Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Tuesday Tale: Vesper

Well, kitties, there was a bit of drama in our family while I was away, and I have saved the story for today.

This is my new family member, Vesper.

You may remember Holly and Ivy's Gotcha Story. Vesper's is very similar. Mommy and Grandmama and Grandpapa and Uncle Sean went to visit family the Saturday before Christmas . . . the same family that mommy adopted Holly and Ivy from. As soon as they got out of the car, they saw a little black kitty with big gold eyes standing in front of the door. The lady of the house had been feeding it for about two months, but for some reason the man of the house would not let the lady let the black kitty inside, so the kitty had been living outside, even in the cold, bad weather.

Well, you can bet that Grandmama picked that kitty up and toted it inside! Grandmama and Mommy and Uncle Sean all took turns holding her, and she snuggled up and purred and purred and purred. Then she got down and found the kitty food and ate and ate and ate. Then she got snuggled some more.

When it was time to go, everyone felt bad for the black kitty, and Grandmama could tell that Uncle Sean really wanted to take the black kitty home. Grandmama told Uncle Sean he could have her, and he picked her up and put her in the car and home they all went. Uncle Sean named her "Vesper," because he said it meant "twilight."

Vesper LOVED Uncle Sean right away . . . especially his electric blanket! She slept with him all night and spent most of her time in his room. She felt safest when she was with him. My grandparents and uncle already have two kitties, Sebastian and Leon, and a husky named Mickey. (Plus a malamute named Alyeska, but she doesn't come upstairs in the main house anymore.) Mickey adores kitties and was excited about Vesper, but Vesper wasn't used to dogs, especially big ones, and would hiss at him and run away.

Since Vesper had never really been an indoor kitty, she couldn't seem to understand the use of a litterbox. Leon and Sebastian are both indoor/outdoor kitties (unlike me and my sisters), so Grandmama thought it best to go ahead and introduce her slowly to the outdoors. She let her out to explore (and potty) in their fenced-in backyard. Vesper would creep outside and potty, then run back in right away. That is, until the day after Christmas. Grandmama let her out like she had been doing, and then Vesper disappeared.

Grandmama and Uncle Sean hoped Vesper would come back when she got hungry, but she never did. Finally, they hoped for the best. A lot of kids had been playing outside with their new toys, and they knew Vesper liked people. Maybe a child had found her and brought her home and another family had adopted her, making her an indoor kitty so she couldn't find her way back home.

Over a week passed and everyone lost hope that Vesper would return.

Never doubt miracles, kitties!

This past Sunday night, my Grandmama was in the basement when two young boys came up to her and asked "Is this your kitty?"

It was Vesper!

They explained that they had been outside playing and had heard a kitty crying in the empty house next to my grandparents. They found a way inside through a window, and found Vesper in the chimney. They rescued her and set out to find her family, and succeeded!

It is a mystery on where Vesper has been for over 11 days. She is very skinny and very, very hungry, but Grandmama is sure she would have been in much worse shape had she been trapped without food or water for almost two weeks. Regardless of where she was, our family is very happy to have her back.

Vesper is so hungry that she is eating anything. Last night she had spaghetti. You can tell that she enjoyed it . . . she even had some on her little chin!

24 meows:

DEBRA said...

My dear Miss Vesper you have used one of you nine beautiful you are and how nice to meet you. What an adventure you had. No more chimney for you my dear sweet lady.


PB & J said...

Oh what a tale! We're so pleased that she is back with your family! We agree with Abby, no more chimneys (or perhaps out door trips?! Has you Grandma tried putting a bit of actual dirt into the litter box? It could help her make the connection.)

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Dragonheart & Merlin said...

What a wonderful holiday miracle! We are so glad that Vesper was rescued, and that she was found again after going missing. We hope that Vesper can figure out how to use the litterbox.

Samantha & Tigger said...

Oh what a cutie Vesper is! We are so glad she found her way back home! What a wonderful miracle. The spaghetti is so cute on her chin!
Your FL furiends,

Hi Tybalt!!!

Monkee said...

Vesper is adorable. I just hope your grandma can keep her inside so she won't go out again. Don't want any more scares like that!

HRH Yao-Lin said...

ooh vesper is beautiful!!!

That is great that she has now found her forever home!

lovely lovely story x

Daisy said...

That is a true holiday miracle! I am so glad Vesper was found.

Sunny's Mommy said...

Vesper is a very lucky kittie!

Cat Blogosphere said...

Hi Vesper! I am so glad you are OK now! You are a very pretty girl!

Artsy Catsy said...

What a wonderful story! Vesper is a beautiful girl, and we're so happy you found each other.

& everybody at Artsy Catsy

Camie's Kitties said...

What a great gotcha story. We hope that Vesper stays around this time, and doesn't go running off. We like PB&J's suggestion.

Tiki, Tavi, Cody and Camie

THE ZOO said...

Thats grate Vespers gotted a home.

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Chairman Mao said...

Oh wowie, what a wunnerful story of a Chrissymouse mirackle! Vesper is such a beeyootiful kittygurl -- she reminds me of my sistur, Dorydoo. I am so glad she was founded and resckued and tooked back to her loving fambly.

Kittyhugs and purrs from MaoMao!

The Meezers said...

oh my goodness!! how horrible for Vesper.

Mommy says that if you gets a new kitty that doesn't know how to use a litterbox, and you haf other kitties, take some of their poop and put it in the litterbox for the new kitty, and she will know what to do. our v-e-t tolded her this and it werked really well for me and Miles.

Vesper is sure beautiful!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Maybe she will learn the litter box now so she doesn't hafta go outside!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I am so glad that Vesper's story has a happy ending!

Sassy Cat said...

This is the second story I have heard about with a happy endin. Oh, good things do happen. What a lucky kitty to find your grandma. They should not let her outside, make her stay inside. What a pretty kitty Vesper is so lucky to find all of you.
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DK & The Fluffies said...

Oh, Vesper you are cutie!

Vincent and Mike said...

Hi Vesper! You're a very pretty kitty. Try to figure out how to use the litter box, ok? It's better inside where it's safe and warm and there's plenty of food.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Vesper is so lovely! I am so glad she's back home and safe. I love happy endings! *smile*

Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

michico*Adan said...

it's been a pleasure to meet you~!
Your story also very impress me~!!!!!
I am so glad that you have been found~!

Tara said...

What a wonderful holiday story! Vesper has used at least a few of her nine lives!


Queen Snickers or Empress said...

Yea Vesper! So glad she was found! ~Queen Snickers

Kaz's Cats said...

That was a great story with such a happy ending. Mom got a bit worried at the part where Vesper went missing, but we told her to just keep on reading. Inside litter boxes aren't so bad - Vesper just needs a bit of time to get used to the idea,

Purrs from Gypsy & Tasha