My cats are Molly, Charlie, and Saber. Like Jesse says about his bird, I can play and romp with these characters and pretty soon, I forget about the political situation in our country and just think about how wonderful and important these animals are to me.
Molly is one Himalayan lady who is very independent and let's us know it if we stroke her when she doesn't want to be stroked. She lets the two boys know who is Queen of the House!
Charlie Bowtie is a sweet, laid-back, kind of black guy who likes nothing better than a patch of warm sunlight or to hang out with me beside the computer. He arrived at my house via a friend who has 8 dogs. He sauntered up to the yard where the dogs were and just said "hello, fellows...I'm kind of new here...where's the food?"
Saber, another short haired black is the prankster, the tree climber, and the one who has to always be out the door first thing in the morning.
They all think they're our substitute children since the nest is empty. We are allowed to live with them.
I'll post pictures asap...