A Calico cat with what seemed to be a permanent “scowl” on her beautiful face arrived one sunny summer day.  Attempts to get near her proved futile and she would scowl and run away.

She found a way into the house via the cat door and I startled her once in the kitchen. She ran like a rocket.

A few days later, I noticed her eating at the food bowl we keep on the back porch and went outside to once again see if I could entice her to come to me. Something made me call her “Callie”. I said softly, “Callie, I won’t hurt you.” She stopped, turned around and started meowing at me. I was so thrilled!

That night, I felt this sweet and gentle soul jump on the bed. I turned to her but she ran away.  A few minutes later she tried again and this time allowed me to pet her. I made no sudden moves and drifted off to sleep with her lying beside me.

When I awoke the next morning she was gone. When bedtime came that night I again felt her jump on the bed. This time she jumped on top of me and allowed me to pet and cuddle her. Victory!

In the following months, we had our little routine where she would jump on me at bedtime and we would snuggle. I told her one time that I wished she could tell me what had happened to bring her to me then I said it really didn’t matter because now I get to love her. I swear she smiled.

Sandy Edmunson

13th November 2012 

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