Life In A Small Cowtown

It’s Chives’ 10th Adoptaversary!

Ten years ago today, Chives showed up in our backyard, and managed to somehow instantly ambush Ken’s heart. We couldn’t bear to leave him out in the rain, sitting in our chives plant. So, in he came, just for one night, mind you, because we couldn’t keep a cat. One night somehow had turned into ten years.  Let’s take a look back on Chives first decade with us – one year at a time.

And please read the message following the tenth picture. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Chives adoptaversary in a special, meaningful way. Oh, and if you’re not already following Chives’ Facebook page come on over and join the fun!

Chives Facebook Page

2013 – The Day Chives Arrived

2014 – Chives and his Dad

2015 – Doing the traditional Caturday Dance

2016 – Napping in a sunpuddle

2017 – All aglow

2018 – Chives loved his Vernors “Corset”

2019 – Things are looking up

2020 – Nope, that Vernors corset no longer fits.

2021 – Disguised as just another stuffed animal

2022 – On the occasion of his 9th adoptaversary

2023 – Trying to hide with the stuffed animals again

Chives has more toys than most kids, gets plenty to eat, and is given all the love and snuggles he can handle. But other cats in our neighborhood aren’t always so lucky. We know, as some of them have come to our house, hungry and frightened. Currently we’re helping this sweet girl, who we’ve named Lucy.

We encourage you to make a donation in honor of Chives to the Capital Area Humane Society in his neighborhood, or your local Humane Society or the equivalent organization in your own country.

If you choose to donate to the Capital Area Humane Society to help Lucy and other animals like her, please consider filling in this optional information on their donation form:Capital Area Humane Society Donation Form

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.


  • Betty Newton

    Overjoyed to witness passionate positivity regarding your caring and sincere love of Chives and other homeless angels in need of guidance and love.
    We’ve adopted three wonderful loves, beautiful kitties now 18,15 and 10 years old, and will always feel blessed by their sweet hearts.
    Thank you for sharing your heartfelt compassion and generosity to our neighborhood pals.

    • Lori Alden Holuta

      In truth, it’s hard NOT to talk about Chives and the ‘auxiliary outdoor cats’ every single day! I try to restrain myself. 🙂 And thank YOU for giving your cats a good home, and long lives. They give back more than they take, but you no doubt already know that.

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