Ever since I was a little baby I have loved cats. I have grown to love and understand them more as my life progresses. When I was in elementary school, while all my gfs were obsessed with horses, I would spend hours in the library after school reading about cats, mostly in veterinary texts.
At the moment my life pretty much revolves around my best friend and soulmate - Driftwood. I have based several major life decisions around this cat since I met him in 2005. He was just a baby. He found me while I was traveling in New Mexico just outside a navajo reservation. He was injured, hungry, and extremely friendly. He followed my boyfriend back to our motel room and came inside on his own. When I picked him up he went totally limp and purred louder than anything I have ever heard, especially for a creature his size as if to say "mommy! I finally found you!" and collapsing with relief after a long search.
In that moment, I was extremely shocked by his instant comfort with me, and a strange sensation began to sink in. I suddenly felt a god-given conviction that this tiny animal had been sent to me for a purpose, and that it was my duty to protect, love and care for the little guy. Even though I was going to be on the road for a while, and taking a kitten along presented several practical obstacles, I realized that my extensive past experience and self-training with cats had perfectly prepared me for the challenges ahead. In other words, I thought "if anyone can do it... its me". I felt that I certainly couldn't leave him behind. And thankfully it worked out better than I EVER could have imagined.
Drifty had lesions on his hind legs which felt like thick scars, his third eyelid was torn, he was dirty, and very hungry. But he was still a gorgeous kitten, with a mackerel pattern, white-tipped paws front and back, and the most adorable daub of white across his little nose. The black concentric circles on his forehead looked like a little fingerprint. I carefully stroked him with a damp wash cloth and took off a la
When I got back to "civilian" life after being a wanderer for so long, I became depressed, and Driftwood was there to nurse me through it when I had no one to turn to. I could be in the depths of despair and just looking at him or holding him (still totally floppy and laid back and huggable) would instantly make everything feel okay. He grew up into the sweetest, funniest, happiest cat ever. He's humongous now. Not fat, just a giant kitty, but he has always retained that incomprehensibly sweet disposition from his baby time. I refused to move in with my long-time boyfriend for years because I absolutely had to bring my cat and he lived in a "no pets" apartment. No human will ever come between us, that's for sure. But now the 3 of us live very happily together, and my bf loves Drifty, too!
The End :D