Monroe, My New Siamese Friend
by Holly Hall
(Denver, CO, USA)
Watching me at work
Since I have just found this website and Monroe's story is quite a long one, I am sending with this first email a letter I wrote to the Denver Dumb Friends League, where Monroe was adopted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012. I will be updating her story as time goes on. Enjoy!
I have been looking for a cat for almost two years, but could never find the right one for me. Constantly moving around and being in homeless shelters (twice since my return from Las Vegas) made the process even harder.
But when I graduated Cum Laude from Johnson & Wales University (after having graduated Magna Cum Laude from Las Vegas College in Nevada), the major triumphs of my life started rolling in, one after the other (sometimes slower, sometimes faster).
With this came the move into my own apartment (my first in Denver) this past February, and the apartment manager has been kind enough to let us have pets.
I went to one shelter after another, at first looking for any short-haired cat, but when I visited Almost Home Adoptions in Westminster back in April and saw their young Siamese, I was immediately reminded of my beloved father, who died when I was eight. I believe that it was for this reason that I was immediately attracted by the blue eyes Siameses have, and so I continued my hunt.
I think it was a great, unexpected blessing that you had the "Manager's Special" for the age group I adopted my beloved Monroe from on June 6, as she took to me immediately when I visited her during the Adoption process - and since then, we have become the best of friends.
Monroe follows me everywhere, always wanting to see what I am up to. I had gotten her her own bed, but she prefers to sleep with me. I am amazed at how sweet and docile she is; if I need her to do something (I gave her a bath immediately when we came home the first day), she obeys me as readily as a dog would.
Her manner is so gentle and her demeanor so calm, I feel it would be impossible to trade her for any other cat in the world. She feels like I am her "buddy," so to speak, for whenever I talk to her in a gentle manner and a soft voice (as I have done throughout my life with cats), she sits and looks at me with a sweet, understanding face that would melt any heart.
If she's taking a nap, she'll get up and try to find me if she realizes I am not beside her. Then she calmly waits for me to return to our original spots so she can go back to sleep, happy and contented.
Thank you SO very much for all you have done for Monroe before I adopted her. Her history originally had me worried a bit (due to the fact that not much was known about her before she came to the shelter), but she has had an easy time adapting herself to me and my apartment with hardly any problems.
If only Monroe knew how to say something other than the word "meow" and tell me where she came from! She has taken quite well to her new surroundings, and that has been a huge relief for me. I am taking her to get her first vet visit on June 13. Although she might not speak in human language, her happy demeanor has let me know she has found her "forever" home.
I promised her when I picked her up from the shelter that I would do my best to see that she is well-cared for and happy wherever we go, and I am determined to stick to that promise. I can't wait for my daughter to meet her!
Reply from Caroline:
Holly, what a lovely letter. Monroe looks like a real sweetie and parts of your story rang so true for me - and made me laugh! I bought my cat a bed of his own and although he does use it sometimes, he much prefers to sleep on our bed.
Like Monroe, he was also a rescue and there have been many times when I've wished he could talk about his former life. I'd love to know how he wound up in a rescue shelter.
I hope your vet visit went OK last week and that Monroe continues to settle in well, and that she has a long and happy life with you!
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