Saturday, August 08, 2009


We adopted Phin (aka "Phinney") home from the Humane Society for Southwest Washington animal shelter in Vancouver, WA on April 25. The following picture was taken April 26 upon his arrival at our home. He was ten weeks old at the time, so we figure his birthday is Valentine's Day.
This was on 5/14/09, at age three months:

In the next two photos, taken by my daughter, Phinney was 4 1/2 to 5 months:

And these last two were taken on 7/29/09, when he was 5 1/2 months old:

Now Phinney is about a week away from six months old. He looks about three-quarters grown and weighs around seven pounds. He has lost any of the "kitten look" he once had, but still has ALL of the kitten personality. I almost pity his older "sister" Zeva, who is now about two years old... Phinney's urge to play is relentless! He is now able to bowl her over at times, and it is great to watch them wrestle. He doesn't have the upper paw on her yet, but just give him another 2-3 months!

Talk about personality! We love to spoil him. He is a cuddler and has adopted an honored spot on our bed that was formerly occupied by Baby Mackie, who had to be put down July 1 at age 14 years due to old age and thyroid problems. That was a very sad time, but Phinney's presence has helped ease Mackie's passing.

One of the main reasons we adopted Phinney was because our 2-year-old cat Zeva's companion Zeke had to be put down at age 18 months due to a urinary blockage. They were best buddies, and she was missing Zeke badly. It took Zeva about a week or ten days to warm up to Phinney, and we had a lot of hissing, anger and general territorialism. Now they wrestle, play, and chase each other all over the house! Zeva knows how to fetch, and loves that game... Phinney hasn't figured it out yet but loves to interfere when she tries to return her little balls and pom-poms. Our third cat Abby, now age 15, puts up with both their antics and give out a warning hiss from time to time, but she doesn't mind them too much.

Phinney has been a great addition to our home in all ways. He will keep his claws, he will always be an indoor cat, and he will be the king of our house and probably our hearts for a number of years!

The Humane Society for Southwest Washington is a very nice facility. If you live in the Portland-Vancouver area, it is definitely worth a look if you are in the market for a pet.

The Oregon Humane Society in NE Portland is also quite nice, a modern state-of-the art facility.

In fact, there are many local Humane Societies which can always use your help whether it is in donations of time or money, or in the adoption of one of their pets. And there are plenty of animals out there who can always use a good home. my mom adopted her very large and loveable orange tabby cat Tom from the humane society here in town.

Here are some links to good places:

VANCOUVER: Humane Society for Southwest Washington

PORTLAND: Oregon Humane Society:

LA GRANDE, OREGON: Blue Mountain Humane Society (my mom adopted her very large and loveable orange tabby Tom from our local shelter):

PENDLETON, OREGON: Cat Companions (this is a very special place with lots and lots of kitties who could use good homes):

And finally, PETFINDER is always useful if you don't know where to look in your area:
Remember, it doesn't matter if you adopt an animal from a shelter, select one from a breeder, or take one from the box of kittens or puppies the kids have to give away at the local supermarket (my mom got her young tortoise-shell Jesse this way!)... animals can truly enrich our lives!
Have a happy pet search!


Blogger Randal Graves said...

I'd say he already runs the place. Look at that kingly stretch demanding your homage! ;-)

1:36 PM  
Blogger T. Paine said...

I think Phiney is saying already, "Its good to be the King!" :)

4:48 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

And THE KING he is. 8-)>

5:13 PM  
Blogger 1138 said...

Nothing wrong with breeders perse BUT check them out.
Don't buy from puppy or kitten mills posing as legitimate breeders.

I've my last two family members were from no kill rescue, one from a small legitimate breeder, another from the "we kill" county pound aka animal control and the first one of our marriage that was likely a cull from a mill.

I can't stress enough to anyone though, do not take an animal that you can't make a lifetime commitment to. For better or worse applies to pets even more than spouses.

You take it like I do Snave.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Holte Ender said...

Our two cats come from animals shelters, one terror, one gentle.

6:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Congrats on your new addition to the family.

12:07 PM  

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