A year ago today, these little nuggets were born in a crumbling wall in Philadephia. They were found by the people who worked at an Enterprise rent-a-car and had been feeding the stray parents. A few days later the litter six and their mother were swooped up on by a couple named Dan & Rachel who worked with Temple Cats and promptly fostered them. Dan, being a literature buff/teacher/writer named the litter The Joads, after the family in The Grapes Of Wrath.
I came in touch with Temple Cats through Moira, a friend who works at the place we get our hair cut. It just so happened that we wanted a black cat and The Joads had ONE in a whole litter of tabbies and one tux. I saw the photos and I just really wanted her…
At the time we had agreed on only getting one but then one of their fosters posted this photo and all of a sudden two just felt like a better choice.
Because Nena was getting old and we knew her time was limited, we felt it was better to adopt a pair and it just so happened every single kitten was spoken for, except Mr. Tuxedo man which Dan referred to as Skunky. We saw videos of them playing and he just had a great personality so we decided to bring him home as well. We waited for quite a bit for them to be ready to come home and one fine day in January 2012, our family grew by two.
Here are some of my favorite photos of them in the past 9 months…
Gomez is very loving, can’t cover up his shit, a hunter, playful, loves Reza to death, a head butter, snuggle rat, loves to observe the vacuum, his favorite toys are pipe cleaners and definitely the trouble maker. I still find it hard to believe no one wanted him cause I totally believe he was the dark horse of the litter. Such a fantastic personality.
Judas on the other hand is very aloof but when she wants love she demands it from Josh… he is “her person”, without fail always wants love at the crack of dawn when he is getting ready for work, she meows like a little bird, her favorite toys are scrunchy foil balls, is terrified of loud noises… especially the vacuum. Turn that thing on and she bolts for nearest level of the house.
They’re both such awesome kitties and despite the fact they leave hair *everywhere* I cannot imagine not having them around. I am so grateful to their foster families for taking such good care of them, it is a testament to their demeanor… and the fact that they were rescued only makes them that much more special to us. They were meant to be ours.
Happy first birthday Michos!
more photos of them over on flickr