One year ago today, March 6th, at 6 pm, Tia Grace (formerly Tina) came to live with us! She was instantly happy in her new home! She loves to go for walks — as long as it is not raining, snowing, or windy — and everything must be sniffed! Not exactly much of a walk when we stop every few seconds, but she gets her exercise and has fun! Although she is afraid of squeaky toys and stuffed animals, she did find a cat nip toy and a braided toy that she likes and will carry them around and shake them and usually lines them up just so when she is done. She also loves to have her tummy rubbed and will reach out to ask for more if I stop. She eats very well! She would eat all day if I let her! It is hard for her to understand why she can not eat when the kitties and hens and humans eat as well as when it is her feeding time. If someone is one is in the kitchen, it must be time to eat! And so begins her little dance of jumping up and down and wiggling to and fro (Thus the nickname of “Wiggle Butt” by foster mom Barb!!) She no longer needs liver medication and other than an itching issue that seems to be mostly under control with baths, she is doing well. She and her 8-year-old feline siblings, Sophie Anne and Henry Ely, don’t pay much attention to each other . They will pass each other quickly and the kitties will occasionally go near enough to sniff her while she is sleeping. In the past few months they will sometimes occupy a lap together for a short time. Although she does not talk, I have heard tiny barks come out of her three times this past year. Only heard them, never saw her do it. Didn’t even realize it was her at first! I have seen her lift her head as if to howl and have a small quiet yip come out! She loves to snuggle on the couch or in the recliner especially if there is a blanket she can dig into make a “pit” to smoosh down into. To get into her bed, she walks around it to find the right spot to leap into. She will literally stop at just the right place and rock back and forth several times getting ready to make a giant leap into the bed and dig and dig to make a pit to get comfy in. Many thanks to Lisa and Lisa, foster moms Barb and Sherri and everyone at Free to Be Me Rescue and The Animal Hospital who loved and cared for her and placed her with us! We love her lots!
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to men.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dec 25, 1863