Our Cat Annie
Annie came into our lives when we were newly brokenhearted. I say newly because it had only been a month since we lost Gracey and our hearts were heavy and our spirits low. It is true time brings recovery but the heart remains broken, in repair mode and able to function.
We first saw Annie on facebook, many of you know Annie’s story, when Gracey was with us. Annie looked so smart and full of personality. I asked Gracey if she might like to have another cat to share her habitat and she looked at Annie’s photo and touched the screen with her paw. But Gracey fell ill and we lost her.
When Donna at Grayson County Humane Society told me Annie was still available for adoption, Paul and I decided not to wait any longer. We had a home, there are so many cats that need homes, why wait? Donna said Annie seemed to know we were coming to adopt her because she sat bright eyed waiting for us. As soon as we opened the shelter door, I saw her little face and felt a sense of relief.
9 Little Things We Love About Annie
Annie and Eddie have been sharing our lives for nearly 9 months now. Each cat has their own unique personality and has brought life and laughter back into our home. I want to take a moment to reflect and tell you about 9 little things we love about Annie
1) Annie is lion-hearted! Annie is curious and seemingly fearless. She is the first to pounce and the last to flee.
2) The way she tilts her head. Annie has the head tilt perfected. When she is interested in something, which is basically when she isn’t sleeping, she watches intently with her head tilted to one side. Super cute. She makes us smile many times every day.
3) Little cat with big cat behavior. All domestic cats share behaviors of their big cat cousins, but Annie seems to excel at her big cat skills.
4) Annie sings. Yes, she sings. When she is carrying a favorite toy through the house, she sings. She trills and chirps and it warms our hearts to hear her.
5) Head bunting and nose taps. Annie is very affectionate. She is eager to give head-butts and nose taps many times during the day.
6) The sound of her paws. Eddie is so quiet, that he could walk into the room and you would never hear him. Annie, on the other hand, always seems to be in a hurry and we love the sound her paws make on the wood floor as she approaches. She seems to have a unique cadence to her pace.
7) Protective of Eddie. Although we think Eddie is about one month older, Annie is protective of her brother. When Eddie goes into the carrier for a visit to the veterinary clinic, Annie hops right in for the ride. She places her front leg around him like a hug and has even been heard giving a growl when Eddie is lifted out of the carrier for examination.
8) Annie has perfected the “I am innocent” look. The photo below shows you what I mean.
9) Annie is good company. Annie sits on the window sill while we do the dishes, she runs into the bathroom to make sure we aren’t alone in there and curls up on the desk beside me in the office. At night she purrs and gives us head-butts while kneading the blanket and pillows. When we have exchanged multiple nose taps, given her chin scratches and stroked her neck and back to her liking, she suddenly plops down, puts her head on the pillow beside me and goes to sleep. It is adorable and melts our hearts.
There are of course more than 9 things we love about Annie. She rescued us from our broken hearts and helped us begin the healing process. Our love for Gracey enabled us to open our home to allow Annie and Eddie to rescue us. No cat can ever replace the love of another. But what they can do, is be the glue that helps hold the pieces of your heart together so that you can grow to love again.
Now this is corny and I know it is, but when I think of Annie, I think of the John Denver’s Annie’s Song.
You fill up my senses like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert like a sleepy blue ocean
You fill up my senses come fill me again
We are so grateful that Gracey found Annie on facebook and that we were able to bring Annie and Eddie into our lives.
What little things do you love most about your cat?