I have been sharing some “Where Are They Now” type posts about some of the Wishers who are out there living The Good Life! My goal is to have information available at the click of a picture for people who might be considering the adoption of a Winnie’s Wish cat. These stories will hopefully be testament to the fact that even though a Wisher might be halfway across the country from the adopter, those adopters say it was absolutely worth it to go the extra mile. And for those Wishers who required a little more patience, their families tell me it was worth it beyond a doubt. Today’s story is about a senior Wisher who had spent previous years in unsettling circumstances. When he was adopted by Chesney and her husband, he was home at last. This time forever.
I fell in love with Teddy’s soulful eyes when I stumbled across his photo on petfinder.com. I was looking for a companion cat for my only cat child, Sylvie at the time. She was two years old and I worried she was lonely, but also worried that she would reject another cat in her space. My husband and I had agreed that having only one kitty with two perfectly good laps to sit on just didn’t make sense.
I clicked on Teddy’s photo and his bio revealed that he was already 8 years old! His age was the reason he had been passed over at the animal control facility that Chrystal rescued him from in the nick of time and how he became a Winnie’s Wisher.
I decided that more important than his age was the description about how he was kind to the other kitties at Winnie’s Wish. I read his story on the blog and knew he was meant to be our Teddy. I also felt strongly about adopting from Winnie’s Wish because as I read more of the blog, I was beyond moved by the mission and vision of the small, private shelter. She takes such loving care of the kitties and works so hard to keep them safe and healthy as well as socialize and rehabilitate them so they can hopefully go to their forever homes.
Teddy was six hours away from me, but Chrystal and her daughter met me half way to pick up my boy! . My heart swells when I think about that day and Chrystal handing him over to me and how happy I was to meet him finally. He has brought such joy to our lives, it is difficult to describe in words.
I kept Teddy and Sylvie separate for a week and slowly introduced them. He was very interested in her and of course kind, but she was a little frightened and hissy. I fed them together and they could see each other through a baby gate. When her fear subsided and she showed more interest than fright, I felt confident about their interactions, and he was finally given free reign of the house we never looked back. They cuddle and play wildly and you would never guess Teddy’s a senior citizen. I’m glad they have each other.
He loves everything and everyone! He is one happy guy and so very sweet and an absolute joy! I could snuggle him every minute of every day and just can’t imagine life without him. Whenever we come home or people come over, he literally runs up to you and plops down with a loud thud, then promptly rolls over for you to rub his big, beautiful belly. When he’s not snoozing, he follows us in to every room just to hang out and be near us. I am ever grateful that Chrystal saved him and kept him safe at Winnie’s Wish until we found him and brought him home. His forever home!