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Clara chuckled when her young daughter Grace named the stray kitten Fuzzy, scruffy would have been more accurate.  It's long fur was ragged, dirty and matted.  She couldn't help but feel sorry for the little thing when she first spied it hiding in the bushes beside the old shed.  They started leaving out dishes of food and water, and within a week's time Fuzzy began to come out warily for dinner while she and Grace stood a distance away watching, and talking to the kitten in gentle tones. 
 
It wasn't long before Fuzzy was scampering across the grass to greet Grace, and reaching tentatively to her fingers for a treat or a quick kiss.  When fall came they made Fuzzy a soft bed in the garage and put a cat door in for her.  Fuzzy was growing big and her fur began to shine with frequent grooming and good food.  Her eyes were bright and she often crawled into Grace's lap for petting when Grace sat on the garage step talking to her. 
 
As winter grew close and the weather got colder, Grace worried about Fuzzy keeping warm, and she convinced her mom that it was time to let Fuzzy come inside.  After being coaxed into a pet carrier for a ride to the vet for an exam, shots, and spaying, Fuzzy came home to her wonderful new life as the princess in Grace's life.  Fuzzy remained Grace's best friend and  confidante until she passed over the Rainbow Bridge at the age of fifteen.  Her passing left a huge hole in Grace's heart, and Clara missed her too.  She had been such a sweet and gentle cat, a wonderful pet! 
 
Then one day as Grace was returning home from school she saw a small kitten watching her from underneath the corner of the shed.  She could see that it was meant to be white, but was so dirty that it appeared more gray.  Soon the food dish and water were back in service, and a new friendship was in the making.  Grace named the kitten Fuzzy Tu, and was certain that she arrived as a gift from Fuzzy, her beloved kitty angel; her Mom thought she just might be right. 
 
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Written in Honor of National Pet Week - May 5-11, 2013
I'm linking up with Meghan Genge's  Sunday Scribblings
where the prompt this week is "fuzzy" 
 

24 comments:

  1. You could almost turn me into a cat person with this story!

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    1. The world could always use another cat person, Joe! :-))

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  2. This is a sad story with a happy ending, Josie. Thank you.

    Mrs. Jim has a rule: (Rule # 101)
    If it dies or leaves we will not replace it and it cannot come back.

    If ever the rule changes I would like a calico and/or a black one.
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    1. I like stories with happy endings, Jim. When it comes to animals, we have the power to give them loving homes. Papa Bear also has rules about how many furkids we adopt (right now we have four, though I protest that Stormy's slot is now open and we a space). He is probably the wiser one, or I might end up with a dozen, it is so hard to turn away from those sad little faces at the shelter! Maybe down the road Mrs. Jim might find the calico or black kitty that captures her heart! I also think you'd best be careful about going out and staying away too long - refer to rule 101! :-))

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  3. The stories of homeless critters are endless. This picture of the cat breaks my heart. I have taken in and rehabbed so many like this, and yet so many remain out there. If each person were a bit more conscious and kind, we could change the world for them...and ourselves.

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    1. That photo broke my heart too, McGuffy Ann. I know that dozens of God's critters in desperate need have found their way to your door and your heart. We can't save all the cats and dogs, but for each one we save, it makes a difference. I believe strongly in adoption from shelters rather than buying animals from breeders or stores. I so agree that all it takes is more caring, and more responsibility when it comes to choosing and caring for pets... then we could have more happy endings like this one!

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  4. This is pretty much how we gained every cat of my childhood :-). A lovely story x

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    1. How sweet! I think many cats find their way to their forever homes in this manner. Blessings to the kind folks who take them in and love them!

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  5. I have five "moggies," all were rescued in one way or another. Two were from a litter given birth to by a cat rescued by a former co-worker. Two were adopted from a shelter, and one was a dump-off whose irresponsible humans believed she was pregnant, so they kicked her out.

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    1. Purrrfect, obviously you have a heart for furkids! I'm a big believer in rescue/adoption and you've taken this to heart. :-)

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  6. Hello again Josie. You certainly put heart and soul into your posts. Loving pets is a good way of saying thank you for being in this world and showing how different species can love each other. The next step might be to love our own kind as much.

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    1. Hi Old Egg, nice to see you in these parts! I love to tell stories, I'm not sure that's the same as writing, but I enjoy the process and everyone seems to enjoy the result, so that's good enough for me! I like your concept of loving pets as a way of saying thank you. You are right, if we could show the same compassion and care for our fellow humans - and especially the ones down on their luck like this kitten - it would be a much better world all around!

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  7. What a beautiful story! I love a happy ending. :)

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    1. Thank you Dana, this little kitten's bedraggled appearance spurred the story. It only takes one person or one family to give such a sweet little critter a home! I love happy endings too (well, then again sometimes I like a dark one, but I never kill off animals in my stories, people... maybe :-)

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  8. Ah yes..my sister found her own little fuzzy cat in this way..although she is a biter..but special..and Annell would say the right kitty finds us..they are clever that way! ;)

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    1. I totally agree with Annell, Jae, most often it is the cat that finds their human, rather than the other way, it's like they almost know where to show up for a little TLC.

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  9. Very well done. If I wasn't allergic I'd be a cat person. Oh yes I would.

    Have a terrific day honey. :)

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    1. It would be so very hard to be allergic to cats. I am a little bit so I try to avoid a face full of fur/dander, but for me it's worth it. My older sister is VERY allergic, cats make her itch and give her breathing problems. She lives far away, so visits aren't an issue, thankfully. Are you allergic to dogs as well?

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  10. what a sweet sweet story. Our Lucy came to us in a similiar way and I feel blessed that she chose us!

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    1. That's lovely, Kathe! The furkids that we rescue tend to be the most loved of all, they are grateful and we are blessed to have and help them. All four of ours are from rescue backgrounds and we wouldn't have it any other way!

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  11. great story and I thing Fuzzy Tu is a great name.

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