Like me, my kids have never owned a pet. The other day they heard a kitten crying from inside the sewer near our house. I went outside to see if I could locate the sound. I did my best cat impression for a few minutes and soon after the kitten emerged from underground. It was immediately clear that she was bruised, tired and hungry. I told my kids the story of how my grandmother, uncles, and I use to rescue and take care of strays when I was a child. Naturally she was very apprehensive at first, but eventually we were able to get close enough to feed her and give her milk. Shortly after she decided to show her appreciation by rubbing up against my leg and purring, which I explained is what cats tend to do for affection. My daughter thought it was one of the most adorable things she’s ever seen! She said, “Everyone loves you daddy!” “Even animals!”
Since the kitten was starting to warm up to us I decided they could keep her under the condition they’d have to care for her. I assigned my daughter the first order of business which was to give her a name. She quickly settled on “Ginger”. We all agreed on Ginger and the kitten seemed to actually respond to it. Next, we made her a bed with a warm comfy blanket inside and found a nice spot near our back door in order to monitor her. We then added a fresh bowl of milk, and some chopped turkey to ensure that she would quickly regain her strength. We planned on giving her a bath and taking her to the vet, but unfortunately the next morning she was long gone.
We’ve searched for her for the past few days, but still no luck! We all hope for the best, but like I explained to my kids, that’s how it goes sometimes with strays…My daughter seems to be the most saddened by the departure but we haven’t given up hope just yet. We’ll continue our search for Ginger, but if we can’t find her we’ll remember our very brief encounter with her. I sincerely hope someone finds her and takes good care of her. I am happy that my kids were able to at least learn a quick lesson on responsibility and what it’s like to care for a life other their own.
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A stray cat followed me home…
While out at the local park shooting images of ducks, geese, and pigeons, I decided to venture off into the woods to shoot a few landscapes.
Upon entering a heavily wooded area this little kitten immediately noticed me. There were actually 2 kittens. One was all black with striking yellow eyes, but was extremely shy so he ran off the moment he spotted me. This colorful kitten was far more curious. He watched me as much as I watched him. He allowed me to get a little closer to snap a series of shots before becoming cautious of the clicks from my camera and running off. I was pleasantly surprised to find these 2 kittens living in plain view among so many different birds. They seemed to coexist in total peace. A family of ducks crossed the path directly in front of these cats without any incidents. I figured maybe the cats have lived there for a while and the birds are accustomed to having them around? Whatever the case, after my initial shots the brave little kitten would never allow me to get close enough for more in depth images again. Both he and his partner kept their distance from me no matter what trick I tried to employ.
I did manage however to capture a few images that I liked, but this particular shot stood out so I’d like to share it now. I’ll be sure to look out for this little guy and his friend the next time that I visit the park.
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