Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ruby


“A cat will be your friend, but never your slave” ~Theophile Gautier

Prior to 2009, I had considered myself a “dog person”. It’s not that I disliked cats. Quite the contrary actually. It’s just that most of the pets I had throughout my life had been dogs. Then, on December 29th of 2009, that changed.

That afternoon, I was at the local animal shelter looking at puppies when I saw a sign on the bulletin board there that said “free kittens”. There was a number attached and I decided to call it. A kind old lady answered and told me to swing on by and at least look at them.
Once I arrived, she led me to the garage where she had two calico kittens and two gray tabbys. I immediately focused on what I thought was the “cuter” of the gray tabbys. I picked that one out and was heading to the door when I noticed the other gray tabby would not leave my side. Suddenly, the one I was holding jumped from my arms and ran under the couch. The other gray tabby (the runt of the bunch – she basically looked like a rat) looked up at me with eyes that seemed to say “pick me!!”.
Of course I wasn't able to resist that look, so I took it as a sign that I was supposed to pick that one. And here, 4 1/2 years later, Ruby is all grown up and I love her to death. I don’t think I’ve ever loved any pet as much as her! Don’t get me wrong – she’s not without issues. She is nuts, anxiety-prone, and clinically insane. But she’s my Ruby and that’s what matters :)

Do you have any pets? What do your pets mean to you?

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  1. Oh yes. We have two rescue cats. Both black - and one of them black-hearted as well. Jazz has rather a lot of issues, and is prone to putting me in my (bleeding) place. And he is much loved and in his forever home. As is Jewel.

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  2. Really, they pick us. Or, we felt that way about our two pound pups. We might have pulled them from the shelter, but when it was all said and done, they picked us.

    Glad you have a pet you love so much. That's the good stuff.

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  3. It was a good call by you. My mother did similar when choosing a dog from a litter many years ago. Well, ok, not really the same. She chose the dog that was frightened and would not come forward, and it turned out to be the most loyal and wonderful dog.

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  4. You picked the right cat!
    We always had dogs growing up and they weren't pets - they were family.

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  5. Such a lovely cat Keith ~ I had a dog years ago and when she died, we never got another family pet ~ Have a good week ~

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  6. we have a cat....we have had 2 cats since getting married...both kittens were rescues....we found one in a wood pile and hte second in an old shed...they are awesome...and have personality...oh my...ha...so very different from each other...but they both are family....

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  7. What a sweet photo! I love all animals, but I've always been a cat person. I'm drawn to their mysterious, nocturnal, intelligent personalities. They can be surprisingly affectionate. I'm presently trying to find homes for eight cats that my neighbor abandoned when she moved (I placed four of them in new homes last week).

    I have an adorable eight-year-old indoor cat named Scratch. And I just adopted a tiny kitten (the runt of the litter). He is extremely affectionate and purrs constantly.

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  8. Are you taking her with you when you move and what would be involved with that?

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  9. Oh yes, Keith! We used to have Clyde a Scottish Fold. It stayed with us for about 3 years (human years) but sadly passed on following an operation at the vet. All family members cried when it happened! I know how you feel about Ruby!

    Hank

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  10. I am a cat person too. I love their independence and really, the fact that they have the attitude that we are here to serve them. That said, just yesterday I had to put my dog down:( A hundred and thirty pound rottweiler and mastif combination, the gentlest dog I have even seen. Amazing how for the last nine years my life has been so intertwined with his. I am trying not to unravel.

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  11. Love your story! Ruby is a cutie. I grew up with dogs and cats around and even now have 2 dogs and 1 cat who like to sleep next to me and follow me wherever I go. Life is nicer with pets.:-)

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  12. I loved your story too-our pets are part of our family-would not have it any other way-they are just so special

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  13. Welcome back, Keith! Love the picture! :)

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  14. Aww, she sure grew up pretty! I think it's nice that you gave her a home. :)

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  15. She is adorable (and her owner isn't bad either! LOL!) :) We had Buddy (a beagle) that had diabetes, was blind from the diabetes and sadly lost him to cancer 5 years ago ... now we have Dandy .. the LOVE of my life (he's a Schipperke -- ask your honey, she will probably know his breed, since they are a Belgium breed) .. I never had pets growing up ... but so grateful I have them now :)

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  16. Hope you had a nice vacation Keith. Welcome back. I love the look of that cat. I have one at the barn that look exactly like that one and he's very affectionate and follows me everywhere and purrs so loudly, want to be petted every chance he gets. I called him Tigger. I've had lots of pets in my home but at my age I've decided to not get tied down with a pet anymore. My husband is not a pet person.
    JB

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  17. You are a kindred spirit. Cats rule, dogs drool. But I love them both. I happento be ruled by a cat at present, but I am nana to several fur pups.

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  18. Ruby looks remarkably like the kidling's cat, Connelly!

    Besides Connelly, we have 4 dogs, all but one (Lily the goldendoodle) are rescues. We also have Abby, the dainty pitbull, Buddha the bodacious Boston, and wee Geraldo who is a pomeranian/chihuahua mix. Oh, and neighbourhood cat we are trying to catch and take to the vet... it has a pretty severe head wound. If we can get it to a vet I'd imagine we'll end up bringing it home with us, although we really have more than enough!

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  19. I used to think I was a dog person too. Don't tell Pat Hatt, but I actually do like cats. I had one but he ran away when we moved another dog into our house. Who knew cats ran away? I saw the neighbor behind me playing with him in his backyard. Traitor!! haha

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  20. I love this photo of you and Ruby. You both look so cute and happy! We have a dog, Buddy. He is quite old now, but still very loving. He is actually my first pet. Never had one growing up.

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  21. I would have sworn I was a cat person until Romanov. Now I'm a both person. But I think I'd like to share my home with a dog for as long as I can.

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  22. I've always had a dog as a pet, but I do miss my fiancee's cat Furball. He was so friendly, always wanting to sit in my lap. He died last year and they haven't replaced him.

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  23. precious girl! my dogs are my 'kids'. my horses are spoiled rotten pasture pets. they make my life whole.

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  24. Aww, love the picture and the story! :) You are definitely meant to be together! I love my two cats and two bunnies and never want to be without them anymore!

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  25. I was the opposite -- a cat person. I had cats all my life.

    But when my last cat died -- the first cat who belonged to the whole Salerni family, me, my husband, and my two daughters -- we were broken-hearted. He was the smartest, most personable cat I'd ever owned. He was irreplaceable.

    So we got a big, beautiful German Shepherd. Our friends and family were shocked, especially because they knew I was kind of afraid of dogs. But Sorcia won our hearts, and because of her, I'm not afraid of other dogs anymore either.

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  26. Aw, what a fun story. I remember when I got walty almost 3 years ago. I saw/held/played with a lot of puppies...but when I saw him...I almost cried when I had to leave him. He came home wiht me a week later :)

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  27. We're cat people and it's a good thing because our house is where a mama chose to leave her three babies and not come back. The two males do what ever male cats do and something happened to them. We had the one female spayed and now she is old but still with us. Her name is Susie.

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  28. I am a "cat person." Our beloved Shadow, 21 years old, left us last year, and we have just decided that we will not add another pet at this stage in our lives. Also, our grandson and son-in-law are allergic, so that makes the decision easier.

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  29. good for that lovely kitten back then, I've had a German Sheppard until he died of old age, I had three cats, always have had, my first was a tiny winni little calico who stole my heart, I took her, then, I went to get second one oh so tiny but she looked like a tiny tiny little wolf, and \i wondered if someone had made a mistake, I didn't care my heart broke and I took her. A year later I notice there were a whole bunch of black cats, and several weeks later i went to buy myself a new computer, but found that among the littler only one left, he looked so sad, and they told me that all the females go first (I know now why) than the others went but nobody wanted him, so I told myself my old comp will last a while longer and took him home, gosh did he purrrr so happy, but I never knew that household with 3 cats one of them being male was not always a calm household, i would do anything to go back to my house that \i rented for 14 years, I had kimmi, Sammi, and Mikey when I was forced to move 'cause the owner sold the land, I had to leave and in the process I lost Sammi, the sweetest most loving, tender cat you've ever met, I still grieve ,SPCA called me once to tell they had a female off the same age black so i ran and blinded by the pain, I took her as Sammi, took her too the vet she had an extremely high fever and others matters , and it didn't take me long to realize it couldn't be Sammi, Sammi had never scratched me in her life she only kissed, this one almost tore my skin off, but \i refused to give up on her, by then \i knew she wasn't my Sammi so i called her Sam and after 10 visits to the Vet, after trying everything I insisted on a catscan because something was wrong and no one did anything. They discovered she had asthma since then i'm been treating her, and she's happy no well as happy as you can be when your family gives you up to be killed because she was so sick...now that she's well, does she ever think about her old family? I d I love her with all my heart, as I do my other cats. I never found Sammy, but i know she's dead, she's in heaven, and she wants me to stop grieving...So yes i love my pets and all animals and it's the reason why \i don't eat meat or fish or anything that I know suffered terribly...sorry that was long

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  30. No pets any more - I love cats and dog alike though - would be hard pressed to choose between the two. Ruby looks a little gem.

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  31. I've been a cat and dog person though our lat pets had a myriad of issues and now I find I only have a salamander...yep, a salamander. Through it all I find I like animals in general and have always found something to love regardless of what I have.

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  32. I am a doggie lover, and I lost my dog, she was beautiful, everyone thought so.

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  33. Love that photo of you and Ruby.... That is TRUE love for sure. Since we travel so much these days, we don't have any pets. I like both cats and dogs --and I'm not sure which I would choose these days--probably an inside cat. Our community has a rule saying that all pets must be on a leash. I did love my Cocker Spaniel, Duchess. She lived for 16 years.... SOMEDAY---we'll probably get another pet....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  34. I love animals but don't have any anymore because we travel too much. All my kids have dogs with one or two rescues thrown in, so I get my pet fix often. When I had my art studio on Main Street I had an art cat and I miss her..she went on her way one day and I never saw her again.

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  35. Such a pretty cat! I had a cat in Savannah, GA that stayed at my side a lot outside.

    I can't have pets that are furry and cuddly because of my stupid allergies. If I there was a cure for allergies - I'd be a cat person.

    I do like non typical girl animals like snakes, lizards, turtles, crabs, and fish. They are cuddly though.

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  36. She's beautiful. We have a cat - by accident (my sister was allergic) - and a puppy, who's driving me potty! If it was completely my choice, I'd actually have neither.

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  37. Aww lovely post! And im sure the cats are something special Keith!
    I have two dogs Mouska (woman) and Ares ( the boy) we had other one but die last year and was so sad.
    Also we have two bunnies (girls).that esperanza bring home.
    Also we are "like" rescue house esperanza(again) bring a little puppy dog we have to care before he goes to a home.
    Oh dear was like have babies again milk about 3 or 4 hours and he sleep beside my bed in a box finally he goes a new home but was difficult.
    Love the picture of you anyour lovely cat!

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  38. I've always been a both person at my sea, had a good 5 dogs growing up and like umm 20 cats, not all at once of course haha both my two now are as different as can be from each other, but sure keep life interesting. And without Orlin, there'd be no blog.

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  39. I loved this post. Yes, I do believe that the "best" pets pick us vs. the other way around. It has happened a few times for me and those were the best companions. I am so glad you have your Ruby!

    BTW, I posted something on my last Thursday post for you (a couple of weeks ago tomorrow). Did you see it? Like it? Know it was there?

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  40. You didn't have a prayer did you? I love it when the critter picks us. You just have to admire their good judgment.
    I am back to one of each since Callie joined the household.

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  41. I like animals fine but never really considered myself a pet person until we got the tortoises. They have issues - who doesn't? - but they make me smile every day, and I'm so glad we have them. I hope they feel the same way about us. :)

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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  42. I've been a "cat" person since the day I was born! My Mom also loved cats and they were always around. As an adult, I have only had cats and I love them more than you can imagine. They are my constant companions and they have all picked me or my husband to be their slaves. Your kitty turned out beautiful!

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  43. I am a cat person....must have been a cat in some past life I bet! We've had dogs- and they are grrrreat- but I prefer cats. Right now we only have Lucy the Korat living with us, but we have had up to 4 cats at a time ( Russell says 5 too many since they all had long hair and shedded quite a bit! )
    Lucy is a wonderful cat with tons of quirks in her personality. Cheers to you and your Ruby!

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  44. Yes, Ruby picked you. She is a sweetheart! I love cats. My first cat, Waddles, changed my life for the better in so many ways. We had 4 cats at one time. Losing 3 broke our hearts. Our Chase Bird is our little boy. I can't tell you what a blessing and comfort he is.

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  45. Awwwww....I love this post. I always say cats are misunderstood. Ruby is beautiful! I've had some pretty amazing cats in my life as well. My Cooper, like Ruby is clinically insane, but we love him;)

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  46. sounds like you and Ruby both lucked in. nice to hear how she was chosen.

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  47. I'm off to e-mail you a cat story.

    by the way, this is a great picture of you and Ruby.

    ~Sheri

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  48. I love cats very much, and had them for years. I became highly allergic so no more cats. We have a flat coat retriever and she's part of the family. We take better care of her than we do ourselves.

    As Ruby picked you and our Little Bit picked us. Animals know where they want to go and how to get there.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  49. I echo the belief that we do not pick our familiars, they pick us. Outside of my now two dogs I tend to mention, we have three cats and six ferrets.

    Of course, growing up on a farm, I've been around various animals my whole life. Some of the more exotic were reptiles, a cockatiel, and tarantulas.

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  50. she is your Ruby and a jewel she is, isn't it amazing how the pet picks us, I'm glad you chose wisely! Great photo too!!

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  51. Ruby is beautiful! I do have pets . . . four cats (Cole, Clover, Milo and Otis). I saved them as kittens. I don't have kids, but they feel like my kids. HAHA!!

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  52. What a lovely love story, Keith. I'm afraid we don't have a pet right now because we can't take care of it properly.

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  53. oh such a sweet post! my dog piri is the world to me. he knows all my secrets but he never judges and he never tires of greeting me. i always appreciate that. :)

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  54. Aww .... I'm a cat person as well ... and had the same cat as you, though there were others too ..... cats are lovely, until they want to revenge you for slapping their head .... mine would run behind me till she would have slapped my leg, softly, but revengefully ... Smiles!

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  55. We always had cats until we had to put one to sleep about three years ago. I don't know if I could go through that again, so we have resisted getting another cat, but I know that some day I will meet some kitty I won't be able to resist and we will have another family member. :-)

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  56. Welcome back, it is so good to see you!!! What a great story about you and Ruby. You could not get a more clear sign! We have two cats, used to have three.

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  57. Oh my goodness, that is so precious! And I love the name Ruby! It's awesome that you guys found each other ~ how lucky you both are....

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  58. We have had cats and dogs, with no specific preference to either. Each one brought us joy.

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  59. Pets are great companions and great therapy! This is such a lovely photo of you, Keith, and the cat. Nice to see a post from you. :)

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  60. What a great photo of the two of you Keith! I like how she picked you too.

    I love many animals. Right now I have 2 dogs that I am crazy about. They remind me to absorb and be present in the moment with unconditional love.

    Hugs!



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  61. aww..I enjoyed reading your story of your sweet pet Keith.. I don't have a pet but visit my sister's cat and she is growing on me more and more.

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  62. Ruby is so cute. :) We had two dogs until our older one died almost two weeks ago. I was devastated and don't think I'll ever be the same after spending almost half of my life with her. Dogs are like children to me.

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  63. Two beautiful birds. They have huge personalities packaged into tiny bodies. They sing, laugh, talk, give kisses, follow me around, snuggle and steal my food. They are my little family and I'm happy to be part of the flock.

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  64. She looks very happy with you Keith. I think she chose you as much as you chose her.

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  65. I love animals..Love!!! I always thought I was a dog person and even owned a I Hate Cat calender even though I loved them too. Well my present hubby came with a cat. Soon after he got another tabby (lloks like yours a bit and was the runt but oh my-she is a Diva). I had a dog-black lab named Katie whom I love even though she is now in heaven with my dad. We then got a rescue tabby who is a true lover. We got another rescue-our freaked out dog-Wallace. He is scared-phobically so, of the outside. Our final cat is Mia-we also rescued her and she is a calico who does not get along with anyone except humans and is a fat cat. She came that way with alot of knots in her fur. They are family. They all have issues but so do we and they give love, joy and snuggles. Watching Mia try to get through the cat door brings us much laughter. We do exercise her and limit her food but, she will steal the others unless we watch her 24/7-Animals are nicer, overall, than humans in so many ways

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  66. Welcome back from your hols Keith. I had a cat, Wellington, for 18 years. He was a ginger boy, with white boots and I adored him. He would make me laugh every day and it never ceased to amaze me that I could keep him alive and happy. He ruled the roost, and just like your Ruby (who is lovely, by the way), he had issues, but in a way that makes you more protective of them, don't you think? Is Ruby going on your big new adventure later on this year I wonder?

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  67. Keith, I am very touched by your post. I think whichever animals we have are the best for us, and we are the best for them. I have three dogs, and they mean the world to me. Each is unique and adds a different dimension to my life. I very much understand your attachment to your cat. And what a lucky cat indeed to have YOU as master.

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  68. Oh, I love this story, Keith! You and Ruby were meant to be! Well, you don't have to ask me what my pets mean to me - I can't imagine a life without these incredible creatures that add so much love to my life. Oh, and I've never chosen my animal companions - they have chosen me :) - Karen

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  69. I have a Chihuahua. She is my very spoiled rotten furbaby. I wouldn't know what to do without a Chihuahua in my life.

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  70. Never say never, right? Growing up in NJ, we had cats and dogs, hamsters, fish, and a pony for a very short time. While my kids were younger, we had dogs, rabbits, hamsters, frogs, and a tarantula. Not necessarily all at the same time. lol No pets now, but I can visit my grandson's two kittens. Yeah it's a wild and crazy life here in this part of KY. :)

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  71. I don't have any pets right now, but I'm a dog person. The latest one was Sammy Jo and she was a Lab. She was my buddy and I loved her. I still miss her!!

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  72. I love this story. It's so hard, yet easy to pick a pet. Or do they pick you?
    Cameron said he NEVER wanted a cat in the house. Well, one cat gets to come in and sleep in the house! The other 3 stay outside.
    2 dogs come in and out, 2 dogs stay outside.

    What I am amazed with is animals personalities. How they are so different. Even with the cows and horses.
    Cheri

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  73. Oh Keith your Ruby sounds just like my daughter's Tinkerbell - totally insane but loved to bits. Same daughter has 3 male tabbys. Other daughter has 2 cats. Both daughters ADORE their cats (one even fosters them so at times there are up to ten in the house) I myself am NOT a cat person but am surrounded by them. I avoid them when I visit so what do they do? they gravitate to me of course! The family call me "the reluctant cat magnet". :)

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  74. Your Ruby is so cute! I am glad you came home with her, it was meant to be! I have had dogs all my life.. I have one Golden Retriever, she is in her golden years..Cute sotry! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  75. Sweet story and a pretty cat. We have three dogs that fill our lives with much joy.

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  76. That's exactly how we came to have our Mickey dog. We were at the humane society and he locked eyes with me. I knew he was saying please take me home, and I will be a really good dog. We did, and he's a true gift. We also have 2 rescue cats (long stories) and the horses.

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  77. What a gorgeous cat! And the owner's not too bad either!

    The best thing about my family is its fur. Truly :) Have two dogs (lost one recently as you know. Also two cats (rescues).

    And what they mean to me? Life itself. Without them it would be a much sadder place. We could learn so much from animals if only we open our eyes and our hearts more.

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  78. Hey Keith,

    It's a good thing that Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar didn't see that photo. Would of freaked her out. Ruby, not you, would freak her out.

    Now then, today, our beloved dog, Penny, went in for a major operation. We love her and we have be taught lessons about our animal friends non-judgemental, unconditional love.

    Please don't call them pets, my good sir. Cats, dogs, or whatever, I cherished family members.

    All the beast, um best :)

    Gary

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  79. I think cat pick you too. My cats all seemed a little nuts, fortunately they couldn't tell me what they thought of me. Loved them bunches and miss them.

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  80. Sounds like she picked you for sure. I like both but have always had dogs

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  81. Ruby is adorable. I love how she picked you. Years ago our neighbor's cat had kittens. After she weaned them, she brought one over to us. It was the coolest thing. Our little kitten grew into her Miss Kitty name and lived to be 17.

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  82. I always say
    Dogs make a life
    Cats make a home

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  83. Love our dog, he is full of health issues but is the most loving little ball of fluff ever. He is 6ibs and all he wants to do is bark with the big dogs on the porch (as the song says.)

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  84. I've grown up with cats and dogs, but in Greece pets usually stay outdoors. So here we live in an apartment, which means no yard, which means... No pets. :)

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  85. Awwww...what a great story! Ruby is beautiful! This has happened to me at animal shelters where the cats have picked me instead of the other way around. It's so heartbreaking, in a way, how desperate they are to find a home, someone to love them. I wish I could take them all home with me.

    We have two cats now; both adopted from the local humane society. And both loved beyond words.

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  86. We had cats and we had dogs. After our son left for college, I took care of his dog "Indy". I would not eat unless I fed him.

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  87. I love that Ruby chose you :) My cat Olive was so friendly I fell in love with her right away. I only adopted her brother because I felt sorry for him, he was so scared and unfriendly. I felt bad separating them! Funny that now Pepper is the sweetest and most loveable cat! I love that they both come running down the stairs when we come home. So yes it's no secret I am a crazy cat lady ;)

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  88. I have always had cats in my life. Each one has been different. Right now I have 2 lovies. Kala is a large black cat with green eyes and is definitely mama's girl, She loves to lay on my lap, follows me everywhere I go, and loves to cuddle and give hugs. My other kitty is Mooshoo, and she loves to give head butts and cuddle fi she gets to me before Kala. I cannot imagine being without them. They bring such joy and love.

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  89. One MORE reason to like you :) I'm a cat person too!

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  90. I have a cat... she came to me when she was two... she is the sweetest tempered cat, she is gentle and tolerant. I am very grateful to have her :)

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  91. "... nuts, anxiety-prone, and clinically insane." Sounds normal for a cat, fine specimen!

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  92. Awww that's something similar to when we got one of the best cats of all time.. Topaz. She was the goofier looking of the two at the animal shelter. The other one was flawlessly beautiful. But Topaz would put her little paw out though the bars of her cage and touch me ever so gently. She was the sweetest cat ever. Fifteen years after her death, I miss her still.

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  93. So cute, what a sweet story on how Ruby came to be part of your family! I've never had a cat, but I always "threaten" Koda that when something happens to him, we are going to replace him with a cat since he does not like cats.

    I do have a pet, or perhaps I should say the pet has me :)

    Koda does rule the house :)

    Koda came into our family in my son's turbulent teen years. He was definitely a gift from God because oftentimes the only thing we could talk about that wouldn't start or cause a fight was Koda. He means a lot to us years later :)

    betty

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  94. I've always owned dogs. We once had a sweet cat that hung around our house that I would have kept in a heart beat if I wasn't highly allergic to them.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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  95. That's a great picture of you and Ruby! I've always thought that you should have a dog, especially one that you could take with you when you go for walks in the woods and stuff. You'd just have to make sure that the dog would get along with Ruby. :) I love the story of how Ruby picked you. My little Mina picked me. When I first met her I actually was determined to get a boy. I had a name picked out and everything. But Mina curled up by my side and I spent an hour petting her. She left me once to go say hi to my dad. I had him come with me, because I was going to someone's house. She said hi to him for a few seconds and then came back to me and settled in. When I went back to pick her up I was so nervous that it was a fluke and that she wouldn't like me, but as I signed paperwork at a table she sat by feet. And while I was in the middle of the paperwork she jumped into my lap. When I talk about her I say that Mina chose me and, of course, she totally captured my heart. :)

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  96. What a lovely-looking cat! And, as you know, I think Ruby is a pretty cool name.

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  97. Hi Keith! Welcome back, and what a lovely story! :) My three dogs picked me, so I'm positive your Ruby picked you, and what a darling she is, and such a great photo of you both. I hope you have many happy years together.

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  98. It would be a sad life without pets. I have a tiny dog, Foxy Lady, who i love to bits.

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  99. Hey! I didn't know you were back. Hope your vaca was splendid!
    Your Ruby looks just like my Skye only yours has beautiful golden eyes and Skye's are sea foam green.
    I LOVE MY CATS!!!
    Ps you look really happy. :)

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  100. Both cats and dogs have owned me. I have two cats outside--one stray (they always find me) and the other is a cat that was born of a feral momma in my barn, 16 years ago. But my favorite cat was Chloe. She too was born of a feral cat who "kicked" her out of the nest, day one. I took her inside bottle fed her and vowed to find her a home, but she lived with me for 7 years until she died. I loved her more than any other pet I've ever had. Now I have Millie--a dog. We'll see how I feel about her--later. Right now she's an annoying and absolutely adorable pup.

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  101. By the way, Ruby, no longer looks like a rat. She is gorgeous.

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  102. No pets right now, but I've had dogs when I was younger and a cat once. Ruby's gorgeous.

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  103. Ruby looks like she found the arms to hold her . . .

    I have had a few favorites . . . dogs, not cats for me . . .
    Ginger Peachy Queen was my only registered Irish Setter dog . . .
    Sleek, beautiful, most loyal . . . She too was a runt . . . of a litter of twelve.
    And now today . . . Snickers . . . undeniably treasured . . .

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  104. Aah...such an adorable picture!
    My passion is fish, especially the carp family. I only have two at present. I love the way they settle in the corner of the aquarium right beside me whenever I lie on the sofa to watch TV! It can be a bit unnerving sometimes to see two pairs of eyes glued to my face. LOL

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    1. That's so cool! I've never had a fish be so attached to me, though I did have a pet jar of yeast as a kid that I took everywhere with me...

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  105. And doesn't she look like the spitting image of our own Liza Bean Bitey, of the Minneapolis Biteys???

    She picked you, my friend, as Liza Bean picked me. And once you've been chosen by a clever, loving kitty, one's life -- and sometimes one's drapes -- is never the same.

    Great picture of the two of you. :-)

    Pearl

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    1. Oh, the drapes… my 4 month old kittens have seen the ledge of the bedroom window and are determined to perch upon it. Never mind the fact that they're not able to jump that high, oh no. The drapes make for the perfect hand-over-hand aide. *sigh*

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  106. Rudy is seriously adorable! My family has had both cats and dogs and both make great pets :). I don't think we could live without pets, they make great friends and company!

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  107. I have an Icelandic Sheepdog (from Iceland...yeah, go figure). He's a complete knucklehead, but I love him. I'm allergic to cats so they're out. The good thing about cats, though, is that since they're pretty independent, you can leave them for a day.
    They have food, a box to poop in, and they can lick themselves.
    Sounds like me in the rest home in a few years.
    Except for the licking part. I'm not nearly as good at that as a cat or dog.
    But, I have opposable thumbs.
    Big deal.

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  108. Ruby is beautiful.
    Loved the story about her

    I sure miss my Smokey , she lived to be 18 , we had her since she was a kitten ...

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  109. We've had both dogs and cats - I love animals! Right now, we're carrying for our daughters gray tabby - he is one cool cat - well, except for waking at 4 am. I'm not digging that. Your Ruby looks a lot like ours, all the issues you mentioned, we call "personality"

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  110. Hi Ruby! Good to meet you! Oh, hi Keith....didn't notice you there. lol
    We've always had cats except for the past 8 years or so. Now we have a dog, Sophie who is the centre of our universe.....much like it appears Ruby is of yours, Keith.
    So happy you listened to Ruby that day in the garage.

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  111. I love cats.....and i had one for eight years..he was beautiful and special..after he died we didnt feel like getting another..it was like we lost a family member and he is irreplaceable..
    Ruby is so cool... :-)

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  112. Ruby is adorable! We ended up with our cat by surprise. He was a stray, with roundworms, tapeworms, and fleas. He probably would have died, had we not taken him in and gotten him to the vet.

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  113. My husband loves cats! And, he thinks your cat is so pretty!

    I am not into them, however! :LOL

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  114. That's a wonderful photograph of the two of you. One pair of eyes twinkling and the other pair staring with a directness that could be evidence of the clinical insanity you mentioned but I prefer to think of as fearless aplomb.

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  115. You make a lovely couple, Keith! I lost my best ginger mate Simon after 17 years. He was one of the funniest and friendly moggies on the planet. Died in my arms he did. Still miss him after 5 years. I now have a rescue moggie called Boaby. He can be a feisty little critter at times, but we love him.

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  116. Every cat I've had, bar one, (and that's a total of 11 on the conservative side of my count) has "picked me". In other words, they've all been strays that have adopted me or my family, or I've found them abandoned on the side of the road. My big butterscotch tabby, Juneaux, was a kitten I found when I missed my turn and accidentally drove to the top of the mountain where I lived. He was the only thing that got me through my severe depression at times, and he loved me through some of the hardest and most traumatic periods of facing and healing from the intense abuse of my past. We've got quite the bond.

    Even now, with my intractable pain, he will "ask permission" before he climbs on me to cuddle, because he knows that it hurts me too badly most times. If I'm hurting too much for him to sit on me, he'll curl up right beside me and lay his head and a paw on me as a compromise. Smart cat :)

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  117. Those darn irritating clinically insane felines crawl under your skin and dart straight to the heart, where they lounge forever. I've had two cats in my life, both a roommate's cats, but I can't help but call them mine. One of them's near me right now, sleeping on my bed - his favorite spot.

    Funny, I was always more of a dog person too.

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  118. I am down to one cat right now since I lost my youngest last March. I would love to have a dog but that would probably cause my other cat to have a heart attack.

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  119. I am a big animal person and have had them all my life. I currently have a a dog, cat, bunny, and fish. :) They all have their own personalities- that is for sure. Love the picture of Ruby (and I adore her name). :)
    ~Jess

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  120. It's great how Ruby picked you, and you've been happy ever since! Adorable photo, and I'm glad that you accept her quirks and all!

    Julie

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  121. What a sweet story! We just lost Oreo, the cat who thought she was a dog. She was a character, too. Literally fetched Lego wheels. She'd stalk people and jump out from behind something, attaching herself to your foot - generally not painful unless teeth were involved - which is why most were afraid of her. I just drug her along. Cats are truly special and I can see why you love Ruby so.

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  122. awww so cute and i love that name!!! i have almost always had pets but the last few years i am petless ---i am probably more a doggie person but once had a cat named mindy----very sad story there and a song i wrote about her :(

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  123. That's a great story. You've visited my blog so you know I have 3 rats right now. I started out with mice, then hamsters and gerbils and now have rats. I'm really not a dog or cat person, I like all animals but I love the small furred ones the most. Rats have turned out to really be the right pet for me.

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  124. Your cat is gorgeous! I have both cats and dogs...a zoo actually! All of them are my babies ranging from 3 years old to 17 years old. quite frankly, I couldn't imagine life without them.

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  125. I feel like cats choose us. I have a cat that I've hand raised since she was a kitten. I can't imagine not having her around.

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  126. Hi Keith ... Ruby looks fun and obviously totally happy with you, as you are with her! We had cats growing up ... then my ex decided on a bull terrier - that was a shock ... but I loved him to pieces - the dog, not the ex!!! Just to clarify that point! Then I got a Heinz 57 variety to keep him happy ... but had to give them up when I got divorced ...


    Now I don't have any - I share my brother's standard poodles when needed ... animals make a home though .. and Ruby looks brilliant .. cheers Hilary

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  127. I am not a cat person - glad you're happy with yours. We had dogs in the house when I was a child. That was fun, but as an adult, I've not owned a pet.

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  128. Cats are noble creatures. We've had cats in the past, but here where we live now, their life expectancy is reduced dramatically.
    We had one that favored Ruby.

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  129. Lovely photo, Ruby looks really sweet!

    I grew up being best friends with the next door neighbours' cats.

    Crafty Green Boyfriend and I used to have a rabbit, Anya, who was adorable, rabbits are wonderful pets.

    Crafty Green Boyfriend's parents used to have a big cat who was alternately sweet and savage.

    Now we're back to making friends with neighbourhood cats (plenty of them) and one day hope to get another rabbit.

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  130. So sweet!! And I love the name Ruby. Wonderful story, dear Keith....will you be taking her with you when you move?
    I love animals in general, but because cats are so independent, (yet most are very affectionate), my family always had cats.

    I wish you a terrific weekend...and thank you so much for coming by to visit! I love those sheep too...it was hard to decide which photos to use...all so cute! :)

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  131. so glad you found one another!
    i am in a pet free period, freedom period of life. Get up and go when i want type of thing. But my friend has a dog and we love each other and sometimes she stays with me. So i have the best of both worlds.

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  132. We just got back from taking our Marbles to the groomers to get shaved. He wasn't too impressed. Especially since it was 35C all week and this morning it's raining. Marbles is a white persian with a wonderful personality. He's also a mummy's boy. We had 7 strays until they started passing on last year. We're now down to 3. Marbles, Shasta, and Garagee. Sadly, where we live summer people bring their cats out and leave them here. I think words out that our house is a safe haven. Thanks for visiting my blog, Keith!

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  133. I've always thought of myself as more of a dog person, but my dog acts like a cat sometimes. I think it's because she was around a lot of cats when we adopted her--and she learned behaviors from them, like using her paws to get your attention!

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  134. I personally would prefer cats!! They're PURRfect in every way if you ask me. And Ruby....you were picked by her and it shows that the companionship is unbreakable!!! Love the bright beautiful eyes....and yours too.

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  135. I have an aged Labrador Retriever. I find it hard to image life without him, though I know that day is coming.

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  136. There is no greater joy in life than being owned by a cat!

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  137. Well.. I had a cat , so many years ago , she died , I miss her still :)

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  138. We have two dogs and two cats. I got my cats as kittens (they are litter mates) and then a month later I met my husband. He is allergic to cats (although being around them now, they bother him less) but I knew he would be a good guy because every time one of them tried to sit with him he very gently picked them up and moved them. We got our two dogs together. My daughter just wants the cats to sit with her or sleep on her bed, but they are my cats and stay just one step ahead of her and it frustrates her to no end. I see another cat in our future...

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  139. Awww... melts my heart. Ruby is obviously crazy about you too. Such a beautiful story. Funny how things work out sometimes :)

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  140. Of course you had to choose Ruby. All my pet have chosen me.
    All of them were and are rescue pets and enormously grateful for their fate in having landed with us.

    We have loved them all and they have been the centre of our lives from the day each one arrived. Dogs and cats both.

    Have a lovely holiday.

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  141. Your Ruby looks like my Gelly... same flightiness too...

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    http://9shonalimukherji9.blogspot.in/

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  143. I have a little Jack Russell. He's kind and loving and always puts me in a good mood. I love cats too but unfortunately I live on a busy road and have lost two to the traffic so can't have anymore :(

    By the way, I've moved my blog - Please come back to me here!
    I now have follow buttons on my new site - hoorah - and you can now add me to your reader. My RSS feed - http://www.julessmith.co.uk/feed
    Thanks :)

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  144. Oh, how I understand you Keith! I love cats as well, they are very independent, selfish and 'walk by themselves'. And in the same time they are soft, tender, lovely!

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  145. That’s very sweet and moving story behind her arrival :) We too have a pretty cute dog named Maya, a Tibetan beauty (since she’s native breed of Tibet) and she is so attached to me and don’t allow anyone to keep hands my things except my parents. She trust me like no one and be quite only if I or mom being with her.

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  146. Two adorable rescue kitties that travel well in the Moho, easier than having dogs. We are their slaves.

    Big hugs, honey...

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  147. Sounds like your friend had a liking for you from the start. I think that was meant to be for sure..call it destiny.

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  148. I have my Blues... you might have seen him a few times on my blog (at Christmas time and Valentine's). I should share the story of how he came to our house. :-)
    I don't know who said this: Dogs have masters, cats have staff... :-)

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  149. O, she is beautiful!! I'm so glad you adopted her :) We have 3 cats and a dog, and they certainly add a lot of joy to our family!

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  150. Ruby is a cutie. Growing up we had dogs, but I wanted a cat. There was a brief time with an orange tabby I named Ludwig. Then, I became allergic to cats. Now it's all about dogs and Abbie is the best companion. She's full of spirit and personality adding such joy to my life.

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  151. Pets will choose us if we let them. Once I went to an airport to get a calico kitten when I got there a tall gray tabby was running around full of energy the calico's were skittish, I brought the tabby home, her name was cruiser as she was always cruising around full of energy.

    Pets seem to know when we need comfort and ask so little in return, everyone should have a pet be it a dog or cat, cats seem easier as they can be left for a week or so without being boarded.

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  152. We've always had pets, and I've loved 'em all. (Well, maybe not so much the hermit crabs... they weren't terribly cuddly.) Currently, we have two cats, who are our very spoiled, and very much loved "girls." A house isn't a home without pets, and since all our kids left, our pets have become our furry four-legged kids.

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  153. I was never a pet person. I grew up on a farm and we had lots of dogs and cats, but they lived in the barn and were never even named. Then, we got Socks. I used to agree with Bruce Springsteen that when you had a dog, it was your family until you had a child, and then it was just your dog again. Not so with Socks. He is a part of us.

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  154. I'm a dog person, and I've had to have two of them put down. It was gut wrenching. Wish our pets lived as long as we did.

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  155. Keith,

    Ruby is a very lucky feline to have the blessing of living with such a kind and thoughtful owner!!
    I do not have any pets now, but in earlier years I was a cat owner.
    Now I care for my grandson, and ease the woes of grown children!!!

    Eileen:)

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  156. I have a rabbit called Seppo :). Pets have their own personalities somehow, and it is funny to watch how they can sense the mood of their owner.

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  157. I'm happy to hear that you have become a cat person! That's fantastic!

    You've been reading my blog for a while now so you know that I'm the crazy cat lady like there is no tomorrow.

    Currently I have two cats, Millie and Milo, who are just the cutest litter mates ever!
    My parents still have my other two babies, Buddy and Socks, and I like to think that I'm the auntie of my brothers cats, Jeter and Max.

    I turned my whole family into a cat family =D

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  158. Ruby is so seriously cute. My hubby was a 'dog person' but he loves our cat (now 11 years old). We named her Cortana. And she's also psycho but adorable.

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  159. I have two cats...brother and sister....Remy and Shama. I saw a picture of two little kittens on a notice-board outside of the local supermarket...with writing saying they were looking for homes. I'd not long before lost my beloved Pushkin. I'd had Pushkin, a ginger cat, for 15 years; and I adored him.

    I'd gone out that day not in search of another cat, but my attention was immediately grabbed by the notice with the photo of the two kittens. So, not having a mobile/cell phone, I found what was probably the last, one and only phone box and I rang the number on the notice...and I then went to get one kitten...I came home with both of them. How could I separate them? It will be 12 years this coming November since Remy and Shama adopted me....and I love them dearly. The feeling is reciprocated. They are spoiled rotten...and they are the bosses, not me. I do as I am told...and I'd have it no other way.

    Remy is black with white nose, cheeks, underbelly and paws; Shama is not unlike Ruby; she, too, is a tabby.

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  160. I have had a number of pets over the years and I am actually preparing to get cats when the time comes. I had advice from my brother who has a cat as well.

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  161. She grew up to be a beautiful cat! My oldest cat came from the shelter and I firmly believe they pick you. There's a look, sometimes a paw comes up and they make themselves known that you're the one. Currently we have two cats, Gino and Funnyface (I'm not a Streisand fan, it was more of a literal thing). One came from the shelter and one is a former feral cat that has decided to move in with us. Clearly I'm a cat person :)

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  162. So sweet! You always let them pick you!!!!! Both my dogs picked me. :) I'm a cat and dog person....and just a "I love every animal person"!!! :)

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  163. I simply love that pic of the two of you <3
    Ruby Sue is the sweetest crazy kitten I've ever met, I love her to pieces just like her Daddy :) She was very smart picking you with that look cause now she has the best home she could have ever wished for :)

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  164. Wonderful photo and what a sweet words!!. Your Ruby looks like my little kitty a lot.

    I had two cats that were sisters and I adopted when they were just two months old or so... One of them passed away three years ago (so very sad). I thought I would never have a new cat again, but the surviving sister was so depressed that after a few months it was clear to me (and to the vet) that she was not going to live much more.

    Finally, we decided to try a last alternative: adopting a new kitty. I was not ready at all but I did it anyway. Three years after they are living happy together and my old cat has reached 17 years (you can see a photo of both of them here: http://myhealingmoments.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/day-118.html it was taken in 2012).

    I thought I wouldn´t be able to love a new kitty but I was wrong... she is the joy of my house

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