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The Black Cat Connection


When Dan vowed on his wedding day to love and cherish Marlee, he knew that it meant he also must cherish her beloved cats.  He admired her devotion to animals, and supported her desire to rescue cats from the local shelter, knowing they could afford to take good care of them.  When the number of cats roaming the house reached a half dozen, Marlee agreed with Dan that any future rescue cats would be housed in their big barn, and she promised to limit the adoptions to just one or two now and then. Henceforth Marlee was able to keep her cat rescuing activities under the radar by arranging with the shelter to adopt only black cats, and they called her each time a black cat was brought in.  When Dan remarked on how friendly the barn cats were, noting that there always seemed to be one or two around wherever he was working, Marlee just smiled.

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This post is linked to Two Shoes Tuesday
where the prompt this week is "cheat"
TWO SHOES TUESDAY
and to Five Sentence Fiction
 where this week's prompt is "cherish"

16 comments:

  1. Marlee has gone overboard and hidden the cats in amongst all the others. Who is counting? Obviously not Dan during the day when he is busy and and not at night when he can't see them! Let's hope they are all neutered.

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    1. Very clever (and sneaky) of her, don't you think, Old Egg? Thankfully, most animal shelters now require spaying/neutering cats and dogs before they are adopted. If these cat's weren't it's most certain that some of the offspring would manifest recessive genetic traits and sport furcoats of other colors!

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  2. Great job.

    The same thing happened here with Marcy's striped cats. Until Den saw a picture with all the cats eating he had no idea how many Marcy had.

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    1. This is based on a true story of the animal shelter in a town where I used to live, Gail. I assume that Marlee's husband never was around the barn at feeding time, as we know that cats arrive from all corners of the property when it's time to eat! I'll bet Den was a little surprised by that picture! :-)

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  3. That was so clever, Josie! I loved it. It put a smile on my face and to read that it's based on a true story made me chuckle.

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    1. Thanks Elsie, this story has always made me smile too, as it's something I surely might try if I had the resources and thought I could get away with it! It is always hard to find homes for black cats, silly stigma, and they are so very beautiful!

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  4. I had a black rescue cat for over 17 years ( her picture is here, http://www.randomactsofdog.com/p/cats-of-character.html , a blog I do under a pseudonym). Now my wife does the same trick to me with black labrador retrievers...

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    1. Of course I had to go and see her, and such a beauty she was! I had to let my beloved Stormy, who had been with us that many years, pass over just a few months back too. It's hard, very hard. I totally enjoyed your "doggie blog", a different side of KR! It looks like you and your wife have been taken in by more than a couple beautiful critters needing homes. :-)

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  5. That is awesome! Only black cats . . . :)

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    1. I can only imagine the barn at night, Judy... all these glowing eyes in the dark shadows! :-))

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  6. She's a hoarder! Lol. I love that she just smiled at the end and he was none the wiser. :)

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    1. Yes, I think we can safely assume that Marlee is "collecting" black cats! :-) It's a good thing they can afford their care, but at some point her husband is bound to start questioning, or most certainly the animal shelter would... I hope!

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  7. He he, brilliant! Loved this so much, and that last sentence is wonderful!

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    1. Thank you Lisa! It is said that "Love bears all things", and I hope that Dan can bear the ever-present companionship of black cats! I'm certain there is no problem with mice in the barn!:-)

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  8. I love this! So cute! The picture is just adorable. A very clever little story. xxx

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    1. Thanks Lizzie! It was a fun story to write! I loved that picture too... and I could easily imagine several groups like that around the farm! :-)

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