Hi everyone, it’s Allegra! Today is my 10th Adoption Anniversary! Ten years ago today, Mom brought me home to live with her and Amber. Sadly, I never got to know Amber really well, because she passed away six weeks after I arrived. Then it was just Mom and me for almost a year before Ruby joined our family.

This anniversary is bittersweet because Ruby is no longer with us. I miss my sister. I know she’s not really gone, and I feel her around us a lot, but it’s not the same as having her here in physical form so I can chase her around the house. I even miss getting annoyed at her – she could be a real brat sometimes!

It’s also a really strange time to be celebrating anything. Mom has been home with me almost all the time, and while I love having her with me so much, I also sense that something is really wrong. She’s explained to me that there’s a virus out there that’s really dangerous, and that that’s why she’s home so much, and that she can’t go out and play with her friends like she normally does. I worry about Mom! I can tell she’s trying to stay upbeat and positive, but I can also sense fear and stress from her.

Right now, between her lingering grief over Ruby, and now this new thing out there, taking care of her is a big job, but I’m up for it. I purr for her, and I even sit on her lap sometimes and let her hug me. Those things really take me out of my comfort zone, but I promised Ruby before she left us that I was going to step up and take good care of Mom.


Mom says we’ll be okay, and that today is all about celebrating. Despite the recent sadness and the current situation, the last ten years have been so wonderful! Thank you for loving me, Mom!

We’ll even have some tuna cake in Ruby’s honor. Well, I will. I’m not so sure about Mom…

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27 Comments on Allegra’s World: 10th Adoption Anniversary

  1. Happy Adoption Anniversary, Allegra! This is the first time that i saw her and i like her so much take care of each other i wish to both of you all the happiness

  2. HAPPY Birthday Allegra!!!! My rescued (she actually rescued me) torti Jada also says Happy Birthday and we both hope you enjoy your Tuna Cake! We are deeply sorry Ruby is not physically there to enjoy a piece with you but please know she is enjoying one with you in spirit. Both my Jada and myself enjoy your mom’s daily newsletter and the stories of your antics!! She really give us both something deep to ponder and many enjoyable moments! Please, both of you, celebrate this wonderful day and keep your mind on it and not on what is going on outside. Love on each other and remember Ruby just as she would like you to do!!!!! ENJOY EACH OTHER AND DO NOT DARE TURN ON THE NEWS. SIMPLY ENJOY YOUR TUNA CAKE ALLEGRA (AND WHATEVER IS YOUR MOM’S FAVORITE) AND LOVE!! JUST SPEND THE DAY LOVING ON EACH OTHER AND NOTHING ELSE. THAT IS ALL THAT IS IMPORTANT FOR THIS MOMENT AND THAT IS ALL WE HAVE…

  3. Belated happy 10th anniversary Allegra! You’re a good girl to bring your Mom comfort in these challenging times.

  4. Have a beautiful day – you two—-I so enjoy all your stories…..Take care—wishing you two a sunny and pleasant day–KISSES–

    • Happy Adoption Day, my dearest Allegra, life has not been easy for both you and your mom, Ingrid; life will get better and your mom has you and you have your mom. Love, hugs, and kisses on this amazing day you two became a family. Love you both, stay safe
      and both of you will always be in my heart.

  5. Happy Anniversary Allegra. I’m really glad to read that you and your Mom are taking such good care of each other. Take care, and stay safe! xx

  6. My cats are also comforting me by sitting in my lap and purring. They know I’m upset and still grieving the loss of my 2 cats and 1 foster cat who passed away last year, and my Tortie “Mama Kitty.” They help lower my blood pressure, too, when I end up shouting at politicians on tv. And they do love it that mom takes naps with them!

  7. Hi beautiful Allegra and Ingrid..Congrats;10 Years together is a wonderful thing to celebrate! Dear Ruby is all around you, and loves you, just as always..I hope you have many more happy, healthy years together..

  8. Happy Anniversary to both of you.
    Thank you Ingrid for the post about self care. You are so astute.
    It was helpful and made me reflect on some of my efforts.
    This has got to be a hard time for you. Be well. Love to you both.

  9. Winston, Dawn, and I wish a happy 10-year adoption anniversary to Allegra and Ingrid! May you provide continuing comfort to each other. This site is one of my most valued go to e-publications.

  10. Happy Adoption Anniversary, Allegra. You are such a beautiful Tortie and look so much like my little Sophie. Please take care of your Mom right now because her heart is hurting since your sister, Ruby, got called to the Kitty Playground in the Sky. Perhaps one day soon, Mom will be able to open her heart again and bring another little sister home for you to care for and cuddle with. Blessings to you both.

  11. I so enjoy your news every day.I have a small feral colony I care for.all tortis and one in home.she is a true torti and after 11years she now will curl up on my lap.

  12. Happy Adoption Anniversary Allegra! I am so glad you tow have each other during this unsure time in our lives. Hugs to you both!

  13. Happy Adoption Anniversary Allegra! Your such a sweet girl taking care of your Mammy! Have a fun day relaxing with Mom <3 =^..^=

  14. I’m glad that Allegra is having a wonderful adoption anniversary day. Best to her and her mom. It’s tough for me, especially during this time – one of my purrbabies died last week and another is dying of cancer that even with treatment, will not save him. I am torn because I know that while I had a chance to say goodbye to one, if the other gets to the point where we have to make that horrible decision, we won’t be able to be with him as he passes on to the Rainbow Bridge. Only the staff at the clinic will be there to hold him as he leaves us. May the powers that be protect us and end this horror soon.

  15. Happy, happy adoption day, Allegra. Your mom is lucky to have you – you’re such a sweet baby – and you’re lucky to have her. Take care of each other. Wishing you both a wonderful day.

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