Likes: She loved food, her mom, her brother Pete and loved people and being the center of attention.
Pet-Peeves: She did not like to be picked up and held.
Favorite Toy: Plastic caps, hairbands, playing tug of war, any game that involved jumping to catch the toy.
Favorite Nap Spot: Anywhere curled up next to Pete or sleeping on plastic bags.
Favorite Food: Everything! Her special favorites were tuna and turkey.
Arrival Story: A co-worker found out that I was going to a shelter to look for a cat to adopt. Her cat had just had kittens and she asked me to adopt one of the kittens. I told her I'd adopt two! They were born in April 1977 and one day near the end of May, my co-worker brought Pete to work with her in the morning and then went home at lunch and came back with Jennifer.
Bio: Jenny was an absolutely delightful cat and a mischievous little imp. Everyone loved her, including every vet she saw. They'd always make a note in her record saying what a sweet kitty she was and always told her mom about it. Jenny even changed the opinions of some of my friends who disliked cats to ones who did. She was affectionate, super smart, curious about everything, very entertaining and she had to be in the middle of everything that was going on. She was the one who convinced me that cats can have a sense of humor. She loved all kinds of food and was always around when I was cooking, intently watching everything I did. I'd always jokingly say I was going to open a restaurant called Jennifer's Kitchen. She would have loved it! Jenny developed hyperthyroidism and then CRF but hung on for a few more years, then had a tumor growing in her left kidney. She went to the Bridge on January 11, 1995, just 3 months shy of her 18th birthday.
CATSTER HONORS: DIARY PICK on April 23, 2008 and November 21, 2008
Yesterday, mommy was flooded with memories of our original gotcha day and even though she felt the usual twinges of sadness because she misses Pete and me and always will, those memories of her first kitty babies are very precious and dear and made her smile too.
Thank you for stopping by yesterday and making my gotcha day so special and for the comments and rosettes and special gifts! Catsterites are the BEST friends ever! We've sent out thank you's to everyone and hope and purr we didn't miss anyone!
And a special purr of thanks to Anonymous for the Adopt a Pet Ribbon rosette!
I adopted Pete and Jennifer 34 years ago (*gasp!*) on Friday, May 27, 1977. Even though I knew they'd soon be ready to leave their mother and come home with me, I didn't know when that would be. The woman who had their mother cat didn't alert me ahead of time that she'd be bringing Pete and Jennifer to work with her that day and simply showed up at work with Pete and then brought Jenny during lunch hour.
Talk about being surprised and unprepared! I had no cat carrier with me. As I was leaving work for the day, my boss found an empty box and we lined it with a blanket and put Pete and Jenny in the box and put the box on the back seat of my car. I remember saying to my boss I was afraid the kittens were not going to stay in the box. He said, of course they will . . . they're way too tiny to get out of it. Hah!
I had to drive from my job in Bala Cynwyd, PA to my home in Merchantville, NJ. It normally took between 30-45 minutes. But this was Memorial Day weekend and everyone else was taking the same route to the Jersey shore for the holiday weekend. It was bumper to bumper traffic all the way home and ended up taking almost 2 hours to get home!
What a nightmare trip that was! I don't think I was out of the parking lot before both Pete and Jenny managed to get out of the box! To give you some idea of how bad it was, try to imagine that long drive home with 2 teensy weensy kittens climbing all over the seats and floor, climbing all over me, getting under the accelerator and brake pedals and climbing into my lap and on to the steering wheel. I almost had a serious rear end collision on the Ben Franklin Bridge because of a kitten underneath the brake pedal!
But we got home safely. I got them into my apartment and then had to run out for food, litter and litter boxes. My apartment hadn't been made kitten safe and there were more places for them to get into and lost in than I could ever have imagined. And stupidly, I also bought some milk. Pete didn't drink any but Jenny did. The milk made her sick and by Saturday night, she was vomiting and had diarrhea and had to be rushed to the ER and given fluids and meds. The vet told me she would have died if I hadn't brought her in. What a welcome that was to being a new cat mom!
Wow, Petey and I certainly had a wonderful birthday party on Friday! All of our angels friends attended and what a blast we all had! There was an enormous buffet that had every kind of food and drink to make any kitty drool in delight. There was something fun for everyone to enjoy: music, dancing, singing, jokes, games, sports, fishing and sailing. Those who have romance in their hearts enjoyed moonlight strolls along the lake shore.
And I didn’t eat all the birthday cake! MOL!
I want to thank all of our friends who celebrated with Pete and me.
Thank you to friends who left comments.
Thank you to: WeeBeesSiamese (Minko & Pipo) for my birthday picture.
Thank you Riley, Chef Rooster Who Loves Hazel Lucy, Dinah (Forever Loved), Little One (Love you 9/24/05) and Jezebel for the pawmails.
Tony, Anna, Greystone, Sammy & family for the Bunny
MILO, Smokey Joe, Timmy, Ziggy, Sam for the Rainbow Ribbon
Tia Sydibil, Charley Bleu Eyes and family for the Tulip
Da Tabbies O Trout Towne for the Angel Star
Wanda, Norman, Tess, Rupert and family for the Rabbit
Soc (Soc & Lulu Together) for the Easter Eggs gift
Cassie, Saber, Simon, KitKat and family for the Angel Star
Nonny, Pinkie, Biggles, Buddy and family for the Heart
Christopher Spot for the Angel Star
Gump for the Tulip
Adam Dylan, Eve Layla, Puddin Keket and family for the Cross
Edgar, Emily Felicity Precious Angel & family for the Rainbow Ribbon
Zoe our Princess 4ever Loved for the Pink Ribbon
Sally Maria, Trinity and Emily Beatrice for the Heart
Joshua Bush 1993-2002 for the Rainbow Ribbon
PLEASE PURR FOR:
NORMAN who has a blocked gallbladder and is having surgery on Wednesday.