It was back in 2008 that Christine Weber Bouldin found a kitten that changed her life forever. She was serving in Afghanistan at that time, and somehow a stray kitten came her way. “I’d never seen a cat like that,” the woman told PEOPLE. “I felt so sorry for her. She couldn’t stand up and would flip over.” The reason for this was because the kitty had Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH), a non-progressive disease that affects motor skills. Bouldin just couldn’t leave the helpless creature there. And so, luck smiled upon the poor kitten, as he’d found a new home and a new name that day, Felix.
She paid a driver $300 to pick up Felix from their base and transport her to Constable’s pet shelter in Kabul until Bouldin could fly the cat to the States. “It was a little over an hour to get to our base from Kabul, and you’re always in danger of IEDs …I was worried about her. I didn’t know if I’d see her again— if they wouldn’t allow me to bring her home. I’m pretty sure I cried,” Bouldin shares.
Fortunately, things were fine for them. Bouldin had to pay $2000 for shipping costs to fly Felix home, but she didn’t bother though. “I didn’t even care what I had to pay,” says Bouldin.
Felix then joined the family of four, along with Bouldin, her husband, and their male cat Gus in Lakewood, Colorado. Bouldin believes that all that hardship she encountered to reunite with Felix are nothing compared to the tough times Felix helped her through.