I was sitting in a chair a few weeks ago and Fred (one of our cats) jumped up onto my lap and flipped head up (as he usually does) to take a nap. Luke came over to investigate and I loved the way Fred just kept his eyes closed (probably hoping Luke would go away!).
Fred is a most unusual cat. He is very large, talks a lot, and comes when he is called. But what makes him so special is his utter trust and acceptance of other animals and people. He seems to be free of even the instinctual fears that animals have. He always greets people and new animals with enthusiasm.
We named him Fred after the nephew in A Christmas Carole (Scrooge) by Charles Dickens. No matter how poorly Scrooge treats Fred, he comes back with this loving open attitude. We adopted Fred from Second Chance Animal shelter 5 years ago, after someone had seen him being thrown from a moving car. He had brain damage, is partially blind in one eye and cannot find his way home if he gets outside. No one would know this story if I didn’t tell it. Even if Fred could speak (something we could understand), I don’t think he would tell the story. He loves his life. He loves the other animals in our home and us. He has gotten on with living and has left the past behind.
I try to send love to the people who treated him so badly….I sincerely hope that they have gotten some help. You have got to be in a huge amount of pain to do something so awful. Fred is not carrying resentment. He is a great teacher.