Thursday, June 4, 2015

C is for CAT!

When I was in elementary school, I kept asking my parents for a cat.  One day my Dad came home with a sweet little back kitty!  My love of cats began and has never ended. 
I don't have many photos of this beautiful girl but she was my pet for many years.  She passed away after I had left home and I cried so much when my Mom told me. 
Her name?
Yes my first cat was named Tiger!  Why would you name a black cat Tiger?  She walked like a Tiger my Dad said and it stuck.  She had one litter of kittens before we got her fixed and we kept one who we named Tuffy!  This sweet girl will always have a special place in my heart!
My next cat was a pretty little girl named Muffin! 
She was an indoor cat, but got out somehow and was lost and never found.  I cried so much! 
I took a break from owning a cat for awhile. 
After marrying and having children we wanted animals but Sara was (and is) highly allergic to cats and dogs.  We had a couple of outdoor animals and one was this adorable cat named Star!
Sara called her 'Star Baby'
Star met the end like so many other outdoor cats when they tangle with a car. We buried her in our yard and I said no more outdoor cats.
So many years later (after Sara is out on her own) I find and bring home this cute fellow
Charlie Kitty!
This sweet boy has been with me for 16 years and is such a good cat.  I love him very much! 
He hates to be picked up and held, but since today is Hug Your Cat Day...I did and we both survived! 

I'm sharing this at Alphabe-Thursday

Wishing you Joy,
Linda

27 comments:

20 North Ora said...

Happy "Hug Your Cat" day to you and Charlie.

Judy

Deb said...

I love that last photo, Linda. What a good-looking, contented cat. It;s wonderful to look back on the animals we loved. Deb

Vicky Hunt said...

C is for Charming Charlie! He is such a cutie! All your cats were though. I love cats too. Such sweet creatures and so self sufficient! Have a wonderful day and don't forget to stop by the blog and check out my fun birthday giveaway!

Hugs!

Cheri said...

Charlie is a handsome boy and glad he let you hug him. Oh how we love our pets.

Shelia said...

Hi Linda! Oh, you've always been a cat lady! What sweet pictures and is that you sitting there in the pigtails? So cute! Love seeing all of the past kitties but I think Charlie is just the most handsome fellow! :) Hope you're doing well. I haven't been around much as we've been traveling.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mereknits said...

Such a great cat story Linda. Little Buddy is constantly saying, ca, ca C is for Cat!
Hugs,
Meredith

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I wish I had a cat to hug today, so you'll have to hug Charlie for me.

the cape on the corner said...

aww, if you can grab charlie again, give him a hug for me, too. such sad stories about losing those kitties, i can't take it. ack. sunday is 10 and lily is 3, and i hope to have them for ages!!
xo,
b

Sarah said...

Fun to see all your cats, Linda. All pets always hold a very special place in our hearts. I had a cat has a child. Her name was Stinker. Not sure why I came up with that name. Certainly not very original.
As an adult, I've only had dogs. Love our Sadie girl!

Marigene said...

Your Charlie is gorgeous. I have had cats since I was a tiny baby...cats were always part of our family when growing up and there was a short period without them...and yes, I still have a cat...no make that kitties!

Wandering Wren said...

Hugs to your Charlie too, I wonder if your daughter grew out of her cat allergy? :)
Happy Weekend
Wren x

Cheryl Lawson said...

Hi Linda,
What sweet cats and even sweeter memories!
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend,
Cheryl

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love seeing the photos of you when you were young. How cute you always have been. Hugs...to you and kitty, Diane

Rose L said...

I have had many cats over my 62 years and will always be a cat person. I have 2 cats now and one is named Mooshoo. She was supposed to be under our care temporarily but you know how that goes. Mooshoo was just the most antisocial cat-no hugs or pets and always attacking ankles from hidden spots. When my husbands dog died, she suddenly changed. She would jump on his lap, rub against him, let him pet her, and loved him. When he died she became "sad" and would not come to me and was hardly eating and meowed a lot at night. I thought she would die, too, but about 2 weeks after I felt her jump upon the bed and cuddle up to me. Ever since she has loved up to me. I was glad.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Charlie Kitty is a handsome fellow. Our household became complete when Molly the Cat, a foster kitty, came to live with us. She turned us into true-blue cat fans.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Sweet Linda! I had an all white cat named Charlie, and an all black cat named Custer...who was a very bad kitty when we brought him home from the shelter. We told him it might be his "last stand", lol. I also had a Tony tabby who lived to be 16 years. They all have a special place in my heart. I've thought about getting another, but fear Doyle would terrify a cat or kitty. Too dangerous for an outdoor cat where I live. Thanks for sharing with us...and you got us all sharing back. :)

Vonlipi said...

What a sweet cat! Charlie is one of a kind!

Hugs to Charlie and you!!!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Ahhh Linda!! "They" are not pets!!! "They are truly members of our family!! Fun seeing older photos of Tiger and you and Muffin!! Charlie doesn't look 16 yrs. old!! Neat close up into Charlie's eyes!!!

Melanie said...

I have had cats all my life too, Linda! I also had dogs while growing up, but even as a kid, I always preferred our cats. Charlie looks like my one cat, Monkey. :-)

My thrift store addiction said...

Happy HYCD to you and Charlie! Blessings, Cecilia

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful and cute picture that was of Sarah - Tiger looks like her!! Love Charlie too.

Betty said...

My first cat was black too. My mother didn't really like cats but i would wake up in the morning and go outside and wait for a cat to go by. Cat's don't go by that often! I'd sit and wait. Finally, we got a cat. Our black cat was Lucky. I've had many cats since including two we brought back to the states after living in Sicily. I have 11 cats right now. Yes, I'm the crazy neighborhood cat lady! They're all rescues though, but this is it. There won't be any more.

bj said...

Pretty cats...I'm not a cat person but all our grands have either cats, dogs or both. :)

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Linda,
From one cat lover to another, I too have lost some of my fur babies. I keep our kitties indoors too and I'll never have an outside cat. They usually do not live as long as indoor kitties.
Love that little Charlie too.

hugs
Sissie

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Aww Linda I loved this post when you were younger and your cat Charlie.

Have a Daily said...

Linda, growing up I always wanted a cat but my family hated cats so we always had dogs. Loved them, so it was fine. Never had a cat until our youngest daughter wanted one. We ended up having two and I loved them so much. They both had such cute personalities. One died and we lost the other when we moved up to Alpine. She did not accept her new home and took off. We really thought she would show back up at our Highland home, which our son now owned, but she didn't. Your kitty is so sweet!
hugs,
Jann

Jenny said...

Awwww. Such cute cats!

I laughed over the black cat named Tiger. We once had a black cat named Oprah. Oh my. She was a bossy thing. My favorite animal name though was when we named our tiny little weiner dog Cujo!

Thanks for a charming post, Linda.

You are a person I would love to sit on the porch and visit with.

Thanks for linking to the letter C.

A++