In the months leading up to where we said goodbye to Kitty, the kids were fully aware that it would be happening. They could see how sick she was and they were very sad when we talked about it. Being kids, though, they would then ask, “When Kitty goes to Heaven, can we get a kitten?” They’re not heartless — at all — they are just used to having two dogs and two cats (and fifty chickens) and they think that is what is ‘normal’ for our family. They’ve also never had a kitten. We got Kitty when she was six and two birthdays ago Graham got his wish for his own cat — Chica, who was one when we adopted her and who is the cat version of Thomas from Downton Abbey.


I told them that yes, we would get a kitten. The day after Kitty passed away, I asked them how long we should wait before getting a kitten. They responded in unison.

Three days!

(Up from the grave He arose! came to mind.)

I told them that I would keep my eyes open for a free kitten (Did you know that people list kittens for $600?)(SIX HUNDRED DOLLARS)(I can’t even).

On Wednesday, Emily was home from school due to a nagging cough and I called her over to the computer to look at a free kitten that was listed. My two requirements were 1) FREE, and 2) a girl. The kitten was both, and I called the woman who listed her and we arranged to pick her up on Saturday. Emily did some happy dancing, cough be damned.

The owners of the Mom had been calling her Sunny because of the orange on her face and the kids thought that it was a GREAT name. I felt like I was an old Granny scolding a young lad (or Matthew)(He’s two years younger than I), and Sunny didn’t sit well with me. We spent some time Saturday night tossing around names and the kids thought that CoCo would fit. I wasn’t convinced, and on Sunday morning I Googled girl names. My heart was drawn to the name Lucy. The kids agreed that she is totally a Lucy.

I’d like to introduce you to Lucy.


Isn’t she the cutest?


Yep. Totally the cutest.


Diesel, our 100-pound Shepherd/Retriever cross, loves all living beings and wanted to make friends. Lucy wasn’t so sure at first.

Lucy & Diesel

That’s her, hissing. Like the badass she is.

Soon, they were besties and now Diesel cleans her on a regular basis.
Lucy & Diesel

(She’s been known to stand on her hind legs and tell Diesel to STEP OFF, via swats to his nose. Girl needs some space sometimes.)


More kitten photos, you ask? HAPPY TO OBLIGE.





It’s nothing but stereotypical that Matthew conceded to getting another cat — he is more of a “dog person” — and Lucy spends her nights wedged in the crook of his elbow while we sleep. Well, except for the hours between 4 and 5 a.m. when she wants to bound around our bed, nibble on our fingers, and Ninja-fight with my hair.

Kittens, man.

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  1. Camels & Chocolate April 22, 2013 12:19 am edit

    I melt. I’m not even a cat person, and I want Lucy to come live with me. She. Is. ADORABLE.

  2. angella April 22, 2013 8:19 pm edit

    RIGHT?!? But you can’t have her. ;)

  3. rachel joy April 22, 2013 2:58 am edit

    I love Lucy too! So adorable! I so wish we could get a kitten/cat/mouser … but my m-i-l is allergic. We quite like having her around, so cat-less we shall be.

  4. angella April 22, 2013 8:19 pm edit

    It’s great that you have your priorities straight. ;)

  5. JennyBean April 22, 2013 8:39 am edit

    She is SO CUTE! :) I love Lucy, too. :)

  6. angella April 22, 2013 8:20 pm edit

    How could you NOT? Seriously. She’s killing me with the cute.

  7. Kristabella April 22, 2013 10:53 am edit

    OMG, she is SO CUTE! Now I want a kitten!

  8. angella April 22, 2013 8:20 pm edit

    DO IT. Then we can text kitten photos to each other.

  9. Laura Radniecki April 22, 2013 11:27 am edit

    HAHA, I laughed out loud when you said Chica is like Thomas from Downton Abbey!?! Hahaha, that is so funny. I can only imagine.

    Lucy is amazingly cute. I would have at least 2 cats if I could, but Matt is allergic so no luck for me. We did get a puppy 3 weeks ago for the first time EVER though, so that’s been fun. And tiring.

    Puppies… whew! :)

    Enjoy your little Lucy!!

  10. angella April 22, 2013 8:21 pm edit

    Yay, puppies!

    They’re JUST like having newborns, so it’s good practice. ;)

  11. Tamara April 22, 2013 11:42 am edit

    Oh, that’s so great! I’m so happy for you guys. :)

  12. angella April 22, 2013 8:22 pm edit

    I need to see a photo of YOUR new kitten!

  13. Ninabi April 22, 2013 12:36 pm edit

    She’s so little and your dog is so big! Adorable picture. And yes, I laughed when you described your other cat as Thomas. Dapper and sly…. :)

    New kittens help heal the loss of an old kitty friend, don’t they? I read your post about Kitty and we had gone through the same thing with our ancient Siamese, deaf and arthritic to the point that I had to give poor old body a bath in a warm tub every week. He vocally protested but never moved out of the water. I didn’t want to take him in for the final trip either. Looking back, I wished I hadn’t waited as long as I did.

    We ended up adopting another Siamese from the Humane Society. Enjoy your new little fluff ball- your children will remember the day the tiny kitten came into the family for always.

  14. angella April 22, 2013 8:23 pm edit

    I think they will, too. I have a soft spot for Siamese cats. Enjoy her!

  15. ChrisB April 22, 2013 1:42 pm edit

    So adorable! Congratulations!!!
    Love love LOVE the photos with Diesel!!!

  16. angella April 22, 2013 8:24 pm edit

    He is SO funny with her when he comes inside. Follows her around, licking her and nuzzling her until she says ENOUGH. :)

  17. Amanda Brown April 22, 2013 2:26 pm edit

    OK, that shot of Diesel licking her is fantastic. So adorable!

  18. angella April 22, 2013 8:24 pm edit

    Besties! More so when she can hold her own, weight-wise. ;)

  19. heidikins April 22, 2013 2:40 pm edit

    Um, the cute. Love. We had an Irish setter/golden lab mix who was always SO FASCINATED by our cats…but also a little terrified/respectful of their need for a LOT of space. Every so often we’d find them snuggling, but there was no licking and a lot of kitty paw nose swats for the poor dog. :)


  20. angella April 22, 2013 8:25 pm edit

    Yeah, Diesel still thinks he is puppy-sized. We have to keep that in check.


  21. Ashley S April 22, 2013 2:49 pm edit

    She’s so cute! I can’t handle cats (they’re moody…like women. And there are enough women in this house who are moody!) but I love how sweet they look.

  22. angella April 22, 2013 8:26 pm edit

    SO sweet. She’s such a cuddler/lover.

  23. Jen Wilson April 22, 2013 2:57 pm edit


  24. angella April 22, 2013 8:26 pm edit

    I KNOW!

  25. Kandi April 22, 2013 3:03 pm edit

    She’s adorable! (and I’m not even much of a cat person but kittens are definitely cute).

  26. angella April 22, 2013 8:27 pm edit

    They are! My Dad is the same. He loves kittens, hates cats. :)

  27. Amanda April 22, 2013 8:10 pm edit

    And now I feel guilty about not commenting…okay, it’s also that I realized with the new reader I use I can actually comment. :S
    She is so adorable! How old is she? She certainly looks tiny…compared to Diesel’s head. :)

  28. angella April 22, 2013 8:28 pm edit

    Don’t feel guilty! That wasn’t my intent on the Tweety.

    She was seven weeks old when we picked her up on Saturday. And Diesel is one hundred pounds. :)

    What new Reader are you using? I need to switch from Google.

  29. ememby April 30, 2013 9:26 am edit

    So not a cat person but even I can admit that Lucy is the cutest and the pic with the licking – freaking adorable!

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