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The True Story Of My Adoption Of Pounce

post #1 of 22
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How I first met Pounce was a lesson in "being specific what you pray for" - and life with her has been a regular reminder that "God knows what he's doing."

I had divorced the ex-wife (who ran around on me) in '89, before I went Trucking full time. Thru the years following, I had a string of girlfriends ("interesting flakes" would be putting it mildly) who, like the ex, didn't appreciate a good man when they had one.......

By four years ago, I had come down to a daily prayer of "Lord, I need a good warm female companion. You know how my luck has been running in that department, so I hope you understand that I GIVE UP! You have the right one pick ME out, and we'll go from there." (I will point out here, in case it isn't obvious, that I had in mind a Woman, not a Cat).

So it was that, in October of '99, I landed in a pet store in Arlington, TX during a visit with the girlfriend of the time. I had already figured out that her tastes were too rich for my budget - and the way she was going ga-ga over $700 Puppies that day was the clincher.

Walking in, I had noticed an aquarium tank in one of the display windows - Kittens, which they were adopting out for the local shelter. It was about two in the afternoon, and I guess the kitties were all played out from the morning crowd, as they were just one sleeping mass of fur at the back of the tank.

Walking out after saying NO to the overpriced little mutts, we passed the tank again. I stopped, looking at the pile of fur. Suddenly, there were kittens tumbling every which way, as this one rose straight up from the bottom of the pile and looked straight at me.....then, here she come - straight up the glass wall of the tank (like she had super glue on her feet), across the top lip, and promptly tumbled - trapped upside down between the aquarium and the window.

I called the salesgirl over to "rescue the poor kitty" - who upon rescue was quite insistent on NOT going back in the tank - she wanted at ME. So, I played with the kitty - who wanted nothing to do with the girlfriend, but was all over me. Then, I heard that "inner voice", you know - "here's the answer to your prayer." To which I thought "Huh?" So then I got to noticing, she was soft and warm - and I checked, "yup, female" - and seems to be unconditionally interested in Me.....so, I wound up adopting a kitty - followed by a round at PetSmart for equipment - wondering all the while "WHAT am I doing?"

God knew what he was doing - she has proven an excellent companion. And, at a total cost for upkeep of about $4 a week, well within my budget.
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Later that night at the Motel (where I had planned on a second night with the girlfriend, but she had left upon figuring out this kitten wasn't willing to share me), I awoke to something knocking around under the bed. Checking, I found the bed rested atop a solid box frame - and somehow the kitten had gotten inside that. So, I took the bed apart, and found my kitten wrestling with a Lizard - about as long as she was!

I got the lizard away from her, and carried it to the office - I expect better of an $80 room. Their response? "No extra charge for the lizard." I haven't stayed with that particular motel chain again.
post #2 of 22
how cute, did you keep the lizard for Pounce to play with?
post #3 of 22
That's sweet!
post #4 of 22
LOL That is so funny and cute at the same time . Well , God always knows what we really need at the right time and He is never late and always on time . Thanks for sharing that true story with us
post #5 of 22
Oh what a great story!!!!!
post #6 of 22
Definitely goes with the phrase - Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it! Pounce is a lucky girl to have found a man like you.
post #7 of 22
What a great story! I truly believe our cats find us and not the other way around.

I wonder, does she have a lot of room in the truck? I don't know a thing about trucking, but she has enough space? What a great way to have a companion on the road!
post #8 of 22
That's great. Man plans and God decides.
post #9 of 22
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Originally posted by Marge
That's great. Man plans and God decides.

AMEN on that!
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Sure would be nice if he would let us in on "what's next" once in a while. Would make the planning a LOT easier!

But analyzing that comment, I would have to concede that:
A. Life wouldn't be nearly as interesting.
and
B. HE probably gets his entertainment from watching us struggle, trying to do everything OUR way.
post #10 of 22
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Originally posted by cla517
What a great story! I truly believe our cats find us and not the other way around.

I wonder, does she have a lot of room in the truck? I don't know a thing about trucking, but she has enough space? What a great way to have a companion on the road!
She certainly has more room in here than I do, that's for sure - and of course, she can make full use of "nooks and crannies" that I can't even THINK of getting into.

It is solidly her domain - and I am constantly amazed, whenever I remove a panel to work on something, at some of the places that CAT FUR can accumulate in!

I figure SHE knows where every single piece of our "junk" is located in the truck, at any given time. It drives me nutty sometimes, to be digging around for something in here, having told her what I'm hunting for - and she won't share that information, for Love or Purina Deli-Cat!

Then, after a lengthy and fruitless search, about half the time I "check under the Cat" as a last resort - and there is whatever I was searching for.....
post #11 of 22
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Originally posted by Sang72
how cute, did you keep the lizard for Pounce to play with?
NO......I'm just not into Lizards (not even the one that works for GEICO).

One Animal sharing my bed is enough for me. Fur preferred.
post #12 of 22
that's such a beautiful story... tahnks for sharing and Glory to the Lord who provides at the right time and with the right thing or person
post #13 of 22
thats so cute! or stray, cleopatra, was wandering around our town and for some reason picked our house to stay into. cats can always know when the right owner comes along
post #14 of 22
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It's really the Cat's truck. I just get to drive it - except when she is......
LL
post #15 of 22
Hopefully we shall all be so lucky as you.

You have something in pounce that everyone wants, and she you.

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring story.

Spotz
post #16 of 22
My Trucks prettier!
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Uncle Fester
My Trucks prettier!
now we get truckers comparing whose truck is prettier!
post #18 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kateang
now we get truckers comparing whose truck is prettier!
Awww.....now Truckers have ALWAYS done that!

I can say this: Mine is one of a kind, with my own unique striping (which I did myself), and will actually do the speed limit in every state. His is a company fleet truck - one of probably a few thousand that look identical (I'm parked between two of them as I write this), and all governed at less than the speed limit (at least in the western states).

So, I think MINE is prettier, and better, and unique.
post #19 of 22
oh Clemmie I just loved this story!! especially the way she tried to lunge out of the container in the pet shop - she knew EXACTLY what she wanted.

its so great that you have her with you - what happens when you are travelling around? does she try and get out of the truck when you stop? I think its great that you have a companion with you!!!
post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by huggles
- what happens when you are travelling around? does she try and get out of the truck when you stop? I think its great that you have a companion with you!!!
One time, when she was just a few months old, I set her in the truck as we were loading up to leave the house, and left the door open. She promptly jumped down to the step, disappeared under the cab, and was next found sliding around in the grease on the fifth wheel!

After the degreasing, partial shave, and general cussin' which followed - she has wanted nothing else to do with the "great outdoors". Nowadays, I can leave a door open, or a window - and she will poke her head out to sniff, but she won't even offer to get out - and it's often an 18-clawed fight to try to take her out, UNLESS we are in our driveway, where she knows she's about to be carried into the house.

Except for just ONE time, about a year ago: I was standing beside the truck, talking with another driver, and the windows were open. There was a flock of birds swooping in and out, plucking bugs from the grille - and this caught her attention. My friend nodded toward the truck, and I turned to see her stepping out across the mirror brace to the hood, where she proceeded to "sneak" toward the birds. I walked to the front, meeting her nose to nose at the end of the hood...."Where do you think you're going?".....answered by that innocent "who, me?" face, and a sweet little "Meow"......and I set her back in the seat without any fuss. She hasn't tried it again.
post #21 of 22
that sounds so sweet!
post #22 of 22
What a wonderful story! That is so great that you have Pounce as a companian on the road with you and in life of course. God blesses us in so many ways. She has definitely loved you from day one!
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