10-1-20 Thursday

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We’ve got a lot to unpack today. Ready? Okay, let’s get started.

First of all, I got the news yesterday morning JUST 20 minutes before I was going to head to Michelle’s house that…

D’Artagnan and Porthos are ADOPTION PENDING. Yes, TOGETHER!!!

What I didn’t mention in yesterday’s post is that when I went to Michelle’s so that Constance could be spayed (spay/neuters are done by a wonderful local mobile vet), I was taking d’Artagnan and Porthos with me so that they could stay at her house for a few days and then head to Petsmart. BUT with the adoption pending, that meant that I could bring them right back here with me (they still needed to go to Michelle’s – everyone but Aramis needed to go to Michelle’s – to be ID chipped. Aramis had already been chipped.)

This means that NO ONE is available, everyone’s adopted or adoption pending, and no one has to go to Petsmart! The best part is that I get to keep them here with me ’til mid-October when their adopter comes down to get them!

We’ll keep ’em busy with TPS reports ’til they can go home.

AND THEN. ALSO. Remember how Aramis was adoption pending? His adoption was finalized yesterday!

I delivered him home myself. And he got to know a couple of his new brothers…


And Jake!

In case you’re staring off into space thinking that those names seem REALLY familiar… yes. We have adopted Aramis and he is now a permanent resident!

Deciding to adopt Aramis (yes, we’ve renamed him, more on that in a sec) was tough because I was SO VERY drawn to d’Artagnan. If you didn’t already know that I am head over heels for d’Artagnan, you’ve maybe not been paying attention. I have NOT been subtle in the slightest, I’ve practically dropped to one knee and proposed. BUT I had to admit that he is really too much kitten for Alice, who is scared of kittens and tends to run from them, which of course they think is fun and so they chase her (“Stop running and just smack him!” I’ve encouraged many times, but Alice just doesn’t listen.)

As is our way, we dithered back and forth between adopting d’Artagnan and Aramis (BUT THEN PORTHOS WOULD BE ALONE AT PETSMART), adopting just Aramis, and at one point Fred was pushing to adopt all three and stop fostering entirely.

We agreed Monday evening that we didn’t need to adopt any of them, they would be FINE, and then I woke up Tuesday morning knowing that we needed to adopt Aramis and let d’Artagnan and Porthos go to Petsmart together in hopes that they would be adopted as a pair. Fred agreed, and it was decided.

Now, for his new name. When he knows I’m on the other side of a door and he can hear me, he WAIIIIIIILS like his little heart is broken. And so he is now Charles, Prince of Wails. Charlie for short, of course. (Charlie is one of my favorite names.) (Until that name popped into my head, he was going to be Jiminy because of his cricket purr.)

So that is the story of how we have adopted a foster kitten for the first time in years. I think he’ll be a good uncle to future fosters (but if he doesn’t wanna, that’s okay! No pressure.) We’re doing a soft release where he can come downstairs when he wants to during the day, and then spends the nights in the foster room with the other Mewsketeers. That’s been going on for a couple of days now. He and Jake are already becoming friends, and he and Archie have played together.

(That makes 7 permanent residents for us now, in case you’re wondering.)


Constance’s spay surgery yesterday went absolutely fine. She is spayed, vaccinated and ID chipped, and she and Rochefort will go home Saturday! Cat (their new Mom) has promised a Facebook page.

“I thought Aramis was going HOME, lady.”

I left that container on the floor for 10 seconds and it was instantly claimed, of course.

She is SUCH a pretty girl.

A little attitude from d’Artagnan.


Welcome to the permanent resident roster, Charlie.


2019: Henri’s all “What doin’, weird lady?”
2017: Aurora would like you to admire her armpit.
2016: Darry gave his a deep sniff.
2015: “That’s MY foot!”
2014: Cap’n Trader Joe, sailin’ that track toy to shore.
2013: Tony practices his PAWS UP, Y’ALL.
2012: “I are having a thought.”
2011: The Catpranos (warning: the language! Sweet mother of god the LANGUAGE!)
2010: “What, lady? What you want?”
2009: Life is good.
2008: Pet store kitties.
2007: Crazy Eyes struggles with a wee case of claustrophobia.
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



10-1-20 Thursday — 30 Comments

  1. Great news! Aramis is my favorite (although, D’Artagnan was a very close second) and I’m so glad we’ll get to see and hear that gorgeous boy for the rest of his life! I’m not prone to outbursts but *SQUEE*!!!

  2. Charles prince of wails is a fantastic name. I’m glad he’s going to be Charlie though because, you know, theres already Charles of Charles and Caroline (on my wall as we speak). Congrats on joining the ranks of the extra super lucky permies!!

  3. ***
    “I speak Spanish to God, Italian to women, French to men, and lolspeak to my cats.” — with apologies to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.

  4. Wow! You haven’t had a “fail” since Dewey so I did not see this one coming! I am so happy for y’all, and of course Bonnie Prince Charlie! Yay!!!!

  5. Wahey!!!!!!! Breaking my silence to celebrate the great news. My fave of this litter. My tabby and white boy, who was 2 years older than the Bookworms, had to be euthanised in April due to kidney failure at 12 years old. Heartbroken. But new tabby and white boy, now 5 months, in residence since end of June. Hearts healing. I have a certain fondness for tabby and white boys, obviously! Lots of hugs and kisses to Charlie!

  6. Welcome to the club, Charlie! If i could have, I would have taken Porthos and Athos. I love them. (well we love them all don’t we?) Glad we get to see him fully grow up!!

  7. Charlie/Chuck/Chuckles/Aramis has been my favorite all along. That nostril freckle of his kills me dead. I know it isn’t likely, but I hope he always stays a long lanky boy.

  8. Aramis/Charlie has hit the kitty jackpot! Such a sweet charmer. I sense that you, Fred and the other perms have hit jackpots,too, in welcoming him into your family. Congratulations, all!

  9. You made me cry…..tears of joy. I’m so glad that all the kitties have been adopted!

  10. Yay! I saw Fred refer to him on FB as Charlie, but I thought that was just Fred with his own kitten names! Well, I guess it is, sort of — but it never occurred to me that he had joined the Permanent Residents!!!!

  11. Well, goodness!! You kept that one well hidden until today. Welcome, Charlie! (and what a great, great name!)

    So were you feeling a little short in the perm residents dept?

    And no Petsmart for any of this litter. That’s the Best News Ever!!!

  12. Made me cry tears of joy for that beautiful Charlie. I had ALMOST had my husband convinced we needed all 3 of those boys to join our 3 old ladies (they are 11) BUT alas, was told we had enough cats 🙂

    Happy for you and Fred, he is beautiful and excited to see him grow up…

  13. I am laughing at myself SO HARD. I saw the pic on Facebook of Aramis with his “new brothers,” and thought “WOW!!! WHAT A COINCIDENCE!!!” Like, seriously. I am such an idiot…

    WELCOME HOME, CHARLIE!!! You are going to LOVE it here!!! ❤

    • Hahaha, SAME!!! 🙂

      I think what threw me was Archie – his fur looked quite dark in the “meeting the brothers” picture with him, and it didn’t initially hit home at all that it was ARCHIE Archie. Hee!

    • I’m just as much of an idiot. Saw the FB post and didn’t think anything about it. Reading his adoption story today and thought what a coincidence that someone adopted him w/cats w/the same names as…… wait a minute!

      Welcome Charlie. You’re going to love it in your “new” home.

  14. Awwww, yay! 🙂 Congrats to you, Fred, and Aramis/Charlie Cricket Purr, prince of talker kitties! I hope he keeps his cricket squeak purr all his life.

    It’s difficult not to love d’Artagnan, he’s such a lover kitten! Poor Alice, though. Alice Mo the calico doesn’t like bold kittens, yo.

  15. I will be happy to see if Charlie grows into his ears. Speaking of ears, D’Artagnan and Porthos’s adopters must be ear people.

  16. So very exciting and what happy surprising news! I am also so very thrilled that D’Artagnan and Porthos will go home together! Super duper!

  17. Congrats on the new permanent res. It was about time for you to foster fail. Been a while, as I recall. You were making all of us other Fails feel bad.

    Charlie is one lucky little guy, and so glad all the others found their forever homes too. Good job Robin & Fred.

  18. Honey I don’t understand how you don’t adopt all of them. I would be such a foster fail.

    I am so happy for your new addition and being able to see his sweet face.

  19. I am one of those who saw the Twitter post about Aramis being adopted and thought, “Huh, what a coincidence that his new family has cats with the same names as Robyn’s, and one of them is even gray like her Jake.” Do I pay attention to the decor in your photos? Why no, I am distracted by the kittens. And a little slow sometimes.

    FURRAY FOR CHARLIE! You know the song “Charlie he’s my darling,” right? Alice isn’t the only permanent resident that has a theme song!

  20. Oh My Goodness, I have never seen so many comments! Thank you Robyn for the fantastic photographs and loving the wee ones.