When she was just 5 weeks old, Zooey showed her wild side when she rode from Rock Hill to Charlotte via Interstate 77 under the hood of a car. When the driver of that car pulled up and parked next to Susan Clark, she called it a miracle to hear the tiny meow. She decided right there to adopt the stray, and she and her husband, John, took Zooey into their Steele Creek-area home. Since that day in July 2012, Zooey has brought the vigor of youth with her. Susan tells her story.
Fast friends: When I got Zooey home after seeing the vet that day, she immediately laid claim to my husband as her best friend. She loves her mom for practical things, but for anything else, it’s him. Cuddling, playing: her favorite toy is a “bird” – a catnip toy made of feathers, tied to the end of a long string, attached to a pole – that he makes move like a real bird.
Namesake: We named her after Zooey Deschanel. I thought the iPhone commercial she did with Siri was so cute. John and I and our 14-year-old boy cat, Farley, are no spring chickens. After a few months with Zooey’s wild and crazy kitten behavior, we were worn out. That October, I went to animal control to find Zooey a “sis-fur” and came home with Belle. They’re partners in crime – Farley will give them a swat if they disturb his naps or food – and are great together.
Staying busy: When it’s time to eat, Zooey will have two bites, then stop. We put her food up so the others don’t eat it, but 30 minutes later, she’ll go to John and meow. Then she gets her own private feeding.
Regular reminder: Zooey is one lucky girl. Every time I’m on I-77 going towards Rock Hill, I think of her trip and am very thankful she chose our family and Charlotte as her forever home. Hilary Trenda
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