You’ve met Nina and Samantha, so here’s DJ, another successful shelter adoption story. He’s an orange tabby who joined our family about 18 months ago.
‘Orangies’ is a term of endearment for orange tabbies. Some folks claim they have unique traits and personality, though I don’t think he has any more or less personality than any of my other cats have had. He is quite personable, gregarious, and simply a delightful addition to the family.
We went to the animal shelter looking to find a black and white tuxedo cat, but the ones that were there didn’t seem interested in us—didn’t want to be pet or handled. We went out on the catio (patio for cats) and while I was checking out the black and whiters out there, this young orange tabby climbed into Ivan’s arms and settled right in.
Ivan got my attention and when I came over to him, that orange tabby climbed over into my arms, settled into the crook of my arm and then started chewing on my hair. And it was in that moment we all knew a match had been found.
He tested out as dog-friendly and after filling out the required paperwork we were able to take him home with us. We were astounded to learn that he’d been at the shelter for two and a half months…how could such a friendly, affectionate, and cool cat not have been grabbed up immediately? He must have been flying under the radar.
I suppose the answer is that our connection was meant to be. He was there, waiting for us to just come along and find him. DJ delights us with his antics, his playfulness, and especially that rumbling purr. We’re looking forward to many years together.