Sunday, December 23, 2007

Goodbye Kitties

Willamena and Lottie spent their last five days together, happy, playful, and side by side. They seemed unfazed by the earlier departure of their siblings, Maddie and Cornelius. Both girls recovered nicely from their surgery, and were looking quite healthy. They packed on the ounces this past week. Willamena's tiny-hiney finally caught up with her round belly. Lottie filled out, and her legs grew a little longer.

We scheduled their departure ( along with Ramona from the original six pack of cats) for Friday, so they would have the weekend and holiday to get comfortable with their new homes, parents and siblings.

Lottie was first. Her wonderful new mama, Marni, arrived that afternoon. While the appropriate paperwork was filled out, Willamena and Lottie wrestled and romped and Charlene supervised. They were all very curious about the kitty carrier Marni had brought. They took turns smelling it, chewing on it, or climbing in or on top of it . We talked while the kitties played, then we said our good-byes. Marni left and loaded little Lottie into the car. Big-eared, big-eyed Willamena climbed up into the window and watched the whole scene. Anyone sitting in the room then, if they hadn't already , started tearing up at that moment. . It was heart wrenching to witness Willamena watching her sister leave.

Lottie will be living in a condo in North Seattle, with her new big brother, Stoli. She'll be a strictly in-door kitty ( hooray). Stoli lost his older brother in November. He's been hoping for a new companion ever since. I'm sure they'll do fine together. Lottie is used to being around other kitties and cats and he is ready for a playmate. Sounds like a perfect match.

Ramona was adopted later that evening. Patrick and Sarah are the lucky ones who got to bring her home. She too will have a big brother. And when I say big, I mean 16 pounds ! Before leaving, Ramona got a few pearls of wisdom from Charlene on the subject of "how handle a cat that is larger, and hairier than you".

We were just finishing up with Ramona, when Willamena's new parents arrived. A third round of adoption papers were filled out. Willamena was passed around for kisses and good-byes, then she was gone too.

Willamena is a very lucky girl. She now has two daddies ! One works for a modeling agency, the other is a child therapist and works with foster children. Can you imagine a more perfect combo for our super-model kitty? One dad to manage her career, the other to help her cope with trials and tribulations of being a child star. Like Lottie, she too will be living in Seattle in a condo. She'll have two new brothers and a new name. "Yubi" which is japanese for "thumbs" will be her first name and Willamena will be her middle name.

What a day! After all the adoptions were complete, and everyone left, we mixed cocktails . We toasted to the kitties and their bright futures. They all have such wonderful homes. They will all be adored. Mission accomplished!


  1. cheers to all -- for a job well done!

  2. Congratulations! Everyone sounds well settled. Maddie requests pictures of her siblings, please!

  3. CHEERS! They will all celebrate their birthdays in the new year, and in new homes with new families; they go with the adoring well-wishes of people all over the world. When I die, can I please come back as an Itty Bitty Kitty in your care?

  4. I agree with all the wonderful happy comments. Then why do I want to cry?
    P.S. Alicia is so good to write. We've made her an honorary IBK in our family because she is so adorable.

  5. Yippee!!! New homes for the holidays. I hope all the itty bitties are so happy. Great to hear that Maddie is so happy. Please send us all pictures!

  6. What wonderful news. But it is so hard to let them go, isn't it? They take up residence in our hearts.

    Merry Christmas,
    Jan's Funny Farm

  7. What a great post, thanks a lot for sharing this with us, glad to see the cats having a good time and moving on.



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