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Not long before I put down my dirt filled hoe
Into my yard she quietly crept
It’s as though she knew I needed her cheer
She was rust colored and sadly matted cat
Not the most attractive feline I’d ever seen 
But she was lonely and hungry, and in need 
Of course immediately my Mothering instinct beckoned 
She followed me to where I poured some milk for her 
Not ever having a cat I didn’t have cat food on hand-
So I opened a can of tuna to her delight 
She lapped it up and looked up at me with a smile 
The next day there she was waiting and the day after and so on 
I had found a friend 
So I went out and bought some cats food 
She was now mine of at least I thought so 
Who could have ever done such a thing?
Leaving her to the streets? 
I bought her flea collar and bells to wear 
Soon she would just sit on my lounge chair waiting for me 
I had to bring her into the house she still looked so frail 
One day while she was eating I noticed her choking on her food 
It continued so I made an appointment to see the vet 
It had to be done anyway after all she was to be mine
While we had our visit and the saddest moment of my life came 
The doctor said she had throat cancer and it was advanced 
Our friend Tabby didn’t but a few weeks to live 
So my husband and I made the pain staking decision  
To put her to sleep 
Tears poured from every corner of my eyes
“No” was all I screamed inside she had brightened my life  
How could someone have left her alone?
The Vet felt the previous owner knew about her condition 
They left her to suffer knowing she was so sick
I felt we at least gave her 6 weeks of love and care before she left this place 
I will never forget the love and championship this rusty feline gave me
Months later my family and I adopted another cat Tabby showed us- 
The greatest love and companionship that animals give you unconditional   
We now have two wonderful cats that were adopted
They bring so much to our lives

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  1. Date: 3/16/2010 5:57:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest ~Somewhere A Pet Is Waiting Contest~ sponsored by ~A Rambling Poet~ Laura. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/15/2010 9:01:00 PM
    Congratulations on your heartfelt winning poem, Laura! Sorry I am seeing all these winners so late! LUv Andrea

  1. Date: 3/14/2010 10:25:00 AM
    Warm congratulations coming to you on your fantastic win in the contest, Laura!! Peace, love, Audrey

  1. Date: 3/13/2010 3:22:00 AM
    Congratulations Laura, on your win in The Rambling Poet’s “Somewhere A Pet Is Waiting.” I must say, it is a heart rending read and a wonderful way to start the day...knowing that there are people who really care for the needs of creatures smaller than they themselves, but who are equipped with the biggest hearts! You gave comfort and received blessings (2kitties) in return. Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 1:02:00 PM
    Very sweet story Laura. Bless you for taking on and taking care of Tabby I through her end of life.

  1. Date: 3/11/2010 4:58:00 AM
    Congratulations Laura on such a heart wrenching tail, and the gift of Love. Jeralynn

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 6:13:00 PM
    Congrats Laura on your winning poem and placement in the Pet contest.. a wonderful write and win for u to so enjoy as I enjoyed reading it again..luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 5:43:00 PM
    What a wonderful poem Laura! Well deserving this honor! Congratulations on your win in Constance's contest! ~ Carrie

  1. Date: 3/10/2010 5:33:00 PM
    Congratulations for your win. I hope you have many years of happiness with your new cats. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 3/5/2010 9:26:00 AM
    What a sad but yet ~~Magnificent ~~ write you have here Laura. I wish you the best in the contest should you enter this piece. Hoping you have a beautiful weekend. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/4/2010 11:29:00 PM
    Thank you for your welcome blog comments Laura.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 3/4/2010 12:15:00 PM
    Such a sad but touching story of a sweet pet who brought u such happines... good luck in Constance's contest... this is superb and a winner already.. my entry is The Golden Penny .. to my sweet pups memory..luv.. Linda-Marie..