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Meet Bixby

June 20th, 2011

This is Bixby. He’s an eight-week old Maine Coon mix that we adopted from a local animal rescue earlier today.

He was originally called “Elmo” as one of a group of Sesame Street-themed kittens, but I knew we’d need to choose another name. Thinking of Elmo always conjures the image of a large, middle-aged man with his hand up a puppet’s ass. That’s the downside of meeting Muppets in person.

We came up with “Bixby” on the ride home from Charleston. We’d been spitballing sitcom-based names, and while I really wanted to honor Parks & Recreation‘s mustachioed meat-eater Ron Swanson, “Swanson” sounded too much like a frozen dinner. (And Vic’s favorite P&R-inspired name, “Janet Snakehole,” seemed somehow inappropriate.) Instead, we were inspired by Modern Family and Phil Dunphy’s romantic alter ego, Clive Bixby.

Bixby was great on the hour-long ride home. Didn’t make a peep, slept most of the way. Perhaps at last we’ve found a travelling cat?

So far the introduction to Boomer hasn’t been going well. There’s a lot of hissing involved, which strikes us as odd given how easily Boomer and our old Maine Coon kitty Hobbes learned to get along. Still, it’s only been a few hours. Wish us all luck!

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