Do you believe in love at first sight?
It happened to me. I fell in love with this face the very first time I saw her on the Internet….
It was January of 2013. My home was finally almost put back together after Mother Nature and Superstorm Sandy ravished it. My heart was finally mending after having to say goodbye to my sweet and brave tailless wonder cat, Alex, who lost his battle earlier in the summer.
Life began to return to the new normal for me, but something was missing… I needed a pet to love. I started searching online. I went to two shelters. I couldn’t decide if it really was time. Maybe it too soon to open my heart up again?
And then I saw this family and I knew the answer! Every kitten in the liter was beyond adorable. But there was one in particular; she was called Mia, who made my heart melt.
I knew getting my husband on board with my plan wouldn’t be easy. Although Alex ended up adopting me, Alex was his cat. The two men went through a lot together and I knew my husband wasn’t quite ready. But I feared if I didn’t take matters into my own hands, he’d never be ready…
I had my plan worked out perfectly in my head. I was going to go to the home of the woman fostering the kittens and their mom, take a picture of Mia and text it to my husband with a note “will you be my Daddy?” How could he refuse that?
But you know what they say about the best plans… I made the mistake of telling him where I was going. He tried hard to convince me it was too soon, that he wasn’t ready. I refused to listen. And then he insisted on coming along with me.
He crabbed and complained the entire time we drove. I wanted to kick him and myself. But I went with it. The kittens were even cuter then there picture. Their mom was super sweet, and their foster mother was a doll. I was in heaven as I played with them, and just as I expected Mia was my favorite.
My husband melted too. And when he told me to pick the one I wanted I didn’t have to think twice. I picked up Mia, kissed her head, and said, “this one.” She smacked me in response.
Mia is now Lucy. And she still likes to smack me! She was too young to go home with us right away. She had to stay in foster care a little while longer, until February 15, 2013.
I can’t believe three years have passed since we brought her home. She is such a sweet and happy cat who is smothered with love. And when I look at her I can’t believe what could have been….
Lucy and her siblings were born in a kill shelter. Lucy’s foster mother believed the momma cat was someone’s pet and who was dumped when she was about to give birth. Lucy and her entire family were destined to die! Thankfully Long Beach Humane Society rescued them when Lucy was three days old. Lucy’s family, including her mom, all found loving forever homes. I love to say rescued is my favorite breed. I also love that when you rescue a cat you actually save two lives. The life of the animal you adopt and the life of another animal that has an opportunity get adopted because they get the newly emptied spot at a no kill shelter.
Happy Gotcha Day, Lucy. I love you!