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Yesterday was the eight year anniversary of the day I brought my very first litter of fosters home! That was Mia and her five kittens. This picture of Mia and her babies is still one of my favorites.

In the 8 years since, we’ve had 214 fosters (the number would be higher, but we took almost a year off of fostering after we adopted Tommy and Sugarbutt, and also we used to only foster one litter at a time.) Of that 214, 115 were males and 99 females. I’d tell you how many black cats, brown tabbies, etc, we had, but I didn’t keep track of that information, and I don’t see me going back and figuring it out.

I can only imagine what our total number of fosters will be in another 8 years!

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I didn’t realize this ’til I was in the process of uploading the pictures, but the Royals section of today’s post is mostly Leia. It’s hard to stop taking pictures of that floofy little girl.

Upside-down Leia.

Upside-down Leia and a dash of Buttercup.

Jareth and Leia. The Royals are really enjoying Fred’s bed. They run into his room in the morning after their snack, climb up on the bed, look out the window, knock his pillows over, race around the room, and eventually end up in a pile on his bed.

“There’s sun here!”

Floofily fabulous.

Fabulously floofy.

Jareth, checking out the view.

Seriously. Check OUT that ear floof!

“I find you very annoying, lady.”

On Saturday I was napping on the couch – which is what Saturdays were created for – and Fred woke me up by putting Jareth on me. Jareth looked around, wide-eyed, and I told Fred to go ahead and remove the barrier across the hallway so that the kittens could have access to the rest of the house.

It was a surprisingly calm event. The kittens all came downstairs and looked around and checked everything out. Jake got to sniff kitten butts – his favorite thing to do, ever – and there was little hissing. They came down from time to time yesterday, but spent the majority of their time upstairs. It always takes several days before they start spending a lot of time downstairs. (We put them in the foster room and close the door at night.)

I really liked seeing that their tails were straight up in the air as they wandered around the bottom floor on Saturday. They were curious and confident rather than being scared. There was, of course, some floofing, but all in all it went well!

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Norbert lubs his brudder.

The other Dragons all have such big, round heads and Norbert’s a tiny peanut of a thing. Mama’s going to have some ‘splainin’ to do when Norbert gets older and notices the difference.

Scorch and Puff.


Every now and then, Khaleesi sits there, looking a bit baffled. “How did this happen to me?” she wonders. “I was on fast track for partnership, I was GOING places, I was going to make SIX FIGURES by the time I was two, and now I’m spending my days licking kitten butts and hoping the lady will bring me another snack.”

Norbert lubs his Mama.

The toes, the nose, the little pink lips, oh that Puff.


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Newt the smug.


2012: No entry.
2011: ::maniacal laughter::
2010: Between the Bookworms and the Rescuees, my home is awash in sweet kittens.
2009: I sure am going to miss the little monkeys.
2008: “You ever get that feeling like someone’s watching you?”
2007: No entry.
2006: No entry.
2005: This is Flossie.



5-20-13 — 42 Comments

  1. Newt’s picture makes you want to kiss on his squidgy cheeks! Prety boy!
    Oh Leia and Buttercup should be mine….. *sigh*
    Congrats on your 8 yr anniversary! I can only imagine how great you must feeling know what a difference you made in 214 lives!!!!! The added bonus is that you got to snuggle 214 more cats than you could have otherwise!!!!

  2. You said that Kate will be spayed tomorrow. How much do the Royals weigh now? It’s wonderful that the Royals are so confident.

    I love the photo of the pile of Dragon babies.

    • They’re all well over 2 pounds now! They could actually go to be spayed and neutered, but since they can’t get their rabies shots ’til they’re 3 months old, I’ll just wait and take them then and get it all done at once. (I’d put Kate’s spay off ’til then except I really feel like we’re racing the clock – she could go into heat AT ANY MOMENT! 🙂 )

  3. Congrats — and thank you — on the 8 years! Oh, the whole post for today was a very much welcomed site for a rainy, stormy, Monday morning! To many MANY more years of happy fostering and blogging!!! (Thank you for including us!) With the rain and it being Monday, I would certainly LOVE to raise a glass of adult cheer… but I won’t (promise). I raise my mug of coffee in toast to Love and Hisses, Robyn, Fred, all the permanent residents, all the present and past fosters, and all things Crooked Acres!!!

  4. Happy Eighth Anniversary! Think of how much you’ve influenced the world by making so many kittens and so many people so much happier – AMAZING! You fully deserve to feel proud!

  5. And Norbert’s EARS are SO much more “up” than the others – yet he’s got that tiny little noggin. he really looks like a weeny panther in one of the pics you posted on saturday. And saturday’s video has me squeeing… the randomly waving paws, the little fat tummies… oh my gosh. they don’t hiss at you anymore!!

  6. Many congratulations on your eighth anniversary of making making a difference such a delight! And isn’t it great that these two litters and their mums are so healthy?! (Is it just the angle or is Scorch’s head rivaling Puff’s in size?) Best of luck with your trip to the vet tomorrow, Kate — you’ll be home before you know it.

  7. Happy anniversary!
    I think Norbert is going to have a Siamese type shape, it will be interesting with his tuxedo pattern.

    • I agree. I think he will have a longer, wedge-shaped head. He may get his cat face sooner than the others.

  8. Congrats on your 8 year anniversary! I’ve followed along vicariously, and though I’ve helped many cats through the years (had 9 at one time!), I’m unable to foster — arthritis, joint problems, also developed allergy to cats (though I still have 2!). It’s wonderful to watch the kitten progress, and see the mama cats taken care of.

    On behalf of all the lucky cats/kittens and people who adopted them, thank you, thank you, thank you. And thanks for letting us share vicariously!

  9. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for all you do for the kitties.

    Princess Leia does have fabulous ear floof, but I think her best attribute is her awesome LOOK OF ANNOYANCE.

  10. Omg I love love norbert, I’m still tickled that he was accepted into the dragon brood! Btw Robyn I just wanted to share this quick pic with you. Our kitty Molly girls loves flowers and my wife got this pic of her really taking in the scent. It’s so funny I had to share!


    • What a sweet flower-appreciator.

      Congrats to Robyn and the 214 kitties who were saved by her (does that mean just the kittens or does it include the occasional mama cat?)

  11. Happy anniversary! Thank you for making such a difference in kitties’ and people’s lives; I hope you’ll be able to continue for many more years!

  12. Happy Anniversary!! Hard to believe I’ve been reading you over 8 years. Hugs and love to Fred and you and all the animals.

  13. Awwww Katie’s kitties are going to be so long-haired floofy kitties! How lovely!!!

    Take care

  14. Awwwww…. Is there anything sweeter than a pile-up of sleeping Dragons, dozing Royals, and a snoozing Newt? I thought not.

    By the by, Fred and I have matching bedside lamps. Mine has a red patterned lamp shade though. Gives it a “respectable bordello” look.

    • The lamp on my bedside table is pretty similar to that one. I like the style, but maybe I should go for the bordello look, too. 🙂

  15. Beautiful pics today! Congrats on your anniversary Robyn, you are a wonderful person!

  16. So, were the Royals shocked a Jake getting so fresh with them? LOL, that’s hilarious! I know whenever we have dog visitors here, and they get a wee bit familiar with my guys, they look so offended! “Did you…dafuq…SIR/MADAM! How dare you sniff me like that! The nerve!” and then of course they smack puppy on the nose and go off to lick themselves.

    Ah, the Animal Kingdom. Like being single again.

    • Ah, the Animal Kingdom. Like being single again.

      Best sentence I’ve read in a while. Thank you.

    • He wasn’t too pushy – for once – and they were mostly amazed that there were other cats in existence, and a whole new world beyond what they already knew. 🙂

  17. Happy anniversary, happy anniversary, happy anniversary, haaaaa-py anniversary!!!

    Thank you for all the kitties, big and small, that you’ve helped over these past 8 years and for letting us come along for the ride!

  18. The picture of Mia and her kittens at the top of today’s post was so cute, I had to go back and read the posts from 2005 during my lunch at work. The kittens were so cute I just kept reading and then I got to what happened with Mia. Oh how sad. I don’t know how you guys continued on.

    I’m sitting in my cube sniffling hoping my co-workers think I have a cold. Sigh.

    • You know, I actually have a large number of those cat stickers, I just don’t know where they are. They need to go on my car, though!

  19. Happy Anniversary, Robyn – thanks for taking us along on the ride!

  20. Norbert is so much less fluffy than the other kitten’s as well. I wonder if he will be one of those kitty’s whose coat is silkier rather than soft and fluffy.

  21. Happy fostering anniversary, Robyn and Fred! You are wonderful people and you’ve made so many kitties and their families happy – not to mention us, your readers!

    I can’t believe the Royals are 2 months old already. That Leia, she is all ATTITUDE! And floof. Lots of floof! I bet she won’t even spend the whole day there once she’s off to PetSmart.

  22. Well of course you would, I mean she is Fabulously floofy!

    Happy anniversary!!

    Newt is smug isn’t he 🙂

    your photos are getting even better if that is possible.. you have some amazing ones on this post..

  23. Silly question, but if it wasn’t for Norbert, who would have been the Dragon litter’s runt?