Sunday, May 27, 2012

A Reminder From My Pets


I have a homeless kitty that lives in my backyard.  A victim of the mortgage crisis and bad owners, he was left on the street in my neighborhood when his owners were evicted from their house.  He had a sister, who I rushed to the all night emergency room in Las Vegas one night when she was hit by a car in front of my house.  Now he is alone, and has taken up residency in my backyard.

He is a beautiful animal.  White and blue-gray, thick haired and well nourished.  I put food and water out for him and my neighbor has a nightly milk bowl.  But he won't let me near him.  He's afraid of humans, and I don't blame him, after being put out as a baby to fend for himself.

My princess DeeDee
The last thing I need is another pet.  I have a Shar-pei, my husband has a miniature Yorkie and we are all owned by Mr. Kitty, the baddest cat in the land.  They are very protective of their 'people' and their yard and aren't afraid to do their job.  Mr. Kitty once scared a coyote away.  That's one tough kitty.
 
But for some reason, they treat homeless kitty differently.  It's as if they have adopted him, invited him into their home, and welcomed him with open paws.  Why is that? 
 
I have seen pets do some amazing things, and I know everyone else has a story or two.  But I think that my animals are exhibiting a trait that many would call a 'human trait'.  Compassion.  I think in their animal world, they appreciate the loving home they have and are willing to share a small piece of it with another that has been cast out.
 
Following their example, I have decided to make homeless kitty my project for the summer.  It's going to get very hot soon, and I would rather him come inside during the day with the others.  I know once I name him, he becomes mine, so I'm sticking with homeless kitty for now.  Maybe my Elly Mae instincts will prevail and I can get him to trust humans again and can find him a good home.  I hope so.

This morning, I walked onto the back patio and saw homeless kitty snuggled up between my Shar-pei and the Yorkie, while Mr. Kitty patrolled the yard. 
 
I had to smile.  My pets have chosen to welcome a homeless animal into their world and in doing so, have reminded me to be a little more 'human' as I go through my day.

Helping another that is down on their luck is a beautiful thing, even if they are a little different than you.    

12 comments:

Suzanne Shumaker said...

I think your pets have learned to love by being loved so well. Great message.

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

Tks, Suzi. I do love my animals.

Jane Isaac said...

What a lovely post, Kelly. They look after you and you look after them - beautiful. I wouldn't be without my 3 legged kitty, Benjamin, and my exciteable Lab, Bollo. They are my world. Deedee is a stunner!

debrakristi said...

Sweet. I love the message you are sending. You're a good mommy to the fur babies.

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

Thanks, Jane. Sometimes I think they do the better job of looking after. :)

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

I've always been one to help someone else. But sometimes, even I need a reminder.

FABR Steph said...

What a great post. I can relate, as we recently took in a stray chihuahua mix. We already have animals, one of them a jealous over protective chihuahua. Everyone, including myself, said that there was no way that this was going to work out. The pair were sharing my lap on the first evening together.

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

Nice story, Steph. We all know how loving animals can be, but it still amazes me when they care about each other.

D.C. said...

Great story, Kelly. Great minds must think alike because I posted about my kitty today, too.

legendsofgreenisle.com said...

We have four cats, four kittens, four dogs and usually a neighborhood dog or two that believes they belong to our pack. Animals also know a loving person when they see them. :)

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

I'll have to check that out, DC. Here, Kitty, Kitty...

Kelly Stone Gamble said...

If I had the room, there is no telling how many critters I'd have running around. :)