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Friday, April 27, 2007

The Saga of The Saint's Sister, Missy

A great, great story from Roxanne, aka our very own Skeeter:

"Just had to pass along a picture of the Saints parents cat Missy. She looks a lot like Trouble and I thought that I would pass it along to let Alice know that now when I look at Missy, I will think of Trouble too!

"Missy has a sad story with a very happy ending:

"The Saint's mom was house sitting for a neighbor, Edie that was snow-birding in Florida for the winter. They noticed something not right with the house. Strange truck in the garage. They backed off from the house and called Edie in Florida to see if she had anyone coming to the house. No one was expected so they called the police.

"Come to find out, a woman (Betty) that cleans house for Edie and some other neighbors, was homeless. She knew Edie was away for the winter, so she was sneaking into the house at night after living in her truck during the day hours. She had three large lab dogs with her also! With the police called, they had to take Betty to jail and call the animal shelter to come and get the dogs. She went ballistic over the loss of the dogs.

"The Saint's mom intervened as did another neighbor, Leigh, who was also using Betty as a housekeeper. They talked the police into not charging her with Breaking and Entering. Betty was falling over with exhaust with the thought of her dogs being taken away from her. She fell to the ground shaking, screaming and crying her eyes out. Mom and Leigh promised they would make sure the dogs were taken care of. Once they calmed her down and reassured her they would tend to the dogs first thing in the morning, Betty agreed to go to a homeless shelter. So the police took her to a homeless shelter while animal control took he dogs away.

"Mom was so upset at all of this because she knew Betty had a tough life. Leigh had been helping her out a bit and got her the house cleaning job with Edie so she could make more money. They both knew how she loved her dogs. She was feeding the dogs before herself on days with little to no money! Mom felt responsible for calling the police. So Mom said she would personally go and make sure the dogs were in good care at the shelter until things looked up for Betty. The next morning mom got some stuff together for Betty and took it to the shelter after she had checked in at animal control to make sure the dogs were fine. Animal control said they would have to put the dogs up for adoption. So mom went to the homeless shelter and told Betty that the dogs had to be put up for adoption because she could no longer take proper care of them. Betty was distraught,t but in time mom convinced her it was the best thing for the dogs.

"So each day mom was going to check on the dogs and then checking in with Betty. One dog was immediately adopted! One was a bit stand offish so they were worried about him being adopted, but in time he too found a new home. Now the third dog they knew would not find a home. She had been overbred and it had taken a toll on the poor old girl. Betty was selling puppies to make money. Arggggggghhh! The dog was ove weight and had some serious health issue. The Vet said she would not live longer then a month at best. Knowing that no one would adopt her, Leigh took her in. She worked a miracle on that dog! She became really active and lost a lot of weight. She ended up living for I think around 6 months if not longer before she finally passed on to the green pasture in the sky. Leigh is a great person to do that for the dog and Betty!

"During the time that mom was checking in on the dogs at the shelter, she walked past the cat room and stopped. Something told her to go inside. She found Missy and fell in love with her! They have always had a cat in their life (even though mom is allergic to them) and after the loss of their last cat many years ago, they said no more pets due to freedom of coming and going. Well, mom knew she was in for a fight with dad. Once home, she told him to stop what he was doing and to sit down. She told him all about Missy and that she wanted her. All dad said was, “We’ll lets go and get her then!”

"They took off to get Missy. Come to find out she was a sick cat. She had a bad cold and they would not release her to them for a week. Mom had already set her mind on getting Missy, thus forming a bond before she was home. A week later, they did not want to release her because she was still sick but mom insisted they let her have Missy. So Missy went to her new home. She was a very sick girl and it took lots of love, medicine and TLC, but Missy finally got better. They named her Lovey at the shelter because she was so lovey-dovey. She was put in the shelter with other siblings by a family that had too many cats. Missy is so sweet and loving that we all wonder how they could let her go. Now Missy is happy and like all good housecats, she rules the roost at home!

"Betty found a job through the homeless shelter and is getting her life back together. So a woman was saved as were 3 dogs and a cat from that one incident!"

Just want you all to know, that any time you have a story you want to share as a main topic, just email it to me, along with a photo if you have one, and it will be our topic of the day!

posted by Sandy at 4/27/2007 09:52:00 AM


Blogger pearcehart said...

That is an incredible story! Well done!

Yes, she does look a lot like my Trouble. It's a lovely picture!

I am constantly amazed at how people can give up "good" pets. All of kids are wonderful and so loving! All three of the dog children were abandoned in various ways and they are so precious. Aimee, dog princess, was left at a shelter because her owner didn't want to pay the pet deposit on an apartment. Reminds me of the heaven story... why would I want to live someplace where my pets were treated differently?

I was deeply saddened to watch the news about the tornadoes. There was an older woman with a sick dog who had to leave it becasue the rescuers wouldn't let her bring it to the shelter. As she talked with the interviewer, all she could talk about was her poor doggie and how concerned and scared she was for him. I thought we learned something from katrina! I thought people were beginning to understand how we pet lovers feel about our four-legged children. Clearly not. I hope the doggie is all right and shame on the people in charge for causing even more stress to that poor woman.

Friday, April 27, 2007 10:50:00 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

I can't believe rescuers wouldn't let that woman bring her dog! That is INSANE. I would be kicking a@@ and taking names!

How is Thumper doing as far as your adoptping him? I hope it works out! Keep me posted and if and when he comes home with you, you'll have to take pictures, let us know how the others like him and I'll post it so we can all discuss and offer advice!

Friday, April 27, 2007 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger pearcehart said...

The ladies at Cat R Us were concerned about Thumbers back leg. They didn't know if it was a permanent nerve injury or if there was actual ongoing pain that caused him to limp with it. I think they were taking him to the vet this week. We are supposed to stop by on Wednesday (hubby's day off) and see if he can come home with us. I'll let everyone know!

Friday, April 27, 2007 5:32:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Take notice of the "M" marking on her head... The name Missy suits her with her branded "M".... Missy loves to lick people. Her tongue is so rough that it actually hurts after a few licks in the same spot! She will wake you up in the morning licking on your face! She is a really sweet cat, well, except for when Jasper the dog tries to steal her room! Then he gets a swat in the face from Missy….

Monday, April 30, 2007 1:52:00 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

Skeeter, Missy is so pretty! She looks like she could be a sister to our Tiger.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 9:00:00 AM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.

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