Dec 10, 2010

Joulu and Pukki

A couple of months ago we lost our sweet dog Katie to a car accident. It was a very sad day. It was wierd not having an animal around the house so we decided to get a cat. But then when we went to pick up the cat, we couldn't decided between two... so we got them both!

Meet Joulu and Pukki (pronounced Yola and Pokey).

We've been learning a few Finnish words from Emilia and when she taught us how to say Santa Claus (Joulupukki) we knew it would be perfect for the cats' names.

Porter picked Pukki...

And Walker picked Joulu...

Sadly, the excitement didn't last too long. :(

Just a couple of weeks ago, both cats went missing. We had let them outside for a while when it was about -30*. Usually they go out for a bit then wait by the door for us to let them back in. Well the next morning I realized that I hadn't heard any ornaments hitting the ground during the night (so far they've knocked over an entire tree and one of my nativities).

I started looking around and couldn't find them anywhere. I thought maybe I had left them outside all night but they weren't by the door. So then I figured they must have found a warm place to stay for the night and they'd be back soon.

About 10 minutes later I got a call from my brother, who lives a few miles away, and he told me that he had one of my cats at his house. He had been at our house the night before and I'm pretty sure both the cats climbed up underneath his truck and hitched a ride to his place! Unfortunately Pukki was the only one at his house. We have yet to find Joulu... I'm afraid he's not coming back, but we can still hope!

So by now I'm pretty sure Emilia must think we are the worst pet owners in the world since we've lost two since she's been here!

We'll try to do better.

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