"Don't know why I bought that" is a phrase I often use when my wife askes me something about a purchase. But like Rainman, I will walk around stores muttering "definitly need that, definetly need that, yea, yea, Judge Wapner comes on at 4" picking up this and that, convinced that if I don't need it right away, I soon will for something...
I recently bought a second soft/sided carrier when I already had two carriers, a hard-side and soft side aboard. I also carry two extra stainless steel food/water bowls when I already have 4 on board.
Then I get an e-mail from Hissy, breaking my heart with this poor kitty's plight and flattering me by saying she'd think I'd give it the prefect home.
Ohhh, unfair! Flattery, compliments and all topped off by a beautiful cat that would look so good curled up on my wife's lap, or mine!
Alas, when I brought Katcheenia (AKA Josiphine) home from the Virginia Beach S.P.C.A. where they're not known as a "no-kill" shelter, I got in mucho-hot water with the Mrs.
She thought we'd only be fostering her for a short time and if you want to go "Clinton" on the matter, cats don't live as long as say, sea-turtles...
So we would "sort-of" be fostering her until God takes her home...
It was hard, but I had to say "We can't" although I did promise to ask the wife, knowing that she would say no as well. She did.
You see, with 5 cats, one on the road with me, Kim had one cat too many and I felt sort of cheated.
I ended up taking Bari and Zoey along and we're loving life!
What to do?
As providence would have it, I was delivering to the very first place that I took Zoey so long ago in St. Louis and I was struck with a "Zen" moment.
I told Hissy that while I couldn't take Starlight for myself, I could
transport him to virtually any point in the continental United States-no charge.
Look at the picture of Starlight and consider everything he's been subjected to.
Could you put him in a box and "ship" him as though he were "freight"?
So yes, I will make my way out to Oregon with all the supplies I need and I will take Starlight to his new Mommy. Glad to be a part of this and even more flattered that I was asked to help.
For those of you who do not know, I have an isolation cage, plenty of food, treats and toys aboard along with a pretty good knowledge of how Persians need to be cared for as I have two of them at home.
Water isn't a problem since I buy bottled water due to concerns about local water supplies varying quality.
I'm in this truck 23hours a day, so the cats aren't left untended.
I might not get a load directly to California, but during the trip, I can post updates and pictures to let everyone know how our trip is going until that moment when Starlight meets his new Mommy.
Then my work is done.
I spoke to his new Mommy for two hours Saturday and I think that Starlight hit the jackpot in terms of who found him, who fostered him and who will give him a home.
Me? I'm just the driver who loves kitties and got the chance to do something that makes a difference.
But look at that face:
Can anyone tell me that saying goodbye to that scrunched up face will be easy?