Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ebony's Story

Ebony's arrival was a bit more planned than Tigger, Jr's arrival. Shortly after Tigger, Jr. found us, we knew he needed a playmate. Dave and I had two cats prior to the birth of our younger two sons, and we knew they enjoyed companionship, especially when left alone for long periods at home. Since I work in the mornings, we thought Tigger, Jr. should have a friend. We also knew we wanted another kitten so that they could grow up together and grow up with our boys. So, we went back to the rescue association that had helped us with Tigger, Jr., Friends of All Animals. Located in Lebanon County, Friends of All Animals uses foster families to care for animals while trying to find forever families for them. They take some of their kitties to Pet Smart in Lebanon each Saturday morning to see if they can find families for them. So off we all went to Pet Smart about a month ago, to see if we could find a kitten for Tigger, Jr.

When we arrived at Pet Smart, I was naive enough to think that we could walk in, fill out the papers, pay the fee, and walk away with a kitten. However, that's not how it works, and rightly so. First of all, there was only one kitten in the lot of cats that were there. Apparently it's not the time of year for kittens (who knew?). But there was one, so we held her and decided that she was the one (however you decide that!). We filled out the paperwork, but I didn't have the phone numbers for the references that I needed. When I got home I called the woman who runs the rescue association to give her the phone numbers. She remembered us from Tigger, Jr., but told us that she wasn't sure why the black and white kitten was at Pet Smart on this day, because someone was already interested in adopting her. She wasn't sure what was going on for sure with that situation, though, so she said to take care of a few things meanwhile (Tigger, Jr., needed to be tested for feline leukemia) and she would get back to us in a few days.

Well, the few days turned into a few weeks as we called back and forth and waited for things to happen. Happily, though, we were finally told that we could adopt our little kitten for Tigger, Jr. We were so excited! I called dibs on naming her since she and I were the only females in the house and I had been outvoted with Tigger, Jr.'s name. I knew that it needed to be feminine, yet reflect her personality and coloring. I chose Ebony and it seems to fit. She has been with us for a little over a week now, and is adjusting very well. She is definitely a little lady, but doesn't let bigger Tigger, Jr. get the best of her. She has really brought out the kitten in him, as we think he was never around other cats before...he had to learn to play, but he caught on quickly! Now they play and play fight and romp around the house like a little herd of elephants, but they can also be found snuggled together on our bed on many occasions. Life is good! (Click here for a photo of Ebony's adoption day...you may have to scroll down a tad...)

1 comment:

LizzieJane said...

What another lovely story. And what fun you all will have with your two wonderful new family members. It is so great that you adopted those two little angels.