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Miley trucking her way to a new home

My temporary cat Miley has found a new home. She’s on her way to Oklahoma, once her new trucker owner drops off a load in Bedford, Pa.

She’ll make the journey with her new human — a woman who calls herself “Gipsy Kitten,” and who regularly drives her routes with her other cat, a Persian named “Chuzzle.”

Kitty, for short, emailed me a couple of weeks ago. She’d scene the original video I did about Miley, back when I took her — though I thought she was a he — in off the streets.

Miley was living under the stairway of an empty south Baltimore rowhouse, and reportedly getting mistreated. I didn’t want a cat, but between that and the big snow that was on the way, we decided she’d come home with me until suitable accomodations could be found.

Three months later, Ace and I had bonded with her, but some upcoming life changes (I’ll fill you in on later) required a new home be found, which was the original goal anyway.

Out of the blue, Kitty wrote, and after exchanging emails for a week, we made a plan. She’d sign up for a load in the area. I’d meet her with Miley.

This morning, Ace, Miley and I drove to Frederick and gave Miley to her new human, who also had her two dogs — Havoc and Bonkers — aboard the truck.

Kitty — obviously an animal lover herself — said she was moved by Miley’s story and wanted the cat to keep her husband company. He was disabled in a farming accident and spends most of his time at home in Waynoka, Okla.

This morning’s exchange went smoothly. Miley, who is known to hiss and moan at strange dogs and anything else she doesn’t like, didn’t hiss a bit.

Kitty says, if everybody gets along, Miley will have the run of the truck cab on the ride home.

For Miley, it should be an excellent adventure. For me, it’s a little sad but we shan’t dwell on that. My video tribute (above) will suffice.

Ace, I think, senses the loss as well. The two were cohabitating nicely, though they weren’t exactly snugglebuddies. I think he’ll be glad that the bed will go back to holding just two species at night.

Kitty said she’d keep us posted as she makes her way back home, and I’ll be passing on what she has to report. Safe travels Kitty, and Miley, and Chuzzle, and Bonkers, and Havoc.


Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time April 11, 2010 at 6:03 pm

OhMiGoodness, are you vying with David Simon for the best emotion-inspiring Baltimore-based video this weekend?! Was worried to not see your blog daily this weekend, and now this, surprisingly later Sunday, to just kick me outta my chair. We KNOW that you and Ace reluctantly bonded with Miley, but also know that you wanted a deeper, longterm home for her. What a fabulous story! You saved a single, simple, streetwise cat from certain grisly death, and you were patient enough to pursue and await her ultimate loving caretakers for life. A small deed, JW….but a GIANT effort that you will recall forever….and so will your readers. THANK YOU.

Comment from Caroline Griffin
Time April 12, 2010 at 10:27 am

Eighteenpaws said it best, but having stayed up late last night, this story is better. John – you warmed our hearts and gave us hope. Thank you for sharing this poignant story. Have a great life, sweet Miley.

Comment from Marilyn Bailey
Time April 16, 2010 at 10:53 pm

John, I think you’re going to miss Miley….