Fanta stood up, stretched, and said, “This is my mom, Sprite, and my step-dad, Willy. I told them about your great backyard and they wanted to come see for themselves. We all jumped over, but jumping is not a favorite of Mom or Willy.”
All three cats were resting on lawn chairs. Willy, a beautiful tuxedo cat with a stub tail, seemed pretty quiet. He was close to Sprite, a gorgeous tortoise shell cat with a little yellow mustache.
“When did you come over? I didn’t see you,” Warren said.
“You were in the pond trying to swim with the ducklings. I must say, you were not doing a very good job,” Fanta said.
“What did you all do when you came over? I didn’t even notice you were here,” Warren said.
“No wonder you didn’t see us. You were having quite a time in the water, but the ducklings seemed to have things under control, so I didn’t jump in to help,” Fanta continued. “We just explored your yard. Chased some butterflies, climbed a few trees, looked for some birds, and talked to Morgan and Mildred who were gathering food.”
“Hey, why do you honk?” Willy asked as he stood up and stretched his full 24 inches in length.
“I was born this way. I tried to meow like my family, but honking seems to be my meow. We all got used to it. Some people call me Little Honker,” Warren responded.
Then Warren noticed Willy’s tail. It was a stub of a tail, not the usual cat tail. “Hey, what happened to your tail?” Warren asked.
“None of your business!” Willy hissed. He started to puff his fur and was ready to jump on Little Honker when Sprite reached over and placed a paw on his head.
“Willy and I are rescue cats. He doesn’t talk about his life before they found him. He was pretty sick and it took a long time before he became healthy. Lots of vet visits and special food. We met at FUR the Love of Paws FURcility. I was pregnant. He has always been protective of us, but you never talk about his past. I think it must have been pretty bad. He just wants to forget it.”
“I got it. What’s a recue cat? What is a FURcility?” Warren asked.
“The FUR the Love of Paws FURcility is a place for animals to stay and get healthy until they can find a forever home,” Sprite explained.
“I’ve never heard of that. I’ve always lived here with my family,” Warren said.
“You’re lucky. But, we are lucky too. The caregivers named me Sprite and I had six babies that they named after sodas. Willy has always been protective of us,” Sprite said. “All of the caregivers at the FURcility took amazing care of all of us.”
“That’s great. What happened to your other babies?” Warren asked.
“They all found forever homes and are very happy. RC and Squirt were adopted together by a great family who needed them. I’m so happy for them. Fresca and Shasta also found a forever home together with a loving family. Surge was adopted separately because the family adopted another cat from the FURcility the year before. We were excited when the three of us were adopted together. We became a family in the FURcility and a very nice couple decided we should stay together and brought us all to live with them next to you,” Sprite said. “We were lucky again.”
“Welcome to our neighborhood,” Warren said.
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