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My Pearl works a little miracle for Christmas...

post #1 of 15
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A couple of family situations have led to prolonged mingling of my two cats with my mom's three (well, one of Mom's is a former feral and doesn't mingle -- she has her own room). There was some consternation when my cats and I first moved temporarily into my folks' house a few weeks ago, particularly on the part of Dylan, the feline head of their household, but things calmed down very quickly, especially after we got a Comfort Zone diffuser.

Now Dylan is more relaxed, and my Clydie doesn't seem to feel a need to prove his mettle against Dylan anymore... and Mom's Sassy and my Pearl are friendly, too. It's lovely to see them all getting to know each other!

But here's the thing: my father is 84 years old, and he's been seriously ill and seriously grumpy for several years now. He never wanted cats in the house to begin with, and although he sometimes finds them amusing, he complains bitterly about "these damn cats, the bane of my existence."

That is, until the past week or so. To our astonishment, my grumbly ol' papa has fallen just silly in love with my little Pearl! He can't take his eyes off her... he barks at any other cat who even thinks about raising a paw to her... and ever since Mom and I explained to him about the blinking thing, he's been giving Pearl these slow-blinking, come-hither looks every time he sees her! It's hilarious -- and beautiful.

My father stays in his recliner virtually all the time, and his overtures have gradually lured Pearl as far as the endtable beside him. She sits up there and watches raptly as he reads to her about the siege at Appomattox or the building of the Panama Canal!

Although my father has always flinched from cat hair as if it were radioactive, he actually PETTED Pearl yesterday! And when she turned her fluffy little cheek into his hand and made her sweet little chirpy purring sound, my father just absolutely melted. What a wonderful moment!

My father has been hospitalized twice in the past three weeks and is undoubtedly having some fairly severe post-op pain at the moment -- but he is so cheerful and positive, like his old sunny self from twenty years ago! He laughs easily again, sings and hums, participates in conversations he used to ignore... it's amazing! That furry little grey girl has done more for him than all the antidepressants and painkillers and rehab programs put together.

So I just wanted to share that with you... the simple grace of an innocent little creature's love, and the miracles it can work for us mere mortals. May you find all the miracles you need, too, and may your lives be filled with joy and fur in the new year...
post #2 of 15
That is so neat. Cats are such unique individuals and it is amazing how a certain one will go into someone's heart and transform them.

Thanks for sharing.
post #3 of 15
Sounds like your Pearl is appropriately named, because she is a gem!
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Beckiboo
Sounds like your Pearl is appropriately named, because she is a gem!
what a lovely story!
post #5 of 15
I'm so happy to hear it! Cats can make even the toughest "non" pet
people melt! LOL. They didn't get to being "gods" in Egypt without
a really good understanding of people!!

Hope Pearl and Grand Dad keep up eachothers spirits...

A match made in heaven!
post #6 of 15
What a wonderful story!
post #7 of 15
Thanks for sharing that story!
post #8 of 15
What a wonderful story! See how cats can enrich lives???? To people who don't understand that....
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
Papa is back in the hospital -- congestive heart failure and intermittent ventricular tachycardia that came on abruptly last night. It was terrifying, with seven paramedics trying to persuade him to let them take him to the hospital, and my father shouting at them between gasps for breath... but he's stable and doing great now, and they will be removing his regular pacemaker and giving him one of the new defibrillating models in a day or two.

But so many trips to the hospital in just a month have made him start brooding about death, and his spirits need lifting... so tonight, under cover of darkness, I will smuggle my little Pearl into his room for awhile. :-)

Thank you so much for your kind words... and yes, I agree, I did name her well! She is a "pearl beyond price."
post #10 of 15
What a wonderful story. Did you smuggle her in to see your dad last night?
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by CarolPetunia
A couple of family situations have led to prolonged mingling of my two cats with my mom's three (well, one of Mom's is a former feral and doesn't mingle -- she has her own room). There was some consternation when my cats and I first moved temporarily into my folks' house a few weeks ago, particularly on the part of Dylan, the feline head of their household, but things calmed down very quickly, especially after we got a Comfort Zone diffuser.

Now Dylan is more relaxed, and my Clydie doesn't seem to feel a need to prove his mettle against Dylan anymore... and Mom's Sassy and my Pearl are friendly, too. It's lovely to see them all getting to know each other!

But here's the thing: my father is 84 years old, and he's been seriously ill and seriously grumpy for several years now. He never wanted cats in the house to begin with, and although he sometimes finds them amusing, he complains bitterly about "these damn cats, the bane of my existence."

That is, until the past week or so. To our astonishment, my grumbly ol' papa has fallen just silly in love with my little Pearl! He can't take his eyes off her... he barks at any other cat who even thinks about raising a paw to her... and ever since Mom and I explained to him about the blinking thing, he's been giving Pearl these slow-blinking, come-hither looks every time he sees her! It's hilarious -- and beautiful.

My father stays in his recliner virtually all the time, and his overtures have gradually lured Pearl as far as the endtable beside him. She sits up there and watches raptly as he reads to her about the siege at Appomattox or the building of the Panama Canal!

Although my father has always flinched from cat hair as if it were radioactive, he actually PETTED Pearl yesterday! And when she turned her fluffy little cheek into his hand and made her sweet little chirpy purring sound, my father just absolutely melted. What a wonderful moment!

My father has been hospitalized twice in the past three weeks and is undoubtedly having some fairly severe post-op pain at the moment -- but he is so cheerful and positive, like his old sunny self from twenty years ago! He laughs easily again, sings and hums, participates in conversations he used to ignore... it's amazing! That furry little grey girl has done more for him than all the antidepressants and painkillers and rehab programs put together.

So I just wanted to share that with you... the simple grace of an innocent little creature's love, and the miracles it can work for us mere mortals. May you find all the miracles you need, too, and may your lives be filled with joy and fur in the new year...
Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story! What a GREAT way to end the year! Take the best care ever of your little Miracle Worker!
post #12 of 15
That is so beautiful! Cats are just amazing! I hope your father is back to better health very soon!
post #13 of 15
I really enjoyed this love story!
Not only have their 2 hearts been warmed by the new relationship...but now so have all of ours!
Best to you all!
Bless you sweet little Pearl!
Linda
post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
You folks are so nice -- it makes me feel great to know that you appreciate the meaning of this "love story," as someone so aptly called it. Thank you so much for writing!

No, we were not able to smuggle Pearl into the hospital after all -- we got a call from one of my father's doctors to meet her up there for a little conference, so we didn't think we ought to risk it. But we brought my father home again on Saturday, and Pearl immediately came and stood up with her paws on the arm of his chair, looked him in the eye, and gave him a long, loving blink. Then later, she curled up on his endtable to sleep under his reading lamp, and he just sat and watched her with this silly smile on his face. It's love, all right!

Thank you for your good wishes for my father -- I think we finally have him on the right track now, with some better doctors on the case. I've been trying for years to pry him loose from his incompetent primary care physician, and I've finally managed it now. His new cardiologist told us that among the many mistakes was prescribing Avandia for my father's diabetes for the past several years despite the known fact that Avandia CAUSES congestive heart failure! That's outright malpractice, and even my father recognizes that now. So I'm working on getting him a good primary who can quarterback all the kinds of care he needs from all these specialists.

Let me just say, in case it might help someone... if you have an older person whose judgment is no longer what it should be, or whose hair-trigger temper makes it difficult to arrange for the right healthcare and so forth... don't be intimidated into letting things slide. I was so scared of my father's anger the other night that I almost didn't call 911 -- and we now know that if I hadn't, he might very well have died that night. Do what you feel is right, no matter what!

Finally... I'm going to try to post a picture of little Pearl and her companion, my darlin' Clyde. It's not the best picture, but it's what I have at the moment. If it works, it'll be Clydie on the left and Pearl on the right, all entwined in blissful semi-nap position...
post #15 of 15
My goodness.. she's a little beauty. Its funny how they can completely make someone adore them isn't it? thats a truly heartwarming story, and i hope that your father recovers well, and that little Pearl doesn't stop in her endeavours to make him love her!
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