Today is Mr Doodles birthday.
As I drove by the small area with a creek that I found him and his 4 siblings near 15 years ago, I realized that life is all about choices.
What if my boyfriend Derick and I had not chosen to turn around and collect these kittens to find them good homes?
They were only a few weeks old and very sweet–that is- until we put out food for them. Although there had been the creek to drink from, it was obvious that they hadn’t eaten for quite a while and there is nothing sweet about baby animals fighting for food.
We found good homes for 3 of the kittens. Derick wanted to keep the 2 gray ones- Po and Doodles. Because he was in a place that didn’t allow pets, I offered to keep them while he found a place to live that did.
Needless to say, Po and Doodles made me a lady with 4 inside cats.
In 2005, Po developed an infection and that year I spent a lot of time and money trying to heal him until he passed on. In 2006 and 2008 my older girls went to Rainbow Bridge as well.
And then there was just Doodles.
Through all those years, I never really spent much time with him. Doodles was either sleeping on a closet shelf or shadowing and loving up to his favorite older sister Liliput. So I never really got to know him until the others- who all wanted my attention were no longer here.
So now I think about choices and how if I had not made the choice to go back for those abandoned kittens 15 years ago- if they even survived – they would probably have lived a ferrel life-scavaging for food and never knowing love.
I never would have gone through such an agonizing year caring for my dying “fur kid” Po, who I still grieve for from time to time.
And I never would have come to know how a furry animal could help me come through some real emotional low months in my life.
Doodles- you may not give me backrubs, or make me dinner, but you bring me so much joy.You spoon with me every night, you wait eagerly for me to come home every day and you’ve taught me how to be vulnerable to love.
I’m so glad I made the choice I did that day I found you.