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.