Rob grew up with a handful of animals throughout his life, the most special being a dachshund named Harley. He loved that dog! Unfortunately, Harley passed away a few years ago on Rob’s birthday and I’m sorry to say we don’t have any pictures of her.
I was raised by someone who has lived their life as an animal lover. Once upon a time, my mom had been a dog groomer, and years ago, she was a breeder and had a championship line of show dogs. Before I was born, she had mainly afghans but later, had dachshunds. During my childhood, we had many dogs, a few cats, some birds, a rabbit, fish, I think we had chickens at one point but I don’t remember them… I’m sure there’s been more. Rob & I have spent most of our adulthood with no animals, until May 2019, when we adopted Emilia from the Kitsap Humane Society.
We’ve both had an appreciation of animals but since becoming pet owners, it’s reached a whole new level! We’ve always cared about them but adopting Emilia & seeing how sweet she is, living with her great personality, and learning so much about her, as well as cats & animals in general, has greatly increased our compassion for living beings. Things bother us like they never have before, we want to offer help & support for animals & animal related causes more than we ever previously thought to do. I find myself following animal pages online & wanting to rescue all the cats! When I think about how sweet animals are, it baffles me to think of people giving them up, abandoning them, abusing them or killing them.
People have always said that cats are independent creatures (certainly somewhat true), that they like to be alone (not in our experiences!), that they aren’t very affectionate (lies!), and so on. So much of what people think they know about cats is a huge misconception, and there are even articles devoted to this. Since adopting Emilia, we’ve also taken in two kittens (that’s a story for another blog) and they are as attached to us as we are to them. Each of our cats has their own individual personalities; one is very social and affectionate with everyone she meets, while another is shy at first but comes out of his shell fairly quickly. He loves to be carried, kissed on the cheek & treated like a baby. One tends to keep to himself but slowly, he too, is becoming a tad more affectionate. They’re all so sweet, they all follow us around and want to spend tons of time with us. I am currently sitting on my bed, I have one to my left, one to my right & one by my feet. Maybe people never really take the time to get to know their cats but they should because they are a joy & they make our hearts happy.
I’m sure I annoy my social media friends with cat pictures on a daily basis. I have an album titled simply, “Emilia, Jameson & Sebatian,” and I add pictures to it just about every day. Some of the images I upload need to be shared because they’re too adorable not to, but I realize that some are just pictures of cats doing normal things but I can’t stop myself. I want to capture and share every moment with anyone who will look!
I am sure I also annoy people with some of my other animal related posts. I am constantly sharing things about animal safety and welfare so hopefully, people see what I share, and take it to heart. I’m also a huge advocate for the “adopt, don’t shop” movement, because there are so many animals who are homeless or in shelters, looking for their forever homes. I wish people would stop breeding and contributing the overpopulation of cats & dogs. If you adopt from shelters and rescues, the animals typically come spayed or neutered, with at least some of their shots and having been vetted. Emilia is the only one of our three cats that came from a shelter, but our other two were homeless kittens living on the street that we brought home so we’re still helping with homeless animal problem. We’re having to pay for all their vetting ourselves but we don’t mind. We are giving two little kittens a good home and proper care. It’s kitten season and all the local shelters are so full & have limited resources so its beneficial to them to have us taking and caring for the kittens ourselves. They’re so worth it!
As of right now, we don’t have room for more animals. Rob is interested in adopting a maine coon eventually. They’re a highly sought after cat so it’s rare to see them up for adoption through shelters and rescues, and breeders charge good money for them. We have a hectic few months coming up but hopefully by Spring or Summer, we’ll be in a position of being able to keep an eye out for one! Every once in a while, one shows up in a shelter and when one does, we can give that baby a homeq. Honestly, I am not particular about the type of cat we adopt and guarantee that no matter what, I coud walk into a shelter and walk out with a new animal to love, but since Rob is specifically interested in a maine coon, I’m happy to keep an eye out for one when the time is right. Maine coons are massive in comparison to other domestic cats but are known as “gentle giants,” for their laid back, loving personalities. Rob will be in Japan from November through April, & I’ll be there for part of the trip, so it isn’t really fair to adopt a cat and then turn around and leave when we should be making it’s transition easy and be there to bond with him or her. The goal is to hopefully move into a bigger place by next summer, which would really help!
Yay for goals!