Saturday, June 17, 2017

MUFF UPDATE

We've been keeping in pretty close contact with Muff's new Mom since she took him home a couple of weeks ago and we're thrilled to report that everything is going great! He and his new feline roommate Dipsy (geez how I love that name for a kitty!) have been getting to know one another slowly but all indications are that they will be friends in no time. True to fashion, Muff has been on his best behavior and "A" his Mom just sounds more and more smitten with him every time she emails us!

So without further adieu, here is a picture of our gorgeous fella in his new digs - looking pretty happy I'd say......

Sunday, June 4, 2017

FRESH STARTS

Tonight is a fresh start for our Muff who went to his new forever home earlier today. It feels so strange without him in the house tonight, but his new Mom was so excited to be taking him home, and we take comfort in knowing that she's going to take great care of him.

This is also a fresh start for our new houseguest, whom we decided to name Beaumont.....


Young, handsome, and VERY sweet!, this little guy is all about love, love, love! Within afew hours of being here, he was already reaching out with his two front paws for around the neck, with head butts to the face for affection. He is without a doubt, ridiculously friendly and I'm so glad that he's been able to escape the harsh life of the streets. We don't suspect that he was out there long based upon how gorgeous his coat still is and how uber friendly he is, and we also don't suspect that we'll have him very long once he goes up on the adoption website.


Tonight we are so thankful and feel so blessed to be involved in this work of rescue.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

AMAZING

After afew not so good meet n' greet's - we're delighted to say that Muff met his new Mom last Saturday and will be going home this coming Sunday!!


Muff was a little standoffish at first but by the end of the visit, he was letting his "A" brush him and he melted like butter in a hot pan which caused her to melt as well! *L* I knew right then that it was a match made in heaven and she's looking so forward to taking him home. He'll have an older girl to show him around "Dipsy" is "A"s other kitty, a gorgeous 17 yr old Forest or Himlayan with the most gorgeous eyes and colouring (there may be some competition there about whose prettier *L*).

We will miss him so much, but we're so incredibly grateful that someone saw him for the lovely, sweet boy that he is and didn't allow a number to stand in the way of that. A has promised to send updates complete with photos, so I'll sure we'll all get to see this happily ever after unfolding.

PS: We already have a new guest waiting in the wings - another handsome boy; stay tuned!!

Friday, May 5, 2017

INTEREST - NO BITE

To date we've had 6 adoption inquiries for Muff but as of right this minute, none of them have been the right fit. The first person to meet him had a senior kitty at home (16 to be exact) and although she seemed nice enough, her referring to Muff as "rickety" (and that's a direct quote), kind of turned me right off. So I gave her the "out" which is basically where I give them a gentle nudge in the backing up direction, and she took it hook, line and sinker.

The second interested party was a woman that had two small children. I'll be honest in saying that I was very skeptical before I even spoke to her; two small kids with a senior kitty - not on my watch I said to myself. But I was humbled right away after that big declaration because upon speaking to her, she was the LOVELIEST person and it was quickly evident that not only would her home be an awesome one for any kitty lucky enough to land there, her wee ones sounded equally as awesome and I don't doubt that they would be wonderful friends to a feline companion! We mutually agreed however that Muff might be just abit too senior for her family............

The current interested party has no other pets and lives alone. May work out, however, I just got an email earlier and by the sounds of it, she's in no hurry to come and meet our cream colored King because she's asking about a meet n' greet appointment for "next week sometime" - hmmmmmmmmmm.

Aside from the flurry of activity since his adoption posting went up, here back at the ranch Muff himself is doing fabulous. He's settled in so well now and has started wanting to have a cuddle with me in bed at night before my light goes out. Of course at 20 Ibs, I have to help him onto the bed but the real trick is that Rocky has to be up on the bed first and wants the primo spot before he'll even consider letting Muff infringe on his territory!

Monday, April 17, 2017

RESILIENCE


One thing is for certain........the person that claims cats cannot overcome, has never met our Muff. Homeless again for the 2nd time in his life (that we know of), elderly, and having been taken from someone that he grew used to and loved for the past 8 years, is more than most would be able to battle back from - but battled back this big, easygoing boy has and he's done it in style.

He's calm, collected, quiet, and so easygoing it would amaze just about anybody. The only time I see even a hint of ornery self from this fella is when I'm brushing him and he grows tired of the grooming..........he usually makes a noise and gives a swat to say: we're done for tonight! Otherwise, he's quite content with whatever else you can offer in the way of affection and attention, and asks for very little. Physically, he's in good health, recent bloodwork showed nothing disconcerting and his kidney levels remain very reasonable for a boy his age, so for that we are so grateful.

He'll go up on the website any day now. It breaks our hearts to think that once again he will need to endure yet another change and a move, but we know he can do it and we're looking forward to finding him a new home where he will be cherished and spoiled rotten for the remainder of his days.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

HOPE


Muff is settling in okay we think. Of course, there are moments when I look at him and I swear he has simply accepted things because he knows that they can be no other way now. We had him to the vet yesterday, he weighs in at 20Ibs unfortunately, but that doesn't surprise us since the size of the bowl his Mom was feeding him from was big enough for a Great Dane, and they were living together in a bachelor apt so he wasn't getting any real exercise. And in saying that, there is no malice in those statements since I know she loved him and gave him the best of what she had. He also has arthritis in his back legs, and has some telltale signs of early kidney disease but neither is surprising given that his age is somewhere between 11 - 13 years.

He has full run of the house now and has been as good as gold. Very quiet, sleeps a great deal, and LOVES attention. His coat is in desperate need of some TLC since it appears he has stopped grooming, but tolerates brushing for quite abit of time before getting abit ornery. Again, nothing concerning and almost expected with a boy this senior.

His Mom called early last week to see how he was. Another very tough conversation since I could just hear the longing in her voice for him, and I'm sure a deep sense of sadness, especially given what she's facing. I reassured her that she's welcome to call anytime, and I'm happy to let her know about his new family when he's adopted - she did say however that she knows she can't continue to ask about him because it only makes letting him go that much more painful.

I so admire her strength and courage and have no idea who I would face a similar situation if it was visited upon me.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

A SAD FIRST

In addition to fostering for the rescue, I also volunteer as a Post Adoption Counsellor. In this capacity, I work with people that have adopted from the rescue and are reaching out because they are having issues with the kitty/ies - whether those be behavioral, medical, or surrendering in nature. Yesterday, I received a case that involved a woman who has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and needed to surrender her adopted kitty back to us as a result.

What started out as a bright, upbeat day, quickly turned dark and sad for me. To say that I had to take many deep breaths before making that call would be an understatement. I did so only after I prayed that I would be able to keep my emotions in check as I spoke to "D". As we chatted, and I gathered the information I required in order to begin the process of a return, I couldn't help but feel this woman and her cat sounded eerily familiar to me. Long story short, it turned out that the reason they sounded so familiar was because they were................her cat Muffy (who we knew as Simba), was one she had adopted from us as we had been fostering him when she came to adopt him back in 2009.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. I believe wholeheartedly that everything happens for a reason, and I also do not believe in coincidences. The fact that our foster space has been empty since the end of January was something that I believed the Lord made happen so that we could spend precious time with our Rocky, but I also now believe that He did so because He knew that D and Muffy (who is now 11 years of age), would need us. Upon arriving at "D"s earlier this afternoon, she had gathered all of Muffy's things together and we helped her get him into the carrier. He didn't fight, almost as if they had had a long conversation and he knew that this was how it had to be.

Tonight he is quiet, sad, and clearly missing his Mom and his home. I don't know what is worse, when we welcome them in not knowing the road they've travelled or circumstances such as these where I can look into their eyes and see the longing for home and know that they can never go back there. We reassured "D" that we would take very good care of him and that we'd ensure he was adopted out to a very good home. Despite those promises, I can well imagine that she misses her friend tonight as much as he misses her.

And for me, that is truly heartbreaking....