I’m really excited that Savannah has agreed to be my guest today. I’m sure you’ll enjoy hearing about her. Put your paws together and give her a warm Clowie’s Corner welcome!
Clowie: Thank you for joining me today, Savannah. Let’s begin with you telling us a little about yourself.
Savannah: I am a 5 year old Russian Blue type cat, with totally darling white markings!
C: Very cute!
Savannah: No, seriously, they are really, really special! I have really cool toes on my front paws…sort of a French mani if ya know what I mean?
C: Ooh, I’ve never had a manicure – très chic!
Savannah: My toes on both front paws have these really cute white tips…then, my back paws have almost complete white socks! Neat, huh?! Oh, and there is more,…I have this very nice large white bib under my chin, on my neck…very striking if I must say! And then, I have these two great diamond shape white markings on my tummy. Nice!
C: Your markings are purrrrfect! Would you like to tell us about your home?
Savannah: I have only been in my furrever home since January 3 2012, but I really like it lots. I still have to try to overcome my fear of being picked up…and I don’t do laps, at least not yet. Maybe one day I will be able to let Dad and Mom pick me up and stuff…just not now.
C: That isn’t very long, these things take time. How did you come to live with them?
Savannah: Oh Clowie…this is such a great story! My Dad and Mom were looking for a private no kill rescue organization where they could volunteer. You see, they are retired and want to give back to their community, especially to animals. And they had just lost their last of 3 before me senior cats about two months earlier.
They read about a place called Kitty Corner, owned by Contra Costa Humane Society which is located just about a mile away from their house, which is near San Francisco in sunny California! Convenient, huh?
C: Yes, very!
Savannah: Anyways, Dad and Mom visited Kitty Corner and someone pointed out this sweet but very shy and terrified cat who almost never comes out of her cubby bed…that was me!!!
I had been there for 11 months and no one wanted me. In fact, some of the volunteers had been whispering that I was “unadoptable” and maybe I should be euthanized. I was just so scared, and no one knew, but I had a really bad painful bladder infection too. So I didn’t come out of my hiding places. Some of the volunteers thought I was “angry” or “unsociable”.
C: That’s so sad. How did you come to be there?
Savannah: Before Kitty Corner I was in the local county animal shelter, a kill shelter, for about 3 months. Someone dumped me in the night drop off cage so no one knows if I was a stray or maybe a family just didn’t want me anymore. Anyway, I was only hours from being destroyed when a volunteer from Kitty Corner pulled me to take me home as her foster. Then in a few days a space opened up for me at Kitty Corner, pheww! Close call!
C: I’m glad that you were fortunate enough to find a good home with bipeds that are helping you to become more confident. I believe you enjoy playing now – what is your favourite game?
Savannah: Oh cat! I’ll have to think about that one…well, I would have to say that I really most like playing “Oh No! Mice in the Bed”…I do that with Mom and Dad when they are in bed…you know…it’s the one where they wriggle their feet and I pretend there are mice in the bed and try to kill them. Lots of fun! Of course, I did damage Mom that one time, but she got over it.
C: Accidents happen! We have to be so careful when we play with bipeds because their skin is so vulnerable. Remembering their distinct lack of fur, especially if we’re excited about a game, can be quite problematic at times.
I have one last question for you – do you have a favourite book?
Savannah: Absolutely! I just adore TS Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats”. I especially like the poem about Ad-dressing A Cat…oh yeah, and the one about the Naming of Cats…just great stuff!
C: That’s one of my favourites! It’s a lovely blend of humour and insight.
Thank you so much for being my guest today.
If you’d like to hear more from Savannah, you can find her at the following places:
- Her blog – Savannah’s Paw Tracks
- She’s also on Twitter – @MsSavvyDo
- And she has a Facebook page – Ms Savvy Do
See you next Wednesday!