Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I usually try not to look at "Free to Good Home" signs for animals because they make me sad. But when I saw a sign for an 3 year-old orange tabby posted in our building at work, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I went back the next day and wrote down the phone number to ask about adopting Dobby.
Dobby belonged to a very nice guy who had rescued quite a few cats and was now in a situation where he could not keep them all. He had managed to find good homes for all of them except Dobby. He had rescued Dobby from someone who was going to take him to the pound, and was very worried that he wouldn't be able to find a home for him, so he was quite thankful when I called.
Dobby has lived with us since August of 2006. He was in pretty rough shape when he came to live with us. I think he was either very stressed or allergic to fleas. He had chewed off a lot of the hair on his hind legs, tail, and stomach, and even after he was flea-free, he kept doing it. The vet tried several things, but finally she put him on Elavil for a few months. It made him very groggy for a week or two, but he got used to it, and it worked! He has a beautiful coat now. My husband insisted that we keep his name since the poor guy had had too many different homes (we later found out that "Dobby" is the name of a house elf in the Harry Potter books).
Franklin liked Dobby right away, but Tasha growled at him for at least two weeks. Dobby is a big cat, and Tasha is not, but he was terrified of her at first. We had to feed him in the hallway because he wouldn't go near her. He soon found out that she was a big growler but wasn't going to back it up by actual fighting, so he calmed down - and she got used to him too. He still treats her with caution but every once in a while he will chase her around the house when he becomes justifiably tired of her bad attitude.
Dobby's favorite hobbies are sleeping on our bed - he is a very heavy sleeper - and playing with Franklin. He also likes FOOD. He seems to have learned somewhere that it's OK for cats to play, but only if no one can see them. We have rarely seen him playing with Franklin, but we can sure hear it! He doesn't like us to watch him playing with cat toys, but we can sometimes see him tossing toys in the air (we see the toys, not him!)
Dobby has beautiful markings. His big secret is that he has heart shaped markings on both his shoulders. He doesn't like the camera so has never let me take a decent photograph of them - the best I've been able to do is the photo below.