Celebrating Dori on her Birthday


We at It's a Wonderpurr Life are celebrating our beautiful Dori today on her birthday.

Dori arrived in our Southaven, Mississippi yard at 3 months old on a cold winter night shortly before we left to drive up to Michigan for Christmas. At the time I thought it was just one stray, a black female with a bad eye. I told my fabulous pet sitter, Michelle, to feed her while I was away.

When I returned a week later, Annie the stray had brought her entire family - baby daddy Nikolas, two black panther sons and twin tabby girls. 

While the parents were sweet and tame, the kittens were WILD and scared the hekk out of me with their hissing and spitting. But I caught them all and kept them in an upstairs bedroom throughout the winter while I worked to simmer them down in order to be adopted.

Almost immediately I knew the one tabby girl had to be removed from the others. She was very sweet and never once tried to murder me with her mittens. She was so pretty with such a delicate feminine face. Ray started calling her his little peanut. Her twin was cute, but in a tomboy kind of way.

I put the family on Pet Finders, and right away there was interest in Dori. But when Ray found out his little peanut could be adopted, he said NO! To be honest I was relieved even though at the time we had around nine or ten ex-strays living with us. 

So Dori was officially adopted, and we also kept her daddy, Nikolas, who truly was the best daddy I've ever met. He loved his kittens and played with them all the time. I recall dragged a rug around the cat room for Nikolas to surf on, with the kittens jumping on to ride with him. To this day Nik is still a very sweet guy, and rooms with our FIV+ tabby Chevy. They were Garage Bandmates with Jesse until we moved to Florida and Jesse was kicked out of the band after losing his teeth to stomititis.

We cannot imagine our home without Dori. She has a sweet, spunky spirit, and greets every day with Joy. I especially cherish hearing her squeals of delight upon finding her precious Dolly Meow (who is constantly being lost under furniture or inside closets), or when she snuggles with me at night, waking me every now and then to pat my face and lick my cheek. Who needs REM sleep when you have the sweetest little girl reminding you that life is truly Wonderpurr, even with a dozen plus cats.

Happy Birthday, Dori! You are the true inspurration for It's a Wonderpurr Life.


  1. Aww, Dori...what a sweet story!
    Happy Birthday, cutie pie.

  2. ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday Dear Dori,♪♫
    ♪♫Happy Birthday to you.♪♫

    What a sweet kitty you are. No murder mitts either. That's purrfect.

    I linked this post to Happy Tuesday.

    Have a fabulous Birthday and week, Dori. ♥

  3. Ha-pee birthday Dori!!!!! yoo gotz sum churu on your pearlz

  4. I love hearing you talk Dori. I am glad you found Dolly Meow and are having a nice birthday. Happy Birthday sweet Dori!! XO

  5. I'm not commenting much since Brian left us but I did want to stop by and wish you a very Happy Birthday sweet Dori.

  6. Happy Purrthday Dori ! And many more !

  7. We love the story of how Dori came to be Dad Ray's Peanut. :)

    Happy birthday, Dori! You sure did find yourself the most awesome and wonderful family ever. XO

  8. Happy Birthday, Dori! You are a beautiful girl! Your cat mama did wonderful to find you such loving humans to call your own. <3

  9. Wishing you a very happy birthday, Dori! Your kitty momma knew the right place to bring her family.

  10. Dori, Lynn and I are so very glad you have this wonderful home to call your very own. To thank you could have been outside the rest of your life with no human to know how sweet you really are. We're glad you got a great gift box for a birthday present and a pearl necklace is just perfect. Happy birthday. Lynn and Precious

  11. happee bee lated birth day two ewe dori…we due knot get
    two blogger veree much like we used two, sew we iz glad we catched
    thiz post two day and knot 8 monthz frum now. hope yur
    day waz total lee awesum and heerz two a grate yeer a head filled
    with pizza piez, friez and happeez and healtheez 🐟💚🍀💙

  12. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY DORI! 🎂🎈🎉🎊🎁 The B Team wishes mew a most epically epic day!

  13. We hope you had a fabulous birthday! That Churo looks yummy and you really seem to be enjoying it.

  14. Thanks for sharing this lovely story! We wish sweet Dori a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY and Many Happy Returns!

    The Chans

  15. Happy Birthday, Dori! I hope you got lots of treats to celebrate.


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