BOB CAT

Bob Cat with his characteristic "smile"
Bob Cat with his characteristic "smile"
BC  in his outdoor cattery near the entry way to his apartment which he shared with Handsome
BC in his outdoor cattery near the entry way to his apartment which he shared with Handsome



BOB CAT

You showed up to stay

One fateful day

Beaten and bruised

And badly abused

Your face a battle ground

But you came around

Bob Cat


Body deeply injured

And yet, you endured

Maimed and scarred

From a life turned hard

Still, your head held high

Though,

We could not deny

Injuries so deep

You made me weep.

Bob Cat


Such a tough little one

Almost undone

By forces unseen

Strong and lean

Aggressive and mean

Independent and proud

And yet

You allowed

Our touch, our care

A newfound comfort there


Yes

You appeared one day

And decided to stay.

We took you in

A new life to begin

It’s as if you knew

We would care for you

Mend the hurt and pain

That you might live again.

Bob Cat


We gave you a home

To rest your head

There is no doubt

Without us, you’d be dead

Such a life of sorrow

Perhaps, no tommorw

But,


Two years did you stay

Two years to this day

You never wandered far

You never wished to stray

A good home you had found

You choose to stay around

Bob Cat


Not more than a week ago

Your pace began to slow

Telling me what I already know

Sadly your fate had been sealed

By a Tom's most deadly deal


Leukemia is a cat’s worse fear

But it is the card you were dealt,

My dear

Bob Cat


A rapid decline with not a hope

A difficult choice

We had to cope

There is no escape

From this slippery slope

 So


We took you to your last refrain

Held you so close, until...

A kitten, again!

We helped you ease into that

Good night

Allowing your tough soul to take flight.

You’re with your brothers, now

You’ll be allright

Bob Cat.

 It's been a really difficult past two weeks. During this time, we have lost 3 of our beloved companion animals. Bob Cat appeared one day in our yard in the country. Severely beaten up, we coaxed him into our home and hearts. He tested positive for feline Leukemia..a death sentence which can limit life to a year or as long as 5 or more. He was a brawler of a Tom cat...even after being "adjusted!" We introduced him into our special little cabin and the other FeLV + cats who lived there. Though an aggressive cat; he immediately fell in love with his new friends and had companions his entire life with us; 5 other Leukemia + male kitties; all but one from that little circle of friends, are now passed. There are two in an upper bedroom of the main house; and we are considering introducing Handsome to those two. Handsome is quite the brawler, too, though...we shall see.



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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

You can take comfort in the fact that Bob finally found peace. He was loved, comfortable, and happy to share his final moments with you. Beautiful...


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Paw-Paw John 5 years ago from Greenville, SC

You have my deepest condolences. Such a beautiful tribute to a wonderful cat. I too had a scraper. I rescued Fraidy Cat from two wild dogs one day. He ran off and I thought for sure I would never see him again. A few days later, he showed up on my porch, one ear badly tattered and full of scratches. He would not let me get close to him, so I fed him an anti-biotic in a bowl of milk.

Fraidy stayed outside at our house for about five years. He was old, and some of the younger cats were challenging him for his territory. The last time I saw him, he came inside for just a moment, looked around, then looked at me as if to say "goodbye" before going back out again. I truly believed that he choose to die on his territory, but wanted to say "Thank You" to us for all we had done for him.

I firmly believe that one day I will see Fraidy Cat again. And I am sure that Bob Cat is there too, and one day you will see him and all those who have gone on before you.

May God grant you peace.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you sweet Augustine.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

PawPawJohn...Oh, I have tears in my eyes for Fraidy Cat and you. yes, I understand. I do believe he came to say 'goodbye, thank you kind sir.' There is so much more to these lovely animals than even we, who love them so, can truly comprehend.

BobCat was just like Fraidy Cat..he'd fight any other animal..then, the day we found he was Leukemia +, we placed him with the other positive kitties in their cabin and, amazingly, he mellowed out and became very close with each and every one. Now, Handsome, a big, burly Tom is the only one remaining. We've had him the longest and suspect he is a 'carrier,' but will not succumb to the disease...but, oh, how he misses Bobcat.

Much love to you PPJ..we did donate to Puffy Paws, btw..what a compelling story. those two angels need a break, though..I can tell you...we're at about 1/2 their #...just the two of us...and it is so emotionally and physically charged at all times, as you know. Boy! Well, much love to you and yours, PPJ. and Thank you for such a lovely and heartfelt comment which I definitely take to heart.


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DzyMsLizzy 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

Oh how heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Know that you made the right choice in helping him to the Rainbow Bridge, where he awaits your reunion, and meanwhile has lots and lots of other "anipals" to romp with in a place where dogs and cats and mice and squirrels all get along.

**Eyes streaming--can no longer see to type..**

Voted up, awesome & beautiful

P.S. tyvm for supporting Puffy Paws!! They are awesome to accomplish what they do!


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

'Do not go gentle into that good-night,' may have been written for us, but the furry friends prefer it when they can. Thanks to the very special love of people like you Lucky and your friend. Your poem is achingly beautiful and lets hope if you introduce Handsome he makes love not war.You know you have my deepest sympathy...or perhaps empathy is more appropriate.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi MixLizzy! Oh, so good to see you! Thank you so much for the sweet comment which helps immensely in underscoring that we shall all meet again! Puffy Paws...have you met Paw-Paw John here on HP's? He is the one who introduced me to Puffy Paws. those two are amazing...awesome and ...in desperate need of help on so many levels. Yes, we donated to them...I love the work they are doing and they need support so that they can continue on as well as care for themselves.

We miss BobCat terribly; he was such a trooper.,,.and a warrior cat, too. LOVE the anipals! I think that pretty much summarizes it for me!!

Much love, Lizzy! Kathy


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Alastar, hey sweetie! Thank you for your empathy! And, yes; I know I do. Love the first line of your comment...and, Handsome..such a truly good lucking guy..we're hoping for the best. I fear...there's no more 'making love' for this young man. .!! but, I know he could use some affection right now. Always wonderful to see you here Alastar!!


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

This made me cry, Lucky Cats, how terribly sad. Sadly strays often are infected with feline leukaemia. So much so that my vet advised me not to bother having our cat inoculated against it. If he was going to get it he would probably already have it, he said.

We took The Toof (called that as he has only one fang left, probably due to a poor diet as a youngster) in five years ago and of course have no idea of his age. Some days he thinks he's a kitten, other days he seems out of sorts. An intact stray tom he had a huge abscess on his head, from fighting no doubt, and he knew he needed help. Amazingly he decided to try trusting humans.

I have written about him at http://hubpages.com/animals/Moggy-v-Pedigree...

He never ceases to amaze us with his ability for love and is never happier than when he is close to us ...

Ah, cats ... dontcha just love 'em!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Angie! First, to answer your question: Yes, I certainly DO love cats...just cannot help myself.

Thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment and sharing a bit about The Toof. These cats, the forlorn ones so in need of help, just steal my heart. You are right, they DO come for help...I am thoroughly convinced of it.

Leukemia is such a horrible sentence for a cat. All together; we've had 9 positive kitties; only one a female. Now, we have 3 remaining. It's like walking on egg shells, sometimes.

Bless you for caring and helping Toof...people like you make this life just a little sweeter.

I'm going to visit your link and, thank you, again, Angie Jardine, for your kind words.!!


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JY3502 5 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

I'm so sorry for your loss Lucky. I know you hurt. I've lost several furry little friends in my time also. God Bless!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Ahh,JY..what a sweetheart. Thank you. I'll have to read that latest hub of yours to get my mind off this...always wonderful to see you here, JY.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I'm so sorry Kathy. I know how much you loved Bob Cat and all of your animals. God Bless. DzyMsLizzy's comment brought a tear.


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catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

I'm so sorry. I just had a stray that I had to put to sleep because he had FIV. It breaks your heart, doesn't it? So sorry for your losses. I've always said that taking care of these little angels is a lot of "blood, sweat and tears." But certainly worth it. You do such a good job...they are lucky to have you.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Always! Such a treat to see you here...always am glad and appreciative of your visits. Thank you so much for understanding my love for these crazy critters and, I agree..Lizzy sure said it! She's a great soul, too...just like you.

Catsypsy! What a dear you are! So sweet to see you and read your comment; please know, absolutely, that I understand and empathize w/your experience, too...the many diseases that attack cats are astounding and deadly...and seem to be on the increase. At least, in my area; it is rampant which is why so many of our rescues have had one or the other of the most destructive illnesses...Aids and Leukemia as well as other problems. Yes, very difficult. Bless you, my friend...you are so right on all counts. kathy


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Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States

Sorry, to hear about BOB CAT and your other kitties. I lost a cat to Feleuk, too. That's such a rough road . . .


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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I think anyone who has ever loved a critter dreads that day. Even under the best circumstances, there is never enough time. I am sorry I am late to find your sad news. I had to take MacGregor to the emergency clinic with both ears suddenly fire red, painful, and infected. He kept shaking his head, cocked to one side and was struggling with his balance. His eyes looking to me to help him struck fear and panic in me. What feels like eternity is actually only 3-days where he seems better.

I know what it feels like to make that final decision. As gut-wrenching as it is, I was grateful that I could give my sweet companion relief from suffering where there was no chance of recovery. Lucky cats is the perfect name for you, Kathy, as every suffering animal that crosses paths with you is lucky to have found nirvana in your loving care. I hope your find solace and peace in knowing that your extraordinary endeavors give all of your best friends heaven on earth. You are the angel they are looking for that never turns away or lets them down as their past continually did. It is a great comfort to me, as well as to your innocent refugees, knowing that you are out there, doing all that you do. One step at a time, one day at a time, one castaway at a time, you are making the world kinder, gentler and more loving. You raise the bar for the ultimate meaning in respecting life and making it the best it can be. You have earned your wings. I love you, my friend.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Debra. yes, very sad to have lost this scrappy little guy...full of life and spit and vinegar! I'm looking for other pics of him; he had nothing but a stub of a tale..not more than 1/2 inch at the most. Hope I can find more photos.

So sorry for your loss of a kitty to Feline Leukemia...BobCat was # 6 of the 9 we've had...3 left. It's a ticking time bomb and goes off unexpectedly, sometimes. thank you for the visit and kind words Debra.

Amy! My dear friend. I know you're overwhelmed right now with so much going on on such a personal and emotional level...I know you are carrying the burden of an entire family on your shoulders in so many ways...that I am very honored that you took the time to visit and comment in your most loving and inimitable way...your words are poetic in nature...lovely and heartfelt in such al BIG way..and so appreciated. I hope MacGregor is doing better...I bet he was suffering from either fungus or ear mites...in these humid, steaming hot environments, all kinds of opportunistic parasites and "molds" take advantage of our sweet companion animals. I have had to purchase dozens of "Ottomite" and "Eradimite" tubes at a time to deal w/all our babies. Let me know how he is dong..I order from 800 Petmeds or Entirely Pets.com for flea, ear mite and tick remedies...much less expensive in my case.

How are you doing? I hope better or at least/evened out...you know, the onus always falls in the lap of the most loving of souls because, you can't just 'look the other way' when there need..and, right now, your family is in dire need on so many levels...and you have been 'given' the job of trying to 'fix' it or, at least, lessen the blows and soften the edges...not an easy task.

Thank you, Amy, for your kind words. You are the exact way in which you have described me...I am lucky in that I have a partner who is right there beside me in every way to work on so many of the urgent and immediate needs/problems. I wish for you that you had the same in a very close friend...sometimes, I believe that such a friendship is the ultimate "love" in this life; unselfish, giving, concerned, cooperative and caring.

You deserve this, too...I hope I am not being too presumptuous in saying so.

Yes, I miss my babies...3 in as many weeks...one so tragic that I can't put it into words...I refuse to because it was an accident that should not have happened and just the image and thought of it makes me heart broken..suffice it to say..there is no more suffering, now.

Oh, how maudlin.

Keep your chin up and your strength, Amy.

Your friend for life,

Kathy


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

heart breaking and heart warming - voted up and awesome


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you annmackiemiller. So appreciate your visit and comment.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

You obviously have a big heart and soul and the animals that find a way to your door will lead the balance of their lives (however long they have) surrounded by peace and love and comfort. Our Halloween black cat story tells of one animal rescue that we did and hers was a horrific start to life. Unfortunately we were never able to pet her but she lived with us for many years. We have also rescued many dogs in our lifetime. Seems we are kindred spirits. All positive buttons up!


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Peggy W. Yes, we are kindred spirits! This makes me happy for animals and happy for we who need to know that there are others "out there" who care about helping defenseless animals.

I absolutely LOVED your story about your mother saving Angie. Your mother and you are angels. And then, I read that she has passed away and I am very sorry that you've lost such a wonderful parent and friend. My heart goes out to you, Peggy.

Thank you for your kind words about BobCat...he was a scrapper and a brat of a cat..and we loved him He did have a very good life for those years...nothing lacking and everything provided. We knew his journey would be short because of the positive test and, he had a foot would that took so much medication and so long to heal; it was as a result of the Leukemia. But, he had friends, love , companionship and safety/security...a home w/AC and heat and indoor/outdoor access.

So..we keep on truckin'..we have 6 dogs now and theirs are also compelling stories of rescue. There will ALWAYS be animals in need...we do what we can.

bless you , Peggy..and your mother's sweet spirit.

Your friend for animals,

Kathy


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Kathy,

Gosh, I feel so bad for you. Leukemia has always scared me as I have become such a cat lover and all of my cats were strays. I have been fortunate so far and can only imagine how you must feel. But it leaves such a warm feeling in my heart knowing that you gave these beautiful animals the best life possible. Thank you for that!

Hugs,

Sharyn


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Sharyn. this has been a particularly hard time, the last several weeks. We've lost 3 of our babies. And, you are so right about fearing Feline Leukemia...it is so insidious and so unpredictable. The 'unseen' taker of life. A month ago, Bob Cat was in (what we thought) perfect health although, of course, we knew he was Leukemia +...nonetheless, the tendency is to ignore that fact and convince oneself that 'this is the exception.'

I hope you never receive this news...I'll tell you, around here (I'm back in SE Kansas...getting ready for a second "move" on Aug. 2)..it is rampant..due to the neglect and abject carelessness of most people. We've had 9 all together....we have 3 remaining.

Thank you, Sharyn, always, for your visit and wonderful words of support and for knowing and understanding the value of our animals in our lives. Bless you, my dear and....how are you doing? Lookin' up these days? Hope so!!!


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Dim Flaxenwick 5 years ago from Great Britain

oooooooh!! Awesome and beautiful.

Awesome because your poem was so good.

Beautiful because this type of story of loving a cat that´s been abused always hurts my heart , while warming it also when there are people like you around to care so much. Thank you for posting such a lovely tale.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Thank you so much , Dim..I truly appreciate your kind comment...reading it gives me joy because, I know, there is another person out there with a loving heart and good soul. bless you, Dim!


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Ah, Lucky,

I am drawn to you, and again sorry for being so tardy, so sorry for these losses. You are experiencing so many changes right now and I am glad you are still expressing yourself so beautifully with us. My heart is with you.

Bob reminds me so of mean (yet sweet) Greyball, that we rescued when I was a little girl. He was never tame but he so appreciated our nurturing the short time he "allowed" us to care for him. I just see it as a treasure as long as we have them, but it does surely hurt when they leave us. Love you, baby, mar.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Mar, I know you are one who understands the love and loss of our animal companions and the deep role they play in our lives....this makes you fabulous, my dear...along with all the other loving and real-ness about you..one of a kind and I am a lucky woman to have found such a friend!

My empathy for you, as a little girl, and Greyball...yes, throughout life...these creatures come and go, asking for very little but needing so much. There are angels out there who help...you are one, my friend.

Always a wonderful way to start my day when I see that you've visited...I've written a crazy poem for everyone...our ups and downs....it is dedicated to my HP's friends. Kathy


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DTroth 5 years ago from My Little Hole In The Wall, HubPages, USA

Hi Cats...

What a beautiful and deeply sad poem. :( You are a woman after my own heart. I live in NE Kansas and have made a "rescue" or two in my day as well (I lost count). We also get a lot of "dumpees" too. Usually pregnant or "in heat" cats. Sometimes I really hate people...know what I mean?

I'm sorry about Bob Cat and his brothers, but at least they had a safe haven with plenty of food, clean water and TONS of love during their last years, months, days. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to save them. (:

You have a BIG heart and a kind, gentle soul.

Much love and many hugs,

Diana

Voted UP, A and B (:


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Diana...thank you so much for visiting and commenting...it takes a special person to love and understand these feelings for animals. yeah, i do understand..sometimes, I hate people, too..I get so angry and depressed and feel helpless in the face of so much disregard.

I read your profile and said "now, there's a woman who understands and who actually does something about it!" Yeah, Bob Cat succumbed to that damn disease..we knew it would happen...as we always do.

enjoyed reading some of your writing and will make sure to take the time to visit again and again...

Thank you, diana..and I am honored to call you friend.

Kathy


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Vin Chauhun 4 years ago from Durban

damn sad ...He looked a fine feline.....being the full on cat Lover that I am...it really pisses me off when humans treat cats so badly...i wish the humans who made him suffer get the same disease he had....wow...Bobcat sure is magnificent :)


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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California Author

Hi Vin Chauhun....BobCat was such a burly, "manly" cat. He sure did have a tough time before he found us. What a character he was. I really appreciate your comment, Vin....I ALWAYS appreciate and have a great respect for those who are "full on cat Lovers!!" Thank you for the visit and great comment. Kathy

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