Happy New

Welcome the new girl in town.

I have not blogged in about 3 weeks, if not more, and I apologize for it.

To be honest, I have been depressed and needed a break. The Newtown sadness affected me deeply, life has not been easy for a few months and it all came to the forefront and slowed me to a halt. Through all this, I have been applying myself creatively and even if nothing is lighting an intense fire, I am producing some great work over here.

In the meantime, David and I contacted an animal rescue group called Infinite Hope. Then we did some soul searching on what we might like in a feline friend. At first we thought kittens, exciting little fluffballs that we might be able to form and mold (think lap cat), but then we started to see all the adult cats who are harder to place because of their age, quirky health needs, missing body parts…


Meet our new (as yet un-named friend). This little girl has had a full life and has done a great job of it so far. She was feral, got pregnant, had three kittens, managed to get all three kittens and herself trapped, adopted her babies out and then placed herself in her forever home. She got herself and her babies off the streets of New York City!

During her adventures she contracted ring worm which went undiagnosed. Her tail became so itchy, she chewed a portion of it off (missing parts, anyone? Some of the best of us are missing a few 😉 ). Her tail has healed, and is a great attribute! The rescue facility did two ring worm cultures to make sure there was no chance of a lingering illness and both came back negative. To have gone through so much and still has a great temperament? Wow.

I am so happy we went for a rescue cat and that she is so wonderful.

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  1. In my experience, feral cats are the best companions. Once you earn their trust, you are their heroes. My favorite feline companions were feral at one point – one of them didn’t let me pet her for 11 years and boy, once she found out what a wonderful place my lap was, she was totally into it. Thank you for adopting a hard-to-adopt cat. Kittens are fun, but there is a deep satisfaction in knowing that you really went the extra mile for an adult cat.

  2. She’s beautiful Melly.
    May you all develop a love of lap time and enjoy the benefits.


  3. Such a sweet and trusting face. Clearly, she loves you.

  4. http://Linda%20Strowbridge says

    Good for you on adopting an adult rescue. They are most in need of homes. And they tend to be sweet cats! Our experience of adopting a couple of adult cats who had been abandoned and left to survive (often not well) on the streets for awhile, is that they are really sweet, happy, loving cats.

  5. http://Jeannie says

    Hello Beautiful Lady!!! What beautiful eyes you have! Your face looks like one that artists would sketch, scupt, and paint. You are one lucky kitty to survive, thrive, and find this home. If you could speak Human, I know you could regale us with your tales. Welcome home from your left coast friends.

  6. She looks sweet and oh, so beautiful! She is lucky to have you two as her humans.

  7. So cute! Just look at those big beautiful eyes! So glad she has you and David now. We just rescued and adult cat as well two months ago and are looking for a dog now. So many pets just needing some love and a safe home.

  8. http://cynthia%20vose says

    To have been through so much, she looks so beautiful. Wishing you some blessed moments with the new member of your family. Have you given her a name?

  9. We have adopted several adult cats through the years and loved everyone of them. Your new addition is gorgeous! You are both so lucky to have each othe

  10. hello new friend.

  11. She is the softest of colors – what a beauty.
    I just saw the “Les Mis” film, and it tells her story.
    Perhaps there’s a name in there for her…..
    Much joy together!!!!

  12. Glad you are back and well. I just started to follow blogs in November and will start one of my own this week. I listened to your SAQA podcast Blogging 101 and found it very helpful.
    My husband and I adopted a feral cat that showed up in our back yard. I kept her in a spare bedroom and visited her everyday while I gave her food. It took 3 months before she actually reached out and touched me. After that she was completely tame and has turned out to be such a kind and gentle soul. She stays indoors and has never wanted to go back outside again. I think she knows just how good she has it now. She even survived heartworm. We adopted a rescue kitten to keep her company and the two play together a lot and they are becoming good friends for each other. Your new cat is a lucky one to have a person who cares so much about animals.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your new art, too. I’m getting a studio added on to the house and will want some good fabric art on the walls.

  13. Melly! So happy to see her. She is a beauty and looks very intelligent. Nattie rescued her cat off the streets of Baltimore when she was in college. Dutchy spent two weeks with us (well, closed in Nat’s bedroom) over the holidays. Congratulations to all of you!