Friday, July 14, 2006

A Boy Named Ballou

This handsome boy, Ballou, arrived late this afternoon after a long journey with his rescuer Beth. Their adventure began very early this morning in Florida ~ yes, Ballou has now traveled coast-to-coast, making friends and racking up those "frequent flyer" miles! Thanks to Beth, the folks at Delta airlines, and Beth's friend Paul, Ballou's adventure to his forever home is now complete.

Ballou looks like pretty much any other handsome black cat you would meet, that is, until you watch him eat. Due to an accident earlier in his life, part of his tongue was amputated, leaving him unable to groom himself or eat mashed up canned food (he needs the can shape so he can grab it to eat it!) His forever home in Florida turned out not to be the case, and Feline Friends has been working hard to place him during the heat of kitten season. When asked if he could live here if they could get him here, I said "Why not?" (Maybe Phoenix would consider grooming him instead of herself!)

He's pretty shy, and I'm sure trying to figure out what the last 24 hours we're all about, so here's a picture of him before he left Florida, contentedly "making biscuits" with his paws. I hope that with some time, he will learn there are many friends here who can help him stay clean!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Stacy and Steve,
Well, I got home last night at about 8:30. I quickly found your blog entry about Ballou. That was almost as sweet as his "Welcome Home, Ballou" sign! I slept amazingly and am about to go into the shelter for the last day before I fly again. I will be printing out your update and sharing it with everyone. So far, every time Ballou has thought something bad was about to happen, it did. It might just take a while for him to realize that pattern has been broken. What he has going for him is that he is naturally gentle and flirty, so hopefully when bad things keep not happening, he'll follow his natural urges and open up all the way. Oh yeah, when his food starts to get mushed flat, it's not ruined. If he's still working on it, you can just pile it back up with a spoon. I feel like Heloise for Ballou. If I think of any other Ballouisms, I'll pass them on right away. ;-) Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'll be in touch when I get back from flying.