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in belated responce to Ed's Stray cat challenge



Tonight she sleeps in a cardboard box,

Seven babies all snuggled in safe and sound,

But not long ago, she herself was not safe,

As she roamed the streets and parking lots,

Looking for food or shelter, or both.


We caught her in a convenience store lot,

Brought her home gave her care and fixed up a box.

Sweet little grateful kitty, followed us everywhere,

Always underfoot, and always keeping watch.


I think she sees herself as the overseer of our little farm.

Sitting on fence posts she swatted at the horses,

If they dared to come too close,

Or jumped on our shoulders as we fed, watered and cleaned.


And now, her little box is full, of squirmy, squeaky kittens

And she eats till her belly if full,

She looks at us and wants her babies admired

Then she purrs and eats some more!


(And just in case there may be any doubt,

As soon as the babies are weaned and have homes,

Sweet little vagabond, Fagan will go,

To a spay appointment with my friend the vet.)

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson
Thanks for sharing with us.. Fagan sounds adorable. You have a big heart Karen.. Wish I could see your farm It must be bursting with life and love..........M
Reviewed by Ed J.
It's a shame when animals are abandoned. Those lucky enough be rescued do tend to be the most loyal pets. I think it's good she experienced motherhood. Wonderful rendition!

Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg
awe,a beautiful compassionate heart!
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Animal and human souls have an uncanny knack for finding their true families and true soulmates in life, Karen.... so glad you found yours! This inspires and gladdens my heart. She makes your circle complete and adds health and wealth to your days. Kate xx
Reviewed by Peter Paton
I echo Jerry's sentiments below !
This is a most heart warming story with a happy ending .
Reviewed by William Bonilla
Beautiful feline
I used to have one name "CLeo"
Gave us four healthy kittendonce after she took
a leave of absence from our house (door was left open)
Love & Peace

Reviewed by Christine Alwin
This is a sweet story!
Reviewed by Lois Christensen
Glad you responded to Ed's challenge. Love animals and do not want any to suffer. Fagen has a wonderfully good home now is a MOther for now, and lives a good life thanks to you.
Reviewed by J.A. Aarntzen
It always brings a special warmth to me when someone provides a loving home to a stray cat or dog. Your poem is a wonderful tribute to Fagan.
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson
This is a wonderful poem and such a pretty kitty :)
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
no more kitties right Karen, great little kitty story, hey Fagan is a cool name for a cat, hugs:-)
Reviewed by Barbara Smith
Karen, what a kind hearted thing for you to do...I know God was smiling down as you took her home and gave her a place to live. She is absolutely beautiful! Your love for animals shines through in a lot of your writings. Your "heart" is as pure as gold. A great write.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
What a darling, and what a marvelous thing you've done taking her in!

You have met The Stray Cat Challenge Exceedingly Well, and I only wish many others would follow your sterling example.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper
Your love shines through your poem, which has a lot of "heart". Blessings.
Reviewed by Felix Perry
Good story and a happy ending in all regards. Glad you rescued this little mother.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Yes indeed, I'm soft-hearted when it comes to strays . . . Loved the ending . . .
Reviewed by Rose Rideout
Karen what a sweet heart you are. She is beautiful, I love kitty cats and can't wait to see mine again as I have been visiting Fee and family for the past three weeks. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson
Karen, this is such a nice thing that you have done and a beautfiul story...and she is such a beautiful cat!
Reviewed by George Carroll
A purrfect kitty story.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
Sweet kittie - give her a pat and a purr for me :) Love her beautiful eyes, and this write of what love can do for a rescued animal - my favorite lines,

" ... Sweet little grateful kitty, followed us everywhere,
always underfoot, and always keeping watch ... "

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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