I love to read the LA Times when Daddy is thru with it...and sometimes when he's not (But, um, hee, hee, that's a story for another time!)
On Christmas Day Column One had a very moving story that touched me deeply, and will touch any Cat who reads it.
One night, Bess disappeared and didn't come back. There are coyotes out there. You search, you hope, eventually you give up. Almost.
When a feline goes missing, the explanations of where she could be are as long as the darkest corridor of the owner's imagination.
High up in a Douglas fir. In the bellies of the coyotes slinking out in the woods. In a ditch, bleeding, after being smacked by a car. Snatched by a bald eagle. (On the island in Puget Sound where I live, wildlife biologists report, a number of cat collars have turned up in eagles' nests.)
Kim Murphy is a Journalist with a passion for Kitties, and she has had them with her on her assignments for years.
In the past those Cats, well, let's just say that they used up their 9 Lives in some interesting ways. ;-D
Her latest disappeared in Sept...
Halloween came, and went, as did Thanksgiving...it was, reluctantly, becoming clear to everyone that Bess was never coming home.
This is a harrowing tale of the fateful choices one Cat made, and the desperate act she finally performed that saved her life.
It is the story of a loving family, and its desperate search for their precious feline companion, where they looked, and didn't think to look.
Are faith, love, and determination, human, and feline, enough to return Bess to near, or full, health?
Will you join me in echoing Kims message to Bess: "You have made it this far, and you ARE going to keep going, you hear?"
Read the full story here.
Brave, brave Bess...please know that many Cats are sending purrs of strength, and courage, in your direction!
You can write to Bess, care of Kim, here: kim.murphy at latimes.com
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm gonna spend the afternoon sunbathing! ;-D
***UPDATE 12/28 -11AM***
Overnight I received an E-Mail from Bess!
Wow, my mom just showed me your posting, and it was so SWEET. Are Macedonian cats always so nice?
You should know that I am almost fully recovered.
I was racing across the kitchen this morning chasing my mouse, and I also spent awhile chasing my favorite feather.
I am pretty much back to being where I belong--Queen of the Murphy house.
A big thank you to all the Cats who have sent so many good wishes my way.
Overnight I also learned that I came late to this story, and that the tale of Bess has stirred up more than a few felines, and their Humans, across the Cat Community...and not all of it so nice toward the Human who told the story.
Daddy, and I are reading all this with interest, and Daddy is gearing up to toss in his 2 cents.
***UPDATE 2 - 12/28 -1020PM***
Daddy has his Dander Up! Daddy has his Dander Up!
It's a long one, so bring the munchies, and plenty of your liquid nourishment of choice, and be prepared to settle in for a while. ;-D