Did you happen to notice the title of my Tuesday post this week? There was a hint about just how great a Christmas I really did have. The title was - The BEST Christmas Gifts. I know that you all recognize the code by now. BEST means adoption. But did you notice that the word “Gifts” is plural in that title?
There is a young woman who has been supporting Winnie’s Wish for a long time now. I periodically receive a Wish List gift from her. While reading this blog, you’ve seen pictures of Winnie’s Wish supplies with the “Alyssa – THANK YOU” underneath. She had two cats forever, and when she lost one of those to cancer she sent a gift to Winnie’s Wish in memory of the kitty she lost. His name was Tigger. He was 16 years old. Alyssa and I talked about her being down to one cat. Of course, I would have loved to get a Wisher into Alyssa’s home. But she explained to me that the remaining kitty – Mystie, who was 13 years old at the time – was a cat who needed to be an “only” cat. She explained that Mystie “hated other cats.” Alyssa felt that she owed it to Mystie to NOT bring any other kitties into her home for the remainder of Mystie’s life. I respected and admired her dedication to Mystie. In the meantime, Alyssa found two tiny kittens in the engine compartment of a car. She actually placed those two kittens with her parents rather than bring them into Mystie’s life.
A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Alyssa – Mystie passed away last week. She struggled with asthma her entire life and her lungs finally gave out on her. There was nothing I nor the vets could do so I had to let her go. My husband and I are wondering if one of your Wishers would be a good fit for our family. I do have the two young cats, the brother and sister that I pulled out from the engine compartment of a car when they were tiny babies. They are 2 years old now and were very friendly to my parents' cats. I think they would both be fine with an additional kitty family member.
I thought I might pass out. A Wisher was going to Alyssa.
We spent a week or so discussing possibilities. Alyssa had a couple of favorites. She’d always loved Tinkerbell, and she’d fallen for Betty Lou as well. I told Alyssa that I had JUST received an inquiry about Betty Lou. We talked about Tinkerbell and how she has regressed since her brother Peter Pan died. I told Alyssa that there were very few homes I would send Tinkerbell to, but that hers WAS one. However, I felt that Tinkerbell could potentially take months to adjust. Alyssa said that would be no problem. But I also mentioned Bojangles. I told Alyssa that whereas Tinkerbell is very happy in the kennel cat rooms with her “family” – Quinn, Isis, Goldie, and Sallie, Bojangles is beyond desperate for attention. He simply does not receive what he needs and craves – attention, attention, attention.
Alyssa spent several days trying to decide. At one point she told me - I have been tying myself in knots trying to make a decision. I am thinking about Mr. Bojangles since Hubby and I recently moved two 2-year old cats in with us. Camaro, our new little boy, is absolutely dying for a friend to play with. He's got his sister Malibu but she is a bit of a princess and only so much fun. I am hoping that after a transition period Mr. Bo and Cam will be good friends.
I told Alyssa that I really feel Tink is fine where she is. But Bojangles longs for more attention than I can ever give him. And the decision was made. Alyssa has been giving gifts to Winnie’s Wish for a long time. Now she has given the greatest gift of all – a Forever Home.
Christmas kept us from meeting until this week. In fact, LAST NIGHT my husband and I met Alyssa and her husband at a halfway spot. It was SO nice to finally meet Alyssa. I transferred Mr. Bojangles from my carrier into theirs and he rode away with them, into the beginning of The Good Life.
What a week, Friends! What a Christmas! What wonderful giftS I have received.
Have a great weekend.