Monday, July 1, 2013

Meet Florian

The firefighter walked into dispatch about one in the morning.  "Anybody want a kitten?" he asked.

Seeing a big, strong firefighter cuddling a very tiny little cat would melt even a heart of stone, and we all know my heart is made of much softer stuff.

"Ohhhhh, it's so tiny!" I said.  "Where did you find it?"

"Outside on the wheel of my truck, squalling its little head off," he said.

You know I claimed the little thing as mine.

My partner and I gave it a slice of deli ham, two slices of deli turkey, and a saucer of water.  The kitten consumed all that and then went to sleep on my lap.  I worried about the 35-minute trip home, but the little cat slept through that, too.

When I got home, I gave the furbabies an inspirational speech.  "All three of you are rescues.  You were once the new kid and didn't know anybody, and were scared.  I expect you to remember that and be kind."

Louis, who was rescued from the intersection of 40 Highway and 7 Highway in Blue Springs by a nice police officer, was not impressed.  He pretends the new cat doesn't exist.

Gracie, who was found outside the very same fire station in the dead of winter, hissed and spit at the newcomer and then retreated to the kitchen to talk things over with Louis.

But Libbi, who was saved from Death Row at a vet's office, welcomed the new kitten with an open heart.  She crawled right up in the cat tree with the baby cat and snuffled all over him (her?).  The kitten started rumbling a purr.

I call the new cat Florian, after the patron saint of firefighters.  It seems like a good name, given that it was found at a fire station and on a day when we had such bad news from Arizona.



16 comments:

  1. As someone who also cannot say no (four cats and a dog), I applaud you. Thank you for giving Florian a beautiful home and a chance at being happy. I am sure you will never be sorry.

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    1. Thanks, Micki. Aren't rescues the best? I think they know, and they thank us for it a million times over.

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    1. Bless you. As the caretaker for five dogs and five cats I applaud you. My husband and I love all of them so much and find it difficult to keep the crew to this number! We have a Gracie cat also and my husband found our cat Lucki in the engine compartment of his work truck one morning after having driven it at lease ten miles! She was a tiny one like Florian and is now a beautiful fluffy girl. I wish you and Florian and all the others the very best.

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    2. Five dogs and five cats--I applaud YOU! When I was little I had a cat named Lucky too. Thanks for the good wishes!

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  3. That was a more harmonious introduction than ever happened with my cats :-)

    (I just discovered why my comments have gone into the ether lately. It appears to be because I had third party cookies turned off. Something to do with logging in from google, I guess.)

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    1. I thought you'd disappeared! :)

      Somehow I seem to have created two google accounts with very similar email addresses and every once in a while I log into the wrong one and things go haywire.

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  4. Also, off having a tooth out. Criminey :-) It snuck up on me due to no nerve in the tooth, so no warning it was in trouble. Now I get to trot into the oral surgeon every two weeks until he's sure the bone "isn't infected."

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    1. Oooh, ow! Hope things stay clean and healthy.

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    2. Owwwwwww! Hope everything's okay.

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  5. Fyremenz an kittehs!!!! Splort!!!

    (Sorry. Couldn't help it.)

    Good for Libbi! Sometimes I think my younger cats love the dog more than they love me.

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    1. Haha! I wish I could've gotten a pic. I work with some really good-lookin guys. (Most of whom are young enough to be my kids. lol)

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    1. Hello, Jean! The other cats seem to be getting along with him a little bit better. Florian went to the vet Thursday morning. First round of shots, which made him feel yucky, but he's doing better now. Doc says he's just 9 weeks old.

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  7. Aww -- poor little guy -- glad you rescued him!

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