Lessons From A Dumpster Kitty
Survival, Healing & BEING
From the moment I first met him, Rudy always has a lot to say. Little did I know just how much and how he would forever change our lives.
|1st day I fed Rudy Aug 2012|
A skinny black and white kitty with a black scarecrow like nose appeared from behind a tall fence made of woven wooden boards right next to the dumpster of my father's assisted living facility.
|Rudy happily eating|
His voice pierced through and above everything in the noisy parking lot, including large fire trucks a few yards away. He was starving and all about food but so friendly. He was not afraid to walk right up to the 4 of us that were thrilled to see him. He was not afraid of a wheelchair or walker. He greeted everyone in the most special and sweet way.
Oh he had so much to say and continues to talk quite clearly and loudly! I remember thinking to myself, "I could not live with that noise!!" It was not love at first sight for me, but now he not only has my (and our) heart, he is part of my very soul.
|45 minutes after Rudy arrived....he was HOME!|
3 days after the first meeting, Rudy came to live with us. His healing work began the moment he came through the door of our home. So many people told us that Rudy was a lucky boy to have been rescued from starvation and living on the streets, but Rudy saved us! It had been 6 months since our beloved kitty Katy had died and we did not want to bring an animal companion into our stress filled home. The stress came from the challenges of human elder care and our grief from missing Katy "sunshine" as well as other situations that are just the stuff of life, but Rudy rolls with the punches and was a purr-fect match.
|Rudy on my lap helping and inspiring|
Rudy is our first lap cat. (Our others would sit next to us but never on us.)
|Rudy's first night home|
He slept in bed with us the first night he came home and his purrs were instantly healing and up lifting. It must have felt like the best dream to him after who knows how long of sleeping in the wild of the suburbs. He even survived the horrible derecho storm that summer.
|Rudy loves "his" porch|
Every morning Rudy wakes me up to go outside on the porch to greet the day and meditate. Of course getting up that early is always about food. We feel he will never loose the fear of starvation, but that life is in his past.
He often purrs and chatters at the birds and other critters that come and go from our yard. When the weather is cold he brings me to his favorite chair right next to the windows that gives him a perfect view of his outdoor kingdom.
Rudy was diagnosed with a rare cancer on January 16th of this year. We were told there is no cure and at best we had weeks to months. What? How can this be? But Rudy seems to have other ideas.
Every day he reminds me to BE in the moment.
Another lesson from him is: Problem? Not a problem!
Shortly after he was home from the ER after his diagnosis of cancer, Rudy told an animal communicator friend and colleague of mine that, "It is NOT a PROBLEM". Cancer is NOT a PROBLEM! He also said that we were to remember his point of view, that he is living and being in the moment.
How does one "BE" in the moment when we are afraid of what might be or what could happen? The answer to that question is simple and yet has many layers. The animals all know the answer. But please read on for more from Rudy.
Rudy has been teaching me lessons every day and moment that he has been with us. This is one example...
Do try to always remember that words can have "power" if we allow them to. The word CANCER. Cancer that has no cure. Weeks to months! How is this possible? But Rudy lives lessons of living and being in the present moment. He has and is teaching us to Trust. Trust our feelings and our gut. Gather information. Gather the medical team. Listen to Rudy. Often he reminds us to look at him. What do we see? We see a healthy, happy kitty. No one would know he had cancer if we did not tell them. He is clear that we must always ask him if we begin to doubt.
It has been almost 4 months since we were given the diagnosis of weeks to months for him to live and yet here we are! Rudy is our miracle.
|Rudy purrs into the microphone with his wisdom, healing and so much more|
Rudy has made it clear that he wants his "voice" to be heard. I told him I would try to do my best to honor his request an find a venue that would best serve him to make that possible.
I am happy to announce that Rudy has agreed to be the new "spokesman" for Animal Paradise - Communication & Healing. He has a new Face Book page called, "Healing Purrs From Rudy". (link below)
There are limitless possibilities, Rudy says. I have a feeling he will be inspiring and encouraging me to share his teachings, thoughts and wisdom here in the Animal Paradise Blog.
As you go about your daily life remember to take a moment, or more, and BE. Breathe it all in for a moment and FEEL. As you do this FEEL the healing purrs that come from Rudy to you.