Dear Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 2-8-13
On February 12, 2010 our hopes and dreams came true; we went home to a very loving and happy family. We know that you have made many cats’ dreams come true and there have been a lot of cats pass through your doors, so let’s take a walk down memory lane. We are formally known as Forrest and Spot. We had our own loft style crate by the front desk. We saw many faces coming and going, some taking home new pets. We always wished that we would be one of those lucky cats to find a loving home. We were held, petted and received lots of love from many volunteers to people inquiring about taking us home. You see, Spot and I have been friends from the beginning; we were best friends, crate mates. We never really wanted to be separated; we are friends until the end. Our dream was to go to a loving home TOGETHER. A sad lady that had just lost her cat of 18 years came in on a very rainy cold day just looking for a new friend for her family. She wasn’t planning on finding a new friend that day. She kept hanging around our crate and asked to see me (Forrest) first then when I didn’t want to leave my friend she asked to see Spot too. It was then, that we knew we had roped her in. Spot and I turned on all the charms, we could see that she was a sucker and I was confident that we could win her over, or at least I could. We could tell she couldn’t pick ONE of us over the other nor could she stand to separate the two of us. Some of the volunteers had told her that they hoped both of us would be adopted since we were such close friends and it was buy one cat and get the second for half the price. With all our updated shots, microchips and free bag of food she felt it wasn’t a deal she could pass up. I knew she was missing her friend, her heart was broken and she longed to hear purring, meows and to have a buddy to once again to snuggle with her. That was the day that changed our lives forever, ours as much as hers.
What you don’t know is Kona, her 5 year old dog, was deeply depressed, moping about after losing HIS friend the cat. He had never known life without her. As soon as we arrived in our new home we were introduced slowly to our new big brother Kona. He was ELATED I could see it in his eyes that it was like Christmas morning. For us it was like seeing a big scary slobbering butt-licking monster. Mom let us sleep with his blankets and soon his scent became a comfort and we got to know each other. The rest is history, our big brother Kona is now one of our best friends. We sleep together; give each other baths, and play together.
Mom, Laura Ford, decided that my personality was very mischievous and I do get in lots of trouble, so she named me Kolohe` it is Hawaiian for Rascal. Spot being the strong solid manly cat he is earned the name Kale which is Hawaiian for strong man.
Our family has since grown in that 3 years, we opened our litter to big brother Kahlua, a German Shepherd rescue. Last summer, our litter migrated from the hot Sunshine State and drove across the country to Portland Oregon. We actually became good car riders and travelers. Kale and I are still the best of friends and will always be inseparable, we are never far from each other, always in the same room, often snuggled up together with our brothers and parents. Now we have a VERY loving home with 2 big brothers Kona, Kahlua, a mom, Laura that we were destined to meet and fall in love with and a Dad Pon.
Kale and I wanted to thank you for taking such good care of us and helping our dreams come true. It’s because of you that we were given a second chance at life and we are LOVING it!
Kolohe` (aka Forrest) & Kale (aka Spot)