Sweet Little Douglas
Sweet Little Douglas, now two years old is nestled amongst a plethora of toys in his Cat Condo in Toronto. He stretches to show off the soft, shiny tuxedo coat in classic black and white. Half a black moustache marks one side of his handsome face. Douglas’ fearless jumping skills amaze and equally terrify his new family. But ultimately it was his innate affectionate nature that bridged a chasm between his humble beginnings in a cat colony to flourishing in a safe and loving home.
Douglas’ rags to riches story began when he was 11 months old. A missing tooth gave him a snaggled tooth smile. A ripped ear was just another sign of hard life on the streets. But, his luck changed befriending an ACR Volunteer dispersing food in the colony. She found his overly affectionate nature curious as feral cats tend to be skittish and shy around humans. His sweet craving for love opened her heart and a door to a better life.
Stephanie fell in love with Douglas after reading his profile on the ACR website. She was adamant in not purchasing a cat from a breeder. “I wasn’t searching for the perfect cat!” Impressed by the detail of his known history and temperament, she was confident Douglas would be a great addition to her family. She also appreciated ACR’s mandate to wait a week before the official adoption. “A pet can change your life.” It was a responsibility Stephanie wasn’t taking lightly.
Douglas settled in the first night with nary a problem. But he did explore every inch of the condo Stephanie shares with her fiancé. They both knew he approved of his new abode when he took turns curling up on their laps. But in true cat style (finicky), he snubbed the newly purchased comfy cat bed preferring to sit in Amazon boxes. But, it’s Douglas’ curiosity with water that “added to his cuteness!” Stephanie coos. Douglas will sit on the edge of the tub transfixed and fascinated with the swirling water down a drain in the shower or it gushing from a tap into the sink.
They can’t imagine their lives without Douglas. His lively mix of playfulness and need for cuddles chase their work day blues away. His humorous antics make them feel relaxed. But he is outrageously spoilt! “There are so many cat toys!” Stephanie exclaims. But Douglas knows how to charm them! “We often wake up to him sitting on our chest purring and begging for head rubs.” She is smitten despite the early wake up calls. “But do your research.” Stephanie advises. “It led to finding the right rescue for the right home. It paid off” for us.
The happy trio play their favourite game of hide and seek. Douglas growing up in the cat colony played the game to survive. Today, he’s “playing with his people!” Stephanie gushes. “We really couldn’t imagine our lives without our sweet little Douglas!” And, “we always take comfort in knowing that we gave him a better life and a loving home.”
Gillian Semple – Toronto based “Pet Scribe” & Volunteer Blog Contributor for the Annex Cat Rescue
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