You are probably wondering why you’re looking at Boodie for this week’s Photo Hunt theme of “Free.” It’s simple: she is the only one of us three cats who was free. Both Binga and I cost something to acquire — there was a fee to spring Binga from the city shelter and I came from a breeder. Boodie didn’t cost anything. In fact, my human claims she was “foisted” on her.
Many years ago, my human volunteered occasionally for the Amanda Foundation. She would go “socialize” the cats, which meant she would brush them and play with them for a couple of hours. (Pretty easy work, if you ask me!) This was around the time her old cat, Harlot, died. She did not want Binga to get used to being an only cat (she already sensed Binga’s megalomaniac tendences), so she asked if she could foster a cat. They handed her Boodie.
Boodie and her sister had been left in a box in the parking lot of a vet clinic when they were about five months old. One of the vet’s clients at the time was the Amanda Foundation (they have their own clinic now). Usually the Amanda Foundation gets their rescue cats and dogs by pulling them off death row at the L.A. city shelters, but they agreed to take the two kittens. Those kittens hated people! They were scared and hissed if anyone tried to get near them. So my human had a job ahead of her when she agreed to foster Boodie. In fact, Boodie hid behind the washer and dryer for a couple of days before she was able to get her out and isolate her.
Isolating her for a week or so helped get Boodie used to humans, although she is pretty shy to this day. The Amanda Foundation called once to have somebody look at Boodie, but that was it. My human got busy and couldn’t volunteer there anymore and they never asked for Boodie back.
But just because Boodie was free, it does not mean she is easy. And it costs at least as much to have her around as it does either me or Binga. So maybe Boodie isn’t so free after all.