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If Gracie Could Talk

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Message Suzana Megles


Gracie is a beautiful multi-colored long-haired cat who would  have a story to tell if only she could talk. Of course, this  applies to all animals, and the only way we know about their  lives is to pay close attention to them.  In the case of Gracie,  I think I've pieced together enough of her life, which I can  share with anyone who either loves cats or all animals. 


Since I brought her into my warm, partially-finished basement  in the winter of 2000, she has seemed happy and content.  She  must have been born in 1998 or 1999.  If so, she is close to  15 years old now, and definitely over 13.


In one of those two early years I had seen her sitting on the  window sill of my next-door neighbor who rented the front  section of the house.  She looked so beautiful and regal - like  a porcelain statue -so that when she finally came to live with  us, I dubbed her Grace. Later Gracie seemed to fit better.


Gracie would have been happy I'm sure to live with her owner,  but obviously he was experiencing financial difficulties.  One  day I saw his belongings on the front lawn because he had been  evicted.  Was Gracie among those castaways?  Sadly, yes, though  she was nowhere to be seen.  I hope he had regrets in doing this  to her, but that didn't make her situation any easier. 


I don't remember how long she was out there, but she did suffer  at least one cold winter without appropriate shelter, and she  was a very delicate cat. 


When I spotted her one day, I picked her up and we headed to  the shelter of my basement where there were at least 5 other  rescued cats.  What happened next was in no way predictable,  even though I knew poor Pippi was basically an unhappy and  disgruntled cat.  When I set Gracie down, Pippi let out a bangee  scream that frightened the daylights out of Gracie as well as  the rest of us. Obviously, Pippi didn't want to share her living  quarters with yet another cat.


Seeing her fear, I followed her mad dash up the stairs and away  from the frightening cat.  I opened the door to the outside and  she gladly disappeared into my cold backyard.  I guess she thought  anything would be better than living with Pippi, that inhospitable cat.    


Really, Pippi wasn't that bad, and her response to Gracie threw  me off-guard.  It would be sometime later when I tried again  to bring Gracie indoors, and this time, there was no incidents.   Gracie would never again have to face the rigors of a cold Ohio  winter, unsheltered and unfed.  

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