Saturday, October 01, 2011

~~Gentleman Beau, Day 1~~

Beau is now under Mama Barbara's TV!
This is true progress!
Barbara generally has the TV on and her apartment is small enough, if one wanted to, you could switch channels without the remote.
Well, nearly so!
I take this move in locale to mean that Beau was seeking out company'and noticed his Mama wan't coming to bed anytime soon!
Also, Barbara was making dinner for herself at the time, so he may have smelled Home Cooking!
He will settle in nicely.
PS:  Mama Barbara has asked for some prayer, as she faces a visit to her Doctor on Monday that will determine if she is to have surgery or an outpatient, less invasive procedure.
She thanks everyone for keeping an interest in Beau and feels Blessed to have her "son" with her.

Hello everyone!
I'm sorry updates are few and slow to post.
Photos will take a bit longer as well, as I just finished speaking to Miss Barbara.
She told me after Beau had a good sniff about the apartment, he secluded himself where all cats in strange environments are known to do;
Yes, he is under her bed!
Barbara moved his water and kibble next to the bed, and continues to softly speak to him.
I will be going over shortly to place one of Angel Mom Cathy's blankets that accompanied him in his travels near where I can see him.  We think this will help.

If anyone thinks riding in the back seat of a stretch limo is High Society, well then "High Society" must also like to ride in the back of a pick-up truck, because we felt every little (and a few quite large!) potholes!
The highways we had to travel to the sirport are (in)famous for their heavy traffic, and have a tendency to go from 2 lanes to 3, then merge back to 2.
Everything you've ever heard about NYC drivers
Is True!

There was a very unwelcome and in my opinion Unprofessional "surprise" dropped on me when we got to LaGuardia Airport, and I stepped out to retrieve Beau. (his flight, I would estimate, came in nearly a half hour earlier than we arrived.  In the "Priorit Packages" area there was an attendant and it was very quiet.)
As I was walking in the Owner/Operator of the Limo Service called someone on his cell and I heard "You landed When?!"
Mind you, he placed the call, I did not hear the phone ring as I had been all along the ride up, as he answered it as his business phone.
When I wobbled out carrying Beau and his Mini-Castle (?!), the man, Dennis wondered aloud if it would even fit in the door! (ref: the photo ML posted! It cleared by mere inches!)
I was quite cross as he made no effort to carry the crate for me at all.
After he edged Beau & Castle into the back and sat him down on the side seat, he tells me he was on the phone with his neice.  He said she was supposed to come into JFK Airport that evening, but instead her flight had landed and she was waiting at the Terminal.
He asked me if I'd mind his going to pick her up "JFK is only about 10 minutes from here". He forgot that 10 minutes was as the crow flies!
This added an additional 50 minutes to Beau's already 90 minute car ride to his new home!
I waved in the air and bit my tongue, as I could not trust what might come out!
I believe I had the right to tell him, "Take us home first, call your neice and tell her to have a coffee and you will be back for her!"
Do you think that would have been wrong?!
Well, it's all past.  I'm a Yankee Girl at heart, and I'm still stewing that he made no effort to help me carry Beau into my building, either!
I just may have to speak to him.
We Are Not Amused!

Barbara was totally suprised when I knocked on her door, as I never go over unannounced, nor she here, as that is the way we both were brought up.
But the light on her face when she saw who was with me!
"It's Beau!"
I sadly by that time had to drag the kennel as it was too heavy for me to manage any longer, adding to poor Beau's stress, no doubt.
I also brought over the things purchased from Walmart to get Beau situated in his new abode.
We put down a bowl of spring water (it's true-if you drink Jersey Water, you run the risk of glowing in the dark!) and kibble Aunt Teresa had taped to the top of the kennel.
Barbara has decided the kennel can be Beau's little "ManCatCave" if he would like once he ventures out again!

The lack of photos are entirely due to the rough ride we had as the car drove off.
The one photo ML posted was taken while we were still stationary.
Below is the one photo I tried to take as Beau was really not as stressed as he looked in the one clear photo!
His ears were perked forward, his pupils were of normal size and reactive to the light, and at times he sat up as tall as he could to see out the window!
He was a very brave Gentleman Cat!

Beau In Motion...even a tripod wouldn't have helped!

I made a Daily Journal for Barbara to jot down things about Beau. We can refer to it as we do our Beau Updates!

What??! No 'Nip Juleps?!!

The East side of Manhattan was in Beau's line of vision on our return trip.

The Brooklyn Bridge was also a new site for Our Southern Gentleman, Beau!

 Crossing the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island ~
stories are told about "infamous people" who may be in the Varrazano Bridge's footings, helping to "hold the Bridge up!!

As Beau "decompresses" from all the changes he has and is now experiencing, it is, and should be comforting to know he is in a home where he is Well and Truly Loved.
About 20 minutes after I left the two to get acquainted, I get a call from Barbara.
My heart dropped just a little, but Barbara just called to tell me "Beau is just King of the Castle Here! He's roaming all around, sniffing out everything!"
We marveled how brave he must be and how tired as well, and both expected him to find a favorite hidey place for a few weeks.
And then Barbara said, and I'll never forget the sound of her voice:
"Can you hear how happy I am?!"
There IS a lot of love there, and I felt a sense of peace, and a bit of the "warm and fuzzys",
because I sincerely believe Beau's Angel Mom Cathy is there with her precious Gentleman Cat, and with Beau's adopted momma, Barbara.


Jacqueline said...

Best of luck to sweet Beau and lovely Barbara; we are sure they will form a special and loving bond over time...We are very grateful you guys helped this sweetheart find a loving happy home...Happy weekend, sweet friends...kisses...Calle, Halle, Sukki

The Lee County Clowder said...

So glad to hear that Beau made the trip with no major problems. (though 'Blessed Limo' seems to have a odd view of 'blessings' :-) )

Give Beau a few days and he should be out and laying claim to the entire home. Give him a week, and Barbara will be wondering how she ever got along without him.

Live well, Beau.

Anonymous said...

Since I sent two blankies, try putting one of them in his "man cave" and one near the bed. . . .perhaps the knitted one in the cave since it's softer. Also, Dad spoiled him w/ baby food the first days after Cathy's death. Try placing some on a small plate or in a small bowl, just as you would with canned cat food. Of course, you have his dry food, too. Everything else will be there Tuesday, including his old pet bowls & stands, if you want to use them. XO, T.

Camie's Kitties said...

We are so glad to hear that Beau made the trip safe and sound, and that he seems to be settling in okay. It sounds like his new Mama is perfect for him.

Cody and Gracie

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

Wow Beau, Manhattan! Imagine that!
Relax and enjoy your new home, dear one.

ML said...

The limo interior looks very well appointed, was there no food in there?
I heard you existed on a package of lifesavers.
We are not impressed with "Blessed Limo" at all, quite the contrary.
But the rest of the story is pure magic.
We have also felt Mom Cathy's presence, guiding her sweet boy to his new home.
And we are so grateful for QM Rose to blog about him as he settles in, and beyond.

Derby, Ducky said...

Hmmm, mum would have given the what for to the limo driver! Glad you made it safely and Beau is adjusting. I went under the bed too when I first got here. Mum laid down the floor to talk to me which made me feel better.


Karen said...

With the ride share i would insist on a credit or reduced rate for the ride. I mean you should not be paying the whole thing as it was a shared ride . If I paid by card i would dispute charges and send a check for 50-75 persent of the original cost.

Millie said...

OH BOY! I am so happy to hear all this. Beau deserves a great home, and it sure sounds like he has one with Barb. I am sure he will do a lot of exploring at night. He sounds like he was fine in the limo, and I'm sure he and Barb will be great friends real soon.


Ikaika said...

We are so happy to know that Beau is at his new forever home! Purrs and blessings to all involved in helping this happen!

Laila and Minchie said...

We know in time Beau will settle down and be out and about all the time. Thank you again for going above and beyond for getting this little guy to his new Mom. God bless you both!

Anonymous said...

Yippee! Yahoo!!!! It's definitely just a matter of time! Beau and Barbara are working their magic on each other! Do I smell yummy food smells from here?! Please give Barbara my best and let her know I'm checking in! XO, T.

The Lee County Clowder said...

We're sending comforting purrrrrrss to Mama Barbara. Purrrrraying that she gets the easier treatment, if she needs to be treated at all.

From the progress so far, this time tomorrow, Beau is likely gonna be cuddling with Mama Barbara, at least a little.

The Island Cats said...

We are so glad Beau has made it to his new home! We know it will take a little time for him to adjust to his new surroundings, but we know his Angel Mom is watching him from above and guiding the way for him.

Beau, we purr that you will be happy!

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Thank you for the update, we are pleased Beau is settling in so nicely and that Mom Barbara is so happy to have him.

meowmeowmans said...

We are so, so happy that Beau has made it to his new home. We will purr and pray that he will get used to living with Mom Barbara real soon, and wish them both a long happy life together.


We're really glad we read this after the update was posted! We're purring and praying for an easy transition for Beau and his new Mom Barbara!!

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We are so happy for Beau and his new momma. We hope they are going to be very happy together. Love and blessings to them both ~ and to all who helped rehome him. xx