Welcome Tigrotto Tartufo

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc
I think Thanksgiving is a good day to make this post. Those of you who go back aways here at Active Rain will remember I had a cat that "worked" at my office. That was pre-Nutsy. His name was Mr. Topolino Stromboli. I wrote a few posts about him. You can read one of the posts here.   Topo was the offspring of a feral (untamed) cat that hangs-out in our yard. She got sick, after having three kittens and we found out that she could not nurse them. Two died, and my wife and I rescued the one we found and raised him from when he was the size of a mouse. We fed him by bottle. Then he grew up, he moved in and for two years he was the greatest cat we ever had. A mystery illness took his life on Halloween a year ago. Topo was just two years old. The vets still do not know just what went wrong but it involved his spine.

That same feral mama cat, whom we feed but we have been unable to catch -- we have caught and neutered or spayed several other feral cats in the neighborhood-- just had kittens again this fall. There are three.  I have managed to catch two of them. 

Of those I have caught, one is a male and the other is female. The female is totally black, not a spot of white or any other color. The male, who has a personality kind of like Topo (his half brother), is a fireball. I plan to keep him. The other one we are socializing and I plan to have it spayed, get it shots and give it away to someone who would take care of it. I hope to catch the third one too, but it is hard to do.

These are the first photos of the one I plan to keep. This is Mr. Tigrotto Tartufo. All of our cats have Italian names. Literally that is tiger cub-mushroom or truffle. Rolls off the tongue better than it reads literally. I was going to name the cat Tartufo, then the wife told me what he would, in fact, be called. So I put my choice of a first name as a middle name. Topo was the same situation, where I got to give him a middle name only. His name would have translated as little mouse-volcano.

The photos below, including the lunch break, are part of the rigorous on-the job-training last weekend. This cat is also learning to get along with Nutsy, who is at this point still assistant manager and CFO of King of the House, Inc.

 

 

This kitten looks like an angel, but he is a hellion. I think he is about eight weeks old.

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Charles Buell
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I can just see you running through the neighborhood shouting: "Tigrotto Tartufo----Tigrotto Tartufo----Tigrotto Tartufo-----Tigrotto Tartufo-----where are you Tigrotto Tartufo.  Come here Tigrotto Tartufo!"  sunsmile

November 28, 2008 06:09 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Charles Buell,

You are a big weinie.

November 28, 2008 06:31 PM
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Lisa Friedman
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Steve, he is absolutely adorable.  I am sooooo sorry to hear about Stromboli.  Best wishes for a long and happy life/friendship/working relationship with T.T. :)

November 29, 2008 01:31 PM
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Steven L. Smith
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Lisa,

He is a cutie. He is also a holy terror.

November 29, 2008 02:28 PM
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I can tell he's a holy terror. Look at the mischief in those eyes -- LOL.

November 29, 2008 09:57 PM
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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.