Well, everyone, I finally adopted a cat!
Sami and I had been going to the Päijät-Hämeen Animal Shelter last week because it was my vacation time and we finally had time to go.
When I went I had a male cat in mind because I already have my two girls and I felt it might be easier for them to accept a male rather than another female. But, the first day there I saw this VERY sweet little black female with the cutest eyes ever and I told Sami I wanted her. He was on the fence about it so I said fine, we'd go home and think about. The second time going there she was still sweet as ever but Sami said let's go into the rooms one more time for a finally look-about. The second room I sat down and immediately this precious black and white female jumped into my lap and wanted lovings!
I told Sami we might want to consider her, too, but he didn't like her because she wasn't too keen on him.
In the third room no one immediatelyran up to us and I was thinking there might not be any extrovert kitties there (since that's what I wanted--Galina is already a grump and Gerona isn't shy, but she's not really friendly, either). Well, right before I said let's go to the next room, Sami said, "Oh, look! Is this one a male?" He was scratching a little gray and white cat and I looked and said, "Yup, he's a male."
Jaska, as the shelter called him, was staring at the door as if willing to open it by telekinesis. Sami reached out to him just to see if he was friendly and he really was. Once Sami started petting him, he stood up and was kneading the floor and purring. He even let me PICK HIM UP, which no other cat in shelter would allow and sometimes not even Galina will allow (since we all know how iffy kitties can be on whether or not they want to be picked up). He was so calm and peaceful natured that I just adored him immediately.
So, that day we filled out an application to adopt him.
And, today, a week later, the shelter delivered him to us and he's now in our bedroom getting acclimated.
I'll take pictures when I can, but for now they'll probably just ones of him hiding under the bed.
I told Sami I didn't want him to have a Finnish name (and I can't remember Jaska, anyway). I was wanting to call him George, but Sami didn't like that name. So, Sami came up with calling him Henry and I like it. So, Henry he is.