December 2, 2010
Zoë says: Little Ruby, was the only kitten in the litter of three that hadn’t been bought. The other tabby male had already been bought when we got Frank. When we kept visiting Frank, my mum and dad still loved the little black kitten that was ever so shy -- they picked her up first and held her in their arms, rather than picking up Frank who was ours. Every time we came back from visiting them, Dad would say, “The little black female will be the best out of the litter. She won’t be the wanderer because she’s so shy.” About the third time that we visited the three, he turned round to my mum and surprised us both by suggesting that we get Ruby too. He was always against getting two, especially when I asked if we could adopt two kittens from the local adoption center. Mum was overjoyed, and we indeed did get the shy little black kitten with scattered white and grey hairs.

Now that we had named one kitten, we just couldn’t decide on what to call the second. Dad sat on the computer reading out silly names, but we knew we had to name her something slightly unusual, just as Frank’s name was. I really liked the name Poppy. Dad suggested Bennie to make the name of the chain restaurant Frankie and Bennie’s. Mum suggested the name Ruby, because my Grandma Ruby was married to my late grandad Frank.

Ruby seemed the youngest of the three when we first met her because she was the less developed than Frank and the tabby. She was very, very shy and hated it when people picked her up. Yet when we brought her home with Frank, she was the complete opposite. It was like Frank and Ruby had swapped personalities. Ruby was so confident and Frank was so nervous.

Now, she is the little mischievous girl with a big character, for such a little kitten. She likes to steal things (unlike Frank, who FINDS things) such as cotton buds (Q-tips for you Americans!) and makeup. When we look back on how shy she was before we bought her, with her evil, cheeky personality, we think she acted like a little sweet, innocent girl so she could come home with us. She pushes her luck and she maybe the “devil child” as we call her, but she brings the humour out of the two -- like getting her head stuck in a Quavers crisp packet, and running around backwards trying to get her head out. Ruby will always do something naughty first, and Frank will copy her. I’m really glad we got Ruby too, because she and Frank keep each other company. I always wonder how Frank would have been if he didn’t have Ruby.

All Photos Courtesy of and ©: Zoë Gibbs
Get to know Zoë and see more of her work at her photo blog

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10catslady -
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eeek! what an adorable little KITTEN! hope Santa brings this "devil child" lots of love this Christmas - no matter how mischevious she may be :) :)
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Aww, she is so beautiful, and I love that collar on her!
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Ahh, yes, just like my kitties, the black ones are the "trouble-makers" -- but I love them the more for it!
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She's adorable. I have a black kitty too. They're the bestest.:)
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"Hello! I'm adorable!"
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Hello Ruby. You are just too sweet for words.
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Ahh! Love Ruby and was sorry to come to the end of the photos. Her fur is glorious and her expression so impish. You won't regret having Frank and Ruby, lucky girl!
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Too beautiful for words!
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Aww, she is so adorable! Pretty Ruby girl!
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What a sweet, adorable little black angel. I'm glad you got both her and Frank; hope you get to enjoy their company for many years to come.
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I WUV her pink collar and nametag!
Very cute story - hope you have them both for a long time!
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Ruby is a beauty! It's wonderful that you got her with her brother. I have a brother-sister pair that care for each other dearly. Plus it is all the more purrs for their human family! May you have many happy years together.
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OMG So cute I can hardly stand it!
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She's beautiful
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What a sly boots is Ruby! So glad you gave this clever little beauty a home with her brother Frank!
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Isn't it always the little blackies who are the stinkers? My Sheba is the same way - she's the cat you'll walk into the room and find her sitting on top of the door.
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I'm so glad Ruby went home with Frank. Ruby is so stunning. Ilove her collar also.
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Ha! My black kitties are the trouble makers, too!
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Ruby really does have wisps of grey and white fur. This makes her look so cute and gives her an added bit of personality. I am glad that she got to go home with Frank. Two catties are always better than one, for sure!
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What a little cutie!
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Oh, Ruby, aren't you just the cutest little kitteh!!
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She's so cute! She reminds me of my own black cat :)
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Dear Ruby--Those legs! They say legs are the last to go on an aging beauty. Mat you have a glorious long life.
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Ooops, May you.
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I cannot get over this face!! I just wanna squeeze him!
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So adorable!!



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