She came into our life in the usual way - well, not that usual. A friend needed to find a home for her cat and we had recently said good bye to our beloved Pandora, so, "Let's look into this," we thought.
We met with our friend, gave the cat a look-see and said, "We'll take her."
It was just that easy.
Truth be told, we still weren't sure. We weren't sure she was the kitty for us. Nor, that we were the pet parents for her. The look-see did not last long. After an hour and a half drive to CO Springs, we met up with Molly's current Mom in a Burger King parking lot. (I think it was Burger King, it could have been one of those other fast food restaurants, though)
In our hearts, we dearly knew that cats do not do well in shelters. Especially cats that are fully adult and Molly was already 8 years old. She'd lived with Ro for those eight years, after being abandoned in an apartment nearby! That's right. Her original folks left her...alone, to meow and cry, in an empty apartment! "Oh someone will take her," they probably thought. I will not tell you what I think...and what I'd like to do to them...
Ro took kitty in. Ro gave her love, affection, food, and vet care for 8 years. There were several dogs in kitty's home, so we knew our three dogs would not be a problem for Molly (little did we know!). We understood fully that Ro did not want to relinquish Molly to a shelter, even a good, no-kill shelter. While always an options (better than abandonment folks!), it's always even better to find a new home for kitty. A loving, trusting, reliable home.
We're lucky Ro knew us from BlogPaws. She was certain we would be good pet parents for Molly. Clearly, it broke her heart to give her up. Oh, we didn't explain why, did we? Well, Ro is not in the best of health and kitty was compromising even that. Sigh. Why do so many wonderful pet people have to be allergic to cats?
I, too, am a little allergic. But not enough to sneeze at, so I've never let it interfere with my having cats. I say "cats" because I'd love a house full of them, but one is all I can tolerate. We had two once and...it was a bit of a trial for me and my allergies.
For Molly, with her long hair (she appears to be part Maine-coon, at least), I pushed my worry about allergies away and we deposited her into our car, that long ago day, and drove back home to our home at the time, not where we live now.
Molly mewed a few times but was otherwise okay. (she is not so nearly good on trips now... not sure why)
Once at the house, we did put her behind a gate so the dogs could see her, and she them, but no one could get to her. It was in Tom's office. And there she stayed for many months. Because she really was shy of the dogs. She did not like them. They wanted to be with her, though! In a good way. Our dogs are fairly low-key. I say "dogs" because we had all of them at the time.
We had Chester and Olive and Emily. Today, we only have Emily.
Over time, many months, and even years, Molly came out of her shell, out from under the furniture, and into the light of day. She tolerated the intrusion of so many dogs, generally by walking away and climbing too high for them to reach her. She came to adore Tom. She rather tolerates me.
Today, she and Emily are the only pets in our house. They seem to care for each other more, now. They are becoming fast friends.
Molly is not well, though. She is well into her 12th year, we believe. Maybe she's even 13 -14, I am not sure. She is on a special diet she doesn't like. We feed her every two hours and if we're lucky, she won't vomit. Her weight has gone down drastically.
We are at the vet's a lot. The word 'pancreatitis' has been shared. Not something there is a lot of info on, nor treatment for. Sigh.
We love our Molly. We are catering to her as best we can. She remains mostly bright-eyed and friendly, though always hungry!
She is a beautiful girl. We hope to have her around for many years to come.