Breaks my heart/He's a good man.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

No one has just come out and accused me of it, and for that I'm greatful . . . but I'm afraid I've been living the life of a cat woman without documention on this blog.

Our little tikes right now consist of 3 kitters and one puppers. Those within my inner circle know my love affair of tabbies, specifically with white markings! Additionally, they'd claim that I'd take on a 4th or 5th cat if I could, but trust me, I know my limits, or at least the house's! There's nothing I enjoy more than snuggling up with one of my purring cats. Seriously, it's one of my most favorite enjoyments on a Sunday afternoon.

Which leads me up to the car ride that Tony and I took quickly this evening to my Mom's, just 5 minutes away. About 4 blocks from our house, I saw something that just broke my heart. A beautiful tabby, with white belly and legs, stretched out in what appeared to be mid stride, dead, in the opposite lane.

Tony immediately looked at me and stuck out his bottom lip, mirroring the same reaction I had. I could just tell from the positioning of it's body in the road that it was going to be struck again, if not repeatedily. I told Tony my thoughts and he asked what I thought should be done, he knew what I wanted, but needed me to ask him. So I did, I asked for the small decency that my husband move the poor cat to the side of the road. Now I'm a sucker for cats in general, be they strays or otherwise, but I could just tell from how beautiful this cat was, that it was no stray. I've never been a fan of indoor/outdoor pets and this situation just confirms my feelings, but I did not want this cats owners to find it smooshed into the concrete, beyond recognition.

We continued to my Mom's, arriving and quickly departing. I told my Mom what Tony agreed to do and she equipped him with latex gloves. As we approached the bend in the road before the cat, Tony slowed down to put the gloves on and at least provided some comedic relief, as I told him he looked like some kind of sicko to the plain observer!

The cat had not been struck again, thankfully, and Tony actually reached out to touch it in a familiar way, as he had some hope it was still alive. Such was not the case unfortunately, and I held back tears as my wonderful husband gingerly picked up the tabby's body, and placed it on the side of the road. There was a collar, but no tag. If there had been, we were prepared to place the call. In all honesty, I really had hoped for a tag. To take away their wonderment and fear.

It seems so small of an act of kindness, but tonight was one of those nights that I am extraordinarly proud to call Tony my husband.

15 comments:

Wanderluster said...

That story is touchingly lovely and sad, all at the same time. Such a kind husband you have.

Madeline said...

Kudos to your husband!! That was such an amazingly sweet thing for him to have done.

While I feel that my animal love has rubbed off on my other half...I can't quite see him helping out a dead one yet. Although he has been known to put a stray dog in the car and make posters without me!! (Huge step for Mr. I don't want a dog)

Heidi said...

Good for both of you! Such a simple act and yet it is one that people overlook all the time. I'm sure the cat's owner would be very thankful that your husband moved their pet.

AmberDenae said...

Awww, that was sweet of him. I love cats as well and I can't imagine finding my baby smooshed into the concrete :( In fact, he stays inside and everytime he goes outside I flip out because he still seems like a baby to me and I would just be so upset if he were to get hit by a car- I can't stand the thought!

AJ said...

Awww Tony. That was so nice of him :)

Abby said...

Oh that is so sad! Tony is a dear for doing that!!!

Freckles Chick said...

Poor kitty, such a heartbreaking story =( I am so glad to know that there are kind people like you and Tony out there in this world, L!

Andrea said...

Your husband is such a sweetheart.

My heart can't handle pets being hurt..or worse. I'm glad Tony was there to fix the problem as best at he could.

Jenn said...

What a sweet husband. That would have broken my heart! I cannot handle seeing animals on the side of the road...what kind of person kills a pet and then just leaves them???

Jennifer said...

that is so sweet of ya'll -- I hope someone will be so kind if our cat ever meets such an unfortunate end. he was miserable when we made him stay inside, but it does make me nervous!

kari said...

That was amazingly sweet of the both of you.

G+D said...

OMG, that is so sad. That poor kitty. I'm so proud of Tony--what a wonderful man.

Julia said...

Eck. Those types of sightings make me feel ill, but yay for your sweet hubby. :)

Joi said...

Such a sad story but how nice to have people like you and Tony.

kritta said...

OMG. This story almost made me cry! You and I are cat-loving twins, I swear.

You two are good people.

 

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