Monday, February 20, 2006

The Ellyversary

All Hail Princess Elly!Last Friday was the 8th Ellyversary. Eight years ago, Elly came to live with Peter and me. Before Elly became a part of our family, Peter was a confirmed dog person. He only agreed to get a cat because we lived in an apartment that was too small for a dog. But Elly completely changed Peter's mind about cats.

We found Elly at the Town Lake Animal Shelter in Austin. When we first saw her, she was sitting in the back of her cage, trying to stay warm. But when I opened the cage, she came to greet us and happily allowed us to hold her. After seeing how loving she was, we quickly filled out the adoption papers, and Elly became our little Princess.

Peter go used to having a cat as quickly as Elly got used to having people worship her. At the time, Peter was a graduate student and I was working full time. So, Peter and Elly had lots of time to hang out together. They played games (fetch was their favorite), and Elly sat on Peter's lap or on his desk while he studied. Peter quickly learned that having a cat was like having a dog, only easier and better.

For the first few years that we had Elly, she would follow us from room to room. She didn't like staying in a room unless a person was present. Although she doesn't do that anymore, she is still very sweet, affectionate, and cooperative. She has never bitten or scratched a person (not even the vet!). She allows strange children to pet her for hours. When we need her to go into her cat carrier, we just put her in front of the door and she walks in a sits down. She does this despite the fact that nothing good ever happens when she goes into her carrier.

So Happy Ellyversary Princess Cat! I'm so happy that you are our #1 baby girl. And your sisters thank you for softening up Peter so that they could have a home, too.

Is this my Princess throne?

(Did you notice? I finished knitting Curlicue. Now I need a couple of uninterrupted hours to graft/seam the edges together.)

16 comments:

Meredith said...

Awww! Hi Elly! What a cutie. ;)

Curlicue looks lovely too, of course.

Rachel said...

What a sweet kittygirl! I hope you have many more happy years with her.

By the way, I think I could get used to having people worship me, too. Elly and I are kindred spirits that way.

shetha said...

I love your ellyphotos! Congrats on finishing the curlicue too -- I love it in that color.

Agnes said...

It's so nice to meet you, Elly! I don't get to see you very often here but you are so beautiful!

Trillian42 said...

She's a cutiepie! And the curlicue is beautiful!

Jennifer said...

Happy Ellyversary! What a lovely cat.

Curlicue looks very nice. Can't wait to see her finished up!

monkeemaven said...

Awww! Happy Ellyversary - what a darling she is!

Thanks again for whatever egregious lies you told or death threats you issued in that letter!

amylovie said...

She is such a cutie. And those eyes!

janna said...

Elly is adorable. It sounds like she's exactly the type of cat to use to 'convert' a dog person. (Not that I have anything agains dogs myself, but have you ever noticed that it's much more socially acceptable for a person to say they don't like cats than to say they don't like dogs?)

knit_chick said...

Happy Ellyversary!

Congrats on finishing up Curlique! Can't wait to see it seamed up.

Cordelia said...

What a lovely post.
Good luck with curlicue

Elizabeth said...

Meow! (Catspeak for "lookin' good Elly!")

Ingrid said...

I thought the cats were using their mind powers to sew curlicue together!!! keeessses on sweet Ellies head for her Elliversary

Luise said...

Loved your "Ode to Elly." She and her siblings are lucky to have you and Peter -- and vice versa.

Roxy said...

We love Elly.

Happy Ellyversary!

PS - you & Monkee always have the best cat photo ops LOL

Calling Kahlo said...

Happy Ellyversary! That is such a great story. I was inspired by my friend adopting cats from a shelter, and now I am a cat person. We have a few all adopted from our shelter and it is great to hear those stories!