This is Loo (Little Orange One). He started life at Troy's family farm a few years ago. There is always a new batch of kitties running around there, it seems, but this one was different. He wasn't related to any of the other litters. He simply showed up one day and started following Troy's sister around as she did the chores.
He wasn't like other kitties. The others were wild and wanted nothing to do with the humans, but he simply thrived on attention from us two-legged folk. When I came to visit, I could barely get a leg out of the car before he was rubbing up against me. He would simply appear out of nowhere offering his love and asking for yours in return. I could sit on the porch step for hours simply petting him as he relaxed in my lap.
As the winter approached, I couldn't bare the thought of this sweet little kitty trying to fend for himself for food, warmth and safety. The problem was that I already had 2 cats (and men run screaming from women with more than 2 cats), so I couldn't take him to my house. Conveniently, my mom's birthday was coming up! Perfect!
There was just one little glitch in my plan. My mom was most definitely not a cat person. Most of the time I think she simply tolerated mine when she came for a visit. But not to fear! Why let a little detail like that get in the way?
My plan was to simply bring Loo to her house and say, SURPRISE! However....Troy thought perhaps I should at least mention my plan to her before simply springing a little creature on her. Oh...all right. That Troy's always so practical...(darn it!) So I told her about Loo and assured her that if she decided in a few days that he was simply not something she wanted in her life, I would shuttle him back to the farm. No hard feelings.
Perhaps it's his VERY cuddly disposition or perhaps it's because she again has someone who eagerly awaits her return home. Whatever the reason, he quickly became a permanent part of my parents' house. To this day, she still marvels at how she became a "cat person."
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