One of our favorite stories about Inara is when we were cleaning out our bathroom closet, we left the closet unattended for a short period of time, came back and put things away, closing the door. A few hours later, we heard meowing but couldn't figure out where it was coming from. We searched for ten minutes to find the source, only to find that it had come from the closet, where Inara had snuck into when we were not watching (she knows she is not supposed to be in the bathroom!)
River is a 6 year old tabby. She was adopted at the same time as Inara from the same humane society. When Amber was working on paperwork for Inara, Tim had mentioned that there was a "one cat adoption fee, get a second cat free" and how that was a "financially responsible way" to go about getting two cats. Amber looked around the cats, and was drawn to the quietest and one of the smallest cats at the shelter. Amber took her to a visiting room, and found out that she was also one of the sweetest. River is a mommy's girl through and through - whenever she hears Amber's voice she comes running. She is very shy and quiet still, but Inara and River quickly formed a very strong friendship. River loves to cuddle with Amber and watch the birds out of the windows during the warm months. Our favorite story about River was when Amber was doing laundry downstairs, and when she was finished came upstairs and couldn't find River. She looked everywhere for River but could not find her. She went downstairs to see if she had snuck down there, and when Amber got down there she heard meowing coming from the basement ceiling! River had accessed the drop ceiling through a storage room, and there was no other way to access her. Amber was afraid and called Tim, and as Tim ran home from work early to save River, River came out on her own, and looked at Amber as if nothing had happened and everything was alright. Thankfully she was unharmed, but it made for a fun story (and a new policy to always leave that door shut).
Dax is a 7 year old Siamese-Snowshoe mix. He was adopted from a local Twin Cities rescue group where he had been in a foster home for the last six months. Tim was feeling left out as the cats gravitated towards Amber, and Tim wanted a cat of his own. Tim found Dax through the shelter's website, and his "grumpy cat persona" immediately drew him in. When Tim met him at the shelter, Dax was drawn to him too. He was not happy about the kitty carrier, and went straight to Tim for help! Dax was the final "missing piece" of our family puzzle. Dax is the rambunctious one, who is always looking for a playmate in his two sisters, whether they want one or not. Dax also loves catnip and can be content with a fresh toy for hours. There is never a dull moment with Dax, and some of our favorite moments with him have been finding him in unusually high places where we can't figure out how he got up there on his own! From the cabinet above the fridge to the tallest furniture or shelves, no obstacle is too high for Dax!
While the cats do not much enjoy being put in a crate or the car ride to AWC, the staff and in particular Dr. Ambrose always make them feel safe and at ease. Dax loves going in the blanket-sack and Inara loves all the additional attention, while River is along for the ride. Thank you AWC for being so kind and caring towards all three of them - we know they are in good hands with you!