Saturday, February 18, 2023

Welcome back to my sanctuary, everyone.  It’s serene here… and at once it’s utter chaos.  How’s that?  I have a new family.  A few of you from Facebook already know this.

My next-door neighbor is with local animal control. She went above and beyond in coming into my home to help Crystal transition. She also offered to take care of all the distressing details. I am so grateful. 

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Then she offered to help me get another cat or kitten. Of course, I had that longstanding vow that I would never go through the gut-wrenching pain of losing another cat.  However, it only took one night for me to take her up on that offer.  I described what I ideally had in mind, but said I was flexible.  She promised to find “the perfect ones.”  By Sunday afternoon, she had gone to the Kitty City cat rescue and brought my new family to me.

In my last post I pondered what I would name them, even though I had not met them yet.  I wanted to use names of a fictional detective duo.  During the night before, my mind had briefly flitted across the names on which I eventually settled. However, if Chris The Story Reading Ape had not reminded me of them, I might have never remembered that sleepy thought. 

They are sisters, but not quite twins, and six months old.  Although, I can easily tell them apart when they are together, that isn’t the case when they are apart — unless I can see a side view.  Without further ado…

Introducing… Velma and Daphne

Velma alone for scale.  The kitty stairs I got for Crystal are 14 inches high. (No, these two don’t need them. They’re jumping onto everything.)

Velma 02-12-2023

Velma & Daphne taking a break on day-1.  You can see a little of how their markings are different. Velma is a tad smaller and lighter than Daphne. Closer in color to the redhead for whom she was named, Daphne is taller, thinner and darker. Her “tabby” markings are not distinctly stripes.

Velma Daphne sofa 02-12-2023

Checking out my piano on day-2.  They haven’t heard the noises it makes yet…  While it is not apparent with the angle of this photo, Velma is a tad smaller and lighter than Daphne.

Velma Daphne Piano 02-13-2023

My Valentines on day-3, Valentine’s Day

Velma Daphne Valentine Snuggle 02-14-2023

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Thanks for taking time to meet my new family.  Friendly comments are encouraged.

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101 thoughts on “INTRODUCING…

  1. Hi Teagan, what a lovely post and its great to see the video of your two girls. I do love the names you have chosen for them. My son, Greg, watched Scooby-Doo all the time when he was small. It was his favourite show. I am sure they will bring you much joy. Sorry I am late with my comments. Michael is sick as you know and I’ve also had a horrible sinus infection which made me very tired over the weekend and right up to yesterday.

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    1. Horsefeathers, Robbie. I didn’t know you were sick too! As they say, when it rains it pours. Please do get some rest. I know from experience how that kind of thing can turn into pneumonia. Okay.. I’ll stop treating you like a kid. 🙂

      I’m happy you enjoyed this post and the kittens. I watched Scooby-Doo as a kid too. The names turned out to suit them perfectly. They just weren’t brilliant, posh detectives. LOL. Hugs.

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  2. WOW!! You have two new beautiful friends, two treasures, for sure. I like the names you have chosen! I am so glad you chose to make a home for these new friends to fill the loss of your former lovely and special friend! ! Thank you for posting their photos! !

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    1. I’m so happy you could visit, Ms. Frances, and (virtually) meet Daphne and Velma. That first night without Crystal was terrible. These 2 are a handful, but they do help a lot. And when they take a break from all the wild play, they are affectionate and adorable. Stay safe and well. Hugs on the wing.


    1. Thanks, Teri. I really should have tried to get a picture of them when they were not resting. Although that would have only been a bunch of blurs. I managed to trim Velma’s claws on both front paws. Might have missed one nail. Velma is such a snuggle bug that she barely noticed. Daphne is less trusting. They send love bites back to Bond. Big hugs.

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        1. That’s kind of you, Suzanne. Although I probably won’t. Lilith was a combination of every cat I’ve had. She’s my eternal cat and I never have to worry about her being sick or old. If I truly base a character on a specific animal, it makes the story too difficult for me.
          That said, if I ever finish “Wheel of Fortune” (which I started a few years ago, and unfortunately gave the heroine much of my own childhood — making it too hard to write) Anyhow, there is a ginger cat in that story. 🙂 ❤


  3. Wow! Talk about beauty, cuteness, adorability and on and on.
    Your new family is 11 out of 10 on the love meter.
    Thank you for sharing them with us, Teagan! HUGS – those are for the kittens.
    For you – {{Hugs}}

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  4. I absolutely love the names you came up with for the girls! You are so lucky to have such a wonderful neighbor who brought you these sweeties. Hugs xo

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    1. They alternate between adorable and hell-raising, Deborah. ‘;) The first day I tried out a few name combos on them, including Phryne & Dot. But Daphne & Velma was the best fit.
      Cool about your piano. I bought mine used (9 years old then) in 2000. The gods of music were looking out for me that day. I actually wandered into the store before it opened (not realizing, since the door was open that July morning). It had hardly been used at all, a Yamaha with a beautiful tone. I still think fondly of that day, and the little old man who had it brought out from the back of the store for me. It had just arrived.

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  5. It’s lovely to meet Velma and Daphne. They are gorgeous and I can see they have quickly made themselves at home! I know you already know the house is no longer yours, Teagan, but I think you will all get on great, and I’m sure Crystal would be happy to see you are not alone.

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    1. The pain of her loss is still acute. But — ha! You got that right about the house, Olga. I think they’ve managed to get onto every surface except the top of the refrigerator. Although they actually have been good about not insisting on getting onto places where one would rather they didn’t go, like countertops. After an initial exploration, that is.
      Daphne managed to perch on the narrow top of the TV, trying to get the guinea pigs in a video.
      Wishing you a beautiful weekend. Hugs.


  6. Velma & Daphne are beautiful. They look like quality kitties. You certainly didn’t need to kick their paws or look you gifting neighbor in the mouth for those two. You are going to have so much fun. They seem to have settled in quite well in your video. I’m sure they will figure out how to play on those stairs. We had stairs for some of our old kitties. All of our current kitties are amazing jumpers.

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    1. Thank you, Tim. Daphne worries me, but I realize that’s mostly carry-over from all the issues with Crystal through the years. I’ll put away most of the padded storage cubes I used for Crystal’s “steps.” However, the stairs are also a good way to store their toys and stuff (when the room needs to be presentable). So, I’ll go ahead and leave them out, even though these two don’t need them. Happy Caturday. Hugs.

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        1. I heard a loud hollow noise a few minutes ago. At this point, I did not go investigate. Then I heard it again, with some meowing. They had somehow shut the door to the spare room, trapping themselves inside. The second noise was at least one of them trying to jump to the top of the door… (Shakes head)

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        1. I’ve used a few different ones over the years, without any stain. They usually recommend testing it on a spot that can’t be seen. Maybe the underside of a cushion. Some people say it doesn’t work. Maybe it’s a combination of using it, and how the cat is handled. I find that a firm “no” followed by lots of praise for stopping has worked best for my cats. They’re all different.

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  7. This reminds me of the first day Herbert came home from ‘Save Your Feral Feline Rescue.’ He was immediately approving, you could see the gears in his head moving, “Yes, this will be my Kingdom…” Of course he was right. Cats are always right. He has ruled here kindly and benevolently ever since. We are all his loyal subjects. Welcome home Queen’s Velma & Daphne!

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