Jesus sent Miss Buttons into my life when I, really and unbeknowing to me, needed her the most. June/July, 2001 as I was walking in the yard and just passing under the clothesline, all of a sudden I heard this tiny kitten's meow. Looking down ... there she was. This baby black and white kitten running to keep up with me. She was so tiny that she couldn't even climb the back steps to my Patio. So, I reached down and helped her up.|
"Okay little one here is where you'll stay. I'll feed you and take care of you until I find who your owner is." Next thing I knew somehow she had managed to climb down those back steps (or had fallen down them) and was at the side door sitting on the cushion of a wicker chair and seemingly demanding my attention.
I found out that she was actually given to a neighbor from a co-worker. After many visits (she not going home with him but rather staying at my home)George said that I could have her. That with his working all hours and sometimes not even at home for several days, that it was best that she be with someone who could take care of her and provide her a good home.
I let her stay in that cushioned white wicker chair and told her that she would NOT be coming into the house. Then, I noticed that she began to not feel good so off to the Vet we went. $97.53 later that day, this baby kitty truly came to live with me in ALL since of the word.
Ok, you can come in but you are NOT going to sleep with me . . . the next morning guess who was beside me in the bed. I smiled and it was a life-long loyal companionship from then on. But, what am I going to name you. I didn't even have a name to give the Vet. So, as I pondered I knew that 'Boots' wouldn't do 'cause I had an Aunt Boots and she hated cats in all sense of the word. No matter what I came up with didn't any seemed just right.
**I was called on to do a Book Signing down in Florida and prepared for neighbor's to check in on her, feed her, and make sure she was okay and to call me if needed. Well, when I returned I couldn't believe my eyes. Yes, Miss Buttons was there to greet me BUT, so was a long line of Toilet Paper with not one sheet missed placed. There were these tiny kitty teeth prints in the the last sheet at the door and at least 45 feet of trail.
Then, there was the time I had errands to run in town and I'd gone into the clothes closet to check on some things and unbeknown to me, Buttons had slipped in when I wasn't looking. I picked up the car keys and drove to town. Guess I was gone at least 3 to 4 hours maybe 5. Took my time, doing what had to be done and even doing some pleasure shopping. Got home, preparing supper, ate, sat down to watch the News and began to hear this thumping noise.
Then, there was the time I was sick. This little precious girl actually came, laid beside me, curled down behind my legs in the crook of my knees and cuddled up as close as she could. Morning came and she'd mosey up out from under the covers and prance up onto my pillow and rub her tiny head against mine ... all in my hair with her paws ... and began licking my forehead ... doing everything she could to help me feel better. If that isn't love . . .
In May of the following year is when Skipper happened to become a part of the Family. I really thought that Buttons needed a friend so I coaxed this other tiny kitten into the house. Surprising to me Buttons DIDN'T WANT ANY PART OF HER!!! No siree!!! It took may years for Buttons to accept that Skipper was a part of our family. And, sad part is ... Skipper felt that distance too! I could see her expression change when Buttons came in the room. Totally different. But, as the years rolled by, Buttons began to mellow and Skipper was accepted.
Early fall of 2015, then 14 years, Buttons contracted an eye infection to the point that her right eye was surgically removed. About six to eight months later I began to notice an opening of the sown area and sure enough, a tiny tumor began to form. The first biopsy showed it was benign so no treatment was provided. (What I didn't understand was why the Vet didn't offer to operate to remove it.) It continued to grow and the Vets said that there was nothing they could do and since it was benign that perhaps they could remove it (expensively) but more than likely it'd return.
"Oh Lord" I cried, please, I can't stand to loose both my sweet baby girls.... please... knowing what the Vet said about Buttons and now Skipper had gone Home without my even knowing that she was that sick...possibly Liver Cancer. I knew she had refused to eat the last day or so but I just thought she didn't like the particular brand of food as sometimes she would refuse. And, I did notice her stomach seemingly to increase in size and after knowing that normally she did eat a lot, here again, I just thought it was normal for her size 'cause she did weight around eighteen to twenty pounds.
At the burial site I leaned on my neighbor's chest, with tears and a trembling voice I prayed, "Dear Lord, please, spare Buttons...I don't think I can stand to loss both of them." Buttons survived until just shy of one day being a month since Skipper went to be with Jesus.
Internet search I stumbled across this beautiful website. Had never heard of Rainbow Bridge but am so grateful that this exists. It has been so intimately helpful to me especially since the Home-going of both my sweet, unconditional loving kitties. A lifetime spent with joy unspeakable and truly filled with their precious God-given love. I'm the blessed one here...with thanksgiving in my heart and soul for God allowing me His creation to care for, to provide a home, to love...I could talk to them, especially Miss Buttons, and it was as though she knew exactly what I was saying and you know, I really think she did!
One day, I pray, Jesus will say, "Your work on earth is done my faithful servant/friend. Your name is in the Book of Life. Please enter into your eternal Home." And, I'm praying there waiting for me will be my parents and my precious pets and all family and friends who have gone on before. Yes! A reunion I can Only Imagine...with no more sadness, no more sickness, no more pain, no more negatives...only breathtaking happiness for ever and ever and ever! Amen! To God be the glory, great things has He is doing and has done !!! Thank you, Lord Jesus!
Please also visit Skipper.