We've come a long way in the last four years. Come read about our journey!
How Scooter Became Mine
In May 2015, four-week-old Scooter and her sister Minnie were found in a split limb of a tree following a storm in Washington, MO. A friend of mine, Julia, took them in to care for them and find them a home. My ex-partner, Dakota, who had just moved to Iowa for work, wanted to get two cats to add to his new home. It seemed like fate, so I called Julia and arranged a pickup time......
Scooter is four years old, and she is an unknown short hair breed. Her sister Minnie is a Torby (Tortie + Tabby), and whether that gives any clues to Scooter's breed, I have no idea. Obviously, the first thing people notice about Scooter is the fact that she's paralyzed. Scooter's paralysis appears to be caused by a birth defect of her spine (Read more about it in our FAQ!). Scooter's paralysis is only one part of her. There's so much more that makes her a special cat!
I'm a 27-year-old from Washington, Missouri. When visiting the scoot.butt instagram page, one the most frequently mentioned things about me is that I’m in the medical field. I am a newly minted doctor, having graduated from Kansas City University in the Class of 2019. I will be a primary care internal medicine resident at Washington Univeristy/Barnes-Jewish Hospital from 2019-2022. There's a lot more to me than just being a medical professional, although that does currently take up a large portion of my life!
What We're up to Now
After living with my sister and her dog Katie and cat Scout for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, Scooter and I have moved in with my mentor, David, and his husband Jeff. They are great friends and have kindly taken us in knowing all of Scooter’s special care needs. While I’m responsible for basically 100% of Scooter’s care when I’m available to do it, Jeff has learned to take care of Scooter’s bathroom needs, which has allowed me some personal freedoms that I haven’t had in quite some time.