It’s My What?!

It's my what?!
It’s my what?!

Guess what day today is? Or as close as I can guess…Smokie is just about one year old! Happy birthday Smokie—you’re such a big boy now!

It's my big day!
It’s my big day!

Smokie was trapped with his brother and surrendered to the shelter on June 16, 2014 so I’m guessing, of course, but I haven’t known the birth dates of any of the cats I’ve lived with except Mimi’s kittens and way back at the beginning the kittens from that first litter. But we all need a day to mark as “ours”, and Smokie is quite the substantial cat and has finally lost most of his kitten look. Except when he gets those really round eyes!

Smokie can still look like a little guy, but he has still has those really round eyes!
Smokie can still look like a little guy, but he has still has those really round eyes!

Smokie’s plans for the day will probably include some birdwatching and squirrel watching with his fur sister Bella and then some serious napping on the bed.

I'm just going to hang out and nap all day!
I’m just going to hang out and nap all day!

Happy Birthday Smokie! I’m so glad I was able to foster you and that you get to see your first birthday, and have many, many more in your life! Each day has been a celebration watching you lose your fears, let go of that early trauma, learn to play and enjoy affection, hang out with the ninjas and your fur sister Bella, and not only show up in the room when strangers arrive, but greet them and enjoy their company too. You’ve come a long way, little man.

Read a little more about Smokie in his rescue story, “One Kitten and Two Lessons”, and browse article and photos and sketches of Smokie too!

A new name

Smokie and Bella are actually adopted, but their adopter has an older kitty with multiple conditions who has grown blind and deaf, and a younger feral kitty she rescued who is FIV+. We don’t want to upset the older kitty, and we want her to live as long as she wants to, so we decided the two would stay with me until the time is good for them to leave. Their new home will be so absolutely purrfect for the two of them that I can’t wait for them to go there!

And even though I’ve known since December when they were adopted that Smokie had another name, I hadn’t introduced it, waiting for when he went to his new home for all of you who have followed him since last August when he came here. It’s been a little confusing since I call him by that name here, and with Charm and the kittens I suddenly have no idea what I’m calling anyone so for myself and for Smokie’s future, I’m going to start calling him by his “real” name: Basil!

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4 thoughts on “It’s My What?!

  • May 10, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Happy Birthday Smokie/Basil..I am so happy to hear that you and Bella are going to your furever home soon..I will miss seeing you both..Hugs..

  • May 9, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Basil!
    We are so excited that you and Bella have a home.
    We are also happy you get to stay where you are until it’s time to go to that home!
    Purrs that you get spoiled lots today!
    Purrs Georgia and Julie,
    Treasure and JJ


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