I have the pleasure of fostering Frankie 'til next week, allowing the new parents time to prepare their home for this amazing cat. I'm relieved, thankful, happy, and yes, sad. It will be bittersweet to say good-bye to Frankie: I will miss his 11 lb hugs, his big paw squeezes around my finger, cat kiss licks on my nose (and face, hand, arm), his excited meows when I open the door, our obstacle-course play sessions chasing toys, seeing his silhouette behind the window curtain at night, and without saying.. his bluer than blue eyes. As any foster parent will attest, it's very hard not to become attached, it's even hard for me to write this. But I remind myself that I set out to help as many cats as possible, to prevent more kittens being born as healthy animals are euthanized every day waiting for homes in shelters or at animal control.
Finding Frankie, or Frankie finding me, has brought joy and light and spirit into my heart and home. Cats have a special way of doing that :) It's a blessing to bring Frankie and his new parents together- to share life and that deep, unique bond that forms with furry companions. To be even a small part of Frankie's life, and he in mine, is something I will always cherish.
November, I am thankful.