When you first meet little furry Mackenzie you might think that she has some anger issues as she has a resting grumpy face all the time. You might also think that there is nothing that would take that grin away. However, when the 15-year-old cat met Santa for the very first time, one might say that it was the best day of her entire cat life.
Angela Rasuse, Mackenzie’s mom, explained, “She has resting grumpy face. She can be the happiest cat in the world — like, thriving and having the best time, and she just has this grumpy look on her face.”
Mackenzie first lived with Rasuse’s grandparents, where he was loved and cared for, however after Rasuse’s grandfather passed away back in 2019, little Mackenzie had no where to go. After that Rasuse decided to take Mackenzie in and give him a loving home just as her grandparents did. However, it was not an easy process as it took some time for the grumpy cat to get used to her new mom. And she wasn't afraid to let Rasuse know exactly how she felt about it.
Take a look at a this hilarious video of Mackenzie showing her new mom just how she feels on TikTok:
It all changed when Rasuse made an impulse purchase online and bought a little harness and leash for Mackenzie. “It showed up and I put it on her, and she became a totally different cat. She loves being in the backyard and playing around. And, maybe like a month later, I took her to our cottage and we were playing on the beach and she absolutely loved it. It was the weirdest thing in the world. Here’s this grumpy, murdery cat, but the second you put a harness on her she becomes an adventure cat."
Mackenzie went everywhere with her mom, even too one of her favourite place, the pet store. However the pet store just got a whole lot better for Mackenzie after she was invited to meet Santa. The Pet Valu store in Nova Scotia, Canada, hosts a fundraiser for their local food bank every Saturday until Christmas and invites all pet owners and lovers to bring their pets to meet Santa and take photos only for a couple of nonperishable food donations.
Rasuse didn’t know at first how Mackenzie would react to meeting a strange man with a large white beard and a fuzzy red suit. Seeing that Mackenzie wasn’t as loveable to people she didn’t know. But it soon became clear that it was one of the best days once Mackenzie sat on Santa’s lap and didn’t want to leave. “She was just looking up at Santa in awe, like ‘who are you,’” Rasuse said. “It was definitely a proud mama moment.”
“She trotted in like she owned the place and waited in line with all the other dogs. I put her beside Santa and she growled, because she didn’t know what was going on. But then she played with the ball on Santa’s hat, she sat in his lap. The funniest part was when we were like, ‘OK Mackenzie, you’ve had your turn. We’ve got the pictures, it’s time for the next animal’. She hissed at me when I tried to take her away from Santa. I don’t know if Santa reminded her of my grandfather or what, but she absolutely loved Santa.”
Rasuse got inspired after seeing how Mackenzie thrived when given a second chance. Rasuse then create a non-profit called My Grandfather’s Cat, which helps seniors arrange homes for their pets before they pass away or move into retirement homes. “We didn’t reinvent the wheel. It’s just people helping people find homes for their animals so they don’t wind up in shelters — and it works.”