Monday, October 6, 2008

Happy Birthday Clover!

Happy Birthday Clover!!!

Well, actually her birthday was on the 1st, but I don't think she'll mind if I write about it a bit late. Clover is six years old now. That is twice as old as me! She is a good big sister. Especially when she lets me kind of almost play with her. This is a video of us from the other day. She likes to block my path so I have to bark and gruff for help.

Clover got a big catnip log for her birthday. She is sometimes suspicious of new toys, but this one seemed to pass inspection. First she licked it, and then she started biting it a little bit. I happen to love catnip toys, so I was watching closely to see if she was going to let me play too.

She didn't. But I understand; it was her present and not mine. Maybe I'll get to play with it later!

Deefor told a great story about how he and Arrow got their names. Since it's Clover's birthday, I'll tell you how she got her name. The story starts a long time ago...

Several years ago, Mommy and Daddy had a cat named Puck. He was from a shelter too, and he was sort-of-orange. Daddy wanted to name him Puck after a character in one of his favorite plays. Mommy and Daddy had been Uninformed and Unaware, so Puck was sometimes allowed to go outside in the yard. When Puck was two years old, there was a terrible accident. He went into the street and was hit by a car. Mommy and Daddy rushed him to the emergency vet, but there was nothing they could do. Puck died. It was a very sad day. They wished someone had told them how dangerous it is to let cats outside, but they just didn't know. Now they know that indoor cats live an average of 12 years, and indoor/outdoor cats live an average of 2 years. What happened to Puck was very "normal."

For two years, Mommy and Daddy felt sad and alone without a fuzzy warm animal in their family. So when Mommy started working at an animal shelter, she brought Clover home almost right away! Here is a picture of Clover when she was still at the SPCA:
Back then her name was Jilly Bean, which is a teensy bit weird. She was two years old and she hadn't lived in a very good situation before, so they thought it would be okay to change her name. Mommy wanted to name her Lucky in honor of Puck (Puck...Luck...Lucky), but Lucky didn't sound like a very good name for a girl cat. So they decided on Clover, just like a four-leaf lucky clover!

Whew, that was a long story! Thanks for making it all the way to the end!

Bye for now,
Poppy the Little Blonde Chihuahua


Daisy said...

Happy Birthday, Clover! That was an interesting story about how Clover got her name. I am sorry that a bad thing happened to Puck.

Clover looks like an excellent big sister for you, Poppy!

Petra said...

What a beautiful story, and a beautiful name! Happy Birthday to Clover, the big 6-year-old!

And Poppy, you can really do some serious barking. I'm impressed!

Deefor said...

Give Clover a birthday lick for me.. I've never licked a cat so give her a smile if that's better. I like her lucky Clover name. When you started I thought your humans found her in a field of clover. What about your name.


Lorenza said...

Hi, Poppy!
Happy Birthday to Clover!
I can see she is a BIG sister!
Was she eating your food?? Ha!
Thanks for sharing her name's story!
Kisses and hugs

Pedro said...


That is a really nice story about Clover! Please tell Clover I said happy birthday! My mom had a cat named Gracie that got hit by a car and killed. It was very sad. Gracie was a feral cat and absolutely refused to stay in the house. My mom misses her so much and she died 2 years ago (just before I became part of the family). Do you know JB? She's a really pretty cat and her really name is Jelly Bean. Jilly Bean, Jelly Bean kinda close.


Mack said...

Happy Happy birthday to Clover!

May she have many,many more to come!

Rambo said...

That's a great story Poppy. Clover looks like a very nice big sister. Happy Birthday Clover!
she's so pretty

Tadpole said...

Poppy, my LBC!

Thanks for the video of you - it always cheers me up to see you in action :-) I'm sure Clover is a very nice big sister, but it's probably best that you went and checked your food and water after she was over there... you just never know what she might be up to. And I speak from experience - I have an older sister too!

Happy Belated B-Day, Lucky Clover!

Shadie the Aussie said...

Hi Poppy!
Your humans sounds like wonderful people! Clover sure is pretty, so here's my Happy Birthday to her!

Have you seen Beverly Hills Chihuahua yet? There's a Chi on there named Poppy!

Anywag, great blog! I'll add you to my fur friends list, if that is ok!

Tail Wags,

Junior said...

Happy belated Purrthday Clover! We love your name and how you came to get it.

Sadly lots of kitties and doggies get hit by cars....keeping cats only indoors is just not something that everyone likes to do. We are sorry for your loss of Puck!

Thanks for sharing clover with us Poppy!

Jemma said...

Clover, we're late, but we hope you had a fun-filled birthday!

Poppy, we find it funny how Clover doesn't look affected at all by your barking. If I did that, and I have a more shrill bark), Mango would go scurrying into a corner, ha ha!