Betty Lou was adopted during the Holidays. She came to Winnie’s Wish with her three sons: Bojangles, Boy Blue, and Binks. Bojangles was adopted during the Holidays, too. That leaves only two members of The B Family here at Winnie’s Wish – Binks and Blue. This is the pair I want to highlight for adoption today. But I will also give you an update on how Betty Lou and Bojangles are doing in their new homes.
Yesterday I said that I would focus on PAIRS of Wishers this week. I said that I have two pairs who I will only adopt out AS pairs and one pair that I’d sure like to see go together. That pair is Blue and Binks. The B boys - Bo and Blue and Binks - were not just brothers, they were also good friends. But I knew Bo could be adopted out as a single. He was the most outgoing of the three. (Learned a lesson here, but that’s for later in this post.) After Bo, Boy Blue is the next most outgoing. Binks was always the shy one. Since their mom Betty Lou and brother Bo have gone, Blue and Binks are even closer. I would absolutely LOVE to see them adopted together. However, I will not deprive either one of them a home if someone comes calling for a single kitty. Blue could probably do OK without Binks. I’m not sure how well Binks would do by himself.
As I’ve been explaining recently, the remaining Wishers are all kitties who will require abundant patience on the part of an adopter. I do not have any Wishers left here who will go into a home and adjust in a matter of days. My guess is that the cats who are left will require MONTHS to transition. I’m hoping with all of my might for special folks out there who will find Winnie’s Wish and adopt some of these “less-adoptable” sweethearts. Hoping TODAY for Boy Blue and Binks. Here they are.
As you know, Blue and Binks came in as two of a family of four. Mom Betty Lou and brother Bojangles were lucky enough to be adopted. I have been updated on how things are going for both of these lucky kitties. And I have been given yet another lesson by one of these adoptions – I simply cannot predict how a Wisher will do in a home based on how that Wisher acts WITH ME.
Remember Hope? I just mentioned her not long ago because I received a Merry Christmas picture from Hope’s mom Gail. You might remember that Hope was VERY tame WITH ME in the cathouse. I could pet her, hold her, and play with her. Then she was adopted and returned because she only hid. When Hope got a second chance, I knew that if anyone had the needed patience, it was new mom Gail. Months went by. And then - that beautiful picture of Hope upside down on her mom’s arm. The frosting on the cake came last week when I received an email from Gail. Here is part of what she said:
Hope is the sweetest kitty and we are so grateful to have her! I only wish others could see the amazing personalities these "not so social" kitties have. As you know, Hope was our second kitty with a feral start. We've had Hope almost a year. She will sit in the family room, usually right in the middle of the floor. If I'm sitting, she is immediately in my lap. (Sometimes even arguing with our older cat about who get to sit where.) She always greets us when we get home and keeps me company for my morning routine. Hope has even taken up a friendship with my husband. Apparently it all started with a turkey sandwich, lol. They get along really well and although she is not yet sitting in his lap, she does nap right beside him every chance she gets and loves to be petted.
Now here’s the thing. Gail is the kind of person I need now many times over. But that is only part of the point. What I’ve learned after Hope (and Bojangles) is that even when I have a Wisher who is very social here WITH ME, there is always the possibility that none of that sociability will transfer to a new home. What occurred with Hope also occurred with Bo. I had worked with Alyssa to get the right Wisher into her home. It turned out that we both thought Bojangles would be a good fit. In a small way, I thought that sending Bo to Alyssa was a waste of a “special” person. By that I mean that I know Alyssa, and she is a person who would be fine with a kitty taking months to adjust. She even said that very thing to me when we were considering Tinkerbell for her home. In the end, Bo went. I knew he would have some usual transition troubles, but he was the most social kitty in the cathouse (following his mom Betty Lou). I never dreamed he would end up hiding for WEEKS.
I was not only shocked, but quite apologetic, when I corresponded with Alyssa about Bo’s adjustment (or lack thereof). Alyssa kept assuring me that she was fine with this. But I couldn’t figure it out. Bojangles never stopped demanding my attention in the cathouse. He wanted me to interact with him, pet him, pick him up, play with him. He would climb me and hold onto my shoulder. SO much like Hope! And, like Hope, he entered his new world (Alyssa’s home) and proceeded to do NOTHING but hide. He is, just in the last few days, starting to come around. I don’t think it will be MONTHS before he’s part of the family (like it took with Hope), but he sure didn’t respond to his adoption as I had predicted. Between Hope and Bo, I think I’ll stop telling people that I KNOW what kind of Wisher any particular one is.
Before I close this post, let me update everybody on Betty Lou. (Her new name is Jules, but I’ll use Betty Lou here since that’s how you know her.) Betty Lou had practically NO adjustment period at all. Her mom (G) tells me how well she has done from day one. Here is the report I received (along with pictures – Yay!):
Jules has been a wonderful addition to our family and is a very sweet cat. On her first night home she was already rolling on her back to get belly scratches. She has become more playful since then and will chase and play with Happy. All 3 cats are getting along very well and we'll find them sleeping on the bed together during the daytime. Jules and Happy are a bit sassy together, they like to monitor our daughter's high chair for food that falls down while Handsome watches the 2 hooligans. Jules has done very well with our 2 children, she withstands their scratches, rubs, awkward wet nose pettings and has put up with their hugs where is she mostly squished by the children--that's what love is about! We're so happy that you chose us to be her forever home!
Now wouldn’t it just be WONDERFUL to get Binks and Blue into their very own home, too! Keep your fingers crossed.
See you tomorrow.