Theo – Ragdoll of The Week

Theo Ragdoll of the WeekSince I was a kid I wanted a pet. When I was 9 I finally convinced my parents (especially my mother, who didn’t like the idea back then) to give me a puppy. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out. My mother didn’t like dogs and eventually gave my puppy away. I was so devastated with that loss that I finally came to terms with the fact that I would never have a pet as long as I lived with my parents.

Theo Ragdoll of the WeekIn the last couple of years I became obsessed with cats. I just love their unique and independent personalities. So, last year, I began to ask for my mother to give pets another try, this time with a cat instead of a dog. She was very reluctant at first, but I guess I was so annoying I finally convinced her after almost a year of talking about it constantly. Neither my mother nor my father were used to cats, since they both never lived with one.

Theo Ragdoll of the WeekI started to look for cats to adopt, while my mother did a secret research on cat breeds that were friendly and perfect for a family. That’s when I first read something about Ragdolls. I fell in love with their personality and looks. After agreeing with my request, my father thought it was a good idea to get a Ragdoll, since they were nice, friendly cats to have at home. I started to look immediately for a breeder near us. In the city where I live (Porto Alegre, in the south of Brasil), there are two nice breeders. I contacted Denise, from Sulraggies after seeing some pictures of the new litter. She e-mailed me right back explaining that the girl was already taken and that she was waiting for a woman to decide if she was keeping the boy. Since the deadline for the woman’s decision was a day later, she was going to let me know the next day if the boy was available for me. I was already in love with him, so I kept wishing he would be mine.

Theo Ragdoll of the WeekThe next week I was at Sulraggies Cattery to visit my baby boy, whom I named Theo. Denise was very nice and kind to me. She e-mailed photos and news about Theo every week and I was able to make lots of visits. I was so excited I couldn’t help myself. Finally, after 2 months of a loooong wait, Theo came home with 12 weeks.

He was a very crazy kitten at my breeder’s house, but he became a little shy moving with us. I remember feeling guilty and hopeless holding him as my mom drove us home. He was Theo Ragdoll of the Weekmeowing like crazy. He missed his family from that very first moment. As soon as we entered my room (where he spent a couple of days getting used to), I’ve set his stuff and decided to have lunch with my family in order to give Theo some privacy. When I came back to my room, there was a tiny little ball beneath the covers of my bed. He was sooo shy and afraid to explore the place. And I was so excited to love him! Eventually he came around. :)What else can I say? Since day one he slept in bed with me. Now Theo is 2 years old and he continues to be my best friend: he waits for me to come back from school/work and throws a huge “WELCOME HOME” party that only the two of us are Theo Ragdoll of the Weekinvited. He talks to me like crazy (Ragdoll’s are not quiet haha), follows me around like a dog and loves being petted. On his terms, of course. Theo didn’t like to be held at first. He still doesn’t LOVE IT, but he makes an effort. He purrs a lot when you pet him and he has the ability to make even the most blasé people fall in love with him.

Theo Ragdoll of the WeekThere no words to describe how Theo completed my life and me. He came to me at a perfect timing. He also taught me how to love, how animals are different than us, but we can both be happy together. I learned to be a lot more patient with my baby. He’s the most important thing in my life, for sure. I guess it’s pretty easy for people to notice and be amazed at how essential we are to each other: Theo follows me around everywhere I go, he sleeps with me every night, purrs a lot for me to feel calm and a little better after a hard day. There’s nothing better than coming home to see your best friend come running to greet you (like a dog!)

Ah, do I have to say my mom is Theo’s number 2 fan? Because she is. She takes care of him when I’m not around and they love each other. Theo helps with a lot of chores, such as doing laundry (he loves it!).

I hope my best friend will live a very long and happy life by my side. Because that’s exactly how I feel with him around.

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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,

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  1. Hi Jenny and Giuli,

    If I were only 9 and someone took away my puppy, I would be devastated too. I don’t blame you for vowing never to get a pet as long as you live with your parents.

    That’s so sweet that Theo has slept with you every night since you brought him home and that he greets you every time you come home.

    Theo is a pretty boy and sounds like a good best friend. I’ve learned a lot from my cats over the years too.

    I’m happy for you 🙂

    =^-^= Hairless Cat Girl =^-^=

    1. now i cannot imagine life without theo, really. he’s awesome! 🙂 i’m glad you like the story!!

  2. Eszti & Phineas says:

    OMG it’s like you described my Phineas when writing about Theo’s personality! 😀 Your Theo is really gorgeous and has the same split-colored nose as my Phini.

    I’m really glad you two “found” each other and eventually your mother became his fan too (same happened with my parents as well! :D), I enjoyed reading your story :).

    1. really? maybe they are soulmate brothers haha who knows! i would love to know more about your phineas. 🙂 i absolutely looooove the split-colored nose!! it’s such a charm haha

      ragdolls are so delightfull everybody falls for them 🙂 thankfully everyone that comes to my house loves theo to pieces. he’s a true rockstar!

  3. What a terrific story. Except for the mom giving away the dog. But Theo sounds like a dream of a cat. And so handsome.

    1. he truly is a dream of a cat 🙂 so much better than i ever could have imagined!

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