Meet Callie:


We adopted her today from the Humane Society, and she is as sweet as can be.


I thought it might take her a while to warm up to us, but no. She’s super affectionate and mellow.


She’s pretty curious about exploring her new digs, though, which I suppose is to be expected.


I have been going back and forth to the Humane Society for weeks now, obsessing over various cats. I was worried about finding the right age—the shelters are filled with beautiful older cats, but I was concerned how a senior pet would adjust to a house filled with rambunctious noisy-ass children. Callie is 2, and she seems to be doing just fine so far.





106 Responses to “Someone new”

  1. Marolyn on September 23rd, 2011 9:11 pm

    Ooooooooooooh such a pretty kitty ! Gorgeous markings. Congratulations on the new family member!

  2. Samantha jo campen on September 23rd, 2011 9:13 pm

    I’m so happy for you. And her markings kill me. You can tell she’s confidant and has a wee bit of spunk. Hooray for adopting an adult. They are the best.

  3. Tiffany on September 23rd, 2011 9:14 pm

    Aww! She’s so sweet! I have a soft spot in my heart for calicos.

  4. Brenda on September 23rd, 2011 9:24 pm

    She is so pretty! She reminds me of our Annabelle who is also black, orange, and white (more black than white). We love having cats =)

  5. Jo on September 23rd, 2011 9:34 pm

    What a cutie! She looks like she’s settling in like a champ :)

  6. sjb on September 23rd, 2011 9:46 pm

    That is wonderful! I also got a ~2 year old calico cat from the Humane Society 7 years ago. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. She’s mellow and snuggly and curled up on the couch with me as I type this.

  7. Sarah Bell on September 23rd, 2011 9:53 pm

    She’s flipping ADORABLE. And those calicos are a bundle of personality! :)

  8. Donna on September 23rd, 2011 10:34 pm

    I too have a soft spot for calicoes, and she is gorgeous!
    I am allergic to dogs, but have 4 because my family is all allergic to cats, but I threaten my dogs all the time telling them I don’t even like dogs, I like cats! And I’m gonna trade you!
    They don’t care…..

  9. heather on September 23rd, 2011 10:36 pm

    yay! i love her little splotchy face.

  10. Meg on September 23rd, 2011 11:03 pm

    oh her wee splotched face! She’s the loveliest thing! oh to own a cat again! Sadly all my boys are super allergic, so I must sigh over sweet kitties from afar.

  11. Ashleas on September 23rd, 2011 11:03 pm

    She’s gorgeous! She’s a brighter, more saturated version of my Samantha! Who we call Swishy because of her swish-swish tail when she walks. :3

  12. Jenny on September 23rd, 2011 11:26 pm

    Congratulations! Such a pretty kitty. Oh, now I want one!

  13. nicola on September 23rd, 2011 11:28 pm

    She’s a beauty!!

  14. Meg on September 24th, 2011 12:57 am

    I love her cool face!! Congrats!

  15. Meredth on September 24th, 2011 1:48 am

    She is a little slice of purring heaven.

  16. Jeanette on September 24th, 2011 4:05 am

    She’s gorgeous! Good for you and thank you for adopting her from the Humane Society!

  17. Jessica on September 24th, 2011 5:00 am

    I’m glad you found the perfect cat for your house. Congratulations!

  18. Jodie on September 24th, 2011 5:03 am

    Aww! Congrats callies are so sweet by nature

  19. Eric's Mommy on September 24th, 2011 5:24 am

    Yeah! Congratulations she is so cute!

  20. Ang on September 24th, 2011 5:27 am

    Congrats!! I’d love to have a cat but it would literally kill my husband, he’s so allergic, boo.

  21. Heather on September 24th, 2011 5:31 am

    Yay! Congrats on the new kitty! She’s lovely!

  22. ccr in MA on September 24th, 2011 5:37 am

    Oh, she’s so beautiful! And sweet-tempered, even better. Nice choice, congratulations!

  23. MacLeod House on September 24th, 2011 5:45 am

    AWw – Cats are awesome! Especially the affectionate ones, their personalities are so cool. I love my dogs dearly, but they’re not the same, a cat just *knows* they’re your equal. Has she tried to stop you typing on the macbook yet – by lying across your wrists? :) Can’t wait for more cat updates :)

  24. Brigid on September 24th, 2011 6:13 am

    She’s beautiful! If you find a way to keep her off the flat stove, let me know. Our cats routinely walk across it to get to the “good” window for squirrel watching. I am a wreck anytime the burners are on. I leave a pot or pan on the burner until they cool off, but it still freaks me out.

  25. Kelsey on September 24th, 2011 6:20 am

    Congratulations – she such a cutie!

  26. MRW on September 24th, 2011 6:25 am

    Awww what a cute kitty! Most of the cats I’ve had in my life have been strays about 3 or so years old and every one of them was so happy to have a home that they were the best cats! Congrats!

  27. Kristin on September 24th, 2011 6:30 am

    Aww! She’s so cute! It’s awesome you got a cat with a great personality. In the first picture, I can see in her eyes that she likes you, too! Love her spots!

  28. Aunt Linda on September 24th, 2011 6:55 am

    I know where you could have selected between two birds and three dogs — I would even have delivered.

  29. Kelly on September 24th, 2011 7:35 am

    Yay!! :-) Time to rerun kitty intelligence test with a treat in a cracker box? :)

  30. Starr Anderson on September 24th, 2011 7:36 am


  31. Amy on September 24th, 2011 7:37 am

    She us gorgeous!

  32. Starr Anderson on September 24th, 2011 7:53 am

    awwwww, sweet girl!

  33. Mare on September 24th, 2011 7:54 am

    So, minus the dark spots,she and JB sort of have the same colouring! :)

  34. Karen on September 24th, 2011 8:19 am

    She is beautiful! Good for you for adopting an older cat! Have fun with her.

  35. Victoria on September 24th, 2011 8:22 am

    Glad to hear it :)

  36. Life of a Doctor's Wife on September 24th, 2011 8:23 am

    Congratulations! She is beautiful and sounds like she’s adjusting well. I have severe cat envy.

  37. melanie on September 24th, 2011 8:31 am

    She’s BEAUTIFUL!! Love the cool spots (and she looks super-soft, I wish the internet had a touch screen). Congratulations on your new family member!!

  38. Angella on September 24th, 2011 8:34 am

    She looks sweet! Happy for you guys. :)

  39. Connie on September 24th, 2011 8:43 am

    Congrats! She is so pretty.

  40. cara on September 24th, 2011 8:51 am

    Aw, I’m so happy for you guys! I hope there’s many years of happiness to come with all of you. :)

  41. Mary on September 24th, 2011 8:53 am

    So pretty! My husband volunteers for PAWS in Lynnwood, and every couple of weeks he comes home looking hopeful, he’s met the perfect new kitty for our house. We already have two, and I think for now that’s enough. I’m so glad a sweet kitty found a good home with you!

  42. willikat on September 24th, 2011 8:54 am

    Pretty kitty!!!! Congratulations!

  43. Jennifer on September 24th, 2011 10:06 am

    Ooohhhh…..she’s beautiful! And oblivious to the adventure her life has just become! Ha ha. Congrats!

  44. Clarabella on September 24th, 2011 10:07 am

    I love her smudges!

  45. shannon on September 24th, 2011 10:42 am

    Our most recent addition to the feline pack is a calico too – they are my FAVORITE! She looks like a sweetheart and I’m sure she’ll love life with the boys!

  46. Sonia on September 24th, 2011 11:28 am

    AW! Congrats on your newest family member. She’s so cute.

  47. sooboo on September 24th, 2011 11:37 am

    She is so pretty! Adopting a cat rather than a kitten is the way to go. They are playful, but not so destructive. Congratulations!!

  48. Jenn on September 24th, 2011 11:43 am

    Beautiful cat! I love calicos, they are my ULTIMATE favorite, I believe they have a personality all their own, a certain sweetness and confidence you don’t always find in other cats.

  49. H on September 24th, 2011 2:19 pm

    She is beautiful! Congratulations!

  50. Trina on September 24th, 2011 2:43 pm

    I love her tail. Soooooo fluffy!! Congratulations!

  51. Her Ladyship on September 24th, 2011 2:45 pm

    AWWWWW….what a pretty kitty!

  52. amy on September 24th, 2011 3:49 pm

    awwwww, sweet!

  53. wealhtheow on September 24th, 2011 4:02 pm

    what a sweetie! congrats on the newest addition to the family!

  54. Deanna on September 24th, 2011 4:26 pm

    awww. *big hug* I am so proud of you! I know how much you loved Dog and Cat and how hard it can be to get a new pet.
    I started volunteering with a feral cat spay/neuter clinic and it is amazing how many cats live on the streets.
    I am glad this one found you. And it is not obsessing – it is like falling in love. You gotta check out a bunch, test drive some and then you find the one.
    PS: JB w/ cat – CA-UTE!!

  55. Monica on September 24th, 2011 4:40 pm

    What a beautiful cat! We got our dog from a rescue shelter and my 6-year-old son loves telling everyone how we rescued him. I think it’s something to be quite proud of too.

  56. Belle on September 24th, 2011 4:58 pm

    Fabulous looking kitty! We’ve had 5 cats over the years – all adopted from the humane society. The first 3 all lived to be 17+ years. The two with us now were about 1 when we adopted them and we are hoping for another 15 years with them. I think cats bring out the gentleness in our boys and men and it’s quite lovely to see. Cats are the best! :)

  57. souphead on September 24th, 2011 5:10 pm

    she’s a beauty! congrats!

  58. Amy B on September 24th, 2011 6:36 pm

    I love her!! She reminds me of a cat my college roommate had named Bear. An odd name for a cuddly, affectionate sweetheart of a kitty. I’m glad you a new Cat. Welcome to the Sundry family, Callie. :)

  59. Mikki Griffith on September 24th, 2011 6:44 pm

    Congrats and thank you for adopting a shelter kitty!! :D She is GORGEOUS!

  60. Ali V on September 24th, 2011 6:54 pm

    So gorgeous – look at that bushy tail!

  61. Kathleen on September 24th, 2011 7:21 pm

    Yay! I love adopting adult cats because you know what personality they’ll have. And so cute!

  62. Jenny on September 24th, 2011 7:21 pm

    She’s so pretty. My favorite pet growing up was a cat named Callie.

    Pets are such a fun thing for young kids.

  63. Danell on September 24th, 2011 7:45 pm

    I think you guys should try toilet training her…mostly so we can read what you have to say about it. *snicker*

  64. Jem on September 25th, 2011 4:15 am

    AWWW I like her too.

  65. Whitney on September 25th, 2011 5:56 am

    The all caps at the end made me smile. She’s so lovely!

  66. goingloopy on September 25th, 2011 6:36 am

    She’s so adorable. I recently adopted a tortie kitten, and my best friend adopted a little calico much like yours (whose name is also Cali)…they are such sweet, friendly kitties and it’s fascinating to look at all their blotches and splotches up close. Congrats on your new little fuzzy baby!

  67. ElizabethZ on September 25th, 2011 7:17 am

    Oh, she’s so pretty!

  68. Karen on September 25th, 2011 10:34 am

    She’s beautiful. And kudos to you guys for adopting an older cat. I also adopted my two girls at the ages of 2 (they are now 6) and it was the best thing ever to get them out of the shelter and into their new home.

    Enjoy your new fuzzy, purry friend. :))

  69. Lindsay on September 25th, 2011 11:01 am

    Oh, congrats! She is just gorgeous! I can’t to see more photos of her. :)

  70. Very Bloggy Beth on September 25th, 2011 11:56 am

    that kitty is ADORABLE.

  71. Celine on September 25th, 2011 12:23 pm

    This makes me so insanely smiley! She is gorgeous and I’m so happy for you guys!

    Okay, so if you can’t tell, I like cats JUST a little…

  72. Charissa on September 25th, 2011 12:28 pm

    Good for you guys! I don’t know firsthand, but can imagine how hard it must be to choose a new pet…. Callie is gorgeous — love the splotchy face! — I’m sure she’ll fit right in with you guys :)

  73. Christine on September 25th, 2011 1:15 pm

    Congrats on the new addition! She’s beautiful

  74. Sara on September 25th, 2011 4:49 pm

    She’s beautiful.

    And I totally cried reading this.

    It’s like you know, a new baby!

    Adorable, congrats!

  75. Val on September 25th, 2011 5:34 pm

    Such a beautiful girl. So glad that you rescued a kitty and give her a great home and life.

  76. Kate on September 25th, 2011 6:26 pm

    Oh, she’s a beauty. Seriously. Love her crazy markings. She looks like she might have some Maine Coon in her.

    Kudos to you for adopting from the shelter, and an adult at that. She looks like the perfect fit for your family.


  77. Veronica on September 25th, 2011 7:35 pm

    Don’t you mean someone “mew”?

    Sorry …

    P.S. Adopting an older cat is the way to go! :)

  78. Jessi on September 26th, 2011 5:35 am

    She looks so sweet. Congratulations!

  79. Lisa on September 26th, 2011 5:36 am

    So happy for you!

  80. Emma on September 26th, 2011 5:44 am

    She’s a beautiful addition to your family. The pic of JB looks like he has an Afalfa sprout on his head from the door ajar behind him!

  81. Melissa on September 26th, 2011 5:45 am

    She is SO pretty. I love her coloring.

    Welcome home, Callie!

  82. MontesMommy on September 26th, 2011 7:36 am

    Congrats on your new addition, but I have to tell you, when I read the subject line in my email, I really thought you were going to tell us that you were preggo’s! lol :)

  83. Redbecca on September 26th, 2011 7:46 am

    Congrats! She is beautiful. I’m glad she is settling in nicely. What do the boys think of her?

  84. Redbecca on September 26th, 2011 8:00 am

    Okay, I gotta say it. The bit of black between the door and frame above JB’s head makes him look like a Kewpie doll or Alfalfa from the Little Rascals all growed up….

  85. kristin on September 26th, 2011 8:43 am

    So cute! Calicos are the best!

  86. Tara on September 26th, 2011 9:47 am

    She is very cute and looks like a real sweetheart. Congratulations on the new addition to the family!

  87. Rachael on September 26th, 2011 10:59 am

    Alton and John have the same barber.

  88. erica on September 26th, 2011 11:11 am

    She is *beautiful*!

  89. sheilah on September 26th, 2011 11:13 am

    I had a beautiful silver-shaded persion with gorgeous green eyes a few years ago. She was a sweet, gentle little thing who loved nothing more than lying on your lap for the whole evening. But…the long hair. It gets matted. Really bad. And needs to be combed. Which. I. Don’t. Do. So it then needs to be shaved. Which. She. Hated.

    She died a few years ago (she was 16 years old) and although I loved her a great deal, I swore I would never get another long-haired cat.

    We now have a domestic short hair (orange, also very affectionate). And all is right with the world.

  90. agirlandaboy on September 26th, 2011 12:29 pm

    She’s darling. Two is perfect. Past the batshit destructo kitten phase. Well done, team.

  91. krisfun on September 26th, 2011 9:49 pm

    How could you not like her so much? She is absolutely gorgeous!

  92. Melissa on September 27th, 2011 6:43 am

    Adorable. And I’m not even a cat person!

  93. Angela on September 27th, 2011 6:58 am

    She is precious and yea for you for adopting an older cat!

  94. Kizz on September 27th, 2011 8:44 am

    She’s gorgeous. Too bad she’s so shy. :) Looks like a perfect match.

  95. Jody on September 27th, 2011 8:44 am

    She is so pretty!! I’m completely envious as I can’t have animals.

  96. Cindy on September 27th, 2011 11:50 am

    What a pretty kitty. Careful what you start. We now have 3 cats, all shelter/strays. Apparently we have a hard time saying no to a furry face. Congrats on giving Callie a wonderful new life.

  97. Junni on September 27th, 2011 7:01 pm

    Pretty girl!

    The cat picks the person you know. :) What a lovely addition to your family.

  98. Janet on September 27th, 2011 9:23 pm

    Oh good, I’m not the only one who got teary. She is a gorgeous fluffball! Ahh, I love the splodgy face:)

  99. erin on September 27th, 2011 10:20 pm

    She is beautiful! And I love the name, because my 8yr old’s name is Callie, too. :)

  100. Katie on September 28th, 2011 9:38 pm

    Oh holy crap is that the cutest cat. I think I’ve turned into a crazy cat lady because few things make me happier than petting my cats. The purring is soothing you know?

  101. Kristen on September 29th, 2011 9:47 am

    I looove her. So glad you found yourself a sweet kitty! Let me know how long it takes before she starts knocking shit off your desk while you’re trying to work.

  102. Tracy on September 30th, 2011 9:47 am

    Love her. Making that pet love connection is so wonderful, congrats!

  103. sjb on October 4th, 2011 3:52 pm

    Also, tee hee, I already commented on this post earlier but my female calico cat from the humane society also came pre-named Callie. Do you think they just name all female calicos that because it gets so tiresome trying to come up with original names after a few decades?

  104. KKF on October 11th, 2011 9:29 am

    So has anyone told you that she totally looks like a Maine Coon? It’s what I have, and they’re smart! They’re totally affectionate! They totally bond with and talk to family members!
    and she’s gonna get big, too. At two she looks like she’s at what, 6-8lbs? Don’t be surprised if she hits 10-14 easy. It’ll be all muscle though. And you might want to try the big chunk catfood that she can really crunch into and take her time on (like the Royal Canin #31 that my princess lurves).
    OOHOHHHOOO! I’m soo happy you have such a sweet, sassy, gorgeous new face in your home! Congrats!

  105. DLC on February 2nd, 2012 7:30 am


  106. dlc on February 2nd, 2012 7:47 am

    Could not agree more with most of these comments. I adopted a 2 yr old calico from my local shelter in early December 2011. ‘Dixie’ is absolutely the best thing that ever happened to me. I have a terminal illness, and wanted a companion to share the remaining time with me. Dixie is the sweetest, kindest, best friend a man could have. She is beautiful, very affectionate, and has a squeaky meow that would melt your heart. Every night, she snuggles up against me in bed as I try to sleep, nuzzling my hand, and licking me as if to say ‘thank you’ for taking me from that shelter. I pray that someone will take VERY good care of her after I’m gone.

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