Sammy is named after the mobster, Sammy The Bull Gravano, because he is one tough little cat! He showed up in my yard one day in August, 1999, around 4 months old, so incredibly hurt that I didn't think he was going to make it. He had two bites to his head, his tail was stripped of all the fur and skin and covered with maggots. I took him to the vet and two weeks later he came home with a cast on his now 6" tail and became the "cat" love of my life. He wakes me up every morning licking my face. He has more personality than most of the people that I know!
Shadow was rescued from a grocery store in February, 2001. She had been left by her mother and was pregnant, around 6 months old and completely feral. I took her to the vet to get her checked out and the vet said that she was lucky to have been found when she was, because she was too young to have kittens and it would have killed her. With lots of love and patience, and 8 months time, she finally let me pet her without running away. She is so sweet and loving. I call her my "Little Miss" because she is so prim and proper!
Now they rule this house and bring so much joy that I can't imagine my life without them. As all rescue pet owners know, no one will ever love you more than a pet that has been homeless. They are both indoor cats now and have no interest in ever going outside again. Windows work just fine as far as they are concerned!