It is with a heavy heart that I wish to inform you that Tiny Blind Kitten AKA Little Guy died today. I guess it might be hard for some people to understand why the death of one tiny handicapped kitten hits us so hard.
In the bigger picture it represents why we rescue. To keep little kittens out of harm's way and not exposed to infections and viruses they can't recover from. To spay and neuter the adults so little kittens with no one to care for them are not left to fend for themselves. To view every life as precious and having a role to play in this world we inhabit.
Another level is restoring health to the abandoned, neglected and unloved so they may find their place and people who love and value them. And so they may take up their role in the lives of their humans to love and comfort them and bring them such joy.
Then there is the personal role of the one on one relationship with the rescuer and the rescued. Of finding what they need and how to provide it for them hoping they will thrive. Of learning to read their signals and cries to breach that gap left by a missing mother. Who doesn't know the intense joy of holding a furry little kitten to your face, tickling their belly and counting their tiny toes? Snuggling with them while they burp after a meal and having them fall asleep purring in your arms? You dream of who they will be and how they will grow finding that perfect home where they can unfold in safety with love.
I learn from every cat I rescue. It will take me longer to process what this experience has brought to me than the short 3 weeks Little Guy lived with us. He had multiple strikes against him and yet he didn't know that. He ate, drank, slept and played with everything he had. He didn't question why his world had become a cloudy place or why he was inside a house. He accepted it all and enjoyed the good things it had to offer.
He has left a hole many times larger than himself in our hearts. Bless you little one as you make your journey across the rainbow bridge.
And thank you all for being there for through your contributions, work and care you make it possible for us to help these vulnerable souls.