Today is our darling Dylan's sixth birthday. I know the exact date that he was born because of the urgent phone call that I received from my brother that day. My brother can be a little naive about some things. He said (and I quote) "Dusty's running down the hall and there's something coming out of her!".
Dusty is Dylan's mama, of course. My brother was all in a tither when he realized she was giving birth to a kitten. He said "It doesn't have any fur -- it's naked!". This is how I know that Dylan was the first born -- because it was he who had such light coloured peachy fur that it appeared to be skin when it was wet.
Anyway, I managed to calm my brother, Barry, down and told him that nature would take its course. He just needed something like a big box with padding -- a comfy spot for her to give birth and keep her kittens safe.
In all, there were five kittens. My brother still has the mother, Dusty, and three of her litter; Butterscotch, Pepper and Caramel. Another kitty sister, Buttons (I recently did a post about her here), lives next door. And of course, I have Dylan.
Here's a picture of Dylan's mama, Dusty, apparently just a couple of weeks before she gave birth (but my brother didn't even know she was pregnant the whole time). He brought her over to visit us, and she is lying on our stairs, seemingly guarded between Dante and Domino. (Maybe they knew their baby brother was inside Dusty! Who knows?).
Dusty is a pretty little ladycat with long hair and a multi-coloured coat of gray, white and cream. All of her kittens were shorthaired; Dylan, of course, is a cream tabby, Buttons is a white flamepoint, Caramel is white and cream, Butterscotch is white and red, and Pepper is a black tabby with white.
My brother took this picture of Dusty with her litter. You can see tiny Dylan on the bottom right of the pile by his mommy's back leg. (Please forgive the ink marks on the photo which was stuck to the back of another.)
(Biggify for best view)
While we are going down memory lane for Dylan's birthday, here are a couple of pictures of him, shortly after we took him home at the age of four months.
Dante, even then, was a mother hen to Dylan.
So that brings us up to the present. Speaking of presents, we have some in store for Dylan later on today, along with some tuna, cat treats and nip, of course. However, today is also the birthday of Samson of "The Monkeys", so my 3-Ds were all going to make their way over there to join the party, and have a double celebration. Why don't you all come along, too?
We'll have our own private little party here later in the evening with just the 3-Ds in attendance.
Here are some pictures of Dylan taken just this morning. As usual, he makes some of the funniest faces!
So, Happy Birthday Dylan (aka Funnyface)! And Happy Birthday to Buttons, Butterscotch, Caramel and Pepper, too!!!
May you all live long and prosPURR!