Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

“Oh! I Like His Face!”

It’s taken us a long time to get over the loss of our sweet Qatari Cat, sweet Pete. He was so special to us. For one thing, he was pretty. For another, he had some very winning ways. So many reasons to love that sweet cat and to regret his loss.

On our trip, we agreed that we are still not over Pete, and at the same time, it is time to bring another cat into our lives.

I had one in mind.

I have a friend. She has a ministry; she rescues abandoned animals, particularly cats. She tends to their wounds, she has them neutered, she gets them shots. She gives them boundless love, and teaches them to love and trust again.

She had put a photo of a cat on FaceBook. It was before our trip, and I couldn’t see adopting a cat and then putting him into a cat hotel, so I didn’t do anything. But my friend called while I was traveling, and I asked her during our conversation if that orange cat had found a home, and she said no.

So when we got back, we unpacked, we did laundry, we started to get back to our normal lives.

And we adopted Zakat.

Our friend brought him over. He was small, he was scrawny, he had a clipped ear, which I learned means he’s been taken from the streets and neutered, and . . . he had a huge circular scar around his face. He loved my friend, but AdventureMan and I totally freaked him out, and he ran into the cat room and hid (we have a lot of great hiding places.)

A couple days later, our grandson was staying overnight, with his Explorer’s tool (it has a flashlight, compass, magnifying glass, mirror, thermometer and whistle) and asked if he could see the cat. He’s a good boy, and he has three cats at home, so we took him to Zakat’s cupboard, and opened. Zakat didn’t run, and our grandson shone his flashlight and exclaimed softly in delight “Oh, I like his face! He has a sweet face!”

He didn’t even see the scars. All he could see was the sweetness of this cat. And I thought what a blessing grandchildren are, to help us see with the eyes of Jesus, to see sweetness where other see only scars.

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Zakat has now discovered he is safe with us, and follows us around like a little shadow. He loves to sit in AdventureMan’s office with him, he loves to curl up with me while I am reading. He is fresh, and funny, and a sweet hearted little cat.

Zakat means tithe or alms in Arabic, but the truth is, we just love the double entendre, and love saying “Where’s Zakat?” We must be five years old, it takes so little to make us laugh.

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May 7, 2015 - Posted by | Biography, Charity, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Generational, Home Improvements, Interconnected, Pets, Qatteri Cat, Quality of Life Issues, Relationships, Zakat

10 Comments »

  1. So sweet! Congratulations on your new kitty!

    Comment by Kelly's Camping Tales | May 7, 2015 | Reply

  2. Thank you, Kelly 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 8, 2015 | Reply

  3. I love this cat! Especially when he takes a ride on his magic carpet!

    Comment by momcatwa | May 8, 2015 | Reply

    • LOL, every morning, carpets are flying all over the house!

      Comment by intlxpatr | May 10, 2015 | Reply

  4. What a lovely gift 🙂 I’m sure he’ll be a spoiled kitty in no time.

    Comment by operahell | May 11, 2015 | Reply

  5. That’s one lucky little cat! He’ll love life at your house!

    Comment by Grammy | May 11, 2015 | Reply

    • He is a hilarious cat, Grammy, and has us laughing all the time.

      Comment by intlxpatr | May 19, 2015 | Reply

  6. Adorable kitty, and a great name! I would be laughing at asking, “Where’s Zakat?” too.

    Comment by This British-American Life | May 15, 2015 | Reply


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