Claire and Colleen Story
I lost my husband 5 years ago. After his passing, I had our two older dogs to keep me company, but, then, about a year and a half ago, I lost both dogs within 5 days of each other. To say that my heart was broken when I lost them is an understatement. I spent a year and a half coming home to an empty, lonely home. People knew what an animal lover I was and encouraged me to get another pet, but I wasn’t sure that I was ready for another pet. Still, I kept saying (and thinking) that when the time was right and the right pet came along, I would know it.
Then, my childhood friend, Jo, saw an ad in the Iowa County Shopping News for an OMHS cat named Sebastian who was ready for adoption, so we made the hour-long journey to Richland Center and met Sebastian. Sebastian was a very nice cat, but I didn’t feel a connection between him and me, nor did I “connect” with any of the other cats in the room. It appeared that the “right pet” for me just wasn’t there. However, just as Jo and I prepared to leave the Adoption Center, Judy and Bonnie stopped us and said, “You haven’t visited the other room yet.” Unbeknownst to me, there was a second room at the Adoption Center, and that second room held the two fuzzy kittens that would soon become the loves of my life!
Immediately upon my going into “the other room,” Colleen jumped up into my arms, nestled under my neck, and purred like a motor boat! This is what I had been waiting for! My eyes welled up with tears, and I actually got goosebumps. I had been correct in waiting for a pet that would steal my heart, and my patience to find the right pet paid off. I had waited for exactly the right one, and now she was right there in my arms! 'This is it,” I said; “this is what I’ve been waiting for. I feel it in my heart.”
Then Judy told me that Colleen had a littermate named Claire. I hadn’t wanted two cats, but I felt that splitting up two sisters wasn’t right, so, despite the fact that Claire seemed a bit aloof and somewhat shy, I rather grudgingly decided to take both cats. And I’m so glad that I did! Because I did the right thing and took both Colleen (whom I’ve renamed Zelda) and Claire (whom I’ve renamed Emmy), I have been blessed with not just one, but two loving, fantastic, wonderful companions.
I do not consider myself deeply religious, but I do believe that God works in mysterious ways and that He found Zelda and Emmy for me. Within 24 hours of bringing the two kittens home, I called Judy and said, “Oh, my gosh! They have already made my life better just by being in it.” No longer do I dread coming home to a cold, lonely house. Instead, I am eager to get home to my two “girls.” They hear the garage door open, and they are at the door to meet me. They have brought me joy and happiness that I was missing during the time that I had no pet. There is not a day that goes by that they do not make me giggle at their antics, and I am grateful for having them in my life. And once-shy Emmy has completely come out of her shell. She greets me at the door as soon as I return from work or shopping, and, although I thought that Zelda would be my lap cat, Emmy has risen to the occasion and is the one who constantly wants to snuggle on my lap! Meanwhile, when I go away, both Zelda and Emmy know and accept that they have to have a kiss on the forehead before I leave. In fact, I give them so much love and care that everyone that I know says that, in their next life, they want to come back as one of my cats. I tell everyone that I have the best cats ever, but shouldn't all pets be loved and cared for?
Those of you who are considering adopting a cat, I would seriously suggest adopting two cats. They love each other, entertain each other, and keep each other company, and you get TWICE the unconditional love.
Thank you, Ocooch Mountain Humane Society, for taking care of and socializing these two wonderful cats so that I could be fortunate enought to adopt them. As I said before, as far as I’m concerned, they’re the best cats ever, and they will be cared for and loved until our last breaths. Happy Holidays, from Cindy, Zelda, and Emmy (the best cats ever!)
Zelda curled up with a plant!
Does the plant have anything to say about the crowding?