For those of you who have read this from my first post, you know the name Baka Rider came from my online name of BakaNeko or BakaNeko59. If you haven’t read it, click on the link and do so. I can wait… Dum de dum, dum de dum dum, (whistle, whistle)… There, all done? Well, if you’re too lazy to click on a silly link, I guess I’ll have to repeat a bit of it. BakaNeko, loosely translated from Japanese, means stupid cat. This is because I have had several cats in my life and at one time or another they’ve all acted stupid.
Well, we just added another one – Maggie Mae. This makes a total of three in the house again. We have Anime (Annie Mae), Daisy Mae, and now Maggie Mae. For those of you who are looking for a motorcycle reference to this post, Maggie is sitting on my new issue of V-Twin magazine 🙂
We adopted her from Animal Rescue Families (ARF), a non-profit no-kill program in our area where volunteers provide foster homes for animals. They bring animals to our two big pet stores (PetsMart and PetCo) every week for people to adopt. We’ve gotten all three of our current kitties (and Cleo, who has passed away) from them. You have to apply to adopt, and they perform various checks on you to make sure you appear to be suitable to own the pet. They turn over 50% of applicants away for one reason or another, mostly dealing with what the home environment will be like. They want to make sure the pet will be well taken care of.
Well, my wife Polly went into PetsMart to get some cat food for our current cats and made the “mistake” of stopping by and seeing what they had available for adoption. When she walked by Maggie’s cage, Maggie reached out to her. This is the same type of action Cleo did when we first saw her. Cleo was one of the friendliest little cats in the world, so when Maggie reached out, Polly immediately thought of Cleo. Needless to say, she fell in love with Maggie right away. The lady from ARF who was fostering her confirmed that she was very friendly and loving to everyone. This, incidentally, was the same lady who had fostered Cleo many years ago. Her name escapes me, but as soon as I get it I’ll mod this article.
So we now have three kitties again. It’s way too soon, however, to tell if Maggie will be another bakaneko or not. But if my past experience is any indication, I’m sure she will be.