This is a story of Three Little Kittens.
They were found behind a diner on a very busy road in Connecticut. It was a Greek diner, so the rescuer gave them Greek names:
Thor. (The rescuer may not have been an expert on Greek names….)
These tiny kittens were so small they had to be hand-fed for several weeks. But they were strong and they thrived.
There were no takers for these kittens, however, and the rescuer still had them when they were fifteen weeks old. The rescuer thought that for sure they would be adopted by that time – and she had vacation plans that were made a long time ago.
So she asked a friend – the PUSHOVER #1 in this story – who happens to be married to ME – to take the kittens while she was on vacation.
So Pushover #1 agreed.
So we got 3 little kittens for ten days.
On August 10th.
Oh, they were so cute.
Niko and Athena were very timid.
Thor was very, very cuddly.
And we had sadly lost our sweet Stewart just a month before.
So it was decided. We would keep Thor.
He had an eye infection. But Pushover #1 brought him to the Veterinary Opthamologist. (Yes, there is such a thing. They have little tiny eyecharts with with mice pointed in different directions. Just kidding. But not about the Eye Vet.) Thor got his medication and his vision is okay, although his eye will always be a bit deformed.
But we love him just that way. And with his weird non-directional eye, he sort of looks like a pirate.
He certainly has read lots of pirate stories. Here he is playing the pirate’s parrot, with some shoulder-sitting.
He is also a wonderful hairdresser, and so very valuable.
When the ten days were up, we still had all the kittens.
The rescuer was in stealth mode – a gentle, loving stealth mode.
“We need to decide,” Pushover #1 said. “Of course, we should keep Thor, but I think Athena is just the prettiest cat ever. Maybe we should keep her too.”
And Athena was indeed very pretty.
And so it was decided.
And a few weeks later, we still had all three kittens. And they were getting big.
The rescuer – in a gentle, stealthy mode – warned us that if she need to place Niko, we had to give him back right away, before he was too big.
And Niko was still very very spooky.
“Oh Lord,” said Pushover #1, “Niko is so timid, and he depends on his brother and sister for everything. He will be lost without them. He NEEDS them. We cannot separate them.”
And that is where PUSHOVER #2 laid down the LAW.
“Okay,” said Pushover #2.
And we now have THREE LITTLE KITTENS.
Lillian and Theo are adjusting.
It may take a while.