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Kitty ---Just When I Needed Her Most

Updated on November 14, 2019
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Patricia is someone whose life is centered around family. Each day is one more opportunity to show my loved ones how much they mean to me.

Kitty in my Window

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A Welcome Visitor Each Morning

Finally, after many failed attempts, I caught this image of Kitty. Most every morning when she hears me opening blinds, she races to the railing just outside the door and perches precariously waiting for the blinds at her window to open.

And, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, I was able to photograph this sweet and loving kitty. What a pleasure it is to share it with you.

June 20 2019 Kitty is a smart little girl

Little Kitty is so very smart. She had lead me to believe she was this forlorn and abandoned kitty that no one cared about. Just a few days ago I discovered she is actually the kitty of my neighbors across the street. She kept that a secret from me as she never came to visit me from their home. It was only by accident that I discovered it. My next door neighbor and I were chatting one day and Kitty appeared. We both adored her and I told her she is not my kitty. She nodded and smiled. And went on to tell me that she actually is their kitty and she pointed across the street!!!

I have told them I am not trying to steal her and they are fine with me loving on her. She spends quite a bit of time here now----sleeping on my front step or on top of my car. I still say this is a Kitty who came just when we needed each other most.

Comfy and Relaxed

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Cats choose us. We don't own them.

— Kristen Cast

Abandoned

Alone. Lonely. Just needing someone to come along and love me. When I was a wee kitten, I awoke one morning to find my Momma was nowhere to be seen and she just did not come home again, ever. I do not know what could have happened to her but very early in my life I began to believe it was me against the world. Horrible things began to happen. I was thirsty and hungry and alone---did I already say that? Day turned to night and while I am able to see very well at night when you are just newly no longer a suckling kitten, everything is strange and brand new and very frightening.

"Hello---she calls me Kitty"

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Surviving

For many times of the sun coming up and going down. I survived by hunting whatever small, fast-moving critters I could find. (I find out now they are called 'ro-dents' or something like that.) My home was in high, dry grasses, under sheds, under porches...anywhere I could find shelter from down-pouring rain or heat so hot that my paws felt they would bubble up and burst even in sand.

A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not.

— Ernest Hemingway

Mine (Padi thinks this is her box with wheels--- but no...)

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Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.

— Pam Brown

My Padi did not get to see me when I was a kitten---so this is for her

When a cat flatters ... he is not insincere: you may safely take it for real kindness.

— Walter Savage Landor

Stretching...

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No Feline Friends

Danger comes, even now, in many sizes and forms. The heat and rain and wind are my every day challenges. Those I have become prepared to face. There are others that frighten me much more. There are other Felines who, like me are homeless and have no special One to care for them. And rather than embracing me and offering to be my Comrades they usually offer hisses and spit at me. If that does not get the message over to me, they will quickly smack and scratch at me!!

One thing I became was fearless. Maybe not fearless...maybe I became more alert, overly cautious, always looking around in case danger was near.

Learning

The Felines usually are about the same size I am so while they can spell danger, they are not as fearsome as some other critters I encounter. There are the stray dogs, too. Sadly, some of them are pushed out of those boxes with wheels that hurry up and down our street. That leaves them sad and lonely and hungry, too. Some befriend me. Most do not.

One of my first days showing her how cute I am

My appearance here is deceiving. I have lots of fluffy hair but I a really very thin. My Padi will help me fix that.
My appearance here is deceiving. I have lots of fluffy hair but I a really very thin. My Padi will help me fix that. | Source

Waiting for Padi

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Deer

The night is filled with many strange creatures. Beautiful, sleek four-legged ones often travel in twos and threes or more. Some say they are called Deer. I have not found them to cause fear within me but they are very alert and move quickly and stealthily to avoid the Humans.

Bears

Rarely but once in a while very large brown fuzzy creatures stumble out of the woods and down the street looking for trash cans to pummel, searching for food. I have not gotten very close to these massive characters which some Felines say are called Bears. I did see a small one playing in the path where those boxes with wheels travel. I smiled as he played and was relieved when I saw those boxes with wheels slow down until the young one moved off the path.


Curious

There are many other critters but most of those to do not cause me to be fearful. You know, I am very curious by nature. So when I saw a long piece of curled up food lying in the road, I had to explore. Sidling up to it, my paws reached out and poked at it. Much to my surprise, it moved! lt was alive! It raised its little head and began moving it back and forth at me. I was not afraid. I played with it for a bit and I think it got tired of the game. It scurried off the path and into weeds. Silly me. Of course, I followed. We continued our game for a while and decided we had both had enough and we both went on our merry way. That was the first day I saw my Padi.

Wake me later

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She's watching

Yes. I first spied my Padi that day. She came down the path in one of those boxes with wheels. I guess watching me with that food that I now know as a Snake caught her eye. She sat and watched us until we went into the tall weeds. I did not see her any more that day and did not really meet her for many rising and setting suns.


Leaf game---part 1

The way I met her was kind of sneaky. She spends a LOT of time working on her yard. The last of the dried leaves needed to be raked and bagged. I saw her from my little spot in the tall, dry grasses across the street. I could help with that. Sort of. She would rake them into a nice, big pile and bend down to scoop them up and put them in a bag. I would bat at her hand and of course she batted back. This was a great little game. She would finally be allowed to place a few of the leaves in the bag.

Leaf game---part 2

The second part to the leaf game was probably more fun than the first part. She would rake the leaves into a nice, fluffy pile and that was my signal. Slither up inside of that pile and hide myself, almost. She would laugh out loud and shoo me out. But just that fast, I would scurry back into the middle of her neatly raked leaves. When she bent down to pick up a handful, once again I would bat at her gently. She would just smile and say, "You are so playful." This game would continue for a while and I heard her mumble something like---"this is like the game "Where's Waldo?" when you look at the photos." Even now I have no clue what she meant by that. After a while she would take a break and I would wander off to chase a leaf that the wind had caught. This was really the beginning of our friendship.

Where's Kitty?

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Visiting Time Cut Short

The next time I saw her in the yard, I raced over to visit. I followed her all over the yard as she watered her flowers and plants. I tried not to trip her but she often fussed at me and still does about trying to make her fall. I really am just loving on her---not trying to make her fall. One thing that she does that I really do not like is when she goes to the small box without wheels around back, opens it, and brings out a tiny box on wheels that has no cover---I think she says she will be doing something to the grass in her yard with it. Anyway I do not like it and even before she makes it rumble with a big noise, I have taken off. That spoils my visiting time for the morning with her.

Gaining entry

Each time I visit her ever since that first day, I make sure to speak sweetly and look as adorable as I possibly can. I can be a bit of a nuisance I think. She fusses at me in a gentle voice each time she tries to go in the door away from me. You see, I do not want her to leave me outside. One morning she left the door open a bit and I went right in. The door closed behind me and I could not get out. I heard her calling "Kitty, Kitty" and then she opened the door and out I ran. Now I still want to go in but often will just stick my head in and peer around to see what I can see. I am not welcome inside. But I think I belong to her somewhat. Because...

Stolen heart

The reason I think I belong to her is that she began to give me treats each time I appeared. Only a few pieces but it was something. Many times I had not eaten for a long while and the treat tasted mighty good. After the sun had risen and set numerous times, a small dish appeared on her carport. And usually two times a day she places delicious food in it for me to enjoy. And she has a special water bucket just for me that she fills with fresh water each day. I am stealing her heart away.

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Kitty? Padi?

Sometimes she will open her door and look around I hear her say "Kitty, kitty, kitty---where are you kitty?" I think, no, I know that "Kitty" has got to be me!!! I have a name----I am KITTY. If I happen to be nearby, I race across the yard so she can adore me. One of the times I arrive, she sits down on a step to pet me. At this time she says, "Little Kitty, it is time for a proper introduction. You can call me Padi or Meow Meow or whatever you feel like. I will be here for you whenever you choose to visit."

My Heart is no longer mine

Padi will tell this part of the story--- So you have met Kitty. Admittedly Kitty really has nuzzled her way into my life. I have been unable to keep my Milo kitty and my pup, Gretta, at this home. They both have happy homes and I miss them so much. I do see Milo as he lives with my daughter. I see videos and photos of Gretta---she lives on a farm with other pups and is so happy. This makes me very happy. But I do miss having the two of them. And when Kitty showed up I tried to ignore her because I did not want to lose my heart again. Ignoring did not work----my heart belongs to Kitty.

Where is Kitty? Where can she be?

Each morning as I open my door, I anticipate seeing Kitty racing toward me from across the road or lounging casually in her chair. Yes, she has a chair. I found some really inexpensive cushions to place in the chairs on the carport. They really are for Kitty and she discovered them quickly. She has selected one to lounge in some part of most days. There are days when I look out and she is neither on the front step nor in her chair. She is not racing toward me from the tall, high grasses just across the way. Several times throughout the day, I look for her. When I am working in the yard, I am on alert, thinking she may sidle up to me at any time. But no. No Kitty. Sometimes it is 2 days before she will appear. I wonder----where can she be? When she does show up, she is always ravenous. Food is provided and she munches as if she has not eaten since she saw me last. No fussing at her about her absence---just reassuring her that I am delighted she is back. Her absences are growing less frequent now----that makes me smile

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Just when we needed it most

Our lives are sometimes complex and messy But we choose our battles and find what makes us happy ---- what brings us joy. Just when I needed it most, Kitty showed up and brightens my every day. Secretly Kitty has told me that I kind of make her happy too. How blessed we are---just when we needed each other, the universe has brought us together. How blessed we are.

© 2019 Patricia Scott

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    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from North Central Florida

      Uhhumm---she is a doll. She realllllly wants to come inside as she is a Florida gal and when it gets below 70, she is cold. It is such fun to look out and see her perched on the roof of my car...just waiting for me to come out and play. Thank you for stopping. Many Angels are headed your way this morning bringing hugs and love. ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      20 months ago from North Central Florida

      You know, Peggy, little did I know how very happy I am that we found each other when we did in light of all that has transpired. She is a joy every single day. Once again the other day when I was raking, there she was. She loves to scurry in the piles of leaves and loves even more to bat at the rake as it passes by her. Yes, indeed. So very happy she came to share minutes with me. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words. Angels bringing love and blessings and many hugs are headed your way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      21 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Your Kitty is so precious. So happy that you found one another, and it seems, at just the right time. Enjoyed the photos and story once again. I hope that Kitty shows you some extra love today! Hugs from afar.

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      Denise McGill 

      2 years ago from Fresno CA

      What a beautiful story from Kitty's point of view. I loved it. It's filled with pathos and emotion.

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Kitty is a smart one for sure. She reeled me in from day one. She is such a fun kitty. thank you for stopping. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Absolutely. My kitty who is not my kitty makes me smile with her antics. I miss her terribly. I am away from home right now. Angels are headed your way this evening ps

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 years ago from USA

      Kitty is adorable. I can see why your heart has been stolen. Well played, Kitty... well played!

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      Shing Araya 

      2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Love felines and would do absolutely everything for them. Great lines.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      As each day passes she becomes more and more special I am going to add a little update today Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      You got that right----YOU must be living just to suit them well if they are hanging around Cats really do choose to rule us I believe Angels are headed your way this afternoon and thank you for visiting ps

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I have fallen in love with Kitty. Her personality shines through in these cute photos. Thank you for sharing this. Well done!

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      Dale Anderson 

      2 years ago from The High Seas

      I have two cats that choose to live with me and they are both the best! They have chosen to stay here with me for well over ten years now so I figure I must be doing something that doesn't annoy them too much.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Noted, please.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Indeed to be trusted by a kitty is an awesome thing. She makes me smile every time I see her which is often Thank you for stopping Angels are on the way this afternoon ps

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      RTalloni 

      2 years ago

      How lovely for you both that kitty showed up as she did to find a place she can feel safe. When a cat gives you the gift of trust it is quite something!

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for stopping Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Well noted, please.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thanks for stopping Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Well noted.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      As I told you i am so sorry for your loss---each time I have lost a pet it was sooo hard because each one was so loved Maybe a new pup or kitty will find its way to you Hugs and love and many Angels headed your way ps

    • pstraubie48 profile imageAUTHOR

      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      My Kitty clearly chose me How blessed I feel Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      thank you I am just coming in from feeding my Kitty she came running as soon as I opened my door Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      I replied to this but do not see it thank you for stopping to read and smile I am really enjoying having this new friend Bless you too ----Angels are on the way this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      It was fun to share this adventure with my readers thank you for stopping forgive y punctuation My keys are sticking ----maybe soon I can get a new laptop Angels once again are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes it does me too but I am going to love her as long as I can She has begun to stay longer and longer which truly makes my heart sing Angels are once again on the way

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Yes your little man did have it all figured out from the start Hook you and reel you in How blessed we are Angels are on the way this afternoon ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      O so sorry you have allergies that keep you from having a kitty or pup to love I will love on my Kitty for you Angels once again are on the way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are probably correct And as you know I believe that Angels come in all forms and seem to show up just at the right time. And you hug Maggie for me, too Thanks for stopping---many Angels once again winging their way to you ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      So happy for you that Kitty came into your life at just the right time. As you know our dear Peaches had to be put to sleep last week. There were always dogs and cats in my parent's homes. For the vast majority of my married life, we have been blessed with dogs and/or cats. This is the first time in a long time that we no longer have a furry companion.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      thank you for stopping I am delighted that Kitty has come into my life She does brighten each day Angels are once again headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Thank you for stopping, Liz If you are not one of those in the UK who has been adopted by a kitty maybe one day you will be Angels are on the way to you this morning

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Pamela So appreciative that you stopped to read. I truly am smitten with Kitty. Each day I grow more and more fond of her. She will probably be missing me today as I will be heading out to spend the day with my Jay (eldest grandson) for Mother's Day as his Momma is at hospital with Heston Wayne. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are most welcome, Genna. My Kitty and all of the kitties who have gone before her have enlarged my life so much. I feel so blessed when a kitty allows me into her world Once again Angels are headed your way ps

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are most welcome, Genna. My Kitty and all of the kitties who have gone before her have enlarged my life so much. I feel so blessed when a kitty allows me into her world Once again Angels are headed your way ps

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      Genna East 

      2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Cats choose us. We don't own them." How true! And I loved this perspective -- precious, intuitive and original. I have one cat, Miss Callie. She was a rescue kitten, and has been with me for nearly 19 years. There's no one like her. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoyed this article as I am a cat person too. I have only 1 now, and he is a 13 year old long haired tuxedo cat that is the most loving cat. I have had many over the years and a few of your beautiful pictures remind me of some I've had that have gone to a happy place.

      It was so clever to write from the perspective of the cat. Take care Patricia. God bless.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      This is an interesting and well-written article. Cats are favourites as pets in the UK.

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      Patricia Scott 

      2 years ago from North Central Florida

      You are so right, Shauna. They really are family claiming that role fro day one Years ago my daughter worked for a Vet and as a result we wound up running a half-way house of sorts for kitties who needed someone to love the until they could have a forever family step up. At one point we had 8 cats---what a wonderful group of lovelies they were. So very happy that Kitty has found me----truly just when I need her the most. Angels are once again on the way ps

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Patricia, what a beautiful story! I'm a cat person. I have three indoor cats and two outdoor strays that now call my property home. I feed them twice a day and make sure they have fresh water, but don't let them in my house.

      This morning, a third kitty showed up - a beautiful all-white girl with a fluffy tail. None of these cats are feral. My best guess is they all had homes but were left behind when their humans move. But after the third one showed up, I'm beginning to wonder if people are dropping off their unwanted cats near my house, knowing I'm the neighborhood cat lady with a soft heart for felines. I'll never understand why people abandon their pets. It's beyond wrong!

      I can't imagine life without my cats. They're a part of me. They're family.

      I'm glad you and Kitty found each other. Everyone needs a feline (or few) in their lives!

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 

      2 years ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Cats do choose us. In our household, a cat becomes one of ours when they have chosen a person.

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      DreamerMeg 

      2 years ago from Northern Ireland

      What a lovely story and told so well from the cat's point of view.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Cool for sure. A wonderful work of art/heart here. Thanks.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      What a sweet story. I'm so happy that you and Kitty have found each other. It does make me nervous that Kitty is still living who knows where. I adopted a Kitty once that my landlord wouldn't let me keep in the house. That relationship lasted six months. I found his little body in the busy street a half block from my house. After that I bought a house so nobody could come between my family and our kitties.

      I hope you and Kitty are able to continue this relationship for years.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This feline story is so adorable, and yes, I am a cat lover. I have a tuxedo cat that is 13 now. He is the most loving cat I have every had, and he has me well trained.

      I love all your pictures, and I have had a couple of cats that look very much like them. I laughed throughout your article and at the video. It was adorable. God bless you Patricia.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Our little man adopted us 6 years ago. A miserable-looking flea-bitten bag of fur and bones wandering up and down our dirt road. When we first called to him he would dart back into the woods but day by day he became a bit more bold. And he was hungry. We started to give him kibble. Our plan was to coax him into a kitty carrier, take him to the vet to be cared for (and fixed) and then find a good home for him.

      The first part was easy, but he had the "good home" part already figured out.

      Thank you for sharing this sweet story. It's one I'm sure so many people can relate to.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This was soo beautifully written. Telling the story from Kitty's prospective made it personal and lovable. How I wish I could have a Kitty or a Doggy, but I am allergic to animal dander. I get sick every time I try it again, and believe me, I have tried many times. Thank you for sharing adorable Kitty.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely encounter, PS. Kitty is one of those unexpected gifts from the angels. Thank you for sharing her with us...give her a hug for me...and keep an eye out for angels heading your way with hugs and love.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 years ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Hi, Patricia, this is an interesting good read. My thought is that it seems you lost your kitty. However, it boils down to the fact that you miss one another for a time, and then meet again! What re-uniting!

      What a pleasure, and thanks for sharing with nice photos.

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