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Friday afternoon, I was covering for the regular Friday evening cleaner at Petsmart. She’d posted and asked if someone could cover for her, and because I hadn’t had a chance to have a proper visit with Patty and Charlie Peppers when I dropped off the Sons and brought the black Peppers home, I offered to cover for her. This way, I was able to check on my boys and also give Charlie and Patty some snuggles in the course of cleaning and scooping and refilling food and water bowls.

When I walked by the cages, the Sons were all flopped out, sound asleep. Charlie and Patty were doing the same in their cage. I spent a good hour and a half there, cleaning and snuggling with cats (my fosters as well as the others), and while Patty was a bit nervous, she let me pick her up and cuddle her. Charlie was more interested in chasing the kittens around and playing with them, but he let me pick him up and pet him several times.

Saturday afternoon, I was laying on my bed reading when Fred came upstairs with my cell phone. He’d heard it ring and answered it, and knew I’d want to talk to the person calling.

It was the shelter manager who was calling to me that Charlie and Patty? Adopted.




I think y’all know how very very glad I am that these two will be together. I mean, remember this? Remember how protective Charlie was when they first came here?

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And how Patty would follow him around and kick his butt (and he’d let her)?

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And how generally most of the time they were at least in the same room, if not right next to each other?

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Oh, I am so so so happy that they get to be together. SO HAPPY!

And so glad that I got to see them one last time before they were adopted!

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Bye, my sweet Charlie and Patty Peppers. Have a good life, and Patty – don’t kick his butt TOO often. It’s not good for his self esteem. Let him win every now and then, okay?

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“I make no promises, lady. So long, and thanks for all the fish.”

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The Sons, as I mentioned, were sound asleep when I showed up at Petsmart on Friday. They lined up at the door to their cage and peeped at me ’til I let them out, and then they ran around like little demons.

I had intended to take the camera with me, but forgot OF COURSE. I’m covering again this Friday evening, so perhaps this time I’ll remember.

None of the Sons were adopted over the weekend, but they’re so unbearably adorable that I have faith it’ll be soon enough. After all, Charlie and Patty were there for just over two weeks. That’s not as fast as I’d like (I’d like ALL cats to be adopted immediately, but of course that’s not realistic), but I can live with it.

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It’s funny how worried I was about Everett, Sally, and Lucy. I brought them home Thursday night, and they were acting freaky. Friday morning when I opened the door to go in and scoop their litter box and say good morning to them, they met me at the door and twined around my feet. All three of them – but especially Everett – do this thing where they walk around with their tails sideways, like they’re rubbing their back ends up against something, even when they aren’t. I’ll try to get a picture (or video) of it.

They are such gorgeous cats, all three of them, sleek and silky and friendly. We let them out of the foster room Friday evening, and it went so well that we let them have all day out on Saturday. For the time being I’m still planning on putting them in the room at bedtime – which they don’t seem to have a problem with, as soon as I go into the room and call them, they come right in and gather around for some petting.

Saturday, we got out the feather teaser and were reminded why it is Fred gave Everett the nickname “Crazy Eddie.”

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I love how Miz Poo and Corbie are all “WHAT is that crazy cat doing?!”

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Sally disapproves of this behavior.

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Lucy isn’t quite sure what to make of the feather teaser.

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Alice Mo, over in the doorway, had to come see what all the brouhaha was about.

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Seven kitties in one picture – and that’s not even half of the kitty population (including fosters) these days!

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It’s so rare that I see Stinkerbelle sitting calmly on the kitchen floor that I had to grab the camera and document it!

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She actually got a little flirty with Spanky, who was walking by minding his own business. Any kitty who tries to get flirty with Spanky is wasting their time, though – Spanky just looked at her like “I do not understand the language you are speaking” and kept on going.


2011: No entry.
2010: I’m not sure why separating skittish and semi-feral kittens works so well, but it always does.
2009: They are super-playful little girls.
2008: Believe it or not, I’m walkin’ on air!
2007: At the Copacatbana! They fell in love!
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



1-23-12 — 28 Comments

  1. It is a good thing that I don’t own Stinkerbelle because I’m pretty sure she’d have torn me limb from limb by now. I just could not leave that gorgeous kitty alone. πŸ˜€

    YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m SO glad that Charlie and Patty are together. Dream come true!

  2. I couldn’t be more happy about Charlie and Patty being adopted together.They just make the most adorable pair,and I’m sure their new parents made the best decision ever.

    Onto the 3 gorgeously amazingly beautiful black kitties you have in your house again – is there any chance you could mail them to me in South Africa?Because even though my fiancΓ© and I already have 4 cats we love to death,we would’ve loved to have those 3 for ourselves.We both adore black cats,and miss our black girl Maya (who we lost 2 years ago) so much.She had green eyes,but other than that,they all remind me so much of her πŸ™

  3. I got a little choked up seeing that early picture of Patty and Charlie Peppers looking a roughed up. They have come a long way. I am thrilled that they will always be together! Hugs to you and Fred. There is a special place in heaven for the both of you!

    • I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who got a little teary looking at Patty and Charlie’s first pictures again…such a happy ending/new beginning for those sweet babies!

      • It always breaks my heart to see little ones (any animal, big or small) discarded and scraped about. It should NEVER happen!

      • Yeah, count me as one who got a bit weepy over that picture of Charlie and Patty as baby kittens. What wonderful care you gave them, Robyn! My best wishes go with these tykes and their lucky new family!

  4. Yay, Peppers — glad the black beauties are back to their happy selves and ecstatic that Charlie and Patty found a home TOGETHER! And I’m so pleased that you got to cuddle them one last time, Robyn. Here’s hoping that this person/family of wildly good taste will update you regularly. Fingers crossed for the Sons, and that the Peppers find their permanent billet soonest.

  5. I am so exceptionally grateful that Charlie and Patty were found and safely delivered to you. So privileged to have been able to “watch” them grow up in your care. So beyond thrilled to hear they will spend forever together. If this is what I feel several states away, I can’t imagine how joyful you are. Congratulations on a job well done. You’re earning angel wings.

    Love the shots of Peppers 1.0. They look happy and healthy and grateful for the respite from Petsmart. I’m glad to be able to see them again but I still can’t believe they haven’t been adopted yet. Then I remembered the black cat at the humane society outpost in our local Petsmart where I sometimes help out with cat socialization. He has 3 strikes against him… he’s old (11 years), he’s black (still can’t understand the issue), and he needed extensive dental work (for which an absolute angel donated hundreds of dollars to have done last week). He’s the sweetest, friendliest cat there but no interest in over 2 months. I harangued my husband all weekend. Old man kitty is moving in with us this afternoon. Now to break it to the other two…

    • Yet more wonderful news — many congratulations on your new family member, and all good wishes to the two cats already in residence.

      • Ditto, and best wishes on the acquaintance process, that they’re all best friends in no time!

        and so very happy that Charlie and Patty got adopted together, that’s the best thing I read/heard all week!!

    • A lot of people are superstitious and believe black cats bring bad luck. I have English ancestry and we believe black cats bring good luck. Kudos to you for adopting a mature cat–a black mature cat even! I’m on my second black cat: big, long haired and neurotic. I love her dearly.

    • You will be richly rewarded!!! πŸ™‚ Each of my rescued babies put a smile on my face each and every day. They provide me with hours of laughter, snuggles and companionship!!!

    • YAY YAY YAY for Charlie and Patty! (Also … saved me a move down south to adopt ’em myself. Will have to be satisfied having a house panther – I’m just praying he outgrows the “butthead” stage SOON.)

  6. I’m so happy for Charlie and Patty too! I love that someone realized the strong bond between those two and agreed to take two cats at the same time!

  7. That is such great news! Considering how far they’ve come – that they’re going to stay together really brings a tear to my eye. And a big smile.

  8. Yaaaay Charlie and Patty getting adopted together! I love it when kitties get adopted in pairs, especially superclose kitties like those two obviously were. πŸ™‚ Kudos to that family, whoever they are.

    I really don’t understand the black kitty=bad luck superstition. Then again, I’m the girl who read the description of the old man black kitty upthread and went ‘awww, perfect!’ So glad he’s found a home, by the way.

  9. I love the pictures with LOTS of the kitties in – they remind me of those spot the difference photos in you used to get in magazines.
    “Just put a pencil ring around the five cats which have changed position and you could win big!”

  10. Awwww so happy for Charlie and Patty!! Best news! πŸ™‚

    Now fingers and everything crossed for Lucy, Everett and Sally! And the Sons!

    take care

  11. It is great news that Charlie and Patty get to stay together. excellent news!
    and how could the Sons still be there? stick ’em in a box and post ’em to me.
    surely they’ll be snapped up in pairs (if not all 4 together (imagine!)) and all will be well with the world.
    i like how alice is watching the mad cat perform and till i read it was Miz Poo i’m looking at the photos thinking, ‘geez, when did one of the Peppers become a tortie?’ and i kept looking at their photos in the side bar wondering which one it could be…i blame summer, it’s not the best time of the year for me…and, that’s all i have to say, why are you still looking at me like that?

  12. Is Charlie rolling his eyes in pic #3? And the line of his mouth- such a resigned look! Looks like he is sighing and thinking “Sisters…humph!”

  13. Oh this post is so full of win! Charlie and Patty adopted together! Yay! A ‘Hitchhiker’s’ reference! Yay! Peppers 1.0 getting a break from the cage. Yay! Stinkerbelle on the floor!