Arrival Story: MY SISTERS CAT HAD KITTENS, AND AS MY BELOVED CHLOE (MY BEST FRIEND FOR 18 YEARS) HAD RECENTLY PASSED AWAY, MY SISTER OFFERED ME ONE OF HER KITTENS, I WASN'T SURE AT FIRST, I THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE TOO SOON AFTER LOSING CHLOE. ONYX (ALFIES MUM) WAS VERY YOUNG WHEN SHE HAD THE KITTENS AND WHEN ALFIE WAS ONLY 5 DAYS OLD SHE PANICKED AND ATTACKED HIM, I RESCUED HIM, AND THAT WAS THAT. I LOVED HIM INSTANTLY, I JUST HAD TO HAVE HIM TO KEEP FOREVER.
HE IS NOW A VERY BIG PART OF OUR FAMILY.
ALFIE STILL KEEPS IN TOUCH WITH HIS BROTHERS AND SISTER WHENEVER POSSIBLE AND OF COURSE HIS MOTHER. HE WAS THE FIRST BORN OF 4 KITTENS, HIS BROTHERS AND SISTER ARE ALL BLACK AND BLACK & WHITE, LIKE THEIR MUM BUT ALFIE IS TABBY AND WHITE LIKE HIS DAD.
Bio: ALFIE CAME TO LIVE WITH US ON SUNDAY 15TH APRIL 2007, HE DID NOT LIKE BEING IN THE CAT CARRIER AND MEOWED ALL THE WAY HOME. HE WAS VERY SHY AND TIMID AT FIRST, AND HE STILL IS QUITE A TIMID CAT UNTIL HE GETS TO KNOW YOU. GENERALLY, HE IS NOT A LAP CAT ALTHOUGH I AM WORKING ON THIS, BUT AS WITH MOST CATS IT'S ALWAYS ON HIS TERMS, SAME GOES FOR BEING PICKED UP, AND EVEN STROKED IF HE'S NOT IN EXACTLY THE RIGHT MOOD. HE LIKES TO SLEEP IN HIS RADIATOR BED, AND VERY OCCASSIONALLY HE WILL JUMP ONTO MY BED, ALTHOUGH THIS IS USUALLY IF HE FANCIES A SNACK DURING THE NIGHT. ALFIE IS SUCH A PLAYFUL LITTLE KITTEN CAT, ANYTHING THAT MOVES WILL GET POUNCED ON, AND HE ADORE'S FEET ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE MINUS THE SOCKS!
WE ALL REALLY LOVE ALFIE SO MUCH, HE HAS BROUGHT SO MUCH FUN BACK INTO OUR HOUSE AFTER CHLOE PASSED AWAY IT'S A JOY TO HAVE HIM AS PART OF OUR FAMILY.
Today would have been my beloved ALFIE’s 4th Birthday.
Sometimes I think I see still him, I feel his presence close to me many times.
I am a crazy? Or does grief play strange tricks on your mind?
ALFIE was with me for such a short time but will remain in my heart forever.
I miss him. I love him.
I will lend to you for a while a kitten, God said.
For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he’s dead.
Maybe for twelve or fourteen years, or maybe two or three.
But will you, ‘till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you and, should his stay be brief
You’ll always have his memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught below I want this kitten to learn.
I’ve looked the whole world over in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowds life’s land I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take my kitten home again?
I fancied that I heard them say ‘Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done’
For all the joys this kitten brings the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter him with tenderness, we’ll love him while we may.
And for the happiness we’ve known, forever grateful stay.
But should you call him back much sooner than we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
If, by our love we’ve managed your wishes to achieve,
Then in memory of him whom we loved, please help us while we grieve.
When our cherished kitten departs this world of strife,
Please send yet another needing soul for us to love all his life.