Kyla = 'Kai-la'
This little tortie kitten came to me at the end of March.
Est. birth date - 4/1/2016
The full story - Momma tortoiseshell cat showed up in my neighborhood maybe 8 or 9 months ago. I didn't pay much attention until the males got real loud and then suddenly all went back to normal. Then this small female cat began to look oddly fat. I started putting out food (intent on using the trap-neuter/spay-release program) and she got friendly pretty quickly. She also figured out that tactile/neck scritches were a good thing.
I was getting ready to take her in when, about a month after making friends, on 3/29/16, she walked out for her dinner feeding with this one, single tortoiseshell kitten in tow. It was just mobile enough to keep up and because she calmly brought her up to me the kitten wasn't a bit afraid and wanted to play. So...my plans changed and after letting her spend a little more time growing and learning with mom, I finally pulled her for a vet visit and brought her into the house.
Momma cat has been spayed and will not be making any more kittens. She's still friendly and greets me outside on occasion.
Kyla likes to fall asleep in my lap after feedings, playtime and grooming, in that order. It's too much cute for me to handle and I just sit there grinning and feeling the tiny kitten love.
And so, I was unexpectedly delivered a kitten from the universe and I'd already signed paperwork to adopt a chihuahua puppy - Check out Kuvira's Album for more.
Kyla is named after a certain, somewhat-angsty, grandfather worshiping follower of the Dark Side.
(We have Star Wars back in our lives, you guys!)
Kuvira = 'Ku-veer-ah'
Her nickname around the house is "Vera".
This little chihuahua puppy came to me at the end of May, but I had filed the adoption paperwork back at the beginning of April.
Est. birth date - 2/1/2016
So, My first chihuahua was a brown and light tan 7lb cutie named Daphne. I adopted her from Animal Services at 6yrs old and she had heartworms, which we fought for 18 months before finally winning that battle. She lived for 4 more years and eventually succumbed to congestive heart failure this past February (2016). Shout out to BluePearl Veterinary Partners for doing their best and providing amazing care in her last moments. She'd won me over to the breed and after a little bit I started to keep an eye out for another one. I visited shelters and humane societies in the central Florida area, looking for the right fit for my furry family. Finally one of my co-workers who is active in the foster community, let me know about a litter of puppies that had come to one of her foster friends from a hording case.
I set up a meet and greet when she was 7 weeks old and quickly found a connection with little Kuvira (she had two other little mates.) At the time she was only 1lb 9oz and I had to wait for her to get up to 2lb 8oz, minimum, for her to get spayed and be able to come home with me. This took another month and a half (I'm pretty sure she's going to be on the smaller size of chihuahuas) and finally, on May 26th, I was able to pick her up from Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center and she's been an awesome addition to the household.
Kyla, the tortie kitten, just happened to come along at the perfect time and they have been living and playing together from day one.
And yes, Kuvira is named after The Legend of Korra character of the same name.