I think I’m getting soft.
Two weeks ago Katie and I got a couple of kittens from some people in our church (big thanks to Mike and Vonnie Reber). All seemed to be going well. We quickly fell in love with these two little furballs. I even built a little cat house for them that we insulated and made all nice and cozy. One evening I even got to be the big protector and hose down a neighbor cat who was encroaching on their territory.
Then we left for a conference at Hesston College this last weekend. We made sure that they had someone to check on them and give them some food and headed out for the weekend. While we were gone we heard reports that they were incredibly curious and found their way over to the church when everyone was there. But when we got home late on Sunday we couldn’t find them anywhere. There was no sign of them anywhere and nobody seemed to have seen them. We searched all over for them, and after we heard a pack of coyotes right across the road one night……well……we started to think that someone higher on the food chain had found them. I have to admit, I had given up on them and I was heartbroken.
Then today I got a phone call from Darlene Bontrager, one of our neighbors. She said that she was talking with another neighbor and that they had found the kittens down the road by the Methodist church. One of them had something wrong with a foot so they picked them up and took them out to their parents house out in the country, because the dad happened to be a retired veterinarian. It turns out that the kittens were out there all week and that they had even put up posters around in the grocery store. Katie and I just hadn’t really been out and about this week so we hadn’t seen them.
So, without further delay. Here are our new Kittens, Vicar and Dibley. Their names come from one of our favorite TV shows, the Vicar of Dibley. It’s a great BBC show that airs on PBS every now and then. I really recommend checking it out sometime. The reason that we thought of the names began with the fact that one of their collars is black with a white clasp that made the kitten look just look like a vicar (priest in the church of England). And the rest just came from there. Here they are.