Thursday, May 31, 2007

Fun Photo Hunt Subject Photo Scavenger Hunt #111


Photo Scavenger Hunt #111 will be due on Sunday, June 10, at 11:00 PM EST. From Val standing in for her sister Krissy.

Our subject this week will be:
  "animals - live or inanimate

Please note
this is an extended Hunt.  You will have ten days.  I gave you the subject so late this week and I wanted you all to have time to take your photos.  Val

Well, everyone who's read my journal for any length of time would know that the one and only animal I would feature would be my girl "Gabi Lin."  Not that there aren't other cute and sweet animals out there, it's just that she's the nearest and dearest to my heart.   I'll tell her history here because if you're a new reader of my journal you may not know her story.

First of all, Gabi (means "God Is My Strength" in Hebrew) has been with me since October 4, 2005.  At that time it had been determined that she was approximately 2 years old.  So I gave her a birthday of October 4th.  She had been picked up by the Humane Society in August of 2005 on the streets of Seattle,  matted, filthy, starving and scared.  The Humane Society kept her long enough to scan her for a microchip and get her stablized and then they put her in the care of a feline foster mom just south of Seattle. 

This dear lady is a breeder of Persians and Exotic Shorthair cats.  Gabi is an Exotic Shorthair.   The foster mom put ads in all the local papers for weeks and no one called to claim her.   meanwhile, a co-worker of mine had an older male Persian that had to be put to sleep.  She also had a female exotic that was about 14 months old at the time and got really weird acting after the older cat was put down.  So she decided to get another cat.  She called this lady and asked if she had any exotic kittens ready to be adopted and the lady said all she had at the time was this rescued female that was approximately 2 years old.  She emailed some pictured to my friend (who promptly emailed them to me) and I knew when I saw them that if my friend didn't want this cat...I did.  She captured my heart the minute I saw those pictures.  I've always had cats, but all those past cats were regular cats...not smooched face cats (aka SFC).  But I thought she was so cute, I didn't care if she did have a flat face. 

My friend really wanted a kitten but told the foster mom, she'd give this two year old a try and see if she was a good fit with her other cat.  One thing that came out when Gabi (my friend and I actually decided on her name together before she went and picked her up)  was handed over to my friend was that she need moist food twice a day because of not having a good diet for so long, she had lost some of her teeth and needed more than dry food to keep her going.  Now my friend only feeds dry food so for two days she had to keep these two cats apart at feeding time and she finally got so frustrated, she came into work one day and said "if you really want this cat, you can have her.  It's just not owrking out for me."   I was so thrilled....I took an extra half hour at lunch, went to Petsmart got a carrier, some food, litter and all the other goodies you need for an indoor cat.   My friend took my new carrier and went to her house about 3pm that afternoon, got Gabi and brought her back to me.  She's been with me every since. 

She is a very sweet little girl...she follows me around most of the time like my shadow, sleeps on a blanket at the end of my bed, and at time, she thinks I retired to sit on the couch and hold her all day.

I know she has had something traumatic happen to her, she's terrified if anyone picks her up but other than that does not seem to be afraid of anyone, except real young children.  I've tried to get her to tell me her story, but she doesn't want to talk about it.

How a little 5 pound pure bred exotic shorthair ended up on the streets of Seattle, I guess only God knows.  But I'm happy she survived and even happier that she ended up at my house.  She is a dear sweet little kitty.

And yes, a couple weeks after Gabi came to live with me, my friend found a beautiful exotic shorthair kitten in the Portland, Oregon area.  So both of us ended up happy with loving cats.

             "Happiness is being owned by a cat !"

So that's my "animal" story for the Photo Scavenger Hunt #111.


jlocorriere05 said...

Dear Gabi, she could certainly write a book about her life I bet! She's such a sweet looking cat, my old Persian who died last year couldn't stand kids ~ maybe it's just a Persian thing! The photos are lovely and isn't it nice to get our classic pics back?! Jeannette xx  

valphish said...

Oh Linda, I love Gabi!  She is so beautiful!!  Before I knew the name of Exotics I called them "smashed faces" because of that adorable face.  I LOVE how cute their faces are!  Are they a mix between an American shorthair and a Persian?  Hey, I saw a comment from you in Cat Fancy a couple of months ago.  LOL  Cool!  I picked out my Honey's named before I got her, too.  Her name was Joy Faith because she was my Joy and God had given her to me.  I prayed so long for her.  I switched her name to Honey, though, because it is easier to say.  LOL  Thanks so, so much for telling her story again and showing these precious pictures!!  Hugs and love, Val xox

ally123130585918 said...

Linda that is a lovely story Gabi is such a beautiful kitty ~ I bet she is glad to be with you (and of course she does "OWN" you :o) how nice to see our old picture format back ~ Ally x

kaydeejay5449 said...

I think your Gabi is the cutest cat I have ever seen.  I love her little flat face.  It's charming and full of personality.  It's easy to see why you love her so much and after getting to know you, it's very clear why she loves you.
Hugs,  Kathy

nana0014 said...

Loved the pictures.
Take care, Chrissie

queenb8261 said...

OH Linda. Can you forgive a journal slacker? Apparently I'm still not getting all my alerts or I've just been terriblel. Or a little of both.  I've read everyone of your travel entries and what sites you have seen. I would LOVE to to LA someday. We went to Disneyland but didnt do much but disneyland. I was pregnant and the traffic on the freeway scared me SO bad I got down in the floorboard. Of course the floorboards were a LOT bigger 35 yrs ago. LOL I LOVE the pics of the roses. I don't have any roses that do real well due to no sunny spots in the front due to a massive oak tree and in the bank no real place to plant them...but yard.  LOL
The entry about Gabi is great. She's such a little darling. Love her pics too.
Thanks for sharing your world.
Hugs, Barb

jonibooks1991 said...

Linda, I loved the story of Gabi.  She is so cute, I would love to have a pet but it just won't work right now.  So glad to hear I'm not the only "journal slacker" glad Queenb came up with name for it.  But I do read all your entries and love hearing abut you trip and seeing the pics.  You are a wonderful writer.  Have a great weekend, Joni

sunnyside46 said...

Here is my story. Is this the way to enter?

merry1621 said...

I really enjoyed your story abut Gabi!  Merry

jeanno43 said...

Well, there were certainly lots of cats represented in the Scavenger Hunt. I did not do an entry on it, just left my link.  Cats rule eh?  Thanks for telling us about Gabi