Maybe you people in blog land can help... where did our brothers go??? They were there and then my sister and I turned around and they weren't. The lady... what? No... I need to ask... NOOOO! Don't want to get dowwwwwnnnnn....Well, thank you Gia. I know you and Lessa were disappointed your brothers took off without so much as a how do you do, but they were excited. Wouldn't you have been? Oh, wait. You were! I know honey, but your perfect furever home is out there. Promise.
In case you hadn't guessed, Miska and Oliver found homes today. It was the traditional Meet'n'Greet at the 'tute. I'm very excited to report that there was considerable interest in both the girls and in Opie Simon James, too. We'll see if anything comes of that.
We got to the Institute shortly before two. I'd barely gotten parked and we had company...
I did my best to sell Opie Simon James as a "man's manly mancat" but the gents, surprisingly, all went for the kittens first. And mostly, for the girls.
Another batch of kittens enjoy shoulder rides at a Meet'n'Greet.
Opie Simon James took a bit of a back seat to the kittens in the cooing and ooohing and ahhhing department, but he actually got more attention than the number of pics I took of him indicate! (OK, the fact that the camera batteries died, early on, didn't help!) Frankie has already adopted two of our babies and, while he couldn't resist a visit, stayed strong. Not strong enough not to get in a pet when Opie had a young admirer, though!
Miska on his new mom's shoulder with Gia. Amy is technically his new foster mom. And all her colleagues say, "Yeah, right. We heard that with K2." You might remember that story - I couldn't get any pics or stories out of Amy. Guess who adopted K2? Yep, even if you don't remember, you probably guessed right. Amy. We are just glad Miska is in a super loving home and will be learning to socialize with other cats. And, if Amy's co-workers are right, better yet!
Personally, I'm a fan of the 'foster to adopt' concept. I think it acknowledges the reality that taking a new critter into your home is big commitment. Heck, if Valerie hadn't acknowleged that Sophie wasn't a good fit for her household, I wouldn't have my wonderful little moppet... and I just can't imagine our house without her now!
It always surprises me how well the kittens take to cuddling with new folks. And this crew was passed around. A lot!
The lady with the skeptical look was "this" close to adopting Oliver, even though she doubted her very territorial mancat would accept him. She got plenty of encouragement from co-workers. Got to admit, I never try to "close a sale" on kittens - folks are ready or they aren't and either answer can be for the best. I know she wants another cat and am pleased she knows it has to feel right when she does.
We're hoping that this gent's wife thinks Lessa is as cute as he did. Too bad we were down to cell phone pics by then.
The gal who had been debating so intently about Oliver, let folks on her floor know we were there. Just as we were about to go home her colleague, Maria, arrived and, wouldn't you know... Oliver took a shine to her.
After sitting contentedly, gazing at her adoringly, purring and giving belly, he almost fell asleep in her lap... and that was all she wrote! Yay! Now you know it's a small, small world, right? Before Maria became a super tech gal for the 'tute, she had been thinking about becoming a vet. And guess where she worked as a vet tech? Yep! At Carney, with our Doc Andrew's dad, Doc Ed. Think I feel very, very good about this adoption?
*sniff* YAY!!! *sniff* YAY!!! I know this is why we do what we do, but I miss the little dudes already. My heart aches when I start down the stairs and Oliver isn't charging up to meet me. I made sure to say my goodbyes before I left home because if I'd tried to say goodbye there, I'd have lost it. It'll take a couple of days for everything to settle in... when I start to get the reports of them, happy in their new homes, it'll all feel wonderful!
The girls are back with Mama Lucy now, of course. And mom is wondering where her boys are. But if history is any indicator, in a day or so she'll be focusing her attention on the babies at hand.
I will really try to get back to blogging soon... I have so much to tell you but with 13 cats in the house (now 11... I'm no longer an official Crazy Cat Lady!), work (been in audit for the last three weeks), church, family... it's just been a zoo. Have a backlog of pics and the stories to go with them!