Mom told me a story a long time ago about the first cats to share her life. Back on August 5, 1988, Mom found a mama kitty and her three kittens hiding in the raspberry bushes in the backyard. At the time, Mom was living with a Cock-a-poo named Peaches who was Mom's childhood pet. Peaches was about seventeen years old at the time and had shared nearly every aspect of Mom's upbringing. When Mom invited the cat and her kittens into the household, it was with trepidation. She shouldn't have worried ... the dog was thrilled and took to herding the kittens and guarding the banana box where they slept. Mom named the mama kitty "Meemaw" and the three kittens (two males and a female) were "Percy", "Cookie Monster", and "Lacey Bunns". The dog and cats got along famously with the dog teaching the kittens the finer points of begging at the dinner table, playing chase, and tolerating baths. Peaches made a superb nanny and playmate.
Peaches arrived at the Rainbow Bridge in March of 1989. Lacey Bunns (December 1995), Cookie Monster (April 1996), Meemaw (September 2002), and Percy (July 2005) joined her. Mom said that her early experiences opened her heart to rescuing the neighborhood strays (myself included). Over the years, Mom welcomed Toby (November 1996), Dolly Pop (September 2000), and Huckleberry Finn (May 2004) in addition to the Feline Americans and me.
The Feline Americans and I owe a debt of gratitude to Peaches and the "Four Founding Felines" who paved our way with Mom.
Happy Eighteenth Cativersary, Mom!