I’m finding I really, really like these blog hops and so when I saw that Quilting Gallery was hosting a giveaway party…I jumped right in! I’ve talked a fair bit on this blog about my family but I’ve yet to give you a formal introduction to the furbabies that fill our lives. My DH and I have three girls between us and six (yes 6) cats and one 106-pound Labrador. Let me introduce you to the fur crew…
Our oldest cat is Stanley. He’s a sweet old guy that life has been a bit tough on. He’s got a few chronic conditions and he’s a bit wobbly on his pins but he loves to follow us around and get attention and to lay on his heated cat bed. One of his new habits is that he rushes into the shower as soon as we vacant it to savor the warm water. His arthritis is so bad these days that we bathe him on a regular basis and, oddly enough, he seems to enjoy it. Here he his relaxing with his dad post bath.
The next two are Griffie and Zoe aka “The Twins.” They are, in fact, littermates and look quite a bit alike once you get past their coloring and hair length and look at their eye and ear shape and body type. These two came into our lives as a long-awaited promise to the older girls that when I got to work from home, they could each get a kitten. Zoe is quite the princess and has a lovely habit of going to the neighbors and tapping on their bay window to torment their beagle. Luckily for us, the neighbors are quite gracious about it, telling us that their dog wouldn’t get any exercise without her! Grif is very much Sarah’s cat and he can’t wait for her return home from college next week. His main goal in life to make sure she stays in bed as long as possible with him in the mornings!
After that in the “birth order” comes Jack. Jack was the kitten my youngest daughter got once we were pretty sure the adoption would go through. He has the deepest dimples I’ve ever seen on a cat and likes to jump from the newell post onto the shoulders of unsuspecting visitors (and family.)
Then there’s Winnie. She’s known as my imaginary cat because so few people ever see her. She’s a hider but she adores and takes great care of Stanley. We call her his little nurse cat. She was found at three weeks trapped between a wood and concrete fence where she’d been for two days before they could locate the source of the meowing. Despite her standoffishness, she’s got a sweet disposition and loves us in her shy way. She comes to visit me in the bathroom each morning and romps with Gizmo every night.
Last, but by far not least, is the baby, Gizmo. Gizmo really is the most baby-like of cats. Every night he snuggles up on my neck and pads my pillow then drapes himself across my neck and taps my husband that it’s his turn to pet, too. Now that the weather is colder again, I’ll wake in the morning to find Gizmo snuggled up between us under the covers, happy as a clam.
Of course, the furbaby list wouldn’t be complete without my Nick. Nick came to us as a rescue dog and after ten-plus years of steady food and love, he still worries every day at dinner time! We call him “The Dog from 50 First Dates.” He doesn’t remember that we have fed him every day for a decade, what he remember is that once upon a time, he was truly starving. He’s a love of a dog despite (or maybe because of his worries.) Nick likes to bring me things…books, sofa cushions, papers off my desk…but he wont fetch a thing for you unless it involves him jumping in the water!
So, to celebrate the furry loves of my life, I’m giving away a yard of this kitty print fabric (apologies to Nick…there wasn’t a cute cat & dog print.) Just leave me a comment and tell me what a favorite pet of yours was or is or would be if you could. I’ll be drawing the winner on the 16th of December. Thanks for stopping by and celebrating Quilting Gallery with me and the fur kids today, be sure to stop and see everyone else at the party by clicking http://quiltinggallery.com/quilters-fun/quilters-blog-hop-party/!