Happy Birthday Susie and Pinky!

It seems not long ago Miss Susie and Miss Pinky, and their littermates were born. They began their lives in rather humble and difficult surroundings. Through kindness, and a little good fortune, they made their way into feline rescue. “The rest,” it is said, “is history.”

Becoming six, Susie and Pinky, are lots of fun. They are loving and loyal.

favorite chair and perch: Miss Pinky

baby quilt time: Miss Susie

the sunny side: Miss Susie

watching for cats: Miss Pinky

suncatching: Miss Pinky

suncatching: Miss Susie

 

Happy Birthday Susie and Pinky!

xoxo

Caturday: Happy Birthday Egypt!

Today, our beloved Miss Egypt would have been 12 years old. She has been greatly missed since her passing nearly seven months ago.

Always sociable. Always friendly. Always good. She was singularly and fiercely devoted to her one. Sweet as she was, Egypt had the heart of a mighty lioness or tigress. She ran the house her way.

We were glad to have been her forever home.

Happy Birthday Egypt!
xoxo

Twenty One

 

A special post by Andrea Kanakredes, RN, MSN.

Our baby princess is growing up.

It seems like yesterday you were born. Though we knew a little more about babies, we were still nervous when you came. Like Deborah, you were so perfect. And, to be blessed with another perfect princess was priceless.

In becoming twenty one, dad and I wished a few times we could slow time so we can enjoy you and Deborah more, and be our little girls a little longer. We are always surprised when you leave us handwritten notes of love to us. When we hold you close, you choose to listen to our heartbeats. It is pure sweetness.

A smart, beautiful woman, you are and so much more. A successful equestrian, a talented musician. You will always be our baby princess.

 

Happy 21, baby!

xoxo
mom and dad

Happy Birthday Meezers!

My sister Ginny, and her friend Jewel, were (and are) tight as thieves. They could identify with each other as working moms. Jewel’s kids were still young and Ginny’s daughter, M, was entering her teen years. And, both were also mom cats. Sis had a calico cat (named Calico, of course) and Jewel had a pair of Siamese, Wilma and Betty. Ginny asked if her two Siamese were spayed. Jewel replied, “No, Wilma and Betty were quite satisfied being indoor cats, showing no interest or desire to go outside. Besides, they’re both girls.” Ginny had Calico spayed just in case if she slipped outside. Being fixed also would add years to a cat’s life (male and female) with fewer health issues.

In late July 1989, Jewel had noticed Wilma was putting on some weight and didn’t think much about it. She did take more notice as July became August and Wilma beginning her search to find the perfect nesting site. Wilma’s chosen nesting site was on top of Jewel’s bed, and that is where she gave birth to three baby meezer kittens – Dino, Pebbles and Bam-Bam. The Flintstone theme to names was courtesy of Jewel’s daughter, Sophia.

Finding good, forever homes for the three babies ensued when the kittens were two weeks old. Jewel asked Ginny if she would be interested. Sis said she would take one, but Calico was set in her ways as the only cat in her house. But, Ginny said she would ask around. And, ask she did. I said, “I don’t know. You know my work. I could be gone for weeks on end. Who would take care of them while I’m away?” That’s easy, mom and dad would care for your kitty while you’re away. I wasn’t so sure, but agreed nonetheless.

On Columbus Day Weekend 1989, a wiggly Siamese kitten named Dino came to stay. New to the home, he investigated every square inch. When Dino ate, his purr machine turned on. Between his sleeps during the day, he was a non-stop play machine. The first three nights, he stayed in the laundry/utility room with a low cardboard barrier separating that room from the rest of the house. It was so he would be know where his litter box would be located. Beginning on the fourth night, he had full run of the house at night. He would begin his sleeps near the dishwasher, soaking in all of its heat, and later finding his way to bed to sleep with me.

First Christmas: Dino and Pebbles (Dec 1989)

While Dino settled in nicely, Jewel was having a difficult time finding a home for Pebbles. Jewel also began to have doubts about the person who said they would take Bam-Bam. She asked Ginny if I was interested in taking Pebbles. I said I would, and if her concerns about the person regarding Bam-Bam’s adoption grew, I would take him as well. Fortunately, Jewel found someone more reliable and more loving to take in Bam-Bam. The someone also had previous experience with Siamese cats and their talkative nature.

When Pebbles came, nearly three weeks later, she acted she didn’t know who Dino was during the first night. Beginning the next morning, the two were playing without having missed a beat. Not only were they littermates, they were also the best of friends. They kept on eye out for each other. When one was not feeling well, the other stayed near.

Pebbles with the beanies (Summer 2004)

Dino with the kitty grass (Fall 2004)

Though both have been gone for many years, we continue to mark their special day.

Happy Birthday Dino & Pebbles!
xoxo

 

Photos from the archives of Two Cats Two™. The Christmas photo was taken with the Canon FTb 35 mm SLR using Kodak Max film (ASA 200). The latter two were taken with a Kodak APS camera using Kodak Gold APS film (ASA 400).

Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad turns 86 years young today. He has a fondness for sweets and desserts, though his mainstay is vanilla ice cream. It is the flavor that can go with anything, including cookies. The family chocolatiers, Laurie and Elizabeth, baked late into evening on a batch of chocolate-chocolate chip cookies for dad.

The rest of us had to be satisfied with scent of chocolate wafting through the house. And, we were.

This evening, it’ll be a family cookout to complete the day. Though mom is not here to celebrate with us, she certainly is in spirit. And, it will be a good celebration filled with laughter and love.

Happy Birthday dad!
xoxo

Happy Birthday Musketeers!

We celebrate our Musketeers, Maxie, Midnight and Tuxie, becoming 11 years old today. When we first saw them as tiny, three-week old kittens, little did we know they would  become part of our family.

And, how have they grown into the beautiful (Midnight) and handsome (Maxie and Tuxie) cats they have become.

Midnight

Maxie

Tuxie

They are a tightly-bonded trio with their own individual personalities. While it doesn’t seem like it on some days, they genuinely look out for one another. When one goes to the vet for their annual check-up, the other two patiently wait at home.

They have earned and wear the title of Musketeer to the fullest.

 

Happy Birthday Musketeers!

xoxo

Twenty Two

She has become a lovely young woman. Her eyes, very kind and very loving. Tara, though, is quiet and reserved. She would rather listen and watch. “You learn more listening and watching than interacting.” Among the closest of family, the closest of friends, our maker of smiles can be a live wire. Easy going and relaxed, she knows who she is. And, it shows in her confidence. Horses have done that for her. But, so has her mom, Laurie.

Tara can also surprise. Her songs of the moment can be found on her phone. They are Shout To The Lord by Darlene Zschech and Agnus Dei by Michael W. Smith. Surprising choices indeed since she only wears her faith at Sunday Mass, or when Andrea sings at a large, local evangelical church every few weeks. The video of these two songs can be seen here.

 

Happy 22, Miss Tara!

xoxo
mom and dad