Molly – 11 years
Shadow – 11 years
Trooder – 8 years
Mooch – is apx 13 years old
Stashy – 2 years old
Toot – will be 2 years in Feb
Oreo – will be 1 in Feb
TJ – will be 1 in Feb
CoCo (the outside stray that is ours) is apx 6 to 8 years old
I is Jake!! (woofie) is 5 3/4 years old
Shana (woofie) is apx 9 to 10 years old
Molly and Shadow were found as kittens, outside a pub in Connecticut, in snowy freezing weather. Shadow was on the verge of death when he was brought to me – I nursed him back to health and went to rescue his sister Molly and tried to get their mom cat – sadly she was unable to be caught and was hit by a car. Shadow was named by my son and Molly was named by my middle daughter when the cats arrived with us.
Trooder is a rescue adoption. He was found in Kentucky in a feral cat community who happened to be overly friendly. The caretakers took him to Grayson Animal shelter to be helped. He has a limp and always will and they think it is due to an improper break in both front paws that was never fixed. He is not in any pain but does have issue with walking – he cant extend his front paws flat. Trooder (once called No Where Man) was brought to rescue here in Massachusetts where I adopted him at a adoption event at a pet store, 3 months after TT Girl died. Trooder got his name because everything I called him he didnt respond to. A blogger Pefectly Parker, suggested he was an InTrooder and so his name became Trooder which he responds to!
Mooch was a stray that wandered into our yard 3 years ago, on a cold wintery day. It was bad out one day so I opened the basement door for her to seek shelter and there she stayed for a year – not wanting outside. I tried to get her to go out, I even picked her up and brought her out the door but she ran right back in. I finally brought her to our apartment to help socialize her. She became my first foster failure! Mooch got her name because she would sneek over and mooch off the plate of food we’d leave out for the stray cats.
Stashy was one of three kittens that were found in someones yard that I volunteered to foster. Stashy and his 2 sisters need socialization before being brought to our shelter for transfer to another rescue. Stashy failed that rescues idea of a adoptable cat, so I took him back home to work on his socialization. I realized he would never be that lap cat most rescues want out of a kitten, he was still scared of people. I kept him because I didn’t feel he needed to be a “barn” cat or in a shelter for all his life. He became my 2nd foster failure. Stashy/ Mustashio came with that name because of his black stash under his nose.
Toot was brought to a vet’s office with badly infected eyes at the age of 4 months old. The guy wanted free care for her but the vet could not provide her with the free care, so the owner gave her up to the vet for rescue. Toot had 3 siblings which were later brought to our shelter for adoption. I was to foster Toot until we could raise funds for surgery on her eyes – I was totally convinced she could see. I took it upon myself to do a small fund raiser on Facebook for her, to bring her to the vet so that her eyes would not be removed. The first vet that saw her just said that was the easiest and the most inexpensive for the shelter to do. She has glaucoma in her left eye and her right eye is smaller due to birth defects. She is not in any pain, we give her medicine to help the glaucoma and her smaller eye is washed and ointment put in. Toot became part of our family because her Dad just couldn’t see her being adopted easily – truth be known, he fell in love with her. lol He wasn’t much of a cat person prior to Toot’s addition to the family. She totally won him over with her ways. Toot was first named Little Timmy the Toot – we found out the first vet was wrong and he was a SHE, they tried to give her the name Tammy but I didnt see it as her name. She responded to Toot when her Dad called her and that’s how it stuck.
Oreo and TJ are brother and sister who were brought to me in a shoe box at the wee age of 1 week old. They were found in a garbage site and the owner of the lot was scared that they would die if they stayed outside. The mother cat was seen but never found after he brought the kittens to rescue. I took them in knowing that they would have to be bottle fed every 2 to 3 hours. With the help of my SO, we bottle fed and raised them. It was a hard choice but less so for him but they became our foster failure 4 and 5. Once again my SO named the kittens, Oreo because of her colors and TJ because when he was bottle fed he would eat and eat and get a big belly like Trooder has. TJ was short for Trooder Jr, now that he is almost grown its short for Total Jerk because he causes so much trouble! Not nice but fitting for him when he knocks everything off the table and counters. lol
I is Jake!! or Jake, is a Boston Terrier that was not rescued (he’s the only one here that was bought from a good breeder). He almost died. His is a long story – http://tt-
Shana is a Boston Terrier/ Rat Terrier mix called a Brat. She is adopted from a rescue at the age of 6 years. She was returned several times and the former owners remarked she was “retarded” and un-trainable. She came to us only eating cat food and didnt know how to play. It took us a week to get her to like dog food, but she still will not eat meat and prefers potato chips to that. lol I think her behavior is more of an autistic type and I think she was also part of some sort of hoarding situation because she will take a mouthful of food, walk away and spit it out to eat it. We’ve come to accept her for her odd behavior and love her just the same as the rest. Im not sure how Shana got her name but she responds to it and I felt a change would confuse her and she is already confused at times.
CoCo is a cat that was thrown outside by the next door neighbor in the middle of cold weather. He denies throwing her out but his children have said otherwise to me. She is a lovely cat that only wants to live outside, we’ve tried to get her to come in but I think she is claustrophobic of closed in spaces, due in fact that the neighbor kept her in one room the entire time they had her. She lives here now, we feed her and keep her sheltered, outside, in a insulated, heated shelter. She is spoiled as much as the indoor cats and gets warmed up canned cat food in the mornings along with her dry food. She is very affectionate and loving to us but will not get near other people. CoCo got her name because she reminded me of CoCo Channel, who came from nothing and took matters into her own hands to make it somewhere.
We had 5 cats and 2 dogs when Toot came here. Toot is our first and only blind cat we have. All cats need to be accepted for who they are, just as we would want people to accept us for who we are. We can’t make cats be the object we want – playful, talkative, lap cats or show cats, etc. I’ve come to accept each pet as they are, and let them show me their ways so that we all can live together. I wouldn’t want them to change because of what I want or would I have an expectations of them, Id want them to be just as they are – there are a lot of folks that perceive an animal is suppose to be what they want them to be like and that’s just not the case.
This article is dedicated to the loving memory of TT who left the family too soon. Fly free little one, you will always be in our hearts.
Author’s Note: Many many thanks to Toot & family’s wonderful mom for all the information. Pictures were used with permission. Please paw over to Toot’s page to say hi to the furry family.
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