Noel-E when found (12/27/11)
The Best Christmas Gift Ever - My Precious "Guaca-Noel-E"
Many years ago, I enjoyed breeding and showing Abyssinians. After a divorce, move across country and major lifestyle change, it was no longer a viable hobby, but I've always missed it to some extent and of course, have always had at least one kitty friend around the house.
Just before Christmas, I had several conversations with friends about how much I sometimes longed to have kittens racing through the house and watching their unique personalities develop.
I probably would have gone kitten hunting, but Christmas is definitely NOT kitten season at the rescue facilities and I didn't think my adult rescue, a long-haired tortie and white girl, Jazz E Catte.
At about 4:30 a.m. on December 27, 2011, I went outside because I just couldn't sleep. On my deck was a gorgeous little kitten that looked about 12 weeks old. He was very shy and ran off when he saw me. Later that night, he was back and HUNGRY! This time, he practically jumped into my arms.
This was no feral kitten - he was extremely well socialized with very short nails, clean, friendly and apparently healthy. He had a definitely Maine Coon look about him with one of the prettiest faces I've ever seen.
I spent the better part of the next week trying to locate the people who'd lost him. I took him to the local Humane Society to see if he had a microchip and repeated this scenario at several of the local veterinary clinics. No lost kitten report had been filed with the Humane Society, so I filed a found kitten report. I found nothing on Craig's List, so posted there. There were no ads in the local newspapers. I put up posters in the local supermarkets and popular retail establishments - all to no avail. By the end of the first week, I was in love! No one came forward to claim this precious baby and although my Jazz E wasn't thrilled, she slowly began to accept the baby.
Naming him "Noel" was a no-brainer because of the season. This quickly became Noel-E and a friend came up with the name "Guaca-Noel-E." Too cute to resist!
Noel-E has become one of my all-time favorite cats. He's loving, smart, funny and gorgeous, with a purr that never quits. He's quickly learned that my parrot is off-limits and is an all-around wonderful addition to my family.
Here are a few of my favorite photos of him. I hope you think he's as adorable as I do.