Bert and Gracie
Two for One
This week’s Happy Tail comes from Lara Bettger and Charlie Green, who visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in December and quickly learned that two happy tails are better than one:
We adopted 17-month-old Liberty (now nicknamed "Bert") and nine-month-old Kitty (now known as Gracie) on December 27, 2010. It was a very snowy day in New York City, and a perfect day to bring home something to snuggle! “Something to snuggle” quickly became "somethings to snuggle" when we fell in love with both Gracie and Bert.
Bert and Gracie didn't know each other at the ASPCA, so they had to acclimate not only to their new home and new pet parents, but also to each other. We took the good advice of the adoption experts at the ASPCA and did it slowly. They each had a few days to adjust to various parts of the apartment before finally meeting each other on New Year's Day. Life has been playing together, exploring closets together, looking out the window together and lots of napping together ever since.
Gracie is an absolute love-monkey. When our alarm goes off in the morning, she runs over and jumps onto the nightstand so that we have to get through her to turn off the buzzing. When she rubs her fuzzy little face against my hand, I'm in a good mood instantly...There's no better way to wake up! Bert's affection is given on his own terms. He lets us know when it's cuddle time by walking along the back of the couch and diving into our hair and neck with his face. Then he'll take turns between our laps, purring for hours.
It's been really fun to watch their friendship develop. Like any big brother-little sister relationship, there is a lot of play, and yes—the occasional hiss. But they truly show affection for each other, and we feel great leaving for work each day knowing they have companionship. The best is when they help each other with bath-time!
We look forward to many love-filled years and adventures to come with our new furry friends. Thank you ASPCA, for ALL that you do and for adding so much to our lives with little Bert and Gracie!
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