A Time to Rescue

By pixsidust Latest Reply 2011-11-30 08:53:22 -0600
Started 2011-11-22 20:42:00 -0600

Winter is starting to grasp Missouri with cold and wet winds.
Blue skies are replaced by gray ones
At different times of the day and night, We could hear crying
sometimes faint and other times louder.

One night, I put my bags down to listen in the dark.
I traced the sound to a detached garage of my neighbor. It was a cat making deplorable pleas. This neighbor did not own a cat.
I could not open the door of the garage to free it.
My neighbor was rarely home. I opened a small can of cat food and slipped it over the top of the door to feed this abandoned animal.

The next day we saw kids in their yard and asked about the cat.
He had gotten trapped there and they could not have a cat.
He had been in there, I do not know how long.
We told them that we would take it. It took nothing to coax it out.
They were not feeding it or giving it water.

When I picked it up the purring began and gentle licking despite the bones that made up its little body. Puss oozed from his eyes and nose.
Dirt covered its fur, now that she was too weak to groom herself.
I fed her until her hearts content and put her in my padded dog kennel, soft and warm.

Two days have passed and the antibiotics are starting to work. I feed her wet and dry food as much as she will eat. She sleeps on my chest while I watch TV. I have not washed her yet. I am afraid her tiny bony body could not stand the shock until she is stronger.

I realized that I will leap to rescue an animal in need. I am endlessly patient to nurse a sick one to health. I will reach out to comfort another
person who is hurt or feels like they have no value.

Many of us are quick to rescue, love and care. Yet many will let themselves go, forget their meal plan and neglect their health.
As I pet this cat who I am calling Elizabeth, I thought we must remember to rescue ourselves, to care and nurture our health.
We never know, when we will be needed to rescue another…

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pixsidust 2011-11-25 22:03:36 -0600 Report

4 days have passed and Elizabeth has been eating, just like she is…starving. The medicine has taken hold and the draining eyes and nose have stopped. Some tiny blisters have peeled away.

She started to take interest in licking her stick like legs. The rancid smell had been permeating the air. Its time to give her a bath, I thought. I held her in the tub and moved the shower wand over her, letting the flea shampoo soak in, as I massaged her body. At first she tried to climb her way out, but seemed to relax as the warm water soaked her legs. Tiny and gaunt, each bone presented itself for the counting. How could any one not care?

I wrapped her in a towel. Not expecting her to be compliant I took out my hair dryer. She stood as each side was blown fluffy, to my surprise. I found my heart breaking as this brave wee one accepted the care she so badly needed.

Afterwards She took turns looking out the window and napping on my bed. Next to her was Lucy, my pit bull rescue who "had" a broken leg. Its like they know to be part of the family, to get along, and even to help with the washing…Lucy is a great licker.

Now if we could be so humble as to accept help when offered. To get along, even when the odds should be against it,…to take time to look out at the world, to rest and to dream.

To learn from the Pitbull and the tiny cat… the lion and the lamb.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-25 22:41:16 -0600 Report

Your words paint such a vivid picture that it;s almost like i can see her getting her bath and getting blown dry! So fragile and tiny, I just want to cuddle her! Please give her some nuzzels and love for me ok?!
Bless you for your kind heart. Please continue to keep us posted. With so much negativity in the news and around us all the time, I love to hear sweet things like little Elizabeth!
God Bless, Mickey

P.S. What color is she? Just curious.

pixsidust 2011-11-26 10:19:56 -0600 Report

Elizabeth is mainly a tabby cat with a brown striped forehead and white coming down the center of her face and chin. She has white legs. Her fur on her back has hints of gray almost wolf like mixed in with the striped golden brown. Right down the middle of the darker fur from her shoulder blades to her tail is a white plume stripe. The inclination is that she looks like a skunk. Her face is so round and sweet looking that giving her the elegant name of Elizabeth fits her being a little lady and gives her dignity . She has long curly hair which looks different from a Persian. There are small waves in it. Although I could not get all the dirt from her white back legs, she is fluffy. The fluff covers her extreme thinness. Although it concaves in places. She is extremely sweet. Her voice is like gravel. Not a pretty sound. I think made that way from all the years of crying she has done, like when you scream at a good ball game and pay for it the next day. I intend to take her to the vets next Saturday when I have some money. I lost my job Sept 29th. I can not do blood work on her but will get her shots and more antibiotics. Her pink nose is still hot and dry. It had a brown crust on it when I got her. Her fur is stained at each corner of her eyes from the draining. Yet she is pretty, very pretty, the size of a kitten 5 months old. I do not think she is a kitten, just under fed over the years

Jeanae 2011-11-23 15:21:43 -0600 Report

You are awesome! I work with a couple of dog rescue groups and my friend is always rescuing cats as well. Currently I have 8 large dogs, and will be getting an elderly, blind, diabetic golden retriever in December. Her former people ignored her diabetes and now she is blind and having some issues. She will move in with my family and we can work through our diabetes together. Thank you pixsidust for being an angel on earth and a siant to Elizabeth. Please post updates. Happy Thanksgiving!

jayabee52 2011-11-23 07:14:13 -0600 Report

God bless you Christy for being who you are and taking care of this little creature. Yes we do care for others more than we care for ourselves. However we really cannot adequately care for others until we take the time and effort to care for ourselves.

pixsidust 2011-11-23 08:47:53 -0600 Report

It just struck me that we are quick to jump through hoops to be kind to another forgetting ourselves. I read about the struggles here and its so easy to put yourself last or not at all…and yet our lives depend on it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-26 17:59:17 -0600 Report

pixis, this is true. I was hospitalized for awhile and one of the things I learned is that we should do something just for "us" at least 20 minutes each day. This could be doing nothing at all, getting your nails done, reading a book or simply looking out your window while drinking your favorite tea or coffee. Sometimes we have to stop and smell the roses just for ourselves.

Caroltoo 2011-11-26 18:14:17 -0600 Report

Yes, self care is VERY important. Some of us were raised to believe that is selfish and therefore bad, but in reality, if you don't care for yourself you will be less able to care for or about anyone else in your life.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2011-11-26 19:48:23 -0600 Report

Carol, for 10 years I was a volunteer EMT. I trained with the Fire Department in my city. (our city does not have volunteers in the FD) I have seen people in all kinds of situations and living in conditions that would make a goat puke. I helped found the Community Association in my community, was asked to be President of a Community Relations Council by the Police Department, worked on the Governors election for two campaigns, quit my job to care for my mom, found time to go to college and graduate at the top of my class, help my sister start our jewelry business. Today, I am looking for a new job, am still involved in all of the community things I do, was invited to the Mayors Inauguration and Ball but now I have seemed to gain enough sense to say enough. I now tell the Police Department when I am taking a few days off and ignore the community for a few days. I use this time to do something just for me. However, if the police don't hear from me, they check. Our Police District Commander and Community Relations Sgt. know I am diabetic so they will check on me to make sure I am ok. It isn't being selfish it is taking care of me from time to time. We all deserve it.

Caroltoo 2011-11-26 20:29:20 -0600 Report

How true. That was my point. I wish more people understood that they need to take care of themselves.

jayabee52 2011-11-23 08:51:53 -0600 Report

I did just that when my bride "jem" was alive and we were together. Her brother used to constantly encourage me to take care of myself so I could take care of "jem".

jayabee52 2011-11-23 09:26:28 -0600 Report

I got so much joy from being with her and helping her that even though with her I had taken on a lot, it was no burden for me, as I had a lot of love to give and the way my personality was "wired" caring was one way to show my love for her.

pixsidust 2011-11-23 16:00:30 -0600 Report

You should, James. Take care of yourself. I am so glad to know you. I could not imagine this place without you!

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 01:37:27 -0600 Report

That was so beautiful that it brought some tears to my eyes, no joke. My daughter and i want a cat. We had 2 little dogs, but after mom died, there was no one home a lot of the time and they were suffering. Mom was home all the time with them. I figured a cat is more independent and would make a better pet. We will probably be moving by the spring, so we are going to wait, but when we do get one, I am totally rescuing one from the shelter! The only exeception I would make is if I were closer to you and we would rescue little Elizabeth! Love on her for me and God bless you for being such a wonderful soul.
Blessings, Mickey

eristar 2011-11-30 06:07:19 -0600 Report

As a shelter worker and a basset hound rescue volunteer, I am so glad you are planning to adopt from a shelter! All of our animals are either from a shelter or a rescue, and they are the best pets anyone could ask for!

pixsidust 2011-11-23 08:43:52 -0600 Report

Elizabeth is not scared of my dogs but hisses at my cats. She is very affectionate and sweet. I already have 4 cats and two dogs all rescued well and healthy. My friendly bumpkins have all gone to look at her and see who mommy is holding. She would make number 7. I am not giving her up until she is beautiful and healthy. Right now I think she would get put to sleep. She requires some care and nursing that I have the time to do.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 21:39:12 -0600 Report

I'm sure with you taking care of her she will do just fine. And I agree with pcyoung38, you are an angel! God Bless you

Young1s 2011-11-23 14:51:52 -0600 Report

So Angels DO walk amongst us! :) God Bless you Pixsidust. We are all praying that Elizaberh has a speedy recovery.

Young1s 2011-11-22 20:59:49 -0600 Report

That was beautiful Pixiedust, just beautiful. I was caught up in that from start to finish. Your words painted the most vivd pictures in my mind. Then, you wrap it up with a powerful message too. And a timely message at that for the upcoming holidays. Your good. :)

dietcherry 2011-11-22 20:53:10 -0600 Report

Oh my goodness this spoke directly to me!
I use to manage apartments and the residents constantly abandoned their cats. I was always more of a dog person plus am really allergic to cats but I couldnt stand watching them die of disease, exposure, starvation, or getting run over.
I started bringing these innocent souls home with me. I worked out a agreement with a local vet to have them spayed/neutered for $25 apiece.
I had so many cats that my neighbors started to complain! I found homes for some and some just wandered away. Atleast they were fixed so they wouldnt breed.
I have 2 left, Rufus and Blu, and they are the furry loves of my life!!!!

Thank you for being an Angel on earth and taking in Elizabeth!!!!!

pixsidust 2011-11-22 21:26:28 -0600 Report

All my animals are a menagerie of the unwanted and lost. Thus is my home and my way. When I move about a small herd comes with me from room to room. I will have to find a home for her, but not until she is healthy and winter has passed.

dietcherry 2011-11-22 21:32:09 -0600 Report

Where do you live? I will take her if youre not too far away!

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