From Cindy Cicchett - 23 Dec 2010
I apologize for the lack of pictures - after locating our camera, now it does not want to upload to our computer. Something else we will have to fix after the holidays! Anyhow, I wanted to send you an update on how Louie is doing in his new home. I cannot believe he has been with us for almost a month!
Louie had a restful and luxurious stay in our bedroom for the first two weeks - pampered and showered with attention by the two kids (10 & 13) who turned our door into a revolving door. The resident housemate, a 166 pound Newfoundland named Belvedere, took up his post outside of Louie's door - ever watchful for intruders and an occasional glimpse of the new guest. Introductions started slowly, but by the end of the two weeks, Louie was taking carefully supervised visits around the house and the canine member of the family. After a day or two, Belvedere realized that this new creature was here to stay and that no one was going to take him away from us.
While I wouldn't call the two best friends just yet, they are quite tolerant of each other and I dare say I have seen a couple of nose touches and licks exchanged between them. Louie keeps the dog in line and occasionally bats the large head 5-10 times with his paw (no claws extended though, which is nice). If Belvedere is sleeping, Louie sneaks over to have a look and a sniff and then goes to lay down not far away. With time, they may grow to really like each other.
Belvedere has always been "my dog", following me around and laying at my feet whenever I sit down. He loves the kids and the husband, but since I provide most of the "care", he tends to gravitate to me. For some reason, Louie is also doing the same. Both greet me at the door when I come home from anywhere, both follow me room to room, and both lay down close to me when I stop long enough for them to do so. Louie slept on my pillow in bed with me the first 2 weeks while in residence in the bedroom. I thought that would end once he had free reign of the house, but no - he continues to crawl into bed when I do, curled up on my body pillow or on my arm with his head tucked under my chin or pressed up against my face. He sleeps this way all night long and even follows me if I get up in the night, coming back when I do and going back to sleep. He likes to lounge in the morning and give me dirty looks as I try to pry him off my body so I can get up - he is a character!
I want to thank you all for taking such good care of Louie. He is truly a unique and special cat who seems to be a perfect fit for our family. Thank you again and I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday. I hope the new year brings many good homes to the other residents of AnimalKind.
December 23, 2010.