1. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Good evening, L&LL,

    Rusty (GA) knows that a house is not a home without a cat, so he has "sent" us Gus. Gus, a civvie, is 10 years old, a DLH (certainly with Maine Coon or Norwegian Forest accents), medium-large, overweight at 13.5 lbs., friendly, and he loves his new home. We brought him home on Wednesday. He was in a shelter in central Vermont and we picked him up on our way home from New York City. He had been at the shelter since August, when the family that had adopted him 4 years ago returned him because they had a new baby (!). We wondered if he would travel well. He was great! 4+ hours in the car including a crossing of icy and windy Lake Champlain on a ferry. Never a complaint and alert the whole time. Once in the house he explored: dashed around, galloped up and down the stairs. We had been told that Gus was placid and liked to spend his time sleeping (he was in an open-condo room with other cats). Here he is active and enjoys playing with Rusty's and Stu's toys, especially the "Big Bug" ("Cat Dancer"). We are thrilled that things turned out so well. I am going to study Dr. Pierson's chapter on obesity and figure out a nutrition plan for Gus. In the shelter he got kibble, but they told us he liked wet food. So I bought some cans of Fancy Feast Turkey & Giblets and he loves it. He turned up his nose at RAWZ turkey, however. Maybe he'll come around, but for now T&G is on the menu (with some Paw Lickin' Chicken and freeze-dried chicken treats as variety).
    Here's his picture. We think he is very handsome, and his fluffy coat is beautiful. He does have weepy eyes, and the shelter vet suggested that he should have a dental in the near future. But otherwise he is healthy, up to date on all shots, has an ID chip, and is ready for his new life with Edward and me.
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  2. Tracey&Jones (GA)

    Tracey&Jones (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on the new family member. Very handsome fellow.
     
  3. Susan&Felix

    Susan&Felix Well-Known Member

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    I'm crying. :joyful::joyful::joyful::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  4. Amanda and a Loudogg

    Amanda and a Loudogg Well-Known Member

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    I absolutely love it! I am SO happy you all found each other! He really is a dashing boy and it sounds like he's going to fit in just fine!
     
  5. MrWorfMen's Mom

    MrWorfMen's Mom Well-Known Member

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    What an awesomely handsome fella! Looks like he's settled right in and knows he's found his furrever home. Rusty chose well! :joyful:
     
  6. Olive & Paula

    Olive & Paula Well-Known Member

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    He is absolutely so gorgeous !!!! So happy for all of you. Stu and Rusty done well in showing you the way to him.

    Olive gives her paws of best wishes and a long happy life for all of you!!!!!!!!!

    How did you find him?
     
  7. majandra

    majandra Well-Known Member

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    What a beauty!
     
  8. Wendy&Neko

    Wendy&Neko Senior Member Moderator

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    Lucky Gus just fell in the proverbial tub of butter. :joyful::joyful::joyful::joyful: I highly approve of the black and white scheme. :kiss:

    Hugs to you and Edward, such a special time. Well done Rusty.:bighug:
     
  9. Bobbie And Bubba

    Bobbie And Bubba Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Gus! What a wonderful home you have landed in!

    Ella and Edward, he is quite handsome and I don't think he looks overweight at all! But, then I can't see the stuff under all that magnificent fur!

    Wishing you and Gus many years together!
     
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  10. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    He's a very handsome boy and a very lucky kitty to have found a home with you. :smuggrin:
     
  11. LizzieInTexas

    LizzieInTexas Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Gus :bighug::kiss::bighug:

    So very, very true.
     
  12. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

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    Very very handsome, so glad he found he you guys!
     
  13. Joanne&TinySole

    Joanne&TinySole Well-Known Member

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    What a handsome fellow and a great addition to your home!!! It's great that you have one another!❤
     
  14. Mandarin'sMom

    Mandarin'sMom Well-Known Member

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    That's so wonderful that you decided to give a senior cat a loving forever home! So happy for Gus and for you! :joyful:
     
  15. Bron and Sheba (GA)

    Bron and Sheba (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Ella! I am so happy for you, Edward and Gus:bighug:
    He is a lucky boy indeed to have found you. Well done Rusty!!!
    He is very handsome and it sounds like he is already settling in well.....I'm sure he knows he's hit the jackpot:D
    Wishing you many happy years together.
    Bron
     
  16. Sue and Luci

    Sue and Luci Well-Known Member

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    Oh how absolutely wonderful! Beautiful cat!!! And beautiful people that he's found as his furever beans! You guys are so lucky to have found such a lovable beauty...and apparently so easily adaptive to his new home. He's a real dollbaby! Please share some more pics with us? I know we're all here about FD kitties...but civvies are:bighug::bighug::bighug: so welcome - especially when they're in the loving care of an FD family :) :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  17. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    We did a search on PetFinder for "Maine Coon" within 130 miles. There was a gorgeous black Maine Coon at this shelter, but she was an adolescent, who had been found in a Havaheart trap. We thought she would be too young for seniors like us, but in any event she was adopted right away. So I looked at the photos of other cats in the shelter and Gus's picture "spoke" to me (his name was "Fry", but we changed it). We contacted the shelter about 2 weeks ago, went down there to see him last week, and signed the adoption papers.
     
  18. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Actually he is about 3 or 4 shades of mottled brown on top and on tail; white on face, ruff, and belly. There may be some black in there, too!
     
  19. JoyBee&Ravan

    JoyBee&Ravan Well-Known Member

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    Always Happy to hear about a Senior Kitty be given a Wonderful home! He's beautiful & very lucky to be adopted by you!:p
     
  20. Susan&Felix

    Susan&Felix Well-Known Member

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    I'd been trying to decide whether Gus was black and white or gray and white. This calls for more photos!
     
  21. Judy and Boomer

    Judy and Boomer Well-Known Member

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    I'm so happy for you and Edward! And especially happy for Gus who now has a wonderful family!
    He is such a handsome boy!
     
  22. Chubba (GA)

    Chubba (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your new addition. Gus is beautiful and so very lucky.
     
  23. Crista & Ming

    Crista & Ming Well-Known Member

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    Gus is beautiful! And how lucky for all of you to meet :)
     
  24. Erin & Scott

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    Beautiful boy! Reminds me a bit of our civvie Shaddie.
     
  25. nslade001

    nslade001 Well-Known Member

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    Oh he's gorgeous! Have a wonderful time learning about each other :)
     
  26. Chris & China (GA)

    Chris & China (GA) Well-Known Member

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    How wonderful that Gus found his new furrever home....He couldn't have picked better hoomins!!!

    I had been wondering how long you were going to go cat-less.....I was thinking just a few days ago that I bet you wouldn't be without a furry family member too long.

    Congratulations Gus!! You hit the kitty lottery!! Welcome HOME!!
     
  27. Marje and Gracie

    Marje and Gracie Senior Member Moderator

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    Congratulations! How fantastic for you all but especially Gus....which you will remember is a name we are partial to!

    We are so happy for you all!:bighug::bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  28. Amina&M'row

    Amina&M'row Member

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    What a gorgeous, beautiful purrlicious hunk of a kitty. My kitty M'row (Maine Coon cross) also agrees, and says Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest kitties are just awesome. Congratulations and much joy to you.
     
  29. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations! Oh, he is so handsome, and what a lucky kitty!! I hope you post with updates often!!!

    We just adopted two 5 month old kittens last weekend ourselves: Holly (the black one), and Ivy (the tabby). We had a very rough fall - we lost two of our beloved kitties, Frankie and Noah, just one week apart. That left our civvie, Zen, all alone for the first time in his life. He was seeming very lonely, so even though we beans weren't quite ready, we did decide to adopt some kittens to keep him company. He hasn't met them face-to-face yet, but we've been playing under the door and doing "space swaps" so he can adjust to their scent, and so far he seems pretty pleased with the new additions. It is a sad-yet-happy time...the kittens are so energetic and joyful, but we do miss Noah and Frankie terribly.

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  30. Kris & Teasel

    Kris & Teasel Well-Known Member

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    Lovely kittens!
     
  31. Dyana

    Dyana Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Home to your magnificent Gus [​IMG]
    He might just lose weight running around your big house.
    Thank you, Rusty and Stu :bighug:
     
  32. Bronx's dad (GA)

    Bronx's dad (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Gus just became the luckiest kitty ever to be in such a special home :)
     
  33. Ti-Mousse

    Ti-Mousse Well-Known Member

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    Two kitties that will have a happy life!
     
  34. Pamela & Amethyst

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  35. Ti-Mousse

    Ti-Mousse Well-Known Member

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    Welcome little Gus, what a handsome guy !! I'm so happy for both of you. Mama is going to be busy brushing this beautiful coat ! :bighug:
     
  36. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on your handsome new fur boy!!! He hit the lottery with you and Edward!
     
  37. Shoeskitty-GA

    Shoeskitty-GA Well-Known Member

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    Congrats Amy!!! They are beautiful!
     
  38. carfurby

    carfurby Well-Known Member

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    What a handsome kitty. Gus is lucky to have you. I'm so happy for you.

    @Amy&TrixieCat I'm so sorry about Frankie and Noah. I hope the new additions bring you much joy. Sending prayers. :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  39. Amy&TrixieCat

    Amy&TrixieCat Well-Known Member

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  40. Josie & Ripley (GA)

    Josie & Ripley (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Welcome home, Gus! He’s a cutie. Congratulations!!
     
  41. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Your Gus was a moviestar! Such a fine kitty! Thanks, Marje.
     
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  42. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Amy, those two kittens are so cute, and I'm sure that Zen will enjoy being a "role model". We wish you and your fur babies all the best. I think Frankie and Noah would be pleased, and of course Trixie!:)
    :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
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  43. Rosie & Bailey

    Rosie & Bailey Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations on the new addition to your family! He's a beautiful kitty!
     
  44. Tucker

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    Welcome Gus! As they say down in Aus "Your bum sure landed in the butta!". xx
     
  45. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

    Ann & Maggie11 (GA) Well-Known Member

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    I just knew in time you and Edward would adopt, and be adopted by some very lucky kitty. Gus is so gorgeous and such a sweet face. Great he is taking to the FF Turkey & Giblets. That was always Maggie's favorite. Welcome Gus! :bighug::bighug::bighug:
     
  46. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Hi Ann, Great to hear from you. How's Katie doing?
     
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  47. Jill & Scooter

    Jill & Scooter Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations Gus on your wonderful new home!
    Congratulations Ella and Edward on your ver handsome boy! It sounds like he knew immediately that he was home.
     
  48. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Awwww!!! Why am I just now seeing this! Welcome home Gus!!!! Gosh you look like a certain extra sweet little old man sleeping beside me!

    HUGS Ella and Edward!!! Good job Rusty and Stu!!! WOOT WOOT - YARD DANCE!
     
  49. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    OMG! How neat! Hi Lyresa. Happy New Year to you and DH and to Doc and all the Fuzzy Feetz.
     
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  50. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

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    He's even the same colors! Just awwww....

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  51. Michelle and Mannie (GA)

    Michelle and Mannie (GA) Well-Known Member

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    BEST. NEWS. EVER!

    Welcome to your new furever home Gus. You have landed in a very wonderful place, your new beans are extraordinary. Good luck and tasty eating as you explore your new fuds. T&G is one of Bug's favorites here. He highly approves. Enjoy yur new digs. I hear there are really cool things there, and well.... just wait until you see Camp Stu! WELCOME HOME GUS!

    So so glad you have adopted a new kitty. He is gorgeous!
     
  52. Ann & Maggie11 (GA)

    Ann & Maggie11 (GA) Well-Known Member

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    "Hi Ann, Great to hear from you. How's Katie doing?"

    Hi Ella,
    Katie girl and I are both doing well. We look forward to hearing more about Gus. So happy for you.
     
  53. Sandy and Black Kitty

    Sandy and Black Kitty Well-Known Member

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    Handsome fellow!
    He looks right at home :)
     
  54. HWright

    HWright Well-Known Member

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    Awwwwww and happy days, Ella, Edward and Gus❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ and big cheers for Rusty to divine and bring you and Gus together.
    Gus, you are absolutely gorgeous and a totally cool fellow. Can’t wait to hear about your treks together to camp Stu and the big city! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
     
  55. Squalliesmom

    Squalliesmom Well-Known Member

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    Welcome, Gus! You are a very lucky kitty to have such a wonderful furrever home!

    Ella, he is just gorgeous. I’m so happy for you and Edward. I pray you and Gus have many, many long and loving years together!

    (Thanks, Rusty!;))

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  56. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

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    He’s just so handsome
     
  57. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, everyone.
    Gus has been here a week and is doing great. He loves to play and has tons of energy. He takes the stairs 2 and 3 at a time! Tomorrow will be a weigh day. I've been feeding FF T&G, which he likes (2 1/2 small 3-oz.cans a day). He didn't care for Paw Lickin' Chicken, so I stopped feeding it for a while. I'll be curious to see tomorrow if he has lost any weight--hopefully we are proceeding with his diet at a safe rate. He got kibble at the shelter, 2 cups a day.
    He likes all of his beds and his cube. He sleeps with us at night and doesn't even stir. He is so quiet, we don't even realize that he is there half the time. He is a fine kitty.
     
  58. PussCatPrince - GA

    PussCatPrince - GA Well-Known Member

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    Gus. You are rather splendid.
     
  59. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

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  60. Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA)

    Ella & Rusty & Stu(GA) Well-Known Member

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    Hi Lyresa @Squeaky and KT (GA),
    I don't have too many pictures yet: he's too active! Here are two taken in the last week. Gus lost 4 ounces last week (right on track, according to Dr. Pierson). Curious to see where he will be this week. He loves food! Hi to Doc, Gus's twin!!
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  61. Squeaky and KT (GA)

    Squeaky and KT (GA) Well-Known Member

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    Oh good golly he looks so much like Doc. Awwww.....Hi Mr. Handsome!
     
  62. Bellasmom

    Bellasmom Well-Known Member

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    So handsome
     

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