Monday, May 7, 2018

Boone Part 4, There's No Place Like Home


There’s No Place Like Home!

The journey that began 8 days earlier and covered 2400 miles was finally over…we
were home!  It was time to get Boone acquainted with his new home. There was one problem though (actually two). We had two other kitties at home and they were not eager to welcome a new family member. Our concern was magnified by his lack of fear and limited vision. We decided to keep him upstairs and separated from Joy & Zion. He had come a long ways in 8 days but he still had a respiratory infection, ear problems…

Once we got settled it was time for him to get a check-up with our veterinarian at TLC Animal Clinic and Hospital. We were eager to hear how he was recovering. To our relief no more respiratory infection, dehydration, ear mites and his foot had healed and good weight gain. He was still struggling with a yeast infection in both ears that required more medications! 

He was becoming a healthy young male kitten (7 months old) and needed to be neutered. The vet recommended we have his blind eye removed at the same time. We had become accustom to Boone’s blind eye…but remove it?! The surgery would bring additional pain and trauma to his young life. When we first found Boone the eye was partially closed, weeping and irritated. We thought it looked pretty good now. She seemed to think it cause him irritation and asked us to give it some serious thought. 

We returned to the clinic with Boone two weeks later. Mike and I remained firm in our decision DO NOT remove the eye!  While he was under anesthesia to be neutered they found an abscess on his chin that required a drain. He came home that evening groggy, confused, sore, with a drain in his chin…and two eyes.

All the while life was moving forward. I was going to my STUDIO each day, Mike was working in the yard or the garage. Boone loved to be around people. He was acting more and more like a healthy young kitten, full of energy and eager to play. His favorite game was fetch. We would toss paper balls and he would carry them back to us again and again and again. Every chance we got we’d go upstairs to visit, play, brush, feed…just to keep him company. He just wanted to be near us.

A couple weeks later I had a workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mike was going to join me for a few days so I got a sitter to watch over our home, water the yard, care for our kitties and wild birds in our backyard. Mike loves to feed birds of every kind: finches, sparrows, mourning doves, hummingbirds… We enjoyed a few days in Santa Fe checking out Canyon Road, restaurants and galleries… before long it was time for him to fly home and for me to get ready for my workshops. 

Waiting at the top of the stairs
During my two weeks in Santa Fe we would talk on the phone at the end of each day. I would tell him about my students, where we painted and sights. He would tell be about home, family and kitties. About a week into my trip Mike says to me, “At 2am it came to me…Boone needs a friend”.  I said, what?  I come to find out Mike woke up in the middle of the night thinking about Boone. So far, our hopes of getting the downstairs kitties and Boone together hadn’t materialized and now Mike was worried about Boone being lonely. So what did he do? He went to the TLC Animal Clinic and asked about the kittens that needed to be adopted. As it turned out they had a young male kitten the same age as Boone and in need of a home. Before the vet intervened he was slated to be euthanized. When they took him in he was 3 months old and feral. After living at the vets office for 4 months and being around people he was tame enough to be placed in a home. I asked, did you bring him home? Mike said, yes. I asked how’s it going? Mike said, he hasn’t come out from under the bed yet. 

...Stay tuned for Part 5: A Friend for Boone

If you missed any of Boone's story you can read more here:
Part 1: Becoming Boone
Part 2: Bring Him Home 
Part 3: The Long Road Home

A video of Boone playing fetch. 
Hugs,
Brenda










27 comments:

  1. Boone is so cute, now he's got a buddy... are you turning into a cat lady that we read about? LOL

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  2. Awww......... Brenda, you and your hubby are just kitty angels for Boone and the new little one you just rescued from the shelter. I've been following your story about Boone and I look forward to the next chapter. Thanks for keeping us posted!

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  3. Awwwww...this is the best story ever! How sweet that Mike adopted another kitty as a companion for Boone. I can't wait to see how they get along and learn the name of the newest addition. We need more people like you and Mike in this world.

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    1. Serena, Such sweet words...thank you! You’re gonna love our new family member.๐Ÿ’•

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  4. What a beautiful boy! He just glows in the sunlight! I’m sorry Joy and Zion haven’t taken to Boone, but I hope he’s found a kindred spirit in the new little one. I know you already know this, but you have a good man in Mike. To not only wake up in the middle of the night worried that Boone might be lonely, but then to follow through and do something about it…what a kind-hearted person! I hope the newest member of your family has finally come out from under the bed. It's hard to be kept in suspense, waiting to hear!

    On a side note, I just signed up for your Illustrated Journal workshop at Cheap Joe’s in 2019. I’ve been wanting to take one of your workshops since I had you for a teacher in the very first Seeing semester of Sketchbook Skool way back in 2014. Eek! I’m so excited!

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    1. Susan, You’re right...Mike’s a special man. We ALL love him!
      I’m so tickled we’ll have a chance to sketch together at Cheap Joe’s, 2019.
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  5. How sweet Boone is in that video! I hope he and his new friends have become best friends when your next installment is written. You and your husband are so kind.

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  6. I am convinced that CATS often find their owners! We adopted a cat that had apparently been dumped in our neighborhood! She was a wonderful addition to our family! Seems that Boone found you and what a truly lucky kitty! This is a heartwarming story!

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  8. How adorable! We had a cat for years who would retrieve Lego wheels. Loving your story!

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  9. What a totally beautiful story, Brenda! You and Mike are truly blessed and pass your blessings around to others - especially your ever growing furry family. :-)) I'm so happy this story continues - can't wait to hear the next installment. You really need to make this into an illustrated book!!

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    1. Peggy,
      Thank you for joining us on this adventure. Many people want me to do a book!!! Love the idea =)

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  10. Can't wait to hear about your newest addition and hear the next addition of this heartwarming story,

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  11. Love him...love his story...looking forward to the next episode. Bx

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  12. Hi Brenda, I love your work and blog. Especially sharing the wonderful story of Boone. I can't wait for further installments.

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  13. Dear Brenda - I have been following your story of Boone. He is such a lovely kitty - glad you decided for now to not have his eye removed. Will be anxious to find out about Boone's friend. Have a great day.

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    1. Debbie,
      Thank you for interest in Boone and his future. He's touched so many lives in a wonderful way...especially ours!

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  14. Dear Brenda, did Boone become friends with the new kitten?

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