Kitty Wing-it is the same Kitty that I told you about on my Spookitty Heads post during Halloweegan. We always thought he was a girl, but he had us fooled. Anyway, Kitty Wing-it had been visiting us for a few months, and lately he had been spending a lot of time with us. He hates being inside all day and he only stayed in when it was really rainy or snowy outside, though after it stopped snowing he liked to jump around in the white fluff chasing imaginary things.
Mr. Wing-it and I had to leave town for a couple of weeks, and Mr. Wing-it's mom (Mother Wing-it) was keeping an eye on him
[Enter evil-neighbor that we shall call "Chancy"]
Chancy doesn't like animals and she finds great pleasure in catching them and calling animal control on them. Poor Kitty walked into one of her traps and off he went to the "Humane" Society/Pet Adoption Center (they euthanize). Mother Wing-it was worried when she hadn't seen Kitty in over a day and she went to the Pet Adoption Center to see if he was there. They told her that the "owners" (Ha! Nobody owns a cat!) had 21 days to pick him up and after that time he would be up for adoption. He is a black cat that is very independent and not very cuddly, so we knew that he would probably be there for a long time, or until they decided to euthanize him. (Don't worry, the story has an amazingly happy ending!)
We came back from our trip and went to the Pet Adoption Center to check on him and see if there was anything we could do to get him out of there, though we couldn't adopt him because with us out of town so much he would most likely end up on Chancy's yard and back in her trap again. There they told us that his "owners" had actually shown up and surrendered Kitty to them. They told us that was immediately available for adoption! We saw him in his little cage and it was heartbreaking. This big, lively, mouse-catching, squirrel-chasing, active cat looked like he was all drugged up. He looked defeated. Why do rapists and mass murderers get more cell space than poor shelter animals?
Anyway, we came back home and Mr. Wing-it posted an ad on Craigslist's pet listings hoping that someone would reply soon. He posted. We waited. Oh, the agony! There were probably three words said between us while we waited and paced around the house. Maybe they weren't even words, maybe it was just a groan, a sigh, and an unidentifiable guttural sound. Luckily someone did respond after just a few hours! Not just someone, it was Kitty's Fairy Godmother actually! From now on we shall refer to her as Mrs. Fairy Godmother.
Mrs. Fairy Godmother sounded unbelievably perfect, and her home sounded like kitty Heaven. At first she thought she wouldn't be able to pick Kitty up for about a week, but she worked things out so she could come earlier to get him out of his tiny cage. Yes, this lady is awesomeness personified and she should be the Queen of Everything. When we met Mrs. Fairy Godmother, the first thing I did was hug her. What?! But I am not a hugger of people! You know, with my social anxiety and germaphobic ways and all. Hopefully I didn't freak her out, I was just so happy and thankful that she was there! Mr. Wing-it said I was very chatty. Chatty?! If you knew me in person the last word you would use to describe me would be "chatty". It must have been all that adrenaline pumping action.
Kitty spent a total of nine days in a cage, and now he will spend the rest of his life in a home with lots of land, a couple gazillion trees, horses, other cats, and people who are beyond kind and caring. Not to mention that his new surroundings offer him an all you can catch mouse buffet. He is a big mouse catcher. It's what cats and mice do. Ask Tom and Jerry. Those nine days in a cage were the Yin in Kitty's Yang. Or is that the Yang in Kitty's Yin? We miss him terribly, but knowing how happy he is going to be in his new home is extremely comforting! I could not have parted with you, my [Kitty], to any one less worthy.*
A few more Kitty Wing-it pictures:
I love this one with the autumn foliage in the background.
Seriously over-exposed, but one of my favorite pictures.
What's a girl to do without her Kitty? Kitty replica courtesy of Mr. Wing-it! :)
Hey! This isn't a Kitty picture!
To celebrate Kitty's new wonderful life, I made Ricki's Orange-Infused Chocolate-Almond Cake from Clean Eating magazine. As you can see, I made cupcakes instead of a cake, and I might have added a few chocolate chips to the glaze even though I wasn't supposed to. Well, I had been chocolate deprived for almost a week! The cupcakes were delicious! Orange and chocolate aren't always my favorite combo, but this recipe just became an instant regular in the Wing-it kitchen. Ricki Rocks! (you should totally change your last name to "Rocks", Ricki!)
Not being a cranberry-hater anymore, I decided to make some Cranberry-Orange Rolls using my Cinnamon Rolls recipe. I replaced the cinnamon filling from that recipe with 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 1/2 cup of brown sugar, some orange zest and a few cranberries. The glaze on top is OJ + powder sugar and a bit of vanilla. I also added a bit more of orange zest and more dried cranberries on top of the glazed rolls.
I hope Kitty's story made you all warm and happy. Thanks to Kitty, we will be visiting the Pet Adoption Center when we come back from our travels and we will try to find homes for as many other animals as we can. Especially black cats and dogs that have a hard time getting adopted.
OK, it's time to end this post before it makes "Swann's Way" look like a short story. Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes!
*Mr. Bennett to Lizzy in "Pride and Prejudice"