But then there's the sunshine...
Admitted, it was a very tough week but my goodness how all your kind and compassionate words helped carry me through. Yesterdays sad turn of events did make me count my lovely blessings - the gorgeous furry bundles whose lives were saved from a certain death or a miserable existence by the dumpsters. They truly are my sunshine and light up my days. Given the fact that we've had an extremely hot day today they all retreated inside for some cool chillin', which gave ample opportunity to grab a few new snapshots. In this image above it's Tiny who was the first official rescuee - he was litterally dying from a severe respiratory infection when he was just 7-8 weeks old. Him and his brother Ninja (below) were the first to appear in the garden last fall. They were two feral kittens - now a couple of cheeky young goof balls, which I can cuddle.
Then there's lovely Benji. Rescued from a dumpster life by a busy road when he was 5-6 months old (grabbed him when I found him badly mauled and with a flu). He is amazing. He is so kind and so placid. He has turned out to be so perfect with the little kittens. He used to be really hyper but looking after the kittens, it seems he's found a purpose in life. You might have seen the lovely images of him and Twinkle a few weeks ago and he simple adores Emma.
And Emma adores him right back. Here it's Emma below - rescued when she was 7-8 weeks old. She was drowning in the neighbors water container. It appeared she was a little kitten that had gotten lost from mommy kitty (maybe mommy kitty died). She used to look for something to suckle whenever cuddled - obviously she was missing the warmth of suckling milk. Well guess what... she has taken to snuggling tightly with Benji - and suckling under his armpit! Yes, Benji is a boy :-) It is the cutest sight. The lovliest thing is that they both purr loudly and completely blisssed out. A typical moment is one like the one above where Benji is deeply asleep and Emma will creep in and start suckling!
Don't belive this girl for a moment (above). She is just looking up as if not to get caught in the act! But she does indeed suckle Benji. He'll usually embrace her with his big tender paws. Her impish cuteness is illegal. Twinkle is absent in this photoshoot as he was busy being a big boy sleeping in the bushes. He loves hanging out with these guys.
And of course the darling Noona. So tired but sooo very happy to be back home again this morning. We had a "Noona fest" where we just fussed over her for an hour before she desperately wanted a sleep. Here she is resting in my husbands arms. Purring the entire time before she fell asleep.
And having talked of my little sunshines... I received a Sunshine Award a few days ago from Mariette's Back to Basics - a lady with a passion for travel, gardening, fine things, etiquette and manners (and honestly, where do you find that these days??). I'm thrilled whenever the stories of these otherwise unwanted little people of God reaches the world and I thank you for helping me spread the word.
Very fittingly I would like to pass on the award to Sunshine, author of Such Life In The Tropics. She was the very first person to leave a comment on Gods Little People and it spurred me on at a time where I seriously didn't think anyone was out there reading this blog. She's a loyal blog companion (I really appreciate the quality of loyalty!) and I love reading her blog - so full of life, humor, happy days and a sense of celebrating life - and we share a great love of animals. I always thought her blogger name couldn't be more fitting.