Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Life After Adoption - Graham's Story

Graham comfy with dad.
Hi Pals,
This is just so exciting - the news we've all been waiting for.   Graham's new mom sent me all these amazing pictures and answered a few questions that I had asked her.  I hope you are as thrilled over this news as I am.

5-22-11  "Graham is the sweetest girl around. Today we took her for a long walk in the park and she just trotted beside us. She even killed her first mouse the other day. Here are some pictures of her."

Does Graham show any signs of her former "supposedly" feral traits?

"No, she's very docile and laid back. When we first got her, or at least, when we first visited her, she was definitely a little wild. But I think that's because she was cooped up in a cage. She only gets a little feisty when we play. Other than that, you could hold her like you'd hold a baby and she's cool with it. She'll even ride on our shoulder when we walk around the house."
What kind of toys does she like to play with?

"She's got loads of toys, but I think her favorite is the one we got at the vet. It's a squishy ball that has hairs sticking out of it. But mostly, I play with her whenever she wants. She loves, absolutely loves, this box we have that we attached a leash to and pull her around in it. She'll lay in it for ages. We also play hide and seek and she's gotten really good at it. She finds me almost anywhere now and if she can't, she'll cry. It is the only time she'll meow, otherwise she is not a very vocal cat."
Is she mostly and indoor cat or allowed to roam outside by herself?
"I would think she is mostly an indoor cat. Except when we decide to bring her for a walk in the park or bring her for a ride in the car - she loves that. She comes with us whenever we visit family and she's gotten to know Dan's parents home really well. She walks around the place like its hers. But an outside cat? I don't think so, she's not allowed outside without one of us."
Is she a social cat when you have visitors in or does she hide in a corner somewhere?
"She is the most social cat we've had. She loves visitors, can tolerate dogs, and typically runs up to children when she's outside. She will follow us to each room and plop herself down and watch us doing whatever. I think she looks at me as her playmate and Dan as her sleeping bag (she loves sleeping on his chest)."
"She's really a good kitty and we love having her around."
Graham's name is still Graham

Well pals - is this the most amazing success story ever or what!  It really shows what a lot of love, patience,  and good care can do for a kitty.   Now if you are interested in talking to Graham's parents, you might like to follow:   mom:   @shamboliclife
dad:   @dbeckinsworth

A big thank you to:
Graham's new parents for adopting her, giving her such a wonderful, loving home, and for taking the risk of contacting me to share pictures and her story.
Bay Area Humane Society for seeing that Graham was trainable, for working with her to make her adoptable, and for their willingness to give my letter to the new parents.
To Cheriswan for being alert to that first tweet from Graham's original mom that she was turning Graham over to BAHS, for alerting me, and for all her hard work.

To all of  you amazing pals for the RT's
This is truly an amazing success story with a "happy every after" ending.  Life can't get any better than this.


Brian said...

Mario, I love it, love it, love it, that is one terrific happy ending and new beginning! BRAVO!!!

Bear said...

That is SO wonderful. Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks to you and all involved in getting Graham to a very happy home. Millions of BearHUGs!

The Island Cats said...

Graham sure looks happy!! What a great life she has now!!

Anonymous said...

This confirms Graham wasn't a wild girl & that former human had probs not her..What a great gal!

Pumpkinpuddy said...

Graham is so gorgeous. I'm more thrilled than I can say that she's found such a loving home. Thank you for posting this. The pictures are wonderful.

M Dawson said...

Mario, I am sat here almost in tears.. Graham is one happy HAPPY cat. Deepest thanks must go to Cheriswan for being so alert and helping save a precious life, and to everyone who helped. Graham's mom sure sounds a really happy lady to have such a wonderful cat in her home. I can only echo your thanks with my own.


Pandafur said...

Hurray! Wat a grate success story. Graham shure looks happy!

Lily said...

YAY for Graham! She looks beautiful & happy, she truly found her forever home! Thanks to Graham's new family for telling us about her new life-this is such a wonderful story! OxOxO

Sebastian said...

That's so wonderful! What a nice update on Graham. It appears to be a match made in Heaven!

tikka_2 said...

Dat iz sutch a gweat success story! We lub happy endings! Graham looks lyke me cept Ize a boy.

Admiral Hestorb said...

I am so grateful to Cheriswan for her alert picking up on Graham's fate. I am even grateful to Graham's first mom for telling the Twitter community that she did that..otherwise the outcome would have been very very grim. I am grateful to you too, Mario for all that you did for her. I am grateful to everyone in the Twitter community who helped and reTweeted about Graham and tried to find a home for her.

Graham's little body is absolutely totally beautiful! She looks happy and healthy..her little arms are so sweet draped over her dad's arm. She has the best of all, happy and loved.

Thank you Mario for asking about her and thanks to her pawrents for sharing her precious self with the rest of us.


Oskar said...

What a great story all around!

Nubbin wiggles,

Cathy Keisha said...

What a wonderful success story. TW says too bad I'm not like her and I'm still wild. You found Graham a wonderful home and she's thriving. xoxo

@cagneythecat said...

Wonderful nooz! mom is a little weepy now. Silly. She should know dat when a kitteh meets her spechul family, it is magic! All happiness to Graham and her peeps!

CheriSwan said...

Mario's mom has done such a great job of getting the ball going in helping us to know Graham was a special kitty and visited her several times and presented the check we raised to help the shelter! Thahks to our our anipal moms!!!!!

Trixie, Lily, and Sammy-Joe said...

Oh wow, what a wonderful life Graham has! She gets to go everywhere with her new family, and play hide and seek with them, and they even pull her around in a little wagon? Sounds like kitty paradise! We are so glad to hear that! :D

Sparkle said...

Graham is an amazing kitty and she got exactly what she deserved: an amazing family!

Cats of Wildcat Woods said...

Wonderful news and Graham is one lucky kitty!

Marg said...

That really is such great news. We are so very glad that she has found the purrfect home. She sure doesn't act like a feral kitty and probably because her hooomans are so good to her. Hope all of you have a fantastic week end.

Fr. Tom Fishworthy said...

Hey, Mario,

Tell them thanks from us, too, for adopting Graham. What a great cat, happy family and a perfect match!

Tom & Julie

Deb said...

She's adorable. Best of luck to her. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4