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No Time To Cry or Say Goodbye


Maisey sat stiffly in her rocking chair on the porch with eyes averted, refusing to let herself cry in front of strangers, these men in uniform who had come to steal her babies.  Her son had told her this would happen, that they would come for those precious little souls so dear to her heart, but she had failed to take his threats seriously.  How could they all be this unfeeling and cruel?  Could they not see the panic in her little one's eyes as they ran in terror around the rooms, trying desperately to avoid capture by darting behind curtains and hiding under beds and chairs?  Alas, it was too late now; referring to her as a crazy cat lady, they had cornered and crated all twenty-six of her precious furbabies and hauled them out the door.
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I'm linking up with Lillie McFerrin for Five Sentence Fiction
where the writing prompt this week is "ending" 
 

20 comments:

  1. I had to count your sentences! Sad - - it sounds like animal hoardes :(

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    1. My sentence structure is admittedly a little loose, Judy, but not any more contrived than the rest of my blogging efforts! :-) Yes, clearly Maisey has hoarding issues that are manifested in her cat "collection"... a sad situation for her and the cats.

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  2. I don't want to know what the inside of that house looked - or smelled - like.

    Cheers!
    JzB

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    1. Indeed, JzB, we can be certain that stepping inside that door was an eye-opening, overwhelming experience. A house with twenty-six cats does not smell like roses!!

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  3. It is sad. The sadness is doubled when I see forces come in and take over when all involved were healthy and well-loved.

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    1. And there are situations where that is true, Gail, where the hoarder will invest all their assets to provide for the needs of their animals, and most certainly she loved him. The issue becomes one of sanitation and over-population. Someone should have stepped in to help her before the situation got so far out of control. The loss of all of them will be devastating to her.

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  4. Sad, and so true to life. There is a difference between rescue & hoarding. Sadly, everyone needs rescuing when the issue is hoarding. We had a neighbour who was a hoarder, and unfortunately it involved animals. It did not end well.

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    1. That's so very true, McGuffy Ann. We know that the best of intentions have gone far astray in this case. And cats reproduce so rapidly that is is easy to find yourself with a houseful if you take no steps to prevent it. At some point the hoarder looses control of the situation and becomes overwhelmed. Usually help arrives long after it is needed, and the results can be so heartbreaking. The cats were probably the only family she perceived that she really had.

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  5. We all have needs, both to love and be loved...it's heartbreaking when time and age prevents us from being the givers any further...I can feel the old lady's confusion and fear, well put!

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    1. You are right Lisa, she has let the situation get out of control and yet she clearly loves her cats. Confusion, fear, shame, and tremendous sadness all play a part. In this case it doesn't sound like the intervention was being handled in a caring manner. It is sad that her son wasn't there to offer support. My heart aches for her, we know she meant well, and the cats are really all she had.

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  6. I can imagine her sadness...and panic at losing her babies. Very well written!

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    1. I can too Selma! It would be so easy to become her if you were depressed and lonely and the cats provided you with love and interaction. She will spend many nights crying and will probably never understand why they were taken away. It is heartbreaking, and it happens. Hopefully she will be allowed to have one or two back after they have been altered so they can't reproduce.

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  7. Often we hear jokes about the 'mad cat lady' but never see it from her view point. You have portrayed this very well. This is extremely sad but I hope these pussy cats are now better off. My sister has a rescue cat from a flat where 70 cats dwelled!! Her cat is lucky despite health problems as many had to be put to sleep. x

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    1. Thank you Lizzie. I like to explore characters from the inside out, no matter how serious her mental health issues may have been, Maisey truly loved her cats as family and this would have been a heart-wrenching scene. It is true that most often in over-populated situations such as these, disease runs rampant and many that are removed cannot be relocated to new homes. How tragic!

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  8. The sadness this evokes makes me angry, sure this happens but where was the son to give love and comfort in the first place? If he had been paying attention to his mother the way he should have he would have helped her not have so many by getting the one or two she had fixed so they wouldn't have had more babies. Now she is broken- hearted, upset and stressed not to mention how those poor babies felt being scared. Grrrrrr. Wonderful story Josie, appreciate you bringing the issue to the forefront. :)

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    1. You are exactly right, Len. I was angry as this situation developed in my mind too. Don't tell me that here son didn't see the situation escalating, and most certainly her neighbors could smell trouble in the air, long before it reached this point. Most hoarders are overwhelmed by their environment and don't know where or how to begin to fix the problem they've created. Innocent animals suffer and a lonely old lady has her heart broken. Where were the people who should have cared?

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  9. With my wife and I having as many as 8 dogs and 2 cats at the same time (we're down to 6 and 1, respectively, now), they may be showing up at our house next!

    Good story, and definitely different than the usual take on "ending."

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    1. I can relate, KR, we had five cats, and are now down to four, but they are long-haired and our house has that "soft-furry" effect. I love cats and if my husband wasn't more practical and says "this is enough" I can see where I would take in more rescue animals to give them a home... and if one doesn't have the resources to keep them spayed/neutered and up to date with shots, the situation could rapidly grow out of control. I can understand how it happens! Sad that everyone let this go so far before the authorities stepped in. A house full of cats emits enough ammonia to alert the neighborhood!

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  10. This is such a sad story, so well written. I recently lost a dog to cancer and it was without question the hardest thing I've ever been through. They really are our family too!!

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    1. Just a couple months ago I had to say goodbye to a kitty who had been a family member for 16 years Lillie, it is heartbreaking. As much as the lady in this story was misguided in trying to care for so many, you and I both know she loved them dearly. Having them all removed at once would have been devastating to her. It was very sad, and so easily preventable if people would have stepped in sooner to help.

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