In my last post I was seeking a new home for Happy Joe where he could be then only cat, as he was attacking the others here. Out of fear, and a misplaced need to dominate. LONG story...
I thought I had found the perfect home for him, but was mistaken. He was sent back to us, after doing his best to fit in; to be the cat they wanted. This betrayal by the adopter set him back severely, and he was ready to give up entirely.
He had been getting support from two incredible communicators, and one of them soon agreed to adopt him! Thing is, she was across the globe, so he would stay with us, and she would work with him to restore his will to live and his ability to trust and to love. It would take volumes to tell even a part of his story.
This communicator is world-renowned, and it's an indication of how deserving and unusual Happy Joe is that she adopted him! She worked with him closely, and....what I thought would take years was accomplished (not fully yet, she says) in just a few months.
After HJ Benning came back, we had to keep him in the big outdoor cage so as to keep the others safe, and from leaving! We sat there with him as much as possible (it was summer, yay) and brought him into the house for visits. The visits got longer and longer, and now...he has almost complete freedom. The changes, from his arrival to now, have been constant, and many! And astonishing. He and his journey are unprecedented in my experience, and, I believe, in that of the communicators he's worked with. As in any profession, there are differing levels of ability...he got the best of the best, I'm certain! One of them does not even work professionally; she's a writer....but Happy Joe so impressed her that she was compelled to help him. And she did! He was also the most communicative and willing animal she'd ever spoken with. And with the most interesting and unusual history: maybe I can get her to write the book HJ Benning deserves to have written about him!!
The story will continue, but for now HJ Benning is able to feel safe and loved. Thank you, dear ladies! Thank you for keeping the faith, Mr. Happy Joe Benning!!