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  My Tough Little Girl
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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"I love cats because I love my home;

And after a while, they become its visible soul."

Jean Cocteau



I’ll never forget the day I found her

Living in a deep dark damp crawl space

Under the old government office building


She was far too thin

She had a nasty eye infection

She was filthy and covered with parasites

And she had the saddest face I had ever seen


So I gently picked her up

And took her to my vet’s office

Where in total fear for her life

She bit and scratched everyone there


“You’ve got a real tough one here!” yelled the vet

As he tried to calm and medicate her

And soon this tough little crawl space feral

Became our beloved ‘Tuffy’


Her favorite pastime was sprawling out

In the sun in our bedroom bay window

Where she either enjoyed long leisurely naps

Or pursued her favorite hobby of bird watching


And my tough little girl was a very good student

Soon she was able to imitate almost any call

Of any bird that happened to perch outside our door

And soon she truly delighted in tricking all of us


She would find a deep dark corner to hide in

And devilishly practice her amazing bird chirps

And I would often laugh hysterically

As the dogs and cats rushed off in hot pursuit

Convinced a robin or a sparrow or a chickadee

Had invaded a closet or a bathroom or my den


And she would very proudly grin at them

When they discovered it was her not a bird


Tuffy also loved studying me for some reason

And very stealthily following me all around the house

Watching my every move - observing me at the computer

And I’ve always wondered what she thought of me

As she so passionately did her diligent homework


My very intelligent and tough little girl

Was also fascinated with our television set

She would camp out in front of it in the evening for hours

Mesmerized by the sights and sounds unfolding before her

She especially loved nature programs which featured birds


My tough little girl

Who I loved immensely

Who brought me so much joy

Who taught me so many lessons

Got terribly sick a few days ago

And died in my arms yesterday


Working at my computer

And watching television

And walking about the house

Will never be the same for me now


My every day life will never be the same for me now

Without my tough little girl gracing it with her presence



My world gets sadder and sadder

I lost my tough little girl yesterday

I wept as she died in my arms

I can’t believe she’s gone away



ÿ2006, Ed Kostro




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Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/7/2007
I truely cried when I read this poem It makes me think of my poor babysums Midnight I felt like I would fall apart when I lost him and like I would never be happy agian. He was put asleep just two weeks before my birthday and I felt like I couldnt enjoy it. Then just earlier this year I learned the true reason why my parents made me have him put to sleep. It was because they didnt love him or care for him. I over heard them talking about it. My dad said that when we had a chance to get rid of him he should of just done it without asking me than at least they would have had a good useful dog instead of an intellagent careing loveing loyal little darling. I feel for you I really do and I hope you find happiness and didnt have such a horrible truth to have been discovered.
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 2/23/2006
Oh Ed,
I'm so very sorry. This is a wonderful tribute to her and really brought a smile my way to get to know her.
Please know she is with you. When you hear the birds you will hear her singing to you.
She's only gone from sight but will never leave your side.
I'm so, so sorry Ed.
All our love and prayers are with you and your loving family,
Spacey and Gang
43xoox(c :)
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 2/12/2006
I have lost a dear pet and it is truly like losing a best friend ......I can relate to this so very well. Great job!
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 2/12/2006
Dear Ed, your grief is palpable in this heart-gripping tribute to your beautiful Tough Little Girl. When they go, they do take with them a huge piece of our soul... and though we hope and have faith that it will be so through our eternal memory of them, we wonder if it will ever be whole again. **tears**
Reviewed by Michelle Mills 2/11/2006
Ed, my beloved PussCat of 16 years died in November...he died in my arms too. I still feel a hole in my heart where he used to be. We have another kitty to love now, Teddy...he's the polar opposite of PussCat who was retiring and angelic in demeanor. Teddy is sort of an 'in your face' kitty who bristles with energy and love. I think the thing that has made losing PussCat bearable has been getting another kitty to love...having a ball of cuddling purring warmth to bury your face in when your heart hurts does help...alot. My best to you and yours as you go through this difficult time Ed. Blessings, Michelle
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/11/2006
I am so sorry for your loss. She sounds extremely intelligent and your are very fortutne that she picked you to be her protector. I am sure she watched you, knowing you are one of the example's of why there is hope for mankind.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 2/11/2006
Truely you have such a gentle heart..
You sure gave her a good life with the memories that go with such kindness too....
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 2/10/2006
So sorry for your loss, Ed. Please take comfort in the fact that you saved her and gave her a life of love and happiness.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 2/9/2006
SUch a sad read for me knowing the feeling of loss so very well!!

Take care my friend!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/9/2006
I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful job you have done
of making us see her. Almost feel her fur. Definitely sense
her indominable spirit. . .and that of the compassionate and
courageous fellow who saved her.
Love 'n' hugs, 'Pea' <3
Reviewed by J M 2/9/2006
Oh Ed, this is a beautiful poem with all those memories you have to keep of your tough little girl, I know this is very hard we become so attached to them as if they were a real person and they are to us. Sorry for the pain and grief but happy for all those wonderful times and your love you shared for her when she needed you the most I think you will see her again she is waiting in heaven.:) Love Joselyn
Reviewed by Joyce Hale 2/9/2006
Ed, there is no consolation for your loss until you find it yourself, so I will merely say what a loving tribute to what sounds to have been a once-in-a-lifetime love. She sounds like a scamp!! I have taken many cats and dogs in, but there was one that grabbed our hearts like your Tuffy. A little bit of us goes with them. Hugs to you. Peace. Joyce
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 2/9/2006
you have my sympathy Ed.great piece in reflection
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 2/9/2006
I agree with Peter's comments, Ed, though having lost animals myself, I know and relate to your sadness. Think though, you gave her the life and happiness she wouldn't have missed, had you not found her and made her yours.

Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 2/9/2006
You know she's not really gone..she's within your heart..always

Reviewed by Dale Clark 2/9/2006
Sad Ed! You have a big heart.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 2/9/2006
" When the going gets tough, the tough get going " Ed !
You retain the precious memories and visions of your close encounter with another member of God's creatures,these are all stepping stones and fortification, for the journey that still lies ahead of us !
Very emotional reading !
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/9/2006
I'll join tears and prayers with you Ed! yes,take that mountain retreat! We need to become reinvigorated after such emotional events overwhelm us.Tuffy's passing is like any other human or animal when we love it makes no difference and the pain of parting is the same.My thoughts are with you.I'm thankful you had such a wonderful pet and have the memories to keep you warm when you need them.


Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Marguerite Lemoine 2/9/2006
So sorry to hear you lost your little girl dear friend. As we talked this morning about eternal life for animals be consoled that she is there in heaven loving you more than ever and waiting for you there but not too soon, I hope.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/9/2006
O, Ed,

This is so sad! I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved feline friend, Tuffy. God be with you during this incredibly sad time in your life; you are indeed in my prayers and thoughts today! Very well done; a beautiful tribute to a special cat!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears <
Reviewed by Only A Poet 2/9/2006
only those who love animals this way will understand such sorrow, my heartfelt sympathy to you My Friend. the picture you painted of her here shows an incredible spirit within a tiny feline body.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 2/9/2006

Ohhhhhhhhh...I'm so sorry for your loss. A heartfelt eulogy you've penned for Tuffy. She will always live on in your soul and words...and in ours, for having shared her with us. What better gift?

((((((HUGS)))))) and love, Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 2/9/2006
Our cat just crossed over my legs and looked at me accusingly because she'd like my attention. :-) You always expose the hearts of the pets and other animals about which you write, Ed, and they touch us with their gentleness and sweet souls. A whole personality comes through. My condolences on her passing. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by Shoma Mittra 2/9/2006
such a lovely elegy for such a sweet pet.
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 2/9/2006
We are very sorry for your loss. You painted a beautiful picture of her with those words.
Birgit and Roger

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