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Trying to get approved to meet this cat turned into a quest of greater proportion than we had ever dreamed of! From what I understand, most people tend to just walk into a shelter and walk out with a cat, which feels pretty ideal. What're your pet-getting stories? Nice and easy? Horror-story? We're still deciding whether or not to adopt this bitey little gal. 

Petfinder.com is an awesome resource, but it feels weird ... it's like a singles dating website that lonely cats and dogs use to meet each other. There's all these sleazy old cats pretending to be a young cute dogs so they can troll for ... what was I talking about? Anyway, owners looking for pets just feels like another incidental use of it. 

We'll be at TCAF this year! You can see us under "O" and "P" respectively on the exhibitor list. There's a really stellar lineup this year, and we hope you can make it! Come say hi, we'll have things. 

The eBay auction ends tomorrow! PaleontoLOLgy tees are back in stock! And there's a new ink test in the store: 

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For those of you that HAVE ordered, we're shipping a little slow because of the MLK holiday here in the states! Just a heads up. 

Also, any interest in a Johnny Wander book? Nothing to get excited about just yet, but I like to ask so I can start doing research. The first volume would be a compilation of autobio comics and some fun extras. Let us know! 

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Kitties!

Comment by Coley (not verified) Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:18

I got my cat Cara when I was 13, for my birthday. My mom didn't want it, but my stepfather decided to convince her and get it for me. At that point, I was just happy to get a cat at all, no matter what it was like. Then I met Cara, the cat he had brought for me. She's an orange kitty with spots and big yellow eyes, and the most annoying attitude ever. She didn't like me, or anyone for that matter and was definitely what you would call independent. She had just started to warm up to me when she got out the first time and got pregnant. We raised the kittens and gave them up to good homes.
By then, she seemed a whole lot nicer and we were becoming friends. Me, being so young at the time didn't really know about spaying, and my mom didn't bring her to the vet so within months of giving away the babies she was preggers again.
Finally we got her spayed after that, and she has settled now to where we are inseparable and even have our own kitty language. I wouldn't trade her for anything.

Rescues can be difficult to work with

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 00:50

I know what you mean about petfinder and rescue organizations. My partner and I are in the process of adopting a northern breed dog. We checked local rescues, but didn't find a good fit for us. Petfinder listed some adoptables that were across the border. So we applied for a dog from there, unfortunately rescues are reluctant to adopt across the border, and even across state lines. They suggested we apply to the local equivalent of their organization anyway. If there are no suitable dogs within a reasonable distance, then we may be able to work with them, after the local rescue has approved us. It's a long process.

Now I'd be okay with applying and home visits since it helps screen out people who aren't serious about adopting and caring for a pet. However the whole process (especially in our case) seems so convoluted and slow that it's almost easier to talk to a breeder. We want to adopt but it's a disheartening process.

From a rescuer's point of view.

Comment by Thaily (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 08:17

The only breeders that are easier to talk to than shelter people are backyard breeders. A good breeder will be at least as discerning about who they sell their dogs to as a good shelter is.
And if you buy an animal from a pet store you're not rescuing it, you're buying it. And it will be replaced by some other poor unfortunate creature (in)bred wholesale for the next sucker who comes along.
I rescue and foster animals on occasion and it's really tempting to buy an animal's freedom from a shitty breeder, store or owner, but really, you're just rewarding them for being shitty and it does nothing for animal welfare in the long run.

And as someone who has rehomed animals, it can be very scary to hand over an animal to someone who is essentially a complete stranger. People can act very nice for 20 minutes, but you never know if they'll really be good to the animal they want to adopt. They could mistreat them, not just out of malice, but out of ignorance too. And I think every rescuer has at least a couple of stories if people who got into trouble because they wouldn't listen to advice in regards to individual animals. Like people in flats with small children who insist on getting a sled dog >_>

The forms, house visits and waiting periods are just an attempt to filter out these people, it's nothing personal! And how much is 3 months of paperwork and waiting on the 15-odd years the cat will be part of your family? How much effort is paperwork when you'll be changing a litterbox, grooming, playing with, petting and taking your cat to the vet for all those years?

Many animals in shelters already have a bad history with people, usually through no fault of their own, the shelters just want to prevent the animals from getting bounced around homes too much or being snatched up by people who won't take good care of it.

Personally I've adopted many pets; birds, ferrets and rabbits. I'll be picking up one of the latter this weekend from a shelter to bond with my doe. It always feels great to take in a needy animal and make them happy, they give back so much. Completely worth any hoops my fellow rescuers want me to jump through.

Cats are funny.

Comment by Kiedra (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 10:40

Yeah, I grew up out of town on a ranch, and we had many wild cats and kittens running around. All the cats we've had came from this population except for our current one. Anyway, we used to catch wild kittens but really couldn't give them better homes because, well, they were really wild. However, there was a woman not far from our house who ran a feed store, as well as giving riding and music lessons and raising two boys. She was a busy lady, but she took every kitten we gave her. They were raised in the shop and, with all the animal lovers and their kids that passed through, these kittens grew into some of the friendliest cats I've ever known. All of them now have good homes, including one that my sister adopted. Her name is Tika and she is so cute!

I don't think I ever had to

Comment by Anonymous (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 13:20

I don't think I ever had to fill out any applications at all, really... Probably because my family and I practically wanted to live at the rescue and adopt all the cats. Most of our adoptees are the ones that nobody adopted despite them being there a long time, or unadoptable ones because of an illness or special care needed, so the rescue was just happy to have them a home. I want more catsssssss ;w;

Congrats on the new kitty! He looks cute. c:

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Comment by Origamigryphon (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 17:09

There's always the other (and even more patient) option: Let a cat come to you.

Ever since my husband and I started to live on our own, two cats have adopted us: the first one in North Caroline (who was with us for two years until she disappeared in California), and our current cat who started to live with us around the same time our first cat disappeared (coincidence?). Both cats, even though they were strays, have been the paragon of gentleness. They did not nip or scratch or anything.

The first cat actually walked up to my husband while making his rounds at the Marine barracks in NC (when he was still a Marine), and started rubbing his leg. He knew that the Marines that lived in barracks often got bored, and might take it out on the cat, so he promptly picked it up, took her home, woke me up, placed her in front of me and said "Merry Early Christmas." XD

My Baby Boy <3

Comment by Falcolf (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 21:25

Yeah, I bet I sound like an insane cat lady with that title XD. But that's what I think of my cat, who's a not-so-little going-on-ten year old male orange and white tabby with quite possibly the cutest face I'll ever see on a cat. (I'm immensely bias about him, can you tell?) Anyway, I got Sunny when I was nine years old and I remember it all really well; I'd actually had a dream about an orange kitten following me home a few weeks before, which was funny because I didn't really like orange cats. Anyway, so one day my mom went grocery shopping without me and stopped at the Farmer's Market. I was playing in the living room when I heard her call my Dad and they argued over the phone for a few minutes, then my Dad told me to get in the truck. We drove to the farmer's market, where my Mom was sitting by a box, in which was a bunch of kittens, orange and tortoiseshell respectively. In my Mom's arms was a little orange and white bundle, who she placed in my arms and then, Sunny fell asleep there. Calmed right down, pretty much instantly. Me and him were knit at the hip from that day on.

I really miss my little boy. :( I'm in university right now, so he has to stay back home with my parents, which can get pretty depressing for me, as I'm 600 km away from them. I don't know if I'll ever love another cat as much as him. I truly fear the day when he passes away, because he's been by my side through my entire adolescence.

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Cat story

Comment by Pupsqueak (not verified) Fri, 01/22/2010 - 21:37

My grandmother has a farm in South Dakota and, of course, she has farm cats, so I got my kitty from her. Most of the kittens that are born on the farm are pretty wild by the time we find them - my grandmother leaves out any and all food scraps, so they come around for food, but that's about it. The only reason I've got one now is because she had an eye infection, which made it so she couldn't see for the first three months she was born and got handled a lot by my grandma.

I've got so many fun stories about her, but my favorite was from when she was a kitten. I was walking through the kitchen out to the garage and I hear her running from somewhere. I stop, look around, and see a tiny flying cat fling herself from the bathroom next to the garage door. She hits the cabinet and falls to the ground, looking up at me with this expression of "why would you let me do that?" Then gets up and walks away like nothing ever happened.

Shelter cat

Comment by Eva (not verified) Sat, 01/23/2010 - 11:38

I got my cat two years ago from the animal shelter. I had two other cats but one of them got sick and passed away. The other one got lonely so I went to find a new friend for him. I went to the shelter and check out the pets when one just stood out. He was a Manx. I had never seen one up close. I knew he was the one for us. He was an older cat so not many wanted him. He was also turned in for biting people. My old cat was like that so I didn't mind. They also told me if no one adopted him soon, he would be put to sleep. I knew it was meant to be. His name is Isaac and he only bites now when he wants to be fed.

Just have patience with the cat and try not to put your hands too near it's mouth for now. It will pay off in the end.

Albie, Biffy and Biting

Comment by KayKins (not verified) Sat, 01/23/2010 - 17:50

I don't know if you should keep bitey-mcgee. My cat Biffy (we adopted him when he was 2) plays like that as well, but he is very gentle. He never puts his claws out and has never once bitten me hard unless he wants me to leave him alone.

My other cat Albie, when he was a kitten, often played like this. Thankfully Albie is older now and rather play with his catnip and squeaky mouse toys and prefers me only for cuddles.

Maybe they grow out of being terrible.

Albie is blind and suffered some sort of head trama before I adopted him. He walks in circles and his head is always cocked to the side. He suffers from seizures and loses control of his bladder because of them.

Otherwise he is just a normal cat, and I won't put him down although every (even no-kill) shelters have told me to. The problem is I can't afford regular medical care for him, but I can provide him with home, love, food and toys and he seems pretty content.

Two stories

Comment by ~L.K. (not verified) Sun, 01/24/2010 - 01:59

Our only boy cat, Buddha, was a young stray around our house. We have indoor-outdoor cats and he figured out how to use the cat door by watching ours. (He also learned that if he sat in the kitchen window, we'd let in our cats. We never opened it for him, but it was quite a cute effort.) At 3am, he'd sneak through the cat door, try to eat some food, then get surrounded by our 3 girl cats. Then there'd be a merry chase to get him outside again. Sometimes, he'd opt for entering my room (which is the cat den) to have some companionship. In the end, we kept him.

The other, Kitten (as we swear she's not a cat, we have opted to call her a name that would designate what she should be), was picked up my mum at work. She was walking to the car when this tiny kitten started yowling and screaming for attention. My mum didn't know what to do, but in the meantime, she took her home. We decided that she was a weird, amusing, and cute thing, so kept her. (She is our fifth cat.) She doesn't meow. She chortles. It's sort of like a cat trying to make a pigeon noise. Her tail is extremely long, longer than her torso, as are her back feet--so she looks like a rabbit. She also doesn't understand how to use cat language. When you pet her, she hisses, but then looks mildly confused at herself. (She hisses when she doesn't want to be held or any other manner of things.)

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Comment by caten (not verified) Wed, 01/27/2010 - 02:50

A book would be great. The mouse-over text is required of course. What would also be great is to somehow incorporate some of the journal entry/blog post text in with the comic art.

I enjoy reading the posts (and love that the text stays with the art, opposed to latest-entry only appears on latest-comic). Johnny Wander has a lot of personality and personal touch. The blog text is 40% of the atmosphere of the site that I find relaxing, humorous, cute, touching, sometimes adorable.

If you decide against this

Comment by DanialArin (not verified) Tue, 02/02/2010 - 12:26

If you decide against this particular cat, you might want to take a look around at North Shore Animal League in Port Washington, NY (http://www.nsalamerica.org/). They take good care of the animals in their care, and they don't make the process ridiculous by doing things like requiring an NSA-grade background check to meet an animal. Note that all their eligibles are rescues in one way or another, which does carry its own particular set of warnings and limitations, but if you're not looking for a particular "breed", per se...

Malcolm & Zoe

Comment by ArtBoy! (not verified) Wed, 02/03/2010 - 07:47

When we got our dogs, we found ads for the dogs in a local (as in small, not close to us) paper by searching online. We called ahead to arrange a visit, met the breeders (a Mennonite family), asked them a ton of questions to make sure they weren't a puppy mill, met the puppies, and picked up our dogs a month later. We probably could have taken them then had we finished moving into our new dog-friendly place, but we had to wait.

My dad is bad with animals.

Comment by Jenny (not verified) Thu, 01/13/2011 - 14:44

I know I'm a little late in the game, but once upon a time my family wanted a Maine Coon cat. So we found a breeder a couple states away that had a litter of kittens who was pretty shady. His place was kind of a dump.
Anyway, my dad agreed to pick up the kitten for us. So the day came, and my dad took out his motorcycle, laid a towel down in the saddle bag, and went to retrieve the kitten. On his motorcycle. For a 3 hour journey. Mind you, the saddle bag that he put her in was right next to the tail pipe. The loud, hot tail pipe.
When the kitten came home she was all shaken and scared and just laid next to me for the whole night, but as time went on we found out she was crazy and had breathing problems. Whether this was due to the shady breeder or the motorcycle journey, I can't say. But I still haven't gotten my dad to admit that it was a stupid idea.

Pet rescue

Comment by Anjelicdemon (not verified) Tue, 02/01/2011 - 12:36

For a good few months my kitten lived outside of my studio space. He tromped around with his mother and we could see him in the windows.

Then winter came, and a big blizzard hit. We saw the little kitten run out into the parking lot in snow that was higher than he was tall (If he wasen't all black we never would of seen him.)

So I ran outside (Being an idiot and forgetting to put my coat on) and we tried to find him. He had ran under one of my studio mate's cars, so we thought he was under there. But he had in fact hid up under the hood. So we popped the hood, and I reached in and grabbed him. Running back to the school I slipped and fell on the parking lot (Resulting in getting a bloody elbow and scaring the poor kitten even more). I brought him in, and we wrapped him up in a t-shirt, and I got some bandaids for where I had been scrached and bloodied. And then I took him home, named him Black Max (A chemical used to turn metal black) and he's been with me ever since.

Shyes!

Comment by Eliza A. (not verified) Sat, 02/19/2011 - 02:35

I would undoubtedly buy a Johnny Wander book.

I just happened to find my

Comment by Becca (not verified) Tue, 05/17/2011 - 22:07

I just happened to find my cat wandering around my grandma's house in a (very) small town in rural Missouri when I was six. I can't quite remember the details (I'm 18 now.) but I asked my dad if I could have him, and at the end of the weekend we brought him home. c: I'm thinking maybe it was the cuteness of a six year old girl holding a cat that barely fit into her arms? I dunno. :D

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Comment by jana (not verified) Wed, 06/08/2011 - 10:37

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