A little background on Roo for those who are just meeting him here on RedBubble…
Roo is the newest member of my cat family though he has been with us now for a while.
I rescued Roo from Sacramento in October of 2008, he had been living at his house his whole life but his owner died 2 years prior to when I rescued him. She was an elderly lady and one night she went outside to feed Roo and she fell down and later died from her injuries. The daughter of the lady then moves in and blames Roo for her mother’s death and decides to pretend that he just doesn’t exist.
When I met Roo, my heart just broke in two, he weighed only six pounds, his mouth was so inflamed from bad teeth, his tongue stuck out and he drooled constantly. I took Roo to the vet for exam, their diagnosis was not good, he had been so malnourished that there was not much left of him. He had pharyngitis (strep throat), ulcers inside his entire mouth and he had an enlarged kidney, they recommended euthanasia.
Ok, well, I don’t agree with making any animal suffer but I had just spent the weekend with Roo prior to his vet visit, I looked into his eyes and it was so easy to see that all Roo wanted was to be loved.
I told the vet ‘no way’ and I took Roo home. I wanted Roo to experience what it felt like to be loved and cared for, if even for a little while.
I put Roo on a round of antibiotics hoped for the best.
I took Roo in to see a different Vet.
Roo now weighs 13 pounds 14 ounces and he is thriving. He still has issues with his mouth but not like before, no drool and as you can see here, the tongue is back in his mouth. The kidney is no longer enlarged and the blood work looks good but he may in the future have kidney problems due to the severity of neglect, he went without food for too long, all he had been fed was hard food which he could not eat well due to having only 4 teeth. The vet says that Roo looks great now, he has vet visits every 3 months to be on the safe side. As you can see here, his top teeth really stick out so he looks like he has fangs, these teeth are actually very loose and are pushing their way out. We discussed pulling them but with the kidney’s still in recovery, putting him under could be a risk. This is the is the reason for the vet visits every three months, to keep him free of infection, So far so good.
You know… Roo walked in to my life when my life was already full and some how found a place that just belongs to him. He is my shadow, following me from room to room and when I sleep he is under my chin, always.
When I think back to the time when Roo was out in the cold, starving, sick and all alone, as people did nothing but sit back and watch as he was slowly dying, I am angered and saddened all at the same time, I am thankful that I am not a person with the ability to just turn away.
I am also thankful that I said ‘no way’ to putting Roo to sleep that day, it only reinforces my thoughts that if you listen to your heart, it will show you the way.
.PS- The last pics of Roo that were taken before this were taken with my Sony and over in my DA Gallery. Roo has been scared of my new camera for months now and refused to allow me to get any where near him with it…until the other day. Roo decided he now wants to follow in his best friend Mikey’s paw prints. I’ll be posting more of Roo soon.
Roo was put to rest on November 28, 2011.
His presence in our lives is missed every single day.
Roo’s spirit taught me so much about appreciating life…right now.
His sweet soul and kind heart will live on….
for as long as I live, he shall not die.