Hello and welcome to the blog. Happy Halloween! I hope it’s been a good one! I’ll get back to the previous post in a day or two but there was a development on Sunday night.
I wanted to introduce the friends to a new van trekking pal, Mr. Duke Jasper Harris (aka “DJ”). Duke was born in Jones County a few miles from where Jenny came into being. Duke is about 4 years old – very close to Jenny’s age. Duke has an usual background and I really hope he will find his forever home was worth waiting for!
Duke was a rescue cat and spent time in foster homes. Sadly, he was never adopted. While parents and children played with tiger striped kittens, calicos, and feisty torties at the rescue shelter, Duke went unadopted, watching his friends find forever homes. When I asked why he was not placed, a friend said it was because of Duke’s fur color. It is widely felt that black cats are more difficult to adopt out; many people consider them bad luck or evil.
It broke my heart when I heard what a special kitty this is. The person caring for him said Duke is a bit shy at first but is very loving, gets along great with other cats, and loves the outdoors. Even though I had never seen him until Sunday night, I agreed and told my good friend that Duke would have a loving forever home. He’s still skittish but LOVES to be petted and is very talkative. He’s a very lucky little guy … as he is just starting to find out.
Now to the name…
Some time ago I decided to find a pal for Jennifer and name him Jasper. This summer I worked with the most adorable young couple, a girl named Daphne (a.k.a. “Daffy Duck”) and her fiancé, a kid called Jasper. The name Jasper was so traditional and classy that I immediately said the next cat tomcat would be a “Jasper”. But Duke has been Duke for four years and that is not likely to change. That’s how Duke ended up with the middle name Jasper and the initials D.J.
As time goes by and my little pal and Jennifer become good friends, Duke (DJ or “Dukey duke”) will likely get to ride along camping and fishing and doing guy things… things the other greys, calicos, tabby cats, torties and tiger striped cats can only dream of as they gaze out windows. We’re going to have fun. Jenny is being a little pissy right now but she’ll come around and enjoy the company.
Watch for a new tab for D.J.s page as more photos and adventures happen. I’ll finish up the Muscatine (and other stuff) post soon. No fish were caught but it was still fun and I got some good fall pictures.
Thanks for visiting. Safe and happy camping! Happy Halloween!
Brad, Jennifer, and D.J.
Jones County, Iowa
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