Cat Stew

     I volunteer at our local animal shelter, the LA-SPCA, a few days a month (read: month).
     I clean cages, change liter, feed, groom, sweep, exercise, snuggle, and sometimes adopt an animal.
     For my own. 
     Never to be returned.
     Ben is begging me to give up this altruistic bent as least as living things are concerned (OK, but you might be the first on the list Sweetie), except once in a while, you just lock eyes with an angel from Heaven, and she gives you a sweet nudge, and smells soooo good, and wants to canoodle, and is as small as a teapot (and ya know how much I like tea) and has the goofiest disposition, and, and…has a r-e-a-l-l-y wonky leg (Like it won’t bend, and sticks straight out, and she throws it up over her back when it gets in the way).
     Well, you know that’s just the one I HAVE to have (of course).
     Home she goes and meets her brothers and we have such a wonderful little kitty family now, but she needs to see a doctor so off we go.
     And go.
     And go.
     This week, after seeing several specialists, and spending much moola, Peggy is having her left hind leg amputated.
     Ooohhhh, it makes me cringe just to write it!
     I will be holding my breath and playing nurse to the sweetest little dumpling a creamy pot of love sauce has ever had the pleasure of being combined with.
     (Why is it that I MUST find a way to fold in a food metaphor at every turn of the whisk?)
     Answer: Because I’m half-baked and toasted with worry.



That appendage off to photo right-
is Peggy’s left hind leg-
standing at attention-
like a wooden spoon
(there I go again!)


  • House Crazy Sarah - oh you’re one of THOSE (those who shouldn’t step foot in an animal shelter because you want to take every one home with you!)
    My latest doggie was adopted from a shelter and all four of his legs are weird and gimpy. We figure he was a puppy mill dog all in-bred and stuff. The vet said 2 needed to be amputated and that the other two were bad so we may as well put him down because he would have a poor quality of life. Well, 8 years later he is a spunky as a puppy and loves his walks on his 4 gimpy legs!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Yes. I am ONE OF THOSE! So glad to know that your puppy has a great outcome, alas, Peggy’s leg is, as I type this, removed. But, after reading your story I know there is hope! Thanks for sharing this. I feel better.xxxoooReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - Hi Cheryl! Glad to meet a fellow animal lover too! All the best to Peggy, though. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sue - Canoodles and hugs to you and Peggy during this time. It is so hard to care for a pet going through a trauma as they can’t tell us where it hurts!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I just love canoodles don’t you? She comes home on Thursday and the nursing will begin. I hope I’m up for the task! Thanks for your good wishes! XXXOOOReplyCancel

  • Vashti Q-Vega - Hello Cheryl! Don’t worry I’m just like you. As a matter of fact I think you show an immense amount of restraint given that you’re at the shelter often. I would have a zoo at my house in no time. Haha! <3ReplyCancel

  • Katia - So you collect cats, I knew I loved you! I grew up with cats and an auntie who rescued them off the streets. I will always have a soft spot for cats. My fingers are crossed for Peggy (no pun intended, really), please update on how she’s doing!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I love your pun! And I will be updating on Mondays for the next few weeks- I think, well, that’s my plan, but you know how THOSE go….ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline@ - I rescued cats as a child, but it has not lasted into my adult years…I am glad you saved this little sweetie! I’m so sorry about its little leg, and I’m relieved that they are so adaptable. Thanks for your visit!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Thanks for your good wishes Jacqueline and visiting here. I love your blog and will be checking in often!ReplyCancel

  • Roshni - oh dear! Crossing my fingers that the surgery goes smoothly and she does okay!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Surgery went really well! She’s still in the animal hospital but will be coming home later this week. Yippie!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Peggy does look like a sweetie.ReplyCancel

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