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Thursday, December 02, 2010

Itty Bitty Etta turns heads



People keep asking me about Itty Bitty Etta. She seems to have captured something in the hearts of total strangers, as well as all those living with her at Apifera. Even my 85 year old mother, an avid non-cat type, was charmed by her face and called her 'Monkey" during her holiday visit. She has also taken to playing "Tail" a magnificent game one can play on there own- with the aid of one other animal. The player jumps and leaps at any tail walking by, there are no rules, no time outs. She continues to drink Wrinkle Milk {TM}, a product unavailable at any feed store - it is a milk one can't see, and is hidden deep in the wrinkles and skin folds of very old pugs. The One Eyed Pug is still with us and continues to shine at his nursemaid tasks.

In her weigh in, I am happy to report she is now 2.5 pounds. Part of me wished she would stay 1.5 pounds, as it would make a marvelous story. Fortunately, I'm not in charge of the invisible decisions of the kingdom, and she has gained one and half pounds since I found her on that dangerous, rainy highway just three weeks ago.







14 comments:

Cathy said...

She was a princess in a former life. Oh wait, she's a princess in this one too! Those beautiful eyes are blazing with spirit and intelligence.

So glad Billy is still playing nursemaid.

Emma said...

Sigh! :)

Lisa of Lisa's Little House said...

Loving her more each day...
xxoo,

farmlady said...

What a beautiful, sweet kitten. As Cathy says, she must have been a Princess in a former life. I'm sure she is treated like one at your farm.

Zap said...

She is amazingly beautiful....and it has as much to do with what she communicates as with how she looks...Etta is a special one...

Marianne said...

Though we didn't meet that day, you found Etta instead. It's so nice to know she found her person(s). Our Sissy Kitty could use a little of that Wrinkle Milk - still holding at 1 lb 12 oz. Too bad it isn't available commercially :)

Sharon said...

that is one precious muffin of a cat. i am so impressed at the pug's job....proves once again what i already know and that is regardless of age, gender, even variety of animal, mineral or vegetable...everyone has a purpose and that little pug is determined to fulfill his as long as he is here....i like that.

Ruth Armitage said...

I have a special soft spot for tortoise shell kitties... one of our very best cats was a tortoise shell... So glad she and Billie are doing better :)

Megan said...

Oh, does she look rascally! Glad to hear she is thriving!

Kim said...

There's just something about lost calico kittens in November. On a cold, blustery early November afternoon about 15 years ago, I was hiking and heard mewling near the summit, where no mewling should be. I looked to the side of the path and there in the mud was a tiny ball of fur, who looked just like your Etta. When I bent down to touch her, she scrambled up my arm to nestle under my chin. I took her home and she was a joy for the short time she was with us. She had a spinal injury which deteriorated rapidly, and she died in early December. I felt blessed that I had known her, as she seemed extraordinary to all of us.

Apifera Farm said...

See, she did it again. Thanks all for sharing love with Itty. Kim, what a sweet story- and nice she was able to die in a safe place and her time was meaningful on many levels , I'm sure.

Kate on Clinton said...

A co-worker just told me a very similar story of how she found a kitten in terrible condition, but now eight years later, he is a thriving, loving member of her family. These true kitten rescues are so endearing!

maccandace said...

She's a gorgeous little girl kitten.

Amber said...

Etta is just adorable and going to spend the holidays surrounded by love. So happy the One Eyed Pug is still playing nursemaid to the new kitty, I'm sure this gives him a purpose to keep going. I found 8new chicks in our barnloft today nestled in the hay with their Momma and thought of you! Chicks in December would make a wonderful story!
Hugs
Amber

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