On this day in 2009 while visiting my friend Bret, I rescued a long, lean Black Kitten from a tree he had just climbed, and from which he could not get down. Twice. Many of you have heard this account on more than one occasion. But I don't think I've ever mentioned the half hour or so, when I almost lost my chance to meet my Feline Soulmate......
I knew I wanted to bring him home, but I had just gotten to Bret's place. So I coaxed the Black Cat into the building foyer and asked Bret if he would mind if I brought this loud, whiny, possibly mentally-impaired young Cat inside, so I could continue my visit while keeping an eye on my new furry acquaintance. Bret said no, and rightfully so, because his roommate's Dog, Les, was not accustomed to being around Cats. He didn't know how the Les would react, especially with a Stray that I had just pulled in from the street. So I put him back outside and hung out a bit longer. But as the minutes passed, I began to experience the most profound sense of dread, and--oddly enough--regret. I told Bret that I really wanted this dumb Cat NOW, and then I bounced.
But when I went outside he was nowhere in sight. I walked up and down the block 3 or 4 times, stopping at a feeding station someone had set up for other Strays on the block. No luck, and my heart sank. Just when I was about to quit looking for him, I heard that grating meow, and he came trotting over to me, seemingly out of nowhere. The rest, of course, is history. But whenever I recall those moments of uncertainty, I feel butterflies in my stomach--the bad kind, like when you stand to close to the edge of a great height. But some things are meant to be, I guess. Friends, thank you for allowing me to share my relationship with this unique and unbelievably intelligent Animal for the past (almost) 3 years. I hope you will enjoy this photo album of some of my favorite IG pics, as well as the next couple of posts that celebrate the day I found my little Man. And the day he found me. -----Jonathan, 9/21/17
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