The sun warms his 'ol bones
while he dreams of days of running through the grass and climbing trees.
When I look into his baby-blue eyes, I know he is so thankful for this home. Since the moment I saw him, curled up and facing the back of the steel cage, I knew this was his one chance. He was depressed and confused; already old and forgotten. He was listed as an abandoned 20 year old Siamese. He came into the shelter with over 30 other cats from the same house; all in desperate need of medication, love and care. I stood by his cage and talked to him calmly and softly. He looked at me once and then lowered his head again. When I gave the nod to the caring staff, he was handed to me with a smile and a "no charge". They all hugged him and said 'good-bye'. These ladies really cared about him.
He has been with us now almost 6 years and, although he gained his confidence and his health back, he is now becoming quite frail. But he is loved and he has us to the end.
Must I remind her, he thinks, that I am the first to the dinner call and will keep her warm on the coming cooler nights. For as long as I can...
I hope you know how grateful
I am to have a place
To live the years that I have left
in dignity and grace.