It’s time to celebrate one full year of having my cat, Sugar! I don’t think I’ve shared the adventure of the day I brought her home yet!
After years of contemplating and imagining bringing a cat home, it finally felt like the right time to do so in the winter of 2018. I had been poking my head in on local cat adoption websites waiting for the purr-fect meow-tch! On April 18th of 2018, I went to the Winnipeg Humane Society to meet a little tiny fluff named “Gooey” who caught my eye! She was the only female kitten at the shelter at that time (in a litter with some hilarious brothers named Huey, Dewey, Lewie, and Stewie!)
Let’s just say that day ended up being a little wild! Another couple in line next to me was discussing her, and my heart never felt like I was in such a race in my LIFE! Fortunately, the adoption agent working with me typed just a little bit faster, so I was first to get in to meet her (just so you know: that couple ended up adopting another super cute cat so really everyone wins!) When I did get to see Gooey for the first time, it was probably what people feel like in romance movies – I think I probably had literal heart eyes and my future flashed before me! Even my Dad, who has always claimed to be profoundly “I don’t even want a cat in the same room as me!” was completely smitten.
But of course what’s life without more craziness?! I was SO ready to sign my life away and turn into a doting kitty mom. But then found out that there had been a mistake… Somebody else had already tentatively adopted her – but they still had 24 hours to decide if they were going to go through with it. My heart was crushed! I was put on a waitlist just in case the other person decided not to go through with it (but all I could think was who in the world would ever decide not to adopt her?!) I went home trying not to cry and think about how there were a ton of other cats that needed homes too. But of course still crossed every finger and toe I had just in case!
Fortunately, sometimes miracles DO happen! A couple of hours after meeting her at the shelter, I was out for a run and got a phone call (very odd for me to get a call, and even more so to stop and answer it!) The person on the other side told me there was an error – and Gooey was mine if I wanted her! There was no “other person”, it was an input error! If I wanted her?!? My running app shows that is my fastest kilometer back EVER haha. Then basically the rest of that day was a blur! I decided to call “Gooey” Sugar instead, and the little sweetie immediately fit right in to my life!
It’s truly astounding that I’ve spent 365 days with her – like I mean the earth has gone around the sun a full time, and what was once a little squeaky kitten is now VERY loudly meowing CAT!
It’s kind of weird to think back ten or even twenty years to when I was BEGGING my parents for a cat of my very own and how I imagined cat mom life to be. I can definitely say that this is even better! Here’s to many many more years with this sweet girl!