Monday, November 15, 2010

Cherished Moments Monday - Boots

"Each child is born with the pure gift to love.
We must nurture that gift so it carries on for a lifetime."
~Mama Hen
Little Chick had a kitty cat before our cute little Belle. It was a stray that came to us one day and we of course took it in. We named her Boots. Little Chick loved this cat so much! She was beautiful and very loving. She had also been outside fending for herself for quite sometime and she was feral. I also think she had been mistreated and at times she was quick to bite and hiss. This worried me with my daughter, so I looked long and hard for a good home for Boots. She also preferred to be outside when she pleased and come in when it was cold. I worried a lot about her. After six months I was able to find a business with a heated barn for her. This was a perfect setting, because she could catch lots of mice (which she loved to do and was really good at) and it gave her the freedom she really needed. However, it broke all of our hearts, especially Little Chicks. Since Boots went to the farm last November there had not been a day that Little Chick did not remind me of how much she missed Boots. She knew she had gone to a farm to catch a lot of mice, but it still did not heal her pain of loss. When we went to the Humane Society to visit the animals a couple of weeks ago, Belle and my daughter played and played. The giggle and joy Little Chick had in her eyes and demeanor made me know that this little kitty was hers to take home. We miss Boots and will always love her.
Boots and Pudding
Little Chick loved Boots!

28 comments:

  1. Awww, that's sad and sweet at the same time. She'll always carry Boots in her heart.

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  2. Some kitties are much happier outdoors, catching mice to their little heart's content. Then there are kitties like my Lionel. His past life involved living outdoors and catching mice in the barn. Now he likes nothing more than living in the house and lying on my pillow, snuggled above my head at night, though he still keeps an ear and nose out for errant mice! (Thanks for your nice comments. We are all cozy in our warm house in the snow.) :-) And good for you for doing the right thing for both Little Chick and Boots.

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  3. We all take the lose of our first animal with us.

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  4. There is something really special about cats, especially if you have a bond with one. Boots is so cute, I'm glad you were able to find the perfect home!

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  5. What a happy girlie. Love the pics.
    Viola of www.alongawidowedroad.blogspot.com

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  6. I just saw your comment, I would be beyond thrilled to be featured! What do you need from me? Thank you sooo much!

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  7. What a great Mama you are! Not only to your little chick but your little kitties, too. The world needs more kitty lovers like you who take the time and effort to look for good situations for the pets that don't work in their homes. And Little Chick will learn about loving and respecting the animals in our world from this experience.

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  8. I love that story! It reminds me so much of growing up. My mom took in many stray cats over the years, most times against her better judgement! None of us could handle seeing an animal in need and not doing anything about it. I know it was probably hard for Little Chick but you taught her that as much as we love our animals we must always do what's best for them. That's such a valuable lesson and you taught it perfectly!

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  9. This post is so bittersweet. It's too bad that Boots wasn't your forever pet, but you did a great thing for her to find her a new home where she would be happiest. And you taught Little Chick an important lesson too - that if you love someone, you want what's right for them, not just what's right for you. Hope your day was wonderful!

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  10. I'm glad you found a more suitable home for Boots and that you found the perfect new friend for Little Chick. That last smile says it all!

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  11. These are great pictures. But you did the right thing... sometimes it's hard to remember that animals aren't human and we wish we could fix them. We've been there before too. Hope you have a wonderful week.
    Blessings,
    Jill

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  12. One of our cats decided he was better suited as a stray, we still put food out for him. I actually think he decided to move in with the little girl cat down the street (even though he is fixed) I don't think he cares.

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  13. That's so neat that Little Chick has a kitty of her own now!

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  14. Dogs and cats and kids! You have combined my three favorite things in this life!

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  15. Boots looks like she was well-loved by Little Chick. I'm so happy you found a good home for her. She will probably always be one of Little Chick's "cherished memories Thanks so much, Mama Hen, for keeping in touch even when I've been out of touch myself. -E

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  16. You're little one has much love in her heart :-)

    I also wanted to let you know I gave you an award...it's on our blog!
    Have a great night :-)

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  17. How sweet and sad at the same time. Boots is cute and part of the love Little Chick showed is letting go of Boots even when it hurt. You're doing so well with raising her. Thank you so much for your comment on my site and keeping in touch even when I've been out of the loop lately. You are a very loving person.

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  18. Oh Mama Hen,

    That last picture is just so truly beautiful! The look on Little Chick's face is just so beautiful!

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  19. LOVE the quote for this post! beautiful. and Boots looks like she was loved...Little Chick's smile lights up in all of her pictures with each post, LOVE it!

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  20. Love these photos! You can just tell how much Little Chick loves all animals. I'm sure she'll make lots of new memories with Belle!

    Favor for you, my friend. My bloggy friend Kate is in a horribly scary time in her life with the health of her baby girl. A little bloggy support for her would be appreicated.

    http://ourdelilah.blogspot.com/2010/11/it-started-as-fever-part-1.html

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  21. There is something so precious about a child and their pet. My mother is allergic to animal fur. Growing up, the only pets we were allowed to have were mostly fish. Although I spent countless hours with my fish, I sure would have loved a puppy.

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  22. She looks like she is wonderful with animals. What a sweetheart!

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  23. You can see how much your Little Chick loves Boots. Sounds like Boots went to a wonderful home.

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  24. Oh she loved that cat, you can tell! We had lots of cats on my farm as a kid and I could only play with a few of them, but loved them nonetheless. Hope your having a great day!

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  25. That is so sweet, and so are the pictures! How wonderful of you to search for a home for that cat! Most people would never do that, I think it says a lot about a person who is willing to go to such lengths to help a helpless animal! Good for you! I am happy that Little Chick has a kitty of her own now!

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  26. I wish I had more pets as a kid...(a lot more, really)

    But I do love my dog. Fasanating 'lil thing, he is..

    Umn..
    <3

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