There is too much bad in the world, so the good should be recognized and enjoyed.
That was a favorite saying of E. W. Tiemann Jr., Sal's dad. Sal is one of the kind folks who offered to adopt Murph. A wonderfully wise man was Mr. Tiemann... I think we all recognize how special the outpouring of love for Murph was... the affirmation that there are, indeed, a lot of good people in this world. Everyone who came together to make this happen... every person who purrayed, posted, tweeted, offered to take Murph for foster or keeps, or offered to facilitate the adoption should really enjoy the warm feeling of a job well done!
Murph will join his new furever family tomorrow, and Pati has promised to send pics and updates. Murph is going to have several furblings in his new home, including three oldsters like himself. And three bean sibs, too (10, 12 and 13)!! Pati and her hubby, Will, live in NJ and have family here in MD. Pati saw Murph's story on Ravelry's message board and immediately called Will at work to suggest that they offer for Murph. Having had a circumstance in their own family that came way too close for comfort to Murph's story, Will replied, "Yes, let's do this!" and said he could drive down the next day to pick Murph up, if need be. So Pati wrote to us, even offering her vet as a reference!
As it turned out, the nurse, who had to be hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to Murph, was willing to come back to work (and take the risk of another reaction) in order to give Murph and his mom some more time together to say goodbye... yep, another example of the good folks in this world! Pati articulated the feelings many of us have had in her closing to our last email: "I wish there was some way that Murph could stay with his mom until she gets to the Bridge, but we have a few warm beds he can sleep on, if he wants to." Amen, Pati! And warm hugs to your family for opening your hearts and your home to this sweet old man!
And on the Space Paws Front
The post last night was short... in part because, here at Space Paws, we had an unexpected turn of events...
Peggy Sue is back!! "What???" you say! Yes, and it's a good thing. Elizabeth let me know yesterday that, while Peggy Sue had acclimated to her new abode, and hissin'n'growlin' quickly ceased between her and her new brother, something was very wrong. She said Peggy Sue was just bereft the entire week. Please understand that Elizabeth is an AWESOME cat mama - I know her, personally. And she has incredible patience - it took 3 years before her YumYum and Gato got to be pals - but she said this was clearly different.
Peggy Sue was past sad, she was pining. And cats don't usually do that. So Elizabeth and I put our heads together and decided Peggy Sue should come back. I won't be putting her up for adoption again, she'll be mine. When I started to tell my sis the story, she didn't let me get past "Peggy Sue is coming back." She immediately interjected, "Well good. She's back where she belongs!" (Ummmmm... how did I not see this???) But I'll take something else my sis said to heart, "It just took a visit with Elizabeth for you two to realize you were meant to be together." Yes, I'd cried buckets when she left, but I thought that was just - well, you know - me being me ... but I had no idea Peggy Sue had grown that attached to me, too.
At first Elizabeth was sad... that Peggy Sue was so sad. And that her darlin' Gato still doesn't have a new friend. But when Peggy Sue emerged from the carrier, headbutted my hand and arched into a rub, there were smiles all around. We both knew we'd made the right decision. And we know that Elizabeth will find a wonderful furbling for dear Gato, too.
So "Happy Gottacha Day" my sweetie. This one is for keeps!