Over 6 years ago, Rob and I decided to stop at the PetSmart in Joplin on our way home from a visit in Neosho. We were just going to look at the kittens. But we walked out the door with a grey, 4-month-old ball of energy. Naveed‘s personality is what attracted our attention: He was playful and independent, and even though he mellowed a little bit when we removed his fuzzy danglers, he is still playful and independent. After that surgery, he just became a little more cuddly than before.
In May 2007, we were considering adding another kitty to our family when one of my grad school colleagues needed to find a home for Stella Kowalski, a little Siamese/Burmese princess just about 6 months old. It took Naveed about two weeks to adjust to the intrusion into his space, but Stella, well, for as long as we had them before moving, she seemed bipolar: One minute, they’d be snuggling and looks like siblings, and the next, hisses and fights.
When we moved, my brother took Naveed and Stella, but after about four months, the situation changed and the kitties ended up moving in with Dr. Cadle, one of many professors who supported me as I pursued my master’s degree at Missouri State. When she had to move because of an increasingly bad situation, Liz and Daniel took in the kitties. Here are some pics of the cats at their non-Mueller homes.
Naveed and Stella are having quite the adventure at Liz and Daniels, and in January, Liz emailed me an adorable story. For Christmas, they got an English Bulldog named Roosevelt. Apparently, Naveed has already bonded with his new masters.
Here’s what Liz said: “I was doing laundry in the basement yesterday and Daniel came down and said ‘Naveed just saved my life.’ What? He said that Roosevelt started to pee in the floor and Daniel went to grab him and drag him out. Of course, he started growling and nipping at Daniel’s hand (not maliciously). Naveed saw this and went up to Roosevelt and started to growl and box at him. Daniel said it was so funny! Naveed was protecting him.
However, the funny thing is that I think the roids have made him a little more ballsy. Instead of watching Roosevelt from the top basement stair, he watches over him from only a few feet away- almost taunting him. Then, when Roosevelt goes to investigate- as he always does- the scuffles are starting to last longer. By scuffle, I mean Naveed boxing Roosevelt in the face and Roosevelt looking confused.”