If Not For You by ibjennyjenny

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I would’ve died that day if not for you.
I would’ve given up on life if not for your kind eyes.
I would’ve used my teeth in fear if not for your gentle hands.
I would have left this life believing that all humans don’t care
Believing there is no such thing as fur that isn’t matted,
skin that isn’t flea bitten, good food and enough of it, beds to sleep on, someone to love me, to show me
I deserve love just because I exist.
Your kind eyes, your loving smile, your gentle hands
Your big heart saved me…
You saved me from the terror of the pound,
Soothing away the memories of my old life.
You have taught me what it means to be loved.
I have seen you do the same for other cats like me.
I have heard you ask yourself in times of despair
Why you do it?
When there is no more money, no more room, no more homes
You open your heart a little bigger, stretch the money a little tighter
Make just a little more room…to save one more like me.
I tell you with the gratitude and love that shines in my eyes
In the best way I know how
Reminding you why you go on trying.
I am the reason
The cats before me are the reason
As are the ones who come after.
Our lives would’ve been wasted, our love never given
We would die if not for you.

- Author Unknown

Model is Roo

I rescued Roo in 2008 from an awful existence, the photo below was taken the day I brought him home and at first I thought the tongue was sticking out because Roo was missing teeth but later found out different, Roo was diagnosed with severe pharyngitis, the swelling in his mouth was pushing his tongue right out…so sad :(

Roo Today…happy and healthy and spoiled rotten…

They Said
by ibjennyjenny

You can read about Roo’s rescue here

UPDATE
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.

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Hi my name is Jennifer, I am known to most as the “Cat Photographer”….
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Comments

  • polly470
    polly470about 3 years ago

    Incredible story…stunning cat…
    P
    xx

  • Thank you so much.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...about 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image, Jenny and I loved the story . . . we’ve rescued many . . . all that turned up on our doorstep in need of a home. Glad to see Roo looking so healthy today.

  • Thank you, Roo is just a treasure, I adore him.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful story…and what a gorgeous kitty. Very heartfelt …….glad Roo is doing well !!

  • Thank you so much.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Eileen Brymer
    Eileen Brymerabout 3 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderful difference between shots! I applaud your kindness. Fantastic photo!

  • Thank you so much. When Roo first arrived, I had my doubts about his recovery, his old vet said he needed to be put to sleep. Needless to say we found a new vet and with a little love and care, Roo has flourished into one of the best animals I have ever had the pleasure to know. My heart told me to give him a chance, I am so glad I listened.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 3 years ago

    Stunning photo, this is just beautiful, and how lucky is this pussy cat to find such a caring home, thank you for sharing Roo’s story with us, he’s gorgeous, :o)x

  • Thank you. I guess he is lucky….funny….I feel like the lucky one.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture and wonderful story. Every rescue deserves a happy ending.

  • Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettabout 3 years ago

    How truly beautiful. The story is a wonderful end to one that could have been so awful. Lovely photo of a cutie.

  • Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • UncaDeej
    UncaDeejabout 3 years ago

    A very cool cat and a great photo,well done…Deej….FAV.

  • Thank you.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Robert H Carney
    Robert H Carneyabout 3 years ago

    !

    Cats are Cool and so are you!

  • Yeah! Thank you so much.

    – ibjennyjenny

  • Angela King-Jones
    Angela King-Jonesabout 3 years ago

    Oh my gosh, such a big heart you have.. he is beautiful, thank you for rescuing him and sharing him here with us.. wondeful portrait !

  • Thank you so much

    – ibjennyjenny

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