Friday, June 29, 2012
My tribute to our beloved Baxter Bear
Baxter had an incredible personality, and a story to match. Our beautiful and brawny boy came to us as a foster towards the end of our three years of fostering with Annex Cat Rescue. He was a trade for a foster we had had for a few months who was the first and only foster who hated our other cats. It was the middle of a crazy thunder and lightening storm late in the evening of May 7th 2010, when a VW van pulled up outside our house. The transport volunteer came to our door with Baxter loose in her arms (somehow there was no carrier available and nobody was worried because Baxter was so chill). I was horrified that he'd been loose in her car and her arms in the middle of a storm that had all my cats cowering in our house. We live next to a busy street, what if he got spooked? But he just hung from her arms like he was chillaxing in a hammock on a summer day.
He was beautiful, with long, thick hair and tabby markings with a white skunk stripe and the whitest tummy. And his personality was even more charming then his good looks. He strolled into our home that first evening and never once hissed or swatted, not that night or any time thereafter, instead he walked up to Cheddar Cheese (our local Casanova) and started to sniff him and groom him. Just like that, he was part of the family, there wasn't even a 15 minute adjustment period. Even Topaz, the very ambivalent senior she'd become, was loved up by Baxter, who would cuddle up against her for long stretches of time. She had never let another cat do that, but she never once got annoyed with him.
Needless to say, our poor bear was a bit traumatised. He needed a shave from matting, and was pretty slim. He spent a few days with Gayle, then moved in with a fellow fosterer Catherine and became her first ever foster cat. In the three months with her, his hair grew back out and he plumped up to the big bear we would always know him as. In the emails prior to his arrival, Catherine had nothing but glowing things to say "He's a big guy, very laid back (he has added a very calming vibe to my home!) and he loves people- including strangers! He's the first cat that I've fostered and it's been a delight!"
Annex Cat Rescue to your list of charitable donations this year. If it wasn't for their tireless work, and dedicated volunteers, Baxter would have had a considerably less happy outcome. We may only have had two years with him, but they were great, and he was a very happy boy.
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