Sixteen years ago Katy was a very young mommy. This is Katy now, approaching 17. We don't know her exact age.
Bill and I met her in April of 1994 via HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team). We were looking for two kittens at that time. We were led to Quantico, VA where the most wonderful and generous couple shared their home with lots of dogs, cats and bunnies. All fosters, waiting for their forever home.
We were taken down to the basement of the home where there were cages and cages of kitties and bunnies. It was too much to take in. I instantly fell in love with a 2-4 week old long haired kitten that turned out to be my Sam. At first we didn't notice Katy in a cage below Sam, his mom and sisters but there she was.
Finally the time arrived for Sammy and Katy to come home with us. The photo above is at the rescue and was their very first face to face meeting.
The photo above are Katy's kittens that she gave birth to. They were now ready to find their forever home.
Katy loved being a mother at the time, but when she came home with us she was pretty much done with that, but in her essence and deep in our soul she is the ultimate mother.
We are blessed to share our home with her as she is aging gracefully. Life is good.
Happy Mother's Day Katy and all the other animal mommies out there. I celebrate you and the miracle of mother nature.