Tuesday, April 30, 2013


So I think Eric is planning to write something with more substance, but I couldn't wait to post some adorable pictures of the newest addition to our home:
 Meet Assisi (also goes by Aziz, Ze, Zeze, Zez, etc.), a two-year old Maine coon mix. He is PRECIOUS, which you can obviously see in the picture above. Here are some more in case you aren't convinced.

On our first day together.
Fun Santa Fe fact: The city's full name is La Villa Real de la Santa Fé de San Francisco de Asís, or, in English, The Royal Town of the Holy Faith of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis was a nature and animal lover, which is why you always see him in bird water fountains. It seemed very fitting to name our first cat after the city where we adopted him!

Assisi was found on the street and brought to the Espanola Valley Humane Society. Unfortunately, they soon found out that he was FIV+. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, similar to HIV, and it's not necessarily fatal for cats. What it mostly does is compromise their immune system, so they need to be fed a healthy diet and should be indoor-only cats to avoid getting sick or fighting with other animals. FIV+ cats can live with FIV- cats as long as they don't fight (like in humans, the virus can be transmitted through blood), and in a crowded humane society it is too risky to have an FIV+ cat around.

Playing with a catnip toy my mom sent us - thanks, Mom!
Assisi was given to an organization called Felines & Friends, which places kitties in foster homes until they can be adopted. We contacted them saying that we were looking to adopt and the director suggested that we meet this cute orange and white Maine coon mix. It was basically love at first sight.

Eric and Assisi, my two favorite dudes.
I have met my share of awesome cats, and I have to say that this one is especially loveable. Within hours of meeting us and moving into our house, which I imagine would be a pretty unsettling experience, he was curled up on our laps and purring loudly while we watched the Nuggets game. (They lost, but with this cutie in our lives, we can't complain about too much.) Sometimes when he is napping he snores and it is the cutest thing we have ever seen/heard. He also wags his bushy tail just like a dog. Seriously so cute.

Tuckered out after a long day.
When he was brought into the shelter, his fur was pretty badly matted in some areas, so a lot of his fur had to be shaved off and is slowly growing back. He is already so cute (have I mentioned that yet?) and we can't wait to see what he looks like with a full coat.

So happy to be hanging out with our lil' kitty!
Post-nap kitty stretches!
This morning he woke us up by pouncing on our feet, and it was so adorable that we weren't even upset about missing half an hour of sleep. He may even do the impossible: turn Eric into a morning person.

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