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Animals That Touch Our Life


So Sad To See Them Go

We cherish the time we spend with them

Never thinking about the time when they are gone

I came home and buried a neighbors cat today

It must have got out and on to the road

We have a cat of our own

So our first thought was panic

Did our own cat get out ?

A relief to know it wasn't our family pet

There have been times in the past

Our beloved Charlotte made her way

Past the two highly trained armed security guards

My wife and I

We are always on the lookout

For her latest tricks

Sneaking up quietly

Then leaping out as fast as she can

She sometimes tries to fool us

By going one way then all of a sudden racing toward the door

We have used spray bottles filled with water

We spray the can air fresheners

We watch as she goes running in the other direction

Each time keeping her indoors and out of harms way

She has always been an indoor cat

We don't think she would make it in the wild

We live on a busy road

During rush hour cars pass through on the way to the next town over

It's nobody's fault

A car traveling by wouldn't have time to stop

Cats are fast and move unexpectedly

Sometimes just not fast enough

I dug a whole as deep as I could go

When I hit a tree root I had to stop

I put a couple of Charlotte's toys in with the cat

Laid the cat on a towel

I said a little prayer

Buried in a small spot

Under a huge Pine

With our other cats

To know this little fella is blessed


DREAM ON (author) on September 07, 2020:

Gypsy Rose Lee As sad as it is to let any pet go I am so happy I got to experience the daily love from all animals. I have had cats all my life. In my family, they are mostly dog lovers. It is easy to fall in love with every pet I see. When reality sets in and you have to feed it and take good care of it every day I am glad I have only Charlotte to tend too. Thank you for sharing your personal pet story. I also believe our pets are with our loved ones looking down at us. I hope today is a better day than most.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on September 04, 2020:

So far I have had two wonderful cats in my life my first Cha Cha she was a darling and was with us 12 years. Then there was Sid and at that time my husband Martin almost did not want to adopt because he did not want to go through the pain of loss again. See how well that turned out he and Sid were best pals and I am so glad that they are now together leaving me with just one question Why do all the men in my life leave me? Well, I guess they are watching over me from up above.

DREAM ON (author) on August 30, 2020:

Devika Primic There are so many times our cat Charlotte brings so much joy into our lives. Even when she is causing trouble and being a brat we might tell her to stop repeatedly as we are laughing under our breath. Thank you for reading and sharing. Do you have any pets with funny stories to tell? Have a happy Sunday.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2020:

DREAM ON pets are special and when we let a pet into our lives, it naturally becomes part of us. You certainly showed your respect in the most felt way.

DREAM ON (author) on August 28, 2020:

Ankita B Every time I smile because of our cat Charlotte, I know it is just one more beautiful reason we have an animal as a pet. When I was young I thought it was awful to have a pet chained on a leash like a slave. They should be free like us. Then only when I got older I realized maybe dogs have to be on a leash to keep them safe and out of trouble. I am happy cats don't need leashes. They roam freely and for the most part, don't cause any major harm to other people just to themselves. I think people who own animals can be more compassionate to people and their pets are a daily reminder of the good in life. Of course, I have no studies to back up my words just my thoughts. What do you think? I wish all your pets (our extended family) and your friends and family a good day. Thank you for your kind comments.

DREAM ON (author) on August 28, 2020:

John Hansen I am very sorry to hear about your cat Basil. I am sure Basil knew how much you loved and cared for him. I think maybe if you wrote about Basil it might give you some closure. Over the years I loved all my cats in all different ways. Not having any children of our own. We tend to look at our pets in a different light. Maybe they are more the center of our day where other people have so many other influences. I am not saying anyone else loved their cats or pets any less. It just is an overall attitude that we have day to day. Talking to our pets like people and loving the love they give back. I honestly believe we are all meant to do good things in our life. Then as life unfolds we make choices and sometimes the wrong decisions slip in. We have to correct them and try again. Over time we will know what is right and what is a better choice than before. Not always wrong but a better option that will lead to a better result. Every thought leads to a new action. I see a world that life can be not always the way it is. An example of this is I try to capture a moment on camera. After I take a picture and I look at what I tried to capture and it wasn't good because of the reflection off the window. I erase it and try again. If I didn't look and see it I would think I had a good picture and until later I found out that it wasn't then I missed that golden opportunity. It could be a bird at the bird feeder or the way the sky looked. To other people it is just another picture of many to me it meant something and because I wasn't careful I didn't do it right. I hold myself and no one else responsible. It is like I tried to write the other day. Then as I hit the wrong key by mistake I thought I erased my whole poem. I have done that many times in the past. I have learned that even if I only write a few lines make sure to save it then if I continue writing all is not lost. I can remember a few lines but not a whole story I spent an hour writing. My mind often goes off into the deep woods. I try to leave markers so I can find my way out. If I forget I get in too deep and I may never make my way back. Thank you for reading so many of my poems and commenting and leaving some of the most beautiful comments. I hope that today will bring you one step closer to another great day. I know I am blessed to begin my morning with a burst of energy and good thoughts and wonderful new inspirations.

DREAM ON (author) on August 28, 2020:

Linda Crampton I often think very much into every situation. I try to look from another pet owner's eyes. What are they feeling? What would they want? Then I think what can I do. How can I turn this bad experience into something better? What was the reason this event has happened in my life? Was there another meaning that I don't know? I don't stop there. The thought still triggers my mind to think even more. It drives me to write and explain what I am feeling. Am I trying to connect on a deeper level? I know when all is said and done, my mind is at ease. The strange thing is that while this is all happening it is not like I had time to sleep on it. It is a sudden impulse and drives me to do it right away. I know in the past when I think about something for a long period of time little gets done. Thank you for reading and sharing. I do know before this incident happened my mind was in a different place. I am focused on other life events. Present or past they often vary. Every comment that people leave makes me feel better about my world and the world around me. For that, I thank you from my own inner child that loves to share and care about all the people we meet in our life. Many people and things we have very little control over but have to accept as the way life is. Wishing you and your family a lovely day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 27, 2020:

Pets are an important part of the family. Losing one is a horrible experience. Thank you for burying the cat that you found near your other cats and for the prayer, Dream On. Leaving some of Charlotte's toys with the cat was a lovely gesture as well.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on August 27, 2020:

Dream On, I can relate. I am glad it wasn't your cat but sorry for whoever it belonged to. I had to bury one of our cats, Basil, yesterday. I don't know what happened to him but found his body beneath a bush. I thought he was just asleep at first. He had a sore foot for a week or so but whether that was connected I don't know. He had been part of the family for 11 years, so it was sad to lose him.

Ankita B on August 27, 2020:

I can very well relate to this poem since I too have cats as pet. And losing them is tremendously heartbreaking. Deep lines Dream On.

DREAM ON (author) on August 27, 2020:

Lorna Lamon It was the last thing I expected to be doing on my day off. My wife even put a message on our local town page we wanted to let anyone know if their cat was missing. Three people responded in our neighborhood and luckily it was not their cat. We are not sure who's cat it was. So I thought if it was our cat I would want it properly buried. There is something about a bond between animals and people I can't explain. Our own Charlotte is so loyal and loving all the time. She also has her moods. When she just wants to be left alone. Then when she is ready she is back to giving us kisses and sweet lady rubs that you know she always loves us and we will not be forgotten. I feel bad for anyone losing a pet. I think grieving and putting closure on our other pets over the years helped us deal with our loss. Many people may think they are just animals. I think they are family and deserve to be treated with respect and love. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. I love to hear about the love between other people and their pets. In the corner of our yard, we have also buried our cats, Baby and Darrel. In the back yard of our old apartment their lies our cat Whitey. With the years of fun and excitement, there is lots of love. They are all surely missed. Have a beautiful day and may animals continue to show and teach people what love is all about.

Lorna Lamon on August 27, 2020:

Our pets become part of our family and losing one is heartbreaking. It was kind of you to bury your neighbours cat Dream On, and it reminded me of burying our own cats over the years - close together and blessed. They touch our lives in so many ways - I still miss them. Thank you for sharing this touching poem.

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