The plan was for me (this past Saturday) to drive north in Illinois on Interstate 57 as Janet was driving west on Interstate 70. Where those two interstates come together, I would hand off Hershey Bear and Frosting and head back home. Janet would continue her drive west – to Utah.
Janet ended up getting a later start than she had originally planned and as Saturday ticked along I waited for the green light to head in her direction. As it turned out, we were not able to meet until about 9:30pm. Originally, Younger Daughter had offered to make the trip with me. She has Saturdays off. But she works bright and early on Sundays, so I told her she was definitely off the hook for the transport since we would not arrive back home until after 1:00am. But she was a trooper and vowed to go with me anyway.
When Cheryl sent Quinn, Peter Pan, and Tinkerbell (hotel cats) to me from Florida on the Rescue Railroad, she sent them in two large carriers. Cheryl donated those carriers so the cats wouldn't have to change from carrier to carrier all along the route. And - the carriers are big enough for a small litter box with room left over for a kitty to curl up on a towel. We loaded Hershey and Frosting into their individual travel units and off we went.
It rained most of the trip up. We found our designated meeting place, and Younger Daughter and I sat in the parking lot, in the rain, and waited. Janet was driving her last two horses west, so we watched for a truck pulling a large horse trailer. When she arrived, we met and got the cats (in their roomy carriers) settled into the horse trailer. I could tell Janet cared about the cats. You can just tell when someone is like that. We didn't take time for chit-chat; it was raining and it was late and Janet had SUCH a long trip ahead. I told her I had to bolt for my car anyway as I was about to burst into tears. Gosh how I wish I could explain it all to Hershey Bear and Frosting. Hershey was peep-crying when I was handing him over.
And that was it. I filled my vehicle back up with gasoline, and Younger Daughter and I hit a Starbucks and headed home. It poured rain all the way. We talked, and we listened to music. And I worried. SUCH a long trip for the kitties. But I told myself what I always do – this is what has to happen for them to arrive in a forever home where they are wanted so badly. I hoped they wouldn't think I'd abandoned them. I hoped they would be OK on the rest of the trip.
They traveled nonstop all night Saturday night, Sunday, Sunday night, and into the wee hours of Monday morning. Then they traveled again all day yesterday. My understanding is that DeLynn and her husband picked them up at noon and started towards Trish (Katnip Lounge) who had started towards them. Trish would deliver them into the hands of their new mom and dad. *Check out Katnip Lounge today for the story from Trish's perspective!
I am ever so pleased to announce that they have arrived. Mary and her husband reported to me that Trish delivered one Hershey Bear and one Frosting to them in Las Vegas. Then they started the last leg of the journey HOME. Mary emailed me when they had the cats and were on their way. I emailed back that it was late (here in the Midwest) and that I would head on to bed. I raced to the computer this morning to read about how Frosting and Hershey did once they were released from those carriers into their new house. Mary had written this (in part):
Together they ate about 1 1/2 cans of Fancy Feast and drank lots of water. Hershey fell asleep under the bathroom cabinet. Frosting was still wide awake with curiosity. I told them that they were HOME and they gave me slow blinks. :) Hoping they get some good rest tonight. Will send you another update tomorrow.
We did it. We never gave up. Two wonderful kitties are now in the hands of two wonderful people. My deep gratitude to Janet, DeLynn and husband, Trish, Jeanne, and of course Mary and her husband!
Have a great Tuesday!