My Pets

We currently have one dog and four cats. They are all rescued pets.

Buddy Boudreaux Buddington
Estimated birthdate 12/3/06
Adopted 3/10/07
White lab/Dalmatian mix with black spots and dark brown eyes

In 2007, we lived in Edmond, OK. One day we ended up at either Petco or Petsmart where Free to Live, a no-kill animal sanctuary in Guthrie, OK was holding an adoption day. We decided to get an older dog as a companion for our elderly dog Holly. On our way into the store, we saw a little pen with two puppies and stopped to look at them because they were just so darned cute. They were litter mates, and the female, "Daisy" was friendly but would not stop barking. "Duke" was not barking but just looking adorable, so I had to pet him. When I reached down to pet him he rolled over on his back and showed us the prettiest little spotted pink belly with his tail wagging on the ground. And that was that. We renamed him "Buddy". Holly was not exactly thrilled, but she gradually accepted him, and they were friends until she passed away three years later. After a few months of complete puppy shenanigans, he has been the best dog ever.

Buddy still loves to show us his pink belly.

Buddy is showing his age and not getting around very well, but he is still a puppy at heart.

Katie Tooters
Estimated birthdate 3-20-12
Rescued 5-2-12
Black longhair with green eyes

We moved in Katy, TX in 2012, and our cat had passed away the year before. I had thought about getting another cat, but I guess I was still grieving "AJ" and just couldn't get any interest in looking.

One day we received an email from the president of our neighborhood association with the above picture of a rescued 2-month old black kitten. She included a plea to either claim or adopt her. Those eyes got to me. I kept looking at the email and finally emailed her the next day to to inquire if anyone had claimed the kitten. She immediately responded with a "No! Are you interested?" I forwarded the email to my husband and both my kids and asked them what they thought. All three said "yes, you need a kitty in your life again" So I emailed the president, and she arranged for the rescuers to bring the kitten to me.

When the man and his wife brought her, I found out the story behind Katy's rescue. The man was a runner and frequently jogged along a very busy street south of our house. For two or three days, he kept hearing an odd sound when he jogged past some trees in a median. Finally he investigated and saw a kitten up in one of the trees. He went home and got a ladder and rescued that kitten! How she ever made it across that busy street and up into that tree in the first place is a mystery. He took her home but they were unable to keep her because of the other cats they had in their household, and that is when he contacted the neighborhood association.

She has been a great cat who has handled 3 house moves and lots of change in her kitty routine. She is the only one of our cats that is allowed outside. When we lived in a house that was surrounded by an 8-foot privacy fence, we let her outside under supervision. Now that we are on 5 acres, she only wants out in the mornings for a few minutes, so we allow it.

Her favorite thing to do is to have her Daddy fill the sink and let her splash and drink every morning while he shaves.

Katy's eyes still get me!

Jack Nicklaus
Estimated birthdate: 6/30/16
Rescued: 8/25/16
Ginger tabby with gold eyes

In 2016 we sold our suburban home and purchased 5 acres with my husband's sister and her son. We bought a manufactured home to move onto the land but had to wait a couple of months before it was out of the factory. On the day of closing, we went early to the office to have one more look at the model home for measurements. As we started out the back door of the office, the salesman warned that there was a stray kitten lurking around.

And indeed there was a little orange kitten. He was panting and meowing and purring and kneading. I talked to him and tried to pet him, but it took me 10 minutes to finally touch him. Once I did, he was completely trusting in my arms. After signing papers, we took him to a vet. Once I found out he was male I named him "Jack Nicklaus" on the spot, after my favorite golfer. The funny thing is that I had had a dream about an orange kitten named Jack a few nights earlier. So it was meant to be.

We were living with our son and family at the time, and our "living quarters" were in the large second floor playroom. Jack settled right in with our cat and our son's kitten, playing and being wild. He was so wild one day that he went through the railing that overlooked downstairs and fell onto the floor below! I was terrified and ran to check on him. He was stunned and not very happy but seemed fine. I immediately called the vet who told me he was probably OK but to keep an eye on him. After a night of rest, he was back to his normal self the next day.

Jack is now a huge beautiful ginger tabby. He demands my attention if I'm too focused on quilting or my computer, and he is a frequent companion in my sewing room. He is very vocal and fairly aggressive if he doesn't get enough exercise. He loves to "steal" things and will take anything in a plastic bag off our kitchen counter and run with it. He makes us laugh out loud.

Jack is a big boy! But I still see the
sweet little orange, needy kitten when I look at him.

Rosemary Joy - "Rosie"
Estimated birthdate 7/23/16
Rescued 11/23/16
Siamese/white tabby mix with blue eyes

A few months after we moved into our current home, we had decks built on the front and back of the house. Late one afternoon the carpenter knocked on the door and said "ma'am we have a problem". I thought he meant a building problem, but as I walked outside he said that a little kitten had just run under his pickup. I knew both my cats were inside, so I was perplexed because I had seen no other cats around. We both got on the ground to look under his truck, and I was able to flash a light on a little kitten up in the tire well! As I crawled toward her, she ran out and around the side of the house and through a small hole that went under our house. I spent at least an hour trying to coax her out with food and water but finally had to leave her out there.

The next day I was able to get her to come out, but only as long as I was several feet away. So she lived under the house two nights, and it was possible she had been there longer. The last night she was under the house we had a storm. I was so worried about her and the next morning went out to check on her. It was chilly but sunny, so I just sat outside next to the hole for a long time. She finally walked out and came up behind me. After about an hour of stealthy moves, I got close enough to pick her up. She resisted for about two seconds, then she was fine! I took her to the vet the next day and kept her in the guest bathroom for a couple of days. The other two (Katie and Jack) hissed a lot but didn't take long to adjust to her.

Her vet says she is a Siamese mix. She had more white as a kitten but has gotten more gray/brown as she has matured. How such an exquisite little creature ever made it to our remote residence is beyond me. And where was her mama or her siblings? If only cats could talk.

Rosie has the sweetest nature of any cat I have had. She has lost any feral nature she had in the beginning and seems relaxed and happy. She makes us laugh when she meows, because for such a little thing she has an alto voice.

She loves to get into any kind of box. She will meow until we notice her or look for her, then purr loudly when we acknowledge her.

When we run the vacuum or when people come to the house, she always runs to hide under our bedspread. She thinks she is hidden.

Rosie is my daily companion in the sewing room. We certainly weren't
looking for a third cat, but now I can't imagine life without her.

Tobias Oliver Tuxington
Estimated birthdate: 9/1/2018
Rescued: 6/24/20
Tuxedo with light gold eyes

We began noticing Toby on our property during the early part of 2020. He first showed up at my sister-in-law's house and sat at the edge of her yard, then he began to lurk around our yard. Sometimes I would hear him at night making the "tom cat" call. We certainly weren't looking to add a fourth cat to the household, but at some point we started leaving out food and water for him. He did not look malnourished, but he was obviously hungry. There were many days he did not appear, and we speculated that he had an owner somewhere; but we checked with our neighbors and never found an owner.

Over time, he made a habit of checking our deck for his food, and I began to approach him, but he was very skittish. One day I put a can of wet food in a dish and took it to him, and that was the key to his heart! Slowly we made friends, and he purred and seemed to crave petting.

Toby began to act interested in following me into the house and often laid right outside our TV room window looking adorable, I decided to talk it over with my husband. He had been expecting that conversation for a long time! He agreed that Toby should be inside with us where he would be safe from predators and weather. Initially Toby was confined to a bedroom until he made his first vet visit. There was considerable hissing from our other three cats, but they slowly accepted him, and he seems content. The vet estimated is age at two years or maybe younger, and he weighed 10 lbs. He is in perfect health. He is a beautiful, sweet, silly boy, and we are delighted to have him with us.

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