So I am pretty deeply in love with my two beautiful long-haired, bottom-of-the-barrel shelter cats. On paper, these two were considered "difficult to adopt" because they had three strikes against them. [1] They were a bonded pair that needed to be adopted out together since they are brothers and being together was all they had ever known; [2] They are FIV+ (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) which sounds harsh but generally means they live a happy, healthy life but are simply more prone to colds and respiratory infections. In reality they just sneeze every once in a while and sometimes snore at night, both of which I find adorable and endearing; [3] They are relatively older cats at almost eight spry years of age. Their 8th birthday happens to be their golden birthday on April 8th. Some may also throw in a [4]th strike since Godfrey is lacking a left eye and a tail but a true cat lover knows these inconveniences are just small details.

Now given everything these little guys have stacked up against them, you would expect a pair of decrepit fur mounds withering away in agony but this is far from the truth for Godfrey and Donovan. See for yourself.


The cutest, pinkest nose I have ever had the privilege to Eskimo kiss.


These wise, old eyes always communicate a subtle ever-knowing intelligence that makes me wonder just how much we underestimate them.


A fierce look of determination captures Godfrey's primitive instincts.


Happiness is a warm sun patch...? Donovan seeks out a beam of sun and lets out a final yawn before retiring to his 6th nap of the day.


Godfrey nestles in for a much needed nap.


  1. I know I don't know you and I'm following your blog...but I HAVE to comment on this post that I LOVE it. I'm a die-hard cat supporter and find them such beautiful creatures. You have gorgeous cats (strikes and all).

  2. Thanks so much for the comment Jill. Cat lovers unite!

  3. oh my gosh! godfrey looks just like my cat eddie! i have never met another kitty who looks like him! so handsome! is he part maine coon?ia