The other day a good friend of mine said she hadn’t seen any new posts lately; I didn’t even know she read my blog. I knew I hadn’t posted recently; my heart hasn’t really been in it since ʻUkulele died. I’ve been having little glimmerings of wanting to update my blog again, and my friend’s words gave me the impetus to begin again.
Several weeks after ʻUkie died, I was so lonely! She always tucked herself next to me to sleep, and purred that amazingly loud purr till we both fell asleep. Now, there was silence. There was usually no one to greet me when I came home, no one but Nolemana clamoring for food, no little meows, no one on my lap when I watched TV. And I missed that.
Feeling a little guilty, I began looking online at different shelters to see what kitties were available. But I felt so disloyal! Then some friends on Ravelry helped me to see that I wouldn’t be disloyal to get another cat, and that really, I’d be giving a needy cat a home, thus spreading ʻUkie’s love to someone new. That really helped. I knew there was no way to replace her…I was just going to make more room in my heart for a cat that needed a home. After all, who wants to spend a lifetime in a 2′ X 2′ kennel?
I saw some cats that looked promising; I even drove over an hour away to see some. In the first shelter I went to I fell in love with a lovely calico, but she’d already been spoken for. But I guess my heart just wasn’t ready, and I came home empty-handed. I went back to that same shelter several times with the same result. Then I visited another shelter, and yet another.
My friends on Ravelry assured me that I would know when I found the right cat. They couldn’t really explain how I’d know, just that I would. And I think up till then I was looking for a calico like ʻUkie and I realized that it might be better not to.
By this time, several weeks had passed. I think I’d gone to about five different shelters, spent hours on the road, and sure learned a lot about how shelters are run. I decided to stick with the first one I’d gone to (the one that’s an hour away) and just wait till the right cat showed up.
But then I found a link to another one across the river in Vancouver, and saw a face that captivated me. Keep in mind that I had no interest in a male cat, or a black and white one. I wanted a girl kitty.
But I kept coming back to this face!
He was just so cute with that mustache of his! But wait. I wanted a girl kitty.
I looked around on the website and saw another kitty I might be interested in. A girl.
Now try look her face! How sweet is that!
Well, I couldn’t decide. I didn’t know what to do. So I just decided I’d drive across the river and just take a look.
Continued next time. What will Mokihana do? Did she get a kitty? Was the cat carrier empty when she got home? Stay tuned.