Thursday, July 06, 2006

In the beginning...

Hello and welcome to our homeless cats blog. We live in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia where we serve as missionaries. We love Russia and are concerned for the poor and homeless people of Russia and around the world. We are also interested in the homeless and mistreated animals we see. We have begun this web blog to showcase some of their stories.

This is Vyera (which is Russian for Faith) relaxing on top of our slippers. She was our first adopted Russian cat. We found her in August 1994 when we first moved to Dzerzhinsk, Russia. We were walking home from church one Sunday and as we walked through the tall grass Mike kicked this tiny little kitten like a soccer ball. We felt horrible when we realized what he had done and we picked the little thing up to make sure that she was OK. All the neighborhood kids who were watching us said, "It doesn't have a home," so we adopted her. Vyera has lived with us for 12 years now. Her primary person in our family was our daughter Erin, but when Erin married her husband Paul, Vyera became completely ours as Paul has severe animal allergies. Vyera moved from Dzerzhinsk, Russia to Massachusetts along with her people in 1996, when we returned to America. In 2004 Vyera moved back to her motherland with Karen and Mike. She now resides with us in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

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