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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New resident at our house.


Meet Newkie, a stray my son Brian adopted ten years ago, and has been moving around with him to his many residences until the last three years when the whole troupe, Brian, Newkie and then Butters, the lab, moved into Brian's house and Brian's yard.

She is a pro in settling in. Even at motels, as we traveled back home to Oregon after the funeral and the garden project,  she took the moving in stride, comforted by the fact that her humans were around, and food and necessities  were exactly were she could find them, in the same configuration.

She's settled in, a week into this move, and soon, she will be exposed to the outdoors for a few minutes at a time, until she learns how to retreat back to the safety of our house.
Her best toy? Empty boxes!
Her favorite activity? Sleeping.
Her favorite hiding place? The very dark recesses of a big closet. We were relieved to find her after a long afternoon of calling and looking for her everywhere.  So far, she seems content, curious and comfortable with the many nooks and crannies to explore in this new to her house.

In the evenings, she cuddles up willingly on our bed.
Just the way she did with her daddy!


36 comments:

becky said...

Such a sweet and comforting story. Surely, the kitty-cat is a comfort to you and your hubby.

Dr. Kathy McCoy said...

So glad to be reading your posts once again, Rosaria! Newkie sounds like a love and a warm connection to Brian -- a chance to comfort one another in the wake of this terrible loss.

Brian Miller said...

smiles. we just got a kitty for our boys...4 weeks old...so tiny...glad your kitty is settling in...

Snappy Di said...

I know Newkie must be totally in love with you! Thanks for sharing her with us.

Kim Kasch said...

Such a cute cat!

Terra said...

Newkie is a darling and so trusting. You can tell she is loved.

Patrati said...

Que linda! I love them!

Suz said...

she needs you as much you need her
Cats like listening
no judgements
and they know when to give you a nudge
I am so happy you have her

Retired English Teacher said...

Your new resident will be a great addition to your home and a great comfort to you during this time. I'm Newkie will be totally pampered and loved by the two of you.

erin said...

you break my heart
and remake it.

xo
erin

Donna said...

Sweet story! My daughter adopted a stray too but he had bathroom issues so when she moved she let the neighbors adopt him. She went back to check on him a week later and he was not being taken care of, so she took him home with her kicking and screaming the whole way. He has adapted now to his surroundings and doing fine! Hope yours does as well!!

yaya said...

I'm glad you were able to adopt this friend. Newkie will bring you smiles and good times, I'm sure. Plus many nice memories of Brian. Newkie is the same age as the cat we took in after we moved here. She now runs the place.

ellen abbott said...

Pets who lose their people need care. You are so good to take her in.

SG said...

So Newkie is getting comfortable in her new home.

Simon said...

It is a comfort to see you blogging about Newkie. No doubt Newkie will keep you two busy as she adapt to her new surroundings.

quilterliz said...

G'day Rosaria. Newkie is a lucky puss to have you and your hubby. She will reward you with much love.
Take care. Liz...

NitWit1 said...

Not only is Newkie very adaptable, low maintenance with toys, too.

She is quite beautiful, too.

I hope she proves a comfort to you and reminder of Brian's empathy and kindness.

Sightings said...

May she bring you love and comfort. And ... I like the nice, evocative photo.

rosaria said...

p.s. I was never a cat person. I would have gladly taken Butters, the lab, up to Oregon. But, she is young and energetic and we are not!
Butters went to a young man who had been mentored by Brian, who loves Butters deeply, has energy to spare and the two of them are perfect companions.

Newkie is fitting in and we are adapting well. Come to think of it, she is so much like us, needing comfortable surroundings and warm companionship. She is ready for a nap at a second's notice.

Thanks for the visit, everyone.
Thanks for your comforting words.
Soon, I'll be stepping out and visit you also.

Rob-bear said...

Such a thoughtful story, and decision to take Newkie, even though you're not a "cat person," or didn't think you were.
Glad you're back on your blog. I missed your thoughts.
Will you have more pictures of Brian's yard?
Blessings and Bear hugs.

Nancy said...

Blessings, Rosaria. I'm just catching up with some of my favorite blogs and noticed your loss. I am so sorry for the loss of your dear son. Newkie is lucky to have such loving people to take her and love her. i'm sure your son would be very happy with the arrangement.

Grandmother said...

Animal's heightened sense of smell can detect familial bonds in people's scent. She's comfortable to be with the parents of her love. And you care for one of the ones your son loved. Good all around.

Linda Myers said...

Nice cat! And warm, good memories for you.

Marguerite said...

Newkie is beautiful and I'm so glad that you have her and hope she will help to comfort you during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers each day, Rosaria. Blessings, Marguerite

Maggie May said...

My rabbits love to play with empty boxes too.
I am so pleased you took in this new little member of the family and I am sure she will bring you comfort.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

cheshire wife said...

Newkie must be a great comfort to you.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

She is lovely and, I'm sure, a great comfort to you. Simi and I continue to think of you here in Sicily. xx

rosaria said...

postscript:
She never tires to hear about Brian. I can see that friends will want to move on, as we all wish we could, move on to other topics, other subjects.
But my heart needs to linger here, or in the past, in the future that is changed, in the dreams unfulfilled.
Newkie is kind about this need of mine; she is also her own best friend, moving away when she's had enough of anything, when she is absorbed by something new.

Thanks for the visit.
Thanks for your kind words.
Who knew that people we've never met could touch us so! You're the best!

janis said...

Newkie is Blessed♥ Continuing to keep you all in prayers.

Hilary said...

I'm so glad she has you... and you, her.

pranky said...

newkie is such a diff name....i'm scared of cats bt by the way u sed it...she sounds lovely :)

That Janie Girl said...

Oh, wow. So glad you got to bring her home with you. I know she must remind you of Brian...what a comfort.
Glad to hear your "voice"...thinking of you all and praying.

Hugs.

Robyn said...

this is a bittersweet story and kind of breaks my heart xoxo

jessicadennis said...

Newkie is an awesome kitty, and I'm glad you're happy with each other. If I hadn't already had three kitties I would've taken her in a heartbeat, but maybe she was meant to be with you.

My thoughts are always with you guys and with Janet; I think about Brian all the time. I can't even imagine how you must feel, given what a loss it was to those of us who were just his friends. He was loved. And I do so hope this comment isn't intrusive; I don't mean to be.

Journeyin' Lady... said...

Newkie will be a comfort and loving connection to your Brian. The best to you as you journey through these extremely difficult days.

Lydia said...

Much love and peace to you, sweet Newkie. You are a living testimony to Brian's love and care for you. Cuddle up with your folks and take comfort in one another. ^.^