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TJ( Kaitlin Newman, Baltimore Sun photo / November 3, 2013 )
Retired District Court Judge Ted Oshrine and his wife, Jean, read a few books about cats before adopting one, all of which suggested that prospective owners let their new pets pick them (rather than the other way around) at the shelter.
So when a little white paw shot out of a cage as they walked through a room at BARCS, they knew.
"A kitten had picked us," says the judge.
Now 5 years old, TJ (named for President Thomas Jefferson, who founded Oshrine's alma mater, the University of Virginia) the tabby cat lives pretty large in the family's Baltimore home. He's easy-going and docile, and "readily welcomes people who visit our home with friendly meows," says Oshrine, who notes his cat loves to be petted as well.
"He has numerous perches around the house on chairs and stools, where he spends hours watching birds, squirrels, and rabbits."
TJ has his own bed, but prefers that of his humans and makes a little nest for himself at the foot of the Oshrines' bed just before they turn in every night. He also loves eating -- cat food only -- and runs to the kitchen when asked, "Are you hungry," or "Is it time to eat?"
He also knows what cat treats are and comes running when he hears someone rustling a bag of goodies.
"He has several toys," says Oshrine, "but his favorite is a small stuffed mouse, which he'll push around the family room using his paw like a hockey sick, and then stomp on it with one of his hind paws."
He also follows his people around the house, lounging on a nearby couch when Oshrine works at his desk.
"When my wife and I are in the same room and he's not, TJ becomes very curious about what he may be missing," says Oshrine. "He'll soon appear to check out what's going on."
-Kim Fernandez, For The Baltimore Sun