I saw your face and that’s the last I’ve seen of my heart….

Your future was very uncertain.  Who am I fooling?  You didn’t have a future.  You were born, along with your two brothers and two sisters, in a shelter. A kill shelter!  Your chances of survival were bleak at best…. But you were one of the lucky ones.  You were rescued!


You only had to experience the horrors of that shelter for a very short time.  Instead of meeting a cruel, inconceivable fate, you, your siblings,  and your mother were taken to a wonderful woman’s home.  You all were cared for and loved as you grew….

Lucy's birthday picture

The time wasn’t right. Who am I fooling? The time was never going to be right.  Although we knew that we had to open up our home and our hearts to another creature we just couldn’t.  Our hearts were still broken.  We missed Alex, the tailless wonder, so much. Our tears wouldn’t stop flowing…


I don’t know what made me search. I don’t know what drew me to the Long Beach Humane Society’s page.  But it was something.  And when I saw your picture, your glamor shot as your foster mother Jane called it, I fell in love. I knew I had to meet you. I knew my home had to be your home.


And I was right… Oh Lucy… You were exactly what your dad and I needed to help mend our broken hearts.  You have brought us so much happiness and joy.  And in turn, I look at you, and see how you have grown from a little kitten to a beautiful little girl… You are so fearless and happy.  Except for those first few days, you never had a bad day in your life. You were always surrounded by love.  And man, do we love you little girl.


I can’t believe that you are one today!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUCY!  we love you so much!

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Hilary Grossman

Author of DANGLED CARAT - One girl's attempt to convert the ultimate commitment-phobic man into a doting husband with a lot of help from his family and friends................................... “Fans of Sex and the City - Grossman makes a reference to Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big - will enjoy the story, but its real-girl charm should draw an even wider crowd.” - Kirkus Reviews.

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  1. Happy, happy birthday, little Lucy!

  2. Happy Birthday, Lucy! You have grown from a cutie to a beauty. And have brought much love to your mom and dad. Have a great day!

  3. loretta rick says:

    Probably no one really knows how much Lucy is loved & cared for by you & Marc. She has brought such joy & happiness to you both & I wish I was closer because I love her very much, as well. If I were in NY, I would be another to spoil her beyond belief. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LUCY. LOVE YOU LOTS.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Loretta – if you lived in NY I’d have to worry you’d catnap her… She loves her grandma soooo much too. She has really brought us so much joy and happiness. It should be illegal to love a kitten this much so fast

  4. Awww – Lucy is such a cutie. I am very glad that the three of you found each other. Cats are such adorable creatures – sigh – still miss mine…

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Claudia – THanks so much… I am so thankful too… Cats really are amazing. the touch our lives so much… And the pain of losing them never really goes away…

  5. She is adorable! Happy birthday!

  6. Happiest of Birthdays Lucy. We sure are happy that you got rescued and then adopted and now have a bright future ahead of you. Enjoy your day.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Scylla, socks, turien & fenris – thanks guys! I am so happy I was rescued and adopted too… I don’t like to think “what if” XOXO Lucy

  7. Sweet Lucy, we wish you a wonderful, amazing birthday! You’re all grown up now, so quickly. We’re so glad for you, and for your humans, that they were drawn to the shelter…and to you. We think your angel brother had a paw in this. :-)

    Purrs and peace,
    Nicki and Derry

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Fuzzy tales – no doubt my angel alex had a paw in this… He “yelled” at my daddy when he didn’t want to go with mommy to the fosters… And my mom is convinced that I have a part of Alex’s soul…. XOXO Lucy

  8. Happy Birthday, Lucy!!! I hope your day is filled with new toys, catnip and lots of treats and snuggles!!!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Beth Ann – I had such a fun day! My daddy ended up staying home with me because there was work needed at the house and then my mom played with me all night when she got home from work. Birthdays are fun! XOXO Lucy

  9. Happy first Birthday sweet friend! Wishing you many more to celebrate. I know you are having a fun filled day.

  10. Wishing you a very HAPPY #1, BEAUTIFUL GIRL!

    (Same me some cake…..it’s being rationed around my housed)

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Amber – thanks so much!!! I saved you a special piece… and just in the knick of time. Mom said rationing the cake would be a good idea! XOXO Lucy

  11. Happy first Birthday Lucy!!! We hope you get lots of extra treats and loving today!!

    The Florida Furkids

  12. Happy Birthday Lucy. We are glad you found a lovely forever home and know you will be well loved always.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Hannah and Lucy – thanks guys… I am so happy too.. there is no shortage of Lucy love in this house, that’s FUR sure! XOXO Lucy

  13. Happy Birthday Lucy!
    It is so special to be loved and to give that love back.
    Purrs little lady
    Thanks so much for saving a rescue kitty. It everyone did a little there would be little to do.
    Timmy, Dad and Family

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Timmy Tomcat – thanks so much… love and being loved means the world… It is such a great feeling to know we saved a life… You are right.. if everyone felt that way / did this there will be no more horrible places like the one Lucy was born in… or immediately brought too (those details are a little fuzzy)

  14. Aw, how sweet. What a beauty. Amazing how much love can come in such small, furry bundles. :)

  15. Dearest Lucy, Happy Birthday sweet girl. We all fell in love with you when we first saw you too and we know your Angel Brother Alex guided you home. Love, hugs and Birthday smoochies from all of us!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Brian – thanks guys… I agree with you… Alex is totally responsible for me finding my happy ever after… Big smoochies back to all you!

  16. I love a happy ending! Have a wonderful birthday little Lucy. Your peeps saved you from the kill shelter and you saved them right back.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Maggie – you are so right… Lucy was saved and so were we… we were both exactly what the other needed…

  17. Happy 1st birthday, Lucy! What a gorgeous young lady you turned out to be!

  18. A very happy first birthday Lucy. Your story is one of showing how things that are meant to be work out just as they should. We are so happy for everyone!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Angel Abby – Thanks! I agree… my story is a story of fate…. and I am so glad my fate was to find my family… XOXO Lucy

  19. William Kendall says:

    Happy Birthday, Lucy! You’re a sweetie!

  20. Happy birthday little Lucy! Well, purrhaps you aren’t so little any more. You were indeed one of the lucky ones – see what a lovely and loving home you have. Many happy returns of the day, and here’s to many happy years to follow!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Oui oui – I’m not little anymore! I am a BIG girl now! I am ONE!!! thanks for the birthday wishes..It does make me sad that not everyone is as lucky as me… I wish they were… XOXO Lucy

  21. I think you both were lucky ! It was the right time, and now you are so happy together ! Wonderful !

  22. Happy Birthday Lucy! You have won the lottery of love, that is for sure.
    I hope you get some good stuff for your birthday.
    Love Noodles

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Noodles – OMG! I can’t believe you wrote the lottery of love… I just replied to the comment before yours that Lucy and I won the kitty lottery – and i did it before reading your comment…. great minds think a like!

  23. All our best Happy Birthday purrs to you, sweet Lucy! May you have many, many, many more!

  24. we have LOVED watching you grow up and help your mom and dad heal Lucy. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Random – thanks so much… I grew a lot this past year and my parents healed a lot too – but they still miss my brother a lot… They cry a lot too.. But I make them feel better! XOXO Lucy

  25. Happy Birthday Lucy!

    oddly enough it seems like you have been here forever, yet it also seems like just yesterday I was wishing congrats to your parents for adopting :)

    May you have many more birthdays to come..

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Connie – thanks so much! I know… where does time go… I feel like it was yesterday I posted the “lucy in the sky with diamonds” post introducing her to everyone. I can’t believe almost a year has passed since she came home…

  26. Happy birthday, sweet Lucy.

  27. Happy Birthday to you Lucy!!!

  28. Happy Happy Birthday Sweet Lucy!

  29. Happy Birthday, Lucy! I hope it is a day filled with long naps and lots of cat nip!

  30. Happy birthday, Lucy! I am so glad your humans found you!

  31. Happy birthday, sweet Lucy! We sure do love you, little one! :)

  32. Goldie Goodwin says:

    Happy Birthday Lucy! Sounds to me like you were being guided to her. So glad for you, and for her!

  33. Happy Purrrrrthday, Lucy. We hope you had a great day.

  34. Lucy you hit the jackpot finding such a good furrever home. Hopefully you have filled some of the holes in your mum’s heart.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Derby & Ducky – I sure did get lucky, but then again so did mommy and daddy (I am a very sweet girl). I definitely helped fill some of my mom’s broken heart… she loves me soooo much and so does my daddy! XOXO Lucy

  35. Happy Birthday, Lucy! Cuddles from Target and Guido.
    PS got any birthday chikkun to share???

  36. Aw, Happy Birthday pretty kitty!! ZooZoo sends big kisses for your birthday.
    thank you for coming to the beach and bringing all of us such joy!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Rorybore – I get ZooZoo Kisses??? really? me? I know how much she loved my brother.. she loves me too? YEAH! XOXO Lucy

  37. Happy Birthday Lucy, you beauty!! xoxox

  38. Happy Birthday, Lucy! You are so lucky to have found your new parents. And they’re so lucky to have you!

  39. Happy Birthday Lucy!

  40. What an awesome post and a very Happy Birthday to you, Lucy! You are adorable as always and so blessed in the most loving home! :)

  41. A belated Happy Birthday, lovely Lucy! We are so glad you found your humans, and we KNOW they will love you furever and ever!!

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Cattywumpus – thanks so much… I know you are right! How could they not love me forever.. I am the most lovable! XOXO Lucy

  42. Hope Lucy had a wonderful birthday! She’s such a beautiful girl.

    • Hilary Grossman says:

      Janet – thanks so much! She had a great birthday – but she is a lucky girl… she never had anything but a great day…

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