Have you all watched the show Miracle Pets? I just love that show and the wonderful things that pets do for humans.
Here is a little story that, while not a "miracle" pet story, is still, in my eyes, a sort of miracle:
My neighbors are retired and travel a lot. One day, a stray male gray cat, not neutered showed up at their house. Even though they didn't want a pet, they started to feed it. When I met him, I was amazed, because he was the most LOVING cat I ever met, even more so than Yogi. I was a stranger, but he jumped on my lap and leaned against my shoulder and purred and did the kneading bread thing.
I fed him when they traveled and enjoyed him so much. The husband built a little cat house for him and kept it on their patio. However, they didn't want to claim him as far as taking him to the vet or anything. Since I am not shy about such things, I kept harping to the wife (who is a friend) that they needed to get him neutered. Finally she said okay and I took him to the vet.
One day, she called and said they'd have to find a home for "Frank." Why? Because the husband was mad he scratched on their window screen! I was upset, as I loved him and loved taking care of him when they traveled, which was a lot. I told them I'd put him up on Petfinder. They were in no rush and normally I would have taken my time about it. I figured with so many cats needing homes, he'd be up there quite a while.
But for some reason, that very day, I sent out an email about him to two friends. I didn't email the Humane Society and everyone else on my pet-friend list, just these two, because both had lots of space and lots of pets. I can't tell you to this day why I did this that same day.
I heard back right away from one, who asked if he was good with dogs. I said I didn't know, but that being such a lover, I'm sure he would. This woman has a HUGE house, lots of land and is very well off. She ended up taking Frank. A few days later she called me and said he wasn't using the litter box. She had him confined to a bedroom to introduce him gradually to the family. We discussed several reasons why this happened, and it ended up he didn't like a covered box. She removed the lid and he was fine. However, she said she kept a close watch on the box, just to make sure.
A few days after this, she noticed that their was no urine in the box. Being an experienced cat owner, she knew something was wrong. She took him to the vet, and here he had a severe blockage and would have died if she didn't act quickly. He was in the clinic for several days and she had $700 worth of bills. Now he's fine, on a special diet, spoiled rotten and living literally in the lap of luxury. They love him to death.
Here is the miracle: If I hadn't had that urge to email that same day, and took my time because there was no rush to place him (and I loved him) he would have died, because at the neighbors he was outside and not using a box. My friend said she doesn't know why she agreed to take him when she already had several cats and dogs. It's like the whole series of events was fate, karma: that he scratched the screen pissing off the husband, that I sent the email to this one person on a whim, that she agreed, that he didn't use the litter box, which made her watch closely, that made her notice something wrong, that she was experienced and that she was someone who could easily afford his expensive care.
Yes, there is a higher power that sets things in motion for all of us souls, animal souls as well.
I don't have a picture of Frank, so the pic today is one Pam sent me. Pam, please fill in on who they are! I know you told me in the email, but I can't find it! Sorry!
posted by Sandy at 4/20/2007 10:15:00 AM