|Posted by doodlebugmanor on April 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM|
This is one of my favorite pictures of Rocky - and it's not easy to choose, because he is not only extremely photogenic ( for a black cat! ) but he is extremely charming - and it seems to tranaslate to film.
Rocky entered our lives fairly abruptly and with all the drama of an off broadway show early one Sunday morning. My husband (Gregg) and I walked out of the house on our way to breakfast - when a small black streak caught my eye .... something running up the front yard and behind some shrubbery of our neighbors yard. Since we're been doing TNR and rescue for some years now, both hubby and I are pretty adept these days at spotting, assessing, and determining in a split second if the situation warrants intervention.... After a quick inspection that turned up nothing - we went on our way.
Returning that morning, we were exiting the car - only to find our neighbor come screeching from her open garage door, squeeling and throwing a water bottle ( empty thank goodness ) at the shubbery. We could make out the words ' What is it ? ! What is it ?! ' as a black streak darted out of the greenery and underneath her car. All the commotion brought her son from the house, accompanied by their minnie pincher and 5 german sheppard puppies. As I peered under the car into two huge, beatiful amber eyes and a familiar shape of face, I informed her it was a cat ( not a skunk, or worse ... ) Immediatly - she returned to the house to find some puppy formula to offer this vagabond cat, and I darted into action to grab my rescue gloves, a can of cat food while hubby sprung into action to assemble the dog crate we keep in the garage for just such emergencies ... ( this is not our first ).
Not really knowing what to expect from a lonely, frightened, and 'cornered' stray cat surrounded by dogs & strangers we tempted him out from under the car with food, and lunged in to pick him up and transport him to the make shift shelter we'd set up in the garage. All our concerns were for not - this cat was not upset at all - quite the contrary - he seemed happy to be on some soft bedding and somewhere 'safe'.
Rocky ( as Gregg dubbed him - in honor of his brave spirit and his ability to survive on his own on the streets ...) was pretty banged up, way too thin, and had several bite wounds from his back leg to his front - but perhaps the most daunting wound was the gaping 'tunnel' into the side of his neck. Some TLC and neosporin later - he was settled in to spend the night, and prepare for his vet visit the next morning.
This proved to be the first day of the rest of Rocky's life - Rocky laid down on the cool tile floor in the vet office and turned his huge amber eyes up to look all around the room and take in the new sights, smells, sounds ... and purred for the duration. When the vet entered the exam room, Rocky began to charm her instantly. The prognosis - negative for feline aids and leukemia (!) our first relief and tho he was malnurished and had an upper respiratory infection in addition to the wounds - these were all curable ailments!
Rocky came home and convelessed in our extra bedroom for several weeks with his wounds attended to and plenty of cat like things to keep him interested, tho he mostly sat on the dog crate to look out the window. From his behavior and absolute absense of knowledge about toys, and/or how to be snuggled - it was somewhat puzzling where he'd originally come from. A cat this freindly and loving, but with no apparent knowledge of having been a pet prior, was a real mystery.
While he continued to heal, It did become necessary to perform defridement surgery on his neck opening, but he healed beautifully and moved into the Manor with the rest of our adoptable crew. Rocky adapted beautifully to this transition as well - with other cats and shared space. He staked out a spot on the tip top of the condo nearest the top window in the Manor - and settled right in.
Rocky charmed his way into the good graces of every cat and every human he met in his time with us. We are crazy about him, and gave serious thought to even keeping him with our crew - when the perfect home opened for him.
Dear friends of ours who have taken in a few of our precious rescues over the years tragically lost of their oldest cats to illness, and soon came the text = to pack Rocky's bags, he was going home! True to his nature, Rocky arrived with suitcase in hand, complete with his favorite canned food and some out-of- this- world organic cat nip toys. He was instantly welcomed and became buddies with a cute female kitty - and has charmed his way into everyone's hearts at his new home!
Rocky is a one of a kind cat. He does things in his own time, with a laid back approach, and his little pink tongure peeking out the edge of his mouth to show contentment and joy is beyond charming. Rags to Riches - all within 5 months time - he is a wonderful loving soul !
1. Rocky - now adopted and fully moved into his new loving home - we even see the little pink tongue of contentment!
2. Rocky the first morning in the vet's office - he was so small and undernourished, he looked like a kitten.