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Running around: Unexpected addition quickly makes himself right at home

| Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

We had no intention of doing what we did that day.

“Let's just go and look,” my husband said. “But, we are not getting it today.”

Well, I had heard that before, right before he bought a brand new car. And, as it turned out, we did end up getting “it,” which is a two-month-old, orange-and-white, large-eyed kitten from Animal Rescue League.

Our family was more than a little surprised when we brought “Dakota” to see them at a get-together for Father's Day because we recently had to surrender our older cat to Animal Friends.

Although Dakota was recovering from a respiratory infection (from which we've learned vet bills are nothing to sneeze at), the little guy charmed everyone and has brought a bright spot to our lives.

Every day when we come home from work, Dakota meets us at the door (most times trying to sneak out into the garage). We have made it a habit to let him ride on top of our gym bags or in my purse up the stairs as he purrs loudly.

Our living room has turned into a play room for the cat, with various toys, a red stuffed monkey for wrestling and biting, about four little mice, which he loves to throw down the steps, and a little sleeping pillow.

He is a very loving kitten, but he has a lot to learn about not biting, not climbing on the table, not hiding under the car in the garage and under the beds in the bedrooms.

We recently had to move our dining room table about 3 feet back so he cannot jump from the table onto the kitchen counter.

We discovered he was a very good jumper when my husband had a hard time finding him one day.

“I heard him making noise one day, and I couldn't figure out where he was,” he said.

“Then, I turned around, and there he was just sitting beside the coffee pot just looking at me.”

Throughout the whole process, we've learned a new pet is almost like having a new child, and I've learned to not believe my husband when he says, “We're just looking.”

Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or

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