January 16th 2014 12:58 pm
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So sad to hear that Catster won't be here anymore. If you are on FB and would like to stay in touch please send me a pawmail.
September 18th 2012 6:42 am
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The little orange boy stopped. Behind him, kitties were playing, chasing each other and wrestling in the warm sunshine. It looked like so much fun, but in front of him, through the clear stillness of the pond's water, he could see his mommy. And she was crying. He pawed at the water, trying to get at her, and when that didn't work, he jumped into the shallow water. All that got him was wet and Mommy's image danced away in the ripples. "Mommy!" he cried. "Is something wrong?" The little orange boy turned around.
A lady was standing at the edge of the pond, her eyes sad but filled with love. The little orange boy sighed and walked out of the water.
"There's been a mistake," he said. "I'm not supposed to be here."
He looked back at the water. It was starting to still again and his mommy's image was coming back. "I'm just a baby. Mommy said it had to be a mistake. She said I wasn't supposed to come here yet." The kind lady sighed and sat down on the grass. The little orange boy climbed into her lap. It wasn't Mommy's lap, but it was almost as good. When she started to pet him and scratch under his chin like he liked, he started to purr. He hadn't wanted to, but he couldn't help it. "I'm afraid there is no mistake. You are supposed to be here and your mommy knows it deep down in her heart," the lady said. The little orange boy sighed and laid his head on the lady's leg. "But she's so sad. It hurts me to see her cry. And daddy too." "But they knew right from the beginning this would happen."
"That I was sick?"
That surprised the little orange boy. No one had ever said anything and he had listened when they thought he was sleeping. All he had heard them talk about was how cute he was, or how fast he was or how big he was getting.
"No, not that you were sick," the lady said. "But you see, they chose tears." "No, they didn't," the little orange boy argued. Who would choose to cry? The lady gently brushed the top of his head with a kiss. It made him feel safe and loved and warm - but he still worried about his mommy.
"Let me tell you a story," the lady said. The little orange boy looked up and saw other animals gathering around. Cats - Taag and Gumpy Sweet Boy and Alex and Rocky Ann and little Lola and Minnie. Felix and Queen Tallulah and Ava Corrine and Mercedes. Dogs too- Sasha and Sophie and Quincy and Wrinkles and Augie. Even a lizard named Clyde and some rats named Saffron and Becky and a bunny named Sydney. They all lay down near the kind lady and looked up at her, waiting. She smiled at them and began:
A long long time ago, the Loving Ones went to the Angel in Charge. They were lonesome and asked the Angel to help them. The Angel took them to a wall of windows and let them look out the first window at all sorts of things - dolls and stuffed animals and cars and toys and sporting events. "Here are things you can love," the Angel said. "They will keep you from being lonesome." "Oh, thank you," the Loving Ones said. "These are just what we need." "You have chosen Pleasure," the Angel told them.
But after a time the Loving Ones came back to the Angel in Charge.
"Things are okay to love," they said. "But they don't care that we love them." The Angel in Charge led them over to the second window. It looked out at all sorts of wild animals. "Here are animals to love," he said. "They will know you love them." So the Loving Ones hurried out to care for the wild animals. "You have chosen Satisfaction," the Angel said.
Some of the Loving Ones worked at zoos and wild animal preserves, some just had bird feeders in their yards, but after a time they all came back to the Angel in Charge. "They know we love them," they told the Angel. "But they don't love us back. We want to be loved in return." So the Angel took them to the third window and showed them lots of people walking around, hurrying places. "Here are people for you to love," the Angel told them. So the Loving Ones hurried off to find other people to love. "You have chosen Commitment," the Angel said.
But after a time a lot of Loving Ones came back to the Angel in Charge.
"People were okay to love," they said. "But sometimes they stopped loving us and left. They broke our hearts." The Angel just shook his head. "I cannot help you," he said. "You will have to be satisfied with the choices I gave you."
As the Loving Ones were leaving, someone saw a window off to one side and hurried to look out. Through it, they could see puppies and kittens and dogs and cats and lizards and hamsters and ferrets. The other Loving Ones hurried over. "What about these?" they asked. But the Angel just tried to shoo them away. "Those are Personal Empathy Trainers," he said. "But there's a problem with their system operations." "Would they know that we love them?" someone asked. "Yes," the Angel said. "Would they love us back?" another asked. "Yes," the Angel said. "Will they stop loving us?" someone else asked. "No," the Angel admitted. "They will love you forever." "Then these are what we want," the Loving Ones said. But the Angel was very upset.
"You don't understand," he told them. "You will have to feed these animals." "That's all right," the Loving Ones said. "You will have to clean up after them and take care of them forever." "We don't care." The Loving Ones did not listen. They went down to where the Pets were and picked them up, seeing the love in their own hearts reflected in the animals' eyes.
"They were not programmed right," the Angel said. "We can't offer a
warranty. We don't know how durable they are. Some of their systems
malfunction very quickly, others last a long time." But the Loving Ones did not care. They were holding the warm little bodies and finding
their hearts so filled with love that they thought they would burst.
"We will take our chances," they said. "You do not understand." The Angel tried one more time. "They are so dependent on you that even the most well-made of them is not designed to out live you. You are destined to suffer their loss." The Loving Ones looked at the sweetness in their arms and nodded. "That is how it should be. It is a fair trade for the love they offer."
The Angel just watched them all go, shaking his head. "You have chosen Tears," he whispered.
"So it is," the kind lady told the kitties. "And so each mommy and daddy knows. When they take a baby into their heart, they know that one day it will leave them and they will cry." The little orange boy sat up. "So why do they take us in?" he asked. "Because even a moment of your love is worth years of pain later."
The little orange boy got off the lady's lap and went back to the edge of the pond. His mommy was still there, and still crying. "Will she ever stop crying?" he asked the kind lady. She nodded. "You see, the Angel felt sorry for the Loving Ones, knowing how much they would suffer. He couldn't take the tears away but he made them special."
She dipped her hand into the pond and let the water trickle off her fingers. "He made them healing tears, formed from the special water here.
Each tear holds bits of all the happy times of purring and petting and shared love. And the promise of love once again.
As your mommy cries, she is healing. It may take a long while, but the tears will help her feel better. In time she will be less sad and she will smile when she thinks of you. And then she will open her heart again to another little baby." "But then she will cry again one day," the little orange boy said.
The lady just smiled at him as she got to her feet. "No, she will love again. That is all she will think about." She picked up Taag and Gumpy and gave them hugs, then scratched Rocky Ann's ear just how she liked.
"Look," she said. "The butterflies have come. Shall we go over to play?"
The other animals all ran ahead, but the little orange boy wasn't ready to leave his mommy. "Will I ever get to be with her again?" The kind lady nodded. "You'll be in the eyes of every kitty she looks at. You'll be in the purr of every cat she pets. And late at night, when she's fast asleep, your spirit will snuggle up close to her and you both will feel at peace.
One day soon, you can even send her a rainbow to tell her you're safe and waiting here for when it's her turn to come." "I would like that," the little orange boy said and took one long look at his mommy. He saw her smile slightly through her tears and he knew she had remembered the time he almost fell into the bathtub. "I love you, Mommy," he whispered. "It's okay if you cry."
He glanced over at the other pets, running and playing and laughing with the butterflies. "Uh, Mommy? I gotta go play now, okay? But I'll be
around, I promise." Then he turned and raced after the others.
July 6th 2012 12:36 pm
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Mom is sad.
While she was out today with her sister, they drove by an apartment building~ there was an orange cat in a window. The window was open just a few inches. The cat's head was out. As they drove away, the cat's shoulders were out too. The window was on the second floor with grass below.
Mom worried about the cat. So close to a busy road. How long would it take his people to realize he had slipped out such a small opening? They decided to go back.
They walked around the building but couldn't find the little cat. They decided to go into the rental office; surely they would let the tenant know that their beloved cat had likely dropped 2 floors and was now wandering the area.
Mom was quickly informed that this apartment building does not allow pets and that a letter will be sent immediately telling the people to get rid of the cat. Mom and her sister begged the woman not to say anything, just pretend that they hadn't stopped in. The woman said she could not do that.
My mom was trying to do something good for the cat, but ended up costing him his home.
June 14th 2012 9:15 am
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I want to thank you all for being my friends, for celebrating my birthday with me on Tuesday and for leaving sweet comments on my diary entry. Life gets busy and I haven't been on Catster as much as I used to be, but I can't tell you how happy it made me to see so many of my friends! Thank you for the gifts on my page; they are beautiful and I treasure the messages in each one.
Catster will always be a wonderful place as long as you are all here!
June 12th 2012 5:34 am
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Today is my birthday! 5 years! My mommy can't believe it.
I hope my birthday isn't over-shadowed by all the drama-rama playing out here on Catster. I prefer to focus on the cats that are still here. Like me. On my birthday! MoL!!!
So everyone just take a deep breath and relax, life isn't that terrible. Catster isn't that terrible. There is no need to leave or delete your beautiful profiles. Yes, it is a shame when *people* decide to do leave, but life goes on and there are cats who are sick who need purrs and there are cats that are being honored for DDP's etc. And then there are cats like me who are 5 years old today!!!
June 4th 2012 11:48 am
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There has been a little dog in the house since last Tuesday and I don't think she is leaving. I have been keeping my distance. The only dog I have ever known was Sasha, and she was really good with us cats. This new one is small but feisty.
At first the little dog was kept in a crate which was nice, but she has been allowed out more and more frequently. TT isn't really afraid of her, he has even headbutted her twice! She doesn't chase us around, mom says she is afraid of us.
She thinks all food is for her. She does a crazy food dance, dogs are so strange!
Mom is hoping that everybody learns to get along real soon, and considering it has only been one week, we are all doing pretty good!
February 7th 2012 1:07 pm
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I wanted to let you know that my dog Sasha lost her battle with leukemia yesterday. She was 12 years old.
I am used to snuggling with her every morning after mommy leaves to go to work. Daddy would always see us. I don't know who will keep me warm now, I can't depend on any warmth from that boney TT.
I wanted to thank everyone for their purrs and thoughts, it's not gonna be easy learning to live without her.
January 20th 2012 11:25 am
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Some of you may know my Dog Sasha. She is a really good dog, I've known her practically my whole life!
Sasha was recently diagnosed with leukemia, she is getting chemo treatments, but this cancer is not curable.
I have been spending my time helping to take care of Sasha. The other morning, Sasha didn't want to eat her food, so I volunteered to eat it for her. It didn't take long for her to notice my helpfulness; she soon gave me the "pig eye" and finished her food herself. Your welcome Sash!
I also try to sleep with her often, I may be tiny but I am a great heat source!
This morning, Mom got up and let Sasha outside. I wasn't fully awake yet, but I went to the window to see the yard... There was an animal in the yard! A trespasser!! I immediately puffed out all my fur and began paddling the window. GO AWAY TRESPASSER! MY DOG IS OUT THERE!! The animal started coming toward the house! I was ready, surely this trespasser would see my fury through the window! Daddy opened the door and let the trespasser right into the house! It then became clear that this animal was actually Sasha. Oops, my bad!
Anyway, any purrs for my Sasha would be appreciated :)
September 30th 2011 8:53 am
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Our friend,Ingen has escaped at a hotel in Madison,WI during her family's move! URGENT! ALL CATSTERS IN THE MADISON AREA PLEASE KEEP WATCH FOR INGEN! WE MUST FIND & RETURN HER HOME SAFELY!
UPDATE: Here is a little more information: Ingen on Craigslist
September 19th 2011 12:12 pm
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Please release Luke and Gizmo from the cat/dog of the week spots. It was wonderful to read all about them but now I would like to see another cat/dog honored there. For all of our pals out there please feel free to copy and paste this message and spread the word to Catster/Dogster that we would like to see Luke and Gizmo set free. FREE LUKE (and Gizmo)!!!!!
Hopping on the bandwagon,
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