For The Love of Cats . . .

Dr. Lanny Hale Russian Blues

Dr. Hale’s Russian Blues are not just cats – they are extensions of his family.

Jake and Elwood (or Woody) are named after “The Blues Brothers” and are the fur-kids in the Hale family. Dr. Hale adopted the “blues brothers” when they were nine weeks old about five years ago from a breeder in Texas.

As a long-time animal lover, Dr. Hale fell in love with the Russian Blue breed for their dual-coat fur, emerald eyes, long ears and companionship.

“This cat is for the connoisseur of cats. They are the best companions in the cat world there is,” said Dr. Hale. “They get attached to you like a dog and follow you around like a puppy. I’ve always liked cats because they are athletic and independent.”

Russian Blues are one of only two cat breeds in the world to have a dual-coat. Dr. Hale said they are extremely soft and are less allergenic than other cat furs.

“They feel like a chinchilla,” said Dr. Hale.

Animal loving was a contagious trait in the Hale family. Dr. Hale’s mother had birds, fish, reptiles and dogs. He said his father once traded his truck for a dog that he suspected was being abused. That rescue dog, Rex, became a member of the Hale family for years.

With his children grown up and out of the house (with pets of their own), Dr. Hale said it’s nice to have cats as they add an element of life to a home whether, at times, that’s a hard-headed independence or a loving dependence.

“They’re innocent; they care about you and depend on you,” said Hale. “Some people call them fur-kids. In life you’ll learn that having people or animals that depend on you gives you motivation and reasons to do things. It gives you purpose.”

Woody is “the sweetie” of the two cats. “He is the cautious brother,” said Dr. Hale. “He is a little sweet heart. He’s always there and always a good boy.”

Jake on the other hand, is a little bigger than Woody and “gets into everything,” said Dr. Hale. “He’s fearless.”

Jake talks all the time and “has a comment about everything.” One of his favorite ways to play is by leaping from the floor and crawling up the front of Dr. Hale’s chest.

“They’re crazy,” said Dr. Hale with a laugh. “It’s just a constant, ongoing blast.”

Two years ago, Jake’s curiosity almost placed him in a dangerous situation. The Russian Blue cat wiggled his way through the floor and into the wall when the Hale’s bathroom was being remodeled.

The family searched for Jake frantically, but it was Woody who knew his brother best.

“He jumped on the toilet and stretched up the walls trying to find his brother,” said Dr. Hale. “So we tore out the floor and Jake came right out.”

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