by Barbara Krumpe
(Lake Lure, NC, USA)
About six weeks ago I found a cat sitting on the hood of my car which was parked in the driveway of our log home in the woods of Western North Carolina. She jumped down, ran into the woods for a minute and then inched her way back to me while meowing all the time. She then began to do figure eights around my legs. I reached down and realized that she was very thin. When my husband saw her, he went into the house and came out with a small bowl of our dog's fish and potato kibble (He has allergies.) She devoured it immediately.
We then gave her some water. As might be expected, she was waiting for us on the front porch the next morning.
I was taken by her friendliness and the fact that I had never seen a solid dark brown cat. We have raised Old English Sheepdogs for over thirty years, but we have never owned a cat. We live up on a small ridge well off the beaten path; so, I have no idea how she got to our home. We have some vacation rental homes in our subdivision, but there were no inquiries about a missing brown cat. After about five days I took her to the vet to have her spayed and found that she had already been spayed. We named her Pebbles to go along with our one remaining sheepdog named Bam Bam.
Shortly after she arrived our six grandchildren came to visit for a week along with their parents, and Pebbles was not phased one bit by all the commotion. She loves to be brushed and constantly kneads with her front paws when being held. I decided to do a little research on the computer and came across your website as well as some others on Tiffany/Chantilly cats. I was shocked when I read the description and behaviors of this rare breed. Our little vagabond kitty matched it perfectly.