Spotlight on Billy
On May 22, 2000 Billy found me in the parking lot of the office building I worked in. He darted up to me and started meowing like nobody's business. I thought perhaps he had wandered away from a home in the area and just needed help finding his way back. So I scooped him up and took him around knocking on doors and asking if he belonged to anyone. At the last house I tried, there was a couple who said he hung around underneath their house but he wasn't theirs and they really wished someone would take him. They didn't want him there :(
So I took him back to my office, set him up with a comfy place to lay and gave him some water to which he immediately stuck his paw in and started slapping it all over. After he was done playing in it, he stuck his paw in his mouth. Silly cat.
The workday ends and here we were. I come home and tell John I brought him a present! He says, "it's not a cat is it?" LOL!!! He always tells me I'm a cat magnet. And the rest is history.
Billy is kept separate from the other kids until we get him checked out at the vet. So the next day we head to the vet and on the way I sing to him. Now at the time we thought he was female. I swear he looked like it!!! Anyway, I sing him a song calling him Lily all the way to the vet. He meowed like he loved the song! Or not.
He gets blood work done, vaccinations, fecal test.. you know the whole kit and kaboodle. We continue to keep him separated from the others until the test results come back. Sadly he is positive for Felv and FIV. My heart breaks.
The vet recommends euthanasia. I began reading any and everything I can on Felv/FIV. John and I decide we are going to give him a chance to live his life. And as of the 22nd of this month, our sweet Billy has blessed our lives for 12 years. Yes, twelve. We are so thankful we followed our hearts and did not euthanize him.
Until next time,