A Year With George Washington Edwards

About this time last year we adopted a one-year-old cat from our local Humane Society (you can read that story here).

George has been the most awesome addition to our family. We had hoped for a cat that would be equal parts playful and cuddly and that's exactly George.

Simon was really the one who wanted a cat.

As he would tell you straight-out in his matter-of-fact manner, "I'm a fan of cats."

George and Simon definitely have a special relationship that's continued to grow over the year. I often find him sleeping on Simon's bed when he's at school and if he's inside when the bus drops Simon off he often runs downstairs to greet him.

He's indoor/outdoor just like a dog.

That was a total win as far as I'm concerned.

Yea, he's kinda like a person sometimes.

And other times he's just like a cat.

I'm also a pretty big cat fan so having this guy here has been therapeutic for all of us this past year.

He and Lily are definitely pals.

And for those of you who are bigger dog fans, Lily's been doing pretty good considering her age since being really sick two summers ago.

Super thankful for this little guy in our lives even when he brought us two snakes (once inside) last summer. As Simon likes to repeat (and I so agree) from Indiana Jones, "I hate snakes."

We love you George!

54 thoughts

  1. Jayne

    2013-02-25 20:12:27 -0500

    I love reading that George has met both your hopes! Loving the photos - he certainly looks happy!as do you, Simon and Anna.

  2. Melanie

    2013-02-25 20:45:18 -0500

    I love your pet posts. I haven't been a big fan of cats in the past but I've had cats. I'm generally allergic to cats, BUT I'm considering fostering kittens for our local humane society. I've been fostering puppies which I LOVE but often kitten foster homes are in dire need so I may step into that. I'm sure it will be a blast since I love animals. George Washington looks like he has a ton of personality. I'm so glad that Lily is doing well.

  3. Lisa

    2013-02-25 21:23:18 -0500

    oh.my.goodness. Love the photo of George at the table. I love cats too but my #2 son is allergic so when our cat was sick, we couldn't keep him. :(

  4. Indy

    2013-02-25 21:39:32 -0500

    I am so glad you shared George's 1st year with us! I am a total cat fan! My hubby and I adopted our little shelter cat, Catapult, nearly 2 years ago. We picked her out at 1 week and adopted at 5 weeks, and she has blessed our house with never-ending entertainment! Thank goodness for our furry friends!

  5. Tracy Smith

    2013-02-25 21:49:59 -0500

    I'm with Simon - I'm a fan of cats, too!

  6. Elisabeth Costa

    2013-02-25 22:26:24 -0500

    Your George is SO much like our Jack (and looks an awful lot like him too!!) He has a brother Sedona who is huge and more like a dog LOL Our pets do bring the extra love we need sometimes. Glad your George found your family to adopt.

  7. Trina

    2013-02-25 22:48:29 -0500

    Hey Ali--Did you guys train George to be an indoor/outdoor cat or did he come to you that way? My boys desperately want another cat but I just can't deal with the whole litter box thing again.

  8. Cary Vanos

    2013-02-25 23:41:26 -0500

    I LOVE that Simon says "I am a fan of cats". My son Charlie says "I am a fan of...." for so many things. Love that you named the cat George. Love the pictures and the post.

  9. mandyb

    2013-02-26 00:58:57 -0500

    oh my goodness my cat sleeps on me the same way yours does!!!
    and mine is called Georgie!!! snap!!! (girl version!!! of George)
    did you take that pic?? cos id love a shot of that too....but am single so would have to wrangle the camera myself!!!

    and simon i am with you
    i love cats too!!!

  10. Jo-Anne from ZA

    2013-02-26 02:17:25 -0500

    Your little furry guy and big furry lady are just so special! Isn't it amazing how they just manage to creep into your heart while you are not looking:-)

  11. Karen

    2013-02-26 04:45:31 -0500

    You've captured George brilliantly! He reminds me a lot of our cat Spooky from his b&w markings. We so want a dog but are afraid our cats wouldn't like him/her. Nice to see that your pets are friends!

  12. A. Sanborn

    2013-02-26 04:56:31 -0500

    Being cat lovers ourselves (Manx x2)

    I enjoyed the story of "George Washington" Edwards arrival and loved the story of Simon choosing a name. Truly hard to believe it's been a year already, Ali.

    Love the photos of George and yourself appearing to have caught a "cat nap". Along with George stretching out on his back on the couch. Totally made me laugh. Tuxedo cats have so much character.


  13. dawn

    2013-02-26 06:09:52 -0500

    aawww how cute this post is! I can't believe it's been a year already, time is flying. Love the photos and the words Ali, thanks so much!!

  14. Cindy McDannold

    2013-02-26 07:57:43 -0500

    My sister has two rescued cats that constantly bring dead birds etc. and lay them at the front door! A lady once told her that cats are never "beholding" to anyone, so they are paying for their care and showing you they can work for their keep. Maybe just an old wives tale, but kind of a cute story.

  15. Ellen Coker

    2013-02-26 08:35:30 -0500

    It was a delight to read George Washington Edwards year in review. Pets so fill our lives with love and self acceptance.
    I live with Henry George, also a tuxedo and Jack Charles, a tabby also known as a tweed blazer.
    Enjoy the day.

  16. Beverly

    2013-02-26 08:36:14 -0500

    such as wonderful story!

  17. Benita

    2013-02-26 09:01:50 -0500

    He's beautiful, Ali!

  18. Ruth G

    2013-02-26 09:02:58 -0500

    Wonderful! Great pictures - you can tell he was very happy when he was laying on your shoulder - and great to hear how he's made himself a part of the family! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. Cathy L.

    2013-02-26 10:00:27 -0500

    I love your photos of George! My daughter and one of our cats have a very special relationship. I laughed when I saw George on Simon's Lego table. I wonder if he knocks everything down like our Gizmo does? That's the only time Chloe gets mad at him, and she always forgives him pretty quickly!

  20. KSW

    2013-02-26 11:37:01 -0500

    You captured the essence of life as a family, and GWE suits your family perfectly. I love your shots.

  21. courtneydogs

    2013-02-26 13:55:46 -0500

    I am really enjoying your blog (been a reader for 3 years). You look so beautiful and happy and the kids look amazing. I am in love with George, in his little handsome tux!

  22. Jennifer L.

    2013-02-26 20:12:15 -0500

    Aaaaww, I love cats, too! I don't have one, so I enjoy them vicariously through others. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

  23. Ann

    2013-02-26 21:42:32 -0500

    Aw, George is cute. He reminds me of our Norman who we lost last January. He was 18!

  24. Kay Gregory-Clark

    2013-03-01 23:36:46 -0500

    George Washington looks similar to our Boots—the white bib and 4 white paws. The rest of her, though, is tortoise shell. She adopted us; we live in the country and she was dumped here as a kitten last summer, very emaciated, but has tripled in size. She's become very affectionate now. I was just e-mailing a friend about how comforting it is to have a cat in my lap again. I lost my old (20 years) Heidi a couple years ago. We also have a black lab.

  25. Melissa

    2013-03-03 06:37:18 -0500

    GWE looks like one lucky kitty.........isn't it amazing how much joy pets (espeically resuces) bring into our lives. :)

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