Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Orangies—Meet DJ

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.


  1. He is so cute! What a sweet story on how he came to be part of your family!! I'm totally amazed dogs and cats can live in the same household together :)(slight joke, our corgi is NOT fond of cats at all :)

    enjoy the day and thanks for leaving a comment on my blog :)


  2. Oh, so glad D.J. has made his debut on your blog! Great story - totally didn't know there was such a term as "orangies", and Jim and I had one when we were first married, his cat, Max! Loved the picture, too! Great post, as always!!!

  3. I love orangies, they are my favorite! What a great story about finding him at the shelter. We really need to go and adopt a cat!

  4. i have never heard the term orangies--really suits them :)

  5. I absolutely love how animals in shelters pick the people they want! Your adorable cat looks like our oldest cat, Rusty. My friend brought him home from a shelter when he was about 9 and they were going to put him to sleep because of his cancer and they only expected him to live for a few months. He's been living here for over three years and still playing and enjoying his time with all the other cats!

    xoxo Lloralye @ Adorning Schemes A to Z

  6. DJ is a handsome boy!

    Our orange tabby chose me from the Humane Society, too! Every time I walked by the cage, a paw would reach for me. So I took him into the pet room and he sat on my lap & purred. There's no way I could NOT take him home!

    We've come to the conclusion that orange is not a color, it's an attitude!

    Great post!

    Lisa, Random Ramblings