Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Before school started I did something crazy. My sister-in-law told me that the animal shelter had kittens buy one get one free. I took my youngest daughter to look at them. I know, it was a moment of insanity, and yes, we still have two old dogs. We didn't see any kittens while we were there. However, we looked at the older cats and one cat truly connected with our daughter. We went home and thought it over, going the next morning again. Both daughters loved this cat and her half sister. We got both, brought them home and loved them. I worked hard to introduce them to the dogs, and vice versa, over the next few days. Our big dog would lay outside our daughter's room, which was where we kept them closed in and the dogs closed out, and stalk them, smell and watch under the door for them, and try to burst in when we went in or out. After our oldest daughter went off to college and our youngest was gone to school, I enjoyed caring for them, and trying to get all the pets acclimated. My husband wasn't thrilled. Then we began the debate of de-clawing or not-we didn't want our furniture ruined, but wanted them to be able to protect themselves if the dogs did get them. Our big dog didn't let up-my husband still says he thinks the dog would be fine, but I was worried. After about two weeks, there was no change in the animals' reaction to each other or compromise on their claws, so I knew in my heart that it was time to take them back. It was sad for my daughter and I, but we both knew it was for the best. I cried all the way back to the shelter and the entire time I filled out the paperwork to return them. I wrote all about how great great they were together, how sweet and loving they were. The sweet girl at the desk asked if I would like to be notified when they were adopted. I said that I would appreciate that. She called one week later saying an older gentleman who lived alone had taken them both. I hope the three of them are very happy together. I still find myself missing them... How are you and your family/pets, Reader? I hope well.

1 comment:

Thimbleanna said...

Yay -- you're back! I hope your transition into only one child at home is getting a little easier. I remember those days and it wasn't fun. Although, it is fun to watch your child on a grand new adventure.

Sorry to hear about the cats, but very pleased to hear they found a good place to live. Have a good weekend!