Saturday, September 20, 2008


This is a short story about Lucky (above photo, aka fuzz butt).
The way she came to us is so neat I wanted to share.
She is an inspirational story, at least we think so.
We (my husband and I) drove down to TN. over a weekend for work but also squeezed some fun in there too.
Our first initial stop was to pick a sleeper up and haul it back in our enclosed trailer.
Since we were taking the trailer we also thru in our Fat Boy big boy bike to ride in TN.
After we got the sleeper loaded we continued our drive south, found a hotel and took the bike out for a ride.
(if you are stuck back on 'sleeper' it is the part of a semi (big truck) that drivers (truckers) sleep in on the road)
After a three day excursion we returned home (KY).
My husband calls me from his parents (he is there preparing to unload the sleeper) to inform me that they have found 5 kittens inside the mattress.
Of course I drive over there like a bat outta hell. When I arrive I see these gorgeous but starving newborn babes.
I bring them home, feed them, hold them, love them.
Over the next 4-5 weeks we lose 3 of them one by one for unknown reasons. It could be lack of mothers milk at such a young age, we don't know. These little guys made it so far...
They were stuck in an abandoned sleeper for three days straight, on their own, no food, no love. One of those nights there was a loud thunder storm which must have been frightening. They heard us start the bike up inside the trailer which probably scared them to death. Yet, they never made a sound to alert us they were stuck and hungry. I still am stunned; they must have been so confused. Then they survived a bumpy and loud ride home in the trailer, still no food.
So, this brings me to Lucky.
She and her brother made it past 5 weeks and thrived. We had to make a decision. We kept Lucky, and her brother Kenny we brought to our closeby family farm as there are other family kitties there. At the time we could not keep both which was a hard decision. But, on the upside Ken did so well at the farm. I would go by weekly and talk with him, feed him, watch him play with the other kitties, so that put my mind at ease as he seemed to love his freedom and my company.
Now, as for Lucky here is the thing. She was the runt of the litter. She had a few days that we felt were close calls because she seemed to have a hard time.
She was the one that all the other kittens ended up peeing on (accidentally) and because she was long haired she was always sopping wet.
But she thrived every day. She beat the odds and grew into a beautiful plump long haired black furred family member.
Every day I look at her, listen to her talk to me and feel her little tongue licking my nose I feel lucky.
We named her this for obvious reasons however, she may be lucky, but we are blessed.


Parker said...

Lucky really is the perfect name for her!

Cat-a-holic, Laila and Minchie said...

Lucky is so aptly named! What a beautiful story! Mom is always very partial to the "runts".

milocat said...

That's a lovely heart warming story - thank you for sharing it. I'm so glad you and Lucky found each other.

Diamond Emerald-Eyes said...

It is, of course, always lucky to have a house panther in your house. That is a wonderful story but I am sorry for the little ones who did not make it. I am glad you are there to give Lucky a fur-ever home!

Team Tabby said...

We enjoyed Lucky's story very much, thanks for sharing it.

Mindy & Moe

T'Abby Normal said...

Hi! We came to you from the House Panthers page.

As far as we know, being a House Panther is for all black cats. If you want to contribute, just email housepanthers @gmail dot com and let them know. We don't "own" the blog, and are new to it too.

My sister Abby is a Tabby, but I am a Panther!!


The Island Cats said...

That was a great story! Lucky is lucky to have found you...and you are lucky to have found her!

Mickey said...

What a wonderful happy story for Lucky!!!! She is beautiful. I am partial to black cats ;) heehee
Purrs Mickey

Purrageous Pirates said...

What a great story! It's very similiar to Fagin's story. He was handraised as well and was the only 1 of a liter of 4 to make it. Thanks for joining the Black Furrball crew yesterday for Meow Like a Pirate Day - please come by our bloggie to get your crew member badge.

Grr, Midnight & Cocoa said...

Lucky is absolutely beautiful, and we're not saying that just cause she looks like us. Thanks for sharing her story - we're so glad you were there for her and her brother, though it's sad the others didn't make it. We're sending you a House Panthers invite now.

Eric and Flynn said...

That is a lovely story about Lucky.We are glad she got a good forever home with you. She is very pretty.

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

She is a beauty! Lucky girl!!
~ Napoleon

Daisy said...

What an amazing story about Lucky! I am so glad that she has a wonderful Forever home after her rough start.

LceeL said...

It's so sad when kittens fail to thrive. I've seen puppies do the same thing. But Lucky is truly that - one lucky little kitten - to have found the people she did.

THE ZOO said...

poor little things. thats a grate gotcha story. weres glad they have a good home now.
we had a rescue kitty, little bitty thing, that was very sick and he was brought home and given a couple of baths in Dawn to get the fleas off and he was fe and put to bed for a good restful and peaceful night and he passed during the night. it was so sad but he was so little he just couldnt make it.

Kellykat said...

What a great story! Looks like you found the right home for you. My brother Stryder was the runt too so he knows what its like.

Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

Lucky, you are not only a brave and strong girl, you are very lucky to have such a loving forever home.

we are glad you're there so we can be friends!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Oh, bottle babes! It was always hard on mom with the littlest ones, there is so much that can go wrong and they'll fail to thrive for no reason it seems. Yoor lucky, Lucky, yoo seem to haf found a wunnerful forever home.

Cat with a garden said...

Lucky you!
That is a lovely story. Lucky, I think you are a very pretty survivor.
Purrs, Siena