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The Patter of Little Feet

AdventureMan said “I’m ready.”

 

He caught me by surprise.

 

We lost Zakat in July; one Saturday night at bedtime, he noticed Zakat had a dime-sized hole in his side. In the time it took us to get dressed and head for the animal emergency care hospital, it had grown to the size of a quarter. As we waited – the hospital was full, that night, of heartbreaking cases – it continued to grow. We had to leave him there to be sewn up, but they called us and told us that his skin wouldn’t hold stitches, and other lesions had opened. “A cat can’t live without skin” she said. We had to let him go.

 

When we adopted him, we hoped we would have more time with him. Zakat was the sweetest cat we have ever had, just full of love and trust. He was also FiV positive, feline AIDS, and he was susceptible to everything. He lost teeth. He had frequent pink eye. He would have fevers. He had skin problems. Through it all, he was sweet. When we lost him, we were desolate. AdventureMan said “No more cats.”

 

I think Trump changed his mind. I think he had to do something to fight our increasing dismay and outrage, we had to have some source of laughter in our lives. We know these immigrants he wants to keep out; we have lived among them and know them, for the most part, to be peaceful, hospitable people, very much like the people we live among in Pensacola. We have trans friends, and gay friends, and to limit their freedom threatens our own, for where do you start restraining those who hate? We prefer to drink untainted water, and to breathe unpolluted air, and we trust the EPA to measure, and to confront, and to enforce. And we want to trust in the “truthiness” of our elected officials, which we demonstrably cannot.

 

We have become activists. Who would have though it?

 

And, to nourish our souls, we have adopted Ragnar, a Russian Blue mix, and Uhtred, a creamy gold total mutt, both street cats, both sweet and funny and playful and delightful. Our house is once again a jumble of scattered and wrinkled carpets, dining room chairs knocked out of place, training not to go on countertops, and clear duct tape on the furniture to train them not to scratch there, but on the scratching posts.  They give us joy, and a delightful reason to get up in the morning.

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So, thank you, Donald Trump, for being so obnoxious and so depressing that we welcomed the diversion of these two delightful little angels into our household. One small step to help a hurting world.

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February 27, 2017 - Posted by | Aging, Circle of Life and Death, Civility, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Free Speech, Living Conditions, Political Issues, Quality of Life Issues, Relationships, Social Issues, Values | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. So sorry about Zakat, he really was a sweet boy but you gave him the best life possible for his short stay. These two youngins will also be blessed with the wonderful life you have rescued them to. It is painful to lose them but such a gift to give whatever you can to these unfortunate animals. We’ve had our sweet Spartacus 3 years and he has made great leaps in his adjustments to a safe secure life but there are always moments when he reverts and shows us how bad it was for him emotionally. We love the guy, neuroses and all.

    Comment by momcatwa | February 27, 2017 | Reply

  2. We still miss Zakat. We still miss Pete! They were to very special cats And as sad as we were to lose them, our house is a happier house with cats in it. And you are so right, MomCat, these rescue animals are the BEST 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 1, 2017 | Reply

  3. 🙂 with tears

    Comment by bitjockeyKen | March 1, 2017 | Reply

  4. Thanks, Ken. We always hate to lose a friend . . . The two new young cats are, however, lighting up our lives 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 4, 2017 | Reply


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