Hello all, have I got some good news for you!
The driver's name is Ed and he drives for Allpoints Freight out of Minnesota.
The night I'd left Louisiana, I only made it about 200 miles, I'd hoped to make it to Memphis, but that was too far to reach, Zoey was laying in the spot on my bunk that tells me she's expecting me to join her. I had to give up and get some sleep.
I got up the next day and drove from Pickering, Ms all the way to Charleston, Missouri, about a six-hour hop. The whole way there, I was worried about the kitten and wondered if giving her to that fella was the best thing I could have done. There were SO MANY things to worry about, would he care for her? Was he some nut?
Once I arrived at the truckstop in Missouri on I-57, I fueled my rig and pulled up to the ready-hold line and went inside to complete the transaction, once I did that, I came out of the building and who should I see?
He said that she was adjusting just fine and yes, she used the litterbox quite well, thank-you very much and she was a hungry little thing. I went over to check on her and she seemed just fine.
That made me feel better.
Today, I had started before dawn in Effingham, Illinois and rolled up to Chicago to deliver. Once I did that, I was sent a load that WAS NOT the load I was told I'd get
. I had to go BACK DOWN I-57 to Kankakee, Illinios and load after 3pm for North Carolina. I'd stopped for lunch at a truckstop in Monee, just above Kankakee and got the meal, the truck washed and then went to the truckstop across the street to transmit some paperwork to our home office via the Pegasus/Transflow system the Pilot truckstops have.
Once I parked, I made a phone call that lasted for about an hour and once I finished, I took my paperwork and headed in, when I heard a voice yell "HEY" from behind me. I turned and you guessed it, it was Ed.
We walked in and I asked him how it was going, "Fine", he said. "I clipped all the knots and nits out of her last night, I clipped her nails and she got into the bag of cat food you gave me, other than that, she hasn't tried to run away and she likes riding in the overhead storage bin."
I asked him how he was fixed for supplies and he said that aside from the dry food, he was okay.
I told him that I'd just re-provisioned last night at a Wal-Mart and I had an extra box of dry food he could have along with some canned food.
After I transmitted my paperwork off, I went to my truck, got the dry and canned food, a new plastic lid for the small cans of food(the pack had two, I only needed one) and I took them over to Ed.
I asked him what his litter status was and he said he was good. He was pleased that the litter I gave him kept the smell down.
He's decided to call her "Shadow" as she appeared to him from the shadows and he told me that he was heading Home to Kansas City and Shadow would meet her new Vet on Saturday afternoon.
I've got a good feeling about this guy. The reason I say that is, I see a lot of myself and the very same facination, affection and concern I had when Zoey came aboard my truck.
I honestly think Shadow found a good Daddy and when I went to see her, she seemed very attached to Ed.
I was glad to see that.
Several things about this whole episode struck me.
1) Shadow wasn't staying there, by hook or by crook, one way or the other, she was leaving and GOING to find a home. As much as I love my Zoey, I might have risked taking her myself because I knew where a Vet's office was in Jackson, Mississippi and I'd have been there waiting on them first thing in the morning. I could have kept Shadow in Zoey's carrier and given her a small litterbox, with a food and water dish that attaches to the cage-gate. I thought I could find something to fashion a cage with, I was in Louisiana and God knows you can find chickenwire anywhere you look. Zoey has all her shots up-to-date, but sometimes to save a life, you have to take a risk.
2)When I met Ed, he seemed very interested in getting a cat, he liked the idea and seemed to envy the company I had.
3)Shadow was a cat with a lot of love to give and she was willing to give it to ANYONE who would feed her. After hearing about some siccophants who like to cut cats up and do other henious things. They weren't getting Shadow.
4)I'm sure that God in his infinite wisdom arranged things to his purpose and that's why I was able to follow up on Shadow and Ed. I'm very comfortable with placing Shadow in Ed's care and I think that with the right medical attention, Ed and Shadow will be friends for a long time to come.
I feel better about the outcome of this situation than I have about anything in a long time.
I think Shadow will be just fine.