Max + Bob = Best Friends Forever

UPDATE: I’m so saddened to report that Max only lived in the lap of luxury with Bob for a few short months until he passed. I’m just so grateful he lived out what was left of his short life in Bob’s home and wasn’t put to sleep in a shelter. Bob said that Max would come up on his bed in the morning though he wouldn’t sleep with him there (which I know Bob was hoping for). Bless Bob for all that he did. xo

Today I received the best Valentines Day present ever. Not flowers or chocolates. Today I received an update on Max.

Max in my bedroom (finally out from under the bed) look at those huge paws!

 For those of you who are not familiar with Max, he’s a senior kitty dumped at the ACC (NYC kill shelter) after 14 years with a family due to “allergies.”

After living in my bedroom for about a month, he found a forever home – hopefully his last – with Bob, an older gentleman in Yonkers who lost his cat a few years ago. [read on to see the sweetest photo ever]

Bob and Max meet for the first time, doesn’t that just melt your heart?

Today I received an update on how the two of them are doing from their neighbor Karen (my spy!), a wonderful woman I met when she herself adopted two of my foster babies.  My heart burst when I read her note:

“So I called Bob before going upstairs. I walked in the door and Max was sitting on the couch watching TV with Bob. I walked over and said hello. He got up and came to me. He let me pet him for a few minutes then went back to where he was sitting. I sat down next to him on the couch and he let me pet him. When he was done he jumped onto the floor and sat next to Bob. All is well!!!”

People often ask if I feel a sense of accomplishment when my fosters find forever homes. The truth is that I don’t.  It’s just something I do without giving it much thought. I see it as a very small way I can do my part for the kitties.

But when I dropped Max off with Bob a few weeks ago, what Bob said to me as he closed the door has stayed with me.

“Max is my family now.”

He probably said it to reassure me that Max would be all right. But in that moment it hit me. Two old men found a companion that day.

I love the photograph above of Max in Bob’s kitchen. When I let him out of the carrier he sauntered right over to the kitchen, stood by the two empty bowls and looked up at Bob like “Where’s the food dude?” The look on his face is priceless. Someone said it looked like he was telling me he’d be okay. That I could go home.

I miss my bedroom cat – as I fondly took to calling him – but it warms my heart to think of them on the sofa together watching TV at nights.

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  • Ingrid King

    What a wonderful happy ending!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks for reading Ingrid! Happy Valentine’s to you and yours!

  • Bonnie Pinkston

    *wipes away the tears* at such a wonderful, happy story for these two “old men”.  You did a marvelous job :) even if Cheeto’s freckled nose wasn’t your best valentine.  lol

    • I HAVE CAT

      I can’t wait to visit them both. I do love Cheeto, please tell him he holds a special place in my heart where he will ALAWAY be #1!

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful gift you gave to Max.  Just being there and giving him a safe place until he found his forever home, is more than most would do. 

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks Nuria for your kind words.
      I know for a fact you would do/you do do the same!

  • Anonymous

    It’s a perfect match–the thought of the two of them sitting on the couch watching TV brings happy tears to my eyes. Thanks for rescuing Max–and Bob!

    • I HAVE CAT

      i KNOW Bernadette! that’s EXACTLY what got me too!:)

  • Luanne57

    bravo!!!  and there’s plenty more where that came from!!!  u know meee…i’ll find another suitable foster for u!  =D

    • I HAVE CAT

      hold your horses miss lu anne! haddie ONLY JUST now stopped peeing everywhere! we need a break!

  • sharon

    This made me cry!  I’m so happy that Max found someone to love and take care of him. :)

    • I HAVE CAT

      Me too! Mar and I can’t wait to make a trip to Yonkers to hang out with both these sweet old gentleman! 

  • Rena

    Such a wonderful story, Tamar, and such a happy ending for Max and Bob! Thank you for all you do.

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thank you Rena! :)
      So happy you enjoyed it! 

  • Rumpydog

    That’s wonderful news!

    • I HAVE CAT

      I’m THRILLED beyond belief! 

  • Ana Grupke

    So often, in this society, our “elders” , both human and feline, are not really shown the respect, love and kindness they deserve.  The story of Bob and Max, with a plot of  twists and turns of fate, resulted in rich and fulfilling destinies for two such elders.  Thank you, Tamar for blessing Max, Bob and all your cat loving fans!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks Ana for your on-going support.
      Your feedback and comments in general mean the world.
      Even though we’ve never met I really feel like I’ve got a friend in my corner in you :)

  • Jmuhj

    *BALM for my soul!*  So glad to read this wonderful cat tale.  This looks like a match made in Heaven.  Happy V-Day to them, and to you, too! <3

    • I HAVE CAT


  • Sarah Menzies

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post! Brought a tear to my eye – and I’m at work, dammit! 😉

    • I HAVE CAT

      You are a sweetheart – you have the biggest heart. You rock Sarah!
      Thanks for being you!

  • Boha509

    Lots of tears as I read this touching story, but they were happy tears. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful love story – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Absolutely! Thanks for being such a wonderful loyal, kitty-loving audience! 

  • Jenny | Floppycats

    so freakin’ cool…a great love story for valentine’s.

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks my dear :)

  • Ryker The Tonkinese

    Mommy sez A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!!

    • I HAVE CAT

      I couldn’t agree with your Mommy more!

  • Karen Jo Gray

    That’s a great Valentine’s Day story.  I am so glad that the two old gentlemen found each other and are enjoying each other so much.

    • I HAVE CAT

      So true..I do think of them as 2 little old gentlemen! I can’t wait to pay them a visit! 

  • P Wheelock

    I LOVE this story. Thank you for sharing it!  All the best to Max and Bob!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thank YOU for caring about the kitties and for taking the time to leave a comment.
      It really means so very much to me!

  • Sherry

    It’s so good to hear news of Max & Bob.  I’ve been following Max’s story through you, and had just wondered how they were doing yesterday.  Thanks for keeping us informed.  Your hard work has paid off yet again.  Love you for it! 

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks Sherry – it’s so lovely to know people like you care about the fate of the furry guys I encounter in my life :)

  • Deborah Julian

    A beautiful story that brought tears to my eyes. How sad for this cat to lose a home after 14 years but how wonderful that these two elder gentlemen found each other.  You should take great pride in being a part of this!

    • I HAVE CAT

      Awww It is sweet. Thanks Deb :)

  • Sideview

    giving two beings each other for love and companionship is a very rewarding thing to do. doesn’t it make you happy?

    • I HAVE CAT

      I really do :)

  • Layla Morgan Wilde

    Two old boys find happiness. Win win. I recently heard from the guy who adopted our foster gal Ling Ling. She doing well  but I know what you mean about missing them.

    • I HAVE CAT

      I wish they had a Bob and Max streaming video channel! 

    • I HAVE CAT

      That’s awesome you got an update….i love that :)

  • Melissa Trax

    Beautiful post with a nice way of capturing the lasting effects of fostering without getting overly sappy. 

    • I HAVE CAT

      Thanks so much Melissa! :)
      Sorry for the delayed response! I really appreciate reading every single comment. Sometimes i read them and forget to respond later!

  • Tina

    This is such a beautiful story!  You have truly facilitated the opportunity for two individuals to serve one another in the most loving way!  It is simply said – A win/win for all!  Thank you for doing all you do and doing so with love!

  • Chris Coulson

    I have tears welling in my eyes!

  • Ryan

    Yay for Max!

  • kinkstar

    Ah, Max! Sweet boy, you found a loving home for just a little while, but maybe it was just enough to calm your soul. Bob will be missing you, so please let him know you’re alright by coming back to brush up against his leg sometime. He’ll know . . .

    • ihavecat

      Thank you for your kind comment, it brought tears to my eyes =^^=
      I worry for Bob now..

      • Sarah

        Has Bob shown any interested in sharing his life with another elderly kitty? There are so many unfortunate stories out there now – beautiful, loving cats who have lost their family or been abandoned.

        • Tamar

          i think he is still grieving…not sure if he can take another loss :(

          • Sarah

            Maybe y’all could interested him in a “middle-aged” kitty — like an 8 year old. He obviously has love he needs/wants to share.