Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chestnut's Story

Hello Everyone!
I'm back from my break! I know that was quick huh?
I have been meaning to write this about our special boy
for the last few weeks and since it is his birthday month
I did not want to miss it. This month is just flying by!
So many of you have asked me about Chestnut since
I started blogging almost two years ago. Here goes...:)
Join me to read about his sweet life story.
Oh my goodness isn't he just the cutest here?
He was about 4 months old in February of 04'.
One cold December day in 2003 I was walking my shih-stzus
Teddy and Bear in our backyard when I came across a cat family
living in the woods behind our house. They were strays.
I spotted this little kitten right away. He was playing with a moth.
I had never had a cat before but I knew instantly he
would be living with us soon. I tried to pet him or any of them but they
were wild and ran from me. For the next few weeks I put out food and
watched as they slowly came around our back deck. This was a different
home than where we live now but it was still here in North Carolina.
With my husbands blessing I decided today was the day to catch him.
It was December 23rd and I put out a saucer of milk and waited.
He came out from under the deck to drink and I reached out
and just grabbed him. He was so startled. It was truly precious.
We rushed him inside and bathed him and then went to buy supplies.
That was interesting. I had no clue what to do with a cat.
The next day he went to the vet and was dewormed and given
an otherwise clean bill of health. He was officially ours.
The vet said he was about 2 months old and he weighed
exactly 2 pounds that day on Christmas Eve 2003.
What a wonderful Christmas gift he was.
He was named after the street we lived on at the time. It suits him.
Here he is scared and getting his very first bath.
He was so tiny.
This is Chestnut's pretty Mommy from the stray family.
A few months later I tried to catch her but she was too feral.
It made me sad and I still wonder what happened to her.
The huge guy laying out there is his Daddy.
You can now see where Chestnut's large size is from.
He looks like a small lion out there in the grass.
He ruled that family. Those are a few other strays beside him.
We moved in the summer of 04' and had to leave them behind.
The woods have since been torn down and homes are built now.
Chestnut was a very spoiled and happy kitten!
Here he is saying *mine* about his giant new tower.
He loved his toys and would play with them non stop.
Teddy and Bear were both very old and in early 2004 Bear passed
away and then Teddy soon followed. To this day we have never
decided to add another dog to our family. One day...:)
I still miss them both. They were such good boys.
As a young adult cat Chestnut would hide...
And hide some more...
This cat LOVES his tower. Can you see that sly smile?
He was about 2 years and was getting bigger by the day.
We were living in Ohio and he loved to watch the snow falling. was cold. I don't miss that part of it and I am
happy we are back living in North Carolina again.
Today Chestnut is 7 and is happy, healthy and thriving.
He loves to lounge, watch birds, chase *buggies* if they get
inside and drink an occasional milk treat. He's an indoor only cat
and loves to be held and brushed. Even his teethies...:)
We are blessed to have found him and he is forever grateful.
Thank you for reading our kitty's life story.
Have wonderful week!


Melissa F said...

Awww, I just love him! He's adorable!

Bette said...

aaaawwww Chestnut is adorable. Thanks for sharing his story with us. We adopted an older cat about a year ago, and we love him to bits.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I loved reading about Chestnut. How fantastic that you were able to rescue him. I've heard of feral kitties that never become tame. I guess he was meant for a life in a house. He is so beautiful. But....I think it's time you got a puppy.

Lisa said...

Chestnut is one lucky cat and I think you are his Kitty Godmother.:)

Aunt of 14 said...

I am so glad you shared the kitty's story. I fell in love with him the first time I saw a picture of him. I think it was a year ago! :)

Aunt of 14 said...

I cannot believe the size of his dad though!!! I wonder if he was a Maine Coon. That breed runs LARGE.

The Inspired Nest said...

He is so stinkin cute! I have such an affection for cats and he looks like he has quite the personality! We have a 25lb. phat cat that rules the roost! We are so lucky to be blessed with such nice cats (or so they think!)!!
That belly shot make me laugh! Thanks for sharing your story of Chestnut and all the cute pics!

Cara said...

He really is a beautiful cat!! I too am a cat lover. We lost our sweet Fluffy last June, and had another cat by August, lol:)


Kristens Creations said...

Awww...I remember you telling me you found him around Christmas time. What a sweet beautiful boy, I know you love him. His daddy does look like a small lion! He is huge! Coco is about 15 or maybe older! She's still in awesome shape...I know the time will come though, and it makes me sad. I had a cat named Smokey that lived at my parent's house and he lived to be 20! So Chestnut will probably live a long life!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Ooooh! I LOVE this story, Melissa! I don't know why I didn't realize that he was a feral kitten! So were three of mine! And do you know...his mommy looks like my Ozzie! And what a HUGE wonder he's a big boy! Thanks so much for sharing Chestnut's story! He's a lucky guy to have found home with you! But I bet you'll say that you are the lucky one! lol Birthday wishes to him from my staff and me!...hugs...Debbie

Brandi said...

I love me some cats! Chestnut is beyond adorable, his Mommy looks like a fluffier (fatter too) cat of my Henry so I'm in love with her. What a great story you two have melissa. :D

Life with L said...

Awwwww Dear Melissa, he is a sweetie. They bring such happiness to our lives. our pets, our babies. I adore his name as well. Thank again for your sweet comments on my blog. Looking forward to seeing your room you are working on. Hugs, Linda

Debbie said...

Very sweet story..he is just so handsome!!~ Purrrty!

Kat said...

I've always thought Chestnut was such a handsome guy! What a sweet story. I'm so glad that he was able to find such a wonderful home. As you know, our little Sax was dumped near a trash container. These little foundlings make such wonderful pets. I love the picture of him on his back, he really does look like he's grinning at you! Kat

Samantha said...

I loved reading about Chestnut... he has a great life story! :) The photos of him are so precious!

Deb said...

Very cute post. What a lucky kitten he was to have found you. He certainly looks happy. All the best with him and I love your home, just beautiful. Deb =^..^=x5 Ottawa, Canada

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Melissa, thanks for sharing this story about Chestnut. He is such a pretty boy.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl I told you from the start that was a BIG cat and I thought once it was a rug on your kitchen floor ha ha!! What a great story about Chestnut...Have a fun weekend my Dear daughter...if you get a chance come by I'm having a BD party...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Melanie said...

I am not a 'cat' person but Chestnut is really cute. I have a friend in Florida and she doesn't 'do' pets. She round a kitty and that cat is like a dog. Stays inside, loves to be brushed, and even knows not to go in the kitchen. Chestnut is lucky to have you.

Sandra said...

What a beautiful story of your kitty. He is so precious. My boys just found 5 kittens that a mama cat had in my mother in laws backyard and two of them are white. My boys want one so much! I'm gonna have to convince hubby though. Wish me luck!

Tress said...

What a wonderful litle story! What a sweet "little" guy.

Jemsmom said...

What a wonderful story and how lucky is that guy to have you for a mom!! You can tell he is one happy, well loved kitty. Isn't it amazing how they sneak their way into our hearts and lives?

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for sharing about him Melissa..I being an animal lover, loved it! He is smiling and what a handsome guy he is! I have taken in cats like this, in fact my inside cat Sage, looks just like his mama! ;D

Traci said...

I've never been a cat person but Chestnut is very pretty! I LOVE the picture of him watching the snow. He was very lucky to find you!

Andrea said...

Thanks for sharing Chestnut's story.
The picture of him laying on his
back, reminds me of Garfield.
Especially the smile.

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Chestnut is an awesome kitty ~ you can just tell he has such a fun personality ~ especially love the pic of him all stretched out on his kitty tower!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Kat said...

He's a lucky kitty to have found such a loving home. We've had cats before, but now we have the love of our life...a soft coated wheaten terrier named Miss Daisy.


fiberdoodles said...

He is just adorable and what a darling story. It is so obvious that he is truly loved!

Teri said...

Chestnut is such a sweetie! Wish I could cuddle the big guy!!

Lisa said...

Oh my how very sweet!! I love your boy and what a great story!! He is a keeper ;)
I have a roommate who has 2 orange boys and it will be my first time living with cats! Molly is unphased and so far it is fun!
Happy Birthday to Chestnut!
Hugs, Lisa

Tee said...

Chestnut is one beautiful baby. My Georgie was a stray too, although he didn't really put up too much of a fight when we rescued him. Thank you for sharing such a sweet story and all those wonderful photos.

Becca said...

Such a cute story, Melissa! Your furry baby is adorable. I love both the pic of him peeking out from under your table, as well as the one of him lounging on his back in his *tree.* You know, some say that cats choose their owners ... I can definitely see why Chestnut chose you guys. He's living the high life and spoiled rotten! Hugs, Becca

Tara G. said...

Melissa, I totally thought that daddy cat looked part mountain lion or something! Mercy! Love the hiding picture- such a cutie!

Denise said...

Hi Melissa, Chestnut is just beautiful, that picture of him on his tower is just adorable, LOL :) We all love cats here but unfortunately I'm allergic to them, if I wasn't we'd probably have half a dozen at least! Have a lovely weekend.

Rosie said...

He's such a handsome boy! What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

Claudia said...

I love a good rescue story!


Gypsy Heart said...

Fur babies are sooooo special! I'm not a cat person but Chestnut is adorable. He looks like he's at home and totally happy!

Have a wonderful weekend ~

Liz @ Infuse With Liz said...

Awh, what a sweet story! Glad he settled in! I'm a cat lover, so I'm a sap for a good story like this! He looks quite happy and what a lucky little guy he was you adopted him! His life surely would have been shorter in the outdoors!

Mississippi Girl said...

What a handsome fella!! Cats are magical little creatures that take our hearts and run with them. I adopted Jasmine (that's her in my photo) last year from our local shelter and she has been such a blessing of unconditional love. Her nickname is "Stinkerbelle," but she really is a sweetheart.

Take care.

April said...

Even though I'm allergic to cats, I think Chestnut is a prize winner! Great story!

Tam said...

I love his story! He is so beautiful! LOVE HIM!!!

Ginger said...

I can't have cats because of the allergies in the family. But if I was to have a cat it would be a big one like Chestnut. What a gorgeous boy he is. He is very lucky to have found you, cause he is sure living a great life.
I love the picture of him lying down on the tower, and the one of him sitting up in the chair looking out the window.

Erin said...

Oh, Melissa!!! He is absolutley gorgeous!! I love the picture of him under the chair!! I just want to nuzzle his nose! :)

He reminds me alot of my Bubba...just different colors. We got Bubba as a young adult (about 2 years old), so we never saw him as a kitten...but seeing Chestnuts picture gives me an idea of what he probably looked like. We've had our Bubba 5 years now and little Spazz, Fritzy, just turned 2. :)

Richella said...

Oh, Melissa, what a great story! Mr. Chestnut is such a beautiful cat. I've always been a dog person, but I can see why you fell in love with that adorable kitten. Wasn't he the cutest? And now he looks like the King of the World. :)

Willow said...

He is so cute and he looks like a Happy Fellow.


Brenda Kula said...

Melissa, that cat IS grinning up there on that kitty post! How funny. I love pet stories. So heartwarming. You know, that cat and its mother looks like they might be from the Maine coon cat family. We found Clyde in a dumpster, and he grew so big we found out that's what he is. They have some weird habits. Clyde will follow you on a walk wherever you go like a dog! I've always wanted a cat that color too.

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

the 6th photo has me cracking up! thanks for sharing:D

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

So nice to have you back, my friend! Melissa, you know how much I love Chestnut..he's adorable! Russ and I are "cat" people...we love all of our kitties! Well, I certainly can tell that Chestnut loves his mama and his beautiful home! I just laughed when I seen the photo of him laying on his back...all sprawled out on top of his tower. Too cute! He sure is a beautiful kitty...such a pretty color! Thanks for sharing his story with us!

I also visited your last post, my friend! Ohhh...your new vase is gorgeous and it looks sooo pretty with all the autumn leaves! Girlfriend, you did a fabulous job arranging that pretty bouquet! You home is soooo very beautiful in its autumn dress!!!

Love ya,

Delchick41 said...

Oh Melissa! You're story about Chestnut put a smile on my face. I so miss my kitties and seeing Chesnuts' story just made my day, believe me:) He is so cuttttte! I love the pictures of him in the tower and looking out the window. Thanks. I hope all is well and you are enjoying the rest of October. Gosh, it is going way too fast! Take care.


Delchick41 said...

Oh Melissa! You're story about Chestnut put a smile on my face. I so miss my kitties and seeing Chesnuts' story just made my day, believe me:) He is so cuttttte! I love the pictures of him in the tower and looking out the window. Thanks. I hope all is well and you are enjoying the rest of October. Gosh, it is going way too fast! Take care.


Valerie said...

I just loved reading Chestnut's story. I am sure he brings much love and joy to your life and you to his. He is adorable and takes great pictures!

pozypeacock said...

His eyes are so BEAUTIFUL! That one photo melts my little heart and reading the story. He looks so loved. You can tell. I admire you for doing what you did. You are blessed and he is blessed for sure!

Sherry said...

Thanks for sharing your story about Chestnut. I read your blog and love your house and so proud of you for losing weight and a new healthy lifestyle..I usually don't comment on blogs since I don't have one but I do read alot of them. I am Kristen's (Creations) friend...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed reading Chestnut's story! He's a beauty, and a lucky cat to be adopted by you! I had to chuckle about you grabbing him, then giving him a bath! He must have thought he was a goner for sure!! LOL!


Melissa :) said...

Awwwwwwwww! I love cats - always have - but can't have any because I'm severley allergic. Bummer. Love seeing photos of Chestnut! :)

Lori said...

"Gentle eyes that see so much,
paws that have the quiet touch,
Purrs to signal "all is well"
and show more love than words could tell.
Graceful movements touched with pride,
a calming presence by our side -
A friendship that takes time to grow -
Small wonder why we love them so."
The love of our kitties is the most priceless of loves! Chestnut sure was a peanut! Love the one all sprawled out! Give the sweet mister a hug, pet and kiss from me! My poor Miss Kitty has been battling a thyroid issue, lost considerable weight, reacted to the meds, now we are trying to get her stable and gain some for the over priced procedure she needs, wish us luck. love ya both, Lori

Sue said...

What a cutie pie Chestnut was as a kitty! He is now one handsome fella. That was a nice story of how you made him yours. We had feral cats living behind Mr. Sullivan's store. He had the workers feed them and they became tolerant of them. He would have like to bring one of the babies home with him, but I am allergic to the little suckers. I love cats, though, and am a little bit sad that I can never have one.

Melissa said...

You can tell he's truly loved!

Many Blessings,

PS - I love the photo of him laying on his back! It's too cute!

Melody Parris said...

Honestly, I have been wondering about Chestnut since I first started reading this blog. Now I know where he gets his beautiful fur colouring from. That is such a special story you have about your cat and I'm so happy you shared it with everyone. HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHESTNUT!!!! :)

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh Melissa, he is so handsome! I have had a cold and missed so much blogging but I can't believe I missed this post. He is gorgeous and was so fortunate to have adopted you and your husband!!! Let's face it, they really adopt us! He and Flash look so much alike, they could be father and son.
He's spectacular!

Debbie said...

Looking at Chestnut brought tears and a smile to my face at the same time. He reminds me of my beloved cat Checker's who passed away on September 4th, he was 21 1/2 years old. I had checkers since birth. I am still in the mourning phase, but after seeing your precious Chestnut, I realize I have to adopt another orange cat. Thanks for putting a smile on my face!

as always starzie said...

Thank you for sharing the wonderful story about Chester. Sometimes all the stars line up and we are blessed with an amazing animal. You were meant to be Chester's mommy! He is a gorgeous cat! I have had many cats and have loved all of them. But now I have what I refer to as "the love of my life", my Littlestar. Really my husband is the love of my life, but I know how special a cat can be to a person.
I love your blog! Look forward to seeing alot more of Chester!


as always starzie said...

I'm sorry, I was calling your Chestnut Chester! Ofcourse, he is a Chestnut! A beautiful name for a beautiful kitty!


Pattie said...

How great that you where able to catch him and give him such a beautiful life! It's sad that there are people out there that care nothing for animals! I have taken in so many abused and stray animals that I have no more room. I'm one cat away from being labeled a HOARDER!
He is a beautiful cat. Enjoy him! 8>)

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

It was one lucky day when Chestnut met you. This reminds me of a situation my friend is going through rigt now....I think she may be doing the same lucky thing. Chestnut is beautiful. Thanks for sharing her at the pet party.

Vicki said...

How lucky is Chestnut! I love that pic of him in his kitty tower. I'm following you now. This is my first visit here. Nice to meet you!

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh my gosh he is huge, I live on Walnut Street, another nut, but did not name my cat after it LOL Chestnut is one of the few cats that actually likes there post, that is a cute post!!


SavannahGranny said...

I just knew he was a special kitty. He is so beautiful and lucky to have a loving home. My daughter's "Franklin" looks a little like "Chestnut". He was also a feral cat. Hugs, ginger

Olive Cooper said...

Chestnut is beautiful and cats are lovely pets. Mine is past rotten.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

He's such a beautiful cat, and yes I think his dad looks like a small lion in the grass:) He's a lucky boy!

Pattie said...

Melissa, I'm glad I found your blog, Is this so much fun? your cat is on of the most prettiest I have ever seen, Kinda of a sad story But look you have done good I love people like you. give Chestnut a hug from me.

Pattie newest follower

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

He is such a pretty cat! Daddy was huge and mom was such a pretty color too. Glad you brought him in and gave him a warm safe home :)

Traci said...

He's the lucky one - or maybe, your the lucky one for finding him!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Chestnut is adorable! I know how it is to take one look and 'know' they are meant to be yours!

Elsina said...

oh what a sweetie!! Thanks for sharing!

AshTreeCottage said...

What a beautiful story with such a happy ending. God Bless you for bringing that precious little one into your life. You did something wonderful and by the looks of it, he has for you as well!

Susan and Bentley

the cape on the corner said...

oh my goodness, i loved hearing this story. i recognized when i clicked thru that i had commented to you in the past about him. i LOVE the pic of him smiling in his tower, and that pic of his dad DOES look like a lion! wow, that's some huge cat! hope you'll stop over and hear about my cat, sunday!

Margie said...

wow, he's really beautiful! I love the picture of him lying on the tower with that mischievous grin on his face! oh, if only he could talk ... he'd be singing your praises, that's for sure!

Judy said...

What a great story. Chestnut is so adorable. His face drew me in and I had to link over to read his story. I hope you come check out "Sara's" story over at my blog at

Erin said...

I know I've commented before about Chestnut...but I couldn't let that precious boys face pass me by at Debbie's Pet Party. He's just so beautiful!! :)

lvroftiques said...

Chestnut is the luckiest cat in the world to have you for his mommy! And what a beautiful BIG boy he is!
It's so sad that the rest of his family were too feral or they might have found the perfect home too. I loved reading his story Melissa. Vanna

Love of the Sea said...

What a great story. Chestnut is gorgeous. And so was his tortie mother. So beautiful. And his father looked like a lion indeed. It makes me feel sad to think about what probably happened to the colony of cats when they cleared the woods. But Chestnut was so lucky you were on a walk that day!!