And Now Barney

Here he was, yesterday, saying goodbye to his foster mom.

Mom and Barney were together since March.  Clearly they love each other.  I love mom, too, for keeping my beautiful boy all those months until I showed up.

No affection too great for Barnes.

I completely adore him.

The drive here was pretty awful.  Foster-mom lives around twenty minutes away – that’s all – felt like twenty years.  It was way too hot for him (I have no A/C in my car) and he was scared, panting and meowing.  Struck terror in my heart, remembering Fangie panting . . . .

When we finally, red light after dingbat after red light after slowcoach, got ourselves home and into Base Camp, Barney made a beeline for the cave I built him.  He then relocated to another hiding place he liked better.  It was so touching – even despite his panting short breaths, he was still purring all the while.  So I left him alone to settle down for a couple of hours and then I spent lots of lovely one-on-one time with him.  He is just the biggest darling ever.

He woke me up at midnight, excavating at the door with his baseball-mit paws.  So I got up and spent the rest of an uncomfortable night in Base Camp with him.  I didn’t get much sleep.  So what.  It was totally enjoyable, because he’s just such a love-bug.

As far as Bugsy is concerned, the intro process proceeds.  Only one series of yowls, and one serious hiss through the closed door – but this is much easier, so far, than it was with Fang.  It seems like he’s calming down faster.  No question he’s stressed – he’s whiny and he’s sleeping for many hours – but I think things are going reasonably well.

Barney is just the most wonderful.  I couldn’t possibly be happier with him.

I mean, come on.  Just look at this.

And I got a good one of Chance.

Life goes on.  With a pang.

About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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39 Responses to And Now Barney

  1. Marcy Benham says:

    Oh my GOODNESS, Anita! How much does he weight!?! LOL! You’ll have to get a second job just to keep him in food!! And I’m SO glad Bugs is not being too hostile! Hang in there, Bugs! It will get better!!

  2. He’s HUGE! Will he get HUGER? Holy Cats! Concatulations on bringing Barney home…I foresee he will be a balm to your soul. Fingers crossed that he and Bugs will bond easily. He sure looks like an easy-going HUGE guy.

  3. Welcome, big Barney!!! Such an adorable look on his face… I’m starting to love him already! 🙂
    Good luck for a fast adaptation. Hugs for the 3 of you!

  4. ps – I was looking forward to reading this post.

  5. FeyGirl says:

    So wonderful…. He must have some Maine Coon in him! LOVE them! YAY!!! Welcome, and good luck with the intro process… 🙂

  6. That is one BIG kittie. If he is only a year and a half old, he might not even be done growing yet.

    We suspect Bugs is gonna handle the intro better this time. He knows now that the new kittie is an addition, and likely a playmate, and not a replacement for him.

    bgv ;lpo/GFVT
    (Billy says hi, too)

    • Oldcat says:

      And Barney may not be as kitten active as Fang.

    • nadbugs says:

      Hi hi hi! Erm — scary thought about growing more . . . . And OldCat’s right. The vibe difference between Fang and Barns is enormous. They don’t even seem like the same species. Hey OldCat! Isn’t it amazing how attracted I was to Gus? Long before Barney may have even been born? Who could have foreseen this?

  7. Herman says:

    Wow! What a beautiful big cat. I’m looking forward reading more about Barney.

  8. Wow, big kitty! fluffy kitty! I love kitties you can flip on their backs! Bugsy might be handling it better because he kind of knows what’s going on this time. We’ve got fingers and paws crossed that the introductions go really well!

  9. looloo says:

    My God, he is just gorgeous, and seems very “malleable” (when I see him laying on his back on Mom’s lap, I think he must be a confident boy).

    Good luck to the three of you!

  10. MTVA says:

    Here’s a great big Welcome for Barney! I just love big cats, and Mister Barn looks like the best of the best! I hope he is getting used to his new home, and that you and Bugs are settling in nicely with the big boy. Lots of Purrrs and Hugs to all!

  11. nadbugs says:

    Yay, MTVA — so far so wonderful. I owe a huge debt of gratitude — to the world, feels like.

  12. CATachresis says:

    Welcome handsome Barney. Looks like you will be a boon! Can’t wait to see the big meet 🙂

  13. Wazeau says:

    Oh my goodness he is humungous! I have always been so attracted to maine coon-ish types. Congratulations on your newest cat and here’s hoping Bugs adjusts quick 🙂

  14. littlemiao says:

    huge kitty is huge! Wow. Maine Coons grow until they are 3 or 4, right? It looks like hugging Barney would be a delightful experience. Floof therapy. Glad to hear Bugsy is handling things well.

    Since getting Sprocket, I have been fascinated by b&w markings. Barney’s nose is so symmetrical compared to Sprocket, who was probably wiggling around too much when they were drawing his face markings. And Barney has a full beard, whereas Sprocket has a tiny little soul patch. And Sprocket and Chance are missing the same leg.

    It looks like foster mom has a purrfect haven for kitties.

  15. Dianda says:

    Looks like one big boy! Sweet tho. 🙂 Good luck Anita!

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