June is Adopt A Cat Month. I’m proud to say my mom has been adopting felines for over thirty years, some as kittens, some as adults. My current set of cats, cat bro Bert and kitty sis Sophie would be lost without us dogs around, I’m sure of that! Every cat deserves a home with dogs, so please consider adopting! We always try to have at least two of each species, so no one is lonely. What I’m saying is, why not just adopt two cats?
I never met many of the cats Mom adopted, so I will just talk about the ones I have known over my nine years on this planet. Don’t panic, the huge black cat on the far right is actually a dog! Trine was also adopted by Mom when she was about sixteen months old, and moved to Germany with the family around age five. Her job was to wrangle these three German cats, L=>R, Boo, Tom, and Biene.
Boo was our heart cat. She was the first German cat Mom adopted back in 1999. She was always full of mischief, loved dogs, and was just an awesome kitty. The photos of the German cats aren’t the best as they were taken with one of the first digital cameras.
Biene was the second German kitty. She was beautiful, but had been abused as a young kitten and was afraid of almost everything in life. Her existence was sad as she never really trusted anyone.
Boo and Biene were close in age. The two grew up together, and Boo was the only one who could pull Biene out of her shell and get her to do things. They were awesome together. Both Boo and Biene moved with us to the US in July 2007. Sadly, Boo suddenly passed away in October 2007 at only eight years old. Biene was never the same again, and pretty much went into hiding for the rest of her life until she passed away from cancer in 2011.
Tom was our third German cat. He was always rather sickly, and had to be allowed outdoors or he would make messes in the house. Mom adopted him when he was about six months old. He is on the right in the photo. He moved to the US in January 2008 and was in shock over the snow and cold! Once it warmed up, he demanded to go out but always stuck close to home. One night in September that year, he went out and never was seen again. It still haunts us as we don’t know what happened to him. Katie, Mom, and I looked all over for him for weeks but never found even a clue.
In 2008 Biene was in hiding all the time, so Mom decided to get a new cat at the Humane Society. She chose the beautiful, yet shy, Sophie. Her hope was she would help Biene feel more at home. Sophie was thought to be around a year old at the time.
Of course, Mom couldn’t stop at just one cat. Bert (at the time named of all things, Pickles) pulled the wool over her eyes and got himself adopted along with Sophie. The Humane Society thought he was about three years old. He wasted no time putting his paws up, and making himself right at home!
Bert and Sophie don’t do a lot of things together, but they are found occasionally hanging out for bird watching.
As you know, cat bro Bert feels like he really is a dog, so I don’t mind showing him he is not sometimes.
There is nothing better than a tight knit family made up of dogs and cats. Do your pup a favor and adopt them a cat to hang out with and play with. The cat will also be very appreciative of the opportunity to live with a dog! Sophie is still learning to love us dogs, which is why she is not lying with us in front of the fireplace, but it’s only been seven years…she just needs more time. Trust me! Do you have cats and do they enjoy living with dogs?