4-17-19 Wednesday

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I have sad news about a foster from nearly 10 years ago. Creed, who was our foster in the summer of 2009 along with his brother Dwight and sister Phyllis, was adopted out as a kitten but returned in 2011. He was adopted out but then returned again in 2014. He went to Petsmart several times, but didn’t handle it well, and began overgrooming. The volunteers at the shelter fell in love with that sweet boy, and then finally in December 2016 he was adopted by a family who absolutely adored him.

Sadly, they had to say goodbye to him a couple of days ago – he was very sick, and they didn’t want him to suffer. I have no doubt that that boy was loved every single day he was with them. They didn’t have long enough with him, of course, but I know they made every day a wonderful one.

Here he is in 2009 as a kitten, and in early 2015.

You can read more about Creed as a kitten here, and in the post announcing his adoption here.

Our love and sympathy go out to his wonderful family.


Pa’s got his eyes on me, while Albert’s got his eyes on Pa’s tail.

“HI, Pa! Hi hi!”

They LOVE following him up that tree, can you tell?

Mary would like a little attention, please.

Goobers. (Albert & Willie, I think.)

Snoozin’ Willie.

Snoozin’ Albert. What a bunch of slackers.

In this picture, you can see that Almanzo’s eyes have turned green. Whyyyy can’t they stay blue?

Willie’s eyes look very blue in this picture, but they’re mostly green now, with a ring of blue around the outside.

“How YOU doin’?” (Almanzo)

The kittens are NINE week old today, can you believe that? Caroline is going for her spay surgery next week, and it won’t be much longer (3 weeks or so) until these guys are ready for their surgery, too. Time flies!


Bringing these houses with us when we moved from Crooked Acres was definitely a good decision. It gives Jake a good place to settle down and tune his loons.


2018: Deanzilla on babysitting duty.
2017: Always with the kicks to the face.
2016: No entry.
2014: Throwback Thursday: Mister Boogers.
2013: “I can haz a snuggle?”
2012: “SEE ya.”
2011: No entry.
2010: No entry.
2009: Y’all love her and you want to see her grow up and you don’t believe I could ever give her up, but y’all say that about AN AWFUL LOT OF THE KITTENS I FOSTER.
2008: Kara birthing babies.
2007: The Litter Robot report
2006: No entry.
2005: No entry.



4-17-19 Wednesday — 17 Comments

  1. Love and hugs to Creeds family…especially his little boy who loved him dearly.

    The Goobers photo – crop that in and it would be a lovely portrait.

  2. Condolences to Creed’s family. Pets are gifts and it is hard when their loving owners have to give them back. His pictures brought up this question. It seems that Tuxies seem to always have white whiskers, even though they are growing from black whisker pads ( as in Creed’s case). I want to look back in your archives to check on this.

    • I was so excited when Creeds family finally showed up. So sad but so glad that he was loved.

  3. The time we spend with loved ones is always too short. Hugs to Creeds loving family,

  4. ((hugs)) to Creed’s family and all that loved him. I did too as I do all of the kitties that pass through this page.

  5. Awwww, Creed…. I’m so happy he finally found a family and was with them until the end. Sending love and thanks to them.

  6. Thank you all so much for your kind words and sympathy. We loved creed more than we can express. He was such a gift to our family and it was devastating to lose him. With time we’ll all heal to some extent and find the next sweet cat that needs a good permanent home. We appreciate everything that challenger house does and to all the supporters and fosters and people who adopt from them. I feel like our hearts never fully recover from breaking, but they do mend. I’ll always remember his headbutts and rubs that he loved to give. The first thing we would do every morning was snuggle on the couch, he wanted that before he wanted his food. That brings a smile to my face.

    • Ours too.

      So glad to hear these stories aout his happy and loving time with you all. So glad that you found each other, if only for a few years.

    • Thank you for loving Creed and giving him a wonderful home! I had a soft spot for him and his white striped nose from the very beginning. Sending purrs to you and your family..,

  7. So very sorry to hear about Creed. He was always a favorite of mine, and looks so very much like my Chloe – right down to the white blaze on his nose. I was ecstatic when his forever family found him. Thank you, Mike and family, for loving on this special guy. So sorry for your loss. Hugs!

  8. Creed’s family, you’re in my thoughts. Ditto, Robyn and Fred and all who cared for and adored him at Challenger’s House. He was such a good soul.

  9. Like Jake needs an excuse to “tune his loons”! YOu do you, Jakey!
    Q: is the straw in the little houses better than cat beds or newspaper as an insulator? I remember reading somewhere not to use fabric but shredded newspapers were ok.

    And commiserations to Creed’s family and you and Fred who raised the beautiful boy.