|Christmas at The Draper Mercantile, Draper, Virginia|
|This is the life|
Once upon a time a little cat showed up at Greenberry House wanting desperately to be loved and cared for. No one wanted her because she was skinny and sickly so she went down to a little gray house in a big field not far away. The cats there didn't want her either; they were very mean to her but she stayed and managed to get enough food to feel better and gain some weight. One day she felt funny and went down to a place near a lot of big fuzzy quiet animals that lived in the old barn. The next thing she knew there were three tiny kittens there, which she instantly loved enormously. She was so proud when someone came down the path and she could show off the kittens. The someone didn't even know the new mama was living at the little gray house so it was a big surprise.
|I need a home!|
I guess this is a pretty common story, unfortunately, as unwanted cats and dogs are dumped every day. So now we have four extra cats here on the farm, although one of my resident cats got her nose out of joint and has moved away, visiting only occasionally. The little mama has done a wonderful job of looking after the kittens and they are really sweet. Want one?
I have to admit, though, that after being a responsible pet owner and getting every animal that has come here (except the rabbits) spayed or neutered for the past twenty years, it has been pure pleasure having kittens to play with and watch. They are a joy. Uncomplicated, happy, wanting only a little cuddling and some cheap cat food to keep them roly-poly and purring. The mama has been teaching them to hunt; a sometimes gory business. They live on my front porch where there is an old cat door and play in the sunshine on the south side of the house. They are round and tabby and charming and I'm pretty sure one of them is going to stay. I'm hoping that some friends will take the other two but I haven't talked to them since the weather got so cold.
|Ribbons and Lace Cardigan|