Four years ago, Trent and I walked into the Animal Services animal shelter in San Luis Obispo and found the cutest pair of cats. We were looking for cats young enough to adapt to a new house and our year-old dog Rufus, but we didn’t want kittens that we would have to house-train. Two six-month-old sisters peered at us from between the bars of a cage, and I knew I had to have them. We each picked up a kitten and the little balls of fur snuggled up to us and started purring. They even won Trent over.
We went through the process of filling out the paperwork and taking them to a vet to be spayed and treated for respiratory infections. A couple of days later the kittens arrived home. They stayed in their own room for the first two weeks to get used to the house and because they were on medication. We named them Sky and Boo.
Sky was the tiny, fearless one that walked right up to Rufus, who was about 45 pounds compared to her two, and whacked him on the nose with her paw. From that day on, Rufus always kept a wary eye out for her and respected her space. She was my lap cat and always enjoyed being petted by visitors. Sadly, about a year later, Sky escaped from the house and didn’t return. We looked for her around the neighborhood and at the shelter, but she was never found.
In the beginning, Boo — named after the little girl in "Monsters Inc." — was skittish and hid from everyone except me. She’d sit next to me on the arm of the couch until someone entered the room and then she’d take off. She still doesn’t get picked up and held because she becomes tense and launches off of you with all claws extended.
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In the last two years, especially since Gizmo-cat arrived, Boo has become more social. She loves people to pet her when she’s on the top of her cat tree. She even comes out from napping on the bed to greet people. Her favorite spot is sitting on the back of the couch while we’re watching TV. She even rubs on the back of Trent’s head and lets him pet her.
I have always encouraged people to adopt animals from the animal shelter or other rescue organizations. They’re wonderful pets that just want a good home.
The adopt-a-pet event I mentioned last week is actually a part of a countywide event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The first Central Coast Pet Adoption Day will take place at the Farm Supply stores in Santa Maria, Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo and at Keller Williams Realty at Spring and 13th streets in Paso Robles. There will donation drop-off centers to benefit all participating shelters, plus vendor booths, giveaways, raffles and more at each location. There is no cost to attend. Those taking home animals will pay customary adoption fees. For more information, call Staci McKay at 773-7777.
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