A year ago my world changed in a way I could never have forseen. A year ago Jürgen and I became parents to two precious kittens, and life has never been the same. The amount of joy these two long-haired beings have brought into our lives was unimaginable to me before I met them, but now that I have them I will never let them go!
I have been very lucky to grow up having animals around, and it was always in the plans for Jurg and I to adopt two kittes after we got married. I love dogs as well, and I am proud not to have to ascribe to being either a "cat person" or a "dog person." However, when you are a young couple, living unpredictable lives, cats are much more adaptable creatures who require less involvment in their everyday survival. So while a puppy may be somewhere in the distant future, for now its all about cats.
Last year Jurgen was working on a production in Milwaukee and the plan always was to adopt once he returned in Mid-May. However, one afternoon while I stared blurry eyed at the computer screen at work, and email popped up from my good friend Jenn, informing me that a friend of a friend, had a cat who had kittens, just eight weeks old and they were looking for good homes for all of them. She made a convincing arguement: by adopting them from a home I would be able to get them younger (younger=smaller), they were already litterbox trained (major plus) and since the two would have been litter mates they already would have bonded (awww little fuzzy bonded kittens...). My interest was piqued! I called Jürg right away, and thus began almost a week of hemming and hawwing about if we should make a move, a little off schedule.
Then we received some very exciting news, Jürg got a call with an offer to understudy two Broadway shows! A major achievement! A career stepping stone! Oh if only we knew...
In all of our excitment Jurgen said "Blair, you should go get those kittens." In an effort not to be too rash, I said "how about I just go look at them?"
Now let's be honest with ourselves for a moment, anyone who thinks they can go look at tiny, adorable, furry, hand-sized creatures and not steal away with a basketful of them is lying to themselves. Who was I kidding? I was doomed from the start.
Jenn, being the ever supportive and animal crazed friend that she is, accompanied me that Saturday afternoon, to a basement apartment that held three adorable kittens: two little girls which were all black and one little boy with black and white spots. I sat on the couch and a teeny black kitten crawled up onto my lap, curled her front paws underneath her chest and proceeded to fall asleep on my thighs. I had been claimed. I was a goner.
Afraid that I wouldn't be able to tell two all black kittens apart, I naturally gravitated towards the spotted little lad with the precious face. And with that, a family was born.
We named our little man Stanley, after the character Jürgen was to understudy on Broadway. Our little miss? We call her Toaster. Yep, like a toaster oven. I take no credit for this, as it has always been Jürgen's plan to have a cat named Toaster, and despite my protests, I lost that battle after a tension-filled game of Rock-Paper-Scissors.
Despite my lost battle, I am quite happy with her name, and more importantly I am thrilled to be a "proud parent" the these two precious creatures. This past year they have grown before our eyes, traveled from Chicago to New York, and provided endless hours of entertainment. My love for them has surprised and inspired me. I am forever grateful to have them in our lives, and as a part of our family.
I present a photo-retrospective of Stanley and Toaster's first year. The photo's aren't great, but regardless they bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. May they do the same for you!