It was a bitterly cold winter day. My animals at home were content and I was taking a few precious hours off from their care to go to a pre-Christmas party.
Driving along, at first, I thought the lump of black right in the middle of the road was a chunk of mud that had fallen off the under carriage of some ones vehicle.
It was a half grown kitten. The tracks on the side of the road in the snow showed someone had stopped and thrown it from their vehicle. Then accelerated away from the spin marks left by the vehicles back tires.
Another animal dumped by uncaring, disgusting humans on a back country road to die an agonizing death. How I detest such people.
Christmas party forgotten, I attempted to approach the kitten quietly. It had lain there long enough in one spot that it was partially frozen to the hard packed snow on the road, leaving some hair stuck to the ice as it leapt to its feet and disappeared under my car.
It crawled up into the motor under my hood. I quickly shut the car off before it came into contact with the deadly motor fan.
Extracting the frightened kitten from my car motor took a long time and I was plenty cold by the time it was safely inside my car.
With my pack of dogs, the kitten needed a home other than mine. Pandora and Leonard, experienced cat people stepped foreward to assist, taking it into their home.
This is their story:
The kitten was a bag of bones, it was so thin. Wild and scared to death. We found a partially healed old scar on its neck and lumps from other old injuries. It was not until part of the tail fell off, did we discovered it had a tight, elastic band, cruelly cutting into the tail.
She simply disappeared into hiding places in our home. We knew she was eating and drinking but only caught glimpses of her out of the corner of our eyes. We named her “Ghost”.
The only one creature she would come out of hiding for was our German Shepard cross dog, Tara. Ghost followed Tara everywhere. She clung to Tara with silent desperation. This was not simply “Cat likes Dog”. Not simply “Cat gets along with Dog”.
This was a cat desperately seeking a dog to protect it.
It was obvious that she had lived with a large dog before. Perhaps a dog who had fed and protected her. More than likely the only trustworthy thing in her life had been a dog.
We will always wonder what kind of life that dog was forced to live. If Ghost was that thin and had suffered at the hands of mankind, was the dog also suffering? Was it dumped on some country road too? Was it starving too? Did it bear scars like Ghost’s?
We literally had to trap Ghost in our own home to transport her to the Veterinarian for vaccinations, deworming and getting spayed.
It has taken years for Ghost to not always flee when approached. She now occasionally accepts us to gently stroke her soft fur for only a minute or two. She is so beautiful.
Whoever you are, the person who dumped a starving, abused kitten on that snowy road in the cold of winter, may you be forgiven for your cruelty. And the first dog in Ghost’s life? We never met you but we will always think of you and pray you found a loving home too.
My Hero's: Gordon Southward, his beautiful wife Shelly and their son Caige from Cold Lake, Alberta are my hero's.
I have known this fine family for a number of years as Gordon is my "Christian Adviser" working with me to become a better Christian.
In May/2015 a father and mother Fox made the mistake of raiding someones chicken coop. The result is they were shot dead. Shortly after, 4 tiny Fox Kits, far to young to survive without their Mom left their den in desperate search of nourishment. Starving and weak they cried for their Mom to come feed them.
Gordon and his family came to their Rescue. Following them back to their deep den, they set out to save them. For hours they dug in the hot sun as Fox dens are notoriously deep, then finally they were able to rescue them to save their lives.
They did not stop there though. They contacted a Wildlife Expert on feeding and care of Fox Kits who works to rehabilitate "Gods Creatures Of The Wild", then when old enough to survive on their own, releases them back into the wild. They made the long drive to this persons place and the saving of these 4 Kits was complete.
Thank You Gordon, Shelley and Caige for your kindness for all Gods Creatures. Gayle, owner of this website.