I have a long to-do list! I volunteered at Good Mews this morning, and because I couldn’t work all day my old job said for me to just wait and come in tomorrow. So, starting tomorrow I will be working for two weeks. :-) I’m actually really glad for the extra day. Sometimes I need a bit of time to mentally adjust to a different schedule.
I had a great time at Good Mews today. I really do enjoy volunteering there! It’s a cage-free no-kill cat shelter here in Atlanta. I volunteer there once a week, doing cleaning and feeding. I wrote about it here. Today, someone dropped off a 7 week old kitten they had found. It was SOO cute! The poor thing was sick, and so they had to put him in a cage in the sick kitties room. I hope he feels better! He was just a tiny little thing.
Speaking of animals, I am in the process of trying to be more active on my pet blog. I haven’t been keeping up with it, but now that I’m not working full-time, I want to post regularly. I also want to have more thoughtful posts, writing about issues as well as posting stories about my own pets. So if you like animals, you should check out Two Kitties and a Puppy! I am always looking for guest posts or ideas about what you’d like to hear about regarding pets and animals, so feel free to leave a comment with your ideas. Also feel free to pass on the blog link to other pet owners and pet lovers you know who might be interested.
And last, but certainly not least, I wanted to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister!! I can’t believe she’s old enough to buy alcohol now. :-p She’s one of my most favoritest people in the world, and so I think it’s exciting to celebrate her birthday! Wish I could be there. :-)
Originally published over on my pet blog, Two Kitties and a Puppy.
Happy first birthday, Zoey! What a big girl you’re getting to be! I hope you get the present I sent you. I sent a cute little card that wished you hugs and cuddles on your special day (seemed appropriate, huh?), and I stuck a plush squeaky bone and a package of your favorite treats in with the card. I hope you know how much I love you and miss you. I think about you a lot, especially today. I hope you don’t think I abandoned you, because I didn’t. It was hard, but I think it was for the best. I hope it was harder for me than you. You’re probably having the time of your life with your new owners and their kids and their huge yard. I know you’re happier where you are, and that thought makes me more at peace with the fact that we found new owners for you. I always wanted the best for you, Zoey, and don’t forget that! Maybe someday we’ll be able to come see you again, but even if we are never able to do that I want you to know that I won’t forget you. I am excited that you’re one year old now and you’re growing so big and strong! I’ll always think of you as my little puppy, though. :-)
Your first “mommy”,
I debated for a while about whether I should do yet ANOTHER year-in-review type post. Then I thought, this is MY blog. I can do what I want. :-) But since picture posts tend to get long, I’m going to divide up the post so it doesn’t clutter up the page. Enjoy, my dear readers! (Thanks to Amanda for the idea!)
I got a card in the mail from Zoey’s new owners. We had gotten a plush squeaky toy for Zoey and mailed it to them a week or so ago. Accompanying the card was this picture (I cropped it to protect the family she belongs to now):
Isn’t she cute?? I am loving the little pink bow in her ear. I wonder how she liked that!
The card read:
Zoey is doing GREAT!! She is such a precious dog. We are so blessed to have her in our family. She loves running around all over the yard; she has so much fun playing with the kids. Thank you so much for the toy (Zoey loves it). We are going to stock her up with more toys; she has chewed up all of her other ones. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
Joanna asked me if this was my “happy ending”. I suppose so; while I would love to still be a part of Zoey’s life and see her as she grows up and gets older, I need to be okay with the family not reaching out to me. And really, I am so happy to hear that she’s doing well, though I didn’t have any doubts! So yes, a “happy ending” in our chapter on Zoey.
Today was the Day.
Some of you may remember, but a few weeks ago I wrote a post about the difficult decision we were facing about whether we should find a new home for Zoey or not. I had to take it down the day after I wrote that post because of some really ugly comments I was getting. (Really, why do people think it’s their business to be so nasty on strangers’ blogs?)
This was a decision that Paul and I thought about very thoroughly for over a month now. We weighed all the choices, the pros and cons, and prayed about it. For those of you who missed my previous post, there were a lot of reasons but it came down to the fact that while we felt that we could give Zoey a good home, it would be in her best interest (and the cats’ best interest) if we could find her a great home. Finally, last Monday, I posted an ad on Craigslist and got three responses in only 14 hours. One of them appealed to me especially – a family with three kids who had a huge yard and were wanting a beagle puppy to love and grow with their family. The more I talked to them the more comfortable I felt about them being able to provide Zoey with a great home.
Today was the day we met and gave them Zoey and all her things. I am still a bit teary-eyed about it. All week I had been telling myself “this is the last time we’re going to go for a walk” and “this is the last time we’ll play with the golden retriever next door”. Today, we gave her a bath and collected all her things. We cuddled with her all the way downtown in the car, and then we walked her to the park. We met the family – they were everything I was expected – chatted a little bit, and then we reluctantly handed them the leash and walked away. I couldn’t look back. I know they were probably eager to get home, but I didn’t want to see her go so soon… I don’t feel like I got to say goodbye… though I had plenty of chances.
I know Zoey is going to love her new family. She is going to love running around the yard, picking up sticks and pinecones whenever she wants. I know she is going to love all the attention five people are going to lavish on her. I am trying to focus on those things, and not on my missing her. I know this is the right decision for her, but I’m sad for me.
Well so ends the dog-ownership chapter of my life. I better get going. I want to vacuum up all the pieces of pinecone that are all over my apartment floor. :-) I made an album of Zoey pictures; check them out here.
*Note: I know that some of you feel that I am a horrible pet owner. I ask you keep this to yourselves. Any comments left that are of this nature will be immediately deleted. Please understand how emotional and personal this decision was for me, and I thank all my blog readers and friends who have been so supportive.