Saturday, August 17, 2013

Celebrating Black Cats


Black cats have a bad reputation. It is said that it is hard to find homes for black cats because of this. They are often associated with Friday the 13th, bad luck, and Halloween. We can assure you it is not true; they are not bad luck. We are blessed with two black cats.

In 2010, we rescued Grizelda & Chloe Jo at two days of age. At six weeks, we decided they were staying with us. They fit just right into our family. 
 
Baby Grizelda Zoe

  Baby Chloe Jo

They are totally opposite in every way. Grizelda is long-haired and very fluffy. An old soul, she is a "thinker". She is serious, cautious, and private. Grizelda is only social with those she knows well, like Mom & Dad.
 
Black Beauty
Grizelda at 2 1/2 years

Chloe Jo is short-haired and sleek. She is outgoing and impetuous. She loves everyone, and only wants to be loved back. Chloe Jo is our baby. She is always into something, and has a unique perspective.
 
Black Cutie
Chloe Jo at 2 1/2 years

Grizelda & Chloe Jo have always been close and remain that way still, though they love Maggie and Stella, too. They are mirror opposites, but we are blessed by both of these wonderful black cats. We love them and wouldn't have it any other way.
 
Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!
 

38 comments:

  1. We love black cats here - I'm almost black. M's first kitty was all black and he lived to be 18 years old and no bad luck ever happened to M and D. I sure wish people would get over that.

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    1. Thank you. I could not agree with you more. We are very thankful for Grizelda & Chloe Jo. We had another black cat, Wilbur. He was about 18 when crossed over the Bridge. He was a sweet boy!

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  2. I was adopted by a black abandoned kitten that someone unkind dropped off at our farm when no one was looking and she was the most friendly and loveable black cat.
    She love to fit in the smallest boxes or places. She purred loudly and loved to be vacuumed.
    She never was bad luck and live a long happy life with the two other adopted cats till cancer took her away from us. She would answer to the name of Kitty and it's the name stayed.

    Happy Black Cat Day to all the black cats.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. We love this story, Julia. Thank you. Hugs!

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  3. I had a black cat many many years ago. I loved her. Her name was Misty. She was my baby. She was beautiful. Long hair and a big fluffy tail. I had to put her outside when I became pregnant. Wasn't long after that, she got up under the hood of my car...Needlesstosay, she died a few weeks later. It was horrible. I love black cats, but never had another one. I think black cats get a bad rap. I don't believe they bring bad luck at all. And when I'm driving, I don't turn around and go another direction if one runs across the road. My grandmother always said that's what you're supposed to do.

    love the pics. Grizelda at 2-1/2 reminds me of Misty.

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    1. I am so sorry about Misty. That is horrific. I always remind people to check their cars for critters. Thanks for the comment on the pictures.

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  4. i like black cats. i like black dogs, too. :)

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    1. We do, too! My first dog, Velvet, was all black. We have had others that were mostly black. Stella is a bi-black!

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  5. I love that your cats have middle names! Both are so cute!

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    1. Thank you, Pat. Maggie & Stella also have middle names:
      Magnolia Pearl & Stella Belle. We love them all.

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  6. I love that such tiny, frail little girls grew up to be such healthy beauties, they have you and Bill to thank for that! I love it when siblings have the chance to grow up and spend their lives together too! That's why we kept both Gracie and Tiggy from their litter, they are also polar opposites. Tiggy is a great sister and takes care of her little sister Gracie who is a textbook scaredy cat, but so funny and cute! Our Chloe is a beautiful black cat, with a pure white undercoat, and she loves her daddy more than words can say! She drapes herself over his lap and arm every night when he sits down and meows at him if he forgets to keep petting her!
    Thanks for this great reminder of how special black cats are! It is so wrong to judge anyone or anything by outward appearances!

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    1. We have been blessed with other siblings. In this litter, they were the only two that are all black. Grizelda & Chloe Jo are blessings to us.

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  7. The last cat I had was black and she was the very best cat ever. The very best.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. I hope you do a story on her sometime! Thanks, Sandee.

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  8. PS - You sure have some pretty quilts for the furkids to snuggle on!

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  9. Black cats are wonderful! We've had some, too. Our last one, Badlands Blackie, was named for the bad guy in a Three Stooges episode. He was only 11 when cancer got him, but we still have his sister.

    It's sad, but our rescue does have trouble finding enough homes for solid black and black and white cats. In Japan, they are good luck, but here, it's not so, and it makes me sad.

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    1. I love that name! Funny! We had a Tuxedo named Sam. She lived to be 19. We have had all colours, and love them all. Thanks, Mimi.

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  10. I always thought they were supposed to be lucky, not unlucky. Or does it depend on whether they cross your path from left to right, or right to left? I don't know, but your black cats look adorable and you are definitely fortunate to have found each other. :-)

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    1. I wish everyone thought they are lucky! The Girls cross our paths all of the time, from every direction...we encourage it! Thanks, Kirsten.

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  11. Oh what beautiful girls. Mommy loves black kitties and has had some.

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    1. Thank you. We think they are special. ~xo~

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  12. Grizelda and Chloe Jo are both so beautiful! Thank you for rescuing these amazing house panthers, and for loving them so.

    Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

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    1. Thank you. We do love them. I wish all house panthers could be rescued. Hugs.

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  13. I've always had black cats and have adored every one of them. Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day!

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  14. They are nice looking cats. Happy Black Cat Appreciation Day! I like black cats too. There used to be a litter of black strays in my neighborhood and they would always cross our paths, but we never got any bad luck from them. We only got good luck, when one of the black cats had babies with one of our cats and we got some black mixed colored babies!
    : )

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    1. Thanks, Joseph. I know you love cats.

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  15. Mine too is black and she brings joy to me:)

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    1. I am happy to hear that. I'm sure its mutual, too.

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  16. I've never thought about that, but I don't think I know anyone who owns a black cat! Mine is striped gray and black.

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    1. Wow! That is a surprise. Thanks, Terri.

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  17. Well said, Annie. Your abilities to rescue young animals is a gift and getting Chloe and Griz was the icing on the cake. I don't believe in the mumbo jumbo about black cats and bad luck. Human imaginations are always creating problems for animals ... A black cat is as beautiful and loving as any cat and any one would be lucky to own one ... as you well know. Love you babies ... all of them.

    Andrea

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    1. Our Girls are blessings. They rescued us. Thank you, Andrea.

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  18. First I've heard of this, Ann. So cool. My black cat, Missy, will love hearing about this...we'll have to have a delayed celebration. :)

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