The Family Cats
his first driving lesson.
Owl was born in 1994 to feral cats in our back yard in San Jose. We
her in and gave her a home. Over several years, we found homes for all
the kittens born in the colony and trapped and "fixed" most of the
She was named by our daughter Alison, who was then 4, because the spots
the kittens belly reminded her of spotted owls. Owl is always a lady -
and reserved. She sleeps with the kids at night and is quick to come to
side if they are upset.We had a companion for her, another of the feral
who was named Pussycat because she was so friendly from the start.
was the first in the litter to come up and greet you when you walked in
door. We named her that even before we knew we would keep her, so the
to Edward Lear's poem is coincidental. Unfortunately, Pussycat
a car on our street in September, 2000. We took her to the vet, knowing
there was nothing they could do but put her out of her pain. That was
Gandalf was wrapped
a towel and being held by the person who had rescued him that morning
an abandoned kitten. He needed a home and the finder couldn't keep him.
humane society wouldn't take him because he was less than a month old.
was in tears from just losing Pussycat when I joined her in the car
a little ball of grey fluff. Our feral kitten experience helped us
and gentle him as he grew...and grew...and grew. In a year, he grew
10 1/2 ounces to 10 1/2 pounds.
When he arrived, we
right in the middle of Tolkein's Return of the King and had just read
previous two in the series, so "Gandalf the Grey" was fresh in our
He doesn't resemble that literary character in anything but color,
We say now that we should have named him "Fido" instead. He meets us
at the door and rolls on his back to have his belly rubbed by our feet.
growls instead of hissing. My niece even got him to chase a stick and
it back to her.
This is a cat who knows