Monday, November 11, 2013

The Latest Addition

Bob

Only a few words, because I'm on a round two of this cold, which is making me cranky and very tired. The latter, though, could be also the result of last week, which was by and large really bad. We lost Buffy because of renal failure. If you've ever lost a beloved pet you know the feeling. I really don't want to talk about it. We also had to spend some time with Marigold at the vet because she needed another round of antibiotics. As you can imagine, it was a bit too much. But at the clinic we were introduced to Bob, a five year old orange/white tabby. Bob has quite a story, since he was rescued from the streets of Fort Lee, NJ, by no other than Whoopi Goldberg. She couldn't keep him, so Bob found himself being fostered at our local vet's, where he spent three week with no one being interested in him.

I already wanted to adopt an adult cat. First, to honor Buffy who was about one when we got her. But also because at barely 9 months, Marigold, Gemma, and Pippa  are still very much kittens, with the endless energy that comes with it. Bouncing off the walls included. Bob, with his sweet and gentle disposition was perfect. He came home with us on Friday and has been quickly settling in. You can tell that he really wanted a home and is very happy to have one. Last night he already slept in bed with us. Sophie didn't seem to mind.

The name Bob came with him. It might not have been my first choice (I was thinking George, for both Clooney and the Prince of Cambridge. Or maybe Toby, just because). It seems to suit him, though, so I'm happy if he's happy.

34 comments:

  1. Aww look at that face, he looks so much like a "good guy".

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  2. I have a big smile on my face. Orange boys are very sweet.

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  3. So much love for people who give adult rescues a chance. I got my two boys when they were 1 and 2 years old - nine years later I have a 10 and 11 year old who are just as kitten-ish as the day i rbought them home. Bob is so handsome and I'm so happy he got the join your family.

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  4. Bob has such a wise and wonderful face and for some reason I'm totally taken by his incredibly sweet little nose. All our cats have been at least a year old and feral when we adopted them and brought them inside, but each of them adjusted fairly quickly and they are all now unbelievably affectionate, loving children - the greatest blessings in our lives. Anyway, I'm so very, very glad Bob's found a home with you. Oh, and I love the fact that that the background in that photo is color coordinated so nicely for him. :-) Excellent portrait.
    Anna

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  5. Congratulations on Bob and my deepest sympathies over your loss. I lost 3 of mine last year and it was really difficult. I also took in two adult 10-year-old foster cats who have now become permanent and they are the sweetest kitties you could meet. Orange male tabbies are the best, I can tell he's a love.
    Calypso

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  6. Lucky, lucky Bob for finding such a wonderful home. I agree that sometimes one needs to skip the kitten stage…we adopted a pair of 1-year-old cats 4 years ago and have been so happy with them.

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  7. What a beautiful boy! I am also owned by a ginger moggy, got him from the pound 10 years ago and love him to bits.

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  8. So sorry to hear about Buffy. My parents lost the younger of their two cats to renal failure in January and I'm still sad thinking of him.

    My husband and I adopted a senior cat in 2010 - an eight-pound mackerel tabby named Patches with a personality much bigger than she is. She was about ten when we got her, and I know that we won't have as long with her as a result, but she's awesome. I'm glad you found a good match for your family too. :)

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  9. He's very handsome! I love seeing people adopt adults pets. My 7-year old American Eskimo dog passed away last year due to renal failure so I understand the feeling. Best wishes to you & yours

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  10. Easy to dig this Bob, who has a wise and fatherly look. I'm sure he'll keep the kittens in line. Sorry about your loss.

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  11. i am already in love. bob actually suits him, i think. glad you gave him a good home. i know he will return the favor of love many times over. gingers are awesome, and are a distinct breed of cat in my book. lots of fun, those redheads. and adult cats are fun to adopt - my last pair were 3 when i got them, and it was fun to learn all of their quirks.

    may you all have many happy years together.

    cheers,
    minette

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  12. aww I'm glad you added a new friend to your home. Bob does look very sweet!

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  13. He's a handsome gentleman. I've always loved bringing home the adults; they really do understand and appreciate it. Mazel tov!

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  14. ((Gaia)), I'm so deeply sorry to hear about Buffy, losing a furr baby is so hard. I agree about adopting older cats, it's nice to rescue an older kitty and give them a second chance at life. We got our Rocky when he was 9 and we're all glad for it.
    I especially have a soft spot for male ginger kitties, they are so loyal and affectionate. Best wishes to your new family addition. (and thank goodness Sophie approves!).

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  15. Aww I'm so sorry for your lost :'(....though I am so happy about Bob [perhaps it's short for Robert? Robbie?] ;) He is very handsome & looks so wise. Congrats on the new addition to your family.
    Hope you feel better soon!
    x Naomi

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  16. Aaaww, hugs to you and your loss ... losing a beloved pet is an all-too-familiar but still saddening experience. But I'm glad Bob has a wonderful furever home thanks to you ...

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  17. What a wonderful boy you've got! Here's wishing Bob nine lives worth of happiness in his new family!

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  18. I echo everything everybody else has said. My heart aches for your loss of dear Buffy (I just hate how renal disease takes our beloved kitties), but celebrates the arrival of Bob, who looks like a real gentle teddy. All our cats have been rescued, and repay us with such love. Get better soon.

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  19. Bob looks pensive and wise ; a great addition for the younger kitties, he'll keep them in check or perhaps they'll completly dominate him, you never know!
    About the cold you can't seem to shake, last winter I had a" three month" cold. Never had had that before.
    I 'm a firm believer in the benefits of honey, so this year I'm eating a spoon of Manuka honey every day since late august.The honey is also great for use on small wounds, chapped lips etc ( I'm not affiliated with any honey producing company)
    Illdone

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  20. Hello Bob!
    G, hope you feel better soon!

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  21. Bless your heart and his too!!!

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  22. Bob looks like the perfect FOT (Friendly Orange Tabby), conCATulations! My condolences on Buffy, I lost my Zoe to renal failure in May so I can definitely sympathize, it is so hard to see them decline.

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  23. Oh Congratulations Gaia!!! Bob is Gorgeous! And Lucky to call you "Home" :) I'm So Sorry for your loss of Buffy. Every cat that spends its life with you has its wildest Dreams come True. :)

    Zanne xoxo

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  24. I'm sorry to hear of your loss, Gaia. Bless you for taking Bob into your home.

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  25. I am sorry for your loss, I take the loss of a fur person very hard. Bob looks just great, I'm so happy he's found a good home! I adopted an orange and white kitty a few years ago and he is one of the most affectionate, demonstrative cats I've ever had. -- Annunziata

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  26. It's so hard when a much-loved pet dies... But I love that your heart was immediately open to welcoming a new guy in! Bob's a lucky fellow -- and his name seems perfect!

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  27. Bob is such a handsome fellow. I think his name suits him to a T. Maybe his name is actually Bob Redford Fishler. ;)

    I'm so sorry that you lost Buffy. I'm a big believer in the Rainbow Bridge. I know I have kitties waiting there for me.

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  28. :(
    then :)

    Handsome Bob

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  29. Sorry for your loss of Buffy, happy for Bob, feel better soon!

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  30. Very sorry about Buffy. Losing them is so brutal, I know. But Bob! What a handsome devil! And the perfect father figure for your littles.

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  31. You are a very very good person!!! I´m so sorry for Buffy but I´m very happy for Bob. I wish you all be happy for ever. Really. Excuse me, I write english so bad. XX

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  32. I know all too well the heartache of losing a beloved animal companion. My 19 year cat Toodie died in June. Three years ago her elderly owner keeled over with a heart attack and Toodie was going to be dropped off at a shelter by the executors of the estate. I heard about her and took her sight unseen. She had been feral for years and gradually moved in with the elderly woman, who loved her dearly. Bravo to you and your husband for rescuing cats. My other three cats are all rescues as well. Buffy was very lucky to have spent her life w/ you and your husband. And the same goes for Bob. He's got a VERY cool and mellow vibe, btw.

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  33. Anyone who loves cats is a truly good person.

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