Sheryl, I have waited so long for this update. You see, when people post stories here, they aren't "just stories" they are really live snapshots of kitties around the world. They crawl into my heart and sit there for a long time, and I have to wait until somebody posts a new chapter to continue the beating - so I've been waiting with baited breath to hear this. Thank you for remembering us and posting. It made my day.
In the past months since your last update for CJ, I've adopted a rescue Coon/Tabby from 75 miles away in a very rural area...who apparently survived last winter outdoors with coyotes, bears, cougars, dogs, and whatever else was about, and she was only a kitten at the time, about 5 lbs. Saba is now fully grown, still very small, and exhibits much of the same behaviors as CJ. She hoarded food when I first got her home here, but many months ago turned only to cereal and refuses meat or treats. She has a challenge at eating sessions, as her enjoyment of her food is probably the only time she lets her guard down, so it's hard for her to eat. Other than that, she's friendly and as loving as one can expect given her former starvation and ordeal. I wish I knew her story like you had pieces of CJ's story, in order to relate to her better, but I will never know. I just love her.
You remember my Sasha was mauled by a coyote in 2004 and fought him off and lived. He is 100% normal, you would never even know he'd ever been attacked, and Saba adores him. She follows him everywhere and emulates his every action. He grooms her and watches over her. He's the only one she fully trusts.
Happy holidays to you and your husband and family and special CJ. You're a wonderful momma.