|The boys, soon after adoption|
I've always had cats. Mr. Mittens, my first, let me dress him up in doll clothes and wheel him around the neighborhood in my baby buggy when I was five. He was a giant black-and-white tuxedo cat, and he was absolutely gorgeous. I loved him with my whole heart. I still miss him terribly, though he passed away over twenty years ago.
|Captain Jack, still at rescue center|
When Ansel was five or six, we adopted another rescue kitty, a kitten we named Clyde. He was another black-and-white tuxedo cat like Mittens (there's a theme here—I love all cats, but I am very definitely partial to tuxedos!) If Ansel was in his place along my back, Clyde would snuggle up along my thigh or in my lap. The two of them were the biggest loves ever. They moved with us from California to Wisconsin and then to Washington, where we live now, and were true members of our family, every bit as much as our three kids.
We all hopped in the car and made the twenty-five-mile drive to the shelter to see him. He was the cutest little thing, with long, fluffy fur and great big green eyes. I fell in love immediately. And I also fell in love with his two tabby brothers! So we ended up with three kittens instead of one, and made the fifty-mile-round-trip drive to visit them every day until they were ready to be taken home at eight weeks, after being neutered and getting their latest shots.
|Chow time for the boys, at home|
|Jack & Norrington|
|Jack loves to sleep|
on his back
|Jack in a box!|
|The boys on their cat tree|
He'll keep the game up for quite a while, which can be a problem if I'm working, but he's just so sweet about it. I can't resist him. When he's had enough of fetch, he'll bat the paper around on his own or carry it around the house in his mouth, and he sings to it like a baby. He croons and talks to it and carries on quite the conversation.
|Getting bigger, and into trouble!|
|Jack giving Gibbs a bath|
Besides, life is just better with cats!
|Gibbs & Norrington snuggle up|
|Jack still loves to sleep on his back|