Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Scruff Vs. Luxury: An Adoption Story

Introducing the newest member of our family!
We adopted a kitten.

Olivia has been asking for a pet FOREVER. Finally, we felt settled enough to give her the thumbs up. And today we went through with the deed.

My friend works at an animal clinic in a nearby town and she mentioned they had a whole bunch of kittens available for adoption. So, today I told Olivia she and I would go down and pick one out.

Upon entering the clinic, Olivia instantly bonded with a black ball of fuzz who honestly does have a cute face, but wasn't nearly as adorable and striking and luxurious as the long-haired, white-and-black kitten in the same cage. The white-and-black kitten looked like a kitten model. He was docile, sitting quietly as I stroked him. Fuzzball was all over the place, nosing into everything, trying to play with everything.

I was set on the long-haired designer cat. I mean, seriously. This was the cat of my dreams.

Olivia, however, had fallen in love with the hyperactive fuzz ball.

I tried my best to reason with her. "We want a quiet cat who will sit in our laps. And I've always wanted a long haired cat ... and look at his face! He's gorgeous. He's going to be a beautiful adult."

"But, Mommy," Olivia replied, her eyes filling with tears as she stroked the scrappy kitten's head. "This kitten reminds me of me!"

Well, what can you say to that?
For those of you who don't know, we brought Olivia home from an orphanage in China as a skin-and-bones six-week-old the orphanage was hoping some love could revive. (Love & bottles worked.)
My friend at the animal clinic had already told us this scruffy kitten had had a rough go of life so far. They almost lost him a couple times. Yeah, okay, so maybe there were a few similarities.

I still tried to reason with her. "But, honey, this isn't a child. It's a cat. Let's not think about this emotionally. We need to be rational."
More tears. "But I love this one!"

So, the end of the story is that we now have a scruffy, playful kitten in our home.

I wanted to bring home my designer cat, too, but the dashingly handsome sidekick exercised his authority and insisted on one cat only. Since he rarely speaks in exclamation points, I had to take him seriously.

I'll be honest. I'm still thinking about that designer cat, how good he'd look curled up in my lap, how I'd enjoy brushing him....

But that's okay. We have Scruffy, who Olivia has affectionately named Midnight. He does have a cute little face and he purrs like crazy every time you pick him up.
I'm sure I'll like him just fine.

And I guess there are worse problems than having a little girl with a very big heart.


  1. Sweet story. And Olivia's looking very beautiful, by the way:)

  2. Beautiful story...(sounds like a great magazine story)...

    The best cats are the ones that chose you or purr as soon as you pick them up. Congratulations on the addition to your family.

  3. Thanks, Krista!

    Sharon, Well, in that case, Midnight is the perfect cat, because he purrs like crazy!! I'm actually starting to get attached to him, but I'm trying to convince my husband we need a 2nd cat to be his friend. :)

    Marty & Lenee, You're welcome. :) ha ha.

  4. love, love, love this story. :)

  5. This was so beautiful to read!
    And, congratulations on your #5 by the way!! =)
    Just when I thought I would have babysat all the Sonnichsen kids :P
    We are so happy for you all!

  6. "This kitten reminds me of me!"

    This made my morning. Thank you. And, thank you, Olivia.

  7. Esther VanderlaanJuly 15, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    :) This was so cute! Please say hi to Olivia for me!

  8. Love the story. Olivia is growing way too fast. I remember when we had our "little" kids at the Sino-Swiss pool...ahh, time. To capture it up and put it in a bottle.

  9. I was going to say exactly what Kim said. To the t. So, I'll just say it. Love, love, LOVE this post!