Saturday, December 08, 2007

Welcome Linus

D. Ignatious Mammal and I got a new kitty.

We'd been lurking shelters for a while, spending some time with the animals. We weren't ready, but we wanted to check them out. Until the moment we brought him home, we still didn't think we were going to get another cat just yet. But we were walking out of the tunnel of kitties one day, a little grey paw reached out and softly touched me on the arm.

We tried to resist. I didn't want a kitten and I was pretty determined to get another female cat. So we stayed away from the shelter but thought about the little fellow and wondered if anyone adopted him. About week later, we went back to see him and he was sleeping like a little baby. I whispered to him and he woke up and ambled sleepily over to us, sticking his little paw out and touching my face.

We brought him home.

A kitten, really, between 6 and 7 months old, with a long cat body and a squishy little kitten face, Linus boasts two perfectly formed little fangs that extrude happily from his lip when he's sleeping upside down, so neat and perfectly vampirous that we very nearly called him The Count.

He is heartbreakingly cute when he wants to be nice. He curled up between us that first Halloween night as we watched the beautiful Charles Shultz halloween special. In honor of the holiday, we called him Linus.

Welcome, Linus!

"The Great Pumpkin always picks the most sincere pumpkin patch to rise out of. He's just gotta pick this pumpkin patch. He's just gotta! Look around. You can see that there' not a sign of hypocrisy anywhere. Nothing but sincerity reaching out as far as the eye can see!" - Linus Van Pelt, It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


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