April 23rd 2011 7:21 am
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This will be Hazel-Mazel's last entry before I transfer ownership of her page to Hazel Lucy's mom, Julie.
Mazel arrived safely in Purrsville last evening, and she has started her adjustment process. It won't be easy for her, but I know she will be happy.
When I found Mazel and her family in the parking lot at work, I meant only to foster them until homes could be found. I underestimated how feral they were and quickly realized they would need exceptionally special homes.
The most beautiful and the most scared of them was a grey and white tabby with calico markings. I named her Hazel, after Hazel Lucy, because it was Hazel's mom's love and encouragement that helped me realize what she needed. Also, their stories are very similar. It took HL years to bond with her mom. HL's mom also was a great source of encouragement when we rescued Catsy. But at our house, we always called our Hazel "Hazel-Mazel", which then got shortened somehow to just Mazel. Sometimes even that got shortened to Mazie or Maze-Maze.
Although we love Mazel, I never felt like she really belonged to me. I always felt like I was just holding her for the person she was really meant to be with. There was an extremely short list of people I could imagine her with, and Julie was near the top of that list along with one other person. I often remarked to Mazel's daddy that if (God forbid) anything ever happened to HL, that I thought Mazel should move in with Julie. Also, the amount of other cats here seemed to be increasing Mazel's shyness. I knew she would have a better chance of coming out of her shell in a single cat home with one person devoted to her.
When precious Hazel Lucy left for Heaven, I was heartbroken. But then a new idea took shape. As if she had known all along that Hazel-Mazel was meant for her, Julie asked if I would ever consider letting her have Mazel. There was not much to consider because I had been considering it all along! But we spent a lot of time talking about it, and I wanted to give Julie some time to make sure this was what she really wanted.
The weeks leading up to the move were stressful. We had to bring her to the vet to get her vaccines up to date and get her examined. The first try ended with Mazel being quarantined for two weeks and my husband in the emergency clinic. The second try was yesterday, and it was successful. Rather than put everyone through the ordeal of crating her a third time, we all decided it was best to drive straight to Purrsville.
I felt sad about giving Mazel away and wondered how the heck people foster kitties and then let them go. I never thought I was the kind of person who could just give one of my cats away. I thought I would be a mess. But when I met Julie and saw her new home with her little tent all set up, and then saw Mazel head straight into it and lay down, there was no question in my mind that she was where she belonged. There was no sadness at all. I am so happy for Julie and Mazel, and that joy completely outweighs any feelings of loss or sadness that I feel.
I know all of Catsterland will join me in wishing Miss Mazel and Julie GOOD LUCK AND A HAPPY LIFE! I know you were meant for each other.
The universe has a way of making things work out just the way they are supposed to - even when we haven't quite figured it out! Thank you for rescuing Miss Mazel and loving her so much. We wish her all the best in her new home with Julie - we know she will be one very loved cat there just as she was with you!
Concatulations on being the Diary of the Day!
Hugs & Love,
Chai & the SF Gals (Mama J too!)
I am the very grateful mom who received a Good Friday miracle. Catsy is very special to me, and I followed the progress of Butters, Gilmore, Lilith and Hazel since their rescue two years ago. I agree with Chai and her mom, this was in the stars. My heart is full.
Hazel Lucy's mom
and now Mazel's mom
Congrats on being the Diary of the Day! That is a great way to start off with your new home and loving mom.
DIARY OF THE DAY CONGRATS!!!
We are so happy for you!
Pipo & Minko
Mommy's eyes were leaking as she read about your arrival in Purrsville. We agree, this was in the Stars! It couldn't have been any other way. Your new home and mommy are purrfect for you!
Congratulations on being Diary of the Day!
Kaci & Miss Mittens
What a wonderful story.
Cheers for Mazel, Mazel's rescuer and first Mommy, and now Mazel's new Mommy! We're so happy that this all worked out, and Mazel can be given a chance to shine on all her own. Congrats on being Diary of the Day too - what a great honor for your first day in your new home!
Concat on DOTD and best of all your new home....the stars were aligned and it was meant to be.....you'll love it my furriend:)
Hugs & Purrs
I'm telling you, this could not have been a better DOTD! This was such a beautiful story Grace and it's simply amazing how this all worked out. We're so happy for Julie and for Mazel, it definitely was all written in the stars from the beginning! It's just so wonderful. Sometimes tragedy and sadness bring new beginnings that can't take the place of the old but bring new life and love into our hearts. Congratulations to you Julie and Mazel! This is the first day of the rest of your wonderful new life.
What a beautiful Story! I am so glad it turned out perfectly.
Sometimes the *why* requires a long time and perhaps a long journey before it's understood (by Moms and Dads, anyway - Angels know!). We're just so happy this has begun again so happily - not an "ending" but a new beginning. Congratulations to Julie, and big thanks to you, Grace.
Double Congratulations to Hazel Mazel, on her wonderful new home and on being Diary of the Day today!
Mommy's eyes are leaking at this beautiful Diary entry, our hearts hurt for you Grace, but also the joy that Julie has received a special gift from you to help mend her broken heart.
We join you in wishing Mazel all the best in her new home, with one fantastic mommy Julie.
A fantastic DDP love Tilly xx
Concats on DOTD......it is such a happy story for both Hazel- Mazel and Julie.....the stars were aligned beautifully for this to happen......you'll love your new furrever Home!!!
Many Hugs & Purrs
It's a lovely thing you did, Grace. I do truly think it's a sign that it was meant to be that you felt so little sadness on letting such a beautiful girl go. Mazel and Julie will have many happy years together, thanks to you.
Diss iz dah bestest story ebber!!!!
We are so glad she's HOME!!! You did a brave and very kind thing for Miss Julie!!! Happy Purrs, anh high paws to all of you, and to everyfur who wrote and will write about this!!!
Congrats to Hazel Mazel on being Diary of the Day!
The nice thing about this is that you know exactly who you gave Mazel to and can continue to follow her life. She'll always be a part of your lives as you rescued her and her siblings.
Wow. What a story... and what big hearts exist here on Catster.
For rescuing and loving Miss Mazel and then being able to give her a new home is such an act of generosity I'm moved to tears.
And for her new mommy to patiently take on the task of letting this gorgeous kitty not only getting used to her new home, but in helping her to overcome her scardy-ness... wow.
Love, headbonks, and hugs to ALL of you.
All I can says is, "Well done!" I hope you are all very happy with your decision. I know it was made out of love.
Aww, what a wonderful story! Grace, you gave Julie and Mazel the most special gift - LOVE. You were in the right place at the right time to rescue Mazel and then a couple of years later, again you were in the right place at the right time to rescue Julie. I agree with you that you probably didn't feel loss at letting Mazel go because you know it's the best for everyone involved. Mazel can thrive in her new home. Julie has a new special girl to love and share her life with. And you know that you made the right choice and changed two lives for the better. Bless your sweet heart!
Mazel ~ Congratulations on the DOTD honor and the new home. You are going to become a great blanket tester. We just know it.
Mommy Grace ~ you did a very wonderful, selfless thing by allowing Mazel to go and live with Julie. After reading what you wrote we agree it was meant to be. Sounds like you found the perfect forever home for Mazel with the help of a whole lot of angels.
Mommy Julie ~ Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Even with all the hints we never guessed that it was going to be Mazel.
We are so happy for all of you. Happy Easter.
Miko & Family
PS. Best Diary of the Day. Ever.
It sure does sound like Mazel made herself at home.
Concats on being the Daily Diary Mazel!
Have a great day!
Enjoy your new home.
Love, Kibbles Family
This message is from all my family, but I am writing it because I was once the wildest of all, like Mazel.
Grace - thank you for telling the lovely story behind Mazel's rehoming. Your generosity and selflessness with the cats you have rescued, particularly Catsy and Mazel whose needs you recognized and met so unconditionally, are humbling - as is your husband's! We hope his hand is recovering well - Mama knows how painful and serious those sort of wounds are. (I am blushing.)
Julie - thank you for giving precious Miss Mazel the home she needs. If anyone has the patience and gentleness to help this little girl feel safe, it is you.
Hazel Mazel Mazie Maze-Maze - thank you for being a brave girl and giving these wonderful humans a chance to help you and cherish you. You will have a good, peaceful life in your forever home, and you will be a blessing to your forever Mom. So many people and cats are wishing you well!
Hazel Lucy, Buddie, Catsy and all the other angels - thank you for helping bring all this about with your mysterious and wonderful angel powers. It is awe-inspiring to witness a little bit of destiny fulfilled.
And concats to everyone on Diary of the Day! Now this journey of love will be known to even more Catsters.
It is the most beautiful story. Mazel will shine! First mommy did a really good thing. Saving a life, twice.
This is the most beautiful story we've ever read. What a wonderful choice for the DOTD today. Good job Catster! Everyone should read this entry, it's so touching. We are wishing all the best to Hazel Mazel in her new forever home and all the best to Julie. You two were clearly meant to be together.
Grace, thank you to you and your husband for rescuing these little ones and safeguarding them for so long. You have done a fantastic thing here. The first kitty I fostered and had to let go did tear my heart out because I didn't know where she would end up. We adopted her out through a no kill shelter and I felt so helpless in where she would be in the world. She was adopted by a wonderful woman who has worked with the shelter for years so it eased the pain. Knowing that Mazel is in such a good home and that you made this happen must be a wonderful feeling. I'm so glad you feel no true grief over losing her because you know she isn't really gone, she's where she was suppose to be the whole time. Thank you for all you did.
Grace/Michael - you gave a special gift to Julie. Don't you think her face has the same coloring and marks as the famous HL?
She will settle in in o time with Julie's TLC.
Well, here we go again. Love is out there building yet another bridge! Isn't it amazing how many truly amazing people there are on Catster? I've never experienced anything like it anywhere else. Smooches and bonks to Miss Mazel and her meowmy. It's a wonderful life!
CONGRATULATIONS on your DIARY OF THE DAY
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Have a great day!
~Tundra & The Gang~
What a wonderful story! Best of luck to Mazel in her new home.
Benjamin and family
What an incredible story...what a selfless act of love....
What an incredible story...what a selfless act of love....
What an incredible story...what a selfless act of love....
Grace... We didn't realize you were Catsy's rescuer... this makes the whole story that much more poignant! We all loved Catsy and saw in Olde Furts the incredible life you gave her despite all her previous suffering... now you are doing the same for Mazel. We're fairly grounded kitties, but this seems too amazing to just be a coincidence... Much love to you and Julie!
Ali and the New Mexicats
My beloved Catsy is smiling.
Bless both Mazel's families, new and old.
We are so happy for you, Mazel! We know you have been twice blessed with TWO good mommies. That is more than most cats will ever have! We love you!!!
What a wonderful story! Thank you for sharing it with us all.
What a beautiful story. Mommy's eyes were leaking while she was reading it. I know it was hard for you Grace to give up such a beautiful kitty. I know she is in a good home now. Julie is a wonderful person and she will be a good mom to Mazel. Concats for being DOTD.
Love, Midnight, Poppy, Angel Sammie and Peanut
What an amazing story with a wonderful ending! Sometimes God knows what's best for us and what path we should take even when we don't. Hazel Lucy guided you to your new home and mommy. She will always have your best interest in mind and give you such unconditional love! Congratulations Mazel and also for being the Diary of the Day! What a pawsome beginning to a wonderful life!
Hugs and purrs,
Simon & Reuben(an angel)
Concatulations on your diary of the day. Purrs for Hazel-Mazel in her new place and for both mommies.
De blessings oh St Francis two ewe mazel's mom Grace for everee thing ewe haz done .....May God bless ewe N yur familee tenfold and then sum. High paws N headbonks.......ouch..... two ewe Mazel on yur dia ree oh de day a cheese mint :) and Julie ewe noe how uz trout towners feel, and eye guess HL and buddie did haz kids after all !!!!! Love frum de land oh trout, dude k., boomer, dai$y, tuna N sauce
Mazel is one lucky little girl she has 2 special Moms....it was meant to be and we believe in the stars too...our angels always have a way of bringing our new kitties to us, this is so special! We know Julie and Mazel will be so happy and soon their will be the wonderful bond of love....now Julie and Mazel's next chapter begins and we can't wait to hear!
CONCATS MAZEL on your DOTD, a perfect way to end one chapter of your life and to start your next chapter with your new Mom Julie..
We all send love to both of Mazel's families...
QT, Mom and family
Congrats on being the Diary of the Day! What a wonderful story. Hazel-Mazel, you couldn't have dreamed up two more perfect mommies. This was definitely meant to be.
Purrs...Marina and Tosca
Meowmy is crying her eyes out cuz this is such a touching story!! We's so happy that Hazel Mazel is wiff Julie!!
So happy to find out the news...to top it off, your name is Grace....how fitting for an Angel such as yourself! You did a wonderful thing for Julie and Mazel. Thank you!
Ohhhhhhh!!! Soooo wonderful!!!! A special kitty with two special mommies!!!
This ish all sho furry wunnerful - we ish sho happy fur Mazel and her two families.
This was such a special sacrifice and I too get the feeling it was meant to be all along... Much love to you, your cats and Mazel and Julie. I can't wait to see this special story continue to unfold. x x Chelsea and family
You're a beautiful kitty Hazel Mazel, and you have been blessed to be with two beautiful families! Concats on being the DOTD, we agree that this is one of the best diary entries ever. We're sure Hazel Lucy has put her angel seal of approval on the new blanket tester!
What a beautiful and wonderful diary entry. We wish Mazel and Julie a wonderful life together.
A very moving and beautiful story. Concats on being Diary of the Day Miss Hazel Mazel and most of all, Concats on finding your new furever home with Miss Julie. You are a beautiful kitteh and do resemble "ou"r sweet Hazel Lucy so much. We are so happy for Julie and her new blanket tester. HL and Buddy must be looking down from the Rainbow Bridge with big smiles on their cute faces. You are a wonderful person Grace, for lovingly giving such a beautiful furbaby to a truly wonderful new mommy (Julie). Truly a match made in heaven. Purrs and headbonks from Tuffy, Pickles and Chickie.
Dearest Julie and HMs other mommy:
'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few-or the one'.
This is a lovely gift from the soul, from one mom to another, and we are so happy for both of us, and of course for our new friend, Hazel Mazel!
Happy Diary Pick Hazel Mazel!
This is a beautiful diary entry. You surely have another great home now!
Love Ginger xo
This is a beautiful and touching story. Hazel Lucy said she still would take care of her Mommy when she crossed the Bridge and she did just that.
Mommy Grace, you'll be blessed for your love and kindness to new Mommy Julie.
Congratulations Hazel Mazel on your DOTD.
Hugs & Purrs,
Thank you, Grace and Julie, for mothering this precious and special girl. She is indeed where she belongs and will have a happy life thanks to both of you. God bless you for what you've done for this beautiful kitty.
Love, Ciao and family
What a very touching story. I read it thru teary eyes. Its my belief that everything happens for a reason :)
Happy Easter and thank you for what you did for Hazel-Mazel while you had her. I know she will have a happy home with Julie now also.
My Mommy was so sad yesterday & cried ova this new transition.
I think she felt sad that Mazie needed to be in a single cat household.
Mommy felt bad when I had to leave my first home of five years never realizing that I'd be in a shelter awaiting for my Mommy Liz to adopt me. Thank God she came into my life!
Now, Mommy is feeling so much betta knowing that Mazie will be fureva loved & just so happie & content.
We welcome Mazie to Hazel Lucy & Mom Julie!
This diary was just so inspiring it really warmed Mommy's heart & filled it upps wiff such love....
Thank yew Mazie's Mom for all you have done & given to help all those kitties in need!
You have made all the right choices with Hazel Lucy's Mom Julie.
God bless you!
Love & soft purrs,
Kally Kat ;) ღღ
This has all the stuff that one of HL and Julie's famous Catster/ Dogster rescues ever had! We wish Mazel a smooth transition to her new home, Julie much joy in her new girl, and Grace much love for being able to do such a wonderful thing. Love from all of us xxx
This is so great for all. Bless you! It make s mommy cry but the tear's are happy ones.
Mommy's eyes are smiling. My goodness, the two of you, Hazel Mazel and Hazel Lucy even look enough alike to have been sisters!
Congratulations Momma Julie and Momma Grace. What a wonderful story. Now Hazel Mazel can help heal Momma Julie's heart.
We're so happy for you.
(Angel) Marrakech, (Angel) Misha, Samsara, Colette & Mom, Carol
On my, there are more "Angels" at work here then HL. I was sure that there would be a "twist" with Buddy in the mix. He made sure that there was a "kitty in waiting" for his mother-in-law when HL came to join him.
Great story !! Congrats to all of you.
This is the best happy story we have heard in a long time. We are so happy for all the furs and humans.
Mazel, we look foward to being your furriend and getting to know you as your new adventures unfold.
Kitty kisses to you and yours,