July 3rd 2012 7:22 am
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Good morning Furs...
Firstly, I want to say to the folks who have seen their furs off to the bridge, we are thinking of you here. This has been a hard few weeks around these parts, and I believe that many are in shell shock.
A week or so ago mommy had something odd happen. She was walking in our nearby park. I myself have not been there, though a stroller is being contemplated for us...but Mommy was. It was near twilight, and Mommy said all of a sudden she saw an orange and white tiger tabby. It looked sort of like me.
It wasn't though-I don't have white in my coat like that, and the patterns on the cat were different.
Now Mommy had rescued a kitty from the park before, many years ago. She had found it sleeping on a bench, and she immediately worried this might be an abandoned cat. As the cat was by a busy road, she also worried about that.
She walked faster, and the cat didnt' seem to, but she didn't gain on him. She then, as she finally approached a little closer saw the cat seem to fade into the bushes.
She went up to the spot, looked around, no cat. She went into the bushes. No cat. She looked in the grass and under bushes-no cat.
She spent the better part of an hour looking everywhere.
And when she got home, she got a chill.
We believe it was either one of two 'shadow' kitties...Ollie, from Catster....or my cousin, Pat the Buttercat. As some of you may or may not know, Pat the Buttercat (there's a picture of him on my page) flew very suddenly to the bridge last year.).
Mommy doesn't know why this kitty did that...but she felt a feeling of 'mischief' coming from him. His tail was in the air, also very unusual for a cat outside it's space. It was as if he was saying 'I'm just ahead up here...'
And so, our fur friends are. We stare out into the area between this world and the next. We see them. We know.
Dearest people, please know as well.
Dearest furs who grieve, missing a companion, a sib, a friend, a love...
they are never gone. Where they go, we follow, and we can gaze between that space.
Now, for the holiday 4th of July story...mommy told us this.
A couple years ago, when Mommy and Daddy went to visit the area Daddy came from, which is the Gulf Coast, they were driving near a small town. They stopped in an area known for shrimping. (wish I had been there-I love shrimp, don't you furs?). Anyway, it was late afternoon, and this was Mommy's first trip there.
They had asked someone a good place to eat, and were directed to what looked like what looked like a small falling apart place near one of the rickety docks. They went in and it was one of Mommy's first impressions of there-a a bunch of small formica tables, a big rebel flag on the wall, and a blackboard with some stuff on it.
A big guy came over, and he had a towel around his waist. He asked them what they would have and daddy ordered them both fried shrimp. The guy said 'well that comes with pups.'
and mommys eyes got real wide and she said, sort of scared, because daddy had told her months before that folks down there ate just about anything that didnt' get away; "pups?"
And the big guy said 'Yeah, pups....we fry em with the shrimp...gives 'em flavor'.
Daddy immediately said to Mommy 'hushpuppies...' And mommy knew what they were and said 'oh!' in relief and daddy turned to the guy and said 'she's from NY." and the guy looked at mommy like she had 2 heads.
So then the food came and it looked real good. And about 2 minutes after the guy came out and put the food down, out from behind where the guy had been came this big tiger striped cat. And he jumps right up to a chair at their table and is staring at mommy and daddy. And of course, these are my pawrents we are talking about, and so of course mommy feeds the cat a shrimp which he eats. And she and daddy wind up sharing their lunch with this cat.
and about halfway through the big guy comes out and sees the cat there and then comes over and smiles and says 'that there is Roscoe B. Fishin and he likes folks to feel welcome. Then the guy says to Mommy with a smile 'well, you ain't such a Yankee after all."
And Mommy said she felt that she'd been given the stamp of approval.
I wish I had some of that shrimp. Lucky Roscoe.
And so our new kittens, who have come to join their families, I stretch forth a paw and purr 'welcome. Welcome in from the cold, and the heat. We are so glad you are here, your eyes filled with wonder and wisdom and what is that version of a feline smile. We welcome you as you join your families, and with your antics and acrobatics, make them smile and remember, always the wonder of cat.
Happy 4th you all. Stay inside and cool, hydrated and happy.
love and light to all,
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So, Ruffy, does your Mommy have two heads? Mine doesn't, but I sure wish she had pawsome stories like that. I think that orange cat was an angel from the bridge telling her that all of our pals are okay! Have a fun 4th of July!
I'm still MOLing about the pups!
MOL! Love the 4th of July story, Ruffy!
I agree with Newman (just this once!) that the cat was letting your mommy know our Angel pals are okay.
Those are two great stories. Mom says a cat with its tail in the air is a good sign, so I'd take that Creamsicle cat as a favorable omen.
We love your story! and yes our angels are always with us, we see them, but humans don't always see them...they never leave us.
Such a very cool story and yes we think it was an angel kitty letting your mom know we are all doing well here at the bridge, later tomorrow we might shoot off some fireworks and if we do you on earth might see them as lightening in the sky
What great stories! I think that cat in the park was to let us know that our friends at the bridge and are okay. Sometimes even humans that have gone before us will send us little signs too.