Charlie may be 9 but there are times it is like living with a teenager. He thinks he's only a kitten and runs around, plays with his toys (Culpeper's catnip fish are a favourite) and generally makes a noise. He's not without his problems, and has just been diagnosed with quite bad arthritis in his back hips. A fussy eater, what was good yesterday is not good today; roast chicken must be fresh from the oven; parma ham in moderation and fish from the chip shop once in a while is a delicacy. We've tried most food ranges! Hiding his current range of meds in his food is a challenge - in fairness I'd not want to swallow the big pill he takes either. The super tasty (according to the vet - how does he know?) Gomega, which is Omega 3 for cats is definitely 'No-Gomega'. In fact if it says on the packet that it's pallatable, Charlie will prove otherwise. Favourite food: roast chicken; Favourite bed: ours; Favourite drink: skimmed milk, the cat milk does not cut the mustard.
His elder brother, by 9 months is Teddy. Not sure if they are genetically related but they've been together since the beginning. Teddy is the opposite to Charlie; won't sit on your lap (too risky), won't meet visitors (what's their motive?), won't come out of his box for the vet (have you seen where he puts the thermometer?) but is, after 2 years finally finding his voice. A huge bundle of fur, he leaves his mark wherever he goes. Visitors adore him, he does not adore them and spends most of his time under our bed, well hidden. Favourite food: anything; Favourite bed: up the side of the bed in the guest room, feet on the radiator keeping warm; Favourite drink: Charlie's milk.
Teddy, presumably named after a teddy bear as he's a bundle of fur, would have been better named Aslan as he has the most wonderful mane like ruff. He is devoted to Charlie and sits with him when Charlie's under the weather, washes him when he stands still long enough and generally tries to keep Charlie under control. Charlie however is devoted only to himself. Surely he was named 'Cheeky Charlie'?
Then there's my better half, but he put 'X for no publicity' on our marriage certificate so will have to remain a mystery. He is a red head though!
Our two merry moggies came from a local animal sanctuary. I'd spotted them on their rehoming website and went to see them. After a false start when we were nearly talked into having some other cats, these two came home. They've not looked back since, although sometimes feel the staff are not really up to the job.
Holly Hedge animal sanctuary is, like most I'm sure, always in need of funds. We help where we can but I have listed some of my work on Folksy, Misi and Etsy in aid of Holly Hedge. Do take a look. I am also taking part in North Somerset Arts Week from 1st to 10th May 2009, sharing my studio and display space with a ceramicist. Together we will be giving 10% of our sales to Holly Hedge, with some items being 100% donated sales as well as offering teas, coffees and home made cakes again in aid of Holly Hedge. If you are in the area do come and see us - I'm hoping Charlie and Teddy will meet and greet visitors (but am expecting them to fall asleep on the job). If you'd like more information on Holly Hedge animal sanctuary, have a look at www.hollyhedge.org.uk .
Asleep ...... Awake ....... Asleep!