Charles Dickens and Tiger found themselves at the Kamloops Branch during the summer of 2011. To help them find a new home they, along with several other cats and kittens, caught a ride on the BC SPCA Drive for Lives to the Sunshine Coast Branch to help them find their forever home.
Adopted to the same home in July 2011, the family of Charles Dickens and Tiger (now named Hawkeye Pierce) have sent a wonderful update on the two boys and their life since they left us.
To everyone at the Sechelt SPCA, One year ago today a litter of kittens was born in Kelowna. They were rescued and brought down to our SPCA. Three months after they were born, my husband and I came to just fill out an adoption application. We always thought about adopting a couple boys, but it was just a discussion.
I went in to see the kittens and saw some really cute ones running around, and one butt sticking out of a tube. I picked him up to say hello and it was love at first sight. That was Charles Dickens, I said to my husband, 'we're taking him home'. One of the woman there said, 'he has a brother that you can take as well'. We did have intentions of adopting, at some time, two boys. It was a yes. His brother was Tiger, and Tiger was sick so he was in a different area. I was told Tiger seemed okay so I could take him as well, and I did.
At home Charles came out of the carrier right way and wondered around meowing. I told him how his name wasn't changing, so he remains Charles Dickens. Tiger wouldn't come out, he was so scared. After a while I moved the carrier and the two of them up to my bedroom. It took Tiger a long time to come out, and when he did I renamed him, Hawkeye Pierce.
Charles was happy from the very beginning and Hawkeye took a long time. I could tell he thought he wasn't going to stay. As if he thought we were going to keep them for a little while and then get rid of him. After a lot of cuddles, and telling him over and over how we would never let him go and no one could ever take him from us, he finally was happy.
Now I do have to tell you the funny things about the boys. Charles is just so utterly adorable, furry little paws and all. He loves little furry things, he goes crazy with them and will carry them around in his mouth when he's really into them. Loves his belly rubbed, and love attention from visitors.
Hawkeye is different. He looks black, but he's actually a 'ghost tabby'. See him in the right light and you can see his black stripes. Hawkeye has a great love for straws, bounce sheets, and little plastic bags. If he gets his paws on any of them, we have to chase him around like crazy to get them. He also has a great love for bouncy balls. He'll pick them up, make them bounce, and go crazy with them. He also does something else, he will bring me a bouncy ball, I toss it, he goes and gets it and brings it back to me. I always say to him, 'you are not a dog'. With visitors, Hawkeye is not fully comfortable. Right now he's just starting to come down to check things out, but won't let them touch him. Before he would be scared and just hide under the bed. So it's good to know he's slowly getting better with visitors, luckily we don't have many often. We still keep a litter in our on suite bathroom, our bedroom is their 'safe' room.
Today they will get a little bit of wet food as we sing happy birthday. We've spoiled them with lots of stuff they love, including a nice condo made out of boxes. They really love that. I always say to them, 'how did I get so lucky?'. My cats are my kids and I would never let them go.
I wanted to say thank you, thank you for everything! I also wanted to let you know how the two are doing very well. They are spoiled little boys who we love and protect as much as we can. Love and care is the #1 things cats need, and we've got a lot of that.
Sarah, Jesse, Crash, Cleo, Charles, & Hawkeye (Tiger)
Thank YOU for adopting not just one, but two wonderful cats! It sounds like they have found a loving forever home. We look forward to future updates.
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