Monday, August 27, 2012

Why Furmom Named Me "Phoenix"

phoenix [fee-niks]
     noun
1.  a mythical bird of great beauty fabled to live 500 or 600 years in the Arabian wilderness, fabled to rise from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years; often an emblem of reborn hope.
2. a person or thing of peerless beauty or excellence
3. a person or thing that has become renewed or restored after suffering calamity or apparent annihilation.
   

I is letting furmom type dis part cause she is insistent and cause she promised me a chin-scritchin' iffen I agreed. So now I is handin' ober the keyboard to furmom. I is not responsible fur wot she may type. I can only hopes it is not embarrassin'.



[Last year, on August 17, I was on my way to work. I had taken a back road so as to avoid the traffic on the interstate. I had just passed a little plaza of stores when I saw this small, gray object lying on the road. When I got closer, I was horrified to see that it was a kitten. It was evident the kitten was hurt and couldn't move itself from the peril of the road. I found the nearest place I could turn my car, stopped the car, left the door open, and ran towards the kitten. I did not care at this point who saw me or what people may think.I had to save this kitten! A school bus was approaching just as I reached the little baby. I scooped her up & cradled her in my arms. She was bleeding from one ear and her eyes were rolled back in her head. I didn't know what kind of damage she had sustained, or really even what had transpired to put her in the perilous position in which I had found her.

I sat with her in my car, cradling her and talking to her, telling her everything was okay, she was going to be fine, I was her mommy now. She meowed quite a bit and I didn't know if it was out of fear, of pain, or something else. I examined her more closely and she didn't appear to have any broken bones. I believe, though I will never know for certain, that she was probably underneath a moving vehicle & fell out onto the road where maybe another vehicle's tire bumped her. I do not believe a vehicle actually hit her, because as tiny as she was, it would have done more damage to her small body.

I called my friend at work who is in the maintenance department. I asked if he had a box I could place her in, and perhaps put her in one of our company's outdoor buildings or storage areas until I got off work. He did have a box. I put her in there with some paper towels for bedding, but she just looked so helpless in there. So I held her in my lap, at my desk all day (9-5). I tried to feed her, but she was still too weak and addled to have an appetite. My husband agreed to let me keep her. She improved more that day and the next, so I didn't feel like I needed to take her to the vet. (My husband might NOT have let me keep her if we had a vet bill to pay).
I named her Phoenix because, when I stopped my car & was walking toward her, she was trying to pick herself up off the road to get to safety. Like the mythical Phoenix, she rose from the ashes and found new hope, a new beginning.

Now Phoenix has her "furmom" and I have my best friend, who gives me "sugars" by rubbing her mouth and nose against my face. I love her more than I could possibly explain.   ]

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  1. Oh my goodness Phoenix, what an incredible story. You are your Mom were just meant to be together.

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    1. Yes I think soz. I luv my furmom muches!! I is so glad she was the one who fount me!

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  2. Mommy is all in tears...she is so glad you were gotted by such a wonderful Mommy!

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    1. I is glad too. My furmom is so good to me an we is best furriends.

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  3. Mom Paula is also in tears! Such a wonderful story. The two of you were meant to be together.

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    1. I is so glads I is wif furmom now. I luvs her an I know she luvs me!

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  4. What a beautiful story.
    It does bring tears to your eyes.
    Thank you for stopping and helping her. Poor baby.

    Baby Cat, my latest rescue, does the sugar thing by rubbing her little face -- nose and mouth -- up against my face.
    It is just the sweetest thing I have ever seen, none of my other cats have ever done such a thing.

    Of course, I planned to rescue and foster her for a while, but, well, you know....!!!
    Mom ML

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    1. Furmom here. There is no way I could've passed up that beautiful little furball. I have always had a soft spot for kitties in my heart. I love all animals, but cats really just get to me. I am so thankful I was the one who found her that day.
      I love kitty "sugars". They are the best!
      We all know what happens when we "plan" to find a kitty a home, then we get attachd.... hehehe

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  5. That story made Mum's eyes leak - thank you for rescuing her and giving her a wonderful life.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

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    1. Furmom here. I wish I could help more kitties like her, but my husband isn't an animal fanatic like me... I guess it was pushing it for him to let me have even one kitty. I am thankful that my one kitty is Phoenix & also for the people out there who can & do rescue other kitties in need.

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  6. We thinks Phoenix is the purrfect name for her and her gotcha day story was so heartwarming, we are so glad you were able to save her.

    Our youngest boy bean's nickname is Phoenix so we just love the name.

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    1. Furmom here. I am glad I was able to save her too. It was meant for me to take that particular road that morning. Normally I would not take that road, but would take the interstate. I think God put me in that place at that time so that I could help her.

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  7. So glad you two found each other and Phoenix got a good home.

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  8. An amazing story - so glad this had a happy ending.

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  9. We love your story! And you both lived happily ever after, together. purrrrrrrrrrrrrr :)

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    1. Fureber & eber & eber, I will luvs furmom!

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  10. What a sweet story! We love naming stories, and yours is such a good one. You were so lucky, how easy it would have been to have a very different and much sadder ending.

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    1. Yes, furmom is alla time readin' bout not-so-happy stuffs & it make her saddy :-(

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  11. That's a terrific gotcha story, Phoenix! We love happy endings, and your life in your forever home certainly IS happy. :)

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    1. Yes, very happy. I has a reel good time wif furmom. We is grate furriends!

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  12. Oh my gosh!! What a wonderful story!! We are very pleased to meet you Phoenix and we just love your name!!
    Howdy from your TX furiends,

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    1. I is glad to meet yous guys too. Mebbe we can all gets togeter sumtime and hunts mousies an froggies an fevvery guys!

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  13. Thank heaven for your mummy, she is truly an angel on earth. Our mummy is a bit misty reading your story!

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    1. My furmom reely came thru fur me dat day, an lotsa days since then. I luvs when kittehs finds good hoomans to luv.

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  14. WOWSIES! What a wunnderful story about Phoenix. What a luvng fur mom you have Phoenix.Lucky you! May you two have many wunderful yeers togetfur.

    Alexi and the kitties at da Castle!

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    1. Thanks yous so muchy! I do so luvs my furmom :-)
      Thanks fur stoppin' by!

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  15. what a great rescue - the world needs more people like your mom....

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    1. I thinks hers would rescew fousands & fousands of kitties iffen her hubsand, Big Scary Guy, wood let her.

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  16. What a bootiful story!!! We is all leaky eyed here...

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    1. Thankz for readin', Marley, Iza, & Ayla. Furmom an me is inseparable. I is glad yous have sech a good furdad too!

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  17. Well, we are so glad your MOm rescued you!

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  18. That's a beautiful gotcha story. Mom has leaky eyes. Thanks for sharing!

    The Florida Furkids

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    1. I is glad you enjoyed.
      Thankz fur stoppin' by!

      Your furriend,
      Phoenix

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  19. We is happy your mum came to your resque.

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  20. We think Phoenix is absolutely the right name for you! And very happy that you have such a loving furrever home. Purrs.

    Laura & Taffy

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    1. Thankz yous! I wish all the kitties inna world had furrever homes like me!

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