It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride of emotions for me over the past few days. First, my good furiend Lucky told me that a kindle of 11 kittens was pulled from a high kill shelter. What a great cat rescue story!
Then, sadly, he told me that one of the tiny felines was not doing well, and needed our healing thoughts. But then I learned that the humans at the Homeless Animals Rescue Team were able to help with another cat rescue, with one cat who had been attacked by a dog and a polydactyl cat like me going to their foster home.
That made me want to share a happy story, and I have one for you today that comes from the Animal Rescue Site. There was a human dying of cancer. Even an aggressive chemotherapy regimen would only buy time. This human knew what would end his life, and he knew that he didn’t have much time left
This human was never one for presents. When his children would ask him what he wanted for Christmas, he would always tell them to give something to their mother or to save the money. But for the last Christmas he would spend with his family, he had a special request.
He told his family that he had been dreaming of a kitten. It was grey, with soft paws. And it loved being on the bed with him and sleeping on his chest.
His family was elated, but also very nervous. This human revealed his request just a few weeks before Christmas. How were they going to find a kitten like that so quickly? They searched, and searched, trying to give a dying man the last Christmas present he would receive.
As Christmas drew closer, the family was close to panic. They had tried many cat rescues, but none had a kitten like their father requested. It was only two days before Christmas, when one of the humans called the rest of the family with wonderful news. They had found a kitten that would be exactly what was needed.
On Christmas Eve, the humans anxiously brought the little kitten over to the dying human. Pepper, as the feline would be known, wriggled free and went to the human who had been dreaming of him. Head bonks followed, and then Pepper curled up on his human’s chest and went to sleep.
It was just like the dying human’s dream! Pepper rarely left his human’s side after the initial introduction. And when the cancer took Pepper’s human away, he bonded to the human’s wife. Pepper was a tremendous comfort to her.
It is sad that this human had to leave us, but it is very good that he was able to get his dying wish and that Pepper’s cat rescue story gave a dying man some comfort over his last days.