Maddy "Our Mini Lion"
by Julia Turgeon
(Newport, NH, USA)
Maddy loves to help wrap Christmas gifts!
We adopted Maddy from the local ASPCA just two years ago this month in January 2011.
I went to the shelter with a heavy heart as I had just lost one of my old and beloved kitties, Skeeter a month earlier. But with the encouragement of my fiance, he suggested visiting the local shelter just to "look" at other kitties to cheer me up and maybe volunteer my time since Skeeter had come from a shelter.
Maddy was kept separate from the other kitties so we didn't see or get to play with him right away. Only as we were leaving the shelter did a woman suggest we meet another shy, older, fluffy, big kitty that really needed some attention and love.
He was found bleeding on the streets a couple of months prior and missing one ear when a good samaritan caught and brought him into the shelter to get treated.
The shelter staff admitted he was always left by himself because he was afraid of all the other kitties in the shelter and because of this he rarely got any human attention.
We were surprised when we were escorted into the shelter BATHROOM with the door closed to wait for them to bring Maddy in because he was THAT shy and scared! So, my fiance and I sat down on the floor and waited. Shortly after, the door opened and FLUFFY and BIG was indeed the perfect description.
They eased Maddy down onto the floor and this big, fluffy shy kitty ran and hid under the toilet looking up at us frightened! Well, I fell in love with him right then and there! I talked to him softly for about an hour before he crept along the wall to meet me and lay by my side. Then as he finally let me reach down and pet him, he buried his face into my leg.
I saw a different kitty there by my side. He was gentle and shy and loved attention! His personality reminded me much of Skeeter's. I truly believed that I was meant to meet him that day! All I knew was that I HAD to bring him home!
Two months passed and my other older kitty of 20 years, Smoky, was suffering from failing health. Maddy seemed to recognize that his brother wasn't going to be around much longer.
He stayed by Smoky's side during Smoky's last two days with us. I was so touched by Maddy's gentle nurturing side and seemed to understand that his older brother Smoky needed a companion during this tough time.
Maddy is such a great companion! I have to say he is no longer that shy kitty we adopted two years ago! He has grown confident and extremely playful! He loves to talk and sing softly to himself while in the window. (I have to get this on video!) He can't stand being alone now! He is very social although still cautious with strangers. But after an hour, he'll encourage pets from strangers if they seem nice. :)