Tuesday, August 27, 2013

BBL 2012-2013 | Adopt More Fur Babies


Why did I include this on my Bucket List?

I have to say that this wasn't on my Birthday Bucket List for 2012-2013 when I originally wrote it. Instead it has been lingering on my global bucket list for the past few years, ever since my 14 year old cat got cancer.  We knew we wanted to adopt two kittens at some point in the future, but had put it on the back burner while we were dealing with moving and getting settled here in Phoenix. Once we felt like we were ready to consider adding more fur babies to our family, we figured we wouldn't be able to because we live in a rental house.  So, we continued to talk about it as something we would do someday, but didn't move forward toward making it happen.

Was the experience what I had hoped it would be?

This is one of those things where the experience of it isn't at the beginning, but all along the journey. However, so far I'm happy to have our new sweet peas as part of our family.

The details...

We got to talking not too long ago about how it would be ideal to adopt kittens right now because our opposite schedules allow one or the other of us to be home with them most of the time.   We have no idea what the future will bring once Kevin graduates and starts working, so it made sense to take advantage of this schedule while we have it.  (Not to mention it just plain stinks for us actually seeing one another, so we might as well find a silver lining in it somewhere.) Plus, most of the furniture we own right now is old and won't be joining us when we finally buy a house.  So we would much rather be training kittens not to scratch now, as opposed to in a house full of new furniture.

We finally decided to bite the bullet and talk to our landlord about permission to adopt two kittens, fully expecting them to say no way.  Surprisingly, they agreed and we began our search for our new fur babies.

We adopted Daisy and Gatsby from a shelter that rescued them shortly after they were born, on May 6.  We adopted them on August 14, and brought them home to live with us on August 18.  They have slowly been getting adjusted to their new home and to us.

They both love to play, so right now that is how we are getting them to come close and interact with us.  After a few days, I got out my camera and took a handful of photos of them playing with one of their toys.

This is Daisy...

And this is Gatsby...

This one just cracks me up...

Obviously, this isn't a playing photo, but I loved it and wanted to include it anyway.

Do you want to see my entire 2012-2013 Birthday Bucket List? You can find it here.  Or did you miss my 2011-2012 Birthday Bucket List? You can find it here.

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