Belle and her cone of shame almost stole our hearts. She was healing up with some stitches under her front leg after somehow getting her collar wrapped around it. That's how she was found originally and by the time she got to us, she was well on her way to health. However, the cone had a bit of a side effect of not letting her groom properly so she was a bit dirty - hence, we gave her the nickname Smelly Belle at first. Once she got cleaned up and was feeling better, she had quite the appetite! And her nickname evolved into Smelly Belly. We were recovery buddies together, as I had ankle surgery around the same time. She loved all the couch time that we got!
Belle was the one that made us stop and think - are we ready to adopt again? Having lost my own cat, Nikki, earlier this year, I wasn't sure. Belle reminded us so much of Nikki with similar meows and mannerisms.
Ultimately we decided that we enjoyed fostering and it felt so good to help so many animals. We worried that if we adopted, we might not continue fostering. So Belle went back to the shelter after healing up quite well. She was adopted in just a couple of days, just in time for Christmas!
When I'm not working, I try to maintain my T-shape. I love to read, garden and sew. I am also a foster home for Foothills Animal Shelter. Here is where I talk about these things and more!