Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Miss Aurora Katrina's sweet feet on Toesy Tuesday

The lovely, poofy, soft as silk polydactyl (Hemingway) toes of Miss Aurora Katrina.

Aurora was my first kitty. My rescued kitty. The kitty who brought me into the wonderful world of felines with her gentle nature and rhythmic purr.

A friend of mine operated a feline rescue for several years. During that time I took no interest in what she was doing because I had absolutely no interest whatsoever in cats. All of that changed one day when she asked for my help with a rescue. She was busy with other shelter business but a kitten needed help. Not wanting to refuse to rescue (something I did with dogs all the time) I told her that I would pick up the kitten. A bitty life that was tossed out of a moving vehicle on a Saturday morning in a downpour - landing in the grass with a broken leg. The owners of the property made the call to rescue when they saw a truck speed away and soon heard the plaintive cries of a tiny kitten. They placed the little bit in a box, added a bath towel and waited for me to arrive.

After the call from my friend, off I went to an address in the country. I intended to take the kitten to our local veterinarian for medical care and then to drop it off at the shelter. I would go home, let the dogs out to potty, bring them in and settle in with a good book. The kitten would be nothing but a memory.

When I arrived and looked into the box handed to me, my heart broke and was lost forever. There was this little soul with a hurt leg, full of fleas and nothing but skin and bones. She looked up at me with her golden eyes and I looked down at her. From that moment on she was mine and I was hers. I named her Aurora because I thought she was so beautiful, even with the fleas. She also brought with her the biggest feet with little thumbs jutting out the side of each paw. She was a Hemingway cat - a polydactyl - I learned later.

Aurora turned nine years old this summer. She has taught me how special it is to be blessed with whiskers tickling your nose, tender pats with big paws on your cheek and purrs in your ear that soothe your soul. I learned to treasure the love of a little kitten who was nothing but trash to someone else but was my princess, my sweetness and my door into the world of sharing my home with kittens and cats as well as puppies and dogs.

24 comments:

Reese =^..^= said...

Those are some sweet toes!

Angel and Kirby said...

Very sweet special toes. They do have a way of stealing our hearts.

Katie and Da Katz said...

oohh Aurora you special baby! How did you leg heal??

we iz glad u has a furrevfur home!

kins we bite da peeples dat abandonne u??

Katie Too
who like bitin bad peepulz

The Creek Cats said...

And that's how it all started....
What a great story about how Aurora came to be. What a beautiful girl with precious toesies. How can people be so cruel, we will never understand it. Bless you for rescuing her!

Sam and Andy said...

Aurora,

I came from similar beginnings, but luckily I didn't have a broken leg....weren't we blessed to find these loving Moms???

Purrs from me and Sam....and Mom wants to cuddle you.....:)

Oh, and CUTE TOES!!!!!! :)

Andy

The Kitty Krew said...

Such cute toesies. And a lovely story to go with them. We's glad you found your furever home!

Purrs and hugs,
The Kitty Krew

Tristan and Crikey said...

Ohhhhh. Our Mom has teary eyes now. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story of how Aurora got gotted.

Jasmim said...

Oh ! Very cute and adorable ^^

Eric and Flynn said...

That is a lovely story of how Aurora got her forever home. Those toesies are adorable.

Daisy said...

What a special story! It is very wonderful how Aurora opened your heart to kitties. And I love her pretty polydactyl toesies.

Bruce said...

Thank you for blessing this world with your loving and caring:)

Brian said...

That is such a special story...makes me smile really big.

A Few Good Cats said...

We love a story with a happy ending! We hope you and Aurora have many more years together...

Grrreta said...

That is such a lovely story. You were both very lucky that day.

Sweet Praline said...

Those are such toesies!

Tenny said...

What a sweet story! When the kitten gits to me I jes think of all the furries that have no home. Yesterday wuz a good day to think bout that. Thanks for helping me celebrate my Gotcha Day!

LC, Ayla, and Iza said...

That is a lovely story! The Big Thing once rescued a abandoned kitty (at a gas station in the rain). She had a wonderful home with a co-worker for years...

The Cat Realm said...

Very sweet and cute toes!

Noir in Texas said...

I love Aurora's little furry feeties!

Poppy Q said...

Oh we are glad to hear the story about how your heart was touched by all those lovely kitten toes.

Charlemagne and Tamar said...

Such lovely toes and we're so happy that you two found each other! We love happy endings!

Charlemagne and Tamar

Amy said...

I am so glad that Aurora Katrina found such a wonderful mom to take care of her and her cute toes!

Confucius Cat said...

You are one wonderful human...we rescued cats appreciate you. Luv the toe.

meowmeowmans said...

Beautiful post! Sometimes I'm convinced that THEY choose us (rather than the other way around)...