Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday Word—Heart

How did these cute kittens worm their way into this tough fire captain’s heart?

Meet Uncle George. He’s not a real Uncle but he was a dear friend to the peeps. George was a captain in our fire department who later moved upstairs to TW. The photo above shows George being helped after getting injured in a fire next door to the peeps. A confirmed bachelor, he lived alone and had never been owned by an animal.

Gertrude nursed her kitties for about a year. MOL! From left to
right: Tippy, Hopesy, Fred & Rusty
Enter the Calico (pronounced the way it looks—Gleeco) family. Gertrude Calico had her family in one of the front yards. She had six kittens but lost one shortly after birth. They came a few days after Syssy had her brood. After Syssy gave birth to her first kitten, George moved her into the hall and provided a birthing box for her. Once Gertrude delivered, he was hooked. Syssy’s three was adopted and George was told to keep one and give away the rest of the Calicos. Did he do it? He did the opposite. One was given away and he continued to feed Tippy, Hope, Friendly Fred and Rusty out in the yard.

This was in the summer. Winter soon came. One day, George came home to find all the Calico kitties and their furrend Wendell shivering against the front door. He gladly opened the door and let them upstairs into his home and his heart. The boys were all safe and warm—all five of them. That left Gertrude outside to fend for herself. He said he didn’t want her because she was mean—she wasn’t called Mean Mama Calico for nothing.

Gertrude standing guard while Hope and Fred play.

George came home one snowy, cold day to find Gertrude huddled up against the door. Her short fur was covered with snow and ice. She knew his soft heart would break for her. Gertrude was promptly escorted upstairs to dry off. The boys and their Mama became your average indoor/outdoor cats although Gertie would have been happy to be an indoor only cat: as soon as one came in, another wanted to go out. All was not without strife. Gertie hated Wendell and would bully him in the house. She’d stand between him and the litter box and dare him to walk past her. She was, after all, Mean Mama Calico.

Both Syssy (top, middle) and Gertrude (w/o tail) sharing a meal with their kitties.
George had a heart of gold and a big soft spot for his cats. He’d talk about how each one of them was different. He loved them to death. His only fault was he didn’t have the heart to have them neutered so TW took care of it for him but that’s another story. Sadly, George passed away before any of his new furry family. His kind heart gave out. The only relative he had wanted nothing to do with the cats. The cats, now seven year old, were tossed back outside. They were once again homeless.

To be continued on Saturday.

30 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

I can't believe people would toss those kitties back outside. I can't wait for the rest of the story. Your Uncle George was a very special man.

GLOGIRLY said...

Oh no!!!! Please tell us George's kitties are ok!
How terribly sad for them to have lost their own Pop.
xo

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

What a dear man. I sure hope those sweet babies have found a happy ending!

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Oh no! I am all worried now. Surely you wouldn't start a story that hadded a bad ending . . . would you???? XOXO

Summer at sparklecat.com said...

CK, how can you leave us hanging like this? I hope they wound up safe!

Bev Green said...

C.K I just know this will have a happy ending..i just know it..bless George..anyone who can be melted of their old thoughts of animals is a friend to all..R.I.P George ..wait the continuance :) loves Fozziemum xxxx

Lone Star Cats said...

How sad, hopefully there's a better ending.

Molly TheWally said...

Oh that is sad and we want to know what happens next. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Sometimes, Cats Herd You said...

George sounds like he really had a heart of gold. Don't leave us hanging, CK! Are these kitties all right?

crazykittykat1 said...

awww so sad, tossed outside again :( what a sweet man he was. Poor kitties having such a rough life, unfortunately so many with lives like that :(

Tamago said...

Those kitties totally stole George's heart! How kind of TW to take care of neutering for him. I'm so sorry he passed away and kitties became homeless again. Can't wait to read more of this story.

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

Oh we were so happy and then ... being tossed back out...oh my ... we got the sads CK. WE hope that this has a happy ending for this little family.

meowmeowmans said...

Thank goodness for George, but we were so sad to learn that the kitties were thrown back outside. We sure hope the story has a happy ending...

The Swiss Cats said...

Oh no ! We hope that the story has a happy end ! Purrs

da tabbies o trout towne said...

CK...we iz knot a loud on de pee N cee on de week endz......we 1) iz veree sorree ta lurn bout george; high paws to him for all he did for de kittehz N on hiz job.....9) we hope thiz storee haza reeeeeeeeeely kewl ending....♥♥♥

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

That is so sad- I hope Saturday's story has a happy ending.

Anonymous said...

Oh CK weez got da leaky eyes. We wrote 'bout this very fing today. We do hope this story has a happy endin'.

Luv ya'

Dezi and Lexi

Kitties Blue said...

C.K., this story better have a happy ending! Mauricio can't wait to see his look alike. XOCK, Kitties Blue

Nerissa said...

They were tossed back outside..........?????????????

Austin Towers said...

This is dreadful!!! George was such a very kind man!! We are purraying this story has a happy ending for the kitties, even mean old Gertrude!! xx

laura brown said...

We are all hoping for a happy ending here...

Noodle hugs

Flynn said...

George was a very good man. I hope everything turned out well for those poor kitties.

Brian said...

Dang, that pretty much sucks.

The Island Cats said...

Oh no! The poor kitties. We hope someone saves them.

Spitty-the-Kitty said...

Tap......tap.......tap..........

Yeah, I know. I've got *SOME* nerve being impatient. But ha ha ha, I'm the King, right?

The Indulged Furries said...

George was kind-hearted, as was TW for getting the kitties neutered. We hope the end of the story has good news.

Ann Staub said...

Oh goodness... what a sad story :( Hopefully the rest of the story has some better news. You're a pretty good story teller CK.

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

Oh noes! *wringing paws* I so hope the cats were all eventually cared for

Jenna,Mark Drady said...

Oh my :( :(
I am anxious to hear the rest of this
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

RAINA'S CAT RESCUE said...

oh no! Hurry and finish. I need to know.