Thank you guys so much for all the kind words. I really, really need them right now. I was so happy we found them a furrever home, but now that we've said goodbye, I'm so, so sad.
So it's done. We went to "hand off" Julius and Spooky to their new mum and dad tonight. We met them at the animal hospital. We got there first so we could spend a few minutes with the cats. One of the staff brought them into an empty exam room, and we went in there. Gary said - "Hey - look who it is!" And the cats, which were facing the other way, turned around in unison, and I would swear they smiled. Gar walked over to the table, and they both dove at him. Spooky started purring and kneading on his arm, and Juli buried his head into Gary's armpit. Gary leaned into them, and Spooky dove over into his arms, he started petting her tummy, and she was kneading into the air. I scooped up Juli who was purring so loud the whole room was echoing. These were feral cats that lived outside!
We know all the staff over there as we're there several times a week for something or another. Juli and Spook spent the night there last night (although I am happy to report that they are very healthy!). All the staff say that Spooky is the sweetest cat they've ever met.
We plunked the kitties back on table, and Spooky curled into Juli and it was just a mass of fur and purrs. We both just stood there petting them both - and their new parents showed up. Two of the assistants came in with them - and they basically just stood there with their mouths open. They were prepared by us that they're adopting feral kitties - and they were expecting these totally scared, timid cats. Mum and Dad both petted both cats, and Juli and Spooky just ate it up. I'm sure part of it is that they're just so happy not to be in the cages in the back with sick cats around them (the dog section and cat section aren't even in the same building) - but it was truly amazing.
I started us on this cat venture - but Gary really took it to a different level as far as our interaction with the outside kitties. He's taken a lot of the responsibility for the outside cats (although in our work partnership he's not as tied to the computer as I am), and he has turned out to be such a great feral kitty dad!
New mum and dad called us just a few minutes ago. Spooky immediately came out of the crate and started exploring the new room. Juli was still in the crate, peering out with interest, watching Spooky check out everything.
Just in case, we told new mum and dad that the cats MUST come back for a check up in three months. Doc said that if they look maltreated or malnourished in any way, they'll notify us immediately. Besides - we see new mum at the A&P frequently.
But these cats are just so loving! I love Lazlo and Sheldon to death - but neither of them even comes close to the tummy-rubbing love nuts these two turned into. Gary and I just kept wondering, how could we be giving these cats away? The only answer is that we live in such a small space.
But their new parents are so excited - and EVERYONE at the Blairstown Animal Hospital told them that these are just incredible cats. So they feel like they got something really special.
I guess they did.