Sunday, November 23, 2008

Welcome to the Family, Ozzy

Anyone who's even casually acquainted with me knows I'm an animal lover. Unless I have a bunch of four-footed creatures sharing my house (and my yard!), I'm not happy. This past August, my daughter started college. She moved out and got a small apartment near campus with one of her friends. She took her dog and cat with her - which meant my indoor pet family was suddenly cut in half.

Since then, I've gone back and forth on getting another cat or dog. Part of me told me to hold off. My dog is beautifully trained and a great companion and the old cat is an "easy keeper". The other part of me didn't listen and would visit the local humane society or county animal control web pages, viewing the adopable animals.

Two weeks ago, I made the mistake of stopping by PETsMART on my way home from work. Halo, a no-kill animal rescue organization, was at the store and conducting a drive, attempting to find as many homes as possible for their "unadoptable" cats.

Oh, boy.

Well, you can imagine what happened.

I don't know what made Ozzy so unadoptable, other than he's quite plain. He and his three, possibly cuter, siblings were found on the streets at four-months-old. Four months later, all his siblings had found their new forever homes. Not Ozzy.

I'm always amazed when an animal with such a rough start in life or that has been mistreated can still be loving and affectionate to people. Ozzy quite literally spends twelve of every twenty-four hours purring, cuddling, and following me around the house. If I sit down, he's in my lap. Even now, I'm gently nudging him away because he's alternately rolling on top of and walking all over the keyboard.

He really is a perfect addition to my pet family. I guess going into PETsMART that day on my way home from work wasn't such a mistake after all.

Warmest wishes,

Cathy McDavid and Ozzy


Gillian Layne said...

Oh, Cathy, good for you! We always say "enough, already!" concerning the animals (enough food, enough animal hair everywhere, enough vet bills) and yet we always end up with another.

I have three cats right now and adoring all of them. They are the oddest bunch. Cats make life interesting--and save on heat bills, and they are free snuggly water bottles (on their own terms, of course). :)

Melissa said...

Ozzy is beautiful, and thank you so much for adopting. Rescue pets are the best, they know you've saved them. Both of my last 2 cats came from PetsMart as well =)

I'm so happy for you both...may you have many, many happy years together. Hugs.

Cathy McDavid said...

Thanks, Gillian and Melissa, for your happy wishes. I really can't believe how delightful Ozzy is and how quickly he became a member of the family. Even the old cat doesn't mind him. She's too set in her ways to love him but she's tolerating him, which is about all I can ask.

Cathy Mc

Estella said...

Good for you!
I have five cats and love all them!