June 24th 2008 11:09 am
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My name is Pekoe and I've been at the shelter for three years; I'm only six years old. I think I’m a good looking guy: my face has a nice white upside down V shape and I have expressive yellow eyes. I've got an athletic body, but I’m not as fit as I could be because there’s not a lot to do in a small room. The reason I’ve been at the shelter so long is because I was very shy when I arrived. Maybe everyone still remembers me that way, but I’m a friendly guy now.
The staff at the shelter are starting to worry about me because I've been here so long so a volunteer is going to spend time with me every week. She said maybe if someone knows what a great cat I am, they’ll come and adopt me. So I've started a blog below:
11/10 – The room was nice and quiet today. It was just me, Truman, Katie, and Tim. Last week it was really crowded with a couple kittens who kept jumping on everyone. I know they didn’t mean any harm, but we’re a more mature group here. If you watch my video, you can see I’ve got a scratch on my nose from one of them. Oh, and making the video was kind of fun. It was my first starring role, so I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, so I sniffed the camera just in case they wanted a close up. There was some sunshine today and the window was open. That made it perfect for napping. I got the top bunk too which gets the most sun. I like to watch the cars pulling in the driveway -- maybe one will take me home some day.
11/17 – It’s a rainy day today, so I’m sleeping on a comfy blanket way on top of one of the cages. They’ve got some relaxing music playing softly which it makes it good for napping. The woman who types my blog stopped by, and I gave her a hearty head butt to say hi. A couple comings and goings: A pretty gal named Tara is new to the room. She’s a bit shy meeting all of us long-timers but we’ve all been there and know she’ll be ok in a couple days. Jellybean, who had been at the shelter for years, got adopted and I heard she's loving her new home! That gives me hope that one day it will be my turn.
11/25 -- I had to spend some time in a cage because I wasn’t feeling very well and they wanted to monitor what I ate. I stuck my paw out through the wires to touch a volunteer to tell her that I was feeling ok, but she said that I had to wait until after breakfast before I could come out. After that, I walked around to stretch my legs. I watched Tara and Katie get their videos done. They both enjoyed the extra attention and purred a lot to show everyone what friendly cats they are. They did a really good job.
12/1 – When my weekly visitor came, she couldn’t find me. I watched her looking everywhere and then she finally spotted me -- I was tucked into the cat tower watching the snow flakes. She petted me and I stretched out really long, then jumped down to say hi. I purred and sniffed her hair. She thought that was cute. I’ll have to remember that if any adopters come to see me. While I was down on the floor, I found a tasty bit of food that must have dropped out of my bowl this morning. There is a new shy girl in the room named Serena. She’s a cute tabby with a white bib. Don’t worry, we’ll look after her. I know everyone is busy with the holidays, but maybe you could add Pekoe (me!) to your shopping list. It sure would be nice to have a real family.
12/9 – I was sooo hungry this morning. I was too excited to be petted or held once I heard the sound of cat food. I had to sit right next to the glass door so that I could watch. I wanted my breakfast as soon as it came through the door. I can’t wait any longer! Hurry!! I knew my blogger would understand. Sorry I wasn’t very chatty today but I love my food! Yum!!
12/16 – Every time I get near Tara she hisses at me, so I try to get away by hopping up on one of the cages, but it’s a small room and there isn’t anywhere to go. She’s probably scared herself, but it is stressful for me. I got so stressed that I got a urinary tract infection and they put me back in the cage again. With Truman and Katie, we know each other because we’ve been here so long. We know we’re not going to attack each other and we can nap right next to each other sometimes even touching. But when a new cat comes, everything changes. I don’t want to complain, but sometimes I don’t think anyone will ever adopt me. No one ever notices me. Most times people don’t even visit the back room. Doesn’t anyone have a place for me in their family? I’d make a great companion. I’m low maintenance, I’m not a fussy eater, I’m not a bully (or a wuss), I like other cats, I’ve got manners, and I’m affectionate. Sure I’m not a kitten, but I won’t wreck anything or be a pest when you’re trying to sleep and you don’t have to play with me 24/7. I’ve never had a real home but I dream it is a place with more rooms, less cats, and one person (or more) who will pet me. I’d be so grateful for a chance.
12/23 – They’ve been giving me pills all week, even though I’m feeling better. They put half in my food, and when I finished that, then they gave me another plate of food with the other half! I pretended I didn’t know there was a pill in there. I like getting double helpings! Remember Tara was hissing at me last week? Well, she hissed at Tim too, so now they are putting her in my cage. I was confused and didn’t know we were switching. But they lured me out with food. They know what I like! Someone took my photo for Miss Kitty’s MySpace page today. Miss Kitty lived here for almost four years, and now that she has a home, she’s trying to help all the friends she left behind get homes too. You’ll have to check out all my poses, and Katie, Truman, Boo, April, Ebony, Prince, and Cindy are there too!
12/30 – When I saw my blogger come through the door, I jumped down from the top of the cat tower to say hi. She was so happy that I greeted her! Then I sniffed her hair. I remembered she liked that. It smells sort of herby, like catnip, but not quite. She told me I looked exceptionally handsome in my photos on Miss Kitty’s MySpace page. She’s a flatterer, but I like it! There wasn’t much going on in my room. It’s calmer now since Tara is in a cage. So, Katie and Truman and I just napped. There was no sunshine coming in the window today so we slept wherever we were comfortable. It was one of those lazy mornings where you want to sleep the day away, so we did.
1/5 – It was just one of those days where we all stayed in bed again. Truman, Katie and I just napped the day away. I don’t think we moved all afternoon, not even when someone came in to pet us. Don’t you love days like that! We had a few visitors, but no one was interested in taking us a home. I wonder if I will spend the rest of my life in this room. I hope I’m not getting SAD from the lack of sunshine.
1/12 – I was feeling lovey and affectionate today. I was glad someone came to rub my head and say nice things to me. Then I stretched out really long so she could scratch my back all the way up and down. Ahhhhh. That felt so good. I wished she’d have had time to sit down and stay a little longer. No gossip this week. It’s the same group as the last couple weeks. They took some new photos of Katie showing her snuggly side. If people took the time to meet her and see how affectionate she was, I know they’d adopt her. I guess you could say the same thing about Truman and me too. Hey, is anybody ever going to take us home?
1/20 – I heard Tara will be going to her new home this week. I'm a little jealous that they didn't pick me. I wish I knew why adopters kept overlooking me (and Truman and Katie). We're really nice cats and we deserve a home too. It's not that life is so bad here. It's just that it's not a real home.
2/2 – It was cold and gloomy this week so I faced away from the window. I need some sunshine. There's a new girl in the room. Her name is Pearl. She's a pretty, young kitty who likes to play in bags. She seems to be getting along with Truman and Katie.
2/9 -- One of the volunteers said I had soulful eyes and I had a special way of looking at her. Why do adopters keep passing me by?
2/23 -- I've got to admit, it gets pretty boring in a small room with Truman and Katie. There is only so much you can do: hop on the tower, sit under the tower, sit on a cage, eat. That's about it. Well, today my human friend brought in a crinkle sack bed, and she put some catnip in it! That was fun. I put my head all the way in there but couldn't fit my body. I'm a big guy, you know. Then Truman played in there too. She took a video of me playing. Want to see it, click here
3/1 -- In the last week Tina, Sherbert, and Rocky all found homes. Tina was here for two years, Sherbert and Rocky for over a year. I am so happy for them. Is my turn coming up soon? Pleeeze? I'm a great guy if you'd give me a chance. Tina had a reputation for being swatty, but it was just the stress of shelter life. Tina's mom said Tina "got a bad rap" because she is so affectionate and loving in her new home.
3/9 -- They rearranged the room. It takes a bit of getting used to. They turned things around and we can't sleep on top of the cages anymore. Truman couldn't find a place to hide when someone surprised him today. Crissy is new to our room but she has been at the shelter for a long time. She's a sweetheart who is the champion muffin maker! And, hey, who took my crinkle sack? Bring it back, please.
3/15 -- I think I'm starting to like the new setup in my room. We get more sun that way. Truman and I share the top bunk and Katie is below us. Pearl is high up in the tower. I don't know what happened to Crissy today. Did I ever tell you what good friends Truman and I are? He washes my head. I think that's so nice of him because it feels really good. He put his head down so that I could wash his but I didn't. Sorry, Truman. Maybe some day I'll do it, so I hope he doesn't stop washing mine. It's great to have a BFF like Truman.
3/30 -- Food, food, food. I was so hungry this morning. I saw the volunteer dish out the food in the kitchen, but then she'd give it to someone else, then again. When is my turn?! Finally it was. That sure tasted good. Truman and I thought we'd faint if we didn't eat soon. We got our crinkle sack back. I went in there right away but someone had washed out the catnip. I hope they put more in there. We watched all sorts of strange weather out the window this week. We had snow a few times, hail a few times, rain, and finally some sunshine.
4/5 -- I couldn't find Katie today. She went to Mt Scott Animal Hospital, not because she was sick, but they were hoping she could have a chance of being adopted. She went with Furby, Cassie, Cindy Too, and Abby. They were all scared. They spent a few hours in a cage and no one even came to look at them so they all came back home to the shelter again. Katie was really glad to be home and she was hungry too because she missed breakfast. A volunteer said she was very proud of Katie for doing so well.
4/19 -- We were closed today so everyone could go to the Northwest Companion Pet Fair. I'm glad I got to stay home. I wonder if anyone will ever adopt me. It's not much fun living in one room with so many other cats.
4/26 -- They've been locking me in the cage again because I'm stressed. How can I not be stressed with all the cats here. I just want a place to chill. Everyone needs some time alone. I never get it.
5/3 -- I'm still in a cage. It's not much of a life. I'm a proud cat so you can imagine how hard it is for me to be locked up with just a litter tray and food. I didn' t commit any crime. I want to be able to walk around (even run!), and go in different rooms, and play. Am I asking for so much?
5/18 -- Yes, I'm still in a cage. I'm stressed and I need a home.
5/25 -- I got some time out of the cage today. They moved Glory to a different room and changed things around. They're trying to make it better, but a home is what I need.
5/30 -- My very good friend, Katie, went home today. I am so happy for her. She patiently waited for her person to find her and finally someone fell in love with her and took her home. She was here for four years just like me. Will it be my turn soon? Good luck Katie! You're a great gal!
6/7 -- Things are quieter in my room. Glory went into a foster home because she couldn't handle the stress of shelter life. People visit and think we are so happy -- but we need a normal home. How would you feel if people kept walking through your house all the time. So it's just me and my buddy, Truman, and young Pearl. Pearl is happy to stay on top of the cat tower and is never mean to me.
6/15 -- One little black cat (Katie) left, and another one moved in. Sweet and petite Bailey, who lived at the shelter for years and was finally adopted last year, is back. Her owner had to make a choice between her boyfriend and Bailey. Poor Bailey is so scared, she is clinging to the back of her cage. Don't worry: Pearl, and Truman and I will look after her and the volunteers are giving her some extra love.
6/22 -- I was sooo excited! Someone emailed about adopting me. That means there is someone out there who could love me. She sounded really nice too and it would have been such a good home with only one other cat to keep me company – and I’d share the whole house with her, not just one room. But there were little human kids in the family. I’ve never met little human kids before, but the Adoption Counselor didn’t think I could cope. Lately I have been starting to swat at people if they surprise me and they didn’t want me to hurt anyone. I never used to be that way before. Don’t they know it is because I am stressed? I would be ok in a normal home – honest. Please, will someone give me a chance.
7/12 -- It was really hot at the shelter today. Truman and I tried to sit next to the window to sniff a little air but Pearl wouldn't let us. She was hogging both beds. So we napped on the top of the cages so we didn't have to get swatted by her. A volunteer brought in a paper bag for me to play in. I wanted to go in there but once I put my head in, I realized I couldn't fit. Thanks for trying.
7/17 -- You are not going to believe it, but a really nice man put in an application to adopt me! I am so excited!! I can't believe I will have a real home soon. This isn't a dream, is it? I'm a little scared going somewhere new because I haven't been outside this room for so long. But they said he'll be patient with me if I hide under the bed for a while. We're going to be best friends!
7/23 -- I'm going home! Bye, Truman, I'm going to miss you. Will you continue the blog? Maybe you'll find a home too.