Sometime in January of 2006, Minnie showed up in my yard and, after a mere two-week courtship, decided to live with me. The rather bad photo at left was taken on her first day in the house. When I took her to the vet to be spayed in February of that year, he thought she was about 2-3 years old, so I decided she was officially 2 years old at the time, hence born sometime around Jan. 2004. That makes her 6 years old today, Jan. 1, 2010 (Jan. 1 being her official birthday).
She's skinnier in the old photo, and leggy-looking, but the most striking difference between Minnie then and now is that the younger Minnie doesn't have the great, fluffy ruff around her neck. Not sure why that would be, but there you are.
And now here's Miss Minnie in her present-day glory. :)