Sex: Female Weight: 9 lbs.
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Elwa, Ela Bella, Baby Girl
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She loved sitting on the counter watching me cook
Oh, definitely her biggest one was not being allowed out of the courtyard.
Anything that moved
Favorite Nap Spot:
The computer monitor, the ottoman under the living room window...and when we first met her in Greece....her Dad's shoulder.
She's Greek, anything that she can drag off...but really had a fondness for Whiskers Tins...would lick the gravey off and leave the rest.
indoors and outdoors
It was 2001, the summer, and we were heading to Greece for our annual vacation. We had just lost Suleiman in March to a killer car and I was so depressed over him the last thing I was looking for was another Greek kitten. We arrived at the house in the middle of the night and there she was, one of many, waiting to be fed. The people that had been renting our house had only just left a few days before and the cats were hopeful that someone would still feed them. Greek cats will usually hang around a house where they've been fed for three or four days after the occupants leave, hoping they will return and feed them. After a while they move on to other houses looking for food. Sometimes they find one, but often as not as winter sets in and the tourists leave they are sadly on their own.
This little kitten, who seemed to have no family, knew exactly how to win our hearts, which she proceeded to do. I only have one picture of her in Greece...she is sleeping on my husband's shoulder, but that picture says it all. There was no way he was going to leave that little girl behind. The vet gave her the necessary shots, filled out her papers (passport) and we bought a small crate to transport her in. She traveled in our rental car by ferry to Athens and then to the airport. Then we hit the obstacle....seems we needed to buy an airline acceptable container (only $35) to take her in the cabin of the plane with us and a ticket for $75 for her. You've seen egg cartons? Well this poor baby traveled to her new home in just such a container. We had to check her comfy travel crate as baggage and squish her into the "egg crate." She was able to lie down, but that was it... she could not stand up or turn around and of course she had no food or water for the entire trip and just forget about litter box privileges. She never objected....not once. When I could I would take her out and hold her, but once I got caught and the horrid flight attendant took my head off....no sympathy from that mean woman....may Zeus curse her forever. The fun part of this story is after she arrived in Kentucky, she was no longer "Daddy's Girl"....she totally dumped him for Mom. LOL She became Momma's baby girl, as Suleiman was Momma's baby boy. There is just something about a Greek cat that captures your heart like no other.
A Greek kitten, brought to America....tended by house sitters that did not listen when I told them she was not allowed outside unsupervised. They forgot....she died. Remember? Greek cats and American automobiles DO NOT MIX!
It was spring of 2003 when my husband accepted a position at Zayed University in Dubai UAE. I knew neither Farouk nor Ela would tolerate confinement there so I left them in Lexington with an older couple who were going to take care of our house while we were gone. The woman was working for my husband at the University here and since we were letting them live in our house rent free they agreed to take care of Farouk and Ela. They knew Farouk was indoor/outdoor, but Ela was outdoor ONLY IF SUPERVISED. Needless to say...they let her out, forgot about her and the rest is history. I miss you so very much Ela, you were the sweetest little Greek girl I ever met. Til we meet again at the Bridge. Saga Po. Keep Sulei and Roukee company,
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Today Mom gave me a beautiful song that makes us both cry. It truly is perfect for me. She us starting to get very sad....this time of year isn't easy for our family. Golly, I miss them. *sad sighs*
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