Friday, November 11, 2011

Pet Day - Sabrina


It's pet day again and today I introduce Sabrina. Sabrina has a special story. It's a story about sweetness, love, and excellent timing.

She appeared one day at the printing business that my sister owned and I helped her run. We'd show up at work and there she'd be, sitting on the back steps waiting for us. She was so loving and affectionate we knew she had to have been dumped. This was not a feral cat. The weather started getting cold so we decided to bring her in. We kept her in the shop and managed quite nicely to hide her from the owners of the building. All our customers fell in love with her. She would hang out at the front and greet everyone as they walked in. She had toys, a comfy bed, and lots of love, and she never once tried to go back outside.

We decided one day that it was time she went from a shop cat to a house cat so I decided that I'd take her home with me. At the time I lived in an apartment and was already at my 2 cat limit but I figured, two cats were black, would they just think it was the same cat?

I brought my carrier to work and decided to take her to the vet to get her vaccines and get her tested before bringing her home to my cats. She tested positive for feline leukemia. I was devastated! This precious little cat! She didn't seem sick. She was so active and healthy looking. But feline leukemia is highly contagious so I couldn't bring her home. So we decided to make the best of it and keep her at the shop. She loved it there anyway.

Around Christmas that year she got sick. We took her to the vet and she was treated with antibiotics. Well, she never got better. After about 6 weeks of vet visits and medication she had about as much as she could take. She was too weak to fight the infection. We had to put her down. It was such a sad day.

But the timing of this was almost magical. She got so sick during the coldest months and we were able to keep her warm, fed, and loved. Thank God she didn't have to suffer out in the Indiana winter! Somehow I can't help but get this feeling that perhaps by some powers beyond our control she was sent to us. Sounds odd but....

17 comments:

  1. Sabrina is precious! Out of all cats, black are my favorites! I've had 3!

    Is the vet you took her to the one you work for now? So sad you lost her after only having her for a short time, but at least you had her love, and will always have the memories.

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  2. I don't think it sounds odd at all. I think Sabrina must have had her own angel looking out for her and guiding her to your doorstep.

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  3. Sabrina was lucky to have come to your door. So sad that she was sick, but at least you got to enjoy her company for a little while.

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  4. Sabrina was so lucky to have been very loved by you and your sister, and you both were so lucky to have had that time with her! I think it was meant to be just as it was... Special people and a special place for a special kitty!!

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  5. So touching, you are a special person

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  6. Sher, it does not sound odd at all. Cat's know people, she probably had been watching you for a while and decided you were a safe bet, so she took the chance. Of course you rewarded her with a loving, warm home in her end days. She gave you unconditional love. What a sad but also beautiful story! ~Diane

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  7. You are so generous and have a big heart Sher! It's a sad but wonderful story.

    By the way, I love the turkey! :)

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  8. You and your sister made Sabrina's time here on earth so precious. Cats know a good person with a big generous heart.

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  9. Such a sweet, but tragic story. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. I'm so sorry that you lost Sabrina, but at least you got to have her in your life for a little while. You will always have your memories of your time together.

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  11. Sounds like fate to me :) They say we don't adopt our pets...they adopt us :)

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  12. Sher, no doubt she was meant to be found by such loving people as you and your sister:):)

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  13. That's such an inspiring story. It's wonderful that she got to enjoy the time that she did as an indoor cat with you and your sister. You will always have those wonderful memories.

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  14. I'm so sorry that she isn't with you any longer, but I definitely believe that she was sent to you. You loved her, kept her warm, and gave her a home for her final months - just what she needed.

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  15. I agree with Edi, I think sometimes animals choose us. You and your sister did a special thing to take care of her when she needed you. I'm glad you have such warm memories of her.

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