When the phone rang in the middle of the night two nights ago, it's never good news. My 16 year old granddaughter had gone to the corner market in the middle of the day and never returned. In her bedroom was her purse and wallet that she had left behind. She also left behind a 2 month old baby (she dearly loves) that made me a 49 year old great-grandmother in July. The police were called and I was left wondering if I would end up identifying a body.
Making a long story short, she's safe and at home now. She decided to sneak away for a few hours with a friend, but once she felt a bit of teenage freedom, she just couldn't go back home and face her responsibilities. The police brought her home late last night. We're all grateful, but an emotional mess.
For me, getting back to doing something normal today was going to be harder than I thought. I found myself missing highway exits, forgetting names, and a simple bank password.
But I did go back to the shelter for a rescue today. I hadn't been there in more than 2 weeks, and left with several adorable kittens when I intended to only take one. :) A staff member approached me to help with a special boy that she had taken off the euthanasia list - twice:
If you can help this adorable tabby fellow, please let me know. He's such a snuggler and he's almost over his upper respiratory infection.
I decided to take this video inside "the sick room". Some people believe that this shelter only kills the cats and doesn't medicate or help them. This isn't true. There's an entire room dedicated to helping the sick guys through URI. Unfortunately, if the shelter becomes too full, this room is one of the first one cleaned out.
One of the kittens I rescued is a 16 week old brown tabby baby that I've named "Leonard". I'm hoping he'll be a buddy to The Sherminator and praying he doesn't pick up The Sherminator's raccoon-like behaviour. He's adorable beyond belief and every inch a "Turner". I love him already. God help me.
There's lots of catching up to do. I rescued, picked up cats from a foster home, took cats to the vets and on to Petsmart. I accomplished lots today, but still needed a volunteer to help me with phones and emails so I could finish it all! Still lots to do tonight, but will catch up quickly.
If I were a drinker, I'd probably have a big ol' glass of wine tonight. Instead, I'll settle for some iced tea and a few hours of thoughtful gratitude.