Sophie Visits the Nursing Home | #WobblyWednesday
Happy New Year! Wow, it has been a while since we posted. We sure have missed blogging and visiting our furiends. Unfortunately my work life was taking up so much time that blogging fell to the back burner. I’ve made some changes though, and my biggest resolution for 2017 is to get back into blogging regularly. Be prepared to see more of us this year!
What better way to kick off our 2017 blogging year than with a very special #WobblyWednesday post! For any new readers, #WobblyWednesday is the hashtag we created to help spread the word about special-needs animals, particularly those with cerebellar hypoplasia. One of our biggest goals with this blog is to show the world that CH kitties, and special-needs animals in general, CAN and DO live happy lives. In fact, they live EXTRAORDINARY lives! Take our Sophie, for example – she has CH, yet she is the happiest cat I’ve ever known. Once she puts her mind to accomplishing something, nothing stands in her way. She touches the lives of everyone she meets, and she loves a good adventure.
Her latest adventure is one I am going to share about today. Just a couple of days before Christmas, Sophie went on the most meaningful adventure she’s had yet. She went with my husband, mother-in-law, and me to visit a very dear family friend in the nursing home. This friend of ours, Mrs. Linda, suffers from Alzheimer’s. As is the case with Alzheimer’s patients, she doesn’t always recognize everyone, she gets easily confused, and she doesn’t always make sense. She did recognize my husband and mother-in-law when we walked in though, and she immediately started crying. She was so excited to see them.
Once I pulled Sophie out of her carrier and put her on the bed beside her, Mrs. Linda started crying again and exclaiming, “Smokey, Smokey!” as she pet Sophie. See, Smokey was the name of her cat. At first, we tried to explain that this was Sophie, but then I realized it doesn’t matter. If she thinks Sophie is Smokey, there is nothing wrong with that! Then Sophie cuddled up beside her, purring and making biscuits, as my husband played guitar.
Music has always been a big part of Mrs. Linda’s life. She and my mother-in-law are best friend, and her son and my husband are best friends as well. The two of them grew up together, taught each other how to play guitar, and were even in a band together for several years. Mrs. Linda was always a big supporter of them and their music, so when Bobby started playing guitar for her and singing her favorite songs, I could visibly see her spirits lifted. She even tried to sing along, all the while “Smokey” curled up in her lap. It was a very touching and heartfelt scene – one that I am grateful I got to witness and be a part of.
As usual, Sophie always amazes me. She had never been to a nursing home before, and had only met Mrs. Linda maybe once or twice before, a year or so ago. Though it took her a minute to settle down, she eventually just knew exactly what she needed to do. Sophie is not an official therapy cat, but I hope to get her certified so we can make visits like this more regularly. Thankfully this particular nursing home only asked if her shots were up-to-date when we called about bringing her with us on our visit, but I think that most places would prefer she be certified. We do intend to visit Mrs. Linda again though, so hopefully we will have more of these visits to share about!
Happy #WobblyWednesday, everyone! Don’t forget to check out the hashtag on Instagram for photos and videos of our wobbly furiends – guaranteed to make you smile!