That being said, I've been somewhat antsy to get over my sadness. There's just been this weird void hanging over me, like something is missing. And so the obsessive searching for an orange kitten began. On Monday, I checked out a few more websites for area shelters, since we still haven't heard back from the one where we put our names on a waiting list for a kitten a couple weeks ago. Fate clearly stepped in when I stumbled across this little guy's pic on the Parma Animal Shelter's website:
His name was Nemo.
And. I. Had. To. Have. Him!!!!
As soon I got home from work, I called the shelter to see if he was still available. After a few moments of someone shuffling around papers as my heart thumped frantically in my chest, the lady came back and said yes, he was available but they'd have to contact his foster mom first. She told me the foster mom would call me back and let me know when I could meet him.
Oh well, so a little more waiting wouldn't kill me. At least he hadn't been adopted yet. Then the doubts started setting in...what if he HAD been adopted and their files hadn't been updated? Five minutes and many worried thoughts later, my phone rang.
It was the shelter again, calling to tell me that Nemo was actually at the shelter, and I could come see him anytime.
I called Dan and told him the good news. He had some running around to do and wouldn't be home in time to get to the shelter with me, so I said we could just go on Tuesday. But then he said, but what if someone else snatches him up tonight?
So I ran out the door, jumped into my car, and was at the shelter about 5 seconds later. Or at least that's what it felt like.
I spotted Nemo immediately, dozing in a little kitty hammock in his cage. He didn't even budge when I poked my finger in and stroked his fuzzy cheek- dude was OUT.
(My computer is not allowing me to flip that pic around...sorry)
Anyway, so one of the shelter workers came up to me and asked if I was interested in Nemo, and I said yes, absolutely. So she lifted him out of his comfy spot and took us back to a caged in area so we could get acquainted. He was very groggy at first and just lay there in my lap, letting me pet him.
Then a ping pong ball caught his eye.
And then the tube on the floor for him to run through did.
And then the ribbons dangling from the wall did.
And then the ping pong ball did again.
He zipped back and forth through the tiny room, chasing evvvverything. But when I held my hand out, he'd come right to me for head bumpies, sometimes even flopping on the ground for belly rubs.
Needless to say, I was in L-O-V-E. Big time.
I signed the paperwork and paid the adoption fee, but unfortunately he is still due for one more shot on Friday. So I couldn't take him home with me that night. It was so hard to leave him there! But he'll be coming home tomorrow, and really, that works out for the best. I'll have time to go home and get his "room" all ready for him, and then we'll have the whole weekend to get him acquainted with Stew and the house and us.
Oh yea, and his name has been changed to Gus. Augustus Oliver Nativio, named for my favorite character in one of my favorite books by John Green, and of course, my Ollie.