How the little lost cat Sugarbear found a home.

I try to do good with this website of mine. Can I be crass, bitchy, impatient, rude, or sarcastic? I sure hope so. But the goal is to entertain and inform. And to get you off your asses and get you doing stuff. To make a change. To have an impact.

To do good.

I get so excited when people say they’ve cooked something of mine and loved it, or that they got chickens because of me, or they attempted to repair something around the house they’d normally ask their husband to fix.

But I think what happened last week may have been the greatest thing this blog has ever accomplished.

I found a home for a stray cat that undoubtedly would have died otherwise.

The cat I dubbed “Sugarbear” has found a home.

Last week I posted about Sugarbear; a cat that’s been roaming the neighbourhood for the past few months. She is the nicest, sweetest, most affectionate cat I’ve ever encountered. Even after having lived on the streets. Even after having no food. Even after being covered in fleas and scabs and wounds.

Every day for the past 3 months she’d walk up onto my porch, roll over and offer her belly to whoever happened to be around. As time went on and the neighbours and I realized this little cat really didn’t have a home, we took to feeding her and giving her what she needed most; attention.

It then became a mission to find this cat a home.

We both looked into shelters and the SPCA, but the SPCA never got back to me and the shelters were full to the gunnels with cats. So we started asking friends and family. Church members, grocery store cashiers, random people walking down the street. Do you want a cat? Hey LADY. You with the cat sized dog … wouldn’t you like an actual cat?

I knew the second anyone met Sugarbear they’d want to keep her.  Even one of my sisters who has never owned a cat, has no interest in cats and is also allergic to cats considered taking her.  THAT’s how nice a cat Sugarbear is.

So when I posted about her last week I hoped Sugarbear would finally find the home she deserved.

And she did.

At 10:00 a.m. last Tuesday, the morning the post went up,  Karla emailed me.  The mother of 2 was over 2 hours away but she loved Sugarbear based on her picture.  Karla used to own a cat but she had to give him up for adoption when the cat became aggressive towards her newborn baby.  Her vet said it was for the best.  Her vet said the situation would only get worse, not better.  Her vet convinced her.  So Karla gave away her cat and has regretted it for the past 7 years.

But she didn’t feel she had a choice.

So when she saw Sugarbear she knew immediately she had to have her.  Because Sugarbear looked exactly like Max, the cat she was forced to give away.

24 hours after that initial email, Karla was standing on my front porch to pick Sugarbear up.

My neighbours had to bring Sugarbear into their house overnight so we knew where the cat would be when Karla showed up.  Stray cats have a curious habit of … roaming … so when she came for her nightly feeding they just opened their back door and Sugarbear walked straight into their kitchen where she spent the night curled up on the kitchen table.  And then the kitchen floor.  And finally the kitchen chair.

I walked Karla over and she met her new cat.  It was love at first sight for both of them.  I couldn’t have picked a better owner for Sugarbear.

 

Karla &amp ;- Sugar

After a 2 and a half hour drive, a 15 minute meet and greet with the cat, Karla was back in her van ready to take the cat home.  In less than 24 hours she managed to arrange a 5 hour road trip, get a cat carrier, and book a veterinary appointment for Friday.

Trip Home

 

 

They made it apparently.  According to Karla the cat napped, talked and lost her lunch twice.  Which by her standards was quite a success.

 

Drive Home

 

A small price for the cat to pay in exchange for what is going to be a happy, happy life for her.

Oh!  And before she left Karla told me what she was going to name her new cat.   Curled up on my neighbour’s kitchen floor with her new pet, Karla looked up at me and said, Her name is Sugar.

 

portrait

 

You can make a difference.  You can do stuff.  You can do good.

 

update:  Karla says Sugar is happy as can be.  And as it turns out, Sugar isn’t a she.  She’s a he (with a couple of parts removed).

 


131 Comments

  1. Marti says:

    Congrats Karla! Excellent adoptive choices and all!

    Karen, I’m getting a complex. Do all your other readers look like such nice people? I’m not sure I fit in at all. I certainly don’t have reincarnations of long lost pets leading double-lives in the Great White North somewhere… I hope. It’s all so scary. I may have to start reading your blog first thing in the morning instead of last thing before bed, if this keeps up. This is very unsettling.

  2. Laura says:

    Best story EVER.

  3. What a happy story. Brought a smile to my face!

  4. toekneetoni says:

    How wonderful for both of them! Just lovely.

  5. Valerie says:

    I have owned cats for a number of years, both male and female. When they are young females seem more bound to their owners than males. As they age females become more retiring and males (particularly neutered males) become very affectionate and close with those that provide their care.
    I loved this posting about Sugar and his new owner Karla – what a heart warming tale you have given us tonight Karen.

  6. Jcrn says:

    They look perfect together. Instant bonding! Great photos too. Did I ask before about your camera model? Those are some quality pics!

    • Karen says:

      Um, I can’t remember. Regardless, it’s an old Nikon D40 with the standard lens in it. You can probably get one cheap on Kijiji or Ebay since it’s such an old model. Works great tho. ~ karen!

  7. Kat says:

    Thank you, Karen, for working to find that sweet Sugar a home. It makes my heart happy! Congrats, Karla! Your new kitty is a lucky boy!

  8. Amanda says:

    Beautiful! I’m so happy Karla and Sugar found eachother. And, all thanks to you and your wonderful work, Karen. Cats are such wonderful creatures!

  9. Looks like a wonderful match. Great job!
    And Sugarbear is so happy he’s making air-biscuits!

    • Rhonda Smartypants says:

      “Air-biscuits” – never heard that term before, but it is a perfect description. I can’t wait to use it again – I’ve got to go find a cat and then make it so happy that I get to say, “Ah, look – ‘air-biscuits!’ Thanks so much, Miss Nancy Eileen.

  10. Bols says:

    Wishing Karla and Sugarbear many years of happiness.

  11. Christina says:

    LOVE this story!!

  12. Jane says:

    Wow Karen….you did good!!! That is a heartwarming story with a happy ending…love it!

  13. Lesley Williamson says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations to Karla and Sugar. You can tell from the pix that Sugar knows he’s hit the jackpot 🙂

  14. Jerrica says:

    I LOVE THIS! [sniffle] I love a happy ending 🙂 I’m so happy those two found each other.

  15. Alisha says:

    Wouldn’t it be AMAZING if Sugar was actually Max and some insane twist of fate (and divine Karen intervention) brought then back together again? *sigh* I like to think that’s more possible than plausible.

  16. carey says:

    Saint Karen has a nice ring to it. Well done, friend!

  17. Claire says:

    Sugar is a lucky boy! But Karla is also a lucky girl! A lovely ending

  18. Lin says:

    Awwww that’s just awesome. You done good, Sugar is a happy boy and Karla’s smile says it all! Bravo! We just adopted a kitten (12 weeks) that was found trapped in a ‘live trap’. Took the foster mum three days before she could touch her but when she did she started to purr and wanted more touching. She’s bouncing around the house and playing with my big orange 2 yr. old boy cat. (Who I am madly in love with!)

  19. Kat says:

    Yup I cried while reading this… I hate crybabies so stop with the mushy stuff. Oh and another job well done!

  20. Maggie V says:

    Yesssss!!!!

  21. Nic says:

    So much warm fuzziness is bouncing around in my belly ❤

  22. Nicole2 says:

    Aaaaaw, I love a good cat story with a happy ending, me! I’m reading this as my cat sits on my lap purring.

    I also picked up stray a few weeks ago, he was sick as, well, a dog with upper resp an flea bitten. Got him fixed up and he will be going to my local no kill shelter where he’ll find a good home.

    I wish people took better care of their cats and did not let them roam unspayed and unneutered, then dump them when they get pregnant because it’s not their problem anymore.

    Thanks for a great story Karen!

  23. Rhonda Smartypants says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…sweet!Congratulations to Karla and Sugar – not sure, but I think both of you think you got the best end of the deal. A match made in heaven!

    We (you and the rest of us who read your blog) began our summer season in the most summer-iest of ways when we were asked by you to write about our pets – past (sigh~) and present sigh(!). Then we were given a most glorious summertime experience with the best street party/block picnic I’ve ever (not) attended. After wiping our greasy fingers on the linen napkins, we were all marching smartly into July (as smartly as most of us can march when most of us live where July is H-O-T !!!) when we learned about pie judging, were given some incredibly good summer reads and treated to another list: true squares. Come mid July, dear readers, the captain of our little blog-ship, Cap’n Karen, hit a rough patch; met a squall mid sail that was a’brewin’ for a while, but still pitched her to and fro for a bit. Only for a bit – a wee bit or so. We all held our breaths for a week or two or almost three waiting to see if we might be called upon for resuscitation efforts during the last part of July and into August. Much to no one’s surprise (your readers, at least) our fearless and courageous leader navigated her way through the storm and began to right herself for the remaining leg of the summer run, at least. And now, almost 90 days later, as the summer of 2013 is being put to bed and the anticipation is beginning to build for the annual Dollar-o-rama gift extravaganza posts, we have the perfect ending to such a wild and crazy season — a love story with a lovely ending. Karla and Sugar — sweet. In fact, just to belabor the point, the sweetest ‘giveaway’ you’ve ever arranged, Cap’n Karen. If I wore a hat, I’d be able to truthfully say, ‘My hat’s off to you.’ Since I don’t wear a hat (because I have a big, square head), I’ll just say, ‘Brava, Karen, brava!’ The best is yet to come!

  24. Tigersmom says:

    Well done!

    And thank you for real proof that someone can be crass, bitchy, impatient, rude, or sarcastic but also kind, productive and an inspiration.

  25. Maryanne says:

    Your a matchmaker too!

  26. Debbie J says:

    Truly a heartwarming story! We had a male cat that looked just like Sugar but he was affectionate only to my son and detested all other humanity.
    Good work Karen.

  27. Susan Dulley says:

    Ditto…I too have had to find homes form Cats and Kittens…The feeling of placing an animal that needs a good home with just the perfect owner/friend, is one that is difficult to top. Sugar is just like my Shira Kahn. HE, too, was one of the if not the most affectionate Friend I have ever had. Thank you for your wonderful spirit, it is so special.

  28. Judy Bickford says:

    I just thought of another moral to this story. ( There was one, wasn’t there?)
    Obviously Sugar(bear) was someone’s beloved pet at one time since they took the trouble to neuter him. But, he either was abandoned or wandered off. If you want a pet, think of all the pros and cons before you get one. And for goodness sakes–don’t let them out! They’re not wild animals. This little sweetheart could just as easily encountered a racoon or a not so nice dog-sized dog, not someone who cared, like you Karen. If you want to keep a domestic cat, keep them–inside!

  29. Natika says:

    That’s quite the adoption story! Nice job!

  30. sue says:

    While reading your first posting about Sugar, I’m thinking, I could take him…yeah, with 3 cats of my own and living in Maine. Such a cutie, but Karla and Sugar were destined to be together. I hope Karla realizes she made the right decision years ago and now she has made good karma in her life and in Sugar’s.
    People are basically good. We all need to be kind and try our best. You done good, Karen.

  31. Erica says:

    Yayyyyyyyy to all. I love a happy ending.

  32. Deb Booth says:

    I loved reading this today. Coincidentally, it’s the start of a 21-day challenge called, prosaically enough, “The 21-Day Kindness Challenge” – where participants are urged to do at least one kind thing for someone else during their day. Doesn’t have to be big – wonder can come wrapped in small packages. And if you’re prepared, you leave a “Smile – you’ve been tagged” card that asks the recipient of the kindness to pay it forward, and to leave the smile card behind for their recipient when they do. Thanks for being part of the wave, and for finding Sugar a home. With love, Deb Booth

  33. Jody says:

    That is the best news. Happy happy long long life together for Karla, her family, and, Mr Sugar.

  34. jainegayer says:

    awwwwww!!

  35. Kari says:

    I love animals. ^^ they look like they were meant to find each other! Could Karla be more adorable? We adopted a stray cat this year we named Juno. She’s so cute, she looks like a creamsicle. She also had a rough life, part of her ear is bitten off. She was in survival mode and super nervous when we first started feeding her but now she’s sooooo sweet.

  36. Kyle says:

    Karen, you are an awesome chick. I secretly want to be you but that would be very different for me since I’m black. I guess it would take some getting used to. Oh well, there goes another idea. I love happy stories like this!

  37. Kim says:

    sniff…when you said sweetest cat ever, I KNEW it was a boy cat.

  38. Laura Bee` says:

    I actually said a little “Oh yay!” & clapped my hands! So happy for Sugar & his new family. This is the Warm & Fuzzy Side of Karen that I love! I’m a sucker for soft things. I also love it when you are tearing shit apart and rebuilding it – but this is special.
    p.s. My mom had a little calico cat when she was a teenager she named Rose. Turned out Rose was a boy too.

  39. Dixie says:

    Wonderful story! good job Karen!

  40. Gale says:

    What a great story. You did good!

  41. Mary Kay says:

    Yay Sugar & Karla – thanks Karen for making the world just a little bit better today.

  42. Emily says:

    Love this story ! But am I the only one who sees the date is wrong. Shouldn’t that be Sept. 4th? Or did a time warp happen? 🙂

    • Karen says:

      I might have the date wrong. Sometimes I can’t be bothered to look at a calendar. She did email the day of the post and did show up to pick Sugar up the immediate day after. So .. whenever that was. 🙂 ~ karen

  43. Jackie MacDougall says:

    As a cat lover…I have two and an 8 month old Border Collie, I can’t tell you how happy I am for Sugar and his new family! Thanks for this, it made my day

    • Sue T. says:

      Jackie…years ago we lived in a townhouse, me, hub, 2 young sons, ‘Gracie'(about 90% border collie), a cat who had ‘found us’, a lop-eared rabbit, and 2 guinea pigs. Amazingly ALL the animals liked each other, whether one-on-one or with everyone out at the same time! Once in awhile the cat would get outside and take off…all I needed to do was open the front door and say “Gracie go bring Ms. Puddie home”. Within 30 seconds the cat was circled and run into the house, followed by the dog!! Neighbors were always disbelieving!

  44. Diane S says:

    So Sugar, aka Sugarbear, is actually just plain “Bear”! Congrats to Karla! And thank you Karen for providing a rescue an earned family to love. You dun gud!

  45. Mary says:

    Awesome job Karen!

  46. Susan says:

    What a happy story to start my day – (made me cry too). Sugar had no idea how his life was about to change when he walked up to your porch!

  47. Lisa says:

    What a great story to start the day! Brought tears to my eyes…. A great reminder that anyone can make a difference!!

    Thanks!!

  48. Corinna says:

    yay! Sugar! Congrats to his new family. 🙂

  49. Nora says:

    Thank you Karen and Karla!! Many blessings!

  50. Tammy says:

    Sugar is such a sweet lucky cat! You made my day 🙂

  51. Karla says:

    I cried through this story, and I already knew the outcome. Thank you so much Karen, for your blog and especially for Sugar.

  52. Debbie W. says:

    Awesome job Karen!! It’s so nice to read about people doing good things, instead of all the bad, dumb, stupid crap that people are doing these days! Love that little Sugar, congratulations Karla!!

  53. Judi Fleman says:

    Beautiful story! Thanks so much for the uplifting feeling I have right now!

  54. DzynByJules says:

    You brought tears to my eyes once again!!! Reminds me of my PeeWee (the one in the video I sent you a while back, who catches cheese in his 6 toed paws?) It took over a year of feeding this feral cat to earn his trust and lure him into a carrier for a trip to the vet (which turned out disastrous for many reasons, the vet’s malpractice on so many levels, not the cat’s fault, another long story) but, I too had no interest in adopting another cat, but I had never encountered such an affectionate feline in my entire life! How someone could abandon a 3 month old kitten in the brutal winter months of the mid-west, was beyond me. I built an igloo for it out of an old Omaha steak cooler with a heating pad in it which kept him warm on the 35 degree below windchill factor that hit Illinois for several straight days a few years back. My husband thought I was bat-shit crazy, but he too was won over with his amazing personality. The BEST.CAT.EVER! My other indoor cat is not too fond of him, but we couldn’t be happier that we rescued him from the hungry coyotes, raccoons and frigid winter weather. He has completely stolen our hearts, just like Sugarbear! I’m sure he and Karla will have many years of happiness together. Thanks Karen, for bringing them together and for doing such great things on this amazing blog!
    Jules

  55. Cheryl says:

    Thanks for posting this wonderful story. I am a cat lover and have had the pleasure of having many in my life. This year has been rather rough. I had to put-down 3 of my four cats. One of them just last week. Two were 17 years old and 1 was 19 years old. They all lived good lives, but had grown very old and kidney failure, hypertension, a seizure disorder made their lives miserable. Sugar looks just like one of my cats, Shrimp. Shrimp was a stray and was so very tiny when she appeared on the doorstop that we couldn’t think of any other name for her. Sugar is a perfect name for a sweet cat! So now I have only 1 cat and 1 dog. I think it will be this way for a while. Until I get chickens!

    • Karen says:

      Cheryl – I’m sorry about your cats. Bringing an animal to the vet to have it put down is gut wrenching. Even if you know you’re doing the right thing. To do it 3 times in one year would be almost unbearable. ~ karen

  56. Diana says:

    We adopted a 5y old dog from Spain. Lola. She had to drive to the airport 1,5h. Fly for 3,5h and then we took her from Frankfurt and drove finally 3h to bring her home!
    All because of love at fisrt sight.

    What can I say. Best decision we could make. What a lovely dog. She was in the shelter for over 4 years! Now she shows us everyday how thankful she is…
    We love her!

  57. SuzyM says:

    I hope you’ll indulge me a happy animal story today too, Karen. I volunteer for a national dog breed rescue group. Almost 4 1/2 weeks ago in CA a dog was found by the side of the road. He was in very bad shape with broken bones and open wounds. He’d been hit by at least one car. Two good samaritans took him to a vet’s office and he was in critical condition. He was nursed back to health and all bills were covered by the women who found him. When he was able to be released to the vet’s office, he was given to our rescue where he continued his rehab for the past two weeks.

    Just by chance, his foster mom happened to see a sort of Ambler Alert for dogs via her Facebook page. She thought nothing of it, until sometime later that day when she thought that perhaps the shaved down dog that she was taking care of could perhaps be this lost dog. She called the name listed on the alert, Enzo. Immediately his ears pointed upwards and he ran to her. Can you imagine how incredible that must have been? The owners were immediately contacted and yesterday, the foster mom, the good samaritans and the owners all gathered with Enzo. There was not a dry eye in the place as Enzo looked lovingly into the eyes of his owners.

    So, with so much terrible news in the world, and so much conflict, I thought I would share this story of a family who never gave up on their beloved pet, the generosity of strangers and the need to support dog rescue organizations. It’s all good!

  58. Christina says:

    Thank you so much for caring about little Sugarbear, Karen. I only have two cats but I’m still known as a crazy cat lady because of how much I love them. Well and I volunteer at a cat shelter, that probably has a lot to do with it too. One of my cats was a stray who started showing up on my deck. He is hands down the most affectionate cat I have ever known, and I could give a damn that he has the Feline Leukemia Virus and transient diabetes (he’s in remission, yay!). I so wish more people would open their hearts to strays! Thank you!

  59. Bethany Jones says:

    That is wonderful! The best cat I ever had was a stray – sometimes you have to look past their rough exterior to the sweet, precious animal inside that, like all of us, just wants to be loved.
    I hope Karla keeps you (and the rest of us) posted the “Great New Life of Sugar!” And good for you, Karen…using your powers for good!

  60. Lori says:

    What a wonderful story….started my day off right! Thank you!

  61. Julie says:

    Well done Karen. Great ending for a great cat.

  62. Melissa Leach says:

    Such a heartwarming story. You did good 🙂
    I think you threw the FBI off with your good deed.

  63. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, Karen! I love that you worked so hard to find a forever home for Sugar. KUDOS!!! to you.

  64. JoAnn Stump says:

    Yayyyy!!!! Yay for Karla, Yay for Sugar, and Yay for people who help!

  65. Raymonde says:

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Happy, happy, joy, joy!!!!

  66. Roisin says:

    This makes me so happy! We’re in the process of adopting a kitten from the humane society right now, and this makes me even more excited! I’m so glad this worked out so well 🙂

  67. Kyle says:

    Good thing Sugarbear wasn’t a racist cat or he/she wouldn’t have found a forever home…..that blonde in the photo must be a CIA cover……cool.

  68. marilyn says:

    made my day! i am a cat lover!

  69. Robbin Caskenette says:

    I’m so happy! (said with tear running down face). I LOVE these kind of stories and I’m so glad Sugar found a new, loving home. Thanks for making this happen for Sugar Karen!
    Robbin

  70. Lynn says:

    okay… I totally cried while reading this ~ tears of joy of course! Bravo Karen. Bravo blog. Bravo Karla.

    Maybe since he’s male he can be her Sugar Daddy?

    xo.

  71. Barbara says:

    Ahhh, sniff, sniff. This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful cat, and what a great ending! Hope Karla will check in periodically with up-dates on this special kitty.

  72. Candace says:

    So great to read this happy story this morning! Thanks for taking the time to help out an animal in need, and may it inspire others to do the same 🙂

  73. Johan says:

    Karen, I believe there is a loving home for any pet but not everyone takes the time to help them find it. You are one of the good ones!

  74. christine says:

    Sugarman. I love it. Great story.

  75. Edwina says:

    Wow, wonderful story. It made tear up a little. What a lovely start to my day!

  76. What a wonderful story! So glad to hear it had a happy ending!

  77. Marion says:

    What a wonderful story! I am so happy that Sugar found the home he deserves, he’s a lucky cat to have wondered into your neighborhood and onto your porch. He must have known the lady with the veggies in her yard has a big heart. And congrats to Karla and her family on their new addition!

  78. kelliblue says:

    I agree. Best. Story. Ever. Hooray for Sugar(bear)! Hooray for Karla! (who does indeed look like a very nice person) Win-win all around. I even welled up a bit reading this story, so thanks Karen. This was a very bright spot on an otherwise rather *auspicious* and sad date. Here’s to hoping Sugar has a fabulous and cushy new life, as we know all kitties deserve! 🙂

  79. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    I’m not surprised she is a HE. Male kitties are very very lovable, more like dogs than cats in ways. Females can be very ‘you can only touch me when I want you to, and then you better pet me now or you’ll get swiped!’

    Brought tears to my eyes this story did. I’m so glad Sugar has a home. Karen, you racked up a lot of karma points for this one!

  80. Trissi V. says:

    I am sad…but really happy…but a little sad again.

    Sad because a fixed tom cat that is not afraid of anyone, who just walks into someone’s kitchen, was once owned by someone but put out. 🙁

    Super Happy that Sugar found his way onto your porch and your neighbor’s, for love and care and in the process he found his forever home.

    A little sad we won’t get to see cute pictures of him on your porch anymore. He looks good on burlap.

    This is a totally awesome blog and you do a lot of good…with tutorials and everything else…and now you can add savior to lost, sweet cats.

    Congrats to Karla and her family!

    • Grammy says:

      It’s possible Sugar was not “put out” by his previous humans. I am a dog person. I have never wanted a cat. Same for my husband.

      Years ago our next-door-neighbor remarried after the death of his wife a couple years earlier. New wife came with a cat of her own, and Lulu, the resident cat, didn’t like it. I let her hang out in my back yard for the first year during the daytime, but never put out food or even water, so she had to return home each night for dinner and to sleep.

      Those people were the most wonderful owners, they treated their animals as well as any cat lover can, they tried and tried to arrange for the two cats to be able to coexist in the same home, and still Lulu hated it. So she moved into my house. Literally. Found her on our bed one day!

      Ultimately, we figured she’s pretty old (12) so we might as well let her live her remaining couple of years in peace. She moved in enthusiastically. The neighbors were sad that she had “run away from home” but glad that we would care for her. Lulu had a fine life here for ten more years. Her original family grieved, as we did, upon her passing.

      Not everything is what it appears to be. That’s why people like Karen exist — because no matter what the reason, some things need fixing, and she’s willing to be the fixer. And in fixing Sugar’s life, she made Karla’s world better, too. Lovely story.

  81. Tisha says:

    Love this story! Thanks for sharing and doing a good deed, you just increased your good karma by a bajillion 🙂

  82. Maria G. says:

    Cats are my favorite animals. They can be independent and touching at the same time. I think that they can bring a lot of happiness. Last week I found a small kitten and I couldn`t leave him so now he lives with me and I`m trying to do all the best for him to be happy.

  83. Anna says:

    Such a great story! Wishing Karla & Sugar a happy life together!

  84. gloria says:

    I don’t even like cats but I like this story.

  85. Leslie says:

    Well done!

  86. lori jones says:

    what a GREAT story!! Thanks for sharing and glad to read that it had such a great outcome!!!

  87. Jeannie B says:

    Wouldn’t it be a wonderful world, if every pet was loved and wanted? They give so much back to us and ask for very little in return. Says I, who cooks a tilapia fillet every day, for my old cat who can’t eat cat food anymore. So happy for Karen, finding Karla, finding Sugarbear, finding a home.

  88. Auntiepatch says:

    Fixed males make great pets! I’ve had a number of cats in the last 40 years and the best ones are rescues and male. We lost our old timers at 18, 22, & 24. Keep them indoors (they don’t NEED to go outside) and they will live to old age.

    Good for Sugarbear! He’s found his forever home!

  89. Linda says:

    Awesome! The Prince has found his Princess! 🙂 <3

  90. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You are the best Lady!

  91. Linda S in NE says:

    What a wonderful story and outcome for Sugar and Karla. You’ve done good Karen, and let’s not forget to send a cheer to your neighbors who also cared enough to get involved. They can’t help it if they just don’t have the powers that Karen has.

  92. Ellen Partridge says:

    What a happy ending, Karen.

    Perhaps you’re destined to foster stray animals? I did it for a while for a breed rescue group. It was one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. I cried my eyes out every time a family came to my home and left with my foster dog, but I know they all have wonderful lives.

    And then I failed: I adopted the last dog I fostered.

  93. Mindy says:

    Bahahaha, I was totally tearing up until I read the last sentence. Which made giggle. Great story.

  94. Kathy Dickerson says:

    A few nights ago my neighbor knocked on my door. She asked me to help rescue a kitty hiding out somewhere close by. Unhappy meows came from under her truck. She lured the little black and white tuxedo cat out to a bowl of food and water. He had a front paw caught up under the extremely tight collar and his armpit was rubbed raw.
    We gathered towels, gloves, scissors, cat carrier and not an ounce of sense and attempted to get ahold of him. Our plan was to cut the collar off, put him in the carrier and take him to a vet. In the process he bit my hand and fled.
    The next day my neighbor put up signs around town. A couple of hours later a young woman showed up. Her tuxedo cat Simon had been missing for 6 weeks but the posted description fit her cat. She started calling him and walking around the woods behind the house. He came right to her! A happy reunion story for the sweet little kitty and owner. The collar was cut off and the infected wound got treated.
    And I should be done with dressing changes and antibiotics by the end of the week.

  95. Diane says:

    That’s awesome. I love a happy ending!

  96. Nicki Woo says:

    Honestly, I’m very happy for both Karla and Sugar. But. . .you know I have to say this. . .please forgive me.. .but EVERY single picture that poor cat looks like she is trying to get away. . .is it just me?

    • Karen says:

      LOL. It’s just because karla had been holding onto her for 15 minutes straight. We couldn’t let her down in case she wandered away. I dont think she would have but we were being safe. Trust me. The cat loved her. The cat loves everyone, LOL! ~ karen

  97. Lisa Thomas says:

    Awesome story!! So glad Sugar found a loving home. Thank you Karen and Karla.

  98. Sarah says:

    Karen,
    I love the way you write…… You really say it like it is….. And with humor.

  99. Debbie from Illinois says:

    SWEET!!! 🙂

  100. I love this post! You go, Karen and Karla! And, of course, Sugar!

  101. Shauna says:

    Great job! I hope Karla continues to send pictures occasionally of Sugar.

  102. Ev says:

    Rhonda smartypants said it all. Hats off indeed!

  103. Ellen says:

    Now THIS story should be on the news!!!!!
    I got chickens because of you. If you get goats, then I guess I’ll have to get some.
    Question: (forgive me for not having done my research)…but can you eat that big kale you have by your front steps?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ellen – Of course! It’s quite mild (for kale) and it’s so cold tolerant it’ll live until around February for me in Zone 6. It’s GREAT. ~ karen

  104. JBess says:

    Daaaaaaw 🙂 Love it!

  105. mayr says:

    Totally weeping. You is such a good girl. the Universe is smiling.

  106. Congrats Karla, I’M BALLING!!!

  107. Brenda says:

    Now THAT’S the kind of story I love….we don’t get very many happily ever afters in this crazy thing called life, so i love, love, love to hear when it happens! Kudos to all involved in finding Sugar a home and lots of purrs for Karla and her family, and Sugar, well lots of love and catnip to her….er…him. 🙂

  108. Melissa says:

    This story made me cry, I love hearing about animals that found homes!!!

  109. Sue says:

    Awww! I love a happy ending:)

  110. Sarah says:

    Karen,
    Don’t lose your energy and flare for humor. Some day you may have the time to write that book!
    Sarah

  111. Awww, bless you. So, Sugar was missing his boy bits, which means someone once cared for him. He looks like a few of our ferals, on which we practice C-N-R (capture, neuter, release). They live mostly in our yard/neighborhood and we feed them… 3 litter brothers Thumbkin (a polydactyl tiger), Ocelot (tiger), Spooky (black with a tiny white spot)… 2 litter brothers Jasper (black) and Rufus (red)… a new crafty sneaky fast mother cat (Luna – tiger) who doesn’t trust is and won’t let us near her, and her 4 kittens, Solstice (tiger/orange), Equinox (tiger/orange), Samhain (fluffy black) and Eclipse (sleek black)… all of whom we have to C-N-R, and SOON… before they make even MORE of themselves. *sigh* Then my daughter took into her home a feral kinda-Siamese-but-fluffy cat (now named Bella), who promptly delivered 5 grey and white FEMALE kittens in her bedroom while she was out of town. I told her I’d help them find homes. Anyone want a sweet kitty from Long Island or upstate New York? (We have 4 inside already, ages 16 – 12… and 3 dogs.) Good job on Sugar. Congrats again!

  112. Caroline says:

    funny I would read your story this morning after adopting 2 cats last night. I really wanted a kitten but know the spca has a much harder time finding homes for mature cats. This was easily solved by taking a mother cat with a kitten. I couldn’t be happier, now if they would just wake up and come out from under the buffet the fun can begin. Finding a home has gotta feel as good a providing one. Thank you and congrats Karla!

  113. jb says:

    Great story! I love happy endings.
    And I thought he looked like a male…:D

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