As if the tadpoles....
...and the crawdads weren't enough to be keeping in the house, Wednesday night Koshi came bombing in the house shouting, "Mama!...
I should have said no. We live in company housing--no pets allowed.
I should have said no. But looking at Koshi's stubborn expression, I figured, "Well, by the time he gets back to where ever he saw that kitty, it'll probably be gone. What can it hurt?"
He and his sister came bursting back in the door some fifteen minutes later-- "Mama! Look!"
I looked at Koshi's face--saw him wipe a tear away. Then I looked at the tiny orange bit of fluff wrapped in the old towel I had given him.
|Well? What would you have done?|
I shouldn't have looked.
"See, mama? His eyes are hurt!" Not hurt--just crusted nearly shut with conjunctivitis. But otherwise unhurt, I thought. Hungry, surely--who knew how many days this little thing had been out wandering. And I knew it was supposed to pour rain that night.
I looked at Koshi again. I looked at the weak, rapidly breathing kitten... and I knew I couldn't tell Koshi to put it down and walk away.
I just couldn't.
And thus has this wee bit of marmalade fluff wobbled his way into everybody's hearts...
|One of these toys moves without batteries...|
|...except when it's sleepy. Then toy doesn't move...|
I took him the next morning, as promised, to the vet, who cleaned up his eyes and his ears and gave him heartworm medicine and his vaccination. Yup--definitely a boy. 450 grams. One pound exactly. Except for the conjunctivitis (which has cleared up in the meantime), basically a healthy kitty.
|This was actually Koshi's idea...|
...he went to sleep during that, too. He seems to be a pretty laid-back kitty. He hasn't hidden in a corner yet. As soon as we brought him in, he cried in the box and stopped as soon as I held him. Calmed right down on my lap.
|Actually, my eyes are gray. And all better:-))|
...then went right to sleep on Koshi's tummy after dinner.
|Contented and unafraid|
Here's hoping that O-baasan falls for him, too...
(p.s.-- brief blog break over the weekend, since we'll be at O-baasan's house 'til Monday. The Azaleas will be out--I'll take pictures:-))