Meet Fiona Grace.
Almost 2 years ago we lost our yellow lab Dakota. Before that we lost our chocolate lab Maggie. Sad times. At first we said “no more pets” and meant it. But gradually as grief faded and precious memories filtered in I realized that I really missed having a furry friend to cuddle. I missed nurturing an animal. My husband needed some convincing but eventually he relented and off to the local shelter I went (ran, actually). I had decided on a cat because they require a bit less maintenance and we had gotten used to not having to let a dog outside many times per day. Plus, cats allow more spontaneous road trips and day trips.
At the shelter I looked at all of the cats. I loved all of them but this little girl caught my attention early and I kept going back to her. She was 8 months old at the time (is now 9 months old) and had been previously adopted out, de clawed then brought back due to “litter box issues.” To me this screamed of impatience and misunderstanding. I also feared that this story would make her less appealing and she would spend way too long at the shelter because of it. So I adopted her.
At the shelter her name was Garcia. Definitely not a keeper name for me. For many years I had dreamed of a pet named Fiona, and when I held her at the shelter I asked her if she wanted to be my Fiona and she nudged her head against my chin…that meant “yes” to me.
So I brought her home and named her Fiona. I added a middle name of “Grace” so that I could somehow incorporate the Garcia name she had at the shelter.
She is a part of our family and we are keeping her!
The challenge for 52frames this week was “something new” and the photo above was my submission.