She quickly adapted from being a lost outdoor kitty to one who knew how to use a an indoor litter box with all the fringe benefits of more food than she could eat and a number of warm beds to curl up in comfort. I don't have any idea of what happened to her in her 'before' life, as it is with most rescue animals. She didn't appear to be abused - whether the previous owner simply dumped her to fend for herself or she somehow strayed and became lost is all unknown. One thing was evident - she had been without food for days, leaving her vulnerable and timid in unfamiliar surroundings. Happy to say that she is now quite the opposite and probably could lose a pound or two.
I took a few photos of her as she lounged close to December's Christmas tree with sparkling lights and glass ornaments. She seemed to study the ornaments, trying to decide whether it was worth a swipe of her paw or simply to observe.
I am reminded of the comfort that an animal can give to a human heart. We all have our favorites in the animal kingdom that opens into the discovery of friendship between critter and human. How unlikely is that? And how likely is it that God who is Creator of all, can delight the heart between human and animal despite the specie difference in appearance and sound.
Here are just a few of many notable quotes regarding our four legged friends...
Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened. - Anatole France
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. - Colette
The greatness of a national and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That's the problem. - A.A. Milne
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language. - Martin Buber
Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. - George Eliot
Join me at The Turn-Up Patch in two more weeks, on Monday January 29th... See you then!