**Disclaimer, this is the kitty aspect of the Ohio tale, for the human side, check out joeyphoenix.com in the next day or so.
Twice now I have helped a cat-loving someone relocate their life to a different state. The first time it was the eponymous cat Stanley, who continues to thrive in Portland, OR with the darling Caroline. This time it was the distinguished 13 year old tuxedo cat Sebastian and his dear owner Sierra.
The original plan was that the two of us would ride in the cab of the U-Haul with Sebastian and tow the car behind us, but they gave her the wrong truck and then one thing led to another and I ended up driving her car. It was probably for the best, as it would give kitty kitty more space to breathe.
We left Salem on Saturday July 2nd mid-afternoon and made our first stop in Catskill, NY. That's right CAT-SKILL, thus, the land of educated and highly talented felines. This is not to be confused with CATS-KILL, NY where more rugged kitties go to test their strength in thunderdome style arenas.
I rest my case.
Giving Sebastian the chance to run around and do cat-like things inside the house, Sierra, myself, and our dear host took a stroll over to the other side of the creek. While strolling about, taking in the scenery, we met our host's dad and a most exceptional pup, Brynna - A 15 year old Border Collie who was a touch camera shy but still adorable.
We followed the pup and dad and host inside to meet a couple more fuzzballs: Luna and Kanje, who are living like royalty in their forest paradise.
So, back to Sebastian.
We all made it to Ohio safe and sound, and despite being excessively scared of things being moved and shifted around when we unloaded the truck, he seemed to warm up to the space (and to me) quite quickly.
By the last day, he was spending a lot of time in the guest room with me while Sierra slept. He obviously wanted food and more belly rubs, but I took the opportunity to photograph his adorable face.
Sierra adopted Sebastian from the Dakin Humane Society in Springfield, MA 3 or so years ago. She told me that she had been there for 5 1/2 hours, determined to pet every cat there before making a final decision. Sebastian was the second to last cat, and she knew immediately that he was the one for her. Seeing the two of them together, I know she definitely made the right choice. He's a perfect darling and such a sweetie.
I'm certain that he will greatly appreciate his time as a midwestern kitty, and will spend endless hours watching birds through the broad eastern windows.
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