Monday, February 27, 2012

Welcome to the new addition

When we lost Sadie, many of you out there suggested adopting another cat.  We hesitated with that decision as there will never be another Sadie, but we did see the value of saving another kitty from a bad fate.

That Saturday, Joey and I stopped by the local PetCo to pick up some dog biscuits for Jesse.  That was where we met Spongy.

Spongy was born last June and got separated from her Mom as a consequence of Hurricane Irene.  Spongy was found as a kitten, wandering around Long Beach Island, NJ by a man selling ice cream - Sponge Bob ice cream bars, hence her name.

The man who told us about Spongy was affiliated with Cattitude, NJ, a pet adoption organization that rescues cats and dogs. He said that Spongy was in a foster home longer than most kittens, as people seemed to be hesitant about giving a black cat a home. I guess there are a lot of superstitious folks out there.  Well, that sealed the deal for me!  Spongy, who is now seven months old, officially became a member of the W2LJ household this past Thursday.  After a day of being scared and hiding behind furniture or down in the basement, Spongy found her courage and now walks around the house like she owns it.  She's not even scared of Jesse anymore. She is a sweetheart and is quite the purr machine who loves to be petted and scratched behind her ears. And does she love chasing the red dot from a laser pointer!

Spongy with Cara

Thanks to all of you out there who sent notes and comments during a bad time - they are appreciated more than you will ever know.  Our home feels just a little bit more "whole" now, and although it will never be the same without Sadie, I think she would have approved of us saving one of her feline sisters from being homeless or worse.

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


  1. Anonymous2:14 AM

    Larry - I took in a stray black kitty about a year ago and surprised myself by how attached I've become to her.

    May Spongy give you lots of fun and happy times!


  2. Hello Larry, I did read your blog posts about the cats. And I can imagine your sorrow. I had a cat named Sjimmie who was with me more then 15 years, he died in 2010. Sjimmie did look like Spongy only he had white feet. Luckely we have 2 cats more one is 15 years and the other is 13 years of age. Really enjoy them, although they are not as lively anymore. 73, Bas

  3. congratulations on the new addition Larry!

  4. Hi Larry:
    Congratulations on your new addition to the family!

    Just make sure that any treats/food you give your pets is not made in China. Some of that stuff may contain nasty ingredients.

    Enjoy your critters,

    73 dans Amir K9CHP

  5. Anonymous10:54 PM

    From a guy that has 3 black cats, I am glad your new kitty picked your family to live with. They are special. de Paul Smith N0NBD

  6. Congrats on your new friend. Had to put down my 15 year old cat named Kona a few months ago after he got feline dimentia and could no longer find his box. It was very hard to do. I am still not quite ready to get another but hearing you've done so has encouraged me to try harder to move on also. Thanks. 73, WB0OEW.

  7. Anonymous7:55 PM

    Black cats make capable QRP work bench and operator assistants.

    Go Spongy


  8. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Black cats make capable QRP workbench and field operation assistants.
    Go Spngy!

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