Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Meet Abbey

Abbey the day after we brought her home.


Meet Abbey Hunny Bee Barbour. She is a ginger tabby girl who is almost two years old. She has white paws and a white chest and amber eyes.


Abbey and the turbo scratcher, one of her favorite toys.


She has lots of energy and tends to get the zoomies late at night and early in the morning. She makes a sound that I can only describe with this spelling: “mewr.” She does it while she’s playing, while she’s waiting for food, while she’s walking around the house. It’s her meow.

She loves dry food, but not treats. She eats a little wet food, but not much. 

"I won't sit on your lap now, but I'll sit close by."


When I get home from work in the evening, I pick her up and she lays her head on my shoulder. She tilts up her little face and “kisses” me. She follows me around the house. She rarely sits on my lap, but she will often sit on my husband Larry’s lap when he’s watching TV.

She is stubborn and feisty and determined, and all that is wrapped in a sweetness and softness that melts your heart every time.

Abbey at the window in the "kitty Zen room"


I first met Abbey on February 1, 2015. Her name was Hunny Bee then, and she was at the county animal shelter, where her owner had surrendered her. She was about one year old.

Abbey, on the day I met her at the shelter. She was Hunny Bee then. I hated walking away from her.


On that February afternoon, I was at the shelter cuddling the cats, giving them human touch with the Friends of Campbell County Animal Control, the volunteer group that works closely with the shelter to help adopt out as many animals as possible.

Hunny Bee snuggled against me as I held her and walked around the other cats to see if she had any reaction to them. She seemed calm.

I was ready to adopt another cat, but my husband wasn’t. Then I saw on Facebook that Hunny Bee was adopted, and I comforted myself with the thought that she had a home.

Except later I saw her on Facebook again. She was back at the shelter.

Larry and I went to the shelter on Sunday, April 19, so he could meet Hunny Bee. One of the volunteers told us that she had been adopted but brought back four days later. The reason given for surrendering her back to the shelter was that all she did was hide under the bed and was mean to the children.

I know, and probably you know too, if you’ve been around rescued cats, that they need some space when you bring them into a new environment. 

The next day we officially adopted her. 

And Abbey’s stories continue.




15 comments:

  1. She and bobby could be cousins. They have such similar coloring. I'm so glad you all adopted her!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Lisa. I know how you love orange kitties. :-)

      Delete
  2. She's lovely. Our Sadie and Abby (no "e"!) were shelter kitties, too. Both of them were also returns. Sadie took a few days to settle in; Abby took two weeks. I often think how the people who surrendered each of them had no idea how they missed out just because they didn't have the patience to give them the time to come out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I agree, Jean. They have no idea what they missed out on. Their loss.

      Delete
  3. God Bless You! Abbey is precious and life works the way it is supposed to. Abbey is EXACTLY where she SHOULD be! catchatwithcarenandcody

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Caren! I am so glad she is with us.

      Delete
  4. Abbey is beautiful. Thank you and your husband for adopting her -- Caren's so right ... Abbey is absolutely, positively where she belongs. :)

    All of our cats have been rescues, so we so understand what you mean about them needing some space in a new environment.

    Thank you for following our blog! We're going to follow you back via our Feedly reader, and are looking forward to getting to know you and your kitties better.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so much! Abbey is such a joy to us.

      Delete
  5. What a beauty! We are so glad you found each other :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

    ReplyDelete
  6. What a beauty! We are so glad you found each other :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

    ReplyDelete
  7. Abbey is darling. I so enjoyed reading how you got her & are giving her a wonderful home. Give her a pet for me.

    ReplyDelete
  8. She's beautiful Tina! I'm so happy you have her and she has you and Larry. Lovely Jewel eyes. Sweet and loving. Thank you for sharing her with us! :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. She is adorable! I imagine she was quite frightened when she went to that other home and needed time. And patience. And I can just imagine the kids overwhelming her. A lot of people don't know how to handle a new pet and end up thinking the animal has problems. Most of the time the problems are the humans! LOL...

    ReplyDelete