Be Careful What You Ask For
You know that saying be careful what you ask for because you just may get it? Well I had been thinking of getting a kitten and the universe delivered.
My love affair with Gypsy started when I had to have a tenant removed from my rental in Las Vegas back in 2008. When the property management company went in to begin cleanup they called to say there was a very scared, hungry black kitten locked in there and they would call animal control to have it taken away. I said absolutely not. I would come and get it. Oops…did I just say that?
At that time the housing situation in Las Vegas was awful. It was right in the middle of the 2008 crash and that area was one of the worst hit in the nation. People were loosing homes left and right and so were their animals. The shelters were over run with cats, dogs and any other kind of pet that people just could no longer keep. I knew she would certainly have a death sentence if I allowed that to happen. Something my heart could not let happen.
I had relocated to Arizona a few years before and had been thinking of getting another kitten. I had my poodle, Greta, but no kitties. Well, now I had one.
I knew I had to go up and assess my home anyway so why not make it work for both me and the kitten. So I loaded up the car with the dog, a cat carrier, things for an overnight stay and my daughter (for good company). We decided to have fun on a road trip and give a poor scared little black kitten a good home.
When we arrived she was definitely scared but no longer quite as hungry because the property management company gave her fresh food and water. Thank you kind people! She was not about to let us get close because she was so traumatized. Turns out there had been very small children around and she had not been handled correctly. We placed the cat carrier down with the door open, placed a little food inside and left the house so she could get comfortable with the idea of a “house”. When we came back the next morning she was much more accepting of us. It took a little coaxing but we finally managed to get her inside the carrier and into the car.
Once we got in the car, things began to get really interesting. We placed to carrier in the back seat next to Greta. Oh yeah…the dog! All hell broke loose. Greta began barking and the cat hissing. I looked at my daughter and she just shrugged her shoulders as if to say…”this is going to be fun”. We had six hours to drive home and I was not about to listen to this all the way. So I patiently turned around in my seat and said: “Okay you two, listen up. We have along way to go and you two had better get used to each other real quick because we’re going to be a family and that’s it”. Boy, was it ever! We never heard another peep out of either one of them all the way home. I love being heard!
Fast Forward to 2016
Several years have passed since my rescue kitty became a part of our little family. Greta is now 9 1/2 and Gypsy just turning 8. Life has been interesting with these two. They have learned to accept each other even though cats are not Greta’s favorite. Actually she doesn’t like dogs either but that’s another story. Just who she is.
Gypsy has grown into this gorgeous solid black cat. She has honed her hunting skills down to perfection. So much that I finally had to make her stay inside for a while. I have had birds of various sizes and stages of life brought into my house as gifts. Oh and don’t forget the bugs, lizards and a squirrel. I’ll tell those stories in another post because they are quite funny.
Here’s a picture of my little black kitten the universe gave me. She’s full grown and quite stunning. Here she is being my part-time personal assistant as I sit and write.
I am grateful to the universe for answering my wish for a kitten. You never know how something is going to show up in your life. One has to listen to what they say and keep an open mind and heart.
So until next time, remember to be mindful of what you wish for because you just may get it.
All the best
Side Walk Traveler