Whilst the news on Bessie (who by the way now is Charlie - turns out Bessie is a boy!) is not the best (he is back in intensive veterinary care in a very serious condition), I still want to use this day counting my endless blessings from throughout this year. Last Christmas I had just taken on looking after Tiny and Ninja (and with some reluctance - I guess I knew where it would be headed from there!!) and I had no idea this Christmas would be more than 35 cats later. But what a year it's been - what beautiful souls have come my way. What gifts. What a development journey they have all offered me (inner and outer). Each cat has represented a new challenge and I can honestly say each cat individually has taught me new lessons and a whole lot about diseases and treatment. And I felt quite apprehensive when I took on this beauty - the irresistible Ellie. You might have watched the little video (a few posts ago) from the day I found her abandoned by kitty mom and in a state of hypothermia (only 10 days old). (These images are from a few days ago when she jumped a tree for the first time and I happened to have my camera at the ready).
How do you become a kitty mom?? Providing the baby kitten with a constantly balanced body temperature, making sure it does its toilet, keeping it engaged and basically knowing its survival depends on you. Well, Ellie is one among many of my lovely rescues this year and she has turned out just so perfectly perfect - I'm floored each day by her innoncent purity. It's very grounding.
And I feel so humbled by each little soul I've had the privilege of saving. They have saved me right back, they truly have. They call out every little bit of Godly humanity and compassion - is there a better place to be located in oneself? Not for me.
And to you my lovely dear friends...
Thank you for all the loving sentiments you have expressed - and your beautiful encouraging words. And to those of you who have purchased cards - you all keep me going. And to my lovely blogging friend who generously donated towards these little lives - I know where your heart is!
Bless you splendid spirits! - and enjoy your holidays.
Will you remember to keep Charlie in your thoughts - thank you.
- and a little haven full of grateful kitties.
Update: Sadly we said goodbye to Charlie Christmas morning. There will be a tribute to Charlie in my next post.