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A TALE OF FIVE KITTIES
Little One, Cutie Pie, Sandy Cat and Pinky (sadly, no pictures of Whitey)
Five Stories of Cat Rescue Instigated by Kindly and Concerned People
WHITEY and THE ELDERLY LADY
I drove past your home today
I'd heard that you had gone away
To greener pastures, so they say
A 'for sale' sign is on display
But, I will not forget the day
When faced with a choice...a life to save
You stepped right up in a loving way
Dialed my number and asked, "...if I may...
Ask your assistance, oh please, I pray...
Help me save this sweet, sweet babe.
A frightened cat without a friend
And I've tried so hard to bring him in
But its proven to difficult for my shaking hand
Will you help? Will you do what you can?"
Of course, I did.
And, as it works out, you will soon see
That Whitey was a very special kitty
His mother was found several years before
Her story follows; please read more…….
I walked past the home...the house where you lay
On a searing, burning hot August day
Helpless, hapless, and weak; your fate
Permanently sealed; I thought: “… too late."
As I viewed your limp body on the side
Of an overgrown lawn, in tall blades did you hide
From the torment and torture of our disregard
In an ugly, abandoned, threatening yard
Where no one cared enough to see
The tiny, suffering one just at their knee
Though you cried the most delicate, soft plea
To someone, anyone; "please, please save me."
I didn't expect to find you there
This wasn't why I ventured near
For, you see, I sought another one
Whose life, like yours, was almost done
As I called and searched for that old soul
I heard the most pitiful, beseeching ‘meow’
The best you could muster in such a depleted state
And, yes, it was not yet, your fate
To leave this place of doubtful future
No, I was led there to aide; to nurture
And bring you, Little One, back to health
My little companion; a world of wealth
It has been twelve years since then
And, here you are, my lifelong friend
A kitten, still...a new life which bagan
When I lifted you into loving hands.
SANDY AND THE KIND NEIGHBOR
Although we had not spoken a year or more
You took a chance and approached my door
A special request, you did implore….
“Please take this small, pathetic one
For, I cannot call her mine,
She is in need of home and safety
And, I’m so sorry; but it cannot be me
Oh, I hope you’ll consider taking her in
Being born in this world her only sin
Though we have not been the best of friends,
I beg of you, a helping hand to lend…
And, through this act; we’ll begin
To smile once more as we make amends.”
I took the small bundle from his outreached hand
As I gave a hug to that sweet man
A neighbor with a heart of gold
A sensitive soul, a story untold
Of many acts in quiet love
A gentleman guided from above
Through a sensitive and an empathetic way
He acted to save the little kitten, that day
Now, in my life, a man so dear
Brought together by a path quite clear
And Sandy Cat, oh, she’s doing well
And, for me, her human, ‘that’s just swell!’
CUTIE PIE and THE VISITOR
My phone rang on a cold winter’s night
An unfamiliar voice asking if I might
Have a moment to hear of the plight
Of a tiny black kitten, thrown out of sight.
“I see you’ve just lost your beautiful boy
Little Stevie; who gave you so much joy
He hasn’t been seen in a week or so
Believe me when I say ‘I know’
How it feels to lose one so dear
And how this brings many a tear
I wish you well and the best of luck
To bring your beloved Stevie back.”
I listened as she continued on;
“I’m here on holiday and, will soon be gone
I’ve found a thrown away, sickly cat
A kitten, really; can you imagine that?
But I must leave; I’ll soon depart
I saw your ads which quickened my heart,
'Oh, I hope this saddened, sorrowful soul
Will see the need of this one, so small'
And so, you see, I made this call,
A last ditch effort … giving it my all
No pride, no reward, no; not even maybe
Just a sincere prayer
That you’ll adopt this baby."
When we were through and said “goodbye,”
I couldn’t help but silently cry
How could someone have been so cruel?
A selfish hateful, empty fool.
Plans were made to meet that night
I fell in love at the very first sight
Of a tiny black kitten, with a tiny moan
I held her close all the way home.
Now, because of the love of the kind visitor
Cutie Pie thanks me with the loudest purr
A chubby, healthy, happy cat
These 10 years hence…
How about that?!
PINKY at THE VETERINARIANS' OFFICE
I visited “Max” near the cage where you lay
For all the staff there, it was a sad day
For they could not tell what was wrong with you
And, so, it seemed; your life was through
In a deep deep coma, throughout each day
No desire to awake, no wish to play
A beautiful young kitten, so sick, so ill
Controlled by an illness and not your own will
I asked of your health, your home and family
I was told of a certain, unchanging reality;
They choose to abandon you, to leave you there
They chose as if they didn’t care
No more thought given to heal your wound
No, they choose to leave you alone in that room
“What of this little one, who quietly lies here?”
I asked, though I knew…my greatest fear
The helpless young cat had no one to care
With a tear in my eye, I departed from there
Five miles away, I abruptly stopped
“I must do something…at any cost”
That moment of decision, emotion stirred
I rushed back there with an encouraging word
“Let me adopt this sweet soul, whom I’ve never held
Let’s do what we must, to make him well.”
A few calls were made in hurry and haste
For there was precious little time to waste
In rapid succession, using unworldly will
We delivered the kitten in my arms, so still
Sixty miles we sped, and not a moment lost
To capable hands who would do their best.
A long story short, melancholy and sweet
Our little Pinky was brought home to meet
A host of kitties, in particular “Little One”
Who nurtured and treated him just like her son
She cared for little Pinky during his short, sweet days
Her love for little Pinky did truly amaze.
Well, he stayed with us for 8 happy months
Before leaving this world; he was loved so much
To this day, I think often of my little sick boy
All the laughter, fear, anticipation and joy
We knew the outcome and his unchangable fate
I’m just glad that we were not too late
To give little Pinky a wonderful time
Before exiting this earth, to a new life sublime.
There are so many more of these stories…perhaps I’ll share more in days to come…thank you for reading about my real life cat tales.
Bless all those wonderful people who give of themselves in so many incredible ways for the safety, love and appreciation of animals.
A return to the life that I once lived
Where beauty surrounds