I call this The Schmaboopie, that’s the scientific name for the 90 degree deep neck turn when you hit the right spot. Just kidding, I made that word up. But when you hit the right spot, when the eyes close, when the purrs grow louder, oh man, pick whatever word you want. Because when a kitty cat friend gives you the 90 degree turn, JACKPOT!
She can’t get out so we go to her. She fights through adversity to win every day and make sure her kitty cat friends are well cared for. She could give up; no one would criticize her for that. She’s young. She’s disabled. A bulky wheelchair her transportation. But she fights on because those cats depend on her. When the food runs out we get the call.
I admit, being part of our Emergency Kibble Response Team brings a tremendous satisfaction. And that’s why I like to do it too. We Emergency Kibbled six different calls today, I got one of them. You show up with bags of food and you leave feeling better than when you arrived. This guy waited for me, on the porch, greeting me with purrs of appreciation. The truth is, when one of these special four-legged friends offers words of thanks, it makes it even better. We all spend our days doing different things, fighting different fights, battling different battles, even though sometimes the battles are within. We all carry our scars, of course we do. That’s why we must count our blessings, because for some, those scars are harder to carry than for others. So if you had a good day, you are luckier than most.
The driver in the other car drove like crap. 20 people in front of you waiting for coffee, then the last pear scone got grabbed by someone who will never appreciate it as much as you. And your hair, your huge mess of a head morning hair that lasted all day. Right there, there’s plenty to complain about.
She’s in a wheelchair and can’t afford cat food.
The cats are happy, they don’t judge drivers or long coffee lines or morning hair. That’s why we want to be more like them. Their pure love is everything. Seriously, The Pongo Fund is the best job in the world. Even on the days it’s not, it still is. And right here, doing The Schmaboopie with a new friend, that’s the bonus.
From the bottom of my heart I thank you for being here and for letting us do this work. Because we couldn’t do it without you.
The Schmaboopie. And this is why we Pongo.