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  1. LInn says:

    Michael,
    S
    uch a nice way to start a Friday morning, knowing that Jesus loves me! It’s easy for me to beat myself up when I am not at my best, and this reminder came at a good time.

    Chiquita, my former cat, had similar problems to your kitty the last couple years of life. Yet, we muddled on and made the best of it until she obviously couldn’t go on any longer (that was about a year ago). I couldn’t imagine life with another cat, and then someone contacted me about a cat that really needed a placement quickly (after two years in a cage at a shelter and no takers). Ally and I are doing splendidly, although it took her three months to trust me before she came out from hiding. We’re like that with Jesus, too. We can always trust Him, but sometimes we (I) hide. But, when I emerge, I always feel a little silly because He has nothing but good for me.

    Off to another day of zooming with the kiddies!

  2. Michael says:

    Linn,

    Well done!
    Bless you for adopting a new friend…

  3. Em says:

    I remember when the time came to put Axle to sleep. My daughter said that when she put him on the exam table, the cat went over to the pad and lying down, he looked back at her as if to say, “Yes, it is time – goodbye and thank you for being my friend,” and he closed his eyes. The vet saw to it that the end came gently.

  4. Owen says:

    Love these stories, Michael….. this one reminds me of cleaning up after my children when they were small. I just kept telling myself that I will miss these messes when they’re gone. Funny thing – now that the kids are older we get to tell them funny stories about their messes… 😉
    My mom always had cats. She always got them as kittens, and trained them rigorously. They were always Siamese, and they were always the best behaved cats I’ve ever known. (She even had one of them trained to reach her paw up, receive a piece of food on her paw, and eat it from her own paw.)

  5. Michael says:

    Em,

    Miss Kitty just told me it’s not time yet…I do think cats and owners know when it is…

  6. Michael says:

    Owen,

    When I was a kid I had two trained Siamese…Baby and U Thant.
    They were amazing.
    I had them for years, then my family blew up and I suddenly found that I had to move to another town and couldn’t take them.
    Right before we left, they both disappeared.
    I was devastated.
    On the way out of town I saw them sleeping in red silk beds on the librarians front porch…

  7. Owen says:

    That’s really sad, Michael, sorry to hear it…..so, what would have been better? To not know at all where they went, or seeing them at someone else’s house? Just curious how you felt about that……

    I had a cat that had to be put down (had an infected growth on his neck), his name was Charlie. I was 10. My dad took him out to the back woods (we lived on 19 acres, mostly BC bush) and put him down with a .22 . I remember crying a lot.

  8. Michael says:

    Owen,

    I was crushed, but relieved.
    They were alive and well and had a good home.
    What I didn’t know was that at the end of that car ride out of town I would become a stray myself…dumped in a place I had neither the skills or experience to handle at 16.
    I’ve always believed that I will see them again…and I will.

  9. Em says:

    The lion and the lamb will someday be friends….
    I have a long list of animals I’ll be looking for also. It includes one cat btw – Ghillie, a Russian blue who helped me play the piano, stolen by a neighbor and kept inside.. Learned about it years later…

  10. Michael says:

    Em,

    There is a glorious day coming that never ends…

  11. Cathy says:

    Most days I find it hard to believe that Jesus loves me as much or more than I love my Skye baby. He (Skye) is 21 yrs old, very very stubborn and set in his ways. I too, have been sleeping in cat litter since we adopted him 6 years ago. Jesus loves me, hard to accept, then I look at Skye and see how much he loves me, and try very hard to equate the love I see in those cat eyes to the love Jesus has for me. I too will hide from that gaze, but I know that between Jesus and me there is a bond, unbreakable…just like between Skye and me. Now if I could just come out from under the bed, and get that into my heart….thanks Michael

  12. Linn says:

    MIchael,
    They do tell us when it’s time. Chiquita was so clear the morning I picked her up and she “youched” quite clearly and loudly. I got her comfortable as the vet said that if she was okay when not handled I could have one more day. It was a day all about her, and she responded as if she knew. The next day was hard, but I knew it was okay because she told me so.

  13. Jerod says:

    I couldn’t back out
    of the drive-thru – still Starbucks
    said that I matter.

    $6.40

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