Spooky home at last
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.