Livin' On The Edge
July 12th 2006 11:03 pm
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Kamara, you are my mischievous little Brother from Maraciabo, Venezuela. Your name was comprised of the first letters in mine, Mom's, and Dad's names. The "mara" fit in with the city of your birth, from which we rescued you from a short and most certainly feral life.
In 1993, you were the family's baby. We fed you with a bottle, and you slept next to my bed in a shoebox. At the time of your arrival, your sister Smudge was very gravely ill. Venezuelan vets were not as advanced as those in North America, and could not determine what was wrong with her. Mom contemplated flying back to Canada with her, to be treated at home.
Time can work in marvelous ways. Smudge recovered miraculously, following surgery to remove a swallowed eraser trapped in her intestines. That can be attributed to quick thinking on the part of a young Venezuelan veterinarian.
At the time I was too young to comprehend the magnitude of the situation, and devotion towards a 3 week old kitten was vital in protecting the both of us. Thank you for needing me, as much as I needed you.
As we both age, we are once again becoming closer to one another. Although you spent much of your youth attacking and biting me, the way you interact with other family pets and our parents is quite sweet. The pair of us really are a "typical" brother and sister. I still love you, and I'm happy to have been able to rescue you all those years ago. ♥
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Kamara Blue O'Rourke (1993-07)