Smokey’s Groundhog Day

On February 2, 2019, thousands of people gathered at Gobbler’s Knob to find out if Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow. On that Groundhog Day, the adorable rodent did not see his shadow and predicted an early spring.

On the same day Phil was making his (very, very incorrect) prediction, a sweet, 10-year-old cat with a beautiful gray coat and stunning green eyes arrived at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center. Smokey was surrendered due to allergies, house soiling and destruction.

In the movie Groundhog Day, a self-absorbed weatherman played by Bill Murray, becomes stuck in a time loop where he relives the same day over and over again. He begins a journey of self-improvement and eventually stops the cycle and wakes up next the woman he loves. Sorry if this was a spoiler, but to be fair, the critically acclaimed comedy came out more than 25 years ago, so you’ve had plenty of time to see it.

Now back to Smokey. Obviously, she couldn’t help the allergies, but in her previous home, Smokey wasn’t always consistent with using her litterbox and sometimes preferred the microfiber couch to her scratching post. These less than desirable qualities would make it a little bit more challenging to find the perfect home, but with some help from our behavior team, she’s been on her own journey of self-improvement.

Now, it’s important to note what’s great about Smokey—and there’s a lot that’s great about this sweet girl. She’s a super friendly cat who greets friends with meows and is usually more interested in affection than treats—though she does love a good crunchy treat every now and then. Smokey enjoys snuggling up in a warm lap while receiving lots pets and chin scratches. She has also lived well with children in the past.

We learned that in her previous home, Smokey was good with her litterbox when she was the only pet in the household. So, she does share some traits with Bill Murray’s character in Groundhog Day—much like “the talent” is the star of the newscast, she wants to be the star of your home.

Since arriving on February 2, Smokey has been essentially reliving the same day over and over again—waking up each morning, hoping that today is the day things will change and that tomorrow she’ll be in a new, loving home. And we hope so too—she has been doing very well in our behavior program, and we think she’s completed her journey of self-improvement, so her Groundhog Day can come to an end.

If you’d like to give this sweet 10-year-old cuddle bug a chance, meet her at the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock. You can learn more about Smokey and other great pets waiting for new homes by visiting our adoptions page.