I have never traveled to Japan, but I hope to pay a visit someday because of the national love for cats. None of that cats-as-witches'-familiars style shenanigans there! NO! I mean, their Love for the Kitteh is nowhere near Ancient Egypt's, true, but let's give credit where credit is due.
The Story of Pearl: Chapter One The Story of Pearl: Chapter Two The Story of Pearl: Chapter Three
The following Friday, the night before I planned to take Pearl and Rose back to the Shelter (Pearl for her lady-operation, and Rose to find a home, gulp), a mass email went out from the EBSPCA! A litter of kittens with some sort of contagious disease had been admitted. The sickness was particularly deadly to kittens! All foster animals were to stay at their foster homes for a mandatory 10 days to ensure that the virus died off.
10 days passed, and the kittens grew and grew. They were definitely over 2lbs now! They were almost kitTEENS! I was eager to get them back to the shelter, because I figured the smaller the kitten, the greater the chances of its adoption.
Yet Fate was not on the sisters’ side. (Or was she?) Yet another litter of virulent cats had come into the shelter, so a new 10-day period was instated. Pearl would be fine; she was spoken for. Now Rose was my biggest concern. She was a young kitTEEN now, but a kitTEEN nonetheless. She could not wait 10 days longer. I needed to take matters into my own hands.
And so I began my own outreach, just like in the olden days of Los Angeles Kitten Hunting. I told all my favorite baristas about Rose’s plight (baristas are incredible allies), I posted on Facebook, I even posted on Craigslist, to gauge interest.
Lo and behold, an appointment was set with someone who seemed like the perfect match. He had two cats already; one was senior and loving, and the other was young and playful. Rose would be the perfect balance!
When Rose’s Future Hero walked through my door, I felt like I was watching a movie because the scene was so perfect. Rose was sitting under the track lighting, one of the beams shining down directly on her, making her fur sparkle, her pink ears glow, and giving the overall impression of a fluffy white halo around her. The two of them got along perfectly.
Unlike the old days, I was working through a shelter, so I coordinated the adoption much like how I’d guess a social worker would. Luckily, it all worked out! Here’s a photo of Rose in her new home, with a new friend.
Was it all just a dream?
Her Hero is such a kind guy that he even sent me a gift for Christmas:
Homer's Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or
How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat.
And so, that brings Rose’s story to a happy conclusion. She is successfully adopted and living in a loving home with friends. As for Pearl…
Welcome toPaw de Chat! Whether you're a cat owner, a cat lover, or just simply cat curious, there's a lot in store for you here.
You can look forward to new, feline-focused bite-sized videos every week! I plan on posting clips of original interviews with local shelters, expert veterinarians, cat show judges, professional breeders, and fellow cat owners to share knowledge and cat craziness with you.
Throughout the week, I'll sprinkle bite-sized facts, photos and products into the mix, too. If you've got a topic you'd like to see covered, please feel free to email me. Thanks! >^..^<
What does "Paw de Chat" mean?
In ballet, pas de chat is defined as a cat-like leaping step which moves sideways. It starts from a fifth position of the feet and ends in fifth position, with the dancer jumping off one foot and landing on the other, and the literal translation is "step of the cat."
Pas de chat is pronounced "pah-deh-shah," so I thoughtPAW de Chatwould be a funny and appropriate twist. It also sounds friendlier than CLAW de Chat! Meow! >^..^<
I am a bonafide cat lover, but I harbor an intense academic interest in our feline friends, too. Although cats have been commonplace companions for centuries, they are still animals, first and foremost… and mysterious ones at that! I’m going to put my inquisitive mind to good use and share with you whatever I find.