food. He has
been on a diet at my place but his fat pads are a permanent part of him now.
He was never halter trained and he is quite shy of strangers. It took me many
months before he would let me touch him and he still will not lead. Now at 20 it is
hard to teach this old dog new tricks. He suffers from periodic laminitis which may
be Cushings or Insulin Resistance, so I am trying to keep him stable and as
comfortable as possible. He is a sweet, if nervous guy.