A soldier living in Virginia heard a news story about a local shelter worried about approaching snowstorm and decided to adopt a puppy to help with the load. However, he ultimately went home with an adorable kitten. Soon, his story went viral online…
The Soldier Who Wanted A Pup
More often than not, the owner chooses the pet. However, occasionally, our pets choose us. This is exactly what happened to Imgur user SpamwiseJamkey, who also serves in the United States military. SpamwiseJamkey lives in Virginia, where his training takes place. One night he was driving home while a snowstorm was brewing. Then, he heard a newscast reporting that the local animal shelter’s staff members were asking people to take home an animal because of the storm. The potential blackouts, snow-ins, and more worried the workers, and so they wanted people to foster, or better yet adopt, an animal as soon as possible.
After the report, SpamwiseJamkey felt as though he needed to help out. He lived alone, wanted to help, and had thought about getting a furry partner to keep him company for some time. So, the soldier turned his car around and headed towards the shelter. Once he got there, all the dogs had been placed in foster homes or forever homes. SpamwiseJamkey felt a little sad, as he had pictured himself taking home a dog. However, the soldier said that he “couldn’t bring myself to simply leave without even considering what I had gone there for.” And so, he went to look at the cat room, as suggested by staff members.
A Change Of Plans
SpamwiseJamkey had never considered himself a “cat guy,” but that day at the shelter turned into a fateful one. The staffers invited SpamwiseJamkey to the lobby, where small, adorable tortoiseshell kitten (these are female cats with multi-colored fur). Her name was Marbles, and she hid at the corner of her cage. Once the soldier picked her up, according to him, “That was it […] you can say I am a cat guy now.”
Instantly, Marbles snagged SpamwiseJamkey’s heart, the staffers could not have felt more delighted. So, a moment later, the solider started filling out the mandatory paperwork. Before Marbles knew it, he took her home, and the rest is, well, history! Soon after, SpamwiseJamkey shared his experience on Imgur, where it received nearly 150,000 views and thousands of upvotes (similar to likes)!
A Happily Ever After
After a few days of getting to know Marbles, SpamwiseJamkey renamed her Barb. There’s a massive love between the two. Barb is in love with her adopter soldier – she comes for cuddles, head scratches, playtime, and chilling out on her dad’s shoulders. Barb also loves her new home: her favorite nap place is by the window.
Six months later, Barb got a younger brother, a puppy named Rupert. She is still the queen of the house, but they are best friends: they play and nap together every day, and are inseparable. And get this: two years later, SpamwiseJamkey’s girlfriend moved in with her two cats, Bruce and Joe! Barb still enjoys being the eldest and only fur-daughter, getting a ton of attention from everyone.
This story just shows you can’t ever know who you’ll fall in love with – you might meet a cute kitten and realize she’s the one!