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Presenting Libby~~~A Feline Extraordinaire

Sweet Pea. Waiting to be adored

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Black kitties have been the subject of much discussion throughout the ages.

It is almost Halloween as I am writing this update and I am so happy that the baby girl kitty that I 'baby sit' is an indoor kitty. Too often individuals troll neighborhoods for black kitties at this time of the year and the fate of them causes great despair.

The black kitty in this article is a kitty who keeps me entertained each time I 'baby sit' her.

Over the months that I have been fortunate enough to care for her in her Momma's absence, we have formed a lovely bond.

Understand, please, that Miss Libby, is in charge in this new friendship. She sash-shays into the room amid the spotlight that is surely focused on her commanding my total attention. She surveys all that is in the area, circles around to peer out the front door, and then hops onto the chair where I wait were royal self.

She then hops down, takes a sniff and sometimes a lick off of my coffee cup if there is creamer on it, and then tromps, stopping to knead a bit, across my tummy and parks beside me, awaiting adequate adoration and petting.


Libby has truly stolen my heart over the months I have been privileged to care for her. She races me to the couch so that my lap can be provided for her lounging pleasure.

She is an excellent supervisor as well...while I am preparing food or some other task, she watches over and 'talks' to me.

What a delight she is.

A lap is a terrible thing to waste is Libby's NEW mantra

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Happiness is a Warm Bed.....

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"Hi, I am Libby. Welcome to MY World."

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LIttle Princess on Her Tower...Look at that Tail!!

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If fate deems it so, once or twice in our lifetime, we meet totally lovely individuals of the Human kind.

When good fortune smiles upon us on other occasions, we meet uniquely special felines (or canines) who, like the humans, bring us joy that is beyond measure.

Those of us who are under the spell of our special pet have established a relationship that is enduring. The bond that forms between a human and a pet is not one that can be easily explained or understood by those who do not have a pet to call their own---it is a singular (or 'plural' in cases where there is more than one pet) experience and one that brings immeasurable pleasure and happiness to each and every day.

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.

— Garrison Keillor

Three Plus One...

Having loved and currently loving, more than one kitty and a pup is most deliciously delightful for me.

Honeybee and Milo, my two felines and Gretta, my pup, are most precious members of my family that make me smile many times each day.

And in recent months I have become very fond of a kitty who belongs to a friend of mine, the same friend, in fact, whose butterfly garden I have written about here on HubPages.

It is my pleasure to introduce such an adorable kitty to you.

"Won't You Please Come Play with ME??

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It Takes a While to Make Nice with this Newbie

Libby's Momma may travel away from her domicile on this or that foray out into the world. At such times, she leaves me to be supervised by her adorable, Libby.

My job during those times is to visit twice a day so that I may take care of Libby's every need.

When I first met Libby, she was not totally impressed by my presence. As a matter of fact, you might say, she could take me or leave me. This was an experience that I had endured more than once from even my own kitties so it was not at all shocking.

You see, with kitties, it is necessary to win their adoration especially when you are an interloper in their world. Newbies must prove they are worth the trouble it takes to 'make nice.'

How would I fix that?

Extending my visit to an hour each time I went to see her was part of my plan, and, as a result, Little Libby girl began to warm up to me.

O, wait, I am getting ahead of myself. In order to understand this little girl kitty perhaps some of her history will provide the much-needed backstory.

Learning about Libby

Libby's Momma shared with the following ---in her words...

"I found her seven years ago on the road that goes to Blue Highway. I stopped at the creek that runs under the road to look for panther prints. Then I heard, what sounded like a bird screeching, but it was only poor little, skinny, starving Libby trying to get help."

Sweet Libby Girl was waiting to be rescued near highway 234

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Rescued Kitty

And, her Momma continued...

"She was emaciated, covered in seed ticks, and had a cut across the bridge of her nose. My friend picked her up and put her on her lap while I drove home.

On the ride home, Libby put her paws up on the door and just looked out the window, perfectly content.

As soon as we got home, I put her in the kitchen sink and gave her a bath, with no difficulty at all. She took it all in stride.

After I dried her some, I gave her a nice plate of cooked deer meat that I had on hand. She just about inhaled it so I gave her some more, which she also made disappear. When she asked for more, I couldn't refuse her. I don't remember how many servings she put away, but I think it would have been enough to stuff Andre the giant!!"

Fed and nurtured. NO doubt by now Libby was beginning to feel that this Human was going to be someone very special in her life. And she was correct about that!!!

The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...

— Albert Schweitzer

Sweet Pea...

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A Home of My Own...

"....on Monday I took her to the vet. I left her there while they did all the good stuff..."

The vet had found that Libby had an intestinal upset of some kind which was not remarkable as who knows how long she had been out in the wild trying to survive on her own.

Already Libby must have felt that her life was changing in a most remarkable way...everyone was fussing over her and treating her with care that she had hoped to find~~~she must have thought "Maybe now I will have a home and my very precious Human to love and adore and who loves and adores me in return..."

Taking a Little Stroll

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Libby Makes HER Own Sunshine and Leads Those Around Her to Find Theirs

Kitty Extraordinaire Indeed...


Her Momma added~~~

"After her visit to the vet, I took her home and watched her fill out, heal up, and enjoy her kittenhood.

The world became her playground, and everything in it, her toys. From the get-go, she has had the sweetest disposition."

This story of Libby's history has not ended....she and her Momma must have been destined to meet as they both are unique and special


I believe cats are spirits come to earth

A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.

— Jules Verne

Pampered, Spoiled, and Loved

"Sweetest disposition" is spot on.

Once she gets to know you and you have passed her thorough inspection, you belong to her.

Over the few months I have been caring for Libby, she has decided I am a Human that can fit into her plan. She has decided it is quite alright if I adore, pet, photograph, and toss her toys around for her.

When I enter the home she allows her Momma to share, she greets me now and welcomes me with a sweet, melodic tone and escorts me quickly to the kitchen so that I might prepare her food. And prepare I do...her wet food must be heated for about 5 seconds in the microwave prior to being served with a flourish. She usually will enjoy that and then wander off to somewhereland till she wishes to grace me with her presence.


She has gradually allowed me to pet her. This has taken many weeks. And while I was keeping her most recently, she began to snuggle up behind my head and nuzzle in my hair.

I knew I was truly accepted by her a few nights ago, when she crawled onto my lap and snuggled!!

What a joy it is to know Miss Libby girl and her Momma.

Trying to Be Shy ....

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This is One of My Most Favorites....Her Perfect 3-D Silhouette

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"Oh, yes....I would love to have a romp out there! Can you see all of those lizards???!"

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Just a Dainty Little Doll

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Little Princess Adorning Her Momma's Bed

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Go ahead and adore me...

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"This is my best side...."

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"A camera? Where did that come from?"

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"Okay, okay...go ahead and snap your photo, please!"

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Playing possum...

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"You are making me very tired."

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Rescue a Kitty (Or Pup if you are so inclined)

Perhaps we cannot all be lucky enough to find such a lovely kitty to rescue.

But know that the shelters are full of many candidates waiting for a loving home.

Visit one today and if you are ready to be owned by a kitty, take one home.

Being a pet owner does ask something of you.

As the Caregiver for a Pet

You will be expected to:

  • provide food and water daily
  • a clean litter box
  • visits to the vet for innoculations, dental care, and other times when kitty may become ill or injured
  • provide toys and adequate space for your pet to play and relax
  • acknowledge that the pet, especially if it is a kitty, is allowing you to share the residence

If you are willing to accept this Pet Owner's Bill of Responsibilities then go ahead and take the plunge. You will be glad you did.

© 2015 Patricia Scott

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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi Flourish I responded to your comment but dont see it...just want you to know I appreciate you stopping by. Still adore sweet Libby girl..she has completely stolen my heart away

Once again Angels are on the way ps


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pstraubie48 4 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks, Flourish. She is a doll. I see her often and we have gotten to be great friends...sounds silly, huh? Some have begun to call me the Cat Whisperer....I do think it is the kitties who are doing the whispering however.

Thank you for visiting....many Angels are on the way today ps


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

Returning to enjoy sweet Libby. She's a real treasure.


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O i get it, Peggy..No doubt Peaches and Skippy make you smile, often. As do my Honeybee and Gretta outside pets and Milo, who is the owner of the home I live in...he kindly allows me to share it with him!!!

Thank you for stopping to visit.

Hoping you are yours have a lovely Thanksgiving.

Angels are on the way to you bringing many good wishes and blessings ps


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Peggy W 12 months ago from Houston, Texas

Oh how cute! Libby reminds me of our Momma Kitty that was a feral and also abused cat that we had for many years. She was also jet black. It would seem that Libby really lucked out by finding such a good home...and having you as her temporary caretaker when her "mommy" leaves on trips. This brought a smile to my face. Our cat Peaches and dog Skippy cause many smiles each and every day. Pets are a blessing but like you pointed out...also a responsibility.

Happy Thanksgiving Patricia!


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Scribenet...she is a love bunnie. I enjoy taking care of her each time I am given the opportunity. She is just so sweet and loves to be adored.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

You are so right, Scribenet...she is a love bunnie. I enjoy taking care of her each time I am given the opportunity. She is just so sweet and loves to be adored.

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps


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Scribenet 12 months ago from Ontario, Canada

So sad when pets get lost or worse abandoned. Yet so heartwarming when someone finds and nurtures them.

Sounds like Libby hit the jackpot she deserves after almost starving. Great Hub!


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pstraubie48 12 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping to see precious Libby. I have just spent eight days being her adoring keeper while her Momma is out and about.

She gets more precious every day.

What a joy our precious kitties are to our lives.

Hoping all is good with you, Alicia.

Angels are winging their way to you this early morning hour ps


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AliciaC 12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Libby is beautiful! She sounds like a truly lovely cat. She's lucky to have two ladies to look after her!


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes their lives matter too...for sure and often they are abused at this time of the year. Shame on anyone who does so.

I visited Miss Libby yesterday after being gone for 18 days...and she so sweetly came up and allowed me to adore her....a lovely feline for sure

Angels are on the way to you ...thank you Flourish for visiting ps


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

She sure did hit the jackpot when it came to families and caretakers. She's a beautiful cat. I just love black cats; they are underappreciated. (Their black lives matter too.)


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Sheila. This was a story that wrote itself. Libby is such an easy subject that words poured effusively from me as I sat down to compose.

She is another kitty who has stolen my heart.

So glad you stopped by and so glad you enjoyed the read.

Angels are once again on the way ps


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sgbrown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a wonderful story! I am so glad that our friend was able to rescue her. She is a beautiful kitty and I know she is very appreciative of her new found home and family. I truly enjoyed your story and the pictures!


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

thank you DDE for stopping by...she really is a gem of a kitty and I enjoy each visit I have with her. Hoping all is well with you and yours today

Angels are once again on the way ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you Faith.....I know you must have adored Kitty...my Honeybee is my outside kitty has been with me 15 years and I adore her too.

Libby is a delight....it is fun to be greeted by her and have her supervise me as I prepare her food

Angels are on the way to you once again this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Aviannovice...You are so right...I do not remember writing that we own kitties or other pets (so now I must go back and reread) because I am so aware that I am totally 'owned' by my precious creatures.

this sweet Libby girl has stolen herself into my heart...too..so I am blessed to have my precious loves to love and adore and now I have Libby ...

thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a lovely Sunday Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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DDE 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Lovely photos! You must really like Libby I can see why, she is amazing!


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Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

Hi Patricia,

Thank you for inviting us into Libby's world. She is beautiful and those eyes are stunning! Your photos are always great and add much to the hub.

Cats have such unique characters and do add much joy and intrigue to family life.

I enjoyed reading this delightful hub.

Our George is always entertaining us, and our Kitty did so for over 17 years.

Blessings always


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aviannovice 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

If I might make one correction...we never own animals, but they somehow manage to own us. After al, we cater to their every need. Glad to hear that your friend adopted a feral kitten. Life is so difficult for them, and they, in turn, make life hard for other species. I volunteered for a feral cat non-profit when I lived in PA, and never did I meet such dedicated folks. They are truly the salt of the earth.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you, Frank...I was so lucky to be there at the right time to get these photos. Libby is my second girl kitty!!! She is a doll

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

thank you for sharing Libby, I hope all is well in the end.. you gotta love those photos .. bless you and the cat


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi MizB.....O lucky you...I have had three black cats (not really my kitties..they were my daughter's but I loved them so).

Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment. Libby is indeed a joy to care for and I am so thrilled she has made friends...

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you bravewarrior...it is an honor to be entrusted with the care of someone else's precious kitty....what a love she is....

I appreciate so much you stopping by to visit...Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks Carb diva....I enjoyed sharing her with you and would love to meet Pumpkin...no doubt a love bunny.

Hoping all is good with you

Angels are headed your way. ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thanks for stopping by....Nell. I just cannot imagine not having my Milo and my Honeybee and now I am under Libby's spell.

I was one of those who was never going to have pets inside because of pet hair...eeeew...but I fell in love with kitties!!

Hoping all is well with you

Angels are once again on the way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O how lucky your granddaughter is and what a precious names...I call Libby lots of names besides her name and Peaches is one of them!!!

So nice of you to stop and visit, Rachel....Wishing you a lovely evening. Angels are headed your way once again this evening ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you vocalcoach...I am like second Mom to her...her Momma has been so kind as to allow me to take care of Libby in her absence. What a joy it is to spend time with such a loving kitty.

Thank you so much for stopping to visit.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Yes m'am...drbj We really are 'staff' to our kitties....we live to serve their every whim :D

It is really my pleasure to visit with this little kitty in her Momma's absence.

Thank you for visiting...hoping all is good with you...

Angels are once again winging their way to you ps


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Hi bill

Hoping all is well out in your little corner of the planet today....

I get what you are saying about not being a cat person at some point; there was a time when I was a no pet person...and then my daughter worked her magic and I fell in love with kitties and pups and many other critters as well

thank you so much for taking time from your day to read and comment...I do appreciate you

Angels are on the way to deliver blessings and hugs and all things positive. ps


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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

What an expressive face on that beautiful kitty, Patricia. Your photos are terrific, m'dear. And your story engrossing. Wrote a comment earlier but it's out in the ether somewhere.


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MizBejabbers 14 months ago

You are so privileged, indeed, to be accepted and loved by this beautiful spirit occupying the body of a feline. I agree with Jules Verne that cats are spirits come to earth. I tell my cats repeatedly that they are precious little souls and that I am so happy that they have come to live with me.

Thank you for posting so many photos of Libby. She is beautiful. I'm so glad that she and her mommy found each other, and I believe they were destined to be together. BTW black cats are my favorite, and I'm never without one. Great article and photos. I know your angels are blessing you, Libby, and Libby's mommy.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

Thank you CC....It is a lovely experience to have my own precious kitties and then to be able to love this special kitty that belongs to someone else.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida

Miss Libby's beautiful. She looks like a little panther. It's nice that she and her mama have someone they can trust to take care of her when mom's away.


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manatita44 14 months ago from london

One hungry cat, and a really sweet video. Remarkable how she was found and awesome the way that she responded and adjusted.

Dogs are my favourite due to loyalty and devotion, but cats have these, too. I know many and some funny cat stories. Love. -Manatita


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Carb Diva 14 months ago

Your Libby is absolutely adorable. How wonderful that you and she found each other. She looks very much like our little man Pumpkin (yes, he is black, not orange tabby as many assume when they hear his name-long story). Beautiful hub. The love shines through.


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Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

I loved this! I do miss having a cat, and a dog too. but I love the photos and your tale or should that be tail? of Libby! lol!


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Rachel L Alba 14 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Hi Pat, what a lovely story. My second daughter and her 7 year old daughter (my granddaughter) both loves cats. Being an only child, my granddaughter thinks of her cat, Peaches, as a sister almost. She loves her so. There is another cat they call doctor, it's black like Libbey, but it's personality is different then Peaches. So I know how you feel about this cat. They tend to fill up a room. Thanks for the pictures and story.

Blessings to you.


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vocalcoach 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

This is a beautiful 'love story' Patricia. Miss Libby is so very blessed to have found a mom like you. I felt your love for her throughout your heart-felt rescue of this precious kitty. The photographs with captions tugged at my heart. I giggled and cried at the same time. Bless you both.


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billybuc 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

I readily admit that I have never been a cat person....until Bev and I got together...now we have Josie, and she runs the household, demanding of us, insisting on everything...and I love that damned cat. She's got an attitude that is totally unacceptable and lovable all at the same time.

In other words, I loved this hub.

Blessings and hugs heading your way

bill


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida Author

O Jackie...I hope she returns....it is so heartbreaking when that happens (it happened to me too but thankfully she returned after 3 long, heartwrenching weeks),,,Miss Libby girl is a peach of a kitty.

Angels are on the way and hopefully will guide your sweet kitty home, Jackie.

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drbj 14 months ago from south Florida

Your photos are precious, Patricia - so indicative of the moods that kitties express without words. Well, you know what they say: dogs have owners and kitties have staff.

Libby and your own pets are very fortunate to have you around.


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CosetteClareese 14 months ago from Battle Creek MI

Aww that was the sweetest thing ever! Thank you for this sweet story.


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

This made me miss my cat that has been gone for weeks now. It is her third time missing but she made it back the first two times. She is so beautiful I think she is being stolen and if I get her back again she will not be allowed outside unless I am right with her!

Libby is beautiful too and I bet she is a wonderful new friend to have! My last kitty lived almost 20 years and it is very hard to be without a feline friend!

Great story, thanks for sharing it with us.

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