It’s a “Name Gary’s New Orange Kitten Contest!” The prize is listed below.
I’ve already written about this in my Times column of Oct. 21. The following is excerpted from that column and meant for those of you who only read my blog:
If you haven’t been following my little adventure in my daily column, a tiny, scrawny orange feral kitten showed up in my backyard tomato patch over a month or so ago. After a few weeks of feeding and coaxing the kitten, I finally lured her all the way up on my back deck by moving the food dish a little closer every day.
Friday, Oct. 10, I was able to pick her up and stash her in our son Karl’s bathroom so we could start taming her down. (Karl won’t mind since he’s down in Antarctica and off on another adventure.)
The kitten went to our vet for shots, blood tests (all negative), defleaing and deworming on Oct. 11. And Lois and I have been spending a lot of time with her ever since and she’s tamed down quite a bit. (I discussed this, with photos, in my Oct. 13 blog entry.)
She now purrs loudly whenever we open the bathroom door. It’s a start.
Now, we’ve got to find a name for the little orange kitten — so I’m having a contest in my daily newspaper column — and here in my blog — to name the kitten. It ends on Friday, Nov. 7. Please list your suggested name(s) in “Comments/Reply” to this blog, no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 7. Please include your name and e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you if your name wins.
Contest judges will be me, my wife Lois, and our son Karl. And maybe our present cat, Newman. Maybe.
The prize for the winning little orange kitten name is a unique autographed collection of five of my books, three of them out of print. (“A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wild Life,” and “Isis” are out of print but I have a few copies. “The Raccoon Next Door,” and “There’s an Opossum in My Backyard” are still around and are illustrated by my friend the artist, Chuck Todd.)
Have fun! /Gary