The last time she got out of her cage, she had to be "netted" and it was a mess. She was 3 lbs of "pissed off". "Clawdina's" time was up and she was marked for euthanasia.
When Linda contacted us, she said she had been looking for a Persian cat for a long time, but only wanted a rescue. I'm always suspicious of people looking for purebreds. Don't ask me why - maybe it's because they ARE purebreds and the mixed-breeds need homes too. Clawdina may have been a purebred cat...but she was a purebred scary cat.
Linda felt very strongly that Clawdina was her baby....she was "the one"...and after a lengthy phone interview I felt that Linda could handle Little Miss Diva Clawdina. She had been warned!
I let Kim put Clawdina in her crate at the shelter. I didn't want to be scratched or bitten...let the expert deal with her, right? Clawdina and I proceeded to head down the highway to meet her new Mommy. Linda lives in Barrie, so we were both driving 1 hour and meeting someplace off the highway. I found a McDonald's and pulled in to let Linda know where I was...
Clawdina was looking at me through her crate in the front seat. I started coo'ing to her and I could see her face soften. She shuffled to the front of the cage and I was inspired to open the crate and pet her. She surprised me when she nuzzled my hand, and I surprised myself when I let her out of the crate and to sit on my chest in the car.
Clawdina's stretched lazily and started to purr. She sniffed my face and I stiffened warily. Clawdina started to nuzzle into my neck happily. The poor girl had a slight upper respiratory infection from the shelter, so her eyes were runny and she was blowing snot bubbles into my neck. I didn't care. She was purring!!
Clawdina knew she was safe. **Safe** That word changed this cat forever. When Linda showed up, I happily held up Clawdina - snot and all - and Linda started to cry. She scooped up Clawdina and showered her in kisses. Clawdina reciprocated with kitty kisses of her own.
I could feel the goosebumps on my arms. This was a special moment indeed.
Once upon a time, there were two silly women in a McDonald's parking lot crying with happiness. They held a 3 lb fluffy black cat that somebody tossed away like yesterday's garbage and left to die...a cat that everybody thought was nasty and evil. They chuckled at the mere thought that this sweet girl could be anything but angelic. They wiped the kitty kisses from their cheeks and took the cat home to love her forever.
And they lived happily ever after....