This month we feature cuddly “Chessie,” a former foster cat. Chessie is the first and eldest “cat child” of Caroline Veno, a member of our Internet Services team and a 13-year employee at Replacements, Ltd.
When Caroline agreed to foster a very young (less than a year old) mother cat and her three-day-old kittens back in 1996, she didn’t realize that it might turn into a permanent situation. But mother cat Chessie was so sweet and lovable that before she even arrived “home” from the animal shelter, she had already won Caroline’s heart and a promise that she would be a “forever member” of her family.
Named after the Cheshire cat of
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland fame and for her enigmatic look, Chessie is a multicolored tabby with tufted ears, black “mascara” lines on her face, and a raccoon-striped tail. She loves to be picked up so she can sit in Caroline’s lap and be snuggled while Caroline gives her alternating “huggies and kissies.” Chessie has a wonderful, loud purr and will even purr for the vet when she gets her annual checkup!
Before Caroline moved to her current home, she lived in a busy apartment complex. For safety she taught Chessie to walk with a halter and leash, so they both could go outside and play. Chessie did this willingly, to the amazement of Caroline’s apartment neighbors! Now that they live in “the big house,” as Caroline calls her home, Chessie enjoys the wonders of their fenced-in backyard and trees without her leash, but always under Caroline’s watchful eye.
Among Chessie’s favorite pastimes are eating bits of table food (shhh, don’t tell), sitting still for long periods of time watching for garden voles, and rolling over and through the catnip in Caroline’s garden. Her favorite sports team is the North Carolina State Wolfpack. During basketball season, Chessie takes time out during the game to run and slide on the red and white NC State pompoms Caroline puts on the floor in front of the TV for her amusement.
Although Chessie prefers to stay at home with the other family cats – “Mr. Kitten” (one of Chessie’s original offspring), “Lilibet,” and “
Sammie” (a previous Featured Pet), Caroline says it’s nice to know that if for any reason she needed to have Chessie come to work, she could. “Being allowed to bring our pets in and to see the many ‘working’ pets here during the day is a benefit that sets Replacements, Ltd. above and beyond other companies. I’m so proud of how our employees care about and help so many animals through adoptions and donations of time and material goods. It says a lot about the respect for life that our Replacements, Ltd. family has, and I’m proud to work with these employees in this pet-friendly place.”