My dear friend Marge agreed to care for two cats when her new neighbors needed to travel back and forth and finish their moving to Oregon from out of state.
The cats stay in a newly remodeled part of the garage while workman continued to upgrade the larger house.
Marge goes over to feed and check on them everyday. One cat, named Ferdy is shy and hides for the most part from workers and such. One day after returning home, Marge discovered when looking out her patio doors Ferdy is sitting looking at her. So, Marge invited her in, although to be careful not to feed her and confuse Ferdy where she is always to be fed.
Marge did however; offer a nice soft towel for her to curl up on the couch. However, to her surprise Ferdy decided to jump up and instead lay beside her in the recliner. Although, the spot on the couch has now become “Ferdy’s” daily refuge to curl up and go to sleep.
Is the cat just lonely or is there something else going on between these two souls? Yes, I know some tout that animals do not have souls however that particular theory doesn’t cut it with me.
The other day, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, showed up that this cat and Marge have truly bonded.
Marge decided since it was a sunny day to go for a walk in “our forest”. I called it that because it is the forest that Zen and I used to walk three-four times a day.
When Marge started up the road toward the forest entrance, Ferdy started to follow her, so Marge checked to make certain she wasn’t going to follow. Ferdy stopped turned around, left Marge and returned to her spot under a bush.
Marge trekked about ½ a half mile or so into the forest terrain. At one point, something prompted her to turn and look behind her.
And there is Ferdy following her! As she approached, meowing, Marge reached down to pet and greet her.
It is remarkable that this cat even would trek into the forest, as I hear tale that cats (unless feral) do not normally go into the forest because of predators.
Marge was touched beyond words and decided to head back. She thought to pick Ferdy up and carry her back home but decided to see if she would once again follow her since she didn’t seem in distress. You see, Ferdy is 17 years old! Amazing!
And, then today, after feeding the cats Marge noticed that Ferdy was sitting near the door as if she wanted to go home with Marge. The fact that the weather had turned into a torrential downpour and yet, Ferdy was ready to depart was impressive. And she did just that in a brilliant 50-yard dash into pouring rain over to Marge’s patio door and waited.
Following Ferdy’s lead, Marge also dashed into the downpour and they both found refuge inside. Marge dried Ferdy off and decided it was time for a hot cup of coffee and to read a book. A short time later, Ferdy joined Marge immediately in the recliner.
Ah, ain’t it sweet the love and bond between animals and humans. It doesn’t get any better.
So, hug or pet your cat or dog and know without doubt that unconditional love is within your reach anytime you wish… even in the middle of the forest.