|Purred: Tue Mar 24, '09 9:20am PST |
|Our meowmy lost four cats (and her house and everthing she owned), in Hurricane Katrina in August,2005. When she finally got to settle in a FEMA trailer in April, 2006 she started looking for kitties to adopt her. Her sister, who is friends with a vet, found out about two kittens that had been left at the clinic. Since we were only two weeks old at the time, meowmy had to wait for us until May, 2006. She named us after New Orleans musicians, I am Emma Barrett - she was a lady who played jazz piano, and wore bells around her ankles, her nickname was "Emma the Bell Girl", my brother Louis for Louis Armstrong, one of the most famous musicians to come from New Orleans. Benny Grunch joined our family in mid 2007, he was a feral born on the property where the FEMA trailer was.....Benny Grunch is a local musician, visit his website at www.bennygrunch.com. Pete came from our mewomy's aunt's house, where he had turned up as a stray,....and he is named for Pete Fountain who is not only from New Orleans, but played for many years on the Tonight Show, then Charmane Neville who came in August 2008. Mewomy was having her nails done, and the owner said....."Miss Faye, would you like a kitten?".....the owner's daughter and son-in-law had gotten a kitten for their daughter,who is 11, they also had a 2 year old. Unfortunately the 2 year old did not know how to pick up and hold a kitten. The parents were afraid the kitten would bite or scratch the baby. When our mewomy was told if they did not find a home, the kitten would be brought to the SPCA, she melted. We thought we had a full house, but in December, 2008 Buddy showed up. Charmaine had gone into heat (she has now been spayed), and Buddy was one of her "visitors". After Charmaine was spayed he continued to come and visit, and walked into the house and had a snack, and proceeded to play with the Turbo Scratcher and Boogie Mat. He sort of comes and goes, but we consider him one of the family. He is named for Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a New Orleans musician credited with forming the first "Jazz" Band in 1901 .
We also enjoy hearing the stories of how kitties adopted their people and got their names.
P.S. Forgot to add --- this Thursday, March 26th is Emma and Louie's Third Birthday!!!
Edited by author Tue Mar 24, '09 9:26am PST
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