Boston – Ragdoll of the Week
My name is Kimmy and I live in San Diego, California. I’m 23 years old and I’ve had cats all of my life – Mainly Himalayan breed. When I moved out of my parent’s house after graduating from high school when I was 18, I knew I wanted my own cat. I did a lot of research on what breed of cat I wanted and I came across the Ragdoll. I was drawn to their docile traits and laid-back personality and I knew it was the breed for me and immediately looked for breeders in my area.
I found a breeder an hour away from where I live called Beach City Rags in Dana Point, CA. When I called she said she had one 12 week old very sweet boy left who she described as a “mush pot” with an amazing personality, she sent me pictures and I was in love! That night my fiance Tyler and I drove up to the breeders house and there he was, the most adorable, handsome cat I had ever seen. Needless to say, we ended up taking him home. That was almost 6 years ago, he will be six years old on April 8th. He is a purebred, seal point, mitted Ragdoll.
We named him Boston. Neither of us have been to Boston, just liked the name and the nickname “Boss” because he definitely has a huge ego. We think he might be vain because he knows how handsome he is. We call him Bossy, Bossy Bear, Boston, Bo-Stan, Stan, Stanley, he has a lot of names. He follows us around every where we go, sleeps with us, is always by our side.
He is absolutely hilarious, he tries so hard to be agile and athletic but he really is just a big goofball and not the most coordinated. Boston is an extremely easy going cat, you will find him sprawled out on his back more than up on his feet. I take him on walks around our neighborhood with a leash and he LOVES it. Never even had to adjust to the harness or anything. He chases dogs when they walk by, it’s a little embarrassing. I’m telling you he thinks he’s a big shot. He also gets random bursts of energy where he’ll run as fast as he can back and forth through the house, up and down the stairs. Sometimes we think he has a screw loose, haha!
He also likes to play hide and seek and when he finds you he’ll jump at you and lift his front paws to wrap them around your leg. Boston loves his food (Royal Canin), treats (Greenies), and of course catnip (KONG Natural). If we say “Boston do you want your dinner?” or “Boston do you want your Greenies?” he will always run to wherever we’re at and meow and meow until he gets it. He has an amazing personality. We feel so blessed to have Boston, he makes our life so much happier and more fun. He really is like our child and we love him more than anything.
One of the worst days of my life was when we thought he ran away. We were out of town for the weekend in Las Vegas and my sister was going over there once a day to feed/check on him and she called us crying hysterically saying she couldn’t find him and may have accidentally left the patio door open. She said she had looked for hours and hours and he was no where to be found. I remember just going into shock. We immediately checked out of our hotel and drove 5 hours back home. I was crying the whole way home. I really thought if he did get out we would never see him again. There are coyotes in the mountains of our neighborhood and we hear them all the time. Tyler just kept saying he HAS to be there maybe he found a new really good hiding spot. When we finally got home after the longest drive ever we searched the house top and bottom and he was gone. At this point we were both bawling, it was the worst feeling ever. It was 1 o’clock in the morning and we agreed we would look through the night until we find him. We walked around calling his name and saw a neighbor walking his dog, I asked, “Have you seen a big, fluffy cat at all the past day or so?” He said, “Actually yes, I saw a cat sitting on the curb at the entrance to the neighborhood this morning.” That gave us a little hope. We walked around the neighborhood with no luck, then as we were walking back towards the house to get another flashlight, I hear Tyler say “Oh my God, Boston!!!” and he came running up to us all wet (it had been raining all weekend poor baby) with grass and mud stuck to his fur. We were so relieved and happy, I can’t even explain the feeling we had. Miracles really do happen! We brought him inside, grabbed him a huge bowl of food and water, and he just passed out in the middle of the floor. He was exhausted. We figured he was out of the house for almost 48 hours. We didn’t leave his side for the next couple days. We were just so happy our baby boy was with us 🙂 I am thankful every day for Boston and of course, we now have automatic closers on all of our doors. Not going through that again!
I also post pictures of him quite a bit on my Instagram. Username: kimmyjennings
Here are two videos of him on Facebook – Video 1, Video 2
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,
Boston is very handsome and I’m so glad he’s safe with you again!!! My Ragdolls Gizmo and Moosie who looked like Boston each disappeared once… thankfully, they both came home safely, too 🙂
I’m so glad your cats came home safely as well. It really is a terrible feeling when they’re lost and your not sure if they’re okay. I’d say we are really lucky to have the outcome that we did! Hope you had a great holiday, thanks for reading 🙂
Bostons,the bomb for sure tooo cute!I have to male Dolls a year a part,we have not been out of town for awhile do to us worrying about leaving them.The Holidays are so much better with both of them.They also have several names,the baby is Ceasar and he thinks his name is cat snax huh huh!Murphy is our older boy,almost 2.Well Happy New Year to you and Boston,from me and kittys Murphy Bo Dee,and Ceasar.Bye Lisa
Those nicknames are too cute!!! Do your cats get along well? I have been wanting to get Boston a brother or sister, but I’m worried he wouldn’t like the new addition… Hope you and your ragdolls had an amazing holiday and have a wonderful New Year!
Wow Boston is one gorgeous boy! he sounds a lot like my Finn. I am still amazed at how cool this breed is. Even people that don’t like cats have fallen in love with mine.So glad you found him. I am surprised nobody scooped him up. How much does he weigh?
Boston weighs about 14 pounds. He’s all fluff… and yes, I agree Ragdoll breed really is amazing! Thanks for reading 🙂
Aw, Kimmy…. What a great story! I’m sitting here with a BIG SMILE on my face after watching all four of the videos and looking at all the beautiful pictures! What a great kitty your Boston is…AND…such a magnificent, handsome boy! Lurve all the nicknames you have for him, too!
I am so glad that his adventure outside had a happy ending! How horrifying that must have been for all of you!
Lurve your story and want to thank you for sharing it with all of us! Boston is one lucky kitty for sure! What a charmer your boy is, too! Love the peek-a-boo video!
Merry Christmas to you, your sweet hubby and Mr. Big Shot (Boston)!
Patti & Pink Sugar 🙂 <3
I’m so glad you enjoyed the story. I am too very grateful there was a happy ending. Thank you for all of the compliments. I shouldn’t tell Boston he has another fan though, don’t want his ego to get any bigger than it already is haha! Hope you and Pink Sugar had a great Christmas 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!
Boston should be so proud of your write up about him. He is just gorgeous. Boy, can’t imagine what agony that would have been to think he was gone and am so thankful that you got him back. I am always afraid when I leave no matter who has my babies that something will happen and I would have driven back just like you did. He is gorgeous and love the videos and all the cute names you call him. Just great and have a very merry Christmas!
Aw thank you very much. Hope you and your kitties had great Christmas!
I’m always so relieved to hear other cat peoples stories and realize I’m not alone in my cat-craziness. Especially with the nicknames! If someone heard me talking to the cats they would think I was absolutely insane. Boston is just beautiful and I was so glad to read the happy ending to the scary story about his escape. Emily also likes to walk on a harness and leash and challenges the neighborhood dogs when they approach her! Thanks for sharing!
Hahaha well sounds like Emily and Boston would be soul mates! Both of them can run the neighborhood and make sure the dogs know their place… lol thanks for reading 🙂
@Lynn, which leash/harness do you use or would recommend?
@ChristyB- I use a “jacket” I saw on Jackson Galaxy’s show. It feels very secure and I like that it doesn’t allow any pulling. Here’s the website. I wish I could post of Emily wearing her’s in the message- she seems to enjoy showing off and comes running when she hears the velcro being pulled apart. She knows it means a walk is coming! I use a bungee type leash with it that I bought at Petco (matching, of course!)
Hope that helps!
Even though I knew Boston’s escape would have a happy ending, my heart was pounding until he ran up to you. Whew. I can just see him sitting on the curb, lost little boy.
Some of Boston’s behavior reminds me of Jenny’s Charlie, lol. Another “cheat” addict. A very confident dude. Peek-a-boo: Priceless.
May you enjoy many, many happy years together.
Thanks so much for reading! Haha, Charlie totally reminds me of Boston too! I think they would be best buds. Hope you had great holiday 🙂
omg i’m so glad you got your cat back. that is so scary! he is a beauty. the peekaboo clip is so cute. aren’t cats just wonderful!? merry christmas and many happy years ahead for you and your kitty.
Thanks!!! Merry Christmas to you. And yes cats really are the best 🙂
Aw, Boston is so handsome!
Glad you got him back!
Thanks for sharing his story. Take care.
Thank you for reading! Hope you had a wonderful holiday and have a great New Year.
What a beautiful boy!!
Love the video of him playing peek-a-boo on the stairs with you, hilarious!
I suspect Prossimo would like a walk (he was a previously outdoor cat) but I worry about the off-leash dogs. How do you deal with people who let their dogs off-leash on walks? It’s not legal where I live but when I’m walking my dog, I see at least 2 every time – people don’t think that the rules apply to them because their dogs are behaved. We’re charged by different well behaved dogs every other month.
Looks like you and Boston have the same color eyes!
Hi Christy! Thanks for the compliments 🙂
I take Boston on walks during odd hours when there are not many dogs out. My fiance works the graveyard shift and tends to stay on the same sleep schedule on his days off, so sometimes we even go outside at like 3am haha! We haven’t seen any dogs off the leash in our neighborhood but I definitely keep my eye out.
Which leash/harness do you use?