Sunday, May 22, 2011

Looking for a Home...


As any teacher knows, the last two weeks of the school year are always chaotic. Double, or triple, the events and things "to do"... Add in all the things I have to attend as a parent, too—and, well, it's utterly exhausting.

I was REALLY looking forward to just "crashing" on the couch with the girls Friday night and watching a movie after we got home... And then, around eight, the doorbell rang. The sweet German girl who lives on the top floor had found this little guy wedged between the stairs and the elevator shaft on the first floor. He was meowing and meowing for help...

Her family couldn't take him and didn't know what to do, so, well, you know the rest of the story.

Wary of what taking in a stray cat can mean, I knew we'd have to immediately take him to the vet and keep him separated from our cats. Two years ago we tried to rescue an injured kitten, and it was a fiasco... Chris got all scratched up, fleas were everywhere, and I went on a wild veterinarian goose chase from nine p.m. to 3 a.m. all over Moscow that ended at a rabies quarantine testing center—from which the poor kitty never emerged because of neglect.

This time things went much more smoothly. Surprise, surprise—when we got to our vet's, they were happy to see us! They've earned enough for lavish vacations off of us when Lyalya was still in his toy-swallowing days...

In a nutshell, this little guy is a sweetheart. Clean bill of health except for ear parasites that we're treating. (No longer gross, not dangerous, will be "gone" after ten days). He's quarantined in the girls' room until the treatment is over/until he goes to a home. In the meantime, he has been christened "Socks" for obvious reasons. Little white "peds" on his front paws, longer sport socks on his back paws—one all the way up, one falling down...

He is thrilled to have a home. Um, temporary shelter. We're giving him so much love... Even though the weather was gorgeous yesterday, we just stayed home with him... Natalia read almost all day on the couch in their room with him nestled on her chest.


He's getting tons of exercise playing and he promptly claimed the American Girl colonial doll bed as his favorite place to rest—and then LEAP out of when he wants to play, popping out from behind the curtains. He's also very, very happy to have food and is already litter box trained.

Here he is on my chest while I read...

Anyone in Moscow interested??? My mission is to get this guy a loving home. Natalia's mission? As she just declared it? "To ruin your mission." Hah!

4 comments:

Phil Norman said...

So this is what causes a Mona Lisa smile?

Tina in CT said...

Any takers?

Rachael said...

He's adorable. Did he find a home yet?

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