Though Delilah was born in November, it wasn’t until January that my husband and I adopted her. She was actually a Christmas gift from my husband (then fiancé) and his parents. Christmas 2011, I opened the best Christmas card I’ve ever gotten…
Here is a collage of photos from the very first day we adopted Delilah, one of the best days ever.
Right from the start, Delilah was nothing but love. I was finishing up my last year of college at the time, and whenever I would head to class in the morning, I would leave Delilah curled up in one of my fleecy blankets. And when I got home in the afternoon, she would be exactly where I left her. She still has that same fleecy blanket, and to this day, she loves to cuddle up on it. I can put that blanket anywhere in the house, and Delilah will find it and sleep on it.
Though she would spend her days cuddled in her blankie, she spent her nights curled up on my chest, cuddled into my neck. That was how I went to sleep every night. Now that she is much bigger, she has graduated to sleeping above my head on my pillow, with one of her paws in my hand.
Delilah was miffed at us for a few weeks, but she immediately fell in love with Sampson. Right from the start, those two were inseparable (even though Delilah was mad at us… go figure!). If they weren’t cuddling together, they were wrestling or giving each other baths. There was never one without the other. You wouldn’t believe how many photos I have of those two cuddling together. I could fill an entire post with them! And they are still that way. Though their attentions are now spread more with all of the other kitties in the house, those two still share a very special bond.
I am planning on going into more detail about all of this in a later post, but the short story is that we had a corrective surgery done on Deli’s right back leg, as it was worse than her left one. The recovery period was rough – three weeks of keeping her from jumping. Any cat owner knows that is a near impossible task. Well, at this point in time, we had only had Sophie for a couple of months. Delilah tolerated Sophie, but she certainly didn’t go out of her way to play or be sweet with her. It was during Delilah’s three week recovery period that she and Sophie bonded. While Delilah would spend her days sleeping on our bed, Sophie would be right there beside her, keeping her company and comforting her.
[For those who are wondering, Delilah’s knees are doing okay. The surgery wasn’t 100% effective, so she still struggles sometimes (though not early as much as she did before surgery), and she has some arthritis, but we manage it with different supplements.]
So the next family addition that Delilah has seen is… Caster. The two of them have an interesting dynamic. Caster LOVES to antagonize Big Sister Deli. And Big Sister Deli makes herself an easy target. I think she not-so-secretly enjoys it. I’ve caught her sneaking up on Caster, whacking him with her paw, and then running away. This naturally causes Caster to chase her, which is one of her favorite games. So while I don’t have any sweet cuddly photos of Delilah and Caster, I have plenty of photos of them in mid “battle.”
We love you to the moon and back.
Mommy, Daddy, Sampy, Sophie, Caster, and even Sassy
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