Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Tennessee, United States
Posted May 09, 2014
We went to the shelter to look for a dog for my daughter, and saw the crates as we walked through the lobby. There were about two dozen cats that were to be euthanized the following morning. A sign above the crates read "Free Adoption". My heart sank as I quickly scanned the beautiful faces of the unknowing occupants, wishing that I could take them all home with us. My eyes connected with those of a big calico cat in one of the bottom crates. I looked away. The pain of knowing that through no fault of her own, her life would soon end, made tears come to my eyes. I hurried past as my daughter and I headed towards the dog section.
My daughter did find her dog that day, and we sat in the lobby of the shelter, waiting to fill out the paperwork for the adoption. I couldn't help but glance to the crates and to the big calico who kept staring at me. Each time I looked at her, she would meow. I got up and went to her crate, reading her information card. Her owner was put into a nursing home, and with no one to take her kitty, she had ended up here. A shelter volunteer immediately came over and began to open the crate door. I said, "That's okay, I was just looking." She said "Here, you can hold her." She swooped the big kitty into her arms and pushed her towards me. "Ricki" purred loudly, rubbing her head against my chin. I petted her for a few minutes and she clung to me when I tried to put her back into her crate. I sat down with her and she immediately settled into my lap, never attempting to jump down, even as other people and pets passed by.
Needless to say, she came home with us that same day as she was already spayed, declawed and up to date on her vaccinations. And I have never regretted it.
Rikki keeps us laughing and we enjoy playing with her and just watching her antics. She loves bags and boxes and tries to fit into much smaller spaces that her 18 pound body allows. She follows me around the house like a dog, and has to have her nose in everything I do.
Rikki believes that she is the princess of the house, tolerating our dogs, but keeping them in line if they get near her food or get between her and the person giving her attention. She gives a loud, scary (Halloween cat) meow, and swats them with her wide(declawed) paw. They move out of the way, but not very quickly, knowing she cannot hurt them.
Rikki is very patient and mellow, not letting much upset her. She likes to lie upside down, always with her head pointed in your direction so she can see if you are looking at her. She is also very vocal, answering any questions focused at her. ("Are you a good girl?" "Meoooow!") She is wonderful company and has become such an integral part of our family.
I feel very fortunate that we went to the shelter on that fateful day to look at dogs, and not only found a great dog for my daughter, but my best friend. Rikki.