Friday, November 21, 2014

The Many Faces Of Sherpa

She didn't have a name when we picked her up at the rescue shelter. She was just a tiny tabby in a cage. We would walk up and down the aisle, it was cold and dismal, that gray cinder block room. We would pass by all the wire cages one by one, waiting for a sign. Something that would grab us. Which one will it be?

One little striped black arm would be stretched out through the cage slats, pawing at us as we walked by. Her sharp little claws snagged my sweater. Taking her from her cage, she climbed onto C's shoulder and would not come down. So, we took her home.

She shivered and purred in my lap as we recited names out loud, hoping for some perfect name to call our perfect little bright eyed baby. LUCY. I kept singing her name. Luuuuuucy!

But, within hours her name changed to Sherpa. The forever climbing cat. She still climbs after all these years. You can find her way up high, on the fridge, on bookshelves, inside cupboards, or draped over shoulders.

And she still reaches her arm through the slats of our wooden chairs when we walk by.

 

12 comments:

  1. What a sweetheart! You were meant to be a family. I am so glad you found each other....that bond is one of the strongest there is. xx

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    1. Yeah, don't you know it. I can't imagine life without her! Nice to see you, Jules.

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  2. She is so beautiful and has a really cute face. Love the way she looks through the slats of the chairs and so lucky to have you xx

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    1. She is our little lion. She's kind of shy, gives us this look like " what about me??" So adorable.
      Thank you, Cous!! x

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  3. Aww...sweet post about beautiful Sherpa. My favorite photo is the one where she's reaching out - I'm glad she still does that! Hope you're feeling better, too.

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    1. I'm feeling good, Diana!! Thank you.
      Sherpa still reaches out and paws us as we walk by. Sometimes I ask her, "do you miss living in that 'ol cage?" Haha. She's got her very own unique personality, like all cats do. You know very well. :)

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  4. hahaha,,
    i love how her face says 'Yeah, whatever' while getting her pictures taken. Sherpa - i love her name

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  5. Haha!! Exactly...WHATEVER! She couldn't be bothered. :)

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  6. such a kitty.
    you captured her personality purrfectly.

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  7. She is ADORABLE...give her squishy kisses from me xx

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  8. I like that 'ol Sherpa....

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  9. awesome story and photos! she's a character, i can just tell. characters make the best pets. sherpa is a great name!
    and, we have twin chairs. none of my cats get in that one-- they all go for soft upholstery, preferably on the tops of cushions at the highest point! they can snooze there for hours.

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