At the start of the month, between our 4 family households our "pack of pets" included: a saltwater tank full of fish, 2 cats, and 3 dogs.
A couple of weeks ago my sister-in-law, Theresa, added another cat to our stable.
She had a cat named Penny up until a couple of years ago. Penny was a very unique and peculiar kitty who really liked me.
Unfortunately, Penny crossed the "Rainbow Bridge" due to health issues.
A couple of months ago Theresa started talking about wanting to have a pet again. This time she was going to get herself a dog. But those plans changed a couple of Saturdays ago.
Now I am telling this story from memory so I may get some of the details wrong but the spirit of the story is there.
Theresa was with some friends at their horse barn after having attended a competitive equestrian event.
While taking care of the horses, they heard a loud squall from within one of the stalls, which was obviously from an animal.
One of Theresa's friends discovered a small grey tabby kitten struggling to stay afloat in one of the water troughs.
He fished him out, saving his life. From what I understand no one knew where the cat came from; they could only guess.
Although I don't remember the exact series of events that led to it, Theresa decided to bring the rescued kitten home.
So our family now has a new feline in the lineup. It is my pleasure to introduce you to him. This is Stripes.
From the moment I picked him up he was purring and friendly. He was very playful too. here's a link to the video I shot.
As you can see he's a very loving and playful kitten. No one is sure how old he is but he's pretty young.
Since we lost our cat, Lil Bit, a few years ago Paula and I have decided that we would not get another cat.
But I have always told her that if we ever did decide to get another one; I wanted a nice friendly gray tabby cat. That's exactly the type of cat Stripes is.
Although I've only met him once, it's a good thing that he's already part of our pet family. Because if I had come across him at the local Humane Society facility I don't know if I could have resisted taking him home with me. I guess I'll just have to settle for stopping by to play and visit with him every once in a while.
Welcome to the family, Stripes.