"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bella & Jake..BFF's?

The first time Bella met Jake, she shrieked in fear! Every time the cat would even walk by her, she would literally shake and scream in panic. We were a little worried what would happen if they couldn't co-exist. However, after just a few days at home, she would just casually glance over at him and look as if she were thinking "I wonder why that big black and white thing is in the house?" (Kevin still wonders that! :)

Then, one day she reached out and tentatively petted him! Now, she calls Jake to come sit on a blanket on her lap. It's quite humorous to see a 21 lb cat sitting on a 27 lb little girl! I think they secretly really like each other.

We are pretty sure she never saw a cat before Jake. But now, she notices kitties all over the place..in books, on TV, toys, you name it. She says "Ki-ee, Ki-ee, Ki-ee" "mow, mow, mow"....

I am not sure Bella realizes it, but Jake was also very instrumental in her adoption. I think I told of how the Orphanage Director was so taken aback when he saw our picture of Jake in our family album we were showing him at our first visit. He said he had a cat just like Jake. The next day, back in his office, the family album was open--to the photo of Jake! He told us that he went home that previous night and told his cat "Mushka" that he had a twin brother in America. How did this happen?" Hey, who would have thought Jake would play a role in bringing Bella home!

All in all, I'd say she (& he) adapted pretty well. After all--he's adopted too! :)


  1. Too cute! I can't believe Bella is that big she looks so tiny!

  2. Two adoptees living together! Jake looks even BIGGER sitting on Bella's lap! :-)

  3. very sweet photos. there were dogs and cats all over the place where sophie and ben came from. Sophie is ok with the cat but not sure of the dog(who is only 8 pounds) but generally likes him. Ben though LOOOOOVES killy killy killy and is always SO gentle with the dog and cat. more so than my birth children ever were! as a result the dog thinks Ben is his best friend. and he tastes good too! he likes to lick and Ben likes to let him.

  4. After the huge meals that Bella feeds him, I'd think that Bella would be Jake's very best friend!!!

    LOL - still laughing at that post!