One of many things which has been keeping me busy of late has been that we added two cats to our menagerie the week before Christmas!
I had always wanted to have a cat, and since I seem to have gotten past the worst of my childhood allergies to both dogs and cats, I decided to visit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center, a no-kill shelter which has lots of cats and dogs in need of good homes.
I picked out a very cute, affectionate cat I liked, and as it happened, my daughter who had accompanied me fell in love with a completely different cat. They were having a 2-for-1 special, so...
The black and white cat I chose is now named Dinah, after the heroine of my favorite Elswyth Thane book, EVER AFTER, as well as Alice's cat in Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951).
The calico cat was called Lilac at the shelter; my daughter liked the sound of it and modified the name slightly to Lila.
Both kittens are "teenagers," about seven months old.
Our dogs Chance and Luke are getting along with the new additions very well. Here's Chance taking a rest with his new friends:
Both cats had been abandoned and are fortunate to be alive. Lila was very sick as a younger kitten and was nursed back to health by the shelter staff and volunteers. Dinah was the runt of a litter of nine kittens and needed extra care in order to thrive.
We were very impressed with the dedication of all the employees and volunteers at the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. (It was amazing how they were able to keep track of each kitten's name and history!) I highly recommend the shelter to anyone in the North Orange County or Greater Long Beach area who is interested in providing a home to an animal in need.