Thursday, September 16, 2010

We have a new family member…

Rew is 4 years old. He has sucked his finger since he was 4 months. I have tried EVERYTHING to get him to stop nothing worked, UNTIL last weekend that is.  Last weekend we went to the pet store to get some supplies and show Monkey all the animals.  (we haven’t been to this particular pet store in awhile, it’s one that has animals in it)  Well they host a few animal shelter animals. As my husband was playing with some tiny kittens in a top cage An older kitten grabbed Andrew’s pant leg from the bottom cage and started playing with him. It was so cute how they interacted and Rew declared he needed a kitty to be his friend while Bub’s at school. We not wanting to add to the menagerie or deal with the insane adoption process of this particular shelter (seriously it would be easier to adopt a child) told him only IF or when he stopped sucking his finger would he be big enough to handle the responsibility of his own kitty. He came home wrapped transformer band aids around his index fingers and went all day without sucking them. Then all night as well. That shocked us. I figured at night he would relapse as you don’t realize what you’re doing in your sleep. Oh no he wanted his kitty soooo bad that he clutched his blanky in his balled up fists and tucked them between his chin and chest. I checked on him thru the night when I got up with the baby and he stayed that way all night. That is some SERIOUS will power.  My husband decided that such will power deserved immediate reward so the next morning we headed to an animal shelter to begin our search for Rew’s friend. We did not just want to go grab a kitten we wanted to find Andrew’s buddy. At the first shelter we stopped at the coolest kitten chose Rew.  From the minute we walked into the cat room he followed Rew occasionally meowing and always trying to get his attention. After 10 minutes of playing on the floor with several kittens Rew stood up and pronounced the “shadow” as trhe one saying “this is him, this my friend kitty”.   So we adopted the little grey and white tabby with beautifully unique markings ( I was so happy he didn’t pick some strange looking alley cat) When we got to the car Rew put on his orange collar and announced his kitty’s fave color was also orange just like him.


The kitten insisted on riding with his boy

        yoshikeys                                   yoshisnug

And Rew  shared his blanky and they snuggled. At the end of the 45 minute ride home Rew announced his friend kitty’s name is Yoshi !

Here is a pic of the perfect cirlce on his side . There is one on the other side too!! He is so cool looking I love his markings !!




Yoshi does indeed keep him company while Bubs at school. They spend hours in the bean bag chairs playing the Nintendo DS.


They are inseparable. They sleep together, (Yoshi has an orange blanket on Rew’s bed) play together and Yoshi shadows him everywhere.  Yoshi hangs out in the boys room with Rew instead of insisting on being in the living room like I was afraid he would. They truly are buddies. Yesterday I went in the bathroom and as Rew hopped off the potty Yoshi came out of the covered litter box. I had to laugh. They really do everything together. Rew still has not sucked his finger in almost a week!!  He is totally responsible for feeding and watering Yoshi and does an excellent job of it. I am soooo proud !!

So there is the scoop on our new family member and the story of how I FINALLY got Rew to stop sucking his finger !!




Life in Rehab said...

Oh my goodness, I'm tearing up like crazy! What a sweet and wonderful story. Yay for Yoshi and Rew, and I'm so glad you saved a shelter kitteh and made him part of the family.

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