We have a new family member. Dewdrop was very sad that when her mommy moved, they left her kitty behind. I hear it was actually the neighbor's cat, but she thought it was hers. So, I dropped by the shelter to see who was there, and this little kitten (that looked just like my cat when I was a child) was waiting for me.
Plus she was wearing a collar with a name tag that said "JOY". Sugarwings' middle name and one of my favorite words.
I knew she belonged with us.
She wasn't so sure. The minute I opened her crate, she ran and hid under this wall, to a boxed off area under the porch
. For two days.
I slid her food underneath the wall until she was ready to come out and get to know us. In the meantime, we laid on our tummies and looked at her with a flashlight while talking to her softly and sweetly.
The only thing that enticed her to come out was our ancient, tough old farm cat who hates almost everyone and all animals live in fear of.
For some reason, he adores her. She rubs all over him, purring and happy. Once he got her to come out, she started becoming our friend too.
But not the dogs' friend. That might take time. We hold her and let them observe. She will curl up and sleep, completely ignoring them but they remain hyper-vigilant, ears cocked, eyes staring.
For now, she seems quite content with living in the breezeway and coming in when we can hold her and protect her from the dorkies. But poor Dorothy Rosebud, she can't seem to realize that non-stop barking out the window at her is NOT required.
Joy Joy Angel Joy Nathan (named by Sugarwings) doesn't seem to mind the barking. In one week, she has gone from terror filled and hiding, to taming the meanest cat on the block and dismissing all the yapping that comes from the dogs.
I have a feeling that she is going to rule the place soon.
I've tried putting them altogether with me, and all of a sudden, the dogs lose their bravery. See how Twinks keeps her distance? And the Puppeesh hide behind me? None of them will even look at her if she is close. But man, if she (and her hissy voice) are across the room, they are fascinated.
It's been quite the show around here lately.