Thursday, July 14, 2005
Hush, hush Sweet Charlotte.When I first started working here, I met all the animals in the shelter. I was so enthralled, and moved by those sad, little homeless faces that I made daily trips to the kennels and habitats to get an idea of the constituency I supported.
Those early dogs and cats....Fanny, Pirate, Bubba stuck with me because they were all the first "long-timers" I met. I was also a sucker with a treat.
But since the shelter halls are not my normal work-a-day route, and since I am really a paper-pusher in admin, and especially, since I know that virtually all our homeless fur-kids go to great homes, I can now sometimes go days, even weeks! without meeting any of our new dogs and cats.
(I meet the kittens all the time but they are never in the shelter long enough to bond with; they are in foster care, back in the shelter, and then whoosh! in a new home! Kittens are very popular. Good thing, because there seems to be no shortage of them.)
But I saw this kitty today...her name is Charlotte.
Have you ever seen such a silly expression on a kitty? I can't tell if she reminds me of a person trapped in a cat's body, or a cat who has spent so much time around people that she starts to resemble one.
We are not sure how five-year-old Charlotte got this way (she hasn't told us, hah!), but she is totally meow-less.
Without a meow. Missing meowing. Exhibits meowlessness.
Instead, Charlotte whispers and it sounds a little like a hiss. She is at Tri-Valley SPCA if you want to share secrets with her.