May 27th 2009 2:30 pm
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Linus was a cat pal of mine whom I was priveledged to know and take care of for a few months at the animal shelter I was working at at the time. He was a dirty but super sweet stray from the streets of Philly. I had an idea that he had been someone's kitten and after some time he became their "outdoor cat" or something. He was just too nice. But because of him being a street cat he had awful teeth. The vets decided that none of them could be saved, so they pulled them all. After this I had the honor of making a really sweet match between him and a woman who was looking for a companion for her elderly mother. She gladly scooped up the toothless old man and took him home. I had actually planned to swing by her mother's place and meet with both of them and do a photo shoot... but I'd call her daughter about 3 times in the next few months and she never made plans with me.
I think that the reason is because things were not as good with her mother as we had thought. After maybe 9 months or so of living with this woman, she called me. She was crying and said her mother had Alzheimer's and had to go into a nursing home- did I want Linus? I told her there was no way that I could take him, but could she bring him to the SPCA where I currently worked on weekends. She said she would. I was afraid that with me no longer being employed at the Montgomery County SPCA that Linus would be considered for euthanasia almost immediately. Honestly, if nothing else, I thought that that might happen because the people who worked with me were twisted and I thought they might do it for revenge and spite. They ARE those kind of people.
She was very sad to do it, but she had to and I hugged her. Linus was really there for her mother, and she kept telling me how much they both loved this cat. After near pleading on my behalf, but knowing he was 9 years old and toothless, they told me the inevitable. "so, don't be upset, you bought him some time..."
I comforted him as best as I could as he lay on the cold metal table amidst strangers, and me, whome he remembered, but barely. I held him as he went to sleep forever and stifled my tears as best as I could. Damn he was a great cat.
We all have a limited time on this Earth...Linus really helped drive this point home to me. I bought him some time, and at least he wasn't just let outside to roam free- suffer from a disease, starve to death or get hit by a car and linger until he died. He passed into the darkness, whatever is beyond there, with me stroking him and telling him it was okay. I bought him time, which is all any of us have- time, and all any of us can do until there are no more homeless pets is to buy some of them time and let that time be as sweet and precious as they deserve.
July 7th 2006 6:00 pm
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Well, I was rather pleased today. The front desk girl was wondering why I was back at the shelter, and when they told her she felt really bad for me, so she held me on her lap a lot and kept me up at the front desk. This lady called in and then came in to see me. I am actually a present for her mother, whose husband passed away recently.
I can't wait to meet my new person! She is just the old soul I need to keep me company, to laze around with and to have a lap to sit on. She's around all day, so I won't get loney. I am so sure that this is the perfect match that I just crawled right in to the carrier they brought for me and looked plainly at them. I was trying to tell them, 'come on, take me home, let's go.' I was patient though, this is the lady I have been hoping for! Sometime in the future I this page will be updated and photos of me and my new mom will be up.
Thanks for rooting for me at the shelter!
July 5th 2006 3:33 pm
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So this girl and her boy came in and said they wanted a pet for their dog. And they wanted me. However they did not know that they did not really want me because I am not a dog's pet. The dog tried to play with me, and also the dog is a sucker because he gets separation anxiety and had to sleep with them. So they thought it was a good idea to have him in the room with them and me. But I nuck up on the dog at night, really just to check him out and he was sleeping, but I woke him up which startled him, and he scared me so I hissed, a lot. Then after that I stalked him and taunted him and continued to be a naughty cat.
Here I am back at the shelter. More pictures will likely come as I seem to be becoming a celebrity here and the GIRLS are trying to get me to be the 'house cat' with that old girl cat Moustache. Maybe now that I am neutered she will tolerate me better.
That is the good part, I am neutered so I don't smell like Tomcat, I can go in a cage with any cat, even an unspayed hot female, I can go home immediately, and I have had my nasty teeth fixed. They also gave me ear mite medicine, but the gook will have to be cleaned out of my ears as the mites die over the next few weeks.
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