Have any of you ever heard of Andrea? At Celestial Kitties? You might recognize her as mom of Star and Leo. You might recognize her as a person who has adopted from Winnie’s Wish (Leo). You might recognize her as the lead cheerleader for adoptions. Or you might recognize her as the talent, heart, and soul behind the toy FUNdraisers. Before I give the floor to Andrea (to tell her current brick story), let me take this opportunity to announce the TAKE from the Valentine Spread the Love toy FUNdraiser that ended last month. Drumroll . . . $600 !!!! Now none of that could have happened if you wonderful Friends of Winnie’s Wish didn’t order toys. So from the bottom of my heart I thank you wonderful people for supporting Andrea’s FUNdraiser for Winnie’s Wish!!! And then, of course, none of this would even exist if not for Andrea and her hard work and talent. Andrea – as always – THANK YOU!!!
Now, in Andrea’s words:
Have you ever thought you knew who would be your kitty's best friend, or think you could make friendship happen between two kitties? Yeah, I thought I knew too. But Sheldon and Calvin decided for themselves that they were best buddies forever.
Sheldon, a tabby with lots of white, was one of the last kittens from my very first cat's last litter. When I moved along with a girl friend into the house Greg bought but didn't live in, I brought Sheldon and his nephew, Evenrude, a black kitty, with me. My friend brought her kitty Sadie. I just knew Sheldon and Evenrude would be best friends, they had grown up together! They shared mommies, each nursing from both! Sounds good right?
Sadie, who was not fixed, and my boys, who were not fixed, did what not fixed kitties do and we got four kittens, of which three survived (one born dead, twice as large as the others, the next day). When those kittens were maybe four weeks old, we captured a small black kitten who was being chased, who rewarded me for trying to save him by biting my thumb so hard it swelled twice it's size. We isolated him in a bathroom and he was so scared that all we saw of him was his back end as he ran when we opened the door. He was a little smaller than our kittens so once we were sure he was healthy, we opened the door and let our kittens in. Hobbes, the boldest, ran right in and the little black baby came out of hiding immediately and went nose to nose with Hobbes. Best friends, right? Meant to be?
Yes, they played. Sadie adopted and mothered the kitten we had to name Calvin because he was Hobbes best friend. (If you don't remember the comic strip I feel sorry for you, lol) They grew up. Evenrude was not happy here and was given to a family where he'd be an only kitty and spoiled rotten. Two of the kittens were given together to another good home. Hobbes was incorrigable, destructive, ornery, and perfectly loveable, but so jealous! Calvin, who remained shy around people, always backed off when Hobbes butted in. They were not best friends by the time they were teen kitties, 9 or 10 months old. Hobbes would be happier alone, we thought and made the decision to find him a home. Boy did he get a perfect one for him, the mom was thrilled with him even though when she first met him and he wouldnt stop farting. He had four people, including two happy kids, to give him all the attention he could handle.
In the meantime, as all the other kitties were finding other homes, an unlikly friendship was forming behind the scenes. Quiet, cuddly Sheldon and shy, unassuming Calvin were spending more and more time together. They slept together. They groomed each other. They played together. Calvin was not a lap cat, but loved to lay next to a person, and the person he most wanted to lay next to was whoever's lap Sheldon was on.
Sheldon and Calvin were my sweet boys. Quietly happy to be my lap/side cats, but if they couldn't sit with me, they were happy to curl up together. Sadie would sometimes join them. As would Kikken, another kitty we got years later. But mostly and always it was the best buddies.
They had good long lives, happy together, and they died within months of each other. I think Calvin pined for his buddy and gave up. I'm glad I had them, I'm glad they had each other.
You can't decide who your kitties best friend is any more than you can decide who a person's best friend is. But you can love and enjoy the friendships that develop in your kitty family. That was my boys, Sheldon and Calvin, forever buddies.
I should stop my story right there, but I'm going to add this: Your or your cat's best buddy could, right now, be sitting in the Winnie's Wish cathouse just waiting for you to choose them. There are some best buddies already in the cathouse, also looking for a home of their own, together. You have friends and family, their best friends could be in there. Won't you spread the word that these wonderful, adoptable, kitties are ready for their forever home and be the one responsible for a kitty's happily ever after? Thank you!
Andrea – THANK YOU.