Did the Teddy-blanket shrink??
One year... that's what in between these two images above and below. Maybe you remember the story of Ellie. I found her at the side of a road abandoned by a desperate kitty mom after a torrential downpour. It probably got too much for kitty mom trying to move all her kittens during the heavy down-pour. Anyhow, this tiny size was just about 10 days old, drowning wet and barely moving from hypothermia (you can read old post and see a brief video clip here - this is just after I just brought her to the vet... I'd tucked her under my pullover for her to get some body heat for the journey). She spent several weeks in this (image below) homemade "incubator." A box padded with blankets and a constantly warm water-bottle to keep her body temperature in check. And she was wrapped up in this Teddy-blanket.
She grew fast and became the prettiest of little kittens. This image below is from the card collection I sold last year. This one was the best selling - isn't that the most adorable face ever?! Since then we renamed her Bellisima - she is beautiful.
Anyhow... to get back to the top image. The Teddy-blanket is still her all-time favorite. You can see just how attached she is to the memory of this blanket. She still loves to snuggle up as if she is still in the "incubator" - only now is seems as if the Teddy-blanket shrunk :-) But she can't run from that ginger hind leg.
And talking of ginger...
Thank you all so much for your sweet participation in finding a name for the little new white/ginger tabby boy. So many of your suggestions could have fit him well, but it's official - he is now named Skipper (thank you Anesha!). He settled in within a few days as if he's always lived here. More images soon!