We have been cat owners since 2001. Well, we have been “owned” by cats since 2001. If you are a cat owner or if you know a cat owner…either way you would more likely agree the cat is the true owner. The most recent addition to our family is DJ. Just over a year ago, on September 25, 2018, he sauntered up to my Dad and seemed to have decided he had found his way to his forever home.
The Story of DJ:
Dad says…I found him late at night on the sidewalk. He seemed nervous and upset. I meowed at him (my Dad talks to all my cats) and he relaxed so I could pet him. When I got ready to go home, he insisted on coming with me. As I walked, he kept getting between my legs all the way home. He would not come into the entryway to the front door…he had gone far enough on that first day. The following night, I found him sprawled out asleep on the sidewalk and he followed me home again. He came on into the entryway where he enjoyed a snack. Your sister said she had someone who would take him if we could catch him. The third night, he was again on the sidewalk and he again followed me home. We were able to get him to come into the house. He was nervous but ate and drank warm milk. Then he checked out the house by roaming around, even into dark rooms. Afterwards, even though it was pouring rain, he wanted out. We opened the door and he left. The next morning, we found him laying as close as he could get to the front door. We coaxed him in with food and “entertained” him until your sister came to get him to take him to the vet.
Over the next few days a neighbor friend of my parents fostered DJ. After receiving pictures and pictures of DJ from my sister (who lives near my parents) and told over and over “what a good cat he is” we decided he needed to be a member of our family. It was difficult to resist DJ. He is cute, well behaved, and has a soft “squeaky” voice. Ten days later, October 5, 2018, DJ came to our house for a weekend visit and introduction to our cats. This was the day DJ found his forever home AND his best friend.
We have often wondered about what life was like for DJ on the streets. He seemed self-sufficient and was in good physical condition when he found Dad but life on the street is no way for a cat to live. DJ was in search for his forever home.
As expected, DJ’s transition into our home, with our other cats, had a bit of a learning curve. Initially, DJ and Chester were leery of each other and competed over their “ownership” of me. With some planning and some patience from all of us after a couple of weeks it was amazing to see how close they were becoming. Over the next several months they have formed a close bond and are often inseparable. I have always thought cats were independent and solitary, but DJ and Chester have become pals.
DJ knew he was in a safe and loving place…being with us was the second chance he was looking for when he approached my Dad. I could talk a bit about the wellness benefits of rescuing an animal (for us and for DJ), but I think the poem below really tells the story. DJ enriches our lives. I am so glad we made room in our home and hearts for DJ. He is a great addition to our family.
Tail tucked between your legs,
Confusion in your eyes –
I know it’s hard to understand
That someone heard your cries.
When loneliness is all you know
And pain is all you feel
And no one can be trusted,
And hunger is all too real…
That’s the time the Lord sees you
And lets you know He’s there
That’s when He sends His messengers
The hearts that love and car.
Yes, rescuers are angels
You cannot see their wings,
They keep them neatly folded
As they do their caring things.
The medicine to make you well
Good food to make you strong.
And finally to help you learn
That hugs are never wrong.
The perfect place then must be found
The home where you can live
Secure and safe and happy
With joy to get and give.
When you reach your Forever Home,
Your place to feel whole,
The Angels smile, and off they go
To save another soul.
Blooms to Blossoms
Wrapping Up & Looking Forward