MoJo (Molly and Jojo)
In September 2012, I was going to work one morning, and when I walked through the doors of the warehouse, I heard a cat crying. I turned the lights on and looked for the cat, and after an hour or so, out came this tiny, filthy kitten who had been stuck in the warehouse all weekend.
My wife Clores and I surrendered him to the Washington Humane Society (WHS) Georgia Avenue Adoption Center, but as we walked out, I came to tears, and said to Clores, “We gotta get that cat.” Molly wasn’t in the original plan, but when we went back days later to adopt Jojo, the staff had paired the two together.
“Well, would you like to adopt two?” asked the Adoptions Coordinator.*
Molly was irresistible, so we decided to adopt both of them. I don’t think you could match two animals better. We’re happy to be kitty parents. They are eight months old now, and have been such a joy.
My 89-year-old mother had been visiting us for a few weeks prior to moving into a new retirement residence. She hadn't been doing too well, having lost my dad after 62 years of marriage, selling our childhood home, and having to move to a new place to live. This picture is of her hand on Bogie and Bacall when she was resting one afternoon. I think they did more for her spirits that her three children doting on her.
I adopted Chance (aka King of Cupcakes) from WHS, and I just wanted to say thank you for adding such a beloved member to my family. His name has been changed to Chance, because we both took a chance on each other. Chance is excited about everything. He is truly the greatest dog I've had the privilege of adopting. Thank you for my forever friend!
We renamed Patch "Jasper" after the impulsive vampire in the Twilight series and because of the backwards "J" on his neck. He's affectionately called J or Jamie most of the time. He was a very exuberant puppy and didn't really like other dogs too much. We spent some time with the WHS Behavior and Training team who helped us help Jasper develop confidence and tolerance for other dogs.
Jasper is taking agility classes and we still have a long way to go, but he is an absolute delight to work with; he really loves having a job. He has been competing in flyball for the past nine months and is one of the fastest and most reliable dogs on our team. He has five flyball titles and will likely earn his sixth soon.
Jasper is living a very happy life, filled with different things to do. He is thriving. My favorite time of the day is when it is time to go to bed, and he rests his head on my pillow and snuggles with me.
* WHS has an ongoing promotion called The Cats Go Marching Two by Two. If you're interested in two cats, adopt one cat and WHS will waive the adoption fee for a playmate.
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