When Andreas Dietrich and his family came from Germany to Anna Maria Island for a vacation, little did they know they would be going home with a feline souvenir. Several days after arriving they heard a meow and upon opening the door, there stood a beautiful tortie/calico cat, hungry and lonely. Whether abandoned or lost, it was clear she was all alone in the world. What was a family of cat lovers to do? Their previous cat had passed away seven years ago, and they had been thinking about a new companion, but no matter where they looked, no one seemed quite right.
Here is where the story takes an amazing turn. We agreed to care for Cookie for the requisite three weeks. The Dietrichs flew home with the promise to come back and get their new cat. True to his word, in three weeks Andreas booked a ticket, flew back to Florida, and took Cookie to her waiting family in Germany.
She is now living the good life. We recently received an update from the family who said: “As you can imagine she purrs often and she purrs a lot. She is also a very good ‘listener” when someone has had a challenging day at school, a long day at work or just needs a few seconds of a soft “cat pillow”. She likes to help out the stay-at-home mom with her chores and also interestingly, likes to have her tummy rubbed. Even clipping her nails isn’t a problem. She really is the absolute best cat ever and brings quiet joy into our home in great measure.”