Category Archives: the Dad

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?" - ©

Ruby says, “What?” – ©

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 - ©

Ruby, November 2017 – ©

That’s right. I do!

Ruby still loves her tower - ©

Ruby still loves her tower – ©

And I still love my tower.

Ruby, November 2017 - ©

Ruby, November 2017 – ©

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

10/25/2017 – Watchful Wednesday and an Update

Waiting for baby birds? - ©

Waiting for baby birds? – ©

Every time Mom gets this pillow out, Dad mentions how much he loves the bird nest on it. Now, I might be an indoor girl, but I’m bright enough to know what comes out of bird nests – baby birds!

Don’t mind me today. I’ll just sit here and wait for those baby birds to come a’tweeting.

Anytime, now…

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We’ve been asked how everyone is handling the loss of mama Zuzu, who was needed at the Bridge one month ago today. We told everyone right after we arrived home, that very day, and shared her final moments again over the course of several days to make sure all the cats understood (to the best we think they would understand anything we say).

Quint was the perfect comfort cat, doling out kisses and hugs, and has taken to sleeping under the covers in our bed in the early morning hours just as Zuzu used to, something he has never done before.

Bed cat Quint - ©

Bed cat Quint – ©

Tessa started acting out, perhaps sensing our anxiety, and began picking on Viola who is most definitely not one to back down. Tessa spent a full week, plus one weekend on time-out in the master bedroom where, initially, she seemed to look for Zuzu before settling into her usual nap, nap, and more nap routine.

Master Napper Tessa - ©

Master Napper Tessa – ©

Viola, who was bonded with her mama only until she turned seven or eight months old (so independent!), seemed to not want to hear of Zuzu’s passing at first. Four days later, she was extra, extra needy and wandered the house for a day wanting to look into closed closets and rooms, searching perhaps. We spent lots of time with her, told her again what had happened, and she gave us both kisses. She’s usually not a big Dad kisser. She, too, now likes to spend time under the covers in bed in the chilly, early morning hours and like her mama, really enjoys that quiet time before the day officially begins.

Morning bed cat Viola - ©

Morning bed cat Viola – ©

Sunny called and seemingly searched for Zuzu for two days before amping up her Zuzu-appointed Patrol Sergeant duties. No one gets smacked or whacked for anything but overly-hyped kitties often get the Sunny death stare and that pretty much cranks that behavior down a notch or two. Ex-Patrol Sergeant Zuzu would be so proud!

Patrol Sergeant Sunny is not amused - ©

Patrol Sergeant Sunny is not amused – ©

Self appointed patrol deputies Pia and Olivia miss guarding the top of the stairs from allowing Zuzu to pass without demanding documentation. Now, they demand it of each other and hold little conversations that we imagine go something like this:

Pia and Olivia get in your face - ©

Pia and Olivia get in your face – ©

“Oh yeah? So, where’s your passport?”
“Oh, don’t you sound all high and mighty! Where’s yours?”
“I asked you first!”
“And I demanded yours second. Therefore, you have to answer first.”
“Oh yeah?”
“Oh. Yeah.”
“Oh really?”

And then Mom says knock it off and they mumble a bit under their breaths before going off to have the same conversation elsewhere.

Miss Newton and Ruby, who probably spent the most amount of time with Zuzu in the master bedroom, have both taken her passing in stride. Ruby seems a bit more adventurous on those rare occasions when she thinks she wants to wander out of the bedroom to look at other things, but then again, Ruby has always done that during the autumn months. Miss Newton still likes napping during the day and starts howling for Dad-time mid-afternoon. No change there.

Mom no longer “sees” Zuzu around the edges of shadows like she did for the first week but we know Zuzu is watching over us.

Thank you again for all your gentle words and gestures of kindness and comfort during this past month. We are so much stronger because of you.

Angel Zuzu in the shadows - ©

Angel Zuzu in the shadows – ©

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – No post
2014 – No post
2013 – Miss Newton’s Basket 2
2012 – No post

09/18/2017 – Waiting for Cheese

Tessa says Hey - ©

Tessa says Hey – ©

Tessa says, Oh hey! Don’t mind me way up here over your head. I heard today was National Cheeseburger Day and I’m waiting here to see if Dad brings me a cheeseburger home.

Fat chance, cat.

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Around Colehaus
2014 – No post
2013 – One Word Wednesday. Sort of.
2012 – No post