I love Valentine’s Day and I also love a happy ending. When a story has both? Heaven! I’d like to share one such story with you now. Last week, I came home to find a fluffy-tailed stray feline in my front yard, My cat Sebastian spazzes-out when he sees another cat, so I tried to shoo this interloper out of the yard. But, he wouldn’t shoo! Instead of leaving, he turned toward me. And, that’s when I realized that he was blind. My heart sank because I knew that I was about to become involved (again). He was so handsome, with a face full of curled, white whiskers and giant paws. He was also dirty, covered in fur-knots and fleas, and had an infection in both eyes. He was a mess. But, he was such a loving, trusting soul, that I fell in love with him. My husband called the vet and we were now officially involved!
He didn’t have a locator chip, so we ordered a “whisker to tail” health check and boarded him until we got the results. When the results came back, it was great news! He was healthy! Now we could take him home and slowly integrate him into our little pride! Right? Wrong. The virus that had caused his blindness could be transmitted to our two cats. We couldn’t adopt him. We were both really upset that we couldn’t keep him, but we were also worried. We didn’t have a Plan B. He couldn’t stay at the vet indefinitely, our neighbors didn’t recognize him, we weren’t going to dump him back outside and we weren’t going to take him to a shelter where his chances of being adopted were slim to none. We really didn’t know what we were going to do…
Now, you might be wondering…what’s this got to do with Valentine’s Day and where’s the happy ending? Here’s the answer to both of those questions. While we were waiting for the test results (which were delayed because of the winter storms up north), a vet tech fell in love with him. She had already told her fiancé all about the handsome, thirteen pound, visually impaired feline at work and on Valentine’s Day she found out that she could adopt him! That night, she went home, held up a picture of the cat, and said to her fiancé, “Happy Valentine’s Day?” Her fiancé stared at the picture before he finally asked, “You got me a blind cat for Valentine’s Day?”
They named him Fernando. The fleas are gone, the fur matts are gone, the eye infection is gone. And, Fernando has a forever family! See? A Valentine’s Day story with a happy ending! What’s really bizarre about finding Fernando is the fact that Ian Sterling, the hero in my February 18, 2014 Special Edition release, is a photographer who is struggling with the fact that he is losing his eyesight! What are the chances?
So…how about you? Do you have a fun Valentine’s Day story or a fur-friend story you’d like to share? Leave a comment and I’ll select a winner to receive a copy of THE ONE HE’S BEEN LOOKING FOR. Be sure to check back on Monday (2/24/14) to find out who won!