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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.”

Believe.

Maxx Believes - 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Maxx Believes – 2012. © Colehaus Cats

Believe. Merry Christmas to all, from Colehaus Cats.

In the spirit of believing, we chose to help a cat in need by bringing someone home for the holidays. Pearl is an eight year old girl who was surrendered to the shelter a few months ago with a small handful of other animals when her elderly owner could no longer care for them. She loves being talked to and purrs easily in addition to being an unusually beautiful black, brown and ginger orange striped tabby who misses belonging to a family.

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

We’re giving her some space to become used to our quiet routine but have introduced her to brushings (and checked for fleas – not a one!) and treats. Even though she’s a girl who prefers to be by herself, we’re hoping for a Christmas miracle by waking up tomorrow morning with her snuggled closeby instead of sitting in her chosen spot under our tall bed. But if not tomorrow, we’re made of patience. Maybe it’ll happen the day after or next weekend or next month. We can wait.

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

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