S: 2014 Cats
FC: Cats We Have Known & Loved 2014
1: Welcome to Rancho De La Osa in Sasabe, Arizona. We bought the Rancho in 1996 and ran it as a guest ranch through June, 2014. It opened as a Guest Ranch on Thanksgiving Day, 1924. When we bought the ranch there were 98 cats on property. We now have only 8 cats, 5 of whom were actually born on the ranch. This is the story of our lives with the "kitties". They have been great companions and have never disappointed... each has a unique personality! Sit back and enjoy the kitties! | Hacienda August 2014 & Picture from 1930 Brochure
2: This is our house, it was originally built in the 1930's and was 2 houses. In 1982, The Davis Family remodeled it and made it one house. The picture with the snow is our view from the front door. It snows here once per year and we all "snuggle up"!
3: Demurrie, she is the most senior cat, DOB 1999
4: Pictured here are our "3 Kittens" who were born on April 19, 2002 Fluffy, Nuzzy and Tuffy. We discovered them being born on our back porch... | They were born around noon, we took them and their mother, Feisty into our house. Richard immediately built a home for them... large cardboard box. Tuffy was so small and cold, we both stayed up all night for 2 nights, rubbing her to keep her warm...all three are now 12! | Tuffy drinks skim milk every day!
5: Fluffy has always been a "bit" challenging, as she is the only one of our cats who actually believes she is a cat and looks to the other cats for a best friend! She is a nice cat, loves to be held and loves to snuggle under the covers... | This is Feisty, the mother of the 3 kittens, she died a natural death in 2013.
6: This is Nuzzy, the largest of the 3 and the only male. He is a "momma's" boy and loves to be carried in my arms. He plays peek a boo with Richard when I have him over my shoulder. A great demeanor, he does not like conflict, he loves his little sister, Tuffy, but does not even give Fluffy a glance!
7: Meet Tuffy, the smallest, but "toughest" of all three of the kittens. She has no fear, loves to explore and talks constantly! She loves to drape herself over you at night and stretches one beautiful paw out to always make sure she is touching... my nickname for her is "Hollywood"!
8: Busy Bee was also born in 2002. She moved to Tucson for a short while, but did not get along well with her adopted family. She returned to the ranch and lived in the office until 2009, when she moved in with our other cats. She loves every cat and every cat loves her!
9: Busy & her many friends!
10: Meet Ping. He appeared on our ranch in August 2003. We believe that he was in an RV traveling to Mexico(legally) and that when the owner stopped to get gas, he hopped out to explore. Our vet said he is a Pure Bred Round Faced Siamese breeder cat. She thinks he was about 9 months old when he landed on the ranch. He made the 2 mile journey from the highway back to our porch on foot. We were shocked to see him standing there. I opened the door, he walked in and jumped on the kitchen counter to be fed. Our vet said he probably was fed on a counter because there was a dog in his prior family. He is not afraid of dogs, even now! He is allowed in the fenced back yard with supervision. He only squeaks and cannot talk. He is "Daddy Kitty's" favorite boy. He loves Ping time on the throne! We also call him King Ping... He is a wonderful cat, likes people, but not extremely fond of the other cats. He is a total pacifist.
12: Orange Bob, appeared on our door step in 2007, it took almost a year for him to come into the house and live with us. We think he was born in 2006. He is also known as Beau, Bob, Obie or Bobbie! He is allowed to go out the front or back door, He comes when called. If there is an auto around do not let him out, he loves to go under vehicles!
14: Coleridge takes a break! He adopted us in August 2010, when I made the mistake of going to the adoption section of PetSmart, just to give the kitties a pet. He used his front paw to wave at me and hook me in! He was in the no kill section, but he was 6 & not very adoptable. Did we need him? No, but he needed us! He is a true snuggler and loves to sleep on the bed with us! He lived in Phoenix... bet he was surprised to live on a ranch, but he is a great mouser and lizard catcher!
15: Cole, also known as Coleridge after the "poet" has adapted well to our family. All of the cats are nice to him and we feel lucky to have rescued him from the "recession", he was left at a vet's office when the owner could not afford the bill...
16: The final pages are dedicated to cats we have known and loved... two moved to the ranch with us, Katmandu and Nagy, both purebreed Himalayans, neither had ever been on a ranch, much less the Desert. Both adapted well to the Desert, and Nagy road to the post office in Sasabe everyday with me... he never fastened his seat belt, he was along for the adventure and ride. He passed first, in 2000, he died of lung cancer... no he nor we ever smoked. He was born to be wild... he was our first rescue cat back in the late 80's. Katmandu was the only cat we ever bought, we got her in February, 1989. She taught our 3 kittens all of their manners, she was in awe of them, she passed in 2006 when she was 18. She was a great cat! Chairwoman Mao or Meow was the first kitten we met on the ranch in 1996, Junebug was a protegee of the Chairwoman's. We have loved them all, big and small! wish we had more pictures... can't wait to see them all again in our next life!
17: Chairwoman Mao was born on the ranch in 1996. She returned to her ancient homeland on Christmas night, 2009. | We always called him "Uncle June", he returned to the starship in February, 2014.