Late last week I lost my much loved cat Grace after 10 years. As sad and heartbreaking as the loss of a beloved pet is, we are thankful that it was a swift and peaceful goodbye after a long love-filed life.
Because my dear husband knows me so well and knows my heart needs often better than I do, Steve took me to the Monadnock Humane Society on Friday afternoon to look around. These are the wonderful people we thank for Ben's little fur-baby Fender. It's an amazing place and the staff is outstanding.
In my head I thought we'd look for a long-haired kitten, as we had seen with Fender and Saffron that a kitten introduced into a new household is a fairly easy thing - albeit a lot of work on our part for care and supervision, etc. They only had one little bitty baby (short-hair) and she was on hold for another family. So we wandered all around the facility and discovered several good sized rooms full of adult cats. One room seemed to have an abundance of long-haired beauties lounging around, so we went in to visit.
We read bios taped to the wall and matched name tags on the fuzzies to their stories. Then a volunteer came in and explained to us that this large group had only come to the shelter at the beginning of December as a transfer from Canada. There had been about 100 cats seized from a hoarding situation and they had been held as 'evidence' in the legal case for a very long time. The wonderful people at MHS had taken a portion of the group to find loving forever homes for these beautiful cats.
After petting and holding a few, we found her... they called her Tabouli, but I call her Gypsy and she seems to like her new name.
She is very petite (just over 7lbs) and has green/gold eyes and beautiful black fur marbled with caramel colored markings. They say she is a black & orange Tortoiseshell but I think she's just plain pretty. Adjustment is going to be slow for everyone, but I think we are all going to get along just fine eventually.
A Christmas blessing to swell my heart from the man who loves me so and always wants to make me smile. I am a most blessed wife.
Blessings on the journey,