|Ruby at 8 weeks|
This was one of the first photos I shared with you when Ruby the kitten came home to us from the Cats Protection rescue shelter in December last year.
Exactly a year ago, to be precise. We had seen her on the Sunday and fallen in love - and Ruby had flung herself into my arms and made it clear that she thought I was hers and that was that!
|Ruby and Charlie when she first arrived|
So a year ago today, we went back to the shelter to collect her. She was yelling her head off as we approached but that stopped as soon as I picked her up and she was where she wanted to be. She came back home with us and settled in straight away, no hesitation, no doubt. She soon had Charlie wrapped round her little paws - where he's stayed ever since. Though they do occasionally have mad chases all around the house - it sounds like a major storm as the result of Charlie's size. And if he catches her and jumps on her, from the hissing and spitting and yelling she puts out, you'd think she was being murdered when the truth is that all he wants to do is to lick her face.
She likes to be up high and in the garden she climbs as high as she can in the apple trees and then stays there. looking down on Charlie who is not a climber, being such a big boy.
|Ruby one year on|
She as real 'lap cat' and spends long happy hours curled up on my lap, or across my knees on a blanket when I'm watching TV or reading. And then when bedtime arrives, she knows that we go upstairs for 'snuggles' and curls up on my feet for most of the night. In fact she has quite a good vocabulary for a cat - knowing just what outside. teatime, blankie (for the blanket), treats and snuggles.
We're so glad she came to live here, helping to fill the large empty hole where poor beautiful Flora had been, and even Charlie is quite happy to have his adopted 'sister' in his life. But then, Ruby would say that of course that's how it was always meant to be - and it's why she chose me to give her her forever home.
Happy anniversary Ruby!