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Meet Balaboosta: Jewish Cat of the Month!

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Sarah: What is your name?

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Sarah: Where did your name come from?

Balaboosta: My owner tells me that balaboosta is Yiddish for  a Jew who is the fearless emotional center of their family, who makes sure her table is not only full of gorgeous food, but also full of friends, compassion, and fruit. My owner wanted me to be a balaboosta to her and make sure she’s happy.

Sarah: What is your favorite way to spend a day in DC?

Balaboosta: Go to Busboys and Poets in Takoma Park and sit outside with my owner as she drinks her favorite $5 fresh-squeezed mimosa.

Sarah: What is it like to live with your owner?

Balaboosta: Well, first of all, I’m glad my owner is a vegan. She’s a really sweet, creative soul. She’s a bit clingy, but she’s a sensitive gal so that goes with who she is.

Sarah: What is your favorite food?

Balaboosta: My favorite food is smoked salmon (AKA: lox). I mean, come on! I’m a Jewish cat  – of course that’s my fav. My owner gets me smoked salmon from Yes! Organic Market or Whole Foods Market, and makes me my favorite cat sashimi.

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Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Balaboosta: My owner Michele.

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Balaboosta: Tu B’shvat. It’s the New Year of trees which is the ideal holiday for a hippie cat like me. It’s also my owner’s favorite holiday because it celebrates her favorite things: fresh fruit, wine, and Israel – my favorite country! My owner tells me that there are lots of cats all over Israel.

Sarah: My biggest fear is….

Balaboosta: My owner being sad and not realizing that I’m always there for her. I’m a Balaboosta and that means  I take care of her!

Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Balaboosta: A mouse. I’m sweet and shy and mousy.

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Balaboosta: There’s a simcha to celebrate, so my owner gets to see her family and dance around.

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Jewish Cat of the Month: Bruce!

Want to nominate your awesome doggy (or cat!) to be featured? Email Sarah Brennan and let her know.

bruce catSarah: What is your name?

Bruce Katz.

Sarah: How did you get to DC?

Bruce: That’s a good question! I don’t really remember because I was a baby. I do remember that I used to live in the basement of an apartment building. It was very scary! Thankfully the animal shelter found me after I was injured and they nursed me back to health, but there’s no medicine as good as an owner who loves you. Except for penicillin.

Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Bruce: My best friend is my roommate Meeko! He usually eats all of the food. Sometimes, he wakes me up at dawn while meowing for food. We like to gallop around the house and playfully fight each other. I hope one day I get to make another cat friend!

Sarah: What is your biggest pet peeve that your owner does?

Bruce: I don’t understand why my owners sing to me all of the time. They sing to me in the morning when they’re getting ready to leave for the outside, and when they come back they sing at me more. I’ve always wondered if they sing to everybody in the outside too.

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish holiday and why?

Bruce: I love Purrrrrrrrrim!

Sarah: My biggest fear is….

Bruce: FOMO!!! I hate missing out on a good time, so I like to hang out with my owners whenever they’re home or they bring over any extra humans.

Sarah: I get most excited when…

Bruce: My owner plays mid-2000s Lil’ Wayne or The Boss himself!

Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Bruce: A ram. The Jewish significance of the ram really speaks to me. And I also head-butt others when I want attention.

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Jewish Cat of the Month: Chloe!

Chloe is ready for her closeup. Meet the Jewish CAT of the Month, daughter to GatherDC’s very own Office Manager Julie Thompson! Got a cat (or dog) of your own who deserves a shot at internet fame? Send Allie Friedman an email at allisonf@gatherdc.org. #PurBabyPur


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Sarah: What is your name?

Chloe: My name is Chloe, although my mom, her boyfriend Dane, and my Aunt Natalie have a ton of nicknames for me – Chlo Rida, Chloesephina, Chlo Chlo, Chloodle… needless to say, I prefer Chloe.

Sarah: How did you get to DC?

Chloe: I was found wandering outside a Home Depot in Montgomery County (which is disgusting because I am entirely too beautiful to be wandering around parking lots) and my rescuer took me to Montgomery County Animal Services & Adoption Center. I got my check-up (perfect health, obviously) and my mom adopted me within a day of my arrival! No surprises there – again, way too beautiful for the shelter scene.

We took a completely relaxing and not at all stressful ride down to Columbia Heights, and I’ve been there ever since! Well, except when Mom leaves me to go on one of her dumb trips. But, she always comes back for me 🙂

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Sarah: What is your favorite food?

Chloe: I really like the Friskies Canned Prime Filets with Chicken (what? I have taste.), but the second I see even a speck of the bottom of my bowl peeking out between those delicious morsels, I’m done, Mom’s gotta mix it up or I’m not touching it. She thinks it’s so cute.

Sarah: What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

Chloe: This might sound conceited but honestly, people can’t believe how beautiful and friendly I am when they meet me. Like, yes, I have super-model good looks, but I’m still really approachable, you know? I love meeting new friends and I have to say, I have a sparkling personality. I’ll do anything for those chin scratches.

Sarah: Who is your best friend?

Chloe: I’ll tell you who it is not my best friend. it is NOT my mom’s family’s EXTREMELY annoying dog. He is so obsessed with me. When Mom drops me off there – so she can go gallivant around the world – it is sooo annoying. He runs up acting like he wants to… play. Ugh. He couldn’t tell a feather wand from a laser pointer.

But other than Mom (because it’d be super lame to tell her she’s my best friend and she has no chill), my best friend is my Aunt Natalie. She keeps her room MUCH nicer than Mom does (messy much?) and it’s so cozy. I love curling up on her bed when they’re at work, and the nice combing she gives me every night while we’re all watching TV together.

Sarah: Finish this sentence – My biggest fear is….

Chloe: That one day, against all evidence to the contrary, Mom will leave one day and never come back. Every time she leaves, I like to hit her with the extra-wide kitty-cat eyes (we’ve all seen Shrek – you know the look) and I really lay it on thick. Hasn’t worked yet, but hey, a girl’s gotta try.

Sarah: What is your spirit animal?

Chloe: I assume you meant spirit human, because I AM an animal, in which case – April Ludgate. But spirit animal? A princess unicorn lioness. Regal, rare, and beautiful.

Sarah: What’s your favorite Jewish food?

Chloe: Two words: gefilte fish.

 

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