Last year’s Christmas Eve was a night filled with surprises! As I was spending time with my family in Arkansas, I received an unexpected call from a childhood friend. With a cheerful “Merry Christmas,” he quickly made a request for my help with a kitten. Apparently, he had spotted a small feline scurrying across a busy highway on this festive night. Sadly, no one seemed to care or even notice the struggling kitten amidst all the last-minute shopping and holiday rush. Thankfully, our good samaritan friend stepped in and saved this precious creature from a potentially horrific fate.
A kind-hearted individual
Upon spotting a frightened kitten, my friend Justin sprang into action and parked his car. He attempted to approach the kitten, but it was too overwhelmed with fear and ran away towards Justin’s car. Despite holding up traffic, Justin refused to give up on the little creature and continued the search until he looked over his tires and found the kitten huddled up and terrified on top of them. With a sigh of relief and a big heart, Justin wrapped the kitten in an old towel and cradled it in his arms. The kitten’s demeanor shifted from fearful to content as it was swaddled like a tiny burrito. It purred happily, grateful for its new savior’s kindness.
Justin breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that he could now relax in the knowledge that he was in capable hands. While the toughest part was behind him, he was presented with a new challenge – what should he do with the kitten? With his wife by his side, Justin brought the little feline home and introduced it to their household. Although the kitten was much safer now, their happiness was short-lived as they faced a major predicament.
The safety of the kitten around their anxious dog was a source of worry for them. To ensure the kitten’s safety, they kept it in a kennel on their back porch. I received a call from Justin requesting my help. I responded by bringing supplies to assist them in providing temporary housing for the kitten until I could find a foster home for it after Christmas. However, when I finally met the kitten, everything changed.
Small in size, but big on charm, Pokie quickly captured my heart with his adorable antics! Despite my initial expectation of him being semi-feral, he proved to be quite the opposite. This precious kitten was incredibly affectionate and couldn’t stop purring! Seeing how friendly and well-socialized he was, it was clear that Pokie deserved more than just a kennel on the back porch.
I brought him home with me, but I couldn’t help feeling apprehensive about my family’s response to the sudden appearance of a new kitten in our house without their consent. In the end, I figured it would be easier to apologize than to ask for permission. So, I picked up Pokie and brought him home, keeping my fingers crossed that his cuteness would win over my family’s hearts.
I am thrilled to announce that my strategy has been a success!
Pokie managed to capture the hearts of both my father and sister in mere moments.
But can you really blame them? Pokie’s charisma is simply too charming to resist.
It’s impossible not to feel joy as he snuggles in your embrace and locks eyes with you.
I created a cozy kitten shelter in the shower of our laundry room for him. Afterwards, I gave him a refreshing bath (which he handled like a pro), treated him for fleas and parasites, and fed him a delicious can of wet food. He devoured his meal with great enthusiasm, unaware that he would never have to go hungry again. Pokie is our beloved little Christmas miracle!
It’s been a full year since adorable Pokie was saved from his previous situation, and during that time, many noteworthy events have taken place. My dear friend and FLUFF Nashville’s foster caretaker, Madeline Fitzpatrick, generously volunteered to foster the little Pokie! Although I wanted to take care of Pokie myself, my two resident cats, Moosh and Oliver, weren’t so thrilled about sharing their space. Thus, Pokie and I embarked on a journey to Nashville on New Year’s Eve, where he would begin his new chapter in life.
With a warm embrace, Madeline took Pokie under her roof and opened her arms to him. Little did she know that a message would soon arrive, altering Pokie’s life for good. The story culminates in a happy ending, as Madeline’s medical connections led to one of her resident friends falling head over heels for Pokie at first sight.
Pokie had finally found his forever home and was given a new name, Marvin. With his complete vet check, he was ready to live the rest of his life with his new family. From dodging cars on Christmas day, Marvin could now relax and curl up on his new owner’s lap. He no longer had to worry about being scared or hungry ever again. It’s a happy ending for Marvin as he starts living his best life. Follow Madeline on Instagram to catch more of her cute foster cats.