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It is amazing how two weeks can pass so quickly when you focus on things other than the passing of time and have responsibilities, especially new ones. BC is 2 weeks older than when Jamie first brought him/her home. He/she has already grown so much, physically and mentally! When we first brought him/her home, he/she seemed a little weak, maybe shy; now, BC has become quite adventurous and daring about everything, always ready for action.

Already, BC seems to have bonded to me and Jamie, and he/she is not content with staying on the floor when we are in a chair or on the couch! If the item in question is low enough to the ground, BC will attempt to scale it with the vigor of a professional rock climber. Sometimes, he/she will attempt to climb obstacles that would prove difficult for a cat twice his/her size. I have a slight allergy to cat dander, so I try to keep BC off the bed when possible. A kitten napping on your pillow can mean the difference between peaceful sleep and an all night sneeze fest! Despite the sniffles, I can live with such a slight allergy for a kitten that could make a stone statue crack a smile! Plus, over-the-counter allergy medications work well for me 😉

PS: Sorry for all the “he/she” and “him/her” nonsense! BC is getting older, and we will be able to let you know what his/her gender is very soon!


I feel like I am starting to accomplish my life goal of being just like Sandra Bullock’s character in The Blind Side. I took a poor orphan off the street and am giving it a better life and loving it like one of my own.

Ok, I realize that I am going a little far with that, but I really felt a burst of good karma when BC sauntered into my life. Even though Carter and I have been talking about taking a giant leap together and getting a kitten, he had an entirely different scenario in mind. Lucky for me, and BC, Carter has a heart of gold and wouldn’t turn a kitty in need back out into the streets. When poor little BC, sad and abandoned, crossed the busiest street in Tyler, he was probably trying to end his life. I am not saying that the kitteh was suicidal, just that he/she was desperate to find food and was not enjoying life on the streets. He must have used his spidey-senses to figure out that when people need help, they go to The Salvation Army (where they are doing the most good with your time, money, and donations). Lucky for this little kitty, he came to the right spot. We may never know BC’s origins, but I can assure you he was in a pretty rough part of town. When the man saved him from getting hit by the truck, he afforded this kitteh a new lease on life, and us the opportunity to make the world a little better for another creature. Carter was so understanding when I called and told him the sad story of BC. He put his original kitteh-getting plans aside and graciously opened his home to this poor little baby.

The vet says that he/she is probably about 5 weeks old and can’t yet tell the sex because he can’t tell if there are any boy parts or no. Let’s hope things become more obvious so that a more permanent name can be chosen. Boy or girl, this little kitteh has been such a joy in the short time we have had it. He/she is still getting used to real food, so at time his/her little digestive system gets upset and we have a stinky kitty, but other than that he/she has been a playful, cuddly companion. Wherever in the world we move this fall, I’m glad we’ll have such a nice addition to our family to accompany us.

… so let’s start there. My name is Carter Bailey, and my girlfriend (who will introduce herself later) is Jamie. I am a software programmer living in the East Texas area. I graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.

There is one more introduction to make, and the little fella can’t make it personally. You see, on Tuesday Jamie rescued a stray kitten that happened across the street from where she works. The little guy (and I use “guy” very loosely, even the vets were undecided because BC is so young it is difficult to tell) was attempting to cross the street when a man rescued him from oncoming traffic. Phone calls were made, expectations were managed, and the decision was made to help the abandoned kitten.

Jamie took BC to a vet that day to make sure there weren’t any pressing health issues that needed immediate attention. The vets put him at 5 weeks old and gave him a clean bill of health but couldn’t determine his gender yet (poor guy… gender confusion issues so early in life!).

Jamie can’t keep him at her place, so we set up a box with comfy blankets, food, water, and an old shoe in my closet. A little frightened at first, he has become more comfortable with the room, the closet, and his new owners. He has a healthy appetite (and by “healthy,” I mean “voracious”) and high level of curiosity. He has explored the room and closet by squeezing himself into every little space possible; he especially enjoys hiding under the bed and waiting to pounce on any passersby.

As you might have guessed by now, BC stands for Basement Cat. This is an homage to the lolcat universe (check out I Can Has Cheezburger to get familiarized with lolcats). BC is a tiny, solid black kitten with dark blue-gray eyes (I’m told his eyes are unlikely to stay this color into adulthood). He is far sweeter than his name would imply, but he does resemble THE Basement Cat, so far be it from us to deny his lineage.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you enjoy the pictures, videos, and stories of BC Junior as Jamie and I raise him!

Until next time, remember to say, “Get behind me Basement Cat,”

Carter Bailey

BC Junior

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