The Cat(fish) is out of the bag
Our sweet foster dog is officially a Vargo! Never, at any point, did our ‘plans’ include adopting the first dog we fostered through One Tail at a Time. But if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that there is no plan. This has been a year of pain, education, growth – and so much more – for so many of us, and for so many reasons. 2020 will forever be the year that we lost our VIP family members, Jack and CC. It will be the year that we felt ready to foster dogs, to open our door and hearts to pets in search of their forever homes.
It will also be the year that we received the most precious gift in the form of a fluffy white dog, a dog named Catfish, a dog that can only be described as ‘dainty’ and ‘angelic’ and ‘gentle’ and all things sugar and spice. She is generous with her kisses, provides comic relief. Her ears are impossibly soft, mottled with ombre speckles.
There’s no doubt in our minds that Catfish was chosen for us, hand-selected by Jack and CC. Those two laughed at our ‘plans’ to foster All the Dogs. In the beginning, I told Scott: I want to foster small dogs, big dogs, scrappy dogs and fluffy dogs. I want a rotating cast of Bullies, a little scruffer that’ll snuggle in my lap. And yet, who were we to decide our fate? All of those plans went out the window the moment that Catfish entered our lives, the moment she kissed Lucy, napped on our bed and blessed us with a nose boop!
This week, we had our photo taken on One Tail at a Time’s notorious blue sofa. The same sofa that we pulled out of the trash many years ago, and carried into the One Tail Adoption Center that we designed! 5 years ago, we sat on that sofa with Jack and CC. Today, we sit on this sofa with a Catfish, a Lucy, and the feeling that this was all a part of the plan – even though we never saw it coming.
Welcome to our family, Catfish!
Psst: We’re keeping her name, and we’re trying out the nickname ‘Kitty.’