Hey there! You may notice a new face on the banner above. Let me intoduce Josaphina Sophia Holechek or, as we call her, Josie.


Yes, she is named after Josie and the Pussycats, but the comic that was interspersed in the Archie comics of the 1960s, not the cartoon or the silly movie and pop culture junk of recent years.

I found Josie about a month ago behind my work, emaciated and lonely. You could feel her bones protruding through her skin and she was yelling her little head off. Thanks to a quick-acting friend, we were able to get her fed and in a cat carrier in a matter of minutes and then she was off to the vet and home with me. Now she’s a healthy weight and settling into our house pretty well. The other cats are still adjusting, but thankfully Josie is very laid-back. If you’re going to have four cats, she’s the kind to have. She enjoys being close to us, such as in the same room or on the couch, but she’s not needy and she likes to give moderate affection. Good qualities when you’re dividing your attention four ways.


This is what we affectionately refer to as “the happy look of death”. Even when she’s extremely happy her face doesn’t really reflect it. But she’s definitely making herself at home.

I swear I will post about food soon. :)

Oh, and my book is officially out now, for real. So yeah, go bake some stuff. :)

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11 Responses to new nom on the block…

  1. Courtney says:

    Josie is adorable! I love her markings/coloring–very unique and beautiful. And how sweet are you?! Not many people would adopt/rescue a cat on the spot like that! Especially if they already have THREE cats at home :-) You are a saint!


  2. Vaala says:

    She’s a gorgeous cat! Love her!

    Ooo, off to go order your book now :)

  3. Jojo says:

    Squeeee Josie’s gorgeous!

  4. Molly says:

    soooo cute :3

  5. karla says:

    yes, agreed! Josie’s one fine looking cat!

  6. Sandy says:

    Wow! She hit the lottery with you two! Lucky gal…so gorgeous!

  7. KAnn says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog as I am ordering your book and I had to post…I have four cats, too…all rescues and as someone who is very involved with cat rescue/shelter/spay-neuter work, I just wanted to thank you for adding Josie to your family! She is precious!

    • Kris says:

      Hey there! Thanks for the support, I really appreciate it!

      All of our kitties are rescues. We’re two for two now, 2 from shelters and 2 directly from the street! If I had all the money (and time!) in the world, we’d have an even larger family.

      Thank you for all the work you do on behalf of the kitties! I’m loosely involved with a local no-kill cat shelter here in Portland and the work they do is truly amazing.

  8. Kirsten says:

    Josie is beautiful. I love her markings on her face. They are very distinctive.

  9. Vegetation says:

    Awww she’s just beautiful! I’m so glad she found you!

    I have a kitty who has a happy look of death too 😛 Rather confusing sometimes!

  10. Veggienetters says:

    Beautiful kitty! Yah for Josie finding you! We have 8 furbabies, 6 of which are rescues and two of which came from friends. There are so many animals out there that need rescuing. Thanks for helping Josie!