Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Rescuer

I have a daughter who has great compassion for "all creatures great and small". She has literally snatched mice from the cat jaws of death, and on one occasion was willing and eager to save a SNAKE from its feline clutches. Each creature was carefully escorted to the safety of the foothills a block from our home.

Varmints are not the only beneficiaries of her kindness. After high school soccer conditioning one early summer morning Kellie was driving home and saw what initially looked like a leaf in the road. As her little Honda CRX approached, she soon realized it was a bird! That tender heart of hers knew just what to do. She immediately pulled her car over, ran into the road, scooped up that birdie, and brought it to safety. There it sat ON HER LAP as she drove all the way home. She did, actually, stop first at the veterinarian to see if he could render aid, but, alas, the office was closed.

This was not the first time she had rescued a feathered friend. A few years prior a bird flew right into our picture window and lay alive, but motionless on our front walk. That time the veterinarian's office was open and Kellie insisted we take it in for a thorough evaluation. The doctor explained that the bird was just stunned--nothing broken.

Kellie patiently waited while both birds recovered nursing them back to health with a soft bed, water, and food. Within a few hours they were hopping about and soon released into a nearby park.

Kellie's most recent rescue effort has been with us for just over a week now. Meet Lucy. Girls in the duplex adjacent to Kellie's college home picked the little one up for free at a farmers market. After a few months the novelty had worn off and this energetic and loving kitten needed a new home.

Oh I resisted as best I could, and for good reason.

Reason number one:  I just couldn't bear another cat heartache. Our beloved cat, Niner, had been with us 11 years before his pancreas failed and he died in my arms just over a year ago. Brian was traveling, the older girls were at school, and the younger ones were in bed. I knew it would happen that night and it did. I cried and cried as he passed away. Too hard to bear.

 Two months later Kellie had us adopting another orange cat, Lyra. Her story still brings great sorrow.

Reason number two:  We already had a cat! Linus came into our family one cold Winter day five years ago meowing so mournfully at our front door. "Don't feed it," we pleaded, but The Rescuer just couldn't ignore his cries and snuck him food. A trip to the vet made him ours with immunizations and a snip snip to his masculinity.

Linus with The Rescuer
I suppose I shouldn't completely blame The Rescuer. After all, her parents did give her that heart. Both of us are softies when it comes to feline companionship. It took all of two seconds for Lucy to win us over.

But that's it. Ok, Kellie? Really. That's it.


Rachel said...

haha. Funny Funny

Saimi said...

If your Kellie is anything like me, and from the sound of it, she is, it will never be enough. HA!

Kellie is a girl after my own heart. Look at me I'm in my mid 40's and I have 2 fish, 3 dogs, 2 cats and two horses.

It's just who we are!! Your new baby kitten looks exactly like our Bootsie cat.

Good luck mom, you have a long road of animals ahead!! HA!

Laura said...

There are 3 out of 4 softies in my house. Keith doesn't stand a chance. It's very hard to turn them down when they find you. And besides, Lucy matches your decor. And many black cats don't get adopted. So really, you are doing a really good deed and it's that time of year!

Linsey said...

I am not an animal person, but I hate to think of any creatures suffering. I'm glad there are Kellie's in the world to make up for people like me.

Lesa said...

My youngest is always asking for a cat or a dog. It seems like he got hooked up with the wrong parents when it comes to animals...neither one of us grew up with pets so we have never had them in our home.


these pictures are so cute..

Anonymous said...

He's a cutie! My 22 year old daughter is the same way. Unfortunately (or fortunately), finances and renting kept us from being able to keep all of the critters she brought home.

Amelia said...

The rescuer at our house is my husband. Only a month ago he came home from work with a box. "What's in the box?" I asked. "You're going to be mad." he answered. "Is it alive?" I asked. In a pleading voice he said, "I just felt so sorry for it!" I guess I should blog about it: thanks for the inspiration!

By the way, Lucy is lovely. And even though I'm not a cat lover (I take that back...don't tell your daughter, but I love cats because they kill the mice), I have to admit baby Priscilla is pretty sweet.

Garden of Egan said...

I can SO relate. I'm a total cataholic!
I love them.
I have never been without a cat.
or two...
or currently three.

I know, I'm the crazy cat lady.

Your sweet daughter's heart is just too darling! She's beautiful on the outside as well.

Nichole said...

So sweet. One of our daughter's is like that too. She loves all the little creatures...lizards especially. :)

VedetteTX said...

Awww! Kitties!
I would have 5 if my husband wasn't allergic. Which is probably for the best. lol.

Dixie Mom said...

She sure is compassionate! Those kitties are pretty hard to resist but I stand my ground! :)

Kendra said...

What a caring girl! I mostly grew up in a house we were renting so we never had any pets. excpet for a goldfish that is :)

Lacy said...

I found your blog through Lara @ Overstuffed... I read this post and just couldn't stop reading. Your daughter reminds me so much of me. I'm so sorry about your cats. We have two and they are almost like my children. (and I mean that in a good and bad way, ha ha ha) :) Yay, Kellie, Lucy is DARLING! I don't know how you could resist her. :)

Lady of Perpetual Chaos said...

Oh, I know how you feel. The good and the bad. I love cats as well & have always had a tendency to take in stray...anything. Unfortunately, I just lost my kitty of 16 years a couple of months ago. I don't think that I'll ever be able to have another cat. It's good to have a rescuer around...helps you move on.

Shauni said...

What a cute Kellie you have!

Julie, I got a fun package in the mail today! Thank you so much for the earrings! They are beautiful! So fun o in a giveaway! :)

Casual Blogger Community said...

What a sweetheart!