Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Newest Addition to Our Family

So many of you gave your outpourings of sympathy when my beloved 19-year old Himalyan, Buddy, passed away after a battle with diabetes and ultimately kidney failure.  He was a constant for nearly half my life and I will never stop missing him or looking for him.  In fact, this may seem crazy, but I swear I see him sometimes, just turning a corner of the house.

Buddy 
We still have our 12-year old cat Max, who has seemed lonely since Buddy's been gone.  He would sleep on Buddy's spot, walk around the house sniffing for him, and spent far more time hiding than he used to.

Buddy and Max taking over a sofa cushion.
To help me deal with Buddy's death, I started volunteering at the humane society, and while there as a Kitty Cuddler, I fell for a cat named Vernon.  Vernon is a BIG cat, weighing 19 pounds, and it's not because he's fat -- he's just BIG.  He's between two and three years old and is the most laid-back cat ever.  He'd become something of a favorite in the shelter, given the run of the conference room that doubles as an office for two staff members, so it would be fair to say he was babied.

Yesterday, Vernon came home with us.  

Vernon, hiding under boxes.
Now, the entire time I'd been volunteering, I'd never heard a peep out of this cat.  I hardly got a wink of sleep last night, though, because this huge cat has the tiniest little meow there ever was.  

We've got a bit of time before the two cats get comfortable with each other -- they're both timid of each other -- but I think it'll be ok.  There's no hissing and fighting, at least, and no marking territory, so we're ahead of the game on that aspect (at least for today!).  Max is getting lots of love, and Vernon is being given his time to adjust while being petted when he wants it.  

Keep your fingers crossed for us -- we really like having two cats in the house again.


Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.

35 comments:

  1. First it is not crazy cuz I still see my Poof out of the corner of my eye sometimes and she has been gone for almost 6 years.

    Second Vernon is a doll! Take your time and you will so enjoy getting to know each other at home! This is awesome!

    Hugs and Kisses to you and your fur babies!

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  2. Good luck! And I hope Vernon helps easing the pain about Buddy - at least a little bit.

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  3. Awww I love this story. I'm in love with cats too. After my 3 died one year after the other until there are none. Xing my fingers for you and Vernon.

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  4. Congrats! Vernon looks like such a sweetie :) We are currently petless, and I know what you mean by walking around the corner and expecting to see them.

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  5. Awww!! He's gorgeous!! Congrats on your new family member and hopefully Max will adjust quickly!!

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  6. This is wonderful news! Big scritches to your new addition!

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  7. Vernon is adorable! I wish him a speedy settling in period whilst the family get used to him - he looks like he's worth the yawns :-)

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  8. It's so good to see you surrounded by such beautiful creatures, I know you find comfort again.

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  9. Vernon is a big beauty! I'm sure once he gets settled in at your house he will be a wonderful addition to your family, I'm happy for you Lori !

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  10. JeannieK11:57 AM

    I just want to smoosh Vern's head and give him a big kiss and a hug for you Lori.

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  11. Awww, he's a cutie! I'm sure the two cats will be good friends in no time.

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  12. I'm so glad you've got a new playmate and so does Max! We have a Maine Coon named Gizmo. He's huge, but not fat. We tease him about being one of the Sopranos in relation to the other cats. He's living in St. Pete with my daughter. Kenwood, our neighborhood, has so many cats, they have a calendar every year called The Cats of Kenwood! One day I was in the laundry area and I see something in the dryer, and there he is sitting in the dryer, as comfortable as can be, peering out of the opening. He's mostly black with a white chest and a big splotch of white on the nose!

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  13. I hope Vernon blends into the family uneventfully!! He looks like a big sweetie boy!! I'm a sucker for orange cats!

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  14. Vernon is a honey! No one can take Buddy's place. But now Vernon will make his own place in your heart. Max will come around and they'll like have a fur family!

    Well done!!!!

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  15. Soon the kitties will be friends and Vernon another furry family member who takes over the comfy spots! Gotta' love kitty Love :)

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  16. I already said hi to Vern on FB- he sure is a darn handsome boy.
    When my first cat passed away, part of me went with her, and part of her stayed with me.
    So yeah, I am sure you see him, it'd be crazy not to.

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  17. He's a cutie!! :)

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  18. What a very sweet post. I love Vernon, already!

    I am so glad he got to go home with you-Lucky cat.

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  19. Congrats on your new addition and to Vernon for having a fabulous new home!

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  20. I am really happy for Vernon, you, your family and Max. And for Buddy who is for sure happily watching you.

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  21. Congrats on the newest member of your family.

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  22. Pretty kitty and beautiful blue eyes! ~Martha

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  23. congrats on your new addition... when i lost my first fur baby, i was devastated... like you, she had been with me from the time i was a teen and had gone with me through all of my life changes... how nice you found someone to keep max company...

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  24. That's wonderful. I know how tough loosing a cat can be. I still get teary-eyed when I think of the last family cat my parents had and how she'd come to the door to greet us and tell us about her day. I hope the two cats get along but so far it sounds like you're all doing well!

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  25. Aw, Lori -- what a sweet, sweet story! And what an adorable kitty! Congrats on your new kitty-baby, you kitty-mama, you!

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  26. OH he's a handsome boy! That's what's missing in my house, a really REALLY big boy (like my Bam Bam was.) But my 2 little girls aren't getting along and 3 cats was just a bit overwhelming for me. There just is not enough of me to go around with my needy kitties.

    He and Max will work things out and you're right, 2 cats is what a house needs, 1 is really not enough.

    Good luck!

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  27. Welcome, Vernon! I am sure the two will become friends. And I know just what you mean, when you see Buddy from the corner of your eyes. I have that sort of thing happen all the time.

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  28. Glad to see your new moggy - hope they learn to love each other!

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  29. Awwww....good luck with the new addition. There is something very special about taking in an animal that needs someone to love him!

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  30. When an animal is with you as long as buddy was I think it is natural to still sense them there.

    Vernon is adorable!! I would want to cuddle him all the time.

    Enjoy your babies.

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  31. thats the best thing in the world for a kitty in the house...another one! :-) I hope they become great friends~

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  32. I totally get this . We lost our Boston Terrier 1 1/2 years ago - he was 15 and died in his sleep. We were heart broken. I still expect to hear his little snorts or have him pop around the corner and sit to have some lunch with me. The boys were devastated. I am so happy you found Vernon ! We are still looking for our Vernon. Have an awesome weekend, Patty

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  33. Awww, Vernon surely does look laid back, just what you need after all the upset with the remodeling! Interesting how our pets become such a huge part of our everyday life. We enjoyed our kitty for a long time, but that was the end of the pets because we're gone too much, and you know that cats really hate that! I get to hold our daughter's cat quite often.

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  34. I used to see and feel my first dog in my parent's house after she was gone. Not crazy! I know your two kitties will get along eventually -- in fact, they probably already are. I'm glad you got Vernon!

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  35. OHHHHHHHHHH Vernon! I love you! and your new family--all of them! xox

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