Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chapter 24- My Life: Clarence, the Barn Kitty



Back in 1802, when I lived in Connecticut and we had all our animals...horses, ponies, Black Angus, Capons, Chinchillas and two Chihuahuas (oh, how I hated them!!!), there was one thing that we never had.  We never had a cat.  Now that I think about it, I don't know why either.





So from out of the blue after I'd prayed and prayed for a cat, there it was...hiding in the barn.  I'd bring down some leftovers from my dinner plate each evening and it gradually let me pick it up.  He (I call it a he but I have no clue what it was really) was so handsome.  A beautiful gray with the prettiest green eyes and he could purr so loud that it sounded like a little engine!










I named him Clarence...after the cross-eyed lion on "Daktari (if you're old enough to remember that show!)  But Clarence wasn't cross-eyed.  He was just a big, husky handsome fellow.  When winter came, I had made up my mind that it was too cold for Clarence to stay in the barn.  So, just as the Grinch stuffed his shirt with toys from the Whos down in Whoville, I stuffed my jacket with Clarence, the barn kitty.





I carefully made my way up to my room with Clarence tucked away ever so snugly.  I closed the door behind me.  Whew!  We made it.  He inspected every crevice of my room.  And then he decided that he was really fond of the reading pillow that was on my bed.  You know, it was quilted, stuffed with padding and sort of wedge shaped so you could lean against it while reading.  It was a pink floral print no less which really made his gray fur stand out once he got up from it.  





So it became a little routine...I'd bring him down to the barn when I did my early morning chores and then after school, I'd once again go to the barn, gather him in my arms and bring him to my room.  That went on for months!  Yep...months.  But, as you know, all good things come to an end (one of life's invaluable lessons!!).  My Aunt cornered me one day asking what that gray hair was all over the pillow.  The jig was up!  I was busted!  I had to confess to what I'd been doing and the results...well, it wasn't good.





Clarence was gone.  He was not at the barn nor would I ever see him again.  My Uncle had taken him for "a ride in the country."  What a joke!  We lived in the country!!!  Do you think that's why I get so annoyed when people do that to their animals?...just drop them off...drop them off as if they were garbage?



P.S.  I've linked this post to WVATreasures for Angela's Tuesday's Show & Tail.  Why don't you join us?













16 comments:

Nancy said...

I'm sorry that happened to you -- I've learned some people just can't tolerate pets in their homes. I feel sorry for them. They have no idea what they are missing -- just so their home can remain a museum.

Great story and much can be learned from your experiences. :)

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

That is so sad. I don't understand people who are mean to animals, they are God's creatures also. My nephew has a home for lost or stray cats and I think they send e-mails to their friends. They have a house with straw and an electic blanket and heat lamps. Food and water of course. Some stay all winter and others move on. But maybe they will remember where to go if they need to.

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!

texwisgirl said...

How awful. At the very least, they could have allowed Clarence to remain living in the barn - for mousing sake if nothing else. UGH!

Yes, I remember Daktari! :)

varunner said...

That is so terrible that your uncle did that. Clarence wasn't causing any harm, and you'd obviously bonded with him. :-(

Sonya Heilmann said...

He sounds like a beautiful cat. Sorry he had to "go for a ride." That is sad.

Tiggeriffic said...

My husband did that to my dog..We lived in Ohio and were moving to Iowa. He didn't want to take the dog so he drove his out to the country and left him. We lived in the country too (doesn't make sense to me) .. Well, this dog was smart and he showed up at the door the day before we were going to leave. I made sure that dog sat in the front seat between us ALL the way to Iowa.. My 4 kids thought that was funny.
Your story made me tear up...how very sad.
ta ta for now from Iowa

Sandra said...

if this happened in 1802 you are well preserved. i met a lady who lives on a farm at the vet one day and she said people drop pets off on a weekly basis, she has 5 dogs and a ton of cats, but tries to find them homes. she had a beauiful 10 month old rottweiler with her that someone dropped in her yard. i will never understand people

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

We live on a main country highway and we recieve a "free gift" 2 or 3 times a week. It is so sad. I caught one lady as she was opening her door. Surprised her, but she told me she couldn't keep the 6 puppies and the Animal Shelter was full and wouldn't take them, she didn't know what else to do..she had tried to give them away. Well, I don't mean to sound mean, but if you can't afford the puppies have the mother fixed.
I just hate to see the little hungry dogs and cats running up and down the road or getting hit by cars.
I enjoyed your story, so sorry Your Uncle took the cat off.
Hope you have a very Merry Cristmas
Molly

Angela said...

Clarence had such a sweet life there with you for such a short time. Hopefully he found another loving person to take him in. I've blogged about people dropped their unwanted kitties off around our house a few times. They always end up in a tree from my dogs. I think the idiots see our house and think it will get a good home. They don't realize my dogs haven't been raised with cats so they don't like them. They've never harmed one. It's so sad. And my family has even been known to drop off a cat in the county when I was a kid. Funny thing is we were less than 2 miles from the house too! And I won't go into detail but I have seen where someone dropped off a litter of kitties on the side of the road at the top of a hill in a curve. Let's just say it wasn't a pretty sight.....

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!
Merry Christmas!
Angela

The Boston Lady said...

JP, what a sad story, but it obviously has made you into an animal lover and protector. All the cats in my life have been rescues over the years and two of our dogs were as well. A house without a pet is just a house. Ann

Verde Farm said...

Oh I am so sorry about Clarence. This makes me cry. I know how wonderful kitties are and you had your routine and it was working. I know he had a wonderful time with you during those months.

ClassyChassy said...

What a sad ending - so sad....He would have had a great forever home with you!!!

gld said...

Most of our pets were 'dropped' dogs or cats. One was a female cat...........so she increased our cat population by three! Our dog was brought to us by a neighbor who found him as a three month old puppy and just knew my husband couldn't say no....and he couldn't. All our animals are now neutered except these last cats and I don't know how to catch them....that will be a serious problem down the road.

I don't understand your uncle. Most country people want a few barn cats to keep down rats and mice. I think what they did was cruel.

Kristy said...

No, I do not understand dropping animals off. So sad. You would always wonder what happened?? I love it when pets are given very classic names. I had a male cat once named Carrol. I had a female cat Gweniviere.

Lara T. said...

That stinks!! Why couldn't they have just banished him to the barn?? What a bummer! Think of it this way: he had been surviving out on his own before he met, so he should be ok! :)

Carrie said...

What was the big deal about having a cat live in the barn? It would keep the mouse population down!

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