In human families their are many interesting dynamics happening at the same time--parent child, brother sister, sister sister--all of which give each family its own unique mark. Feline "families" are no different. Each member of our furry family has developed his or her individual personality and blended them into our unique, special and irreplaceable family.
Halo and Paddy have their own mother/daughter bond that is truly a joy to observe. Human mothers can only hope to have that bond with their daughters--sharing and caring each other, having fun romps together, comforting each other, yet giving each other space to themselves.
Just as brothers and sisters sometimes don't want to associate with their siblings yet when they are apart miss them, Zoie and Paddy often sit and look for each other in their lonely moments. Zoie seems to miss Paddy when she's not around, perhaps because of her protective nature. And Paddy...well she's just looking for someone to play with!
Even through Sunnybud's macho exterior, he shows his affectionate side...even though it only comes in short splurts. I don't know if he sees me as a sister or mother, but I enjoy the bond that we've developed that makes him feel part of our family...even if he's not fully aware of his status as he leaves each morning for his outside adventures.
Sunny likes his independence but also likes someone to hug him, someone to feed him and maybe even someone to look up to...for more than food!
As the older sister in the brood, London was already set in her ways and was not always receptive to the new paws that suddenly appeared in her domain. She prefers to spend her days napping peacefully on a bedroom chair, getting highly perturbed if a little brown split-faced feline disturbs her. She looks forward to my husband's afternoon naps when she can crawl in the bed next to him for her own special bonding time.
Our furry family has its squabbles and each feline needs our daily attention attention. We have been very fortunate that our indoor "girls" have learned to respect each other's space as well as share their spaces. They have someone to look for when they are lonely and someone to look up to when they need comfort (or food!)
|And, of course, Halo takes her nap, dreaming of how lucky she is to have found her forever family. We know we are lucky to have found her...and her brother and sisters!|
HER SISTER, Book 7 in Karen's
SEARCH FOR LOVE series
USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.
Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.
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