Category Archives: Pearl

11/03/2017 – Finally Friday Flashback

Today, we’re combining Finally Friday with a Friday Flashback about Ruby. She said she was fine with this.

Ruby says, "What?" - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby says, “What?” – © Colehauscats.com

What? That wasn’t exactly what I agreed to.

We’re really celebrating Friday this week so, while Mom finishes some needed work around the house, let’s revisit Ruby joining our family back in 2012.

Ruby was an owner-surrendered 10 year old sweetheart named Pearl who had just been released from the shelter sick room when Dad saw her. He says it was love at first sight, but acknowledged we weren’t looking to adopt anyone.

Pearl, our Home for the Holidays (and perhaps beyond) House Guest - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Pearl, our Home for the Holidays (and perhaps beyond) House Guest – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

A couple of weeks later, we stopped by our local PetSmart and saw her at an adoption event. She was very frightened and sadly, was looked over while nearly every other cat and kitten was adopted that day.

Pearl in 2012, our Home for the Holidays (perhaps beyond) House Guest - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Pearl in 2012, our Home for the Holidays (perhaps beyond) House Guest – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

That was the day we learned about the shelter’s annual Home for the Holidays drive to find homes for all the adoptable dogs during Christmas. And we learned there was no such thing for the cats, which, of course, we thought was highly unfair and thought to do something about that.

While we couldn’t adopt all 60+ cats at the shelter (at that time), we were determined to make a difference for one. Shy and timid Pearl was the one.

Pearl in 2012, our Home for the Holidays (perhaps beyond) House Guest - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Pearl/Ruby – Our Home for the Holidays foster – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

She continued to be very shy and while she is quiet and sticks to herself by nature, she seemed to embrace having an entire room with lots of space and light to call her own. By accident, Mom started confusing her name, Pearl, with the name Ruby and was surprised at the positive response the name Ruby got over and over. And so, Ruby she became.

Ruby Roo Sweetfeets - © Colehaus Cats

Ruby Roo Sweetfeets – © Colehaus Cats

Of course, you know the end of this story. Home for the Holidays? More like Just Home Forever! Dad couldn’t stand the thought of sending her back to the shelter. Ruby continues to thrive in her room, the master bedroom suite, with her own heated tower, personal feeder, and servants at her beck and call. She’s a snugglebug at night and enjoys the early dawn hours sitting on the windowsill chirping at foraging birds and squirrels.

Ruby, November 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby, November 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

That’s right. I do!

Ruby still loves her tower - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby still loves her tower – © Colehauscats.com

And I still love my tower.

Ruby, November 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Ruby, November 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

And yes, I am a snugglebug!

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Maxx’s Take on Living with Sisters
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

Smitten.

Ruby - 2013 © Colehaus Cats.

Ruby – 2013 © Colehaus Cats.

Well, as if a surprise…we now have a new addition to the Colehaus Cat Clan!

Two weeks ago, we brought home a wonderfully sweet kitty from West Columbia Gorge Humane Society as a Foster-to-Adopt Home for the Holidays trial.

The Smitten Dad says: “Two weeks ago we had a simple hope that Ruby (formerly known as Pearl) would move from her sanctuary under our tall bed and we’d find her snuggling with us overnight. She delivered that and more by spending much of Christmas Eve snuggled between us and the rest of the week exploring: First from the bed to the window sill and then between rooms and floors. Yesterday, she was out of our room (known to the kitties as “The Servants Quarters”) wandering around and sitting on various window sills watching people and birds for hours.

She’s chosen a name change on her own, so as of last week, before the very end of the year, we officially adopted Ruby to round out our family. She’s made substantial strides to join the Colehaus Cats crew family and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Ruby - 2013 © Colehaus Cats.

Ruby – 2013 © Colehaus Cats.

She enjoys the nightly brushing routine and her coat has grown softer and more beautiful with each evening. She likes listening to us talk and enjoys watching TV with us. She’s also been socializing with the rest of the family. After an initial meeting across an open bedroom doorway with hisses exchanged and much aloofness, Christmas day saw Pearl venture out of the room to explore and meet half of the rest of the crew before a very enthusiastic Quint prompted a return to the sanctity of the bedroom. Her excursions out have grown more frequent and the hisses have quieted as she progressively explores the house.

Just the other day, we experienced the added bonus of having her crawl into our laps to sit and clean herself. Mom was beside herself with glee!

We’re so happy to see her spending more of her time alert and purring and looking comfortable in her surroundings. Welcome, Ruby Roo Sweetfeets. Welcome home.”

2012 – Colehaus Cats Recap.

2012 has been a big year for Colehaus. We began this blog, Colehaus Cats, in January as a tribute to the many cats who have joined our family and secured spots in our hearts. Within months, we mourned the loss of two residents, sixteen year old Zooot and fourteen year old Cameron, seemingly too soon after long time Queen Crits’ passing at age twenty-two the previous year. Colehaus resident kitty numbers were reduced to two; nine year old Seth and eight year old Maxx.

Zooot & Cameron. 2012 © Colehaus Cats

Zooot & Cameron. 2012 © Colehaus Cats

Dad was heartbroken, especially after the loss of his special, little orange girl, Zooot, whom we had bottle-raised with five other siblings from birth sixteen years ago. Mere weeks before Cameron’s jump to the bridge to join his lifelong love Zooot, two year old Miss Newton and the Dad found each other at our local humane society. Love was in the air.

Miss Newton relaxing - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton relaxing – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton, Tessa & Pia - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton, Tessa & Pia – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Little Pia Bean’s adoption listing went live in late spring courtesy of a local No Kill shelter and she joined us in early June. But not before two young neighborhood girls approached us with a squirming gray and white baby who had lost her way three weeks prior. Miss Newton made quick friends with the kitten who became Tessa, who then bonded with Pia who bonded so hard with Miss Newton you’d swear they were glued to one another.

Miss Newton & Pia Bean - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Miss Newton & Pia Bean – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Quint and Olivia Growing Up. 2012 © Colehaus Cats

Quint and Olivia Growing Up. 2012 © Colehaus Cats

Mid August came and on a pre-scheduled food/litter/toy shopping trip to PetSmart, we spied big eared, big pawed kitten Quint in the adoption center and we just had to know his story. It wasn’t a hard decision to bring him into our group. Nor was including sweet baby Olivia as part of the deal. The pair bonded almost immediately and later, with Pia, Tessa and Miss Newton. Colehaus was literally a summer bouncy house of kittens.

Pearl/Ruby - Our Home for the Holidays foster - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Pearl/Ruby – Our Home for the Holidays foster – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

A couple of weeks ago, the Dad was introduced to eight-to-ten year old Pearl who was living at the shelter and we brought her home for the holidays on a foster-to-adopt basis. It’s too early to tell how she might fit in with the others but taking it slow seems to work beautifully for her. She’s curious, a bit reserved but not judgmental and as quiet as a dust bunny, but with the added bonus of being so darn pretty, it’s hard not to want to spend every waking minute gazing into her big, green eyes.

By accident a few nights ago, Mom called her Ruby instead of her name Pearl and she perked right up, answered Mom and sought out a petting. We don’t like changing the name of a pet after they’ve lived with it for as long as she has, but she seems to like Ruby better than Pearl. We’ll go along with whichever she chooses.

We’ve grown so impressed with the shelter and the many volunteers there. We’re thrilled that their committment toward helping animals is so closely aligned with our own that we decided to devote our some of our spare time to helping with their cause. Thank you for listening to us blather on about them, and an EXTRA THANK YOU to those of you who graciously helped by donating to the shelter’s Matching Donation event that ends at midnight tonight, December 31st.

We look forward to what 2013 will bring and hope yours is full of fun, adventures, snuggles and reward. From our hearts, we thank you for following us and for your many uplifting comments. Have a safe and very Happy New Year!