The perfect connection … sometimes it happens right away. Sometimes a little time is needed. After working part-time at the shelter for a couple months I was still no nearer making a decision on whom to bring home. So many wonderful little personalities slipped into my recognition over the weeks: Big Max, patting me on the head from his kennel when I worked around it, a large, gentle giant who only wants to be friends with the others; Blacky, coming out of his kennel with a purr, but never fighting me when it’s time to go back in, just disappointed though happy for the few minutes I can give him; Skittles, young and energetic, wanting to play and make friends, though very wary.
Anyways, middle of the night I would awake and go through kitties trying to think how each would fit in here. Sometimes, though, you just have to take a chance and bring a little hopeful soul home and give them a few days in your world outside the input of many others you can’t take home.
The bond that forms might surprise you. Though I still dream of at least half a dozen other little furry faces that I had to choose among with fervent wishes to bring them all home. The little one we chose has taken a bit to settle down and get used to us and our other three kitties. But, oh, is she sweet hugging my neck every day when I pick her up.
Giving a home even when the connection is not there gives hope to a little furry soul in need. They are so willing to meet you halfway or more. Their gratitude is beyond words when given a chance.
Joey Anne Lindberg