Friday, December 31, 2010

So here's what happened...


We weren't looking for a cat, honestly. But as things sometimes happen, this little kitty found us. Jack and I each had separate plans to be somewhere else on the last day of 2010. But a truck battery problem intervened so that both of our plans changed. Instead, we took the car and our bikes to the paved bike path a half-hour from our home for a late-afternoon bike ride. Nothing out of the ordinary there. We do that quite often.

But there, in the back of beyond, near a horse trail assembly area, we saw a family with bikes pulled off to the trail side, petting a kitten. Once past, we both wondered why the kitten would be there... a remote area, no houses nearby. We were a bit worried. On our way back, we stopped to see if the kitten was still there. She was... she came running out from the underbrush to greet us. We sat on a bench with her and found her to be very affectionate, purring loudly. But she was a bit thin. We debated... what to do? We just knew we could not leave her there alone. It gets very cold at night, and there are coyotes and other possible predators in the area.

So it was decided. We would ride our bikes back to the trail head, load them up and drive the car to the horse assembly area which would take about 20 minutes. If she was still there, we would know she needed to come home with us. As we rode off, I looked back at her in the bike mirror. She looked quite forlorn sitting by the side of the trail which of course tugged at my heart. When we returned in the car, once again she bounded out of the underbrush, purring loudly.

Having nothing much in the car in which to carry her, I just held her on my lap. We were completely surprised that she showed no fear or resistance to being in the car at all! She curled up, kneaded with her paws, and just settled in for the ride. We stopped at the Dollar store on the way to pick up kitten chow and litter.


She set out to explore the house quite thoroughly, including the bathroom sink! She's a curious girl, and very loving. She seems completely at home already, and likes the sewing room. She can hardly believe her luck. Us, too... I think. As I said, we weren't really seeking a kitten. And yet... here she is. Her name is either Lily or Libby... she hasn't decided yet. Isn't she pretty?

14 comments:

Doreen G said...

Nancy she is so beautiful and she looks quite at home in the sink.
How lucky you both are to have found each other.

donna!ee said...

awesome...this is how i got all six of my cats AND three of my five dogs! there is something extra special about adopting a "surprise" pet indeed! ;)

sonja said...

she looks so much like our noodles the cat that adopted us last august. i think it is very good cat luck she found good hearts like yours on the bike trail. noodles says hi to miss lily!
i have adopted day old chicks, more cats than i can recall names of and the largest was one old half blind retired polo horse...all with love to give until they have to go. Happy new year purring to all!

Robbie said...

It was to be wasn't it!! So glad for all of you!! Just imagine what could have happened to that little girl!!! It was meant to be!!!! Happy Holidays and enjoy that little one!

Susan said...

What a sweet kitty. Sounds like you've already fallen in love with her.

Jan said...

Definitely meant to be. Having acquired two of my animals in this way and being so thankful that I have them I am sure you will soon know the truth in that. Congratulations! She is adorable, of course. I am waiting for the next cat to come along, I'm ready for one but not looking.

Valerie said...

Awwwww! All of our kitties came to us in similar fashion as well. Our summer rescue we definately did not need but she is so much fun. I can't imagine life w/out her. I hope your Libby/Lily will be the same for you.

Lenna Young Andrews said...

she is very pretty! Lucky you to find such a lovely kitten.

Nancy said...

Oh what a sweet story......I am so glad you found each other....I have a wonderful cat that I love to pieces so I know how they can tug at your heart strings.......

I can't wait to hear more stories about this curious gal....

Happy New Year

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I wonder who will be more grateful to whom in the months and years to come. You will give her the needed shelter, safety, inoculations, pet digs, food, and attention she needs, and she will reward you in ways you can't even begin to imagine. Good FOR YOU. Thanks for saving one small soul who is a real beauty.

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

thanks for stopping by my blog. I have an older friend who had a cat dropped off at her house. While she wasn't looking for one, she has taken this one in to her closed in porch. She thinks the pretty cat is pregnant. It has a round hanging belly. My friend thinks that is why she was dropped off at her house... so maybe she will have kittens to show my children in a little bit. :)

enjoy your kitty. :)

Kathy said...

Awww...What a beautiful little kitten! I love stories with happy endings, and this one couldn't have a happier one.

jgr said...

Oh she's a beauty! God Bless you for taking her in. Our first cat 'found us' in a similar way and she was such a great pet. It was meant to be!

Dawn said...

Oh I am so glad you brought her home. She is adorable. I am a big cat lover and I couldn't of left her either

Love Dawn xx