You're not going to believe this!!!
For 13 years, we Lilypadders rolled with at least four (4) cats. Sometimes more.
We began with Jobie and Rosie, essentially. They were the Chick's cats before we met. We added Ernie and Scottie to that mix pretty quickly. Many years passed before we added Miss Emmie, but once she showed up in the yard with her irresistible seafoam green peepers, there were five.
Five. That was a lot. Sometimes, it felt like a zoo, but other times, we hardly noticed unless it was time for them to strap on their feedbags, as it were.
Then Miss Zoe popped in (She really deserves Her own sentence, yes?)
Ernie packed up for Sparkle Pond about 5 years ago, leaving us with four cats again. Then Jobie left and we were down to three, but not for long before Lilly came. Then Toby.
Next, Blueberry came to stay. (Same as above-- Rabbits need Their Own Sentences!!)
Then a couple of months ago Rosie moved on to Sparkle Pond and last week, Scottie.
We have a lot of turnover!
And, then, there were three. Plus two Rabbits.
The Chick hates odd numbers. But we quickly adjusted to just the three. Things were Calm. Things seemed a lot less like a zoo and a lot more like, well....a house with a few Animals.
But then, Sunday morning, the Chick said to me, "So, I have to tell you. I looked at (our friend) Eileen's website for Orphan Angels and I think there's a cat there who needs us." As it turned out, she had looked at the Orphan Angels' site a few weeks ago before Scottie got so ill, and then forgot all about it when he started doing so poorly. The rest of us in the Lilypad didn't know that the Chick had already chosen our next cat.
(A side note: that last sentence was foreshadowing...)
But on Sunday morning, she remembered. And she couldn't stop thinking about this cat.
She texted Friend Eileen who agreed to meet us at noon on Sunday at Orphan Angels, which is her Awesomely Amazing free range Cat Store. There are two Giant Rabbits there as well, but since it's mostly cats, we call it a cat store. Anyhow, it is a wonderful place. We were both excited and nervous to meet this new cat, whose current name was "Ditto."
We already had a new name picked in honor of Scottie (as his real name was F. Scott Fitzgerald, we chose a name from The Great Gatsby) and also in honor of Rosie (we had Rosie, now Lilly, and the new name was also a flower-related name).
Though she was very shy, Daisy was immediately responsive to attention (who isn't, right?). The second we walked into the room, she looked right at the Chick. When I began to pet her, she purred and ran to her food dish to eat. Both good signs. We packed her up and brought her home.
And that was that.
She is settling in nicely.
More to come on Daisy later in the week. We'll see how she feels about Flip Friday.....