Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Furry Friends

It's been too long, reader and there's so much to catch up on so without further ado...

I don't think there can be anything more important than introducing you to the new members of the family.  As you know, we are pretty potty about furry friends around here.  Our beloved Charlie Boy is still going strong at eighteen and a half years old.



There has definitely been a void in the HenHouse though, since Jacky Ginge and Vorey died last year.  We always said we would not get new, younger cats while Charlie was still with us as we didn't think he would like it or it would be fair on him.  We'd had a year however, for Charlie Boy to settle in here in his new home and to observe how he was getting on.  As you might expect of such a senior citizen, he is very much set in his ways.  He goes outside a little bit but he is otherwise very happy sleeping on the sofa and getting up for the occasional munch.  He's a very laid back cat and of all our boys, he was always the boss, albeit in a non-confrontational way.  We got to thinking that we really missed having some more company around the house, poor Charlie boy had to put up with the attentions of all three of us, after all.  We thought that he maybe might not mind a bit of company after all.

So there we were one Tuesday morning, late in the Summer holidays and I tentatively voiced that maybe we could consider some new furry friends to add to the household which met with enthusiasm from Mr HenHouse.  The Master in particular had really missed Jacky Ginge and we felt it would be nice for him to have more company.  We had a look at a few of our local animal shelters online as we were mindful that we would need to find a new kitty who was likely to get on with Charlie Boy, he was our top priority, of course.  We decided a kitten might be too much for him and we liked the idea of rehoming an older friend.

Two days later, we found ourselves at Little Valley Animal Shelter in Exeter.  Predictably, the Master was very excited at the thought of a new furry friend and we all fell in love with one chubby little chap who immediately seemed friendly and to take to the Master in particular.



What do you know, furry face there had a friend.



We decided this was perfect.  We would rehome both kittys, they had lived together and were friends, after all, so it was only right they stay together.  They were both gorgeous little characters though our little ginger friend was a little shyer than his mate.  Home we went, excited and eagerly waiting to hear from the RSPCA as they carry out a home check before rehoming any animals.  We live quite a distance from their shelter so we thought it might take a while for them to visit us.  The Master was very impatient to get the new boys home before he went back to school at the beginning of September.

In the end, it all happened very quickly, they were very professional and organised at Little Valley and before we knew it, on the Saturday morning we had a call; when would we like to collect our new friends?  One visit to the pet shop and a speedy trip to Exeter later and our little furry dream had come true!

We had to keep the new boys confined to one room for a few days whilst they got used to their new home and before they met their big ginger brother.  Let me please introduce you to Oscar, our peachy coloured boy cat who is probably around three years old.



His brother (non-related) is the rather cuddly and very placid Frank, around six years old.  Purr!



Well, they started to settle in no problem.  We had forgotten what it was like to have young cats in the household.  Oscar in particular, has been very active.  He was soon jumping up on every surface so I had to get out some cardboard boxes and pack my ornaments away!

After a few days, we introduced Charlie Boy and the new boys.  They were a little wary at first but we were pleased that the new boys were not at all confrontational and have respected Charlie Boy's position as head honcho of the furry brethren.  We are lucky in that there is plenty of space here at the HenHouse, both inside and out, and they can all find their own space and do their own thing.  They get on fine though and there's the occasional hiss but all is much better than we might have dreamed.



Oscar, as I say, is a very agile cat and wasted no time in exploring every inch of the house.  He is quite fond of my Den, obviously a very discerning feline, and here he is, checking out the stash!



Frank has a very laid back approach to life.  He is really not that bothered about going outside and is very fond of his home comforts.  He soon found the best seat in the house.



They've settled in really well, having been home about eight weeks now.  Oscar has discovered that he is very fond of eidys.



We had to keep the boys in for the first four weeks so they could get used to their new home.  They actually did not seem to mind this too much until the end when Oscar was quite keen to get out and explore.  There was a lot of impatient sitting on windowsills!



Frank's favourite spot is on my chair next to the woodburner in the kitchen.



They remain good friends and Oscar is often to be found cuddling up next to Frank for a bit of extra warmth.



Frank and the Master have formed a close bond so we are really happy to see the void left by Jacky Ginge has been filled as we hoped.  Here is Furry Frank waiting to wish the Master a happy birthday recently!



Oscar also seems happy in his new home, he is a little more independent than Frank and likes to go out and explore but he's a really good cat and also rather special. We don't really know much of the new cats' history but Oscar has amazing fur, it is so so soft like a rabbit, and we have taken to nicknaming him Peach, both for the colour and softness of his incredible coat.



Charlie Boy?  He is as adorable as ever.  Such a good boy, always his mummy's darling and the best cat you could ever wish for.  As you can see, he's getting along just fine.



All is well once more in the HenHouse. Xxx

43 comments:

  1. I loved each one of these pictures. Our beloved George died a couple of years ago and I still miss him. We have three friends that re highly allergic though and so we haven't gotten another. Theses pictures make me relive what we're missing. George looked a lot like your Frank. Enjoy your kitty cuddles.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  2. They all look so contented!! The new cats are very handsome.

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  3. aaaahhh how lovely bless you and well done for going to the rescue centre so many unwanted animals its wonderful to see Oscar and Frank with a lovely new home. There all gorgeous :-) dee x

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  4. What a lovely story!! Thank you for sharing and for the beautifull pictures,
    Happy greetings!
    Francisca

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  5. What lovely furry friends! They have landed on their paws! So glad for you all, a very happy family!xxx

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  6. What beautiful new additions to the Hen House. Oscar in particular looks adorable with that gorgeous peachy fur and I'm glad that Charlie Boy seems to have calmly accepted his new friends. Have a great week. x

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  7. Oscar and Frank are both so lucky to have found a new home at the Hen House. I have two 16 year black and white cats, Jess and Gromit who I treasure. Jess has the softest fur too which I describe as being like rabbit fur. I had never felt fur like it on a cat before. It is so different but I know now that she is not the only one. Good to see Charlie Boy looking so contented too. Thanks for sharing. x

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  8. Lovely cats, all three of them. It is so nice to see such happy animals. Have the new cats met the chickens yet?

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  9. Wow, cute kitties. Glad you went down the rescue root, they will love you more for it. Is that a Singer 201 in the background? I have two, they are awesome machines. Take care Sharon x

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  10. Awwww such gorgeous kitties :-)

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  11. Beauties! and rescues are the very best. They fill a void but just think of the void you fill for them.

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  12. It's very good to find you back and with your new additions! Oscar is sweet - his fur looks like a bunny. I think that Frank is a great hunk of a tuxedo (that is what we call black and white cats here in the states) and he reminds me of my own Mad Jack, who passed many years ago and is not forgotten. How good of you to adopt - it's the way to go. We are feeding a feral cat - trying to get him indoors before the long winter arrives.
    Again, great to have you back!

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  13. Such a lovely post and what handsome new additions to the Henhouse! Not too long ago one of our cats went off on a little catty adventure for more than a week. We were absolutely bereft without him and were much relieved when he strolled in looking quite pleased with himself! They really do add so much to our families!

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  14. Beautiful kitties, I'm always partial to a tuxedo cat.

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  15. Your new furry friends look right at home and I'm sure will continue to bring you much joy. So glad you adopted, and so glad you adopted the two friends together. They will love you forever for it.
    Happy Days,
    Jenn

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  16. I'm not a cat fan at all but your cats look adorable. You quickly forget how much more active young animals are, we were exhausted when we first got our puppy a couple of years ago, it had been 17 years since we'd had a puppy, we'd got very used to the slow pace of life of an elderly animal, but it was also so much fun. I'm sure you'll all have many more years of fun to come. x

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  17. So much love for this post. I love it when people give older cats get a second chance (and while I love kittens, I'm a HUGE fan of knowing what kind of cat I'm going to get which you can never tell with kittens. =D ) I'm so glad Oscar and Frank to get to stay together too! And Charlie is as handsome as ever. <3

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  18. Thank you for the lovely article about your new cats. Oscar looks just like our Big Red, only much thinner. Red was huge when he moved in with us and we haven't been able to slim him down at all.
    Sarah in California

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  19. Hi Hen.. what a neat story from start to finish! I love that you adopted older kitties and that you got both friends. They are both just gorgeous! We have adopted a feral cat here on our farm, he's an orange tabby we've named Simba. I put a photo on my blog post I just put up, I invite you to come and see him. Your home looks like you've really "feathered your nest"! Love it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  20. You new additions are just beautiful. I almost did a double take when I saw your first photo of Frank - he is identical to my Blackie & his fur looks so nice & soft, just like Blackies ... & his eyes have the same slightly spooked look sometimes. Tell Frank he has a double all the way over in New Zealand :-)

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  21. Oh how lovely - a proper family again now. Who is that young man at the beginning of the post, he looks so grown up. We were just stroking our Clio's tail and she had two slugs on it, obviously she isn't particularly active when she goes, more of a surveyor of scenery than a hunter!

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  22. How lovely they both are! And so thankful they are getting along well with dear Charlie and the Mister! Thank you for sharing with us here. ;)

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  23. Such a lovely post. It's so nice to see the boys have settled in so well, I will let the cat team know. Charlie Boy is still gorgeous, I just want to kiss his chubby face!!! :-) xx

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  24. How very lovely! What beautiful cats they are (Frank is so like our Tilly, sadly no longer with us.) They certainly look very much at home and I'm glad to see Charlie Boy has given his approval!

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  25. What a wonderful post! Thoroughly enjoyed reading about your two new family members and seeing all the pictures!

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  26. Happy to see your post, I was really missing a Henhouse update! Wonderful to see your new kitties! Dear Charlie Boy is beautiful and will enjoy having some company. Lovely photos, my favourite is Oscar looking out on the world, so nice to see your chicken coop and yard. Blessings, Angie

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  27. How nice 2 lovely boys have a new loving home and the old chap is happy too. Wishing you lots of happy times together.

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  28. Aww this made me so happy! Such sweet kitties and how wonderful they've found their forever home at last. :)

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  29. It's so nice to see how well your new kitties have settled in to their new home. Isn't it grand that the Master has a new best friend!

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  30. Oh they are all so adorable! Such a heart-warming post. :)

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  31. Such sweet cats! They are very lucky to find such a warm and loving home.

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  32. I certainly would want to be a kitty living in your lovely home. I enjoyed your previous blog post! My friend showed me this book last July and now here it is popping up again. Hummmm....may have to get it. Lovely blog you have.

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  33. absolutely loved this. We lost our Elder Statesman, Otto this May and wondered about introducing another cat into our 3 cat household. The decision was taken from us, as a ginger kitten appeared on our verandah in the middle of a very cold winter. I was in the UK at the time, visiting my mum, so hubby had to gradually introduce him to Ms Ginger Diva and Mr Timid Tabby. All is well now and he is the sweetest, gentlest soul and we think Otto's spirit guided him to us. Your cats look like they are in kitty heaven.

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  34. Oh my what a wonderful lovely post! Beautiful photos of all three. I'm so glad that the new boys got a good home to be safe and loved. Thanks for sharing. Best, Kim

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  35. Oh Hen your new boys are just lovely, and seem very settled in. We have missed your posts. Nice to see you back.

    Julie and Poppy Q

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  36. Beautiful! Charlie looks so cuddly :-) x

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  37. loved reading your story and seeing your boys again. I made the mistake with George not pudding things away. Now my plates are hanging on the wall not propted up xx

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  38. They are so wonderful! I love them!

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  39. Very handsome new comers to the Henhouse, so pleased they're all getting along well, I've intervened when foster dogs have taken a dislike to one of my own dogs but I don't think I'd want to get in between two full grown cats :). Usually like my fosters it's just bravado and they'd soon settle down and usually end up sharing a dog bed with whichever one of mine they'd previously taken umbridge with. I love cats but my Nemo doesn't and I wouldn't put a cat through the stress of trying to win him over. The colouring of all three is simply beautiful, they must feel like kings now in their new home. Thank you for giving a home to two rescues rather than buying or going for kittens, the older ones still have a lot of life in them and a lot of love to give. I think they complete your home, what's better than an eiderdown or crochet blanket with a contented cat snoozing away on it. Love it. x

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  40. Hen, I am very late in taking a look at this post about the new kitties at your house. It is a totally charming tale of welcoming newcomers to a beautiful, cosy place. One of my work colleagues is very involved in kitty rescue over here in NYC. Although she knows I do live in a tiny apartment, and wish I lived in a country place with room for a dog to roam, is steadily reminding me that I might just like to give a kitty a home.

    It's lovely to see how this feline trio has begun its bonding. Best wishes to you...hoping to see another post before year's end. Best Holiday Wishes! xo

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