was the first cat living with us ! My daughter Ines brought
her , when returning home from the school , she saw this sad
, skinny and dirty little
kitten in the street . The problem was ... " ... father
doesn't like cats !!! For me it was really
a surprise , I thought I didn't like cats ,
but when even the dog fell in love with her , how could I
feel otherwise ? She was charming as only cats can be , now
we know it , and after a couple of minutes playing with her
I was conquered
She was special , very special , at least
for me and my daugther Ines ! She was the Queen of the house
, but also the jolly fellow , playing , asking for attention
, or just staying nearby , staring at us . Beautiful in her
always clean grey , white and yellow " hair " , a bit chubby
, making special sounds , not the normal mewing , always
active , she was unique .
Unfortunately she died sometime ago .
the oldest cat at home
, after Kittie's
, full of life
and with beautifull blue eyes
. Noisy and
, I brouhgt
her home when I saw her in a pet shop
. She was the
last of her brood and supposedly
the ugliest , but for me and my son it was " love at first
sight " when we saw that little white
cat with dark brown head . We take her from the cage and she
just nestled in my son's arms . She was a gift to my wife ,
always grumbling " I want a cat only for me ! " .
Now as a "
senior " , she is an happy , and
healthy cat and we hope
with a long life ahead .
Xico or Fanchico * , his real name , is my cat and follows
me as a shadow when I'm at home . After Kitties death ,
Maggie was alone so my daughters thought that it was time to
find another cat for me and her ! So , one day when I
arrived home ... I had a reception commitee with a small
black cat ! He was realy small with very dark brown raised
hair a big tail and he had already a name , " Fanchico " !
He was already adapted , squeaking , playing with a toy and
studying is new home . His now almost 4 years old and he
grew becoming a big , 60 cm of lenght and heavy , 6 kg , cat
. Love and food is what he want . When we call him he comes
to us almost like a dog , rubbing his head on our legs and
mewing ! A small paper ball is his favourite toy ! I threw
the ball and he brings it to me again like a dog !
* The reason for the name is curious and I
loved it , because it means a lot to me . For years we spent
our summer holidays in Algarve , a 600 km and almost 10
hours of highways and small country roads trip . After 10
minutes travelling , my daughters and my son were already
asking us to eat , or asking " are we arriving ? " , " I
want ... " , etc . So I was the driver but also an
entertainer , telling stories , etc . The best of all
stories was Mrs Engracia's " loco " dog Fanchico !
Returning from lunch with a friend , we found
this wonderful puppy abandoned on the road side ! We stop
the car and she ran away , but when I called her , she just
jumped to my lap and slip his nose inside my coat . It was
love at first sight ! The first " pit stop " was home for a
snack and after a couple of minutes , the vet clinic to take
a bath and all medical care . Her first name was Astra ( my
daughters choice , a new model to my Opel collection :) ) ,
but my wife changed it to Zafira and later I've changed it
again to Safira , as she is a " gem " . Now after a month ,
we can say that she is a " wonder dog " , she love us all
and she is now a big " fan " of Chico and Magui ! These
pictures were taken after a bath and " hair care " so she
looks like a stuffed dog . Education is improving slowly but
steadily , pee and poo aren't perfect yet . She ate my
wife's pencil , later a pen and she loves also the computer
with all those small parts and wires ! With all this
interest for culture , she can get an academic degree in
just a couple of years !
Ataegina was found hiding under our car ! She was very sick
, weak and dirty . I remember her eyes closed with dirt and
pus . After a week her eyes were cleaned . Wonderful eyes !
She never recovered , even with all our attention and care
and died with FIV a month or so after we find her .
Unfortunately I haven't any pictures of Ataegina .