I often hear from Wisher adopters at the holidays. This year, I only heard from a couple of Wisher homes at Christmas, but it was SUCH great news. I feel certain you will remember Hope. And you might also remember two of the West Woods gang – Yardley and Nisha. It’s odd that I heard from these two families because their stories are somewhat intertwined.
Yardley and Nisha were adopted together by A. (They have different names now, but for today’s post I’ll use their Wisher names to keep things from getting too confusing.) Last January, Husband and I drove to a halfway spot between us and A to deliver her two new Wisher girls. While we were waiting at the far end of a Dairy Queen parking lot just off the interstate, a cat ran underneath my car. As my husband says, my Cat Radar went off and I was immediately on point. When I got Yardley and Nisha on the road with their new adoptive mom, I had Husband drive me over to a dumpster at the back of the property. It was January, and I hated thinking about a cat living outside and trying to survive by eating out of a dumpster. That day started a week-long, extremely cold, series of hour-long round-trips to try to trap that cat. In the end, I discovered that this was an entire colony and I had to abandon my efforts. But before I did, I was able to trap ONE cat. I named her Hope.
Hope came here and I started the taming process. I knew it would be tough because of her feral beginnings. But Hope actually tamed much more easily than most. I played toys with her, petted her, even held her. Hope was adopted into a home where she hid continuously. She returned to Winnie’s Wish. Then another adopter inquired about Hope. I explained about her first adoptive experience and reported that it was impossible for me to know how she’d do because she was so tame here in the cathouse. Gail was willing. Hope had her second chance.
Hope was a real challenge for Gail and her family. She hid for weeks. Even when she started showing up in rooms where the established cat and the humans were gathered, she was having none of that touching business. This went on FOR MONTHS. But Gail never gave up. She was determined to provide a home for Hope regardless of how long it took to develop a relationship with her.
Well, I received a cell phone message before Christmas. It was just a picture. Take a look at this.
WHAT a gift to me. Gail and Family – THANK YOU for never giving up Hope.
The other family I heard from at Christmas was A's. A adopted Yardley and Nisha (who didn’t have nearly the adjustment problems that Hope had). I got SUCH great pictures and a report as well. A says that she and her fiancé and even her mother showered the kitties with Christmas gifts. Here is what she wrote to me:
Just an update on the kitties. Arya and Sansa could not be happier. This was their first Christmas with us. My mom gets all the family pets stockings at her house. Their stockings were loaded with toys, catnip, and their favorite wet food. We also got them collars for Christmas that had bow ties on them. They were adorable. But their biggest present they got 2 days ago. And ever since we have had it up they have not gotten off of it. And that is a cat tree. It is about 6 ft tall and full of scratching posts and toys. Overall I think they are in complete paradise and they get all the love in the world. We cuddle all the time and they have fallen in love with treats.
That was all of the contact I had with Wisher families for Christmas. But I did get a Happy New Year picture and report about little Star. Here is what her new mom had to say:
I just wanted to let you know that Star is officially part of the family 100%. Bella and Star are inseparable and they always chase each other around. Bella grooms Star a lot too!.
So you can definitely have some peace of mind about Star’s new life. She’s absolutely loved!!!
Happy Holidays TO ME!! (Any more folks out there willing to adopt a Wisher? I need you.)
See you tomorrow.