Meet The Characters

Of Forever Home
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Zoe's human - Sandy

Hi, my name is Zoe and I am featured in FOREVER HOME. I found my forever family 6 years ago. I was adopted from the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast ( at 2 months old. When I jump up on Mom's bed, she leans over and we butt heads. This means "I love you" in Cat. I have a younger adopted sister, Grace, who bugs me sometimes. I have to look where I am going because she likes to hide and pounce on me. I'm getting too old for these kitty-cat games. I think Erica Leigh Art did an outstanding job portraying my real inner beauty. If anyone in Hollywood is watching... Call my agent. I may be available.



Kato's humans - Mike and Marina

Me: Good afternoon, Kato. Thank you for being here.

Kato: My pleasure.


Me: Do you mind my asking how old you are?

Kato: Not at all. Six years old…. That’s 42 in human years. Most are surprised by my age when they meet me. I have that movie star quality, but always with a puppy's heart.


Me: Can you tell us how you found your forever home?

Kato: About a year and a half ago, my humans, Mike and Marina, wanted a new puppy after their dog, Muffin, passed over the rainbow bridge. I was living with an owner who could not give me the time and love that I needed, so he offered me for adoption. It was love at first sight! I feel so ‘dog-gone’ lucky to have a forever family.


Me: What is your typical day like?

Kato: I love to go to the puppy playground to meet my friends. We have so much fun chasing each other around and playing find the doggie toys. I try to get my humans out on a walk three times a day. I bring them my toy basketball or football to let them know it’s time. It’s sort of a secret code. Good thing I keep them on a leash though, as they might wander off.


Me: Do you have a favorite food?

Kato: Yes! Pup-peroni treats. Original Bacon flavor is good, but the Prime Rib flavor? Oooh La La! A little bite of heaven!


Me: Do you do any tricks?

Kato: I talk back to my humans when they talk to me. As time goes on, I can tell they are understanding more of what I am saying. But luckily, they have learned some of the important basics like:

Can you rub a little to the left?”, “I’m bored“or “One more treat, please.” I do try to be patient with them, as it takes time to learn a new language.


Me: What did you think about being featured in “Forever Home”?

Kato: It was an honor to be featured with my humans, Mike and Marina. I think Erica Leigh captured the softness of my fur and my handsome profile well. Check out the twinkle in my eye as I look at Marina. It worked…she fell for me hook, line and sinker.



Sugar's Human - Nancy

Sugar's story coming soon!



Bear's Human - J.D.

Bear's story coming soon!

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Beardsley's human- Cathy

My sister-in-law Sue, was a “Kitty Angel.”  She had taken in a litter of kittens, giving them food, shelter, and lots of love till they were old enough to be adopted.   


At Christmas, my husband Scott decided to surprise our children with a kitten. While the kids and I were away visiting my parents in Florida, Scott went over to Sue’s house and chose a sweet fluffy kitten named Beardsley to join our family.   When he arrived at our house, Beardsley was understandably a bit confused where he was, with all the new smells and surroundings. Scott didn’t get much sleep that first night, trying to make Beardsley feel safe and comfortable.


A few days later, I arrived back home with the kids.  The moment we got in the house, Scott brought us into the living room and had us sit on the couch. He asked us to call, “Beardsley.”  As we watched the doorway, a tiny, fluffy ball of gray and white fur timidly peeked around the corner. We were in love!


From that day on, Beardsley enjoyed much love, attention and many snuggles. He was a wonderful cat, and we were blessed to be his forever family for many years.  I wanted to honor him in FOREVER HOME and was thrilled that Erica Leigh found a place on the adoption page to include him in the illustrations.  Can you find him?

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Honey's humans - Erica Leigh and Sean

Me: Good morning, Honey.

Honey: Hey there, Grammie.

Me: I am excited to share the story behind your illustration in "Forever Home." For full disclosure, I should let the readers know that I may be impartial in this interview, as you are my new "grand dog." :)

Honey: Good idea, Grammie.

Me: Tell me a little about your journey to find your forever home.

Honey: I was living on the streets of Texas, hanging out with a pack of stray dogs. It was a scary life, just trying to find food and shelter. Luckily, I was rescued along with a few of my buddies in the hopes we could find our forever homes. The ride up to Baypath Humane Society in Hopkinton was very long and tiring, but the people at Baypath were very nice. They checked us out and made sure we were healthy and ready to be adopted.

Me: Tell me how you met Erica and Sean.

Honey: Most of my brothers from the pack had been adopted and I was beginning to wonder if I had made this trip up for nothing. Erica and Sean wanted to adopt a dog and saw my picture online, along with a couple other dogs. When they came to meet me, Erica saw my sweet face and immediately fell in love with me. I do know how to work those big brown eyes! I started to feel the same way and had to let her know. First, I dropped toys in Erica’s lap to see if she liked to play. Check. Then I got closer to see if she was good at rub downs. Check. Then the final test, I licked her cheek. She let out a big, “Awwww.” That sealed the deal. :)

Me: I’m so glad they found you, Honey. You are a wonderful addition to our family.

Honey: (Tail wagging in circles.) From the first step inside their house, it felt like home. This is a video taken of me and my new "Momma" just a day after going home. Do I look happy or what?

Me: Tell me what a typical day is like for you.

Honey: I am Erica’s studio canine assistant. She works very hard as you know, illustrating, making music and all kinds of creative stuff. It’s important that I take care of her. My job is to be sure to remind her it is time to eat, go on a walk or visit the ladies’ room. I try to look as cute as I can till Erica has no restraint and I can get her out on a walk. I may even invite her by bringing her my toy for a little game of fetch. This aerobic exercise helps loosen up her drawing arm and I have a little fun. Win, win!

Me: I’m so glad you take such good care of her.

Honey: Don’t get me wrong, she and Sean take very good care of me too. I get snuggles and a full belly rub twice a day - when I wake up and before bed. Erica even treats me to a “Spa Day” where I get my teeth brushed and nails done. I am living the life for sure.

Me: I love the illustration in “Forever Home” of you and Sean arriving at the shelter.

Honey: It was scary to get off the bus with all the new smells and commotion, but the Baypath volunteers made me and my brothers feel loved and cared for from day one.

Me: It was nice talking to you, Honey.

Honey: Thank you, Grammie. And thank you for buying me doggie ice cream and laying out a doggie bed for me when I visit. I hope you feel how much I love you when I put my head on your lap.

Me: I know Honey. :)

Honey: I love my forever family.

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Kathy Lundgren

Volunteer at Baypath Humane Society

Kathy's story coming soon!

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Noah and Michelle

Noah and Michelle's Kitten-

Their story coming soon!