In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

The Kitties

Corona has left the local spay and neuter clinics way behind and there are an abundance of unwanted cats this summer. While I usually have a few rescues I take in, spay or neuter, and find a home for, this year there have been 19! And our "keep" population blossomed from 2 to 6. 

This is Kaden and Tally - original barn cats that were dumped as kittens at the end of the driveway over 12 years ago! They are doing well, but not the mousers that they used to be! I decided that one night when a mouse ran across my foot and neither of them got up. 

The first to stay new barn cat was Twilight. I live-trapped her at the CVS where she had been eating out of the garbage for a month. Once I got her home, I could tell she had kittens and went searching for them. Turns out she had them behind Tractor Supply across the street, nursed them and the employees had a cat rescue come get them. Twilight tamed nicely and is very appreciative of her warm bed and full food bowl. She concerned me how often she wasn't to be found around the barn, but sticks around more now thanks to her friends.

George and Martha were brother and sister from the Amish farm that I had another cat from that I wanted to keep. They were feral and the only two of six they could catch. After kenneling for two weeks, and spaying and neutering, they get along well with Twilight and are the most active, fun kitties we have ever had. They are all bunking in the back of the barn, so Kaden and Tally don't have to share their "area", although they are intermingling pretty well now. They all actually getting along well with all the dogs also. 

Meanwhile, we did not plan on any more house cats, but along came Buddy. I think I wrote about him before, but he has moved into our home and our hearts and is pretty special. I'm thankful we intervened when he was going to be put down for "behavior problems." 

Buddy has gotten a bit braver and goes into the backyard now. He loves the screened in porch, but prefers the door be left cracked so he can come and go at his convenience. 

We are pretty happy with the new kitties - 



Our newest situation is that when I get up at 7 am, George and Martha are waiting at the back door. They just need their morning greeting and pet. At first, once we went out to do chores, they would follow and hang out back at the barn where they are supposed to live. The last few days, however, they follow us back and head around to the screened in porch. Buddy conveniently ripped the screen on the door, so they can all come and go. I also can't leave the door to the inside open, or they come right inside. Pretty impressive for feral, Amish kittens! Buddy is less than impressed, but they have taken over the couch.  

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