Orange Liebchen is an enthusiastic, vivacious, and playful kitten. When we first saw him at the Rifle Animal Shelter, which is located close to Aspen, Colorado, we couldn’t help but fall in love with him. As soon as we brought Liebchen home, he would scream-meow at the door to get outdoors and explore. As a result, we purchased him a harness, and the rest, as they say, is history.

At just 10 weeks old, Liebchen went on his first trip and had little trouble getting used to the collar and leash. Now, he travels with us on all of our exciting excursions (his pawpaw and meowmmy). He travels all over the place, engaging in activities such as downhill skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, swimming, as well as travelling on aircraft and doing road excursions.

We obtained Liebchen from the Rifle Animal Shelter, which is located close to Aspen in Colorado. He’s an orange cat with an adventurous spirit.

This orange cat like going on all sorts of adventures, and he always manages to put a smile on the face of anyone he comes in contact with.

A photo of Liebchen that was uploaded to the Facebook page of the Rifle Animal Shelter was sent to us by a friend of ours. It was something about the expression in his eyes, the mustache that was only half white, and the fact that he was just so small yet seemed to be brimming with life. When we went to see him, he was sitting by himself in a corner, hissing at the other kittens who were playing as though he was quite aggravated by them. He did not seem to be frightened; rather, he was splayed out in ease. It was evident that he was irritated with the other kittens. It was almost as if he was pleading, “Don’t adopt those people; adopt ME!” We found this to be snarky and humorous, and it immediately highlighted the large personality he has.

When we picked him up, he immediately began purring and head-bopping our hands. He then proceeded to walk (waddle) straight up to us. We could tell right away that he was the right person for us based on his goofy manner, his large, wide eyes, and his high level of energy overall. As soon as we made eye contact with him, he struck up a conversation with us. This was fantastic to us. To this day, he never stops talking to us and he is quite open about sharing his thoughts and feelings on many aspects of life.

The instant we brought the cat inside, he immediately communicated his want to investigate his new surroundings by going outdoors. Liebchen embarked on his first trek at 10 weeks old!

This orange cat like going on all sorts of adventures, and he always manages to put a smile on the face of anyone he comes in contact with.

In German, “sweetheart” is referred to as “liebchen.” My mother had a cat that she called Liebchen when she was around the same age as I am now. Because we felt it was original, we decided to give it to our new little furball and use it. Additionally, it enables us to strike up discussions with new individuals we come across when traveling or just going about our daily lives.

Now, he joins us on all of our travels and exciting excursions.

This orange cat like going on all sorts of adventures, and he always manages to put a smile on the face of anyone he comes in contact with.

He goes skiing

This orange cat like going on all sorts of adventures, and he always manages to put a smile on the face of anyone he comes in contact with.

The tack and equipment that we placed on Liebchen have never bothered him in the least. We make an effort to dress him in just those items that are functional and can be put to good use. It is almost as though he is aware that the goggles and coats have a certain function. These goggles provide defense against snow blindness, as well as sun and windburn. In the summer, they are also useful for protecting his eyes from debris such as dust or sticks. We only put the coats on him if he needs them and if it is chilly outside.

He does have some cool things, such as sunglasses and tropical clothes, but he doesn’t really do much with them other than sit around and be relaxed with them on. If at any time he exhibited signs of being stressed or dissatisfied with anything, we would never force him to wear anything against his will. We think that it is really vital to pay attention to his body language not only while we are having fun together but also when we are going on excursions. Liebchen is really attached to his luggage.

This orange cat like going on all sorts of adventures, and he always manages to put a smile on the face of anyone he comes in contact with.

Spending the day on a hike around the Maroon Bells in Aspen, Colorado

Hiking is Liebchen’s favorite activity of all the activities that we do with him. He enjoys going on hikes through the forest and the desert. He has a passion for running up and down rocks and logs. He finds great pleasure in exploring new environments and discovering new species of flora, fauna, and insects. He also enjoys going on adventures around the many landscapes that the Western United States has to offer.

On a path, he takes pleasure in either walking ahead of us, showing us the route, or keeping pace with us. Even though he enjoys being outdoors so much, we can’t let him play outside since there are so many dangerous animals in the area, including bears, bobcats, eagles, and hawks. Because we are too frightened to let him go outdoors by himself, and because it is, in all honesty, too hazardous, we have adjusted our routine, and he now enjoys going on walks and treks with us. He is able to securely enjoy the great outdoors thanks to hiking.

Even though he enjoys doing it with us, skiing only happens at certain times of the year. He is content to travel on our shoulders or in our bag and just exposes his adorable little face to the breeze. He likes having the breeze blow through his whiskers, dozing off on the gondola or chairlift, and making conversation with new people.

By Elen

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