This is the story of Bill Cosby, also known as Schroder.
BC traveled as a VIP on the same weekend as Mittens and DG. He then had an extended stay in Atlanta before he became a flying angel riding the love plane to Salt Lake City and into the arms of his furever meowmy. Check out the story from a very clever blogger!
“The three ingredients of a successful union between two . . . humor, commitment & undying love.” Bill Cosby
No trip is too far for URRKN and this special needs kitty!
Bill Cosby (the cat) was surrendered to the Foothills Humane Society in North Carolina along with about 30 other cats and kittens. Flea infested and many of the kittens sick, Dana Mayer set herself to the insurmountable task of healing, in more ways than one, this major influx to her small shelter. Bill Cosby (the cat) is about 2 years old, and among his other problems when he made it to Dana, he was found to be FeLV+. Now Bill Cosby (the cat) was found by Ruth Brandt who lives all the way out in Utah. For various personal reasons, she KNOWS that Bill Cosby (the cat) is the perfect fit for her and her family. Let it be known that her son actually requested that they save a kitty for his birthday. When URRKN received the request for the transport and learned that Bill Cosby (the cat) was FeLV+ it was decided not to risk his health by such a long transport. To keep Bill Cosby (the cat) from traveling such a long way in car after car after car our resident airline guru was contacted for help. An extended B & B had to be located and secured in Atlanta, GA where Bill Cosby (the cat) can rest at his ease until our special angel can fly with him to Utah around the end of the month. “Bill, you’re going home.”
It takes a special person to adopt an FELV+ kitty. Bill Cosby has been given a new lease on life.
Kind words from the New Adoptive Meowmy Ruth Brandt.
“We are SOOOO excited! Bill Cosby (aka Bill the Cat who will ultimately be named Schrodinger once he gets home) is coming home, FINALLY!!! We have been waiting and waiting as patiently as possible! So far we haven’t needed Depends, but between now and then, who can say????? LOL
The dad of our family, Darrin, has cancer, and grandma has chronic leukemia, so we are no strangers to cancer and special needs. We certainly understand handling family members with TLC, and will love our newest family member with the same love and care that we are used to.
My deepest love and thanks go out to anyone and everyone involved in this adoption and transport. This is one special kitty. I have felt his spirit across the continent, and I know he is for us. We are ready and willing to love him as soon as he can get to us. In fact, we already do love him. He is in our hearts even now. ♥♥♥♥♥”
Special Cheers from the sidelines. URRKN has the best cheerleaders anywhere!
“Cheering for Bill from the cornfields of Iowa.” Jes Pint-Size
“I’m gonna have to buy a set of pom-poms, because I am doing a lot of cheering!!” Trudy Bledsoe
“I’m not on the route, but I will be cheerleading the whole way! ♥” Deanna Muzzy
“Love the name🙂. Not near me but safe travels to everyone involved.” Jennifer Bliesener
“Not in my neck of the woods but i’ll be cheering from the sidelines :-)” Lisa Kollman
Bill Cosby started out his journey on August 19, 2012 from Columbus, North Carolina. Conductor Dana Mayer was at the wheel. She drove this VIP to Greenville, SC where she met up with Cheryl Parker Brown.
From Cheryl Parker Brown: Bill Cosby’s (the cat) Love Train is pulling out of Greenville, SC headed for Commerce, GA!!! Chooo- Choooooo!!!!! >^..^<
In Commerce, Georgia Dana transferred BC to Karen Bridges who would take him to Atlanta. There the transfer was made to Nessa Delacroix. Nessa is holding BC in his carrier during his transfer.
Karen Bridges and Nerissa Delacroix.
Bill Cosby in his private room here at Delacroix B&B with Nessa & Dante Delacroix.
After having a long stopover it is time for BC (Schroder) to head to Atlanta Hartfield’s airport to complete his journey to his furever meowmy. August 24, 2012 was the day Ruth would finally get to see her baby. Here are Nessa and Bryna at the airport. No one knew what was coming next!
Another of Nessa with her son who gamely came along to wish safe travels to BC.
He looks so innocent doesn’t he. Well that wasn’t going to be the case going through security and the TSA line.Not the best pic but BC was not happy when Bryna took him out of his carrier. You see, TSA has to scan the carrier without kitty in it for obvious reasons. You have to hold kitty, walk through the machine, then wait for them to swab your hands before you can put the cat back in the carrier. Thank goodness for harness and leash rules at URRKN! BC came out with no problem but wasnt going back in at all! A TSA supervisor saw Bryna struggling with him and instructed her to put him in the carrier, walk through and then they would screen BC in a private room.
Here is BC in the private room – he was Dr. Jeykel and Mr. Hyde – he popped out of the carrier and began to explore the room like nothing had happened. Tell that to Bryna who had BC scratches where he struggled. Good thing she was stronger than him, endured the scratches and wouldnt let him go!
Finally the carrier was screened and BC was free to go. Only problem is he wouldnt go back into the carrier without law enforcement assistance. It took two TSA agents and Bryna to finally secure him. And off she went. The funny thing is that once he was back in the carrier, he calmed down and was even purring and rubbbing the carrier. Once on the plane he went to sleep and didnt wake up until they landed! He was almost to Ruth.
Meanwhile, here are Ruth and her son waiting for the plane to land in Salt Lake City. Hubby was the one that was taking the pics.
Flight has landed and Ruth and family still had a few hours to drive back home. Here is the happy reunion with their new baby. Finally! We found Bryna and Schroder! United at last! (not the airline!) J Delta is the only way to fly!
Taking a closer look at BC (Schroder). He was more than ready to go home. A little better look . . . peek-a-boo! I can’t wait to get my paws on this kitty!
Too pooped to party – before driving home.
At home . . . So, what now?
But I’m not sleepy!
All’s well that land’s well. Some parting comments from Ruth:
“After we made our 3 hour drive home from the airport, Schroder just wanted to explore the house, and that’s what he’s doing now. He and our doggie have met, and Schroder is very capable of asserting his authority, you’ll be happy to know! Our doggie, Miracle, is very excited and freaked out, but I’m not the least bit concerned about Schroder’s well being. I’ll leave it to Bryna to tell the story of how well this little spitfire can take care of himself! LOL I’m just really hoping that Miracle and Schroder will become fast friends in a hurry. Sibling rivalry isn’t my favorite thing!!!
Anyway, that’s it for now. Everything is great for now. I’ll continue to post updates and let everyone know how things are going. This has been a really great day and I just need to thank everyone who has been involved – all of the wonderful people involved in transporting BC/Schroder, all the incredible people involved with URRKN. You all have a special place in my heart. This is one special kitty cat, and he needed my family as much as we needed him. All I can say is thank you.”
For URRKN, from Bill Cosby (and Robert Frost – 1920):
The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.