Last night I drove to Tacoma to bring Phyllis back to Shoreline with me! I’m SOOO excited to have her here and she seems to be adapting quite well. The only oddities for her so far all revolve around living in a condo and not a house anymore. So, whenever someone upstairs walks or turns on water she’s HIGHLY aware of their activities… sort of like a watch dog I guess!
Funny thing that happened when I went to pick her up. We pulled out the cat carrier (an adorable leather carrier with nice mesh), we opened it up and sat it in one of the chairs in the living room. Well, within five minutes Phyllis had already climbed into the carrier and had setup shop! She was likely in there for at least 10 minutes before she decided she was bored with that. Anyway, I thought it was so cute and SUCH a good sign. Nice that she’s not scared of the carrier.
Well, we made the one hour drive north from Tacoma to Shoreline, poor Phyllis whining most of the way. But we arrived at the condo, I sat the carrier down on my bed, opened up the end of the carrier, layed out her favorite bath robe/bed (my old bathrobe was her favorite bed in Tacoma)… and she stayed in the carrier. She stayed in there for at least an hour! Didn’t want to come out. NOT interested. Finally I did gentle pull her out of the carrier to show her where her litter box is and her food/water dishes. She wasn’t very interested in those either. So, I just left her locked in my bedroom for a while so she wasn’t completely overwhelmed with exploration.
Here’s a picture of her hold-up in the kitty transport (taken with my BlackBerry):
Next funny thing is, because I post all my updates so often on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/LegalAdmin) some of my friends love to leave comments. Well, one friend (facebook friends, we’ve never met, he lives in Ontario) went above and beyond and wrote this ADORABLE letter with instructions on how I should read it to Phyllis in my best attempt at a “kitty voice” whiles reading it (I have since requested that he actually record himself reading the letter in HIS kitty voice so I can post on here, I’ll keep you updated!)
Hi Richard – Please pass this on to Phyllis, I can’t find her facebook… Please read it in a funny kitty voice for her.
How is your new home? I know it’s very hard moving into a new place, a new home and finding new things to do, leaving all your friends behind and moving into a new place, but I just wanted to tell you to keep your chin up. I wanted to let you know, from an outside perspective that you shouldn’t feel abandoned and that whatever happened with your Daddies isn’t your fault. Richard is very, very excited to have you in his house, and really missed having you around – he talked about you all the time while you were gone, and couldn’t wait for you to move back in with him. You really help him out, and make his house a home. You have a big job ahead of you, keeping purring, keeping the house dustbunny and treat-free, and making sure you are always acting supercute, but I am confident in your abilities, and I know you will be a big girl and persevere. Make sure you tell your Daddy how you are feeling, talk about what’s going on and how he can help your transition go better, make sure he gives you lots of attention, playtime and treats and enough tummy scratches… I promise it will help you out a lot. Remember that no matter how bad you feel, nothing helps like a laser pointer, sunbeam or cardboard box to snuggle in. Also, don’t forget to pose with your best face for all the pictures I’m sure daddy will take of you. Try not to go too crazy with all the pictures he takes… He’s just showing you how much he loves you.
Thank you Brian. You’re so sweet for sharing your sentiments and advice with Phyllis. She appreciates your support and love.