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THERES ANOTHER ANGEL IN HEAVEN
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ANNA MAY KINNEY
Fourteen years is not an extremely long life for a cat, but for a little barn cat that was born deformed in her front legs, it was a lot more than anyone expected.
At three days old, a neighbor found her in this awful condition and was ready to end her life, when I offered to take her.
For the first couple of weeks she lived in a large cardboard box and took fresh goats milk from an eyedropper. Every couple of days for the next two months, I enlarged little soft plastic braces on her two front legs.
No matter what she had to endure, whenever I caressed her, she greeted my touches we a deep constant purr. Her spunk, courage and hope amazed me, so I named her Hope.
After some time, both legs improved, and if she wanted to, she could finally use one leg and foot to help her get around. But this little lady was no typical feline she had invented her own favorite way of going from point A to point B.
Hope would often walk ONLY using her back feet, stand straight up then jump like a kangaroo and land five to six feet away. It was fascinating to watch her land still standing.
You know how you look back on things in life and realize they happened for a reason. Well, Hope entering my life was one of those things. She never knew the word disabled or what being so implied, to her she was the same as everyone else in the house and enjoyed her life to the fullest.
Watching her, overcoming one obstacle after another, gave me the courage to face the increasing problems I was having with my own body. She made me realize that when we become ill, we do not become a disease, the disease is only a very small part of our physical body and has nothing to do with what makes us who we are.
Last week, while holding Hope on my lap, my little family gathered around for a final goodbye. We thanked her for giving so much to our lives.
After wiping away the tears, I felt an overwhelming need to share, I posted a message on one of my favorite Internet sites, (www.beastlycat.com ) titled Theres another angel in heaven.
Only another pet lover can understand this kind of loose, soon the message board filled up with the sweetest and most thoughtful words of sympathy. I never expected such a response, for the next two days I was flooded with e-mails and electronic sympathy cards.
The Internet is opening up a whole new world for those with four legged family members, its not only a great place to share stories, ideas and pictures, you can find all kinds of interesting sites dedicated to pets. There are facts about homeopathy www.altvetmed.com and pets, what is REALLY in that commercial pet food, information about de-clawing cats www.fatcat.com Almost anything you want to know is only a click away.
Most of the online pet stores offer more than toys, food and pet supplies, many have columns written by their own pet experts www.petsmart.com puts out an informative newsletter called PAWsPECTIVES. My favorite newsletter is Pet Warmers; it is filled with inspiring, tear jerking stories, perfect for any person who has ever loved an animal. www.petwarmers.com
You can contact Anna May Kinney at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website http://aradece.tripod.com
I hope the following piece brings you the warm comforting feeling it brought me;
Just this side of Heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food and water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing -- they misssomeone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops andlooks into the distance. The bright eyes are intent, the eager body quivers.Suddenly he begins to break away from the group, flying over the green grass,his legs carrying him faster and faster. YOU have been spotted and when youand your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion,never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face, your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.....
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