|The first time I saw Hershey on
the back porch, Oct 20, 2012
This little cat has spirit and lots of personality. He can be feisty and incredibly lovey. He's curious and bold. And oh my is he fluffy!
I wanted to send Hershey off with some special toys. I bought him some rattly mice, a nip nanner, kickeroo, and Da Bird toy. I especially wanted the interactive toy that would give his new human plenty of opportunities to play at a safe distance from Hershey's teeth.
I brought the Da Bird toy home on Tuesday night and had to give it a try. He LOVED it! I remember other bloggers saying how wonderful these toys are, but I kept putting off buying one due to already having a house full of cat toys. Now, I know, these toys are definitely amazing!
I tried to celebrate Hershey in the last night we had together. We played LOTS of Da Bird toy!!
And we celebrated some more on Wednesday, our last day together...
In the end, I think he had a good time of play! Hershey so loves to jump and pounce. This is the perfect toy for him to get out lots of energy. A bigger play surface would be better, but at least the soft bed cushioned his wild jumps!
After a long snuggle break from all the crazy play, it was time to leave my house for the last time. I'm thankful Hershey was a good sport about it because I was an emotional mess. I'm also super thankful that Laura was able to go with me so I didn't have to face this alone.
As I sobbed on the drive down to Hershey's new house yesterday, I feared Hershey would feed abandoned once more. Of course I told him what all was going on, I also prayed that God might help Hershey understand that I'm not abandoning him but rather giving him a chance at finding a forever home where he can get much more play, loves and attention than what I could offer.
The worst nightmare about leaving him that I imagined involved seeing him hiding under the bed, all scared in a strange place, giving me those eyes that say, "What are you doing to me? Where are you going? When can we go home?"
Thankfully, none of that happened. Hershey was a rockstar. He came right out of his carrier and started exploring his new place.
After about 30 minutes of checking everything out, he was home.
Mike, Hershey's new human, bought him lots of stuff and was ready for Hershey's arrival - he got a scratching post, several soft beds, a cardboard scratcher, and other goodies! He's also working on getting the right cat tree.
No hiding under the bed for this boy! He got right to work owning the space.
When we left Hershey, I felt an intense mix of sorrow and joy. I'm thrilled for Hershey that he got a good human that will take great care of him. Mike will enjoy Hershey and spoil him rotten! Even with that joy in my heart for Hershey, there remains also the sorrow of not getting to see and love on Hershey on a daily basis. It does help knowing he will be well. Coming home to a house without Hershey was hard. Even with five cats, it feels somehow empty without Hershey.
Of course, I'm now eager to hear from Mike to see how things are going with Hershey. Mike generously offered me visitation rights, something I hope to do sometime! I often drive by the apartment where Hershey is living so I will always be reminded to pray for him and send him positive thoughts.
Thank you Hershey for sharing your fluffy self with me, you are a delightful soul. Thanks for showing up at my backdoor and being such a great cat. Take good care of yourself Hershey and know that I will always love you.