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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Meet Harry Dresden


As you know, I lost my beloved brother and sister cats, Mystic and Magic, within nine days of each other recently. To say that I am grieving would be a huge understatement. My house, which until a few years ago, had five cats in it, only had one. Not only was poor Angus not made to be an only cat (he has always been with other cats, first at the shelter and then here, and was often curled up on the bed with his buddy Mystic), but I was pretty sure they were going to kick me out of the Crazy Cat Lady Union.

Normally, I wait a bit longer to get a new cat after losing one, but the house was SO DAMNED EMPTY. After Magic died, I had already started looking for new cats, although at the time I had planned to wait until after Mystic was gone, not realizing that would happen so soon.

I happened across a cool local rescue organization called Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans when  my friend Ellen and I were at the mall one day and they were there with a bunch of cats. These folks do spay and neuter and find foster homes for both cats and dogs until they can be adopted. They're completely made up of volunteers and funded by donations. So I thought I might look for a cat with them instead of the shelter, when it came time. After I lost Magic, I looked at their pictures of adoptable cats on Facebook and saw a little 4 1/2 month old guy named Ocean. He was black, and the ocean IS my happy place, and I had asked Magic before she died to help me find my next kitties. So I went to go visit him at his foster home.

He ran around for a while with the other kittens there, and then tried to get into the pocket of my coat where it was lying on the floor. His foster mom Kristen and I joked that he was trying to go home with  me already. I explained to her that I really wasn't sure what was happening with Mystic, and I had another couple of cats to see that my friend Nancy had found, so I couldn't promise to take him. But it looked pretty possible, since he was a very sweet boy.


Then he came over, sat on my lap, and promptly fell asleep. I know when I've been chosen.

So cute!
 Here is a picture of me with him. I look terrible, because I'd been weeping for days. But he looks cute.


When I had to put Mystic to sleep the following Friday, the house was so unbearably lonely and empty, I actually went and picked up the then-named Ocean that evening. Luckily, I had already been approved for adoption.

He has been adjusting well, all things considered. He's a bit mouthy, and has a tendency to get into trouble, but he is also sweet as can be and there is no one you would rather have by your side when you're feeling sad. So in keeping with the magical theme of the household, and in honor of one of my favorite fictional wizards, he has been named Harry Dresden.

In the office
Angus spent the first few days hissing and running away, but they are slowly getting used to each other. I think it is going to work out.

Oh, okay.
Harry Dresden turned five months old on the fifteenth, and it is um, interesting, getting used to all that wild young energy after having a house full of older cats for so long. He has two seven month old companions who will be joining him at the beginning of February from a different rescue organization (seriously-- Crazy Cat Lady Union rules!) and hopefully they'll all wear each other out.

In the meanwhile, say hello to Harry!

18 comments:

  1. Welcome, Harry! He sounds a lot like our Nick Furry, who is (don't tell the other cats) the best cat on the planet. I hope he brings you as much joy as Nick does for us.

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    1. He isn't the kitties I lost, which isn't his fault. But I will confess, he is a sweetie.

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    2. And it's okay that he's not those kitties. If he was the same, or even just way more similar, it would just hurt more. <3

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    3. I keep seeing a black kitty and thinking for a second...

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  2. Awwww he is so sweet and he definitely looks like he wants to be friends with Angus. Definitely one to bring a smile to your face.

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    1. He does! Angus isn't quite so sure, but they're getting there.

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  3. What a beautiful spirited boy! May you have much love in your hearts ❤️ ( another crazy cat lady here)

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  4. Welcome Harry..you have found the perfect forever home!

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  5. I'm so happy for you. I'm just sitting here crying because I relate to everything. You are a wonderful crazy cat lady!!

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  6. I am happy for you and Harry and Angus too. I am also in danger of losing my crazy cat lady card. I am down to two cats and two pugs. My husband doesn't want anymore until the dogs are gone. One is old with mobility issues. Last Saturday, out of the corner of my eye, I saw my beloved Louie curled in a cat bed but he vanished when I looked directly.

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    1. Hugs. I have seen Magic a few times, or felt her presence. But she might have just been waiting for her brother, since I haven't felt her as strongly since.

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  7. So happy your furry family is expanding with such a cutie.

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  8. Hoooray for rescue groups! Best wishes for your new family members.😺😺😺 Kitten energy is great. Ours keep us laughing. Just wait till you have all of them with nighttime crazies at the same time.

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  9. Congratulations! Harry is a cutie!

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  10. Welcome Harry! You are a cutie. I wish I can add to my crazy cat lady standing, but I am only allowed one Sami and she keeps me on my toes. Enjoy your new home and your new human companion.

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