What a wonderful Christmas story, thank you for sharing it! At the shelter where I volunteer, we had a big tuxedo kitty named Joey who had been there for eight years.
He weighed about 30 pounds, despite being caged during feeding times so he could only eat his special diet food... and nobody seemed to want a kitty who shook the floor when he walked, bless his heart.
But Joey was so
lovable -- he couldn't get enough affection, adored everybody he ever met, and behaved as the self-appointed ambassador of the Cat Room. And finally one day last summer, an older couple came in, fell in love, and took Joey home! We miss him at the shelter, but he's apparently just happy as can be in his new home... happiness is just Joey's nature. What a wonderful cat he was!