Gizzy in Heaven!

Gizzy in Heaven!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Home for Boots!

This is Boots, or Bootsie as I call him. He is one of several "community cats" roaming our apartment complex. He is the most likely to be adopted, because he obviously belonged to a previous resident, but was left behind when they moved out. Bootsie is starved for human interaction and is very affectionate. He visits me every day and knocks at the front door - sometimes late at night (what? am I running a 24-hour cat cafe now?) and this is what I see: If I didn't already have a cat, I'd take him in a New York minute. Sad thing is that he really is a much nicer cat than my Middi. Middi drives me nuts sometimes. She wants to go out, jumps around and cries at me. Sometimes, when she gets too rambunctious and starts to knock things over (I live in a very small apartment) I have to lock her up in the bedroom to let her (and me) chill for a while. Besides, she agitates Gizzy with her wild behaviour sometimes and then he's chasing her. There's just not room enough for roughhousing in here. We are not allowed to let our pets roam free in this complex; besides, I don't want her to run the risk of getting injured out there and come home with all kinds of bugs to share with Gizzy. She has plenty of open windows to look out. It was always enough for her before when she first came to live with us half-starved and sick. Now that she's fat and sassy, she thinks she can be an indoor-outdoor cat, but No Sir-ee! Not while we're living here. Anyway, a while back a few of us residents, in combination with my animal group that I belong to, held a public fundraiser in the park called No More Homeless Animals Day where we raised enough money to have 8 cats sterilized and immunized for rabies. Bootsy was already neutered, but he got his rabies shot and a deworming shot. Boots is a free spirit and he makes the rounds to the few apartments where he knows he's welcomed. I'm not having much luck finding him a good home, even one where he can just roam, yet come in for a little love and affection that he is obviously craving. I try my best, but Gizzy hates cats and yet, I have a cat (we're only allowed two small pets), so I can't take him in, although he would be a sweetheart to love. If there's anybody out there who either has the space, or knows of someone who has a place for a smart, handsome, lovable tuxedo cat - an older gentleman, as the Vet called him - PLEASE, could we work together to get him to his forever home and out of the cold? That would be the best Christmas present for me and Boots. I had a bit of a tricky time getting him photographed because he moved around so much, rubbing on me and wanting to be loved. He is all sugar and spice and everything nice right now, but you should have heard him in that carrier when he went to the mobile Vet. Oh, my, he sounded like a caged tiger. He was a very unhappy boy! So, keep it in mind. I'll keep looking and if you know of anyone that can give Boots a nice warm spot in their home, heart or barn, let me know. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and Bootsy says: Meow! PLEASE: Don't tease, because this is really important, so only offer, if you seriously can and will help. Thanks and bless you!

p.s. Update on Boots as of 2/13/10: No, sadly I've not found him a home, but since it's been so cold outside, I've been allowing him in for a few minutes each day to eat his meal in peace and have a warm bowl of milk.Middi doesn't seem to mind. She just watches him.  I do this early in the morning when the "dragon" (my Gizzy) is still fast asleep in his bed and isn't the wiser. If I could, I'd take him, but we're only allowed 2 pets. If I ever move into a bigger place, he's coming with! (God knows my heart, so maybe He'll work it out somehow!)
Bootsie was found dead this morning, Wednesday, February 17th (Ash Wednesday)...apparently he found his home another way ... ! I will miss you, my sweet feline friend.


Kerrie said...

Good thing I am not there Doris, I would be taking him home! Kerrie

Doris Sturm said...

I know you're just kidding, Kerrie, but I appreciate the thought...any other takers?

Samantha G said...

He certainly looks like a sweetie!
So Middi does that too, huh- knocks things over when she wants your attention? Isn't it amazing (yet annoying!) when cats know just what to do to get us to jump up and go after them! Which may not be what they had in mind, but that's what happens. My cat starts going after the plants when she wants my attention- she knows that as soon as she starts eating one I'll be up and after her!

I hope Bootsy finds a home! :)

Tulsi said...

Thanks for stopping by!! I LOVE this cat. He reminds me of our favorite cat, Ed. Only Ed was all black. But built much like this one. Our dog likes to chase cats and we have a cat that reminds us she was revered in Egypt and we are her royal subjects. I grew up where Best Friends Animal Sanctuary made a home.

Bearly Sane said...

Hi Doris,
I do hope you find a home for your sweet Boots! It's so sad to see pets discarded in that way...I am glad he has someone like you looking out for him.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane
P.S. Almost forgot...I have caught up on everything, but running short of time to comment on every post...sorry sweetie. X

Mary said...

Oh I just found your blog...I love animals too! What an adorable little cat, which I lived in Georgia so I could adopt him...but my lab would probably think he is a toy, Love all your crocheting - very talented lady, Hugs, Mary

Renee said...

Doris, so mindblowing that people could leave their pets behind. Like 'what the hell are they thinking.'

Thank you for such a lovely comment on my blog dear Doris. I am so pleased that we have become friends.

Love Renee xoxo

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Doris, have you considered putting up notices at your vet's, and running an ad in the paper? That is how I used to place them when I did animal rescues. Poor Boots looks JUST like my Oreo!

As to Middi, she is very bored and that's why she is acting up. She's stir-crazy. Have you considered a harness and about a six-foot length of cable or leash and let her sit out part of the day? We do that with one of our kitties. You are right about it being very dangerous for them to roam.

Annette F. Tait said...

Hoping Boots finds that special loving person just for him Doris. Thanks for taking the time to let everyone know about him.

Thank you for posting the link of the rabbits at RNGP rescue! I appreciate it.

kind regards, Annette

Julia said...

Bootsie is gorgeous. He is lucky to have your community to help too. I hope someone can take him!

♥Mimi♥ said...

If you can get him to Michigan - he's mine☺

Has he found a home? I don't see why you can't have two cats. Eventually all of them get along. Take it from me - I have four. BUT, I am serious, if you can get him to Michigan I'll take him.