Room For One More

I wasn’t going to blog about her yet. Not until I was sure she would fit in. But being away from home, has made me…


…and I miss my doggies, kitties, hubby and this new little cat we call Miss Mooch. She’s a new, UNPLANNED addition to Bunny Hill and her story is a pretty sad one, but it’s happening all across America right now.

For the last six months, off and on, she’s been coming in through the dog door at my son’s house late at night. He has 3 LARGE dogs so this isn’t something I advise a cat to do. She’s been seen around the neighborhood, and sneaking in his outdoor shed for shelter. She wouldn’t come to anyone until a few weeks ago. Desperate times create desperate cats and I think she decided she’d had enough.

She came up to my daughter-in-law, Diana! She called, and we drove over to see her. Then she came to us too! She was so thin, starving and looked pretty bad so we kept her in the garage overnight to make sure she didn’t make our other animals sick. Then it was off to the vet in the morning. She’s been declared healthy, had her shots and now she’s been at our house for about month. As tame as she is, our Vet said she thinks she was probably left behind when a house went into foreclosure. There are so many in our neighborhood. People loose their house and can’t take their animals with them so they get left behind.

But Miss Mooch has a new home. She’s joined Chelsea and Bitsy in the studio and spends her days with me. She follows me everywhere, right along with the dogs. I think she’s become part of the pack. The ravenous eating has stopped and maybe she knows she’ll be taken care of. It’s not that we wanted another cat, but how can you turn your back on one in such desperate need? We couldn’t. We just couldn’t.

A bit of a grumpy look, but she is one happy cat. I adore animals. They are such wise creatures, knowing much more than they tell. Miss Mooch has plenty to say. I just can’t understand it all yet!

Tomorrow is the Sister’s Quilt Show here in Oregon, then it’s back to California and my “pack”…husband and all the rest (:

Home sweet home everyone!

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  • gloria g. - Anne, I know the feeling oh so well. We just adopted another cat, little Posey! A lady just didn’t want her anymore because she has long hair and to much trouble to take care of. We just love her, fit in with everyone here and I don’t know what I did without her. That makes four cats, six dogs, and of course Tupper my little bunny, a lovebird and a flying squirrel. What’s a girl to do? So glad all is going well with you. Enjoy the quilt show! You’ll be home before you know it, and will get lot’s of hugs and kisses!

    gloria g. Richards, TXReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - She’s a beautiful cat and she was meant to come home with you – what a lucky little cat she is to be welcomed into a home full of love and fun other little playmates.

    Hugs – karenReplyCancel

  • julia - Hi Anne,
    Miss Mooch is so lucky that she finally met you – such a beautiful cat…!
    I can’t understand why anyone could leave a member of the family behind (all our animals were part of us, no exceptions) – but I never had to leave my house, too, so I’m probably the wrong person to tell…
    I hope you enjoy the quilt show nonetheless and return safely at home to embrace your pack ;o)
    Hugs, Julia

    P.S.: Once, when I was in primary school, my friends and I found a guinea pig on our way to the park. My friend wanted to keep the little bundle but her mother was against it – so my comment: we can take him, my mother is animal-loving ;o)ReplyCancel

  • Helz - I truly cannot fathom the lack of responsibility shown towards animals & pets… saddens me immensely but I am so pleased Miss Mooch found her way to you…ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Miss Mooch is so so fortunate to have found her way to you. She’s adorable.
    It’s a sad story though, that this is happening to pets. Thank goodness there are people who will take in a little sweetie like Miss Mooch.ReplyCancel

  • KSedlak - Oh, Anne, you are so dear to take in Miss Mooch. She is so pretty and oh so lucky to have this opportunity to live with you and your husband.
    I have two cats and I can’t imagine being without them. My Molly has been with me for 17 years and still going strong.
    Have fun at the Quilt Festival this weekend.

  • Stink Bone Jones - She is such a pretty color. It was a joy stopping by your blog! I also hearted that fabric box on flickr, very pretty~ReplyCancel

  • Thimbleanna - Wow. What a lucky little cat and how sweet you are to take her in. Those acts of kindness usually bring the best rewards. Hope you’re having a fantastic time at Sisters!ReplyCancel

  • mamaspark - You are right, how could you *not* take her in? We have 2 that we got the same way, come to think of it that’s how we ended up with our dog too. Let’s see, 5 cats and one dog, 3 kids and a husband. We have quite a pack over here too! Miss Mooch is a lucky cat. Her grumpy look is like my Hallie who always looks mad even when she is purring like mad!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Donahue - I’m glad Miss Mooch found you. I have two little cats that was born to a homeless mother. She was skinny and hungry when she started coming around so we fed her. She was a “wild” cat and wouldn’t let us near her but she did gain weight and kept coming back to eat.
    She brought her eight week old babies to us and now they are house cats. One is my little helper. She has to be right in the middle of everything I do and loves to be petted. The other one is still very shy even though she is now 15 months old and has been around since she was eight weeks. She is just starting to let us pet her occasionally. They are such a joy and I’m glad their Mama brought them to us. I am sad to say that we don’t know what happened to her. It has been eight months since we saw her.
    I didn’t mean to go on so long when I started this but I’ll say it again, I’m so glad Miss Mooch found you.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Anne, she’s such a pretty cat, I’m glad you rescued her. How sad that people leaves the pets behind.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Miss Mooch is adorable! My daughter and her husband gained Ivan their cat pretty much the same way. How lucky is Miss Mooch.
    Hope you enjoyed the show. Quilts never look prettier than in the out of doors.

  • Anonymous - oh…..what a blessed kittie and how kind your heart is. I was woken up by my kittie who decided I had slept LONG enough. It was 6:30am, but how can you get angry at anything so cute. Hugs to you and your sweet little addition. XXX Annie from San DiegoReplyCancel

  • Mandi Pike - Knowing how you got Chelsea (you brought her to “Room with a Past” right after you got her!) and Bitty…I”m not surprized at all that you adopted her! She’s beautiful and I”m sure she fits right in with the pack. Have fun in OR and come see us at RWAP (in WC) when you get back!

  • GiantsPrincess (aka Nadine) - Miss Mooch is one lucky kitty! You are an angel to have adopted her.

    With the exception of my puggle, every pet I’ve ever had has been a rescue. We have the puggle, a grocery store special dog, and two cats from the SPCA.

    The puppy was 4 weeks and 4 pounds when we got her. She is now 1 year old and about 110 pounds! More than we bargained for but she’s a love.

    As for the cats. . .we promised the kids a kitten – as in ONE. When we got to the shelter they were having an “Adopt One – Get One Half Off”. Never one to pass up a bargain we ended up with two. LOL

    Have fun at your quilt show!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - Miss Mooch is a beautiful kitty. Bless her heart, she is so lucky to have found a loving home. And I am glad she is fitting into the pack. It breaks my heart that there are so many pets being left behind now. Maybe she will find her way into your patterns too (hint hint!!)ReplyCancel

  • mary - You have a precious tender heart. We have taken in and nursed to health so many strays that the whole neighborhood just brings them to us now. We are down to 1 dog, 1 hamster, 2 fish and an ant farm. Of course, we still have the 6 children, so the house is full :0) Our sweet Molly is allergic to cats or I’m sure we would have a few.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - What is happening across the country is truly sad and it impacts us on all level. Even down to the litlest kitten. Bless you for taking in Miss MoochReplyCancel

  • Crazy for Primitive Quilts & Gardens - Oh what a beautiful Cat!!! I am so glad you rescued her.ReplyCancel

  • Celaina - She’s a real beauty and a lucky little kitten-cat.ReplyCancel

  • ozjane - Miss Mooch is a very blessed cat.
    I hope she blesses you right back
    with all the love her little furry heart has to give.

    Miss Moggie says, how can a Mummy do that to a baby?..even one that jumps on furniture in desperation at 1.30 pm to drag slightly unwell Mummy out of sleep to feed her. She is not feeling insecure…little brat that last bit was just a feline confession in case it was needed.ReplyCancel

  • Peddlecar Quilts - Miss Mooch is beautiful and one lucky kitty to have someone like you in her life. I love cats, I grew up with them. Now I am married to a man who is VERY allergic to them even though he likes them! I mean, he stops breathing, so we have a dog instead. I miss them so much! I’m so happy she has found a happy home.

  • Becky from Tennessee - Anne, I, too, am an animal lover and have rescued many adorable kitties and doggies. We currently have 5 dogs and 3 cats….I must admit our home, at times, seems and smells more like a zoo but we don’t mind because we get to enjoy the love and antics of all our pets. I am so glad Miss Mooch found her way to you….I know she will be loved. Hugs, BeckyReplyCancel

  • Anita - It breaks my heart every time I think about someone leaving a pet. You truly are a special person and your animal friends are very lucky to be a part of your family.ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Anne,

    That’s such a wonderful story. I don’t see how you could resist adopting such a beautiful cat. But I totally understand. I already had a dog and three cats and had taken two cats to the vet when the assistant asked if I would be interested in adopting a feral kitten. The minute I saw that tiny black kitten I knew he had to come home with me. And so Lando Catrissian joined our family. We haven’t regretted it.

    I’m glad that Miss Mooch has become part of your pack.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - What a beautiful kitty! Reminds me of my Talula, same color. I miss her too, I’ve been up here in Oregon for the Sisters show too, we had back tomorrow. I was looking for you and Anne at the show or the shops, but I missed you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Anne,
    You have a kind heart :) and your dogs and cats are so lucky to have them cared for by you.
    Rebecka, Lincoln, NEReplyCancel

  • Sweet Cottage Dreams - Awwww, Ann, how wonderful to bring her home! You have a good heart and a beautiful addition to your family.


  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - How sleek and beautiful is that cat! I like cats too. But this time of year they don’t like me- shedding and then sneezing. I hope you have a very nice time.ReplyCancel

  • Mary's Cottage Quilts - Anne
    Miss Mooch is very lucky and you are so kind and dear to take in an animal in need.
    Hope you are having a great summer!

  • Rachael Rabbit - She is just so beautiful. I nominated you a little bloggie award – I hope you don’t mind.ReplyCancel

  • Autumn Moon - Thanks for taking in Miss Mooch. As an animal shelter volunteer, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!ReplyCancel

  • Quilty Girl - I’m an animal lover too and I think your new little kitty is cute as a button! Unfortunately, I’m allergic to kitties, but I take care of the doggies! We were just on vacation in Alaska for almost 2 weeks and I got so homesick for my baby (dog!). We are now reunited and all is well!ReplyCancel