LUCKY'S STORY - By Kim Frazer
On Thanksgiving Day, while the turkey
was cooking in the
oven, I walked outside to get some fresh air.
As I approached the planter box in the backyard, I noticed a small cat
lying between two Bird of Paradise plants.
He blended in with the plants and wood chips because his “camouflage”
coat was black and brown. When I got
closer, I could see there were ants crawling all over him, and one came out of
his nostril. I was concerned that he
might be sick, possibly dying. My
neighbor, Helen, has several cats, so I decided to ask her opinion.
Helen walked over to the planter box to take a look at the
cat. By now he was sitting up and
watching us to see what we were going to do.
“What a beautiful cat,” she said.
“I don’t think he’s sick. Maybe
he’s just sitting on an ant hole.”
When I asked Helen if she knew who owned the cat, she said,
“I thought it was your cat. He’s been
living in your yard for about the last month.”
The cat appeared to not be afraid of us, so I decided to
offer it some food. I opened a can of
tuna, and poured it onto a bowl. When I
put the bowl in front of the cat, he devoured it in minutes. He allowed me to
pet him, so I knew he must
be accustomed to humans.
I decided I’d like to keep the cat, although I knew the
right thing to do was to try to locate the owner. I created a flyer that said
“Cat Found,” with
a picture and description of the cat along with my phone number. I posted the
flyer all around the neighborhood and at the local Pet Smart and grocery store. I
never received a call from anyone claiming
to be his owner. I decided to call the
I believe nobody claimed Lucky because he was abandoned. I
noticed that he would regularly walk down
our driveway and around the corner to look at the house across the street that
had a “For Sale” sign. I suspect the
owner had to move, and decided to leave Lucky behind rather than take him to an
Animal Shelter. In this case, the tale
has a happy ending. This cat is very
lucky that I decided to take care of him and make him my indoor cat. And as it
turns out, I’m very lucky to have
found a very sweet and affectionate companion.