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Date:4/20/2014 10:57:23 AM
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Hi everyone. Thank you so much to Donna Lee for sharing this story.
I have wanted to share a rescue story with you, this is the story of our Lovely Lydia. First you need to know, if I have not already said it, that I am fortunate that David feels just like I do about animals. He says you can never have too many cats. My Mom used to say "if it's not cats and dogs, it's kids" She allowed my brothers and me to keep everything we dragged home. She said sometimes losing an animal is a kids first experience with death and it is all part of growing up. So about 12 years ago, in early December, a particularly cold December with lots of snow, I was travelling down our side road on my way to pick up the mail. Sitting right on the side of road in the snow were 2 tiny kittens, as I approached they both just sat there, when I opened the car door, one scurried away, but one sat and watched me. I talked quietly and it sat, I started to walk toward and it just sat, but when I got too close it ran off, under an evergreen tree for safety. I followed and got down on hands and knees and talked to the poor little frightened kitten, she sat and watched and I took off my mittens so I could reach her better, I snatched her up. She panicked and bite me in 4 places before I gave up and let her go. When I got home I called our vet and told her I had been bitten by a feral cat, wondered if I needed her (vet) or a Doctor. She said, Oh, you probably don't have rabies, we'll just keep an eye on you, if I went to the hospital, they would want the animal for testing and they don't want it alive... So David went down the road where I saw her and followed little tiny tracks into the woods, thru knee deep snow he found a hollow log with an opening front and back, quite hidden by brush, but there inside the log was the little kitten. Twice a day, morning and night for two weeks David warmed cat food in the microwave and took it to the entrance of the log hideout. She would talk to him but would not come too close, finally after two weeks on a Saturday morning, cold blowing snow, she surrendered and said I guess if you feed me you probably are not going to kill me. She came out and we brought her home. After a check up, some meds and vaccinations she was part of our household. Only one problem, she was leukemia positive. Lots of ferals are. Our other cats were vaccinated for it , so they were OK. Our vet said the issue with leukemia positive cats is generally they only live to about 3 years . So it would be a good 3 years. We decided the best approach was not to tell her she had leukemia and maybe she would never figure it out. . At eight years we decided to redo the blood test, she was negative for leukemia. . She is a loving, sweet, affectionate cat, she remembers the woods and the tough start to her little life. Thanks for listening, Love you,
Donna Lee Thank you David & Donna Lee. .
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