Spooky home at last

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care for the dog and cats – there be­ing 5 cats now – for the time it would take to wean the kit­tens, and upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this task, she could keep Spooky. Any nag­ging re­quired to have the tasks com­pleted meant she was not able to care for it and could not keep it.

Well, af­ter a week of nag­ging re­gard­ing clean­ing the lit­ter and scoop­ing af­ter the Shep­herd in the yard, she fi­nally fell into the rou­tine and did an ad­mirable job of staying on top of the feed­ing and poop man­age­ment. I soon re­al­ized I was go­ing to get stuck keep­ing this kit­ten. Who knew that I had such a fo­cused and de­ter­mined 8 year old?

What I didn’t count on was the true love my child felt for this kit­ten. The two sleeps to­gether, snug­gle and fol­low each other around. The kit­ten cries when she leaves and runs to her when she re­turns. When the kit­ten dis­ap­peared for an af­ter­noon weeks ago, later found in the base­ment asleep, my child sobbed for hours and was nearly hys­ter­i­cal at the pos­si­ble dan­gers and haz­ards fac­ing her kit­ten if she were out on the streets.

When Spooky dis­ap­peared for real last week, I was dread­ing telling my daugh­ter. She was at camp and I was des­per­ate to find the kit­ten. I posted no­tices within hours and was dread­ing that the kit­ten would never turn up. At 9:40 pm I was com­ing home from knock­ing on neigh­bours’ doors when I no­ticed peo­ple in the dark at my front door. I ap­proached to find a neigh­bour and a teen boy on my steps hold­ing a squirm­ing black kit­ten. I was so re­lieved. It turns out the young man had found the es­caped kit­ten and kept her, think­ing she was aban­doned. When he read the no­tices he came to re­turn her. I of­fered him the $50 re­ward money and he re­fused to ac­cept it. Even when I tried a sec­ond time, he still re­fused.

In con­clu­sion, I want to sin­cerely thank the young man who res­cued and re­turned Spooky. Not only did he look out for her, but re­turned her when he found her owner and de­clined the re­ward I of­fered for his good deed. His re­fusal to ac­cept the re­ward was ad­mirable. I do not know his name, but wanted to ex­press my thanks and that of my daugh­ter. It is re­ward­ing to meet such an hon­est and so­cially con­scious young­ster.

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