Cats Working Welcomes Cole

By Karen

Fred’s unexpected illness and passing in May left a huge hole in our hearts at Cats Working. But since Fred came to me as a stray, I know he’d disapprove of me wasting a lot of time grieving for him when some other needy cat could use his good home and opportunities. So I recently visited the Richmond Animal League, the no-kill shelter where I met Yul and Adele.

Since Adele has been the sole princess among males since birth, Yul misses having a sparring partner, and Cats Working needs a blogger, we agreed an adult male would be the best fit.

That cat turned out to be a stray who was captured in late 2006 making a dash across the Powhite Parkway, a busy highway in Richmond. He ended up in “the joint” (what the cats tell me they all call RAL), where they named him Dash. Aside from a few months in a foster home, he’s been living in a big room with many cats of both genders.

As Adele was a miniature Fred, Dash resembles Yul — black except for white toes and a patch between his hind legs. Oh, and he still has his tail.

Dash came home on June 2 and we now call him Cole because cat names are never verbs around here.

RAL has a big-screen TV in the cat room, so Cole has been a news junkie, and he’s been devouring the newspaper and magazines since he got here.

He says the past 2 weeks have been a blur, trying to adjust to a drastically different routine and lifestyle, and getting used to being part of a real family, so he wants to take it slow.

But once Cole is settled, he promises he’ll be checking in here. What he’ll have to say is anybody’s guess.

Yul asks, "You learned typing in the joint, right? You're gonna need it."

Yul asks, "You learned typing in the joint, right? You're gonna need it."


16 Responses to Cats Working Welcomes Cole

  1. Cindy says:

    Welcome Cole, you have found a wonderful home.

    DC Central Kitchen just announced that this year’s Capitol Food Fight will be on November 15th and tickets are $150.00. Tony and Jose Andres are the hosts and Eric Ripert is one of the judges. Wish me luck convincing the husband that this is a worthy cause and we really should support the Kitchen by attending.

  2. Adele says:

    Alice and I are so happy that Cole has joined Cats Working. He looks like a very handsome fellow, and it’s good of Yul to be showing him the ropes. His life experience should give him a unique perspective.

  3. catsworking says:

    Rotsa Ruck, Cindy! We know you can do it!

    Adele, Yul and Adele will be helping Cole become Internet-savvy and develop his research skills, because they didn’t let the cats use the computer in the joint, but some of the adult cats would sneak out at night to get some typing practice so they’d have a vocational skill to offer, because it’s harder for them to find homes. Cole has mentioned Mavis Beacon.

    They’re all working on Cole’s bio for the “Karen and the Cats” page now, just to get his feet wet.

  4. Mauigirl says:

    Welcome to your new family, Cole. Our cat Baxter, also a fellow blogger, sends his regards.

  5. Unkie Bob says:

    Welcome to the family Cole.. Glad that you finally made it out of the Bighouse..

    One word about Karen though, she’s a little Ga Ga over some stringbean of a cook that’s on TV. Give her a break on it though normally she’s a pretty good lady. 🙂

    If you’re ever up this way stop in and enjoy the weather…. its actually nice now!!!!

    Unkie Bob

  6. catsworking says:

    Hi, Mauigirl. The cats send greetings to Baxter, and will be introducing Cole to your blog as part of his education. Your latest post on LGBT rights was excellent, by the way. Just yesterday, my sister was saying that Obama could wipe out this discrimination so easily, and his failure to do so is losing him the support of that voting bloc.

    On this and healthcare, he needs to pull out the steamroller to do the right thing, instead of trying to play nice with forces who don’t know what nice is. They’re outnumbered on Capitol Hill because the American people wanted it that way, and how he’s bending over backward trying to accommodate them.

  7. catsworking says:

    Bob, you’ll be pleased to hear that the cats voted this morning to make you an honorary uncle, since I only have an unmarried sister and they’ll never get an uncle the usual way.

    Cole told us he sometimes caught the stringbean on the big-screen TV in the cat room, and said he even enjoys watching the “little bald fat guy” eat bugs.

  8. Unkie Bob says:

    Well glad that I am in good company with the kittys..
    Looks like I am caught in Health Care Limbo…

    I feel good enough to get back to work, but my Dr does not agree.. Says my ankle is still wonky.. His words
    “Once the Pain is Gone… You’re 1/3rd of the way there”

    Yikes its taken me a month to be pain free, well almost.. I can walk without limping…. Much.

    I just don’t know if I can take much longer being stuck at home… Enjoying the sunshine, watering the garden…

    Hell I don’t even sleep in, I am up with Dar at 5 30, and actually out of bed by 7..

    Its such a dilemma I am in.


    Bob aka That Gimpy Canuck

  9. catsworking says:

    OK, Bob, you’ve given us too much information. Up at 5:30, OUT OF BED by 7? Hmmm…

    I know what your doctor is saying. I can STILL make my ankle hurt if I twist it a certain way, and I turned it months ago. All it takes to put yourself back to square one is to do it again because the ankle is a bit weak.

  10. H Espinosa says:


    This year the Food Fight promises to get very entertaining and if you want to convince your husband, have him take a look at our new blogs keeping supporters of the Kitchen up to date on what the different programs are doing… and

    Hope to see you there!

  11. Adele says:

    Bob, so sorry to hear that you’re still infirm, but Karen’s right; you want to treat that ankle well, so it doesn’t cause you lots of future trouble. Now would be a good time to try out some new recipes. Glad spring has sprung in the Great White North. Chicago has had a cool/cold rainy spring, which means August will probably be beastly with lots of mosquitos.

  12. catsworking says:

    Adele, I agree. Now’s the time to be wowing Dar with a fabulous home-cooked meal every night. The least he can do is put all those hours watching Bourdain to good use with some creativity in the kitchen.

  13. MorganLF says:

    Bob up at 5:30??? Are you farmers? I’m rolling over at 5:30. I need my 8! Bob Facebook has a pretty good Hold ‘Em Poker site if you are so inclined.

    Cindy I’m thinking about going to DC for the event. Gotta think it through but maybe I’ll just take a vacation in DC. Eric & Bourdain together… sigh. And I really like Jose Andres. We’ll see, I was sort of thinking of Ireland but Tony and Eric man this could be that once in a lifetime photo op!!

    Cole sorry I’m late to the party. Welcome and hang on these cats around here are pretty fierce.

  14. catsworking says:

    Hi, Morgan! It is really exciting to be getting greetings from all the regulars Yul and Adele have been telling me about. Makes me feel like one of the clan.

  15. Adele says:

    Morgan, if you go on, there’s also some sort of a Gourmet event in early October. The add in the magazine didn’t say much, but there were pictures of Bourdain and Ripert, and it’s in NYC.

    Sorry to hear about the job uncertainty, but as Karen said, good that you got to see some of the deserving get the ax.

  16. Cindy says:

    The tickets are $150, but $100 is considered a charitable contribution to DC Central Kitchen.
    And YES, I am going. My husband bought tickets as a late birthday treat.

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