Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Dilemma

Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.
(The Land Before Time)

On the way to school one morning a couple of weeks ago, I saw a sight that I will never forget.  A kitty was crossing the street dragging her backside on the ground, her hind legs totally paralyzed.
 I looked for her every day, but didn't see her again until one night last week.  I walked around the block to take her food and water and to talk to her.  She has the sweetest little meow.  I did this several times and I pondered the humane thing to do.  Leave her to live the only life she knows?  Try to catch her and take her to the vet to be euthanized?   I even asked for input from friends.
As it turns out, I got my answer last night.  As I took her food and water again, I was stopped by a man who saw what I was doing.  He said that his brother feeds the cat cat every day.  That she is a fighter.  She doesn't let any other cat take her food.  And she can move ... fast, no one can catch her.  He told me not to worry.  She's doing okay.

While so many turn a blind eye, it is nice to know that kindness does prevail.

How beautiful a day can be
When kindness touches it!
~George Elliston~
Best wishes and blessings, 

36 comments:

Cozy Little House said...

Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers. Maybe this will rest your mind some, Tammy.
Brenda

Claudia said...

Oh Tammy, this warmed my heart. I would have done the same as you - tried to find her and feed her and help her. I'm so glad you ran into someone who knew that she was okay and doing well.

xo
Claudia

Dagmar said...

You continue to make my heart feel so glad that I know thru your kindness to these cats❤ I adore you quote today..how true.

girlunwinding said...

I love Good News, I thrive on it as a matter of fact since I quite watching any form of news over 5 years ago. This is the kind of story that I look for, these are the events in life that leads us down better roads.
P.S I have to thank you for your coconut cookies recipe that you included in a post last week. I made them for my family on Saturday and they were a huge huge hit!!
Peace~
Dawn

Mereknits said...

I am so glad there are others as nice as you trying to help all those poor little cats. It warms my heart that this man tries to take care of them, too. You are so special Tammy to take such care of these babies, I am so glad they have you.
Hugs,
Meredith

Serena Lewis said...

This post brought tears to my eyes. It must be so comforting to know that you are not alone in caring for the strays in your area, Tammy. While I haven't seen it with cats yet, I do know of many dogs via Facebook Animal Rescue pages that are paralysed and live full, happy lives. Their rescuers organise special wheelchairs to be made for them. As long as there is life, there is hope. You are a true blessing, Tammy....thanks for caring.

I love the quotes you picked for today ~ xo

Diane said...

I hope you're right - that kindness does prevail. I'll try to remember that sometimes. When you care about animals you see everything. Blessings, Diane

val said...

it is reassuring that we are not the only ones to take care......God Bless you!

Susan said...

Hi Tammy. I wonder what the heck happened to that cat to paralyze her back legs. Poor little thing. Our cats are so lucky, aren't they? Susan

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Poor little thing...I think I would be tempted to try to catch her, bring her home and let her live a life of luxury inside. Thanks for caring so much!

Wanda said...

Tammy, your kindness touches me deeply, and I'm sure Got takes into account how we treat animals.

We've nursed stray kitten, back to health several times, and like you, there were some I just didn't think could make it, but in His grace they did.

Blessings on you..I'm so glad I found your blog. You are such a delight to read and follow.

Kit said...

This made me cry. I love cats so much. I am so glad that you and others are watching over them. Bless you. Kit

Lori ann said...

thank you for sharing this tammy, it is so heartwarming to know about the good things that happen everyday. such a sweet little face on the kitty.

Astri said...

And you are always kind, Tammy. :-)

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Tammy,

What a poor little kitten and what a fighter indeed.
For about a week now I heard something in our huge magnolia tree. At first I thought about a big hawk but couldn't spot one. Till one day I looked at an emaciated black and smoke colored kitten. We fed her and she let me pick her up and pat and cuddle. Guess we will have another family member. She needs to see a vet first off, she is so skinny and we want to check if she is healthy. How can people be so cruel to toss them out and have them fend for themselves?
One day, our Creator will make them pay the bill...
Hugs to you,
Mariette

Hindustanka said...

we always have to take care of the creatures who are weaker than us. you help the kitten and this is beautiful! my family adopted a tiny kitten, who had some problems with health, who's legs were weak because he spent few night at the cold balcony... this cat then lived with us for 17 years! i am glad that we saved at least one creature. keep it up and hope the kitty does well :)

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Tammy, I have tears in my eyes seeing this little kitty you had emailed me about. I'm so happy that you're not all alone helping the cats who have such a hard live. It's sometimes difficult to decide what would be the best for an animal with such a disability but she seems to be dealing quite well with it. Some days ago we saw a sweet cat with a broken foot that she can't use anymore. It made me very sad but it was unbelievable how fast she still is. We watched her catching a lizard and she got it within some seconds.
On Saturday a gray and white kitten showed up in the garden. She was quite hungry and of course we feed her now. She can't be much older than our little ones.
Have a lovely day!
xoxo,
Julia

Linda said...

Awww, she is so darling and I'm so glad that you received your answer so clearly! It was the opposite of what I originally suggested (shows what I know) but God is so wonderful in that He works just like that - making His answers known clearly when it's something so important.

I've been wondering how Butters and Lucy are going to do together - I know she's only been here 3 days, but while Butters seems interested, all she has been doing is hiding and hissing at him when he gets too close. I prayed and looked back on the Humane Society site and saw that the other cat that we were really interested in, has since been adopted. Then Jim came into the bedroom after I had gone to sleep last night and told me that Butters and Lucy were under the same bed together (not TOGETHER, but at least sharing the same space), so I feel like I too received some encouragement in that sign.

I'll let you know though after I return home from work this afternoon, because this is the first day that they will be in the house without any supervision!! :)

Hope you have a great new week.

Elna said...

I am both happy and sad when I read your post. You have a heart of gold who takes care of the cats.

Hugs

Caterina Giglio said...

good on you for assisting a small being, and great to find out more about it, bet it sets your mind at ease. I am wondering about how this tiny thing can eliminate.. I know when my doxie went down in the hind end, I had to take her in to be expressed.. x

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Aww... That was a touching post. What a sweet little kitty....I love that you cared for her, I would have done the exact same thing....

Hope you can carve out a knook of time for yourself, you busy girl...you sounded tired and overworked in your comment!


Ciao Bella
Creative Carmelina

Mary Hicks said...

Tammy, you touched me deeply. My hubby and I have supported two strays in the past as well. We can't take them in, I am horrendously allergic, but we fed them and were kind to them as best we could be. One, whom we called Kitty Pie, died of feline leukemia. The other, called Urchin, just disappeared after a couple of months. You did a wonderful thing.

A Fanciful Life said...

Hi Tammy,
Oh, I'm almost crying. I feel so bad for that poor kitty but happy that people care for her and that she is making her own way. I was thinking of the little carts I've seen for animals with paralyzed back legs but it sounds like she is getting along just fine. If only we could save them all...so touching. Thank you for posting about this.

Cheers,
Sharon

Kathleen said...

That's a hearwarming little story. thanks for sharing it with us. I'm glad you didn't have to make a decision and you know that someone is looking after the little kitty. I'll bet you'll still go and check it on now and again won't you? I probably would too. :-)

June said...

I just love you T! (But you already knew that)! Bless the man who feeds her too!
sending hugs....

Mrs. Micawber said...

Oh, what a relief to know that someone is keeping an eye on this little creature. And how great to hear that she's a feisty cat. Thanks for sharing, Tammy.

:)

Catherine said...

Tammy this is such a wonderful story and to know that someone else has such kindness in their heart like you. What a fighting spirit that cat has. Wishing you a beautiful week. xx

All4MeggyMoo said...

Oh Tammy! I must be feeling emotional as that actually made me cry!
What a beautiful lil kitty.

bunny said...

Tammy...thanks for the tears and the joy of knowing she's strong. What would this world be without people like you who will stop and care for what seems to be a helpless creature.
I say your Karma runith over.

love ya,
bun

Vicki said...

Hi, Tammy,
I am thankful for YOU and for the kindness and concern you showed for that little kitty. I am also glad for the man who feeds her and watches over her. I can't stand to see any animal suffer. Have a wonderful rest of the week, dear friend~love to you~Vicki

nanny said...

Such a touching post! I am so glad you ran into that guy! I'm sure it made you feel somewhat better.

Melanie said...

Being an animal lover, I almost cried when I saw the pictures of this sweet little cat and read your story. I'm so glad that you took the time to find her and feed her - and that you found out she was being taken care of. Whew!

Yesteryear Embroideries said...

You have such a good heart to care. So good that you found out that she is looked after and that she is doing well.

Celestial Charms said...

Aww, such a cute kitty. I'm so glad another is at least concerned about her welfare. I'm glad she is a fighter, too. Precious little one.
Maureen

Sam I Am...... said...

She's so sweet but she's a survivor..I admire that in animals and people. Thank you and others for giving her a "hand-up". We all need to realize we need each other and hopefully kindness results.

Becca said...

I am so grateful for how you care for these kitties! That last photo is stunning! You should frame it!

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