My husband loves animals. All of them. We both do. That’s the area in life where we have the most common ground. Abandoned baby raccoons, injured squirrels…you name it. If a critter needs a leg up, I married a man that would give both of his to help the helpless. And I love him for that.
That said, our family has grown by 2. Two sweet little felines. They just “showed up” at our house. Dogs sometimes just “show up” on our road out here in the country-lost, left, stray…whatever the case. Good neighbors have taken many of them in and our friends at Proverbs 12:10 and Safe Place for Animals took in all of the dogs that we’ve picked up. But the cats…ah, the cats…they made their way to Charlie. I guess the word got around in the cat community that if you’re looking for a bowl full of kibble, your very own kitty condo, and a friend who’ll take care of you, Charlie Kelley is your guy.Kitty (the gray one) arrived a while back and it took some time for Charlie to win her over. But after he installed a cat door for her, got a special heater for her, etc., Kitty knows she is loved and loves to hang out with him. She is cool “studio cat” in every sense of the word.
Mr. Casey made his way to our doorstep only a few months ago. He was scared to death and wouldn’t let you come near him for a long time. But Charlie kept at it everyday-talking to him, bringing him food at the same time everyday, and being consistent. Casey started talking back and was letting Charlie get closer. I was watching from the kitchen window the first time Casey let Charlie touched him-many weeks later. I stood there and cried.
So we’ve got cat doors, cat heaters, cat toys. Charlie even built a special kitty condo for Casey–yep, we’re pretty much eat up with them just like we are with the canine members of the Kelley family. And Jerry and Olivia don’t seem to mind their new siblings one bit. Jerry likes their food a whole lot 🙂
I’m still working on getting little Casey to let me touch him, but I’m not in a hurry. A little patience, a little attention, a lot of consistency, and a lot of trust. That’s what it took to win them over…I guess that applies to a lot of things in life.