It’s a long way from Tabby’s Place to the Garlic Capital of the World. And that’s sad.
But, despite the 2,952 miles between us, the cats have a grade-A angel in Gilroy, CA.
Fly away with me to the Golden State for this guest post from Benefactor and all-around fount of awesomeness Pat Powell:
“There is a lot to be said for following one’s dreams. That’s right – it is perfectly permissible to have more than one.
“I am such a person – a fifth-generation Northern Californian whose 48-year dream was realized when my beloved San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series while I still had my feet planted firmly on the earth. The team’s motto, Together We’re Champions, clearly illustrates that the realization of that dream was a group effort no matter how you look at it (players, fans, management, and the hottest third base coach in the history of the game – but I digress!).
“I became aware of another such dream just over 10 years ago. I was surfing the internet one day at lunch looking for interesting cat-related web sites. I noticed a link near the bottom of the page to a site called Tabby’s Place. I figured I should check this one out. I did, and things have, as they say in the vernacular, never been the same since.
“Jonathan (you all know which one I’m referring to) had written an introduction to his dream – building a state-of-the-art cat sanctuary for cats in hopeless situations no matter their age, health, personalities, etc. And all in honor of his very special feline son Tabby.
“At that point in time, the permits had been obtained and construction was about to begin. Jonathan invited site visitors to check back frequently to follow the progress of his dream. He asked readers who shared in that dream to kindly make donations to help it grow. As a result, my wonderful husband and I have been doing just that ever since.
“We began by sponsoring one Special Needs cat and have now acquired a list of ten. We also have the ‘Powell Section’ on the Memorial Walkway leading to Cherny’s Garden (memorializing my late parents, one canine daughter, and seven feline kids of both genders).
“And, we arranged for a monthly sponsor kitty for my mom. I cannot begin to thank Angela (yes, that one) enough for the special handwritten note she included with each monthly update. She did this without fail every month until Mom passed away in January 2012. Despite having dementia the last 18 months, Mom would refer to these letters as being about ‘her cat’ when my brother would read them to her.
“All of this was made possible solely because Jonathan and Sharon chose to share their dream with all of us. We are so lucky! And now, for those who noted the plurality in my dream reference above, I would like to share another dream of mine.
“Several years ago, having realized that I was, without a doubt, a ‘foster failure,’ I began making and sharing cat collars* with rescue groups and shelters wherever they may be. It is difficult, if not impossible, to become emotionally attached to a collar. Someday I hope to hear that a lost cat was able to be reunited with its human family because it was wearing an ID tag attached to a collar I made.
“That really would be a dream come true!”
It’s been accurately stated** that “Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good.”
In the case of our own Gilroy gourmet, “good” is the understatement of the aeon. Thank you, Pat and Dean. We love you (infinitely) more than garlic!
*Pat’s stunning handmade collars are available for sale in the Tabby’s Place lobby. If you’re interested in ordering one, let me know, OK? They are more beautiful than you can imagine, in a spectrum of fabrics, and stitched with expert care.
**And stated by the woman who was both the inspiration for Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” and the author of a book called How to Massage Your Cat. I don’t think I could be that cool in 100 lifetimes.
Photo credits from top to bottom: Unknown person on the interwebs; Flangela; volunteer Jess; volunteer Mark; volunteer Jess.